Review: Pain & Gain

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A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

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Any movie with Mark Walhberg in it I will watch without a second thought, and I’m a huge fan of The Rock, so them two in one movie made for interesting combination. From the trailers I thought it was going to be a comedic action movie with a bunch of body builders, but it turned to be an ironic type of comedy and they really got the 90s right. A slightly darker type of comedy with these guys and things start going wrong quick, I loved it, the movie was deeper and it turned out to be a little more then the trailer had to show which is great. Watch it until the end, you will find out something about the story which is surprising.

Link: IMDB
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Making Progress

After the last two months I have made some decent progress and I’m happy where I have gotten with the gym, I’m even surprised I haven’t gain weight with some of the times I messed up the food plan. I’m currently not on a diet or anything specific, I just try to cut back portions but I still enjoy the food I eat. I have tried to be consistent with the gym and it has been the case most of the time except when I travel, even though I have tried.

Overall I have dropped about 6 KG of fat and gained 2 KG muscle, and I’m happy about the strength conditioning that I have gone through and it does make a major difference. Overall I feel healthier and better every time I leave the gym, and whenever I’m doing something a bit more physical I feel like i’m able to do it longer and I’m happy about that. The best part about the whole thing is that I haven’t really made major changes with what I eat, I try to be sensible about the quantities but I still have my burgers, muchboos, and ice cream every once in a while. And Thursday is always the day that I do major damage but I am happy with the progress. I think when I get the stage of major diet control I will end up losing a lot more weight. But right now I’m happy where I am and I love the gym that I am going to.

Just A Bit Closer

The past week I have been trying to go the gym a little more but with a lot of work, social & family events I barely made it to the two I usually stick to. I have some what managed to increase my strength a bit at the gym through all the work outs for the past 6 weeks but this past week I totally pigged out, my meals were totally messed up.

I try to keep things light at night but last week I ate way too much so this week I’m trying to keep it simple. There is one thing that I am very proud that I have achieved at last, one thing that I never thought I could do since I was a kid.

After all this time I managed to touch my toes while keeping my legs straight. That is something which I didn’t think was possible, but when I did I was extremely happy. My stretching capabilities have improved so there are a few things that are getting better and I hope to keep improving, also the key in my case is to eat healthy. Sometimes I have ridiculous cravings like Ice Creams or Burgers, or in this case Elevation Burger. I hope to keep this up because I am liking the progress and there are results, I just feel healthier and better.

@ 38%

After going to the gym for the past few weeks I feel that I’m getting into better shape but I didn’t take any real measurements except for my weight. I dropped from 106.7 KG to 103.1 since the last week of March which isn’t too bad progress since I haven’t changed my eating habits too much. Then the other day the trainer at Inspire wanted to take detailed measurements meaning all kinds of ridiculous percentages.

The one number that shocked me is that I am 37.8% fat or 38%, meaning I am more then 1/3 blubber. That is just ridiculous, I was honestly flabbergasted, shocked, I didn’t think of my self as fat, more like big boned! lol! Still I was a bit shocked, I knew that I was working out and trying to be healthier, gain strength, but never thought of myself as that fat. I’m probably going to step it up at the gym and try to reduce the amount of food I eat, the key word being here is try.

Pushing Through

The last few weeks have been a bit hectic with work family and also getting a bit of the flu which I decided to fight off with a combination of drugs instead of waiting it out. Through out all of this I have been consistent about two things, riding my motorcycle and going to the gym. Recently I have been going to the gym three times a week, consistently and I’m trying to stick to it.

I have really checked the scale over the last three weeks but my motorcycle jackets fit me better if that isn’t an indication then I don’t, well at least I’m happy. I don’t have a lot of time but I try to stick to a schedule with the gym, at least three times a week, I try for four if I am lucky. Usually there is a social event I have to go to or something that comes up but I have managed to keep things consistent.

The one thing about working out is that by the time I am done I black out at night and the last few weeks I have been sleeping early. Not as much online time as I would like, especially since work has been getting very busy. Still its progress, but I’m feeling pain in places that I never you could hurt before.

Making Progress

As of a few weeks ago I started cutting back on food a few weeks ago now and I have officially gone to the gym more times in the past 10 days then I did the whole of last year. I have been going to Inspire gym and it really is named right, you feel motivated to work out, and I haven’t done this in a very long time. I pretty much worked out until the point I almost blacked out.

