Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Steveston



I like the fishermans warf. The idea of walking around a bunch of fishing boats excites me, and thoroughly disgusts the girlfriend. My Grampa was a fisherman for a while, my other Grampa was a sport fisher, and my Mom worked for BC Fisheries as a fish inspector for a few years, so maybe it runs in my blood.
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Weight: Week One

To avoid discouraging myself, I'll just say that week one was neither productive or unproductive.  My weight as of Saturday was just shy of 215lbs, so I actually progressed further from my goal.  I did however manage to go to the gym three times last week, so I stuck to my overall goal in that sense, even if I haven't gone yet this week.

I'm not terribly worried though, it's an ongoing process, and I can't expect to start living like an angel (an extremely athletic one) from day one without paying someone else to help me.

I have one further goal for this week, and that is to start roughly tracking my caloric intake.  It's something I've thought about for several years.  I recall reading several years ago about how blogger Jeremy Zawodny did so and have kept it in the back of my mind ever since (even if I don't still have the actual link).  What he essentially did was to keep a spreadsheet where he tracked the number of calories he had each day, and compared it to his weight.  By knowing roughly how many calories you should be intaking each day, you can slowly reduce the amount you eat until, in comparison to your weight, you stay at the same level and begin to lose weight.  The idea is to determine approximately how many calories you need to retain your weight, then eat less than that.

While I don't have any intention of being as detailed as he did and want to place more emphasis on physical activities, it's still a great idea and one that appeals to my nerdy side (in terms of setting up the spreadsheet).  So I figure I'll give it a go and see how it works out.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

New season of Top Gear

This upcoming Sunday is the first episode of Season 15.  I've been an avid watcher of Top Gear for the last few years since I discovered it over here, and have watched many of the episodes a half dozen or more times.  What I'm most excited about however is the fact that they're talking about how they have tried to take the show back to basics.  I've found that the last two seasons have been trending downwards...still highly enjoyable, but not as good as past seasons.  They addressed this in a blog post after the end of last season, and I'm glad that they've kept it in mind.  Of all the various shows I follow, Top Gear remains my favourite and I'm greatly looking forward to this upcoming season.

Summer

Monday, 21 June 2010

The great weight struggle

So motivating factor #12 in posting on this blog again was to help motivate myself to meet several goals, one of which being weight loss.  I've always been a chubby fellow.  Not really fat, as all my kind-hearted friends and family constantly point out to me (I have a self-depreciating sense of humor and make fat jokes about myself), just not toned.

Last summer and fall I had nothing much to do so I worked out four or five days a week, and aside from putting on a large amount of muscle I also dropped a lot of weight, coming down to 202lbs for the first time in a number of years.  For reference, I'm 6'0" tall, and have a very broad build so I will never weigh as little as an Asian man of the same height.  I've always used my dad as a reference for weight, as he has is somewhat of an athlete and is of almost the same height and build.

My goal for this summer is to weight in at 200lbs by August 21st, 2010 (my cousin's wedding).  I currently weigh 213lbs, having made negative strides towards my goal in the past 8 weeks.

Furthermore, I wish to weigh in at 195lbs by September 30th, 2010.  I'll be happy to be back in the hundreds for the first time since high school.

I will reach this goal through two means:

  1. Regularly working out at the gym or running again.  I will do either at least 3 times per week.  At the gym I will focus on cardio and core muscle strength as opposed to body building as I did in the past.
  2. Eating less and better.  This means reducing meal sizes, reducing the number of carbs I take in (I love my carbohydrates), and generally just eating healthier.  I don't want to calorie count, but keeping a general tally won't hurt.

Yearly Updates

So I've decided to try updating this blog again.  Generally I'm not the bloggy type of person, and will only post on something like this if I have a reason.  When I first started posting, it was because I was extremely bored living in a small rural town.  A year ago, I did it to help shake the rust off my writing skills to help with school.  This time around I'm trying to both exercise my writing muscles while helping to self-motivate for some personal goals.  Regardless, I feel a need to first fill in any gaps to my non-existent readership as to what has happened since my last posting.  Despite the fact that most people reading this will know of the companies, people, and institutions involved, I will refrain from naming them directly and try to use witty synonyms whenever possible.

Since last summer I've continued my education, taking one course last summer and three in the fall, winter and this summer.  As it stands right now I have eleven courses remaining to complete my degree before I move on to higher levels of education.  Last fall I became involved with the business association at my school, acting as the Accounting Representative for the executive team.  This position has provided me with excellent connections, opportunities, and experiences.  I have also become involved in another club hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICABC) consisting of the presidents of all the accounting clubs in BC.  This has been a great opportunity, and has lead me to acting as the CA Ambassador for my school.

Last summer I continued to work as an Office Manager for a particular local restaurant chain.  I worked part time roles at four locations in various simultaneous combinations before taking a full time position at a fifth restaurant.  Last December I left this company to accept a spectacular job in a local accounting firm where I worked as  Junior Accountant doing bookkeeping, taxes, preparing financial statements and that sort of thing.  In March I left this position to refocus on school and ultimately finish my degree.  I made the decision to finish my remaining courses as quickly as possible, meaning taking five courses this fall and six next winter, as opposed to spreading it out over two or more years.

Perhaps the most exciting change in my life since my last posting was meeting a particular lady.  I have been with my lovely girlfriend since last December, and suffice to say am quite happy.  I've spent the last couple of days not communicating with her Grandparents, who don't speak any English and who I picked up from the airport Saturday evening.

Anyhow, I am currently fighting to keep my eyes open, so I'll end my summary here.  I could talk at length about any of the subjects I've mentioned, but I won't because it's not that relevant and anyone who wishes to know either already does or can ask me.