Hey All! I promise I'm not dead I just have a hard time to find time to sit down and type one of these up! This update is just for my MDA journal!
(Written yesterday, modified today)
So - first thing is first. The title of my blog post is "full circle" and it's talking about my weight. A few months ago I had proudly posted a weight of 239 (and you best be sure I was darn proud of that!) but between the stresses of life change, my few weeks of 2-3 meals a day out with friends while saying goodbye, and the awkward and in between transition of adjusting to ship life (more like college dorms than I could have guessed) my weight had shot up significantly. Needless to say I'm doing something about it with the help of a cool contest on the ship. They are essentially calling it the biggest loser. When I weighed in on February 7th I came in at 115.4 Kg (About 254~255LBS). Well cheers to good eating, lots of walking (as measured by my new Jawbone Up! fitness band), and a few visits to the gym a week (ok, I lie, maybe one or two a week), I have come full circle and am now sitting at 108KG (approx 239lbs again). While I am partially ashamed that my weight jumped so high I'm also proud that it's come back down. This month I really think the goal of 233LBS is doable. (For any new readers 233LBS is 100lbs off of my highest (mesureable) weight.) This contest has been such a big help - as a group we workout together, keep each other accountable, and motivate each other. Of course I get judged hardcore by the others on my paleo ways but they are starting to come around. Even better is that co-workers are taking notice! One of the bands (a duo really) has even asked if I had any paleo books I can lend them! All in all I think I can make some proper physical changes to my body over the course of this journey. I'm also itching to go clothing shopping because I feel just so damn good!
Now all of that aside I'll write up a quick update on ship life. Today we are sailing on the Tasman Sea (one of the roughest in the world) - it's day 3. Not my first time doing it this cruise but it's still interesting to live with it. I had to modify my workout this morning to adjust to the rocking ship. On the downswing reps are uuber easy because everything becomes so light but on the upswing reps become uuber hard because everything becomes so heavy. Was an ok workout but I'm looking forward to landing at a port in New Zealand tomorrow because we will be at a standstill and I can get a proper workout and weigh in). Ship life seems to be a lot like college - cramped dorm rooms, pressure to party, and crappy food in the crew mess! I'm lucky though - as part of my Job status I'm allowed to eat dinner in guest areas :-). It's interesting living with the people you work with and seeing how people change when on and off duty. Also a major adjustment receiving my work schedule at 11pm the night before. It's the definition of "living one day at a time". All in all I feel good about this place. Don't know what my future holds and for all I know I may hate it and be ready to go home in July. Depending on my work opportunities when I get home I may come back. Guess I'll have to wait and see! For some people here this is a requirement to survive. For others it's a career stepping stone. For me it's an opportunity to grow as an individual. I am definitely grateful for the start of this journey and am looking forward to the rest of it!
Love and miss you all! I should be able to post more when I land in Hawaii in a month or so. I'll definitely post at the end of the month WHEN I hit that 100lbs goal that's been looming over me for way too damn long. I'm doing this!! Later!
SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333, 2 Years: 245lbs
Current Weight as of December 4th, 2013: 239
Short Term Goal: Happy brain, figure out direction in life.
Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension, Better sleep, Be a 1x Shirt
Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses