Getting Un-Fat

I have to admit that over the last few months, I’ve been pretty terrible at keeping myself active.  Typical work day would result in me coming home STARVING, going straight to the kitchen and starting up dinner, watching tv, getting online… and it was just an overall feeling of laziness because I was exhausted from work.  Now, I “try” to get to work by 8 so I can get out at 5 to fit a ride in because the sun’s going down earlier and earlier.  I’ve somehow gotten it into my head not to overeat as well.  I’m also going on a fried food hiatus.  Recently, I’ve recognized how often I was eating french fries.  A good two and a half years ago, I seriously couldn’t remember the last time I had a burger and fries.  I wanna go back to that.  My problem is that if you put all this food in front of me, I can eat it.  If you tell me that you’re going to throw away food, I’m going to eat it.

Ever since getting this bike, I’ve been pretty motivated to ride this thing every chance I get.  I hope it doesn’t wear off.  I hope I keep this going for years and years to come.  Granted, I spent more than some would plan on spending on a bike if they’re not a serious rider, but I WANT to get serious about it.  Now that I’ve stated it on this blog, I’m held accountable, haha.  I have to get serious.

I think one trigger for me getting serious about this whole thing was the health checkup they do for free at work.  I think for someone my height, I’m supposed to be down to 165lbs in order not to be called overweight…  I’m currently lingering around 200lbs.  I think according to their chart, if I kept the trend up, I was on my way to being obese.  It was also the first time that they told me I was about to have high blood pressure and I was about to have high cholesterol.  No bueno.  I used to be able to breeze through these stupid checkups.  Now I actually have to pay attention to this stuff.  Maybe I should use my damn health insurance for seeing the doctor on a yearly basis, lol.

Another trigger was Mr. Allan Jamir.  Success story.  We flew up to New York City the other weekend and he confirmed that he weighs less than me.  Allan used to be really fat and unattractive.  When we saw him coming downstairs from his work to meet us when we first arrived, I had to really say, “Damn he looks good now.”  Haha.  I know they walk alot in NYC, but my face is looking fat in pictures.  Good thing I’m behind the camera most of the time.

Also, it was pretty depressing when we were at the UNIQLO grand opening of their worldwide flagship store that all I could fit into was their SIZE 38.  Give me the benefit of the fact that I’ve usually had big thighs because of all the running I used to do.  Their $10 jeans were sort of straight fit for guys with skinnier legs than me.

The last time I was close to 200lbs was like 3 and a half years ago and I was able to get back down to 165.  So I think it’s doable if I can keep this up through the winter.  Speaking of Winter, I bought a bike trainer for 50 bucks on Craigslist to mount my bike on so I can ride when it’s cold outside.  I seriously have no excuse to not workout every day because I can watch TV episodes while I’m on there.

Anyway, here’s to losing a few pounds and feeling healthier.

One Drunken Weekend. BONUS video included!

Whenever the Houston friends come into town, you can expect the “excessive”.  This term was coined during camping last year.  Pre-drinking at Marc’s, Pluckers for wings and beers, then we end up somewhere in the warehouse district.  That was Friday.  Saturday involved pho to soothe the hangover, a brewery tour at the Jester King Brewery for more beer, then Albert and his band had a show which was the first time for a lot of us, then dirty sixth to Mike Canlas’s delight.  Luckily I don’t play golf (yet) so I didn’t have to wake up early like some people.  But we did meet them at Buffet Palace for lunch.  For dinner I was telling myself I had enough of eating out, but we still went to have burgers at Mighty Fine BECAUSE THEY CLOSED RED ROBIN ON BRODIE.  BOOOOOO!  Overall, it was a fun weekend.  Luckily we don’t do this very often, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun when we do.

