Dissection Of The Funt



  • Well, its been 4 months since my last post in the old thread, and time has not been kind.
     
    Though it could be worse - I left for NZ at 102.3 and came back at 102.7 which was mainly down to all the walking.
     
    Back at work now and with more time in the office and less working from home, I will be working to a better routine, with less available sugar to call upon when bored/tired/pissed off (I'm having sugar withdrawals as we speak). The "control pants" I have at work are somewhat snug and some of the shirts I bought in the low 90s aren't going to be a good look right now.
     
    I'll get the spreadsheet set up and do the weight + tape measure thing after getting into warmups this week.
     
    The goal is 90kg by my birthday (5 months from yesterday). Going to take a fair bit of work but it can be done.



  • Good luck NTA, I did the same about this time last year and dropped down to 90kg fairly quickly - walking every day and no sugar. Actually, I'd have thought that with how hot it is out west you'd struggle to keep the weight on. 😉



  • Actually, I'd have thought that with how hot it is out west you'd struggle to keep the weight on. 😉

    Smart arse. 
     
    Actually, you'd think its more a case that shivering in the wife's idea of "mild" would have the kilos falling off. Alas, we have a fully stocked pantry.



  • yea my Missus keeps telling me I dont need to lose any weight, but am back up to 95.5kg...the holiday period has been such that 
     
    TBH am pretty happy with my shape, stomach aside, but seeing my dad and brother in worse state, I know I have a real battle!!
     
    a) eat too much
    🆒 drink too much'
    c) too farken hot to run my usual route at work and then spend 3 hours sitting in my sweaty clothes until I cool enough to make it worth having a shower! 
     
    In better news, I had my annual check up last week, doc says am in great shape, maybe a few kg over, low blood pressure, low cholestorol, and more importably, a clean bill on the other test males should get when they leave thier 30's....fortunately by the less invasive manner.
     
    Was good too, he asked questions no other Doctor has asked me before; how is the mental state, how is the sex life.



  • The annual medical is a good point - getting blood tests picks up a lot of shit you otherwise might miss. I don't really do it because I'm a regular blood donor I know my BP is always around 120/70. Plus they haven't called me to say "that last lot of plasma you gave us? Uh, yeah..."



  • I donate too, but had a couple of moles that I wanted looked at too as well.
     
    I am not sure what they test you for after you donate here??
     
    As I said, I got my bloods done for cancers too, as they are a more accurate way than the invasive prostate exam....



  • Good to see you back in the game Nick.
     
    Just remember its 80% diet, 20% exercise so dont feel you need to slog it out on the pavement etc to get results. Just focus on getting your eating right first and foremost and results will come.



  • Yeah diet has started well if the sugar withdrawal headache yesterday is anything to go by 🙂 If I minimise the processed sugar component, the cravings just don't arise so I'll concentrate on that to start with and gradually cut portions - at that point I can go back to a restricted form of Diet Day Off every Saturday and really get to work on it.
     
    This week just been doing a bit of basic work to make sure there are no injuries that are going to prevent progress. The goal is going to be ~12kg inside 5 months which will look easy the first 8 weeks but then start to get really hard. At that point I might even start to produce enough muscle mass that

    I am not sure what they test you for after you donate here??

    I'm AB+ which is "universal donor" status (about 4% of people world wide) so when I donate plasma they mark it as "clinical" i.e. take it straight to the local hospital for use. They do a bit of screening on it there just for the obvious nasties, because they're pretty much using it straight away.



  • Official measurement Day 0:
     
    Weight 101.8kg
    Chest 115
    Waist 107
    Hips 111
     
    Dang!



  • Official measurement Day 0:
     
    Weight 101.8kg
    Chest 115
    Waist 107
    Hips 111
     
    Dang!

    The elusive hourglass figure.



  • Yeah diet has started well if the sugar withdrawal headache yesterday is anything to go by 🙂 If I minimise the processed sugar component, the cravings just don't arise so I'll concentrate on that to start with and gradually cut portions - at that point I can go back to a restricted form of Diet Day Off every Saturday and really get to work on it.
     
    This week just been doing a bit of basic work to make sure there are no injuries that are going to prevent progress. The goal is going to be ~12kg inside 5 months which will look easy the first 8 weeks but then start to get really hard. At that point I might even start to produce enough muscle mass that
     
     
     
     
     
    I'm AB+ which is "universal donor" status (about 4% of people world wide) so when I donate plasma they mark it as "clinical" i.e. take it straight to the local hospital for use. They do a bit of screening on it there just for the obvious nasties, because they're pretty much using it straight away.

