Jeremy C. Parsons
The Parsons Perspective
Slow Going
March 13, 2017

Starting weight on 1/1/17: 356 lbs.

Last week's weight on 3/05/2017: 320.5 lbs.

This week's weight on 3/12/2017: 319.5 lbs.

Finally hit the "3-teens" this week.... barely. It's frustrating, but a loss is a loss. This is what the week looked like:

Monday Morning: Thrive vanilla shake w/banana

Workout: Treadmill – 36 minutes – 1.63 miles – 274 calories.
Incline Bench Machine: 10 x 90 lbs., 10 x 80 lbs., 12 x 60 lbs., 15 x 40 lbs.
Flyes: 4 x 110 lbs., 10 x 90 lbs., 12 x 70 lbs., 15 x 50 lbs.
Shoulder Press Machine: 12 x 70 lbs., 4 x 90 lbs., 15 x 50 lbs., 6 x 70 lbs.
Row Machine: 10 x 100 lbs., 10 x 80 lbs., 6 x 90 lbs., 8 x 40 lbs.
Seated Tricep Pushdown: 10 x 80 lbs., 8 x 100 lbs., 12 x 60 lbs., 15 x 60 lbs.
Vertical Bench: 10 x 72 lbs., 10 x 60 lbs., 10 x 48 lbs.

Post-Workout: 2 gluten-free pancakes w/strawberry spread.

Lunch: 1 serving of mandarin oranges and deli peppercorn turkey on gluten-free toast w/olive oil mayo.

Dinner: Leftover chicken & rice soup w/gluten free crackers.


Tuesday Morning: Thrive vanilla shake w/banana

Workout: Barbell Upright Row: 8 x 30 lbs., 8 x 30 lbs., 10 x 40 lbs., 5 x 50 lbs.
Single-Arm Dumbbell Rows: 11 x 25 lbs., 10 x 15 lbs., 6 x 20 lbs.
Incline Dumbbell Curls: 8 x 20 lbs., 8 x 20 lbs., 10 x 15 lbs., 2 x 15 lbs.
Preacher Curls: 8 x 60 lbs., 8 x 50 lbs., 10 x 40 lbs., 15 x 30 lbs.
Ab Crunch Machine: 20 x 170 lbs., 20 x 190 lbs. I don’t do typical floor crunches because trying to sit upright on a flat surface just totally kills the small of my back!

Dinner: Reid and I headed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to watch WWE Smackdown Live and stopped at Stacked Pickle on the way. We had an app of fried pickles with ranch. They’re good, but I got “pickled out” rather quickly. For dinner, I had a bacon & bleu burger, bun-less with lettuce & tomato, and a side of mixed veggies.

Late Night: Reid was hungry again, so we ran through McDonalds. Bad mistake. I had a cheeseburger and a few of his fries, and it tasted like garbage. I was actually still kinda hungry when we got home, and had some of Courtney’s leftover gluten-free chicken alfredo from Cheesecake Factory.


Wednesday Morning: Thrive chocolate shake

Workout: Treadmill: 36 minutes – 1.6 miles – 290 calories
Leg Extensions: 8 x 90 lbs., 8 x 80 lbs., 10 x 60 lbs., 12 x 50 lbs.
Seated Leg Curls: 12 x 90 lbs., 12 x 80 lbs., 15 x 60 lbs., 20 x 50 lbs.
Lying Leg Curls: 5 x 115 lbs., 8 x 95 lbs., 10 x 75 lbs. Hamstrings were shot by this point!
Leg Press: 15 x 180 lbs., 15 x 270 lbs., 15 x 360 lbs.
Calf Raises: 10 x 240 lbs., 10 x 220 lbs., 12 x 200 lbs.
Romanian Dead Lifts: 15 x 45 lbs. Did I mention my hamstrings were shot???

Post-Workout: 1 serving of turkey sausage snack bites.

Lunch: Salad with cherry tomatoes, a serving of Hidden Valley Ranch, and a side of Boar’s Head olive loaf deli meat.

Dinner: Gluten-free Meatloaf and steamed broccoli. I’m not typically a meatloaf fan, but this was quite good for something different!


Thursday Morning: Thrive Vanilla shake w/scoop of PB2

Workout: Treadmill: 36 minutes – 1.71 miles – 287 calories.
Incline Bench: 10 x 50 lbs., 10 x 40 lbs., 12 x 30 lbs., 15 x 30 lbs.
Flyes: 4 x 130 lbs., 9 x 110 lbs., 9 x 90 lbs., 12 x 70 lbs., 15 x 60 lbs.
Shoulder Press Machine: 5 x 60 lbs., 6 x 40 lbs., 9 x 30 lbs., 7 x 20 lbs. I don’t think my shoulders had quite recovered from Monday’s workout.
Row Machine: 10 x 100 lbs., 10 x 90 lbs., 10 x 70 lbs., 2 x 60 lbs.
Seated Tricep Pushdown: 1 x 130 lbs., 6 x 110 lbs., 5 x 90 lbs., 12 x 70 lbs.
Kickbacks on cable machine: 15 x 40 lbs. with each arm. Standing cable flyes: 10 x 40 lbs.

Lunch: Salad w/cherry tomatoes, a serving of Hidden Valley Ranch, and a side of Boar’s Head olive loaf deli meat.

Dinner: Leftover meatloaf w/Green Giant riced cauliflower veggie medley.


Friday Morning: Thrive chocolate shake w/scoop of PB2

Workout: Barbell Rows: 8 x 60 lbs., 8 x 50 lbs., 10 x 40 lbs., 12 x 30 lbs.
Dumbbell Single Row: 10 x 20 lbs.
Preacher Curls: 8 x 70 lbs., 8 x 60 lbs., 10 x 50 lbs., 12 x 40 lbs.
Sit-up Machine: 20 x 190 lbs.
Seated Row Machine: 8 x 100 lbs., 8 x 90 lbs., 10 x 70 lbs.
Treadmill: 36 minutes – 1.71 miles – 290 calories.

Post-Workout: a serving of mini turkey sausage bites.

Lunch: A porky Unwich from Jimmy John’s. If you’re not familiar with it, and Unwich is a sandwich, but wrapped in lettuce.

Dinner: 6 slices of gluten-free pizza (medium) from Noble Roman’s.

Late Night: a couple of servings of cashews.


Saturday Morning: Thrive Chocolate shake.

Workout: Leg Press: 10 x 255 lbs., 12 x 345 lbs., 15 x 435 lbs., 20 x 535 lbs.
Seated Leg Curls: 12 x 75 lbs., 12 x 95 lbs., 15 x 80 lbs., 20 x 50 lbs.
Calf Raises: 20 x 200 lbs., 16 x 180 lbs., 15 x 160 lbs.
Treadmill: 33:31 minutes – 1.73 miles – 296 calories

Post-Workout: Nature Valley Peanut Butter Crunch Bar

Lunch: 2 slices of leftover gluten-free pizza.

Dinner: We splurged and went to Ruth Chris. Had a wedge salad with bacon, blue cheese, and ranch dressing. Also had a 14oz New York strip, and split a side of mushrooms with Courtney. These people sitting next to us insisted a try a piece of their deep fried asparagus. It was good, but I think that deep fried junk did a number on my stomach. