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Friday, June 8, 2007

Final Update - The MAYhem Diet

Thirty (30) days have come and gone. Results time.

Lost 8.75 lbs.

Reduced body fat by 2.5 percentage points.

Waist reduced by 1.5 inches.

Belly reduced by 2 inches.

Butt reduced by 2 inches.

Thighs reduced by 1 inch.

One thing I noticed is I feel much better. I've been rough on myself the last few weeks, sacrificing much needed sleep for a master's degree. I should have felt like complete crap everyday, but didn't. Granted, I didn't feel spectacular, as I was quite tired. But I didn't feel as bad as I should have. Very cool.

More importantly, my pants fit again! Now if I could just find time to get a tan...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Week 2 Update - The MAYhem Diet

Still no trouble following the diet plan. I've come to realize, however, that if I weren't so busy with school right now and I actually had a social life, the plan would be much harder to follow strictly. Then again, that's why I chose to implement it at this time.

Results thus far are encouraging: eight pounds of fat lost, three pounds of muscle gained, body fat reduced by three percentage points. As I mentioned last week, I am mostly concerned with muscle loss. Hence I ramped up my weight training routine, although I haven't spent more than a total of 30 minutes all week lifting weights. The formula of heavy lifting, high protien, and a modest amount of cardio is working out well.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Week 1 Update - The MAYhem Diet

One week in, and all is well. This diet is incredibly easy to follow. The meals are filling, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. Results so far are very acceptable. I've lost 4.5lbs - mostly fat - and reduced my body fat by 1 percentage point. My only concern was losing lean body mass (read: muscle) along with the fat. I've taken some steps to curb this, however, and they seem to be working.

I've also learned to curb my gluttony on the cheat days. You are given one day per week to stray from the plan and eat what you want, and I overdid it this time. The funny thing is that I gorged on pie and ice cream not because I necessarily wanted it, but because I could. This resulted in poor sleep that night, and a disappointing weigh-in the following morning. Lesson learned. Duly noted. Back to kicking ass.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Fat, Getting Fatter

Seems like I've been having to suck in my gut a lot lately, like I put on some weight or something. I was right.

Work and school have taken a toll on my waist, weight, and general health. Five days a week, I eat lunch at my desk, rarely sampling fresh air between 7am and 4pm. To borrow one from Dick Cheney, I'm in the "last throes" of my MBA program, and the volume of work is overwhelming. So it came as no surprise when last week, I weighed in at.. well, let's just say it's a 52 Week High. Until I finish my degree in early June, my ability to exercise is severely limited. The only way to combat this offensive weight gain is through the most dreaded method of all: diet. Since the next four weeks will be miserable anyway - consumed with schoolwork and deficient in any form of entertainment or amusement - I have decided to implement a diet. Heck, I really have nothing to live for until school finishes. Why not go on a diet?

I came across a rather strict plan on the front page of del.icio.us that claims to drop 20 lbs of fat in four weeks. This is a stricter version of the slow-carb diet used by the Ultimate Human Being Dean Carnazes. I would be happy with 15 lbs in that time, and I'd be even happier if I looked half as good as Dean. So I started on Monday.

Discipline is the biggest killer of diets for the majority of people. This isn't my first foray in hardcore diet/exercise regimens, though. In April 2006, I implemented a 16-week program I found in Men's Fitness (one of the few fitness mags I trust) that gave phenomenal results. So discipline isn't a problem. I treat these things for what they are - experiments in life - and I'm looking forward to seeing the results. Expect some updates along the way, assuming progress is realized.

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