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The hardest thing to sticking to a diet is people giving you food you are not supposed to eat. I am good to not over indulge but the damage is usually already done. If it happens early in the day I try to adjust my food the rest of the day accordingly but at the end of the day it is tough to compensate. I am pretty good at saying no most of the time but when someone does something nice for you it seems wrong to say no. So I try to walk more steps or do more reps or add in an exercise to help burn off the extra calories but I never let it get me down. Each day is a new day and new challenges and yesterday is over and done with. There will always be setbacks but it is the journey forward which keeps us going not the past that should hold us back.

Tiny TigerEvery day I keep working towards my goals in fitness and in health. Even if it is a little bit. Yesterday I was able to reduce my calorie intake fairly well. Hope to keep that up. I got to the gym this morning and did a little bit of weights. I have rocked my 10k steps everyday. I may not accomplish every daily goal but as long as I try that is what counts and tomorrow is a new day.

Resistance BandsI got my resistance bands yesterday and since I woke up a little later than normal I decided to try them out instead of going to the gym this morning. I tried a few of the suggested workouts in the pamphlet that came with the bands. I can tell I need to try experiment more with the bands and find the right tension. Either it was too easy or too tough but I didnt want to wast time trying each one this morning., i will take another crack at them tonight. I also need to watch some Youtube videos to find some good exercises with them. I cant really tell if I actually got a workout from the or not. I think I prefer weights but I am not discounting the bands yet. I am willing to believe it is more operator error than anything else.

In other news my first week back fitbitting and I am successful for getting my 10k steps and 5 miles or more each day. Pretty happy with that accomplishment. Was able to get all of my steps in yesterday even with having a friend over to watch a movie. If you haven’t seen John Wick you should cause it is awesome. 2nd viewing was just as good as first viewing.

TigerfiercebabyThis week I got back down 250lbs and maintained a 32 BMI. I realize that the amount of calories I am adding in from the protein shakes was spiking me up this week and I hit 255 at one point. So this weekend I cut back on calories in my meals. So instead of supplemental I will be looking at one of my shakes as a replacement meal. I hit the gym every day and have my rest day today which is still yoga and some body weight exercises (main reason Monday is rest day is gym is closed). I cooked and bought way too much food the week before so I am letting the leftovers carry into this week and not doing anything but veggies this week for dinners. We will see playing with calorie counting this week what results I can attain on the weight side. Hoping to see a nice downward trend start this week.

TigerWalkingCloserHgI have done the walk 10k steps/5 miles a day thing off and on for the last 3 years. I really believe it was one of the big helpers for getting me to lose as much weight as I did when I first did Paleo back in 2013. I can actually keep up the habit pretty well but when I fall off the wagon i fall hard. I think I average without trying between 2400 and 4000 steps a day at work and on a weekend when I am just sitting around my apartment 1000 to 2000. So it takes some effort to actually get my step count back to 10k a day. I always forget though how much my legs and feet hate me for adding in those extra steps. Perhaps the smart man would ease it up but I just jump right in. Last 2 days 10k steps goal reached. I eliminate any pleasurable things like reading or playing games until I hit my goal at night. So 2 day streak.

GNC1-13512494dtI was very apprehensive about using protein powder. I have no idea why. Perhaps I thought it wasn’t for me or not necessary or that it would taste nasty. After doing some googling and a good bit of research plus speaking to friends who are trainers or train I felt perhaps I should be taking protein powder as a supplement. Still wasnt sure if it was going to taste nasty or not. This weekend I took the plunge and bought the smallest bag of Whey Protein I could. Which is fricken expensive. The next morning before my workout I made a shake. Damn that was tasty. After my workout I made another shake. Still tasty. I immediately went out and bought the big container of Whey protein. I also got a discount card because dame that shit is expensive, So I give the chocolate flavor 2 thumbs up. I will try out some of the other flavors as I go on for variety but as I am a creature of habit I will probably stick with chocolate. It will be a few weeks before I will really say it is helping with my weight training. I think it is but will need to see results.

FitbitI have had my Fitbit One for a few years now. A few months ago it wasn’t syncing so I put it away but I decided to try and get it working again. Today I got it to work so I will be tracking my steps and working on doing 10k steps a day again. I will also be using the Fitbit site to track calories too. I even synced my Aria scale with the right WiFi so now that should update my profile as well. When I am back in the states I will get one of those fancy new Fitbit Watches that tracks if I am dying and stuff. The mark up here in India is ridiculous so it will be cheaper to pick up while I am in the States.

Aside from that I have been hitting the gym successfully everyday or doing exercise at my apartment doing body weight exercises and yoga. I am doing my protein shakes in the morning before I go to the gym and then immediately after along with one protein shake before bed. The morning I have 2 eggs either hard boiled or prepared another way. My lunch is salad with chicken strips. Dinner is a vegetable dish with some other prepped meat mutton, chicken or rumaki this week. I have cut out the snacks for now and extra fruit. Drinking a good amount of water. I feel great. I get a solid chunk of sleep. I am able to even get a couple hours of gaming in the evening and an hour of reading. Plus 30 minutes of meditation in the morning and 30 minutes at night. Its a packed day with work but it is a good day.

Tiger eating

The more I research on weight training the more I realize I need to add more protein in my diet. I have some good sources in my whole food diet but I will be trying out some supplements soon with protein powder. I guess I will be moving towards a little more primal than paleo with my whey protein but I would rather be doing it right than doing it wrong. I’m not going to be replacing meals but supplementing my meals with protein shakes in the morning before my workout and right after. Rest of my diet should relatively stay the same. Lets see how this goes

yogatiger

I realized I started practicing Yoga 10 years ago thanks to a friend dragging me out to a class. Prior to that class my knowledge of Yoga was what I had seen from the old PBS 70’s show and Street Fighter. To my surprise it was a lot better than the PBS yoga but sadly not as cool as spitting fire and stretchy limbs. Over the years my Yoga practice has fluctuated from dedicated to nonexistent but what is great about yoga is you always carry it with you. For me it has always been about the breath and meditation. The physical aspects of yoga are cool but secondary to my practice. In time I will need to master them all but for now I am calm and happy with my breath and meditation.

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So not really progress. In the last 2 weeks I have gained 2 pounds and my BMI went up by 2%. Not exactly the number progress I was working for. Now if I go for appearance some parts of me have thinned out some and my arms and legs have a lot more muscle. I also learned how to use one of the workout equipment pieces I was unsure of this weekend which add a few more weight exercises to my routine. Its not all about the numbers. Still going and working hard.