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#teamgordo day 46

It’s been a while but I am still on my journey

It’s been a while since I have posted. Usually when someone stops writing especially about something such as weight loss it means they have hit a road block or have eventually put the journey on hold.

I can’t even count how many times I have started this journey to just put it on hold for months and even years.

But, this time my silence between post hasn’t been because I have put my journey on hold. In contrast I am still on my steady path.

Today marks the 46th day.

Cheat Meals!

When you talk to people who are on similar journeys or fitness people they always talk about having a cheat meal.

Personally, I started to tell my self that a cheat meal was at the end of this milestone.

Was it worth it? – Not really. The first month I ate very healthy meals. So, much that when I rewarded my self with the so called cheat meal my own body punished me for it. It did not seat well and I felt horrible during the next few days during my work out.

But, damn it – Wingstop sure makes some yummy food.

The other downfall (For me) of having a so called cheat meal is that I ended up stuffing my face with it and over eating. – Not good

So, now I view the so called “Cheat Meals” differently. For starters I don’t see them as cheat meals.

I think calling them / viewing them as a cheat meal ends up attaching some kind of emotion to it. Being guilt or something else. The same way we add emotion to so called comfort food. – Giving the un-healthy food the emotion of comfort is what landed me here to begin with.

I now see food as food and energy. Some food give you more energy and others don’t. Some food make you perform better and others do not. I also think about where I want to be and what is helping me get there.

I also started to think “Okay, I want to drink a can of Cola. But, how many more minutes do I have to exercise to be where I want to be?”. Knowing and exercising longer has help me curb the negative effects of those times I elect to have those meals or drinks. But, I have come to a point where my own body makes me want an apple instead of a bag of chips or water instead of a soda pop.

I am happy for that change in me. I am happy I have been able to change that way.

The last post I wrote. I wrote about not drooping the weight as quickly as I thought I should. Although I am still trailing downward and not as fast as I want. I come to realize that I feel better, stronger, and over all happier.

286 is no 186

When I started this journey I gave my self a number I would like to see on a scale. That number was 186. The ideal weight for me and what I was at almost a decade ago. It’s weird because when I started this I was 305 could hardly keep up with running a lap without panting like an Ox and dealing with back pain. 186 seemed so far away when looking at my self at 305.

Now it seems like I have progress as I see 286 on my scale. I don’t sound like an Ox gasping for air and just recently I was able to run 1.5 miles without any back issues.

When I run into people I haven’t seen in the last 3 months and they notice the change it confirms that I am on the right track.

Yes, we always need that reassurance from people. 🙂

It’s not an easy journey. It’s not a journey with quick fixes or overnight success. It is also not a journey you can keep going alone. Ok – Technically you can. But, like anything when you surround your self with people who also want to see you succeed. The journey becomes easier.

What makes this time different?

For me – It has been my kids, my wife, my friends, and apps. (Yes, I said apps)

The last two years have been interesting. Since I left the “Evil Empire” (Former employer) a lot of positive things have happen due to timing.

When I decided to start this journey I re-connected with a long time friend I hadn’t seen in almost 7 years. Turns out he runs a fitness club. So that same week I started with his club and he has been instrumental in making sure I work out the right way.

My wife makes sure I take my salads to work because without my salads the only real options around my office is good old unhealthy fast food eateries. So, making sure I bring my food prevents me from seeking junk food when I am hungry.

My new employer allows me to work from home. So, when I am working at home I do simple and quick exercises throughout my shift.

My kids remind me every day why I am doing it. I want to live longer for them.

Apps have come in handy. You have mobile apps on your phone that help you track your progress, count your calories, and even help you train.

I am a sucker for Metrics and pretty graphs. So, I love entering my progress (Good or Bad) and see the big picture in a nice graph with an arrow pointing on my weight going down and arrows pointing up on my ability to walk more, do more reps, and go farther. It’s silly but simple graphs also keeps me motivated.

So for those of you still thinking about starting the journey or are in your second week without seeing any real change.

Trust me – You will start feeling better before you start seeing any real change. Start a simple routine of doing push ups. You might only do 1 for weeks. But, then you will do 5, 10, and 15 without any problems.

That is how I really measure my progress. I may not see the scale number go down or my pants start to falling off but I see how stronger am I getting.

I many not see the change but as long as I can do more push ups today then I did my first day. I feel I am still moving forward.

On Day 1 I struggle with push ups after I did the 1st one and now on Day 46 I struggle with push ups after I do 25.

Remember you are not the first one on this journey and you wont be the last one on this journey.

This is one of many videos of others. Just stay determined and you (along with me) will be able to add our selves to that group of people that started to live a long and healthy life.

#teamgordo day 15

Still going on strong

I am not going to lie. The last few says I have been craving some of those drive-through yummies. But, this time around somehow my will power is allowing me to make healthier choices.

Also, I decided to reward my self with a meal of my choice once I loose the first 40 pounds.

