365 Adventures-2

365 Adventures-2

My original attempt at this 365 project would be to have me take a self-portrait every day.  Then I thought to maybe only have me somewhere in the shot at least.  I’m still not sure if I’m going to pursue that route.  Today, I had a little bit of extra time and so decided to have some fun with my camera and experiment with self-portraits.

365 Adventures-1

365 Adventures-1

I got the urge of starting a new 365 project. I’m busier than ever, but I remember back to when I first started getting into photography: I undertook one of these projects and it led me to seek out new things and in the process discover so much about myself. I just need to find a creative outlet for me to express myself in the middle of all my daily grind. So let’s see where this road will take me! 🙂

Day 101 – 214.5 pounds (reboot)

Hello again! So I am rebooting after a 10-day break. I’ve managed to be relatively good in spite of the 4th of July weekend and have remained in the ball park of where I was before.  I went on an impromptu break because I got a little bored with the daily posts and some other things in my life take priority. 🙂

I order to make things even simpler for myself I’m going to try and do some pseudo live posts.  I will start the day with my weigh-ins and publish the post and continue to add to it throughout the day.  This probably isn’t the best option for the few that wish to follow, but it works out better for me in terms of a journal.

So I just now finished having three over-easy eggs that I made myself and some coffee I made from Guatemalan beans that I’m almost out of.  Have a lot to do today, but I’m going to try and get at least a short run today.

The rest of day definitely did not go as planned.  Had some issues come up that threw me off and let me accomplish far less than I hoped to, but that’s now over with.  Had a late lunch of some reheated carne asada and some potato salad, and the later I picked up a spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A.

I was hoping to at least get a short run, but it was literally impossible with everything going on today.  On a positive note, I felt really good during a presentation I had to give today. 🙂

Day 85 – 214.2 pounds

Not much excitement yesterday.  Just woke up feeling a little guilty and not hungry so I skipped breakfast and instead I went to USC to study and work from my favorite courtyard.  There I had a cold-brew coffee and a coffee cake as my breakfast/lunch.  It was a beautiful day and the work kept me distracted from wanting to eat for the sake of eating.

I then headed over to my mom’s and ate some chop suey and this fried rice that she made. Semi-healthy, except for the part where I had an extra serving of the rice.  I later indulged in this milk-based jello she makes.  It was late enough in the afternoon where I felt I was done eating for the day and it actually worked out pretty well.

The morning weigh-in:

214.2 pounds

231.7 – 214.2 = 17.5 pounds lost

Day 84 – 214.6 pounds

I’ve been struggling with continuing my weight loss these lass few days and that has been entirely of my own doing.  Yesterday I started with my usual variation of eggs and had 3 scrambled.  I planned on having a larger lunch and then keep it light for the dinner, so I got a couple of Tacos out in Corona.  They were larger than I expected, but not too bad considering I would keep it light the rest of the day.

I jokingly told me fried I would take his girlfriend out on a date since he was out of town, and it ended up becoming true so we went along with another friend for dinner and I had a spicy Italian sandwich.  The sandwich itself wasn’t too bad, but I accompanied it with a cream soda, followed by a cocktail, and then a beer.  Beverages is where I’ve cut out a ton of calories recently, so this really threw me off. :-(.

 

The morning weigh-in:

214.6 pounds

231.7 – 214.6 = 17.1 pounds lost

Day 83 – 214.8 pounds

The day before:

Let’s change things up a bit.  Obviously I haven’t been keeping up with my food journal and I keep waiting to go back and finish all the previous entries.  Well, that is probably the surest way to get me to end the habit.  So I’m resuming it hear without worrying about the format because I need to keep posting since I feel this has helped me temendously.

For breakfast I went with 3 scrambled eggs cooked in 1 tablespoon of butter and I also had a small slice of a cake I baked.  I felt guilty about the cake so I ended up tossing the rest of it in the trash after I ate the slice.  I had a few errand to do mid-morning so I bought an iced white mocha from Starbucks to fuel me through my errands.

In the afternoon I went to the gym for my personal training session and I’m now up to 30lbs each arm on the rowing, squatting with 30lbs, I think the bench press is now at 60 lbs (sorry, not sure), pull bar at 80lbs, skull crushers are 12lbs each arm, and latter raises at 8 lbs each arm.  I’m feeling better now that I’m becoming more familiar with the weight-lifting equipment.  At the end of today’s session I unfortunately started feeling light-headed and ended up having to sit down and then went to lying flat on the ground while I recovered, haha.  I think this was due to not enough nutrition beforehand so I heated up one of those SteamFresh bags with a broccoli and cheese sauce food.  It was good and quite light on the calories.

