Tuesday, March 14, 2017
photos I have so far, but I hope to get some from my friend Dave who went to the event with me. He has been very supportive and provided much encouragement and insight while I was training. If you are interested in my pre-PAX mindset and goals [Check This Link Out], it was very much a challenge but I'm happy with the results. I intend on keeping up with the gym, just not 6 days a week. I'm hoping I retain my shape for a least a few months!
Now to provide some details into the end of training program! By cosplay day (March 10th) I had been tracking my meals and exercising for 103 days (with MyFitnessPal). Training 5-6 days a week with 2 push days, 2 pull days, and 2 core/cardio days. I tried to eat at least 2,200 calories a day and reduced my sodium the last month as well as carb cycling. Which I would not recommend to anyone for any longer than 4 weeks.
I had one cheat day, which was recommend to me by my trainer, to reset my body in a sense, there is an importance around cheat meals which I do not understand, and they depend on your overall goals. But I'm not a doctor. I can see how it can at least help the mental strain of eating clean for so long. With all of my dietary restrictions I found it difficult to grab any easy cheat meals, which works to my advantage in a way.
My body fat went from 19% on December 21st, 2016 to 9% on March 8th, 2017 (measured with a skin-fold caliper). I think a 10% cut in 3 months is pretty great! My weight started at 157 and ended up at 144. I managed to lose body fat while gaining muscle overall. Which, from what I've read and have heard, is one of the hardest things to do! It was a struggle the last month to maintain weight, my trainer and I were worried that if I lost any more weight I would lose muscle, which would make me look scrawny and unhealthy.
I hope to take my cosplay to DreamHack Austin (end of April 2017) as well as Colossalcon (June 2017). I'll see how well it can happen, if anything I think I could kick up my training for a month to tone up before each event. It was quite the mental and social drain, which I feel I can do but will need some time to recuperate before I subject myself to that again.
Overall PAX East was a great experience. I think I will attend another in the future, I'm not sure that I would cosplay for the event again, anime conventions are definitely more geared to the cosplay crowd.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
This year however I'm heading back and I am getting myself ready to cosplay a couple characters!
- Knockout Lee Sin (League of Legends)
- Adult Aang (The Legend of Korra)
The primary reasons I decided on these characters, I enjoy the material they are in, they are bald, and have facial hair! All good things for me and the look I go for in my day to day life.
My journey started December 6th, I've been tracking calories on MyFitnessPal, tracking my body fat percentage using a skin-fold caliper and calculations from ScoobysWorkshop, and just started working with a personal trainer from EFS Personal Training (if you try them out tell them Moses sent you). I've been rather serious about getting fit! I decided to jump on personal training because I was getting to a plateau in my training and my employer offers a discount with this company, so it seemed like a great time to jump on!
This next section is a lot of numbers ... which has been the focus of the last month for me, I hope it isn't too painful to read through!
My first measurement of body fat on 12/21/2016 put me around 19.8%, in order to see abs (which is one of my goals) I need to get my body fat somewhere between 6-12%. It is a pretty wide range that depends on body type and the muscles underneath. However anything ab related comes down to diet and cardio. If I did the skin-fold caliper calculations correctly my body fat percentage is at 14%. The next month should be good since I'll be starting a stricter diet for my macros and more weighted exercises.
The diet and exercise I have prior to working with a personal trainer is 50% carbs, 20% fat, 30% protein. I've been able to keep things fairly close. I'm also at a 25% calorie reduction (as calculated by Scoobys Calorie Counter), I'm trying to make sure I get enough food day to day. Five days a week I've been doing 45 minutes of cardio (with a 150-155 heart rate), 40 push ups, two sets of Scooby's Rotisseries, and then twice a week I do 40 pull-ups. Its been good and I can feel progress, so that has been rewarding.
On December 6th I weighed 160 lbs and today January 17th I'm at 152 lbs. So over a month I've lost 8 lbs and have gained about 2.7 lbs of muscle. I'm guessing I'll need to increase my calories if I'm going to be gaining any more muscle mass. I don't have a weight in mind, just a visual goal, so I'm OK with the numbers fluctuating.
