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Thursday, August 31, 2006

As Promised...

OK here we go. It's been aprox 3 months now and I've been plugging away with my diet and my workouts like a trooper. I'm going to say right off that I'm still highly motivated. I am encouraged by some things however I'm also slightly concerned about some areas of slow to nonexistent progress.

Let's start with the numbers.

6/08/06
Total Weight: 527.6lbs (239.8kg)
Body Fat: 51.5% or 271.7lbs (123.5 Kg)
Fat Free Mass: 48.5% or 255.9lbs (116.3kg)

7/04/06
Total Weight: 533.8lbs (242.6kg)
Body Fat: 50.4% or 266.7lbs (121.2 Kg)
Fat Free Mass: 49.6% or 262.5lbs (119.3kg)

7/19/06
Total Weight: 532.4lbs (242.0kg)
Body Fat: 46.8% or 249.2lbs (113.3 Kg)
Fat Free Mass: 53.2% or 283.2lbs (128.7kg)

8/31/06
Total Weight: 525.6lbs (238.4 Kg)
Body Fat: 47.0% or 247.0lbs (112kg)
Fat Free Mass: 53% or 278.6lbs (126.4kg)


The numbers show a Total Loss of 2lbs
but if you look at the Body fat...
on 6/08 My body fat was at 271.7 lbs
on 8/31 My Body fat is at 247lbs
Total fat Loss 24.7 lbs
Total lean Body gain 22.7lbs

Total loss of 2lbs

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Measurements

I didn't take any measurements until 8/3/06 so I don't have the over all changes but here's what I have for the last month:
*********** 8/3*******8/29
Neck:**********21.5******20.75**-0.75
Upper Arm:****21.5******19.75**-1.75
Forearm:*******15.25*****14.75**-0.50
Chest:**********69.5******68.5****-1.00
Waist:**********74********71.5****-2.50
Hip:************75********75******-0.00
Thigh:**********38.25*****37.25***-1.00
Calf:************25.5******25.5****-0.00
Measurements are in Inches

Pictures


Like the numbers show, there has not been too much change. Sloooooooow start. lucky me...




Biggest change I've seen is in the shoulder definition area. I seem to be losing the most weight in the upper back and shoulder area.



Ok..here's the deal. I'm not in the best mood over these results. I don't want to have to spend 3 hours crunching numbers in order to squeeze out something that resembles a good result. I want to sit down at my computer and say "hey..I lost 5 lbs, or hey...gained a pound this week but I'm back on track."

Three months in, working out 5 to 6 days a week and I'm just tired. That and I stepped in a hole today and screwed up my foot even worse. Tomorrow's another day but Today I'm tired...

22 Comments:

Blogger selmer said...

Almost 12 kgs of fat loss? Whoa! that's a whole lot of fat! Good luck with your ankle!

4:07 AM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger nikki said...

Not only is there incredible difference in your shoulder/upper back area Sean, but your face looks different too! Your body is definitely changing, and it will take a while for the newly built muscle to start burning mass quantities of fat. I know that when I first started my "loss adventure" I was frustrated with the lack of results as well. A friend of mine who had lost 100 pounds over the last two years told me something that really resonated with me: we don't put on this weight in a matter of months. It took years of slowly adding weight to our bodies, so it is unrealistic to expect it to come off quickly. I hope you don't lose motivation with these results Sean, I have a feeling that very soon all your hard work will pay off in some dramatic numbers loss, your body is just rearranging it's chemistry to adjust to your new lifestyle. It was slow-going for me at first too, but now 8 months into it I've lost 30 pounds with 80 more to go. I'm not expecting to be a new person by 2007, but I am expecting to accomplish it eventually! I'm rooting for you up here in Canada - keep the faith!

5:08 AM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger Sherri & Mark said...

Don't get discouraged. It is a long road, but one well worth travelling. You have inspired me to start trying to lose some of my extra weight.

So hang tough, you will see results soon enough.

And I agree with Nikki that your face does show a difference.

