Health Update 2011

I completed my first notebook of workout + eating data this morning and thought it would be a good time to reflect on what I’ve done since focusing on health & fitness after New Year’s Day.

Why I Did It

Coming off the delicious and baccanalia-esque Lawman/Peapods Wedding Extravadanza I decided to get down and get healthy.  I’d gradually gained back a ton of weight after slimming down to 190-ish for our own wedding in August 2010, and I wanted to shed the weight and go for an all-time low.  My first step was getting a book recommended by some people in California: The 4 Hour Body.  I really liked the experimental style espoused by Tim Ferriss and got excited about trying different combinations of diet, supplements, and exercise to find what worked for me.

How I Started

An important aspect of losing weight that’s explained at the beginning of the book is that there are three levers you can use to lose weight: your diet, your exercise, and dietary supplements.  It’s so much easier to lose weight if you regulate what you put into your body, as opposed to eating what you want and then ‘working it off.’  I decided to put much of my initial effort into eating right, and only working out three times a week max. 

My starting routine was to go on the Slow-Carb diet detailed in Chapter 7 (The Slow Carb Diet I: How to Lose 20 pounds in 30 Days Without Exercise).  It exphasizes no “white” carbohydrates (ex: all bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, tortillas, and fried food with breading), eating the same meals over and over again, not drinking calories, no fruit, and taking one day off a week from the diet to eat what you want (sensibly).  Along with that I concentrated on hitting the gym two to three times a week (mostly two) and used a vitamin stack called PAGG that, INHO, the jury is still out on (see the link for one opinion that I basically agree with).

Where and When I Had Trouble

It was super easy to keep to the diet/exercise/supplements the first two months, including when we were in Saint Martin for our honeymoon.  However, I started to falter in March as I went off the diet little by little, while upping my workouts.  As I continue to preach, however, diet is more important; I found that I could not offset eating badly by working out more.  The math just wasn’t there. 

It turned out that I was also making huge mistakes while lifting that were slowly hurting me.  By late April my shoulders hurt 24 hours a day due to lifting incorrectly, and I felt that I had really sprained my rotator cuffs in both shoulders.  Just as I was switching my routine to be more lower body-focused to give my shoulders time to heal I made a mistake while doing a leg press and cracked my rib cartilage.  At that point I couldn’t do anything with my shoulders, nor anything with my core.  I was relegated to running pretty slowly as my only activity from late April until early June.

Sometime in the spring I also scaled back the amount of water I was drinking, which was a huge mistake.  I should be drinking roughly twice as much water as I am on any given day.

Once summer hit I also hit diet problems in that I just started drinking a ton at cookouts and eating lots of brats, etc.  By degrees I was eating well (grilled veggies instead of chips, for example) but it didn’t help that I was just eating so often.

My Tools

While I continued to record my food consumed, vitamins consumed, weight data, body fat data, and workout data in my Workout Notebook (at right) from Day One until today I also started using some great data collection/data interpretation tools over the last six months.  I’ll list them below, along with what they do and what my opinion is of them.

  • Withings W-fi Scale: In late February I purchased the Withings wi-fi scale; a digital scale that does body fat and BMI measurements that will save the data to a web site where you can see graphs and such over time.  More importantly, the withings web site is OAuth enabled so that other fitness web sites can suck in your body measurements to chart against various activities.  My Opinion: this is my number one favorite tool; it’s great to have easy storage of my daily weight and BF% so that I can go back later and see progress.  Can you do this with a notebook? Yes. Is it 100 times easier to have it automatically saved? Yes.
  • Fitbit Tracker/ Fitbit tracker is a little device you attach to yourself that measures your daily activity.  It’s basically a souped-up pedometer that records intensity as well as steps taken/distance traveled.  You can then log activities that will overlay on top of the gathered data.  It also does sleep tracking to show you how much sleep you actually get per night.  My Opinion: nice to have; it was interesting to see my sleep patterns at first but I lost the band during our house move.  I also paid $49 for a year of advanced analytics just to see what they were all about.  You can slice your data a skrillion ways, but none of them actually help me work out better.
  • App: I used the runkeeper app a while back and was unimpressed. Their new versions are great, however.  It mixes in iPod playlist suypport, GPS route tracking, and auto-announces customized stats (ex: every 5 minutes tell me total distance, total time, and current pace.  The basic tools are free, and it makes activity tracking a lot easier and more fun.  My Opinion: Great, free, and when used alongside the Fitbit tracker is a great data collection tool.

By The Numbers

First off, click here to see my complete weight graph over the last 3 months.

On January 8th, 2011 I started at 199lbs and 30% body fat. As of today, June 20th, 2011 I weigh 184.6lbs with 19.1% body fat. My goal (pretty much pulled out of thin air) was a body weight of 165lbs and a body fat percentage target of 15% or under.

My lowest points for each statistic was a weight of 177.5lbs on May 4th, and a low body fat percentage of 18.6% on June 2nd.


