Archive for the ‘Measurements’ Category

So I went shopping on Friday, at JC Penney and Ross. Because I’m cheap. And I like getting t-shirts for $4 and shorts for $18.

Anyway, the reason I went shopping is because my great, but well-worn, shorts from American Eagle are 34. And they keep sliding down, so much so that I have to tighten the belt to the point where the tops of the shorts looks like some kind of ruching material!

I tried on some 32 shorts, the next common size down. Not yet. Still tight.

But the size 33 shorts, in different brands, fit great.

So, all the working out and sweating and getting up at the crack of dawn is actually starting to payoff! Huzzah and hurrah.

And after cramming 2 hotdogs and 2 cheeseburgers down my gullet on Memorial Day, I felt like that 33 number would not last for long. So I did 45 minutes straight on the elliptical this morn at LTF, burning 760 calories. I followed that with 85 sit ups. I have yet to break 100. I usually do five sets of 20, nail the first 2 reps, and then start to get tired. But it’s a start. And I have to say, without JEFit and MyFitnessPal, I would be lost. They are getting me in great shape, and they’re free!

Still have back pain from the back/bicep/forearm workout on Wednesday. I picked the barbell up wring, and it hurt. I hope it goes away soon. I have another full day to rest (today) before my back workout tomorrow.

Need to take my measurements, it’s been a while. I am hoping I see improvement all over, even slight would be good. Bigger arms, chest, smaller waist etc.

Now…back to the grind.

Oh dear.

Friday, I finally got to see the Avengers. Jolly good it was too. But I had little time to eat before going to see the 6pm show, so I thought I’d be a bit naughty and get a burger and fries from Good Times. I had over 11 calories left, I figured that would be plenty.


It turns out that a Big Daddy burger has over 900 calories in it! And the fries, 400. That’s 1300 calories and it wasn’t even that filling, it was just grease and nastiness.

I also got candy for the movie, a British Lion bar. So I ended that day well over.

On Saturday, I had lunch with one of my girls. And she chose the venue. Jack In The Box.

After looking at the sad salad, I decided a spicy chicken burger would be better. That, with fries, took me to 900 calories. And Saturday is a non-workout day, giving me just 400 left for dinner after I counted in breakfast. Needless to say, I went over again.

Sunday, it was better. We had salads for lunch, and I had cereal for dinner. I was under. And today, lots of fruit and another salad for lunch, and I’m back on track with over 1000 calories left for dinner.

I also worked hard at the gym this morning. LTF is not too busy on Monday mornings (gee, wonder why) so I had no problem getting on any of the equipment I wanted. I also beat a few records, although most reps were the same as last time.

All in all, a good start to the week after a rotten end to the last one. Hoping for some more weight loss/muscle gain over the coming weeks, enough that it really starts to show.

I’ve been fluctuating between 205lbs and 207lbs since the 3rd week of my new healthy eating and exercise lifestyle. And it’s not easy getting up early, with bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep (new baby) to hit the gym for an hour every morning, and see NOTHING change on the scale. I mean, sometimes it goes up!

So when I got on the scale this morn, I was taken aback to see I had gone from 205.2 to 204.2. I double-checked. It was right.

Hoo – bloody – ray!

It’s not exactly monumental, and I know I’ll get on tomorrow and see 206 or 208, but it’s a new low for me (and a new high).

I also beat a few records of min in the gym today, and struggled with others. There’s a guy at the gym who looks like Thor, except with a Marine’s haircut. Working out near him is quite the ego-bruiser, as he benches the weight of a small country, and I’m struggling over 55lbs barbell curls.

Still, it’s all going in the right direction, and the cardio I can do easy now. I need to up that, but the treadmill is not good for the joints and that means I need another plan. Maybe 30 mins on the stair climber instead of the elliptical.

I usually do 10 mins on it after 30 on the elliptical. But 30 sounds tough, my legs may just buckle. Time will tell.

In other news, I’m addicted to the chili I made the other night. I do love a sweet and spicy chili. MOAR please!

So I asked my goodly wife to take my measurements this evening. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting really. After hitting the gym for over an hour a day, five days a week, and eating very sensibly 95% of the time, I figured I was in much better shape than before. Nope. Still a fatty. Actually, fat in all the wrong areas, and skinny in all the other wrong areas.

My measurements are as follows:

  • Weight: 207lbs
  • Height: 71″
  • Chest: 41.5″
  • Waist: 39.5″
  • Biceps: 15.25″
  • Shoulders (circumf): 50.25″
  • Forearms: 12.5″
  • Neck: 16.5″
  • Hips: 38.5″
  • Thighs: 24.5″
  • Calves: 15.75″

And after a bit of research, and inputting my wrist size, this is what I should be aiming for:

  • Weight: 180lbs
  • Height: 71″
  • Chest: 48.75″
  • Waist: 34″
  • Biceps: 17.5″
  • Shoulders (circumf): 54″
  • Forearms: 14″
  • Neck: 18″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Thighs: 26″
  • Calves: 16.5″

This is all nicely compared in a little illustration I quickly banged out here.

So, if you do the math, I need to add, or subtract, the following from my less than stellar physique:

  • Weight: LOSE 27lbs
  • Height: NO CHANGE
  • Chest: GAIN 7.25″
  • Waist: LOSE 5.5″
  • Biceps: GAIN 2.25″
  • Shoulders (circumf): GAIN 3.75″
  • Forearms: GAIN 1.5″
  • Neck: GAIN 1.5″
  • Hips: GAIN 3″
  • Thighs: GAIN 1.5″
  • Calves: GAIN 0.75″

All in all, I have a whole lot of work ahead. Oh yeah, and I just had a creme brûlée. Yes, it was within my calorie limit for the day, but what am I doing?! Still, salad for lunch and a pounding workout at the gym today helped with that detour from my fitness regime. Now, off to bed. Sleep, I miss thee.