And the body fat loss is a very good thing!!

Please don't get down on yourself, you are amazing.

Sherri

5:42 AM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger The EYE said...

i have to agree - there is definitely noticeable difference in your face and shoulders. remember that visible change during weight loss starts outside and works in - first your face and limbs, then your shoulders and neck, and last (sometimes longer after than we would prefer), your torso. keep it up!

weight loss is a slow process, and you have to take joy in every little improvement. every one of those measurements (save two) went smaller! thats huge! and the two that didnt change stayed the same, which certainly is no problem.

i remember you saying that you were thinking about changing your eating to include less processed meats - this is a really good idea if you can sing it, mainly because of the extra sodium that comes in the processing.

i dont recall anymore how much its been said, but heres a couple of simple things that i think have been fairly key for my own progression in weight loss - drink lots of water. LOTS of water. LOTS AND LOTS. practically drown yourself in it. it helps in digestion and somehow really seems to have helped me. i know you have that big ol' water bottle - i dont know how many oz. it holds, but i would say that regardless of what else you drink during the day, make sure you drink at least 60 oz of water.

also, i know youre taking vitamins, but one that im kind of getting supersticious (sp?) about is "one a day" brand "weightsmart" (meant for weight loss). also, just about every store that sells them makes a generic (i think wal mart makes the cheapest - like $5 a bottle or something. all the generics everwhere are really decently priced though). i take it very regularly first thing in the morning. every other time ive tried to lose weight without success, i wasnt taking them (or any vitamins), and now that i am, im down to a weight i havent been to since i met my wife...

anyway, i know youll stick with dieting, im not worried about you giving up. just keep the faith, and focus on all of the positive changes, no matter how small. and especially on how you feel.

be careful with those legs and feet! permanent damage could make things amazingly difficult... i know its difficult for you, and i totally understand that, but seriously - lap swimming and/or some other kind of water aerobics will be really good exercise while taking a lot of pressure off of your legs.

woah. long comment. sorry bout that.

6:18 AM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sean ~ You're doing awesome! I love reading about your progress. Your stick-to-it-iveness reminds me to keep on track (one foot in front of the other), even when I don't "feel" like it. Thanks so much for sharing the road. ~ m

6:27 AM, September 01, 2006  
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6:42 AM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger The EYE said...

oh, btw - i say drink at least 60oz water, personally i try for 80oz.

you know, just because the last comment wasnt long enough, i needed to add a little more.

6:42 AM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger IndelibleMind said...

Hey Sean,
Also don't forget in addition to losing weight (however you want to calculate it) you've also stopped gaining it. So now (and probably until you body chemistry is convinced this is a permanent change) you're not only fighting the weight you've got, but what you'd normally be gaining. Your body is trained to process food and exercise in certain ways, and you're trying to reverse that. The same way that exercise gets builds on itself and gets easier, so does the whole weight loss process. Take these numbers as encouragement that your on your way to having a body that starts working with you.

I think everyone who reads this is impressed by your fortitude and seeing you rally in the face of disappointment reminds us that nothing worth having comes easily. You're really an inspiration. Keep on blogging!

7:27 AM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger TH said...

Hi Sean, you look much better now! You're on the right track, and the fat loss figures are really impressive. You're an inspiration to us all, keep up the great work!

7:52 AM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous P said...

Yo bro,

Change comes slow, but it is also already here. Starting and keeping with this project is a significant accomplishment in itself. I am sure that you feel stronger and healthier than you did three months ago, and your work out habit is a great addition to your life. Beside that now ....you've got readers!

The middle of a project is always a more challenging point that the start of one. When I started law school I had a broad sweeping optomism about what that project might lead to. In the middle I realized it was a lot of work and I was a little beaten down, but now that I have reached my goal - I am really pleased that I had the guts to step up to the bat and go back to school. Employment wise I am in a much better position than I was before. I am certain that when you reach your goal, you will feel the same about your health.

