Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 212: The Weigh-In: Week 30

I was out of town for my weigh-in time so I had to wait until the afternoon to weigh myself. It's really too bad. The scale I used to weigh myself in Milwaukee was much nicer than the scale I use all the time. (I wish I had lost 5 pounds!)

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (7/31): 208.
Weight loss this week: 1
Total weight loss: 46 lb.

So I'm back to where I was a few weeks ago. I didn't bike nearly as much this week as I did last week, hoping to focus more on eating less than exercising more. It worked, it seems.

What a week this was. I finished Impress these Apes on Monday in 2nd place, with perfect 10s for my finale. It turned out pretty much as well as I could have hoped. Everything came together, with help from Jill and Tim, and I made the piece that I'm most proud of ever creating and performing in my life. The reaction was overwhelming, with a standing ovation that seemed to last forever. The night was unreal and I was so proud to have been a part of the whole experience and perform on stage with such great talents.



On Friday, Cell Camp performed in Milwaukee for our first live show since January. Unfortunately for us, our Kate was in NYC doin' improv, but our show still went great. Theater was about half full but the response was awesome. I got to see a lot of Milwaukee friends, too. An overall amazing time. Plus, this nice picture was taken that really shows off how much weight I've lost.


Almost all my remaining free days this week were taken up by rehearsal for *Creepy Hug's new show, "Heat Stroke." It's my first Skybox show (and my first sketch show run) since May 2009. This opened Saturday night and went off better than any rehearsal we did. Check it out; four more weeks left!

Now I have almost nothing on my plate. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Relief at the moment.

Neil

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 205: The Weigh-In: Week 29

It was the final weekend of "Impress these Apes" so I didn't update this on Saturday. However, I was really excited to get on the scale because I biked just over 80 miles Monday thru Thursday. And I just plain felt thinner.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (7/24): 209.
Weight loss this week: 0 (+1)
Total weight loss: 45 lb.

No way! However, I know for certain it's muscle gain. I didn't even eat poorly the entire week despite the gain in exercise. So, I gotta deal with that happening if I keep this routine up.

The rain through the rest of the weekend and just plain exhaustion kept me from reaching 100 miles biked in one week, but I think its very achievable. It was SO HOT and my work does not even have air conditioning; I can't believe that I actually biked as much as I did.

I'm taking it easy the week of the 26th but will try again the following week.

Holla,
Neil

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 198: The Weigh-In: Week 28

I'm a little sad I haven't been blogging more than once a week, but being a contestant in Impress These Apes really takes up a lot of your brain space during the week. Sadly and thankfully, the show closes on July 26th. I'm currently tied for 3rd place! Come see the show if you haven't already and get your tickets now because we will sell out the final weeks.

Anyway, I really pushed it this week. Three months ago, after my first big bike trip, I set a goal to hit 204 in a hundred days. I had a particularly rough section in May/June where I kept gaining back the weight I lost and, for a while, it felt like I wasn't going to lose any more weight. But then I got back on the horse and started to lose weight again. I knew I wasn't going to hit the goal but I wanted to see how close I could get.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (7/17): 208.
Weight loss this week: 2
Total weight loss: 46 lb.

I really stepped it up this week. According to dailymile, I rode 67 miles on my bike since Tuesday. Since a lot of my travels were to places away from home, I went to Subway a lot more. (I really should get them to sponsor me in something.) I was worried when I woke up this morning because I could feel that I definitely have gained muscle from my riding. This is good, but it would also mean I may not have lost weight. It's so difficult balancing that out.


Being four pounds off from my goal is really not bad. I still lost sixteen pounds in 100 days and I'm the lightest I've been as an adult. I've actually had a difficult time grasping this thought. It hasn't really hit me yet, so I think either when I hit 199 lbs or when I hit 50 lbs weight loss or something, I'll post something really nice.

About five or six years ago, I got to be around this weight and thought I couldn't lose any more I guess (?) so I just slowly gained it all back. Here I am, back where I was before, and I feel like I've given myself another chance to really see what I can do.

I have lost 46 pounds this year. I am 28 pounds away from my goal, which I have to reach in 167 days. It seems easy, right? However, of course, most of my weight was lost early on.



I lost 30 pounds by Day 100. I lost 16 pounds more by Day 198. So, in order to stay on target, my next goal is 20 pounds more by October 30 (Day 303). This would put me at 188 pounds. This would also give me 62 days to lose my last ten pounds.

I'm just going to keep trying. I'm not going to take any drastic, unhealthy measures to reach these goals. Like this time, if I don't reach them, I just don't reach them.

I will just keep trying.

Neil

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 191: The Weigh-In: Week 27

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (7/10): 210.
Weight loss this week: 0
Total weight loss: 44 lb.

No weight loss this week, but I did feel like I wasn't trying too hard either. I still biked 61 miles since last Saturday. I actually went on the scale this morning saying to myself, "Just don't gain. Just don't gain." And I didn't.

The weather finally became what all of us Chicagoans dread, which is July weather. Steamy hot (and humid at times), which really makes it difficult to want to work out when you live in central air. I knew I was being bad the whole week, though, and finally got out for some biking before my rehearsal on Thursday night.

I had off of work on Thursday, which is usually the day I ride my bike to work, so I rode my bike on Friday which turned out to be a bee-yootiful day. I got some great news and the workday went by fast, especially for a Friday. I ended up going to bed at 10:30 last night, which is super early for me. I think I was just pooped. I may not hit my 204 lb goal next Saturday (still 6 pounds away) but I'm going to come as close as I can.

I've decided I think I'm going to try and ride my bike to work every day. That would be an automatic 80 miles of biking every week (I work 4 days a week) plus it would help prepare me for long-distance biking, which is what I hope to eventually do in a year or so.

PEACE.
Neil

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Day 184: The Weigh-In: Week 26

Barbeque season is definitely upon us. Last weekend's feasting antics spread into the week, but I managed to curb it around the middle of the week.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (7/3): 210.
Weight loss this week: 1
Total weight loss: 44 lb.

Still keepin' it up! I don't think it has completely sunk in yet that I'm the lightest I've been in my adult life. Maybe I have to lose a few more pounds? I dunno. Soon, though. Very exciting.

I joined dailymile this week. I am not good at logging anything in general, so we'll see if this lasts. So far, I really like it. It seems more accurate and easier to use than walkjogrun. However, I tried using livestrong earlier this year and I just couldn't keep up, but I think that's because I just needed to constantly be updating that.

At any rate, I biked to work twice this week (first time for that) so my numbers are already high for this month already (47 miles in two days). I do like that I get to work faster by biking, but I really am quite pooped by the time I get there that it just takes a while for me to function. I think I'm going to try to bike to work whenever I can, since a round trip really does burn a lot of calories (about 1600/day).

Today, we shot the last scene of episode one of "Hank Frisco," which required me to eat Oreo Snack Cakes. We had to do multiple takes, so I ended up eating, like, 7 of these things. And boy, did my stomach not like them after a while. I never thought I'd get sick of chocolate, but there you are.

We're already past halfway through the year (June 17) but I am already past halfway through my goal. Whether I'll hit 204 pounds by July 17th is still up in the air. At this rate (2 weeks away), not a chance (3 pounds a week?), but I'll be close. I honestly think if I just make a few adjustments in my diet, I could pull it off, but I don't want to do anything drastic. Who knows? If I bike to work every day, I still could hit it.

Neil