I feel I’ve definitely created a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle since January.  The trap is continually falling into the trap where you let your diet slide and think you can make it up by running an extra time this week.  That sort of mentality really steamrolls until you’re at the point where you could run all day every day and not offset the absolutely unhealthy food you’re eating regularly.

I’m on the upswing when it comes to my workouts (back from injury!) but I stalled on the diet a long time ago.  My plan is to pivot on this report and reflection and get back into better eating habits in order to take advantage of my overall healthier lifestyle.

We will continue!

Appendix 1: My Workouts

Over the course of six months I used two clear lifting programs (and started a third today, which I’ll also include).  I would have transitioned to a third sooner, but the pain in my shoulder made me take a month and a half off from lifting while I healed up. 

I prefer to follow a two-day split on lifting;  I have an “A” workout and a “B” workout that I will alternate during the week.  My target (as of today) is to get one “A” day per week, one “B” day per week, and one day of personal training where I do a mix of many different activities (including short, hard cardio).

First Program (2/18/2011 – 4/2/2011)

“A” Day

  • Flat Bench Press (4 sets of 12)
  • Keiser machine Fly (3 sets of 12)
  • Leg extension (3 sets of 12)
  • Step Mill (3 times at 90 secs each)
  • Front Squat ( 4 sets of 12)
  • Medicine ball pushup (3 sets of 15)
  • Biceps exercise (I choose/variable) (3 sets of 10)
  • Triceps exercise (I choose/variable) (3 sets of 10)


“B” Day

  • Incline/decline Bench Press (4 sets of 12)
  • Cable pulldown (3 sets of 12)
  • Cable column row (3 sets of 12)
  • Jump rope (3 times at 90 – 120 secs)
  • Deadlift (4 sets of 12)
  • Reverse fly (3 sets of 12)
  • Calf raises (3 sets of 15)
  • Ball rollout (3 sets of 12)
  • Plank (3 times at 60 secs)


Second Program (4/2/2011 – 4/15/2011)

“A” Day

  • Back Squat (4 sets of 10)
  • Medicine ball pushup (3 sets of 15/20)
  • Leg extension (3 sets of 10)
  • Step Mill (3 or 4 times at 90 – 120 secs)
  • Flat bench (4 sets of 10)
  • Keiser machine Fly (3 sets of 10)
  • Pull over (3 sets of 10)
  • Chin ups (3 sets of 10)
  • Shaman w/keiser (3 sets of 8 each side)

“B” Day

  • Deadlift (4 sets of 10)
  • Cable pulldown (3 sets of 10)
  • Cable row (3 sets of 10)
  • Jump rope (3 times at 90 – 120 secs)
  • Incline/decline Bench Press (4 sets of 10)
  • Reverse fly (3 sets of 10)
  • Calf raises (3 sets of 12)
  • Plank (3 times at 45 – 60 secs)


Third Program (6/20/2011 – ???)

“A” Day

  • DB Military Press (4 sets of 10)
  • Calf raises (3 sets of 12)
  • High rows (3 sets of 10)
  • Shoulder shrugs (3 sets of 10)
  • Treadmill sprints (4 times at 90-180 secs)
  • Pull ups (3 sets of 10)
  • Leg press (3 sets of 10)
  • Cable column row (3 sets of 10)
  • Double leg lowering (4 sets of 10)

“B” Day

  • Flat bench press (4 sets of 10)
  • Glut/ham press (3 sets of 10)
  • Fly (DB or keiser) (3 sets of 10)
  • Step Mill (4 times at 90 – 120 secs)
  • Walking lunges (3 sets of 16)
  • BOSU pushups (3 sets of 15)
  • Front raise (3 sets of 10)
  • V-press (3 sets of 10)
  • Ball rollout (4 sets of 10)


48 thoughts on “Health Update 2011

  1. yo whazzman, do you have any pictures of you planking? i understand such photography is popular on the intarwebs.

  2. DURRRR gonna lay down on something and then it's a MEME! Fuck planking. Stupid fucking dumb shit.

  3. "B" day

    Plank (3 times at 60 secs)

    i'm confused. is planking dumb, or just taking pictures of yourself planking?

    on time i planked in kim's ass. zesty and angel wings and such.

  4. Difference: THIS is a plank that strengthens your core so you can twist better when you do shit. THIS is stupid fucking idiots being fucking stupid.

  5. cool fire pit. cool quindo lookalike.

    i still don't see the planking difference. i'm planking right now. it's AWESOME)(&#^!%)(&!#^*()_#^


  6. My TRUBROOM is coming together. Wires are all over the place, but will hopefully be cleaned up sooner rather than later.

  7. i left my wires free.


    are you throwing 100"+? that's the only way to TRUBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

  8. health related advertising hate.hate.hate.

    cancer centers of america… their ad depicts a woman pissed off because her doctor told her not to expect to get better… so she says the cancer center of america didn't tell her not to expect to get better, and that made her feel better, and she lived.