Beyond all that it seems to me that you put on 23 pounds of muscle without resorting the steriods. McGuire (I know that Rick and I should have agreed to take him as you suggested in the 95 and 96 drafts) should now be looking up to you.

Keep on rockin brother.

P

8:21 AM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

losing weight is kind of like paying off a debt. At first, you're struggling with it and it doesn't seem like you'll ever get very far. But once you get going on it, it's sort of like a snowball rolling down a hill.

9:00 AM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous blayne said...

some numbers you forgot in your calculations:

-your blood sugars/ diabetes indicators (I recall there were some improvements there)

-the amount of money you raised for diabetes research

-the daily traffic of people to this site because they are interested in your progress

-and last but not least, the number of times my boss has crept up behind me and caught me checking out your site instead of doing work (it's 2)

10:57 AM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sean,
You are doing amazing and don't you forget it! Please don't let the scale determine your happiness! You have made amazing progress since the sexy beast was released from the couch potato! You can see a change in your body, you feel better, your diabetes numbers definitely have improved, your muscle gain has increased, and the fat continues to melt away! And how can we forget the quarter, the dip in the pool, and the increased confidence in yourself! SO....the ticker may be moving slow but your progress is still off the charts! Keep it up my friend :) KA

12:10 PM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous leenzii said...

Sean, as everyone has already said, you're doing SOOOOO well. Keep on going and u'll pick up momentum. everyone's given analogies, so here's mine. a sports car doesn't start off at its top speed. it has to accelerate.....you'll do the same with ur loss. even tho ur 'loss' may be small, everyone can see the great changes you've made and the progress u've made. we started our journey around the same time, and you're putting me to shame with what you've *gained* so far. I've never met u, but deep down I'm proud of what you've done so far and proud to know you'll keep going. so chin up, belly in, and keep putting one foot in front of the other, and me, and everyone else sharing this trip are right by your side, every step of the way!

12:52 PM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous amanda said...

you know what though , you look better in the pictures. You look happier and more comfortable with yourself and you know what IT IS hard but you're still doing it and you shouldn't feel discouraged because look at the fat weight that you've lost and muscle weighs 3 times as much as fat so even though you have an over all weight loss of 2lbs you are far healthier than you were before! Keep it going!

5:30 PM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger pseudojoe said...

sean,

i know you feel kind of shitty about the result, but how do you feel overall? if you feel better, it's all worth it. i think you're doing a fantastic job. don't give up, you're an inspiration.

joe

7:06 PM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Hi Sean...


I can imagine how frustrated you must feel...but do you remember that muscles weigh more than fat!!!!

So what lack of weight change you're seeing is because you've changed some of your body into muscle.

You look FANTASTIC!!!

It is really shocking the change in your shoulders. Your new shoulders look confident strong and UP! It's really something, your posture is really different....and posture reflects state of mind.

I agree with the water. I know you are drinking a lot of water...but you need to make sure you are drinking at least a gallon and a half..

You need to get a gallon jug to measure in the morning...drink it then another half. If you don't actually measure the water, it is too difficult to lose track of consumption.

Keep on rocking.

Honest everyone ahead of me here is right...


You are actually changing your body. And it's better that this time you were cautious and went slow not to shock your system. Now just keep on going, the next three months will be a whole new thing.


Much love,
Candy

9:04 PM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger Roy said...

*blink* You've gained 23lbs of muscle and you're unhappy? You're focusing too much on poundage, Sean. Weight loss is not so important as fat-loss. You know that.

Maybe you could start taking measurements and watching those instead. Waist, neck, upper arms, thighs, etc. Inches lost might perk you up, as you can see that you've just by looking at the pics.

9:34 AM, September 03, 2006  
Blogger Roy said...

Aaaaaand I apparently need to work on my "Read the entire post" skills. I see the measurements now, lol.

9:35 AM, September 03, 2006  
Blogger Phatty said...

Sean ... you realy doing well! Like those before me have testified to, there is a definate difference in your face and certainly in your shoulders! Great job dude ... keep up the hard work!

10:56 AM, September 03, 2006  
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