That was the number dump portion! I'll have some before and after photos at the end of my training, I don't have great lighting but hopefully the transformation is obvious!
Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to sharing the end result!
*Update 1/18/2017* My body-fat measurement came out to 14% this morning! Some progress!
Here is a picture to show 2010 compared to today :)
Friday, September 30, 2016
my village burning
my ribs broken
I've ran to the wood
quickly, a knot tied around the birch
collapsing, tears and blood my offering
I pray the demons do not rise
~ Moses Allooh 9/30/2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
I've been thinking about this and modifying the phrasing for a couple months. I think I'm happy with it now.
There are moments when a friendship, connection, or energy, draws me in and I want to keep and nurture it
and let it grow. Most times this feeling is fallacious.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
I really wish they had some sort of push notification when they updated their software :( I've subscribed to their development blog to hopefully keep on-top of new updates.
Few things that catch my eye to start :)
Count and time with your Crates
More extensive sound options for your playing pleasure.
When you change your program to full screen, it actually scales the program rather than leaving black space around the sides like the last version.
The sound quality of the preview has vastly improved!
Friday, July 1, 2016
I'm getting a duplex in Cleveland. My partner Nancy had been searching for homes for over 6 months, and after seeing a bunch of rough homes and having properties bought while she was sending an offer she decided to stop searching. I have been looking to move out of my current residence but thought that searching for a duplex to purchase would be a good financial decision. I looked online and found a few properties to view. I was able to use Nancy's current realtor which was rather convenient for me!
There were a few places I saw that I could not get out of fast enough! And there was one property I put an offer on, but another buyer purchased it with cash :( it was rather disappointing.
Then after I found an apartment to move into and signed a year contract ... I found this place! The sellers did a lot of nice work on it and it had just been on the market for two days. So I put in an offer and then had to find a way to get out of my apartment contract. I was happy that the Landlord was nice enough to return my first month rent and only keep the deposit. They had found another person to occupy the place pretty quickly.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
First I'll go through some of the usual questions :)
Why did you want to lose weight?
There were a few factors in this. My pants and shirts weren't fitting like they used to, it looked like my buttons were going to fly off my dress shirts, and I don't want to buy any new big dress shirts. I was also quite a bit heavier than my two other brothers. I was 175, they were around 150-160. I knew I could do better for myself, and I don't find the "dad bod" to be very desirable.
Why does it matter what your brother weight?
If you don't know me, welcome to the blog :) you can check out my website to learn more! I am an identical triplet, and being fat and identical doesn't leave you with much room for excuses.
How did you do it?
Just by using the MyFitnessPal app (the calories suggested by MyFitnessPal by default suck) and nutritional information from Scooby's Workshop was all I needed!
The website has several options for calorie reduction. I went with a very aggressive 25% calorie reduction as well as exercising 4-5 days a we
ek for 23 minutes a day. The app adds calories based on what you burned during the workout session. If you are interested in trying it out, I would recommend just selecting "Desk job with little exercise" regardless of how active you are because of the calorie adjustment for exercise.
|Running Tracking on Strava|
I did a bit of reading on Scooby's website as well as all the articles I came across regarding heart-rate and healthy exercise and the general suggestion was to have at least 20 minutes of exercise at an elevated (but safe) heart-rate. I use the treadmill at work and run hard for 20 minutes giving myself a 3 minute cool-down. I feel good after the run and my body isn't completely destroyed for the rest of the week.
I've been tracking my runs with Strava when I am on a treadmill and use a Garmin device for my outdoor runs. These programs are linked to MyFitnessPal and automatically update the exercise and calories burned to my daily totals.
So now what?
I've reached a target I'm happy with, 155 lbs. I'm going to increase my calories to whatever is recommend to maintain my current weight and keep up with exercising so i can get some definition/tone in my body. With any luck I can be the fit triplet next year :)