    I can't donate blood. Something to do with 'Mad Cow Disease'.
    Personally I don't think that who I choose to marry should have anything to do with it, but them's the rules.



  • topic diversion here...see I dont quite get that Mad Cow thing, my wife being in the UK during that time cant donate in NZ, but can in the UK.
     
    If you were born or arrived in the UK >1998 (I think it is) do they restrict who can donate to you based on them being being in the UK in that time period in the UK where Mad Cow was about (80'sish....???) 
     
    Are there not tests to see if the blood has this in it, I expect there is a pretty decent number of potential donors in NZ they are excluding because of it?



  • Are there not tests to see if the blood has this in it, I expect there is a pretty decent number of potential donors in NZ they are excluding because of it?

    Very few donor centres in the Waikato from ahem "close contact" with cows I understand  :yes:
     
     
    But yeah I guess they have to weigh the cost of testing the samples of everyone who ticks "Mad Cow" versus business as usual.
     
    Same as people who get tatts or dudes who are into dudes. You'd think with HIV now being well established, people would know whether they're cool to give blood, but even the porn industry occasionally gets a scare.



  • Still, I woulda thought with the possibly hundreds of thousands of peeps in NZ that are excluded (Kiwis, ex-pat Brits) from donating because of this, the extra donations would outweigh the cost, but then I guess the cost must be extortionate to set it up?? 
     
    Just seems odd to me, that is all...
     
    I had a nice homegrown lettuce, homegrown cherry tomato and not home grown teriyaki chicken salad for lunch again today, YUM!!



  • Saturday is officially the weigh-in day (and Treat Meal day) so none of the measurements changed this morning except weight: 101.2kg
     
    Didn't do too much this week except a 15km bike ride to start toughening the glutes again, as well as putting the eating markers back down.
     
    Onward and downward.



  • Good luck. Good to see you back in the saddle.
    Why don't you do this, it'll work: Home from work, have a green vege salad, and half a piece of fruit (for sugar) then go out for an hour ride every evening at good speed. Don't eat anything afterward, just plenty of water and sleep. As you sleep,  fat will be used to replenish the muscle glycogen stores.



  • Might put that in the mix for week 2. Nights on which to do it are limited due to kid shit.
     
    Sunday I put in about 160kg of concrete around the pool area because the neighbour's retaining wall is fucked.
    Monday was Australia Day, so I drank beer
    Tuesday was karate.
    Tonight I ran 3km in 17 minutes and then walked another 1.8km home in similar time. Not a bad start for the road work.
     
    Once I can pull it in to under 16:30 I'll go back to 5km - or if I'm feeling particularly stupid



  • Weigh in today:
     
    Weight 100.8kg
    Chest 115
    Waist 107
    Hips 110
     
    So 1kg down since Day 0 (11 days). Not huge results, but then I haven't been burning a lot, and sneaking the odd treat here and there. This week I'll start incorporating some body weight exercises into the mix in order to get the heavy lifters burning.
     
    I'm going to be tested in the next month or two - work has basically said they're running out of funded projects, so they've given me the opportunity to work on something new. BUT it requires me to commute into town - 1 hour train ride each way, compared to my current 6km driving commute (which can take up to half an hour depending on dickheads).
     
    So in addition to having a larger selection of lunch outlets to choose from, I'm going to have less time to organise my day. And I can't just jump in the car and go home quickly for a run or ride before picking the kids up.
     
    Wife is stressed about it, but I figure given we're going to need to pick up extra before/after school care, plus the cost of the commute, I'll need to ask work for another $10K p.a. to make it worth my while. After all, while I appreciate the flexibility I've had to date, as well as the opportunity to get into a new technology, I'm going into the city past a whole heap of jobs that suit my existing skillset and pay more than I'm currently getting. Skills that I've used to help the company generate or save millions.
     
    We shall see.



  • Have you thought about riding to the 2nd or 3rd train station from your home, that way you get two good rides a day. And should save you money as well



  • I've considered it - nearest station is about 6km by bike so I'd have to go further afield to get a decent ride. Unfortunately, it presents a few problems:

    • Bike security is not a great feature of stations in my area, so leaving the bike there is risky
    • Taking it with me costs more
    • Sweating on the train is not a fantastic option either way, though I'm sure that will matter less in the cooler months
    • I'll be severely stretched for time if I need to make a certain pickup/dropoff at either end of the day with the kids
    • Not sure about the shower/change facilities at the other end at this point
       
       
      I think I might have to look at what the new workplace has, then consider whether I can go for a run at lunch or something...