It’s that time again! The 60 day weight loss transformation continues! I must say, this particular post isn’t 100% perfect. My 60-day weigh in was supposed to be on 10/13/18. Fortunately for me, I ended up taking a boys trip to Dublin, Ireland and Amsterdam, Netherlands. What was unfortunate was that I ended up feeling a bit under the weather, so that last week before my weigh in, I missed one workout day where I would have weighed myself.
So my weight as of 9/30/18 was 211.8lbs. Mathematically speaking I had been losing 1.2lbs per week. So assuming the last weigh in happened, let’s set my weight at time of would be weigh in on 10/13/18 at another 2.4lbs down. This means that my current weight at the time I’d have weighed in would be 209.4lbs!
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This means from Day 1 to Day 60 (starting weight 219.1lbs) I’d have lost a total of 9.7lbs! ?
60 Day Weight Loss Transformation (Photos)
A Road Trip Hiccup
Going to Dublin and Amsterdam were absolutely amazing. I ate tons of great food and drank lots of great beer. It was definitely a trip for the boys. Unfortunately, this means that I wasn’t drinking enough water. Well, I was drinking plenty of yeast water. Does that count? Of course it doesn’t. The slip up was real. So while I am taking credit for achieving 209.4lbs at the time I left the trip, I presume my weight is back up to 211-212lbs.
It’s definitely a minor set back but I am definitely not discouraged. I committed to an overall lifestyle change and I’m sticking to this weight loss transformation. If anything, this minor setback is going to launch me forward for a massive comeback. I also had some ideas on changing my workouts to mix things up a bit. I had found that I had settled into a routine and the routine had slowly but surely become easy. This is a no no when it comes to working out. The entire point of going to the gym is to go to war with your body.
A typical workout for me would go something like this during day 1-30.
- Elliptical for 30 minutes with 5 minute cool down
- Minimum of 6-8 exercises combining machines and weights
- For each pull exercise I did, the next would be a push exercise (rotating until 6-8 exercises complete)
- 3 sets of 20 repetitions at a weight where I would control the weight and not the weight controlling me.
- Incorporate core at least 3x’s per week via planks, machines, and cable wood chops.
- 10-min meditation in sauna following workout
- Sometimes on an “off day,” typically day 5 or 6, I’d do 1 hour or cardio as well
- Minimum 1 gallon of water consumed per day (7-days per week)
Workouts during day 30-60 were essentially the same with a few subtle changes
- Elliptical for 20 minutes with 5 min cool down before workout
- Muscle isolation (chest day, shoulder day, arms day, back day)
- Drop sets (First set, 20 reps, light weight. Second set, heavier weight, 15 reps. Third set, heavier weight, 10 reps, Fourth set, heaviest weight, 6-8 reps. The entire point is to stress the muscle fibers to tear. The point is to always control the weight and utilize it as a tool, not to let the weight toss you around. If I couldn’t hit 6-8 reps say on my last set, I’d shoot for a clean 3-4 reps.
- Incorporate core 3x’s per week minimum
- Elliptical for 10 minutes after with 5 minute cool down.
Key Differences From Day 30 to Day 60
When I made these subtle changes to my routine, I noticed that I had more energy. I realized I was exerting a ton of energy at the beginning of my workouts with cardio. So much that I lacked energy throughout my workouts. When I began breaking my cardio down into two sessions of before and after a workout, I felt a lot stronger while lifting and had more energy for cardio at the end of the workouts. I really like this change. I also sometimes would wake up early in the morning, knockout 35 min of cardio, go about my day, and then go back to the gym to lift later on.
The drop sets have also helped me increase my bench. While I haven’t exactly kept track of what my bench is, I remember starting out with 25lbs on each side of the bar and barely being able to hit 10 reps. Now I can hit a clean 10 reps with 45lb plates on each side. I also incline dumbbell pressed 60lb weights 8 times. This is the first time I have EVER done this. The most I’d done before was 50lbs and this was over 10-years ago. Very happy with this progress! 🙂
Next Goal: 205lbs by November 30th, 2018.
Stick With It
I forget where I read it but it was said that the first 30-days of exercise, you notice some slight changes in your body. Day 30-60 is when people in your immediate circle begin to see the changes taking place in your physical appearance. Day 60-90 is when EVERYONE will notice how much your body has transformed. I’m here to tell you that this is 100% truth.
What you must remember, is that you aren’t doing this for anyone else. You’re doing this for your well begin. So that you can become the best version of yourself. So that you may thrive. So that you may enjoy life to the fullest and feel confident again.
I can’t tell you what it feels like to have clothes I haven’t fit into in years, finally start to fit again. I’ve quite literally held onto clothes that I love because I always knew one day I would fit into them again. It feels amazing being able to bend over and tie my shoelaces without any shortness of breath.
This is all about you and not at all about you. Your friends and family members also want to see you thrive. Create the space for them to join you by sharing your journey as well. I’ll leave you with an excerpt from one of my favorite passages of all time by Henry Rollins. The article is titled, Iron and The Soul.
The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.