9 Pounds Lighter: Internal Furnace, Thermogenesis

That’s right. 9 Pounds of waste is no longer a part of me. By the way, last night I could only crank out 25 push ups. Halfway there but it’s a start. I have some pics of the gym I have set up in my shack and also of the back yard where I will be doing some cross training to spice things up a bit.

I will post those pics as soon as I get home.

“The Shack.” This is where a majority of my weight training will be done. I got an excellent work out today when I squatted. This contraption was a gift from Lukas. He totally hooked me up. He even built the damn thing. It has a lat pull down, bench, incline bench, shoulder press, squat rack, triceps pull down, curling station and some other stuff I made up along the way. I jumped on the treadmill today for about 20 minutes today and broke a mean sweat. I was actually really surprised how good it felt.

The day started out with me not wanting to wake up. I was laying in bed thinking of whether or not to workout in the morning AND at night or to just work out at night. After about 20 minutes of senseless contemplation my daughter woke me up and we got dressed and went shopping. That bailed me out of having to workout in the morning. I did have an excellent breakfast: a fruit salad that consisted of mango and strawberries.

As I walked through the stores I noticed that I was unusually sweaty. I had been drinking tons of green tea and fiber and why protein. So I started to realize that my body was like a furnace. One word. Thermogenesis. It had begun after only one day. I was totally shocked. What is thermogenesis? Google or Wiki it: Wiki Link, Google Link. It makes your body act like a furnace. Burning up the crap in your body. It was so bad that I started getting uncomfortable. So I went home and and decided to workout. I first at some spinach and lettuce and drank some more water ( I had been drinking tons of green tea and water all day). My workout was a quick one. I did squats. Squats of doom. They hurt so bad, my legs are sore. I did 4 sets with 135 lbs: 14 reps, 14 reps, 10 reps, and 10 reps. They hurt so bad I was grunting and sweating and in pain. But it was awesome. I had Lukas come over and squat with me. Great motivation. We are going to try and workout at least once a week together. Afterwards I had some whey protein and some green tea then I sat down for like 20 minutes to recover.


Lukas kept working out, I don’t really know what he did but he did it. So, I was entrusted with the task of building the patio furniture we just purchased from The Home Depot. I looked at it like another workout. I didn’t really sweat so after it was built I went to The Shack to walk on the treadmill and do some bench. Like I said above, it was a really good second session.

Lukas kept pestering me to weigh myself so I finally caved in. That’s when the scale read 339 pounds. The thermogenesis and bathroom visits had begun to o their job.

So I showered and met my wife at Wal-Mart. That’s when I decided to grab some milk gallons and curl them for about 15 minutes on each arm. I broke another fierce sweat and this time it felt good. Like I posted before, I am going to be doing some unusual things to get this weight off. Curling milk gallons as I shop, building furniture, walking aimlessly, it will all help.

Now I am preparing for my business trip. This is going to be my first major test/obstacle. I will be away for about a week with no traditional gym equipment or means of preparing my own food. What will I do? I have prepared some fruits, veggies, nuts, yogurts, cereal, and green tea to assist me on my trip. I will also do some calisthenics while I am away.

I am not looking forward to this, but its been a good start. Now all I need to do is keep it up. My posts this week my be lessened, but I will try my best to keep the blog updated.

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My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. treadmillNo Gravatar says:

    I traveled for years as a rep for an auto company. I find that the most important thing is to just not put too much pressure on yourself.

    Try and start thinking of the workout as having time to yourself (almost like meditation). If you take it too seriously it starts to look almost like a second job with no paycheck.

    Every hotel, even the smaller ones now have a fitness center some are better than others but most all will have at least a treadmill or two and the standard jungle gym piece.

  2. Yeh, We shouldn’t put too much pressure on our body. Fat has to be lost in a systematic way using natural techniques. Fat has to be reduced in a similar way we gained it…. pound by pound slowly. You can find more details on Fat Burning Furnace.

  3. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    You’re def on the right track to losing the weight. Curling milk jugs in the grocery store. lol! That’s funny and I admire your spirit. The squats are a great way to get your fat burning rolling and metabolism kicking in overdrive.

  4. SebNo Gravatar says:

    Been there, man! It is tough to force those workouts in at first but if you keep it up you’ll soon be jogging to the gym. LOL @ the green tea. Go for a hot chilli salsa on some lean chicken breast w/ steamed green veggies and follow that with your strawberries. Down that with your green tea and burn, baby burn!

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