Philadelphia Magazine’s Fitness Challenge 2010: Jim Schindler
Monday, February 15th – 21st
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15
It was a pretty good weekend. I stuck to my diet the whole time and while I ate well, I only ate food that we talked about in training. My morning workout at the gym was on my arms and abs. I’m still losing a few pounds per week, but I am surprised that I have not see quicker results. My diet is dramatically different and I thought that I would shed pounds quicker. Chris, my trainer, reminded me that it’s only been three weeks. The weight will come off if I continue to follow the diet and exercise routine.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Today I wore an overcoat that I had not worn in years. It felt great because it was a very nice coat that I tucked away hoping that someday I would be thin enough to wear it.
I met our dietician, Brittany, at the Sweat fitness in the city tonight. We talked a lot about menus and healthy alternatives. We really spent time talking about different meal combinations so that eating the right way is something that I can do long after the contest has ended.
Today I did the same interval cardio workout on the treadmill. Since I did not get home until late, I did not push myself too hard. I’m going to the gym in the morning and I want to be fresh for my workout.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Worked on arms and shoulders today at the gym. Between sets I ran on the treadmill to get a complete workout. I like the morning trips because I am done for the day before work.
I’ve been eating more soups this week. I use store bought chicken broth and add whatever vegetables we have in the house.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Tonight I went to spin class. I’m getting a little better every week and I would love to take more classes. However it seems like every week I have a conflict with the class. I was very hungry after class and it seemed like I could not eat enough to fill myself tonight. When I’m hungry I eat fruit so I guess it’s not too bad if I eat extra.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Today I was tired. I woke up early because I wanted to work out before my meetings. On the way to Sweat Fitness I realized that I’ve worked out for 8 straight days. I’m going to take tomorrow off and pick up again on Sunday. I hope that I can stick to the diet this weekend.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
My big challenge on Saturdays continues to be my diet. I have no problem restricting myself to the right foods. My problem is that I eat too much because I’m not working. Today we were busy so that was not much of a problem. I did a light running workout on the treadmill tonight.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Today I shopped for the week, buying produce and vegetables. I’m eating a lot of chicken so I went to the store to get fish but nothing seemed great. I might have better luck purchasing fish during the week at a fish market. I’m very proud of the fact that we have been able to eat such a large variety of food while sticking to my diet. Tonight I did an interval workout on the treadmill. This is a new workout that the trainer designed for me.