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2012-366 Day 32 – Resolution Update

So we’ll use the first of the month to check on my resolutions. Okay? Okay.

1) One blog post (long or short) every day this year. – 100% so far, yay!

2) Lose 20 pounds. – Been bouncing back and forth between my low and high, starting to get more serious about watching what I eat to help. Going from my current weight (236ish), actually on pace to exceed this goal (which I won’t complain about).

3) Run 600 miles. – And failing miserably on this one. Haven’t been able to talk myself into getting up in the morning, and the extra karate isn’t helping. As long as I add 5 miles each month and make running more of a priority, I should be okay, but I need to get back on the horse. I’m thinking of running the Disney Half Marathon in September again, so training for that should go a long way to getting my mileage goal. 8.5/600 = 1.4%

4) Complete 5th Gup Green belt test by end of year. – On schedule even without belt skip.

5) Complete first novel. – Haven’t worked on this since last year, so no progress.

In all, an okay first month, with some areas to improve in, and a couple I’m doing really well in.

Weight: 236.4 Max: 240 Min: 234.4 Body Fat %: 24.9
Yearly Mileage: 8.5 miles
Current Belt: Purple – Next Belt: Orange (Blue?) – Next Test Date: 3/12
Fitocracy Level: 11 (12310 points, 960/2500 to next level) – ID: disciplev1

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  1. Stephen said

    Be aware that weight loss typically doesn’t follow a linear progression. Also, if you are incorporating any activities where you would be potentially increasing muscle mass, you probably want to refine this from “lose x pounds” to “achieve and maintain x% of body fat.”

    If you JUST want to lose 20 pounds, and you clock in around 240, then that’s only 8% of your body weight. We could safely drop that through rapid dehydration alone…it just wouldn’t stay off. A “normal” weight cut for combat athletes is usually in the 10% range (although it varies wildly beyond that).

    When I started losing weight, I was over 200 with bf% in the mid/high 20s. I cut my weight down to 170-180 and got my bf% down around 20. But via strength training, I GAINED 10 pounds…and dropped my bf% another few points.

    If you want to drop fat and keep it off, building muscle to “eat it” is a very effective tactic, but since muscle weighs more than fat…you have to account for that.

    Anyhow, you see my point.

  2. Matt said

    All too true, my friend. The 20 pounds is just a generic goal for the year, accounting for muscle gain and the like. In all, long term, I’d like to end up somewhere around 200 pounds (although if I just get my body fat back under 20% it’d be a start), but I’ll probably need your help from the nutritional/procedural standpoint when I get closer to there.

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