I feel good working out and it will take a couple of weeks for my body to get used to this because I haven’t done this in such a long time and I am EXTREMELY out of shape but I’m very determined to get there. I honestly dropped a few times, lost balance and landed hard on the floor, and I almost blacked out twice but I have a goal and I plan to achieve it.

As of today I dropped from 106.7 Kilograms to 103.6 Kilograms in two and a half weeks which isn’t too bad, I’m planning to drop 10 KG by the end of the a month. That is an achievable goal but I have to commit to it.

But what I felt today really through me off but still pulled myself together at the end:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Light Headedness
  • And Pain In Places I Never Felt Before

The Work Out Regime

Yesterday was the first day I went to the gym as part of my plan, and I have lessened the amount of food I consume recently as well. Overall the plan is somewhat working, I feel a bit healthier and better overall because I’m sleeping lighter. Still I’m not even the same league as M.F.W since he is going over board with pretty much everything, he set his sights to destroy me in every way shape or form but I have plan to win.

After working out at C Club for about an hour I felt that I didn’t have the right type of direction or help that I need and recently I found out about a new gym called Inspire who have trainers who pretty much put you through your worst physical nightmare to get you into shape and on your time. People recommended Core and Sidekick to me, and they are excellent gyms but they aren’t for me. M.F.W trains every morning between 6 and 7 am and at Core Fitness then goes to the gym again after work then plays football twice a week, not including barely eating anything but protein at this point. He may have a head start on me but I am very good on planning and this time around I will execute these plans.

A Challenge Issued

I don’t know how this exactly happened but one thing lead to another and I have several challenges ahead of me to accomplish by the first weekend in July. This was instigated by M.F.W. during one of our work meetings, somehow the subject got diverted to what we can or can’t accomplish if we set out minds to it and who is better at what, and I was thoroughly insulted by him on several levels so the challenges arose from that.

Two Challenges to Accomplish by the 1st Weekend of July 2012:

  • Weight Loss & Strength Gain, who will win, and I currently weigh 112 KG
  • Wakeboarding, who has the best skills and points will be awarded, tricks and all capabilities

I’m honestly taking this very very seriously, I won’t be losing at either. Luckily I have a lot of weight to lose so I’m going to take this to the extreme. Gonna hit the gym until I collapse and going to regulate my food to a degree, my issue isn’t really food its lack of movement and that will be something I will work on.

Wake-boarding is one of the sports that I love and I consider myself to be ok at it, not horrible but with the gym workout I’m going to increase my agility and endurance so it will help with Wake-Boarding and then I will take the risks of bodily injury to perform some crazy tricks, in my head they are crazy but can I do it.

Now I’m going to start this coming week and jump right into it. I’m going to start this off on my own and then probably look for some professional help with the gym then get some world champion wakeboarder to train me for 10 days. M. F. W. I will destroy you!

MISSION ACCEPTED (Insert Mission Impossible Theme Song Here)

@ 92.8

Its been a bit of hectic couple of weeks with work and family, and when I have a chance I eat what I can. Usually I try to eat a few times a day to keep losing weight but at this point I think I have bottomed out. On a normal morning I would weigh around 92.8 KG, and the lowest I reached in the last two weeks was 91.7 which was pretty good, and the drop has been on the slow side for the past month but overall I’m very happy. From 107 KG to 92.8 over a 5 month period which is really good but the last month has been around a kilo or two at most, I had a faster drop initially. I have also had a few more off days the last two weeks then I usually do but thats probably because I keep thinking that Ramadan is around the corner. I know I need to start going to the gym consistently because its the only way I’m going to lose more weight. One thing I’m going to try during Ramadan is not to eat too much at Futoor because I know I’m going to be hungry as hell.

Gym – Day One

Bowflex

This was the first step, I just decided to go right after work to the gym and eat after the gym. Usually I’m tied up for lunch so I don’t have the ability to go the gym, so I don’t go after lunch. I prefer to workout with an empty stomach, light on my feet and able to move around. So this time I went to the gym right after work, last time I went to the gym was in September or October of last year, and people were surprised to see me there.

I just wanted to get on the elliptical trainer for 20-30 minutes cardio, then some chest and bicep resistance training. This is to help lose weight rather then gain muscle mass.

I cam to one realization after the elliptical and starting the resistance training. I’m weak as hell, I used to be able to curl 35 lb dumbbells but this time 20lbs and I was getting tired. It felt good to be at the gym and I was surprised how packed it was and so many people I kept saying hello to. After finish the shoulder, chest and bicep exercises I felt good but I knew would be feeling pain the next day and I did for about three days. Now I’m going to try to go at least twice a week.