Reaching Out to the Circle

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hello Folks! It’s Round Shane again with another installment. This post is a little but different. I don’t have a different exercise circuit to post. What I DO have is a question. First, let me give you a little background.

Last Thursday, I received word that a long time friend from high school passed away after battling a long illness. He had just entered into hospice so his passing, in and of itself, was not a shock. It was the timing. Many of us, including my friend were under the impression that his passing was several months down the road. Instead, he was in hospice for less than a week. As grateful as I am that I got to spend quality time with him over the past couple of years (he lived in my native state of Georgia), I was devastated by the news.

Now, onto my question. The first couple of days after hearing of his passing, I just wanted to lie under a blanket and withdraw. It didn’t exactly help that I hadn’t been feeling well up to that point. Needless to say, the workout circuits were the furthest from my mind. So, I ask my like-minded readers and bloggers, what keeps you getting back onto the proverbial horse when life has hit you a sucker punch. Most days, I just have to remember the progress I have made so far and that keeps me going. This week, the motivation was just not there (not even when the scales indicated a 1.6 lb. gain).

I look forward to any input as I am sure I am not alone in my situation. Motivation can get sucked away in more ways than what I faced. Perhaps just writing about it helps. To paraphrase Lynn Johnston, who drafts the comic For Better or For Worse, writing may at times fee like having surgery. Still, a person has surgery when something needs to come out.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!

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It Seems Only Appropriate To Add DumbBells

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hi Folks,

It’s Round Shane once again with another installment.

Well, folks, I must admit (rather sheepishly) that I somehow lost JUST enough focus on my blog that I had a week that went by where I completely failed to track my weight or post to this blog. To be honest, I have no idea what caused such a distraction. Given that there have been a number of you that have been incredibly supportive of my journey (as well as some new followers who have joined), I wholeheartedly apologize.

Now onto some good news. Today’s weigh in shows that my weight has gone down again. I weighed in at 278.8 lbs. That is a 4.2 lb loss from the previous weigh in and a 9.9 lb weight loss to date. UGH! The double digits are SOOO close. I guess that is one way to remind me to stay on top of my routine better going forward. I am taking SOME consolation that it is my lowest weigh in to date.

In addition, I have made some other changes (which may be contributing to the most recent results. I have increased the repetitions on my kettlebell circuit. I also added a new circuit to my routine – dumbbells. In light of my misstep in blogging routine, it seems only appropriate. Honestly folks! I started the dumbbells right after the previous weigh in. I have included the new circuit below. For a beginner’s circuit, it definitely puts the work in workout.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!


Mastering the Yo-Yo

 

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hi, Folks. It’s Round Shane again with another installment. This post is probably going to be a hair shorter as I feel I need to get straight to a couple of points.

A little over two weeks ago, I lamented over the fact that I had gained some weight back. Needless to say, it was upsetting but I felt determined to reverse this course of backsliding. The following week, I was ecstatic over a significant loss (more than I had gained the previous week). In the words of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, that was sadly temporary. Once again, a round shape that I had not yet considered came into my fitness journey – the yo-yo. The image below is my chart showing my starting weight and my current weight to date.

The ups and downs of my journey.

The ups and downs of my journey.

 As I reviewed this chart, I noticed two things. First, I am still below my starting weight (288.7 lbs). I am not happy with my current weight of 283 but I could definitely be in a worse spot in my journey. Secondly, I noticed a commonality between this week’s gain and the previous gain from earlier this month. It was payday. It had become a long standing habit of treating myself to a lunch on payday. At two very significant points in this journey, I made a poor choice for my food intake. With another paycheck approaching, I must remember what can happen if I make the wrong decision again. It wasn’t just a single meal that did me in on those days. It was several meals combined by insufficient activity that lead to the yo-yo results. I can’t blame my employer (who provided the paycheck) or the food establishments. Neither of them made decisions for me. I DID IT!

