Riding season is here, still no bike and an update on my smoking cessation effort

I need to vent a little bit here.  Riding season is officially underway and I have yet to be out on my motorcycle yet.  I have all of my upgrades done and have paid for the labor and should have it back already.  However, due to an issue with one of the suppliers, my new license plate bracket still isn’t in and it was supposed to come in the second week of March.  Apparently, there is still a week lead-time on the part and it won’t be available until April 13th.  I am not very happy about this and hope that it’s shipped and installed not long after that.  I hope that because of this mix-up I can hopefully get something out of the dealership such as a discount on my next service since I plan to put enough miles on after the semester ends to get me to my next recommended servicing.  I’m not usually like this and I know that sometimes accidents happen but I am losing valuable riding time that I can’t get back.  On the plus side though, the dealership did say they will deliver my bike back to me and waive the delivery fee since I have spent a lot of money with them!

Since I don’t have a lot more to say about that right now, I think I should also offer up an update on my smoking.  I have the Welbutrin to help me quit, however I think that I’m actually smoking more now.  Also, the pills give me extreme cottonmouth and a little bit of paranoia I think.  I must admit though that the paranoia could just be attributed to the fact that I saw it on the side-effects list.  I will say that the medication has helped me in other ways though, such as increasing my focus and allowing me to concentrate on my schoolwork which in turn allows me to get more done in less time.  It has also helped a little bit in speeding up my metabolism and suppressing my appetite at night.  Since I work late hours this has really helped me to stop overeating and going to bed right away after work.  I hope that it can actually help me quit smoking though but it’s going to be a rough journey either way and I can only hope that it gets easier the longer i’m on this medication.

Finally, as a side note, my workouts are going great.  I really do need to start working out my legs though as I’ve been focusing on my upper body and I am starting to look really disproportionate.  I took off from lifting this week because it’s been a rough one but i’m hoping that once the semester is over I can get back to killing it at the gym (and my home gym) and really focus on changing my body composition.

As an added bonus, here’s two pictures of my motorcycle after my upgrades:

I put on a detachable windshield, a two person seat, a detachable sissy bar, and passenger footboards.

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Getting in shape…more of a marathon than a sprint.

I have struggled all my life with being overweight.  I shouldn’t say that, I have struggled most of my life with being overweight.  I didn’t really start to pack on the pounds until about fourth grade and graduated high school at a mostly fat 225 pounds.  After high school I started working at Walmart unloading trucks and lost a lot of my weight, getting down to 169 pounds.   Four years later in 2009, I was laid off from a job and started putting the weight on again until I topped out at 285 pounds in November of 2015.  It was at this time that I bought some workout equipment off of Amazon and started becoming serious about working out again.  I had dabbled in weightlifting on and off throughout the years but I always found an excuse not to continue with it.  My reality check was when I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize my face anymore.  It was time for a change!

Fast forward a year later to November of 2016 and I was down to 240 pounds.  Working out everyday and not eating out as much really helped me to trim down.  Now, three months later I have plateaued.  I can’t seem to get below 24o pounds and my goal is to be 225 pounds by summer.  I know that I am losing body fat because I went from a 4x shirt and size 38 jeans to a 2x shirt last month and size 36 jeans and a 1x shirt and size 34 jeans this month.  I get that lifting weights isn’t helping on the scale because muscle weighs more than fat but it is a little discouraging at times.  I think that part of the issue may be that with school starting up I haven’t had as much workout time as I normally do.  I think that eventually I will be able to overcome this plateau, it’s just going to take cutting more calories and increasing my cardio.

I recently tried to take the easy way out and ordered pro-hormones from Supplement Warehouse, a recently defunct supplement store.  The purpose of the hormones, which are legal and not quite steroids (similar effects, not as harsh on your body), is to pack on lean muscle and maintain the muscle that you have while burning fat.  I hit many roadblocks when trying to acquire them though.  First, the brick and mortar store had them back-ordered so I had to go to their online store and put an order in so that when they were in stock I could get them before they ran out again.  Next, they shipped part of my order and didn’t have an update as to when the next part of my order was going to be shipped.  Finally, I received an e-mail about the company shutting down and not being able to fulfill their outstanding obligations to their customers.  Now I am out $100 and for that amount of money i’m just going to chalk it up as a loss.  I tried to take the easy way out and give myself a bit of an unnatural edge when it comes to getting in shape and it could have been dangerous because the products I was getting boost your testosterone levels beyond normal and there is no guarantee your body won’t stop producing it naturally.  I must have someone looking out for me and I need to take this as a sign that taking the easy way out is never the right way.  This is why I say that getting in shape is a marathon and not a sprint, I will be able to achieve my fitness goals but I will just have to do it naturally and work harder for it.