I brought out the camera to our brewery visit which was pretty fun and relaxing.  I picked up a cheap Velbon monopod several weeks back to help stabilize the camera without having to awkwardly set up a tripod everywhere, but there’s obviously tradeoffs.  It’s very portable, but the footage is still too shaky for my liking.  There’s a good Manfrotto monopod that runs for almost $300 bucks but I don’t think that’s within my budget at the moment.  There’s a ton of camera equipment I feel like I need before we do a lot of travelling soon but I’m just postponing the splurge for as long as possible.  With all this equipment, I still don’t think I have any aspirations of going into video or photography professionally.  I might try a trial gig for fun, if I ever get good enough…  It’d be nice to be able to have some extra cash I suppose.  But I just wanna take nice pictures and video without any pressure from a client who’s expecting quality work.  I don’t really need that added stress right now.

Anyway, here’s the video…

Thoughts of a Coffee n00b

As of recently, I’ve been drinking iced coffees almost daily and it’s really altered the way my head and body feels.  This espresso machine came with our apartment ever since we moved in over a year ago and never really used it because I was using these Senseo pods instead of freshly ground beans and the taste of the coffee was just alright.  But now that I’ve opened up this huge bag of free coffee beans I got from Costco through a work promotion, I’ve been addicted.  The difference with using freshly ground beans is huge.

I’d never used an espresso machine until we moved into this place, but thanks to YouTube, there’s tons of video tutorials on how to properly make espresso, maintain the espresso machine, and also what good espresso shots should look like.  Also, just watching the Starbucks barista here at work (yes, we have our own Starbucks) gave me a clue of how this whole coffee thing works.

So about how all this coffee has affected me.  I’ve had less sleep than I probably was getting a year ago.  I used to be able to wake up on my own with no alarm clock around 8:30 and get myself to work by like 9:30.  But lately, because I’ve had some early meetings where my work status needs to presented, I’ve been waking up around 6:00 doing some work from home, getting to work at like 7:30.  The coffee helps in keeping me up.  But as the work day goes on, I just have this eternal minor head buzz.  And when I get home, I’m way more tired than I ever used to be.  Is the answer to this more coffee?  Probably not a good idea.  But it tastes soooo goooood.  Sooner or later, I’ll need to try to just limit my intake of this stuff to the weekends or something.

Birthday week = Fatness

Hmm.  So this week has been pretty gluttonous.  It’s kinda gross after looking at this list of what we’ve eaten.

Tuesday: Red Lobster Endless Shrimp
Wednesday: Free Gourmet Burger at Red Robin – A1 Peppercorn Burger
Thursday: Rudy’s w/ peeps
Friday: Jack Allen’s for Lunch – Chicken enchiladas (meh). My parents and Kristine’s parents cook a ton of Filipino food at our place.
Saturday: 10 mile morning ride, Fredricksburg Brewery – Another Burger.  Golden chick for dinner
Sunday: leftovers for lunch, SALT LICK family style for dinner.

I think I’m done eating meat for a while.  Actually we have to eat these leftovers and then I can fast from meat for a while.  And I need to get some exercise again.

High-Fiber Poops are Number One

If you’re really looking to feel refreshed, lightweight, and “cleansed” for lack of a better word, eating a lot of food with a lot of fiber content is the way to go.  I’m 26 and I don’t think fiber is for old people.

Here’s what my diet consisted of yesterday:

Breakfast

  • 1 bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread with peanut butter

Lunch

  • 100% whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meat sauce

Snack

  • a Fiber One bar (35% of your daily fiber in that one bar!)

Dinner

  • a bowl of ground turkey chili with some random “chili” beans we had in our pantry.  I would’ve preferred black beans, but that’s okay.

So yeah… at the beginning of the week, I was around 186ish… now i’m at 180.  You may call it cheating cuz I weighed myself at 180 after dropping the kids off, but in any case, I feel motivated to keep going to the gym every day (even if it’s just for 30 minutes of medium to intense activity on the elliptical) and eating these foods which make me feel full and help clean my digestive system of all the literal crap inside of it!