    BUT… during the whole ad it says at the top during the entire ad: "YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE THESE RESULTS"

    fucking ignorant hypocrites.

    CAL)*(!#%^&)(&!^ seriously. CAL. yo… cal. cal, i think we're talking billions here. cancer is THE growth industry. so much growth IT'S CANCEROUS. MALIGNANT. LETS SHUT THESE FUCKERS DOWN!

    why should i not expect to experience the result of health? I DIDN'T EVEN ASK YOU MOTHER FUCKER.

    i'm about to drive my tractor up your ass. ass tractor laws? DID. NOT. AGREE.

  9. i think your tagline rotator is broken. how about: seriously… where is the old man??

  10. There is no rotator; just one of the many things that are turdy about SQUARETURDSPACE.

  11. i'm getting drunk, but i'm working. can't bet. can't wait to get my shit together. so busy at work. getting caught up though… we outsourced our parenting responsibility.

  12. These spammers are really good at finding old whazz stuff:

    "not sure… i sort of want to go to the premier of tucker max's movie on march 13th. just to finally understand why or how dude made a movie. lots of people say it's good, and if that is true, the industry might be in trouble. btw, i saw cal in an old roseanne episode last night. that scrubby dude that dated darlene was joining a disneyland knock off theme park that provided housing to employees, so dude got a job so he could move out. his roomate was cal, complete with red sweater and perma-smile. looked just like him too. i sat in the dark, sipped my whiskey, and muttered "haha cal, you suck" "

    Later, you posted a link to it on youtube but it's broke now. Can you re-find it? I want to laugh at cal.

  13. so, remember how my phone number is in the phone book as the number for UW-Health, and i get calls all the time?

    well yesterday some dude calls up crying, yet nervously demanding, and demands to know who i am. i don't play that shit and turn him against himself to exponentially increase the fury within. he asks "did someone call here looking for UW Health". i say "i don't know your number, bye". he calls back many times and keeps flipping out. i fan the flames. it's like 11pm and me and rach-o were both in bed. eventually rach-o answers after i tell her to let it go. so the girl had got sick and thought she was calling UW-Health, then the boyfriend saw the number on the phone and freaked out and demanded to know who it was, she told him it was a UW-Health wrong number, yet instead of believing that, he flips out and accusatorially confronts me while weeping.

    my thoughts: let him thing the girl is cheating for the sake of the girl. this relationship is not healthy. rach-o intervened and talked to the girl, and then the guy and validated the girls claims and thus prolonged their agony.

    cal, who was right?

    cal, do you just hate this new website interface? is that why you don't post? is it rita? is something wrong with rita?

  14. my initial search was just a google search for " [your entire quoted block]" but "tucker max" threw too many flags, and i got a lot of tucker max sites.

    likes this one:

    from the site:

    In Tucker Max's own words, "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole."

    actually… those were my words. the site used to start "i am tucker max. i am a graduate of duke law…" blah blah an entire paragraph of positive accomplishments and facts about himself. i emailed him, "you should drop that entire paragraph and just have it say, 'i am tucker max. i am an asshole.'"… he did add the comma and the word "and" though…

    tucker also plagiarized my rap lyrics about small bills smelling like poor people. hearing paul wall say them was more than payment enough.

  15. It's easier to use maddddddd instead of google, boiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a pretty sweet episode: starts with the baby vs turtle race (gambo, gambo).

    Fucking cal…

  16. from wikipedia:

    Paul Wall appears as fictional rapper Grillionaire in the movie I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, released on September 25, 2009. He, along with screenwriters Nils Parker and Tucker Max, co-wrote tracks for the movie.

    where is mention of the madd scientist? fucking haters.

    from an email from tucker max:

    Dude, you should hear the song Paul Wall did for the Grillionaire
    role. Its hot. We are actually giving you a writing credit on it, b/c
    the first two lines we took from you:

    "I don't touch no bills under 20 yo,
    Cause George Washingtons smell like poverty, ho"


    cal… any interest in my case? don't you hate tucker max? are you living in france yet? is that the deal? no internet in france?

  17. when historians convey the to future generations the story of, they will call this era: When Cal Lost Interest. I'm sorry children of my children! I know you base your awesome society on my wisdom gleened from the pages of, but i'm busy.

  18. poor weeping dude. i think you are right. this was a relationship best ended as soon as possible. you did the right thing.

    keep on plankin'

  19. i pray the revamp will spark new interest in ways unimaginable.

    the historians
    on when cal lost interest
    greg helps him find it

  20. i'd like to point out that that was the latest video on college humor, and the one before had a roseanne reference, and the one before that had a "brat worst" joke. i swear to shit they are reading this site and/or my mind directly and converting them to digital media streams. biters gonna bite.

    experiment: scott bacula was excellent in quantum leap.

  21. this post is so good about explain some good points about health.i like to read informative blogs and this blog is also so good and helpful.
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