Slimming my Brimming Waist – Week 2 Progress

I am one who strives to workout in the morning. Unfortunately I felt sick when waking up Monday morning. I knew going to the gym would not be wise. I went back to sleep hoping to feel better.

An hour and a half later and I still didn’t feel great. I also felt that I should not go to work because I felt pretty queasy. I was getting pretty worried, because I committed to each of you to do this.

Getting sick is a really easy way for me to lose focus on my health and fitness goals. Many times, I just want to rest and eat. I knew that at the end of the week I was going to be posting a picture of myself and it is very motivating for me to show progress. Eating would definitely set me back if I wasn’t careful.

Luckily, by being aware of what I eat using MyFitnessPal, I was able to count my calories and stay on track. To my delight, I felt much better on Tuesday and was able to get back to the gym.

Food Diary <—– Click here to view my food diary for the week

Monday

I took a sick day and did not exercise, but was able to keep close to my calorie goal which is 1500 calories per day. When I exercise I am able to eat more. The allotment of calories increases in MyFitnessPal when you enter in your cardiovascular exercise.

TUESDAY

I did Monday’s workout on Tuesday since I was sick. I like to make sure I get the strength training days in.

Tuesday’s Workout
  • Chest and Triceps <– Click here to see log of my workout
  • 35 burpees
  • 2 minute plank
  • 1 mile run

Wednesday

Back and Biceps
  • Back and Biceps <– Click here to see the log
  • 40 burpees
  • 2 minute plank
  • 1 mile run

Thursday

Don’t look at the picture below too closely, I am just dripping in sweat. Insanity does it to me each time. I easily burn between 500 to 700 calories in an hour when doing this.

Insanity

Friday

Legs and Shoulders
  • Legs and Shoulders <– Click here to see a log of my workout
  • 25 burpees
  • 2 minute 10 second plank
  • 1 mile run

Saturday

The weather was beautiful this Saturday. Additionally, the air quality in my county was in the green so I decided to get out and run. When setting out I had planned on going 8 miles, but since it felt so great to be out I went 10.

My advice to anyone wishing to take up running or walking outside is to make sure pollution levels aren’t too dangerous. There is the “Utah Clean Air” app for those who live in Utah. You can further look at each county to see if it is going to be safe to run outside.

  • 45 burpees
  • 10 mile run

Progress Picture and Stats

  • Weight: 170 lbs was my best for the week
  • Waist: 35″ down 1/2 an inch

Brimming Waist Progress Picture - Week 2

Brimming Waist Progress Picture - Week 0

View of my spare tire from the front
Spare tire from the back a.k.a. love handles

I’d love to hear your encouragement and feedback. If and when you start noticing an improvement, I would appreciate you sharing this post, commenting below, or subscribing to the blog.

My goals are two fold:

  • To get in better shape myself
  • Inspire others to do the same

To check out past weeks:

Slimming my Brimming Waist – Week 1 Progress

Last week in a post, I promised to provide my progress as I work at reducing my “brimming” waist line. Getting back into this was challenging. There were a couple mornings that I felt like hitting the snooze button and sleeping in. I want to thank each of you for keeping me going. I knew I was accountable to all of you.

In the end, I hope to achieve the goals I mentioned in my initial post and also to help inspire others to join me in this journey. Please comment below with any suggestions you might have for me. If you are doing something to improve yourself, I’d love to hear about it.

I report that the first week was a success. I met my calorie goal for each day and was able to get a workout in all 6 days. I have my progress pictures posted all the way at the bottom of this page.

Friday I got my body fat measured using two different methods. The methods used were the Bod Pod and the InBody. I made sure to take some pictures of the process. Here is a short clip showing what information I learned from the analysis.

I suggest that each of you wishing to go along with me to find a place to get this analysis. You will be able to get this completed at most fitness centers.

Fitness Journal

Monday

I wasn’t sure if the gym was open, so I opted to stay home. I completed:

  • P90X – Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps.
  • 25 burpees
  • 1 mile run

I am a huge fan of P90X. I used to struggle to get below about 170 lbs. It wasn’t until I gave P90X a try that I was able to break through this plateau. I think it gave me a good mix of the cardio and resistance training I needed. Additionally, I think back then I ate way too many carbohydrates and not enough protein. If you want a complete system, I highly recommend P90X.

