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I’ve Been Working on My Fitness!

March 10th, 2008 posted by · 3 Comments

MuscleYes, the title above is from Fergie’s song. Anyways, I’ve been hitting the gym lately, mainly because I know I’ll be in Vegas next week and will need to shed a few pounds before hitting the pool. A few years ago I used to be a health nut and would constantly workout. It was only until recently that I decided to get back into shape. I joined a gym about 2 minutes from my house back in January. Since then I’ve lost about 15lbs (that’s all I needed to lose) and I’m currently working on maintaining that now and toning up a bit. I probably spend a hour a day at the gym… 7 days a week. Some say you should take a day off or two between workouts, but what I mainly do is one day of cardio and the other day doing weights and then repeat the same schedule. I’ve learned a thing or two from on some training tips and I’m pretty happy with the results I’ve seen so far physically. In November I wrote a post about whether working online has made you fat. A lot of the comments on that post were in relation to what I expected people to say – they aren’t getting enough physical activity having work-at-home jobs.

So to help boost my process along I’ve also been making protein shakes using Whey Protein powder. My shake includes 2 scoops of protein, one whole banana, 200 mL of skim milk and a teaspoon of peanut butter. I put all of this in my blender and drink it up. It’s not the most pleasing tasting beverage I’ve ever had, but it’s for my health, so I try my best to get it all down. I have one shake in the morning (with only one scoop of protein) and one shake at night (with only one scoop of protein). I only put it two scoops of protein after I’ve had a workout (within 30 minutes).

My heaviest weight was in 2006 when I tipped the scale at 200lbs. Many would say that’s not too bad considering my height (5’11”), but I wasn’t happy with that at all. I’m now at 175lbs, so if I end up losing any more I’d be happy with 170lbs, but no less.

I’ve also curbed my cravings for fatty foods. I used to get a McChicken sandwich at least once a week or have a large popcorn at the movie theatre. Not anymore! I’ve also completely stopped drinking all soft drinks and any carbonated beverages. It’s amazing how they can swell up your belly with the chemicals your body doesn’t need. So since January I drink nothing but mineral water. I probably go through 3-4 500 mL of bottled water a day and because Costco sells a 32 pack for $4.99, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t go through it so fast.

So my weight is down and I’m semi-toned. Now all I need is a tan to fix my pasty white skin. :mrgreen:

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3 Comments so far
  1. Vicky MyAvatars 0.2

    Good for you. I too have started up again. I work out at least 5 days a week and vary what I do.

  2. James Wilcox MyAvatars 0.2

    Awesome job losing the weight!
    I’ve been going to weight watchers for a long while now and have lost 17 lbs. I started at 234 so It’s amazing what it feels like to lose that weight. I have a way to go (current weight: 218) but it’s getting easier.

    As for protein shakes, try adding a half cup of blueberries or mango to your shake. I also use the chocolate flavored whey protein powder for added flavor. Mainly I have these for breakfast because they are filling and get me going right away in the morning.

    Here’s my shake:
    1 banana
    1/2 cup blueberries or mango or other frozen berry
    1 cup 1% milk
    1 scoop whey protein powder (chocolate)
    1 tsp ground flaxseed

    optional: 1 tbsp peanut butter

    Men’s Health has some great variations on this shake.

  3. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    Thanks for the tip about the frozen berries. I have some in my freezer, but never thought to put any in.
    I currently subscribe to Men’s Health… what a great read!

    Good luck on your progress at Weight Watchers. Keep me updated.