Recommitment: Week 1 Update

I started a new chapter last week. I recommitted myself to my weight loss efforts, vowing to tackle the things that I’ve let slide. I’m now one week in, and that first week went pretty well!

My meal prep worked wonderfully. It was great to have the lunches and dinners that I prepared last Sunday all week long, and I spent a good part of today meal-prepping for next week! I roasted some pork, poached some salmon, sautéed some broccoli, and made a ton of cilantro-lime riced purple cauliflower, and mixed and matched them in different containers. My parents came over for dinner tonight, and the fifth meal is leftover zucchini bake.

I also made my lunch salads for the week, too!

Having the pre-made lunches and dinners meant I didn’t to worry about – or even think about – where my next meal was coming from. They provided a path for the week, although I strayed from the path as well. I had a rough night one day last week, where, well after dinner, I dealt with some disappointment and frustration by heading out and buying junk food at a convenience store. I’m trying not to beat myself up over it. It happened; I got back on track the next day, and my week continued onward.

Before I go further, I just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for offering up so much support and kindness after my last post. I got so many messages and comments, on the blog and across social media, and every single one of them was positive and affirming. I appreciate that so much.

One friend that reached out was my buddy Tom, who has a podcast called Fitness Disrupted on iHeartRadio. I was a guest on one of the very first episodes a little over a year ago, and he read my post and wanted to talk about it… on the air. So, the very next day, he interviewed me for his podcast, and the episode was released the day after that.

I’ve known Tom for years. He’s a health and fitness expert, an amazing guy, and an awesome friend, and it was really nice to talk through the things I wrote about in my last post. Hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to it! The episode is called “First Success, Now the Struggle with David Garcia” and you can listen to it wherever you listen to podcasts, including:  

In exercise news, I’m now 80% done with my goal of completing five stair workouts in a month. That’s four workouts completed, in case math isn’t your strong suit.

I completed my third bleachers workout yesterday morning, at the same high school football stadium I’ve visited the two weekends before. I did 41 ascents up a 40-step aisle, equaling 1,640 total steps, in 50 minutes.

And I got a nice selfie, afterwards, where there is a droplet of sweat hanging off the end of my nose, moments before it fell.

I also went to a gym, earlier in the week, for the first time since March. The gym at my work has reopened, by appointment only, with 25% capacity and lots of sanitation and social distancing measures in place. I spent 30 minutes on the StairMaster, climbing 101 stories, and then spent 10 minutes on an elliptical just to move my legs in a different way.

I’m pretty sure I haven’t spent 30 minutes on a StairMaster in years. Even before the pandemic, I would typically use the StairMaster for 10 minutes, 15 minutes max, as a warm-up for some other exercise activity. The 30 minutes earlier this week seemed unbearably long, but that may have been because I forgot my earbuds, so I was listening to gym music (which I didn’t love), and watching ESPN on the closest TV (a boring channel that I never watch). Lesson learned: don’t forget the earbuds!

Lastly, one of the other things that I haven’t been about to focus on these past few months have been my mazes. Drawing mazes is great for my mental and emotional health, and I’ve been busy with stuff around the house on my weekends, which really eats into maze-drawing time.

On Friday, I drew a maze on a giant chalkboard at work. Chalk is a tough medium to work in, but I loved how it turned out. It’s in honor of Halloween.

Keep it up, David!


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6 Responses to Recommitment: Week 1 Update

  1. Sarah says:

    Good time to recommit to health!

  2. SEOW CHER TAN says:

    Greetings from Singapore! It’s always nice to read your posts. I feel that this one in particular, its a timely reminder and affirmation we all have a reset once in a while. Looking forward to your updates! Cheers.

  3. lunchmuffin says:

    I believe in you.

    Living up north is what you make of it. An elderly woman said that many years ago. While I don’t live up north any more winters are still cold and windy here. I try to look at it as a challenge. Planning which days of the week are the least windy, which sidewalks are dry, even getting dressed properly is a workout. Getting your shoes on is the hard part it seems like sometimes.

    I am so proud of you for making your meals ahead of time. That is the number one thing you can do and you are very well aware of that. Kudos.

    Q: Have you ever cross country skied? I never did but I thought about it.

  4. Diane Norberg says:

    The meals ahead of time is a keeper. I lost 50 pounds about 20 years ago and then later lost about another 10. Maintenance is tougher than losing. You are on your way. Good for you. Make sure to schedule a cheat meal. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

  5. Sandy Tate says:

    I’m so glad and impressed that you’re getting back on track, I know it’s hard. I have been following you from the very first, and you have caused me to climb many many stairs that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I would like to give you my favorite salad dressing recipe, I hope you like it.

    1 Pear, cored and cut up
    1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
    Juice of 1 lemon (and zest if you like it)
    Salt and Pepper to taste

    Whiz in blender until liquified. It works better if you put the cilantro in first.

    This is great on salads that have pears, perfect for fall.

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