Tuesday
  • Insanity – Pure Cardio
  • 25 burpees
  • Ran 1 Mile on the treadmill

Insanity, like P90X, is a Beach Body product. It differs from P90X in that it is more intensive with the cardio. The first time I ever did Insanity, the warm up about did me in.

The videos have some well timed water breaks during the run time of the video. When starting out, however, I would press pause every 3 minutes to take an “unofficial” break. The next week when I would do the same video I would decrease my unofficial pause breaks to every 4 minutes of play time.  I did this until I was able to complete the entire videos without needing any unofficial pause breaks.

I like using Insanity to burn a lot of calories and I like that P90X is more focussed on resistance training. It is important to incorporate both into your routine. I would recommend starting out with Insanity because of the cost. With P90X, you are required to purchase weights and a chin up bar. Instead of weights, you can also use resistance bands. Insanity only requires you, a T.V., and a DVD player.

Wednesday
  • Back and Biceps
  • Abs
  • 2 minute plank
  • 30 Burpees
  • 1 mile run on treadmill

I use an app on my phone called JeFit to track my workouts at the gym. What’s really cool about the app is that it keeps track of your 1 rep max. It congratulates you each time you set a new one rep max. Here is a screen shot of what my Wednesday back and bicep routine looks like:

Thursday
  • Insanity – Cardio Power and Resistance
  • 30 Burpees
Friday
  • Legs and Shoulders
  • 15 burpees
  • Abs, including 2 minute plank
  • 1 mile run on treadmill

Saturday
  • Insanity – Max Plyo Interval
  • 35 burpees
  • 3 mile run on the treadmill

Food Journal

I like to use an app on my phone called MyFitnessPal. It is the easiest way I have found to count my calories. Some of you may be opposed to tracking your calories, but I suggest you try it. I bet you would find value even if you were to try it for a week so you could see how many calories you are eating. Another benefit is to see how many carbohydrates, fats and proteins you are consuming.

By using this app, I found that I wasn’t consuming nearly enough protein. In order to supplement my protein needs, I purchased the following protein powder from Amazon:

What I like about this protein is that it is plant based and organic. To make it, I like to blend a cup of milk, a scoop of protein, and about 5 ice cubes. It makes for a refreshing after workout snack.

