Category Archives: Weekly Progress Reports

Weekly Progress Report #5 — Already?

It’s really already been 5 weeks? I don’t feel good about that. I know moving got in the way for awhile, but I really don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much in the way of losing weight/getting healthier. Drastic changes coming tomorrow though with Operation Suit Squeeze.

Eating: Even though I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much, I would say I’ve made a lot of progress in terms of eating. Kind of enjoying the vegetarian meals. I think I’ve been eating less for the most part. Less overeating too. Just not seeing much yet.

So this week we had a basic turkey/colby cheese sandwich, lasagna roll-ups, and a vegetarian curry (for more info check out the vegetarian adventure–it’ll be up soon if you’re on top of things). The lasagna roll-ups aren’t particularly healthy, but we were able to make them without having to buy too much. And they’re delicious. But, of course, I forgot to take a picture of them so you’ll just have to imagine. Plus there were enough leftovers for me to eat them three nights in a row. All in all, pretty good week. Nothing too fancy. No overeating. With one exception.

Went to the Brewer game friday (Cubs suck!) and pigged out. Special occasion, so no problems. Have to be able to cut loose once in a while. Though I did just remember that we bought some organic (and gluten-free) oreos and ate a lot of them. REMEMBER: ORGANIC COOKIES ARE STILL NOT HEALTHY! (Unfortunately. Sorry for yelling.)

Grade: B-

Working Out:┬áHonestly, working out continues to be my downfall–and probably the reason for my lack of progress. I played tennis once with my brother. Ran with the dog for a little while once. She still struggles to get the whole running thing versus stopping and smelling everything. But that’s it. And that’s a problem.

Grade: D

Mitigating Factors:

  1. None really. I need to stop being lazy.

This Week’s Plan:┬áConsistent workouts start tomorrow. Yay for running! (Blech.) Keeping up the momentum with eating but cutting out more sweets.

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The Weekly Progress Report #4 — Post-Moving

Mostly unpacked now, so I can settle back into a rhythm this coming week.

Eating: This week was kind of the opposite of last week. Didn’t start out great. Ate out a little bit too much at first, but it was convenient with the move. Once I got to the grocery store, things improved though…sorta. The vegetarian meal was very successful. The rest of the week was mostly just eating burgers that I had in an attempt to save some money. Content-wise, not a very good week. On the flip side, though, I did a good job of not overeating. For example, while eating out I chose to share three tacos with the girlfriend instead of getting the usual Frito Burrito Chimi (approximately 1 billion calories). So there is some progress.

Grade: C-

Working Out:Baby steps still. I did a couple of short jogs with the labradile, but she either gets tired or loses focus pretty quickly.

Do NOT be fooled by the cuteness. She will literally chew your face off, given the opportunity. (She is also double that size now)

Better than nothing, but not nearly enough for me. We’re getting there.

Grade: D

Mitigating Factors:

  1. Moving–Eating out was a little too convenient early in the week

Looking Forward: Big plans for this week. It starts tomorrow with a new jogging plan for the dog (expecting lots of improvement, but it relies on the girlfriend being alive before 9am, so we’ll see). Also, brand new series of posts coming! Get excited. They’re gonna be good. Guaranteed, or your money back.

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The Weekly Progress Report #3 — Moving Week

I am finally moved. Which is also why this post is a day later than normal. Still without internet at the new house so I might be running behind all week.

Eating: Not a bad start to the week. Made some pasta with peppers, mushrooms and onions. Also cut the amount of meat that I usually use for pasta (progress!). I took pictures with my phone to include this week, but now my phone won’t connect to my computer. Maybe next week I can get some in. I made a sausage and mushroom pizza the next day, probably with more cheese than is healthy. Then…the accidental vegetarian meal! If you didn’t read about it, you can find the link here. After that, moving took over and it became a eat-everything-that’s-left-so-we-don’t-have-to-move-it kind of situation. Which lent itself to a nice egg, potato, and cheese scrambler. Other than that it was a combination of eating out and (organic) lucky charms mostly. Not a great finish.

Grade: B-

Working Out: Not much to report here again. Trying to clean the side of the fridge was an intense arm/hand workout (yay). Moved/cleaned for about 20 hours straight. Give me a break, it’s close to working out and it’s all I’ve got. Survey says….COUNTS!

Grade: D- (generous I know)

Mitigating Factors:

  1. Moving–Took up most of my free time and created an incentive to eat all the unhealthy food left and eat out.
  2. Moving–Took A LOT of time
  3. Moving–Did I mention that I hate moving

This Week’s Plan!: There’s a lot of unpacking to do still ( :p ), so working out doesn’t look great. But the new place is close to some good running trails, tennis courts, and the dog park. So I’m going to try to run or play tennis and run around with the labradile (part lab, part crocodile–pics soon, I promise!). Eating at this point is mostly an exercise in not eating very much (probably a good thing for me) until everything is unpacked and a grocery run can be made. Got to try for another vegetarian meal. We’ll see how that goes (have to pace myself). Eating/working out plan evaluations to come soon.

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The Weekly Progress Report #2 — Fail

Time for the weekly progress report. In case the title didn’t tip you off, it wasn’t pretty.

Eating: I started off the week pretty good. Cooked a few meals including another homemade chicken pizza (I’ll try to start including pictures in the next couple of weeks), some pasta, and bbq chicken. Things went downhill from there though. We (being me and my girlfriend) never made it back to the grocery store and ended up eating out way too much. On the plus side, though, we did get Thai food for the first time. Very tasty.

Grade: C –

Working out: This would be the main source of the failing. I really didn’t work out at all. Played tennis once. For only a half an hour. Really need to work on this.

Grade: F

Mitigating Factors:

  1. It was ungodly hot, especially early in the week
  2. Membership at a climbing gym ran out (boo)
  3. Had a lot of meetings/work throughout the week but I can’t let that be an excuse
  4. Getting ready to move, so I’m trying to keep the food supply low

How I Plan to Improve: I need to reevaluate my plans for eating and working out. There will be posts to follow going through this. I also might try to start jogging with my puppy but she might be a little young still.

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Weekly Journal #1

First weekly journal keeping track of my progress being healthy!

As far as food goes, not a bad week. Made pasta, a delicious homemade chicken pizza, and bbq chicken. Probably could have eaten more fruit and veggies (this will be a recurring theme). Mostly yogurts for breakfast and small lunches. Ate out twice this week. Panera Bread once, and then Brickhouse BBQ (highly approve!) to celebrate my brother joining me in Madison for school.

Most importantly, barely any overeating! Which is a HUGE victory for me. The only time I ate way to much was at Brickhouse BBQ, which I’m okay with.

Eating grade for the week… B-

-need more fruits and veggies

For working out. Played tennis 1.5 times with the girlfriend. Biked/rock climbed once. Went to Hot Yoga once (I’ll explain someday).

Working out grade… C

-not a great week but an improvement on the usual

Overall weekly grade… C+

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