80 in 4: Update Week 3 – Getting On Track Now

Last Updated on September 26, 2016 by Michael Brockbank

Ok, so now this week went far better than the previous two. It’s where I wanted to be at the very beginning of this adventure. But, it’s better late than never. This week has been quite an active one and I plan on continuing the trend. Now, I have an additional reason to stay on track for losing weight and health. I am going on vacation to Los Angeles in 26 days!

Weight: 262.0 lbs.

Lost 4 Pounds this Week
gained weightOn average, I lost four pounds this week. I was hoping for more, but I need to keep in mind that I am developing muscle mass as well as shedding fat. I should have taken measurements of my body before starting. It would have given me a better idea of how much fat I truly am losing outside of weight.

This last week, I vastly increased my workouts in comparison to the previous weeks. I mixed in weights as well as a great deal of cardio. I would love to add some muscle mass, or at least create a more dense set up than what I’ve got going on now. So, what am I going to work on this week?

Continued Morning and Evening Exercises

I found that if I work out in some form at least twice per day, then I can easily hit my calorie burn goals in my Fitbit. Because I don’t really get a lot of physical activity throughout the day, I have to make more of an effort to exercise.

I think one of the motivators for me to push so hard this week is because of my trip to Los Angeles. To be honest, I would like to look, well, less than I am now. I know that I can only do so much inside of four weeks. But that’s not going to stop me. As long as I continue to work on myself, I can keep my fitness on track for my ultimate goal while being in the 240s before heading to LA – a weight I haven’t seen in years.

Keeping Calories in the Green

I’ve been doing a much better job keeping my calories in the green this last week. I’ve been keeping a close eye on everything, until Saturday. We had a bit of a drinking fest while playing Yahtzee. Although I didn’t make myself sick from drinking too much, I know I consumed a lot of empty calories. Luckily, I offset a lot of that by drinking more water.

One thing I do need to work on is making sure I eat well before working out. Last week, I went into a mild shock due to hypoglycemia. I didn’t eat much before going through a grueling workout, and it really messed with me. I wasn’t able to do much for the rest of the night. It was a lesson well learned…and one I already knew. Just my body saying, “Hey stupid…eat!”

Still Not Sleeping

Sleeping at WorkI am still having a hard time actually getting to bed when I need to. I believe it may be because of the amount of tension I am under. It’s extremely difficult to rest when your mind simply won’t shut off. In fact, I’ve had less sleep this last week than when I was managing the liquor store.

I have a few remedies that I am going to try to help me get some rest. For instance, I have Sleepytime Honey Tea here as well as Emergen-C Nighttime Sleep Aid. I guess I will have to try them out and see if they make a difference. Which I hope they do.

Motivation I Will Focus On This Week

So, looking good for my Los Angeles trip is one of my primary focal points right now. I guess looking good is a bit over stated. How about looking better than I have in a long time? Much better. Either way, I am going to focus on several key factors this week. I need to focus on something to keep me on track.

1. Breaking My Lying Leg Raise Record

I enjoy keeping track of exercises within Exercise.com because it gives me a chance to keep a running record of my abilities. I am going to work on more core work this week than before. This will keep me on track to break my Lying Leg Raise record. Essentially, I am boosting my abs a bit.

2. Two Workouts Per Day

Being Social for FitnessSo, when I refer to two workouts per day, I am also including things like walks. If I can maintain at least two activities, I can easily reach my 3,500 calorie burn goal. In fact, I am debating on increasing that goal based on what my Taylor scale has been telling me. I might just shoot for 3700, which really isn’t all that difficult in the grand scheme of things.

What causes the most problems with trying to keep on track for a certain burn is the fact that I spend 16 hours a day sitting. Well, slightly less than that now that I have been working out. Perhaps I should start adding in 10 minute short workouts every two hours just so that I can get up and move around.

3. Increasing Water Intake

I am still not drinking enough water. You’d think that would be easy to remember. But it can be a pain if you’re not really thinking about it. So, I will try to get back into water with every cup of coffee and filling up some water bottles for my desk. I think that’s where I lose the most time. While I’m working, I really don’t think of it.

4. Getting More Sleep

This is an extremely difficult one for me. However, I do have those sleep aids I mentioned earlier. Now, I just need to remember to drink the damn things. I know getting more sleep will help in so many aspects of my life. It’s just incredibly difficult to overcome a severe case of insomnia. Even after pushing myself to walk as fast as I can at night, I still can’t drive myself to sleep.

Estimated Date for Weight Goal: February 22, 2018

stop your weight lossOk, so my estimated goal date is way beyond four months. However, this is also based on a very poor start over the first two weeks. If I based my estimate off of my performance this week, I will hit my goal weight by March 11, 2017…which is still more than the four months.

This means I need to work harder to keep on track if I want to meet my December 31st deadline. Curses for screwing up the first two weeks. However, I am still confident that I will meet my goals. There is still quite a bit of time left, and I know I can do it.

I know that it may seem like a dilemma for me to lose so much ground in a matter of two weeks. However, that is where faith in myself and confidence will come into play. Sure, it looks bad now. But just wait until I make my own “Fireman” calendar.

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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