Food Journal (January 2 - January 7, 2017) Click Here to Expand
January 2, 2016
Breakfast
Generic - Dry Roasted Peanut, 8 peanuts
Banacol - Banana, 0.6 medium banana
Lunch 1
Pj's Organics - Traditional Chicken Burrito (17g Protein), 1 Burrito
Pace - Medium Picante Sauce, 30 ml
Dinner
Firehouse Subs - Italian Medium Wheat, 1 serving(s)
Nabisco - Wheat Thins - Original - 100% Whole Grain, 15.5 g (16 pieces)
Snacks
Sun Warrior - Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder - Chocolate, 1 Scoop (21grams)
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
January 3, 2016
Breakfast
Generic - Dry Roasted Peanut, 8 peanuts
Trader Joes - Rolled Oats, 0.5 cup uncooked (45g/1.6 oz)
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 0.75 cup
Raisins, golden seedless, 0.1 cup, packed
Kirkland - Maple Surup, 0.05 cup
Lunch 1
Damn Delicious - Quinoa Chili, 1.5 Cup
Lunch 2
Broccoli, raw, 91 gram
Pita Pal - Roasted Garlic Hummus, 2 Tbs
Dinner
Mission - 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla (Fajita Size), 1 tortilla (28g)
Generic - Shredded Chicken, 7 ounce
Tomatoes - Red, ripe, raw, year round average, 0.25 cup, chopped or sliced
Pace - Medium Picante Sauce, 60 ml
Valentina - Salsa Picante, 1 Tsp
Snacks
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
Sun Warrior - Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder - Chocolate, 1 Scoop (21grams)
Zevia - Dr Zevia Natural Soda, 12 oz
Larabar - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, 45 g
January 4, 2016
Breakfast
Great Value - Sunflower Seeds, 0.05 cup
egg mcmuffin - Egg Mcmuffin, 2 sandwich
Lunch 1
Mission - 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla (Fajita Size), 1 tortilla (28g)
Pace - Medium Picante Sauce, 60 ml
Generic - Shredded Chicken, 4 ounce
CacheValley - colby &Monterey Jack cheese, 1 oz
Dinner
Spartan Zucchini Potato Coconut Soup, 1.5 serving(s)
'Detox' Salad full of Dark Green Leafy Veggies - Eat at Home, 1 serving(s)
Chick-Fil-A - Chargrilled, 1 sandwich
Chick-fil-a - Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce, 1 packet
Snacks
Zevia - Dr Zevia Natural Soda, 12 oz
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
Sun Warrior - Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder - Chocolate, 1 Scoop (21grams)
January 5, 2016
Breakfast
Great Value - Sunflower Seeds, 0.05 cup
GNC Ultra Mega Green - Multivitamin , 1 capsules
Raisins, golden seedless, 0.1 cup, packed
Kirkland - Maple Surup, 0.06 cup
Trader Joes - Rolled Oats, 0.5 cup uncooked (45g/1.6 oz)
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
Lunch 1
Clif - Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Trail Mix Bar, 45 g
Dinner
Generic - Shredded Chicken, 6 ounce
CacheValley - colby &Monterey Jack cheese, 0.75 oz
Avacado - Avacado, 0.75 oz
Valentina - Salsa Picante, 2 Tsp
Mission - 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla (Fajita Size), 1 tortilla (28g)
Tomatoes - Red, ripe, raw, year round average, 1.1 oz(s)
Heinz - Tomato Ketchup (Grams), 34 g (1T)
Snacks
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
Sun Warrior - Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder - Chocolate, 1 Scoop (21grams)
January 6, 2016
Breakfast
Great Value - Sunflower Seeds, 0.05 cup
Raisins, golden seedless, 0.1 cup, packed
Kirkland - Maple Surup, 0.06 cup
Great Value - Rolled Oats, 0.5 cup
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
Dinner
Stonefire - Tandoor Baked mini NAAN, 1 Naan
Rice - Brown Cooked, 0.5 cup
Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari) Recipe, 1 serving(s)
Snacks
Zevia - Ginger Rootbeer Soda, 1 can
Sun Warrior - Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder - Chocolate, 1 Scoop (21grams)
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
January 7, 2016
Breakfast
General Mills - Corrected 5-8-2014 - Cheerios - Original, 1 cup (28g)
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 0.5 cup
GNC Ultra Mega Green - Multivitamin , 1 capsules
Lunch 1
Broccoli, raw, 101 gram
Tribe - Fiery Sriracha Hummus, 28 g (2 Tbsp)
Eat Well Embrace Life - Zesty Sriracha Carrot Hummus With Sunflower Seeds and Apricot, 28 g (2 tbsp)
Lunch 2
Generic - Shredded Chicken, 6.9 ounce
CacheValley - colby &Monterey Jack cheese, 1 oz
Mission - 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla (Fajita Size), 1 tortilla (28g)
Valentina - Salsa Picante, 1 Tsp
Pace - Medium Picante Sauce, 30 ml
Dinner
Arby's - Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich, Crispy, 241 g
Arby's - Horsey Sauce, 14 g
Arby's - Arby's Sauce, 28 g
Arby's - Buffalo Chicken Slider, 1 Slider
Snacks
Generic - Dry Roasted Peanut, 8 peanuts
Milk - Whole, 3.25% milkfat, 1 cup
Sun Warrior - Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder - Chocolate, 2 Scoop (21grams)

Progress Pictures and Stats

I don’t notice much of a difference between my week 0 and week 1 pictures.

  • Week 1 weight: 171 lbs.
  • Waist Circumference: 35.5″ (Measured at the widest part of my waist)

Brimming Waist Progress Picture - Week 1

Brimming Waist Progress Picture - Week 0

View of my spare tire from the front
Spare tire from the back a.k.a. love handles