GYM RAT!!!! (long)

Jan 04, 2010

OK, I said I wasn’t going to become one, BUT!!!!!!

Hi everyone. First, let me wish everybody here on OH a prosperous new year filled with health, wealth and wisdom.

I haven’t been around much the past few weeks, partially because of the holidays, but also because I’ve turned into a gym rat. I know, I said I wasn’t going to, but I did. Changes have taken place with my body that is both good and bad.

First the good, I had my check up and 5th fill December 28th and the results were mostly good. Let me explain. Over all I had gained nine pounds, about six of that was due to muscle expansion and strength gain. The other three was due to the bad eating choices I made over the holidays (more on that later). 

The reason I said a six pound muscle strength gain, was because of body measurements and because I have lost three of those nine pounds since my doctor's appointment last week, after tweaking my fill. I now have right at 9.5cc in my 14cc AP band.

My regular workout routine is as follows. Three days a week (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s) I do strength resistance training on Cybex weight machines for 1¼ hours, immediately followed by walking three miles on the inside track  at the YMCA at a 15 minute a mile pace.

The other three days (usually Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday’s) I walk four miles at the YMCA indoor track at a 15 mimute mile pace. I usually take Sunday off to spend with the family.

Following this routine I have become a bonified gym rat. My grown daughter swears that I live at the YMCA. I spend about 2 ½ to 3 hours a day there if you count the time it takes to dress for my workout and then shower and change afterward.
The results have been spectacular. I was dreading going to see Dr K because I knew I was eating too much of the wrong stuff, you know, pies, cakes, candy and other holiday stuff. I was embarrassed when the scale said I had gained nine pounds then we started to look at what had happened.

Since my November appointment I have had the following changes in my body and measurements. I’ve gained ½ inch on my waist (bad) but I’ve lost 1 inch off my hips, lost ½ inch on my wrist circumference and had a total loss of 0.5% on my body fat percentage (that’s real good). I’ve also gained the following in muscle measurements. Plus ¼  inch on my chest, plus 1¼ inchs on my thighs, and finally, plus ¾ inch on my calves. I feel sooo much better and stronger, have sooo much more energy and look a lot better (I needed that, believe me). I no longer have people asking me if I’ve been sick. People do ask me how I’ve done it, sometimes I tell them, sometimes I don’t. Depending on the mood I’m in at the time.

I don’t like gaining total weight but I do like the changes of how I look and feel. Remember also, all the changes I’ve posted had taken place between November 18th and December 28th, a little over a month. 

I will get back to losing more fat but I don’t know how much more weight I should lose.  Dr K and I had a long talk on where he thinks I should be and he says that with my body size, athletic build and bone structure (6 feet tall) I should end up around 210 to 215 pounds. He says that the BMI chart is geared toward the average build and bone structure and that is not me. So, I guess I should only lose about 10 to 15 more pounds. I’m not sure that’s where I want to be, just have to wait and see.

Newbies, if you have any doubts about whether or not the band works, read this and then realize that you will get out of the band only what you put into it. It’s not the magic bullet, but believe me it is the best tool I’ve ever seen to help you with getting yourself under control and getting your life, self esteem and confidence back. I’d do it again, in a New York minute. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m getting closer and I’ve got my life back. No more type two diabetes, no more high blood pressure, no longer out of breath after a short walk, and no more sweating constantly. I’ve spent a small fortune on new clothes because I want to look good with clothes that fit and not hang off me because they are way too big. I can cross my legs with no problems, and fit in restaurant booths with room to spare. I feel soooo much better and happier and it’s all because I have worked hard with my band and want to be the most positive “loser” I can be.  

Happy New Year.         



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Henderson, KY
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Feb 19, 2009
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