If you live in the Valley you know of “Carnitas Michoacan“. I decided to celebrate my first 40 pounds lost with a “Torta de Milansas”. But, I recently came accross http://iamsanfernando.com/san-fernando-food-trucks article over at iamsanfernando.com and I only wish I would have started this journey months ago because I would have made that event my reward to indulge in all the possible yummy trucks.

I know that Trendy Food Trucks are not so trendy anymore especially if you live in Los Angeles. But, the Valley hasn’t been bombarded by them as LA has so I think we can still enjoy them. So, if you live in the Valley I think this event is worth checking out. You might see me just indulging on the yummy smell. #justsaying

My 3rd group workout

So today was my third group workout and it was great. The first two workouts felt like punishment. Every minute of the workout felt long and painful. The previous workout I spent most of the time trying to catch my breath and just trying to keep up.

Although, today I was still trying to keep up with the workout. I notice that my recoveries between the exercises matched those around me – oppose to that last two times where I needed more time to catch my breath.

Today’s workout felt like a workout and after the session I felt I could have gone for a bit more.

Engine Stalling

15 days ago I started to celebrate every pound lost. I weight my self every day but a few days ago my weight lost just hover around the same number. I must say that for those days I felt depressed. Almost, like I wasn’t doing enough. It made me rethink my strategy.

I know that people have different opinions and many people urge you not to weight your self daily. I knew I wasn’t so called gaining weight because I feel stronger and overall healthier. (Yes, I can start telling my self that I am rebuilding my muscle since muscle weights more the fat)

Sadly, my OCD just makes me want to know where I am daily.

It wasn’t until I measured my waist that I was reminded of my progress. I have lost 1 inch of my waist.

So now.

Not only am I celebrating every pound that I lost. But, also every inch that waist shrinks.

So, where ever you with your journey, if you starting, in the middle, or even just thinking about starting it. Just remember that you should keep going with that journey and progress continues within you and the scale may not reflect that all the time.

#teamgordo day 10

I continue to celebrate every pound lost

I started my 10th day at 293 pounds. If you are keeping track you would remember I started this journey 10 days ago at 305.

How do I feel?

I feel great. It’s weird that I slowly feel like I am waking up after years of being tired and dormant. This past Saturday was my second time with the local workout group. I am lucky to have found such a supporting group with such a positive attitude and keep me motivate. I wasn’t able to do some exercise only because of my current physical limitations but the whole group was encouraging that just my attempts are the achievements for now and I just need to stay on track before I can complete all the exercises.

The attitude of “Today you did 2 last week you did 1 – next week you do 3. But, even if you only do 1 next week you are still on track moving forward”.

I can tell they are sincere because they have all been in my place. When they started they never thought they would be able to do the full exercise. They had trouble with 1 push up and never thought they would be able to do 100. So, they remind me as long as I shop up and try. I am making progress.

I cut the soda pop, the chips, the fast food. I eat when I am hungry and that is about every 3 hours. But, I eat fruits. An apple, a banana or an orange holds me over to lunch and dinner. I am not doing any special diet. I am just eating more fruits and vegetables and if I cook something is from scratch. I am avoiding anything that is process like they plague.

It isn’t easy and I don’t have strong will power. So, I just tried my best to avoid temptation and Netflix has a lot of motivated documentries. 🙂

If you have a juicer maybe is time you put it to use to start this journey. Check out the film “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2011)” on Netflix. It is also free Hulu herehttp://www.hulu.com/watch/289122 and you can read more about Joe the Juicer at http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

For starters. This film motivate me to get one. 🙂

#teamgordo day 5

I celebrate every pound lost.

So, today is my 5th day of my journey. I officially lost 6 pounds. Sure, that doesn’t seem much but if I can manage to loose 1 pound day – I can’t wait for #teamgordo day 100

I know I am impatient and I want results now. But, I change my mindset by simply celebrating every pound lost.

Eating less is more.

I really anticipated having a hard time adjusting to not eating out and cutting out the sugary drinks. Instead of eating 3 large meals – I am just eating many small ones and healthy snacks.

When I was younger every time I said I was hungry my parents would say eat an apple. Not sure how many people have that saying. But, that is something I am also embracing that type of thought this time around.

So, when I am hungry between meals I just go and grab a fruit.

Water, Water, and more Water but sometimes with lemon.

Sugary drinks have been my downfall for a over decade. It seems to be a recurring theme for me. I drank at a lot of soda. So, when replacing it with water I thought it was going to be hard. Although I struggle every day to not drink soda keeping my goals in mind have helped me.

Plus, I am finally taking advantage of my employers perks of providing ice and cold water for free. This might seem like a silly perk but my last employer required employees to pay for the water delivered to the workplace.

It’s always good thing when your own body starts craving ice cold water. Never thought ice cold water with lemon would taste so good. 🙂

The car runs better after an oil change.

My brother in-law would always point out how much better his car runs after an oil change. I somewhat feel that way. I keep telling my wife how much better I feel and in turn run after a few days of healthy eating and drinking water. I started to think about my brother in-law how he would proudly point out that the oil change makes the car run better because I starting to feel that way when I think of water making me feel better.

So lets see what another 95 days will bring to me.