It is now the early evening and time for school.  I bought a cold-brew iced coffee to have while I read some case studies. Felt pretty good so far, but then in class I started getting very hungry so during the break I, for the first time ever, had ChickFilA!  It was delicious, although the I’m not sure if was the healthiest choice.  Had a deluxe chicken sandwich with a large Diet Coke.

Got home after class and had an 8-ounce glass of almond milk to keep me from getting hungry before going to bed.

The morning weigh-in:

214.8 pounds

231.7 – 214.8 = 16.9 pounds lost

Day 77 – 214.6 pounds

D.77-214.6 – A somewhat expected small gain, but I was still hoping to get into the 213s. I had an exam yesterday, so that was my priority yesterday. I’ll start posting the WordPress journal entries as soon as I’m caught up. I am currently two behind. (Down 17.1 pounds)

Fitness

No exercise yesterday as I was focused on doing some last-minute, but I will resume working out Thursday evening.

Breakfast

Egg and sausage breakfast sandwich from eggos

Lunch

 

Some potato cream soup from a can that I modified a little to improve the taste. 🙂

Later I made myself a Strawberry-Banana shake that was delicious.

Dinner

Had an early dinner before I went to school.  I warmed up at bag of “buffalo broccoli” which were marinated as if they were buffalo wings and were quite spicey.  It was healthy, but the taste wasn’t great and won’t be buying those anymore.  This is one of several frozen foods I bought because they’re from Birds Eye, which is a company I’ve been researching for a project I’m working on at school.

Later at school, I picked up an iced vanilla latte from Starbucks just to give me some extra caffeine to last through the test.

Day 76 – 214.2 pounds

D.76-214.2 –  I stepped on the scale; stepped off and on again; and then did it one more time.  Holy shit! This is the lowest I’ve ever weighed probably since middle school!!  It seems I may have lost more weight in New York City than I had originally thought.  I did feel a little bloated when weighing myself yesterday, which made me fear I had gained weight during my trip.  Maybe I was still carrying around the extra weight from the late meal the night before?

I got a little emotional seeing this number.  There was a time not too long ago when I weighed over 300 lbs.  How much more? I was never quite sure as the scale didn’t go higher than that.  My weight loss journey has brought me countless friends, brought me confidence, turned me into a 10-time marathoner, even gave me the courage to come out.  I can go on for days about this, but the important thing today is that I feel like I’m once again back on this wonderful path: picking up where I left off.

Once again, I am thankful for each and every one of you who have supported me, sent me private messages, commented, or liked these posts.  You keep me on track and you let me know that I’m not alone.  I thank you and love you!  (Down 17.5 pounds)

Fitness

No formal exercise and lots of sitting as I spent most of the day waiting for our flight, then sitting in the plane for hours, and then rushing over to USC for my class at night.

Breakfast

Had a very early start and didn’t eat anything on my way out.

Lunch

Once I was done with the project I was working at in the morning I had to rush over to Riverside county so I gave in to convenience and ended up buying a sausage and egg McFuffin from McDonald’s.  Not a great choice, but I was hangry at this point.

Dinner

For dinner, I ended up eating really well.  I sautéed some vegetables and baked a breaded Tilapia.  The food was delicious and cooked by me!

 

Day 75 – 216.4 pounds

D.75-216.4 –  This is probably the most boring post ever on here!  Sorry, but still rushing to settle in from traveling and switching immediately back to school mode. (Down 15.3 pounds)

Fitness

No formal exercise and lots of sitting as I spent most of the day waiting for our flight, then sitting in the plane for hours, and then rushing over to USC for my class at night.

Breakfast

Had a breakfast burger with French fries at the airport.  I was really hungry but the taste wasn’t the greatest and I totally forgot to take a picture.

Lunch

Some snacks on the plane.

Dinner

 

I again forgot to take a picture.  For dinner I had a pepperoni pizzawich from WichWich that I bought on my way to class.

 

Day 74 – 2xx.x pounds

D.74-2xx.x –  Another boring post, but the focus has been the trip. lol (Down xx.x pounds)

Fitness

No formal exercise, but lots of walking.

Breakfast

Skipped

Lunch

Today, the plan was to explore as much of the city as possible and also go for a cruise around Manhattan on on boat.  So we decided eat in the hotel’s restaurant which I ended up regretting because is was expensive and because the food wasn’t the greatest.

Dinner

After spending much of the day exploring New York City, we were very hungry and fortunately found a nice restaurant in Bryant Park near our hotel.  It was the Bryant Grille (or maybe Café?) between 42nd and 41st street along 6th Avenue.  I had some calamari as an appetizer and a delicious bass.