I would also like to briefly address another round shape that has shown itself to me more than once in my journey. That shape is a chain link. Since I have started this blog, many have left comments and encouragement. The majority of these have come from fellow bloggers such as (but not limited to) The Keen Peach (a fellow Georgian), Cook It Slim, 50 Pound Monkey, and Ghrelin Gemlin. I know I am omitting some others and I ask your forgiveness. To ALL of you who have left me your comments – THANK YOU! ALL OF YOU HELP ME TO MASTER THE YO-YO!

I will be posting a new workout routine in my next post. For today, I leave you with someone who has mastered the yo-yo (literally).

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!


Three Steps Back But Still Forging Ahead

Lifestyle medications

Lifestyle medications

Hi Folks! It’s Round Shane once again with another update. So, this past week has definitely been a rough one for the family. In the past week, my brother is still in critical care in a hospital out of state. My wife and I had to put down one of our cats who was very sick. As if that weren’t enough, my wife injured her ankle and is laid up with a splint (a cast is soon to follow). Like I said, it’s been a rough week.

In addition to all of this, I went to see my doctor for  six month check up. My weight has had its ups and downs. It seems like whenever I meet with my doctor. My weight is on the up side. In spite of the fact that my weight had gone down in the last month, my weight had gone up since the last office visit. To be more accurate, I had also gained three pounds in this past week.

Getting on the scale, seeing the 3 pound gain and the emotions that came with that was a lesson in irony. Why? Because I had read more than one of my fellow bloggers getting upset over their own personal setbacks. I made it a point to try to encourage them. As upset as I was to see that three-pound gain, it was difficult to remain upset. Every time I would begin to brood over my weight, I would think about what I had told others. “Keep your chin up. ” “It’s a detour. It’s not a stop sign.” My comments to my fellow bloggers were sincere. Still, I have to remember that such encouragement also applies to my own journey. If I am trying to cheer someone up while letting my own setbacks keep me down, that’s a bit (unintentionally) two-faced. That simply won’t do.

Part of what is getting me through this is recalling my recent doctor’s visit. We briefly discussed the possibility of taking prescription medication for chronic gastric reflux. I told my doctor about this blog and my efforts to lose weight and get healthier. I then told her that I would prefer not to have another prescription medication in my routine. I explained that one of the reasons that I wanted to get healthier was to REDUCE the amount of medications I am currently taking. My doctor agreed. She described several of my medications as “lifestyle medications”.

Allow me to explain. I (as of this writing) weigh 283 lbs. I use a machine to sleep at night due to suffering from chronic obstructive sleep apnea. In other words, with my machine, I will literally stop breathing in my sleep (several times a night). On top of this, I am taking two medications for high blood pressure. I also take medications for Type II diabetes. [Aside to my wife – THERE! I SAID IT! I HAVE Type II diabetes. No more denial!]. But wait there’s more. I also take medicine to regulate my thyroid level. Topping it all off is sleep medication as I have battled insomnia since I was a young teenager. my medications are in the image at the top of this post. When my doctor said “lifestyle medications”, she meant that more than one of my medications became necessary due to being so overweight. I had always felt that but never had such a poignant label for it.

Reducing the need for medications and losing weight are both great complementary goals. I may not totally eliminate some of them. High blood pressure runs in my family. My mother, my brother, and I were all diagnosed before we hit our 30’s. But if I lose enough weight, my heart won’t have to work as hard. Plus, exercise will make my heart stronger (after all, it IS a muscle). Exercise and maintaining a healthy could help regulate my thyroid. A proper diet and weight control can also help to eliminate the need for medications to treat Type II diabetes. I had actually accomplished this about 10 years ago only to have it come back when the pounds packed on again in the years that followed. Will I get rid of the CPAP machine for sleep apnea? That’s unlikely. My father also has sleep apnea and probably weighs at least 100 lbs. less than I do. Still, I DO require less CPAP than I did 5 years ago. As a matter of fact, I require less CPAP than I did when I started it 13 years ago.

There is STILL light at the end of the proverbial tunnel for me. More importantly, the tunnel is only a part of my journey (not the entire ride). I have also added another exercise to my routine (more on that next week). So, I took three steps back but I am still forging ahead. Thank you all for your feedback. It helps me to keep working so I can have less of those little round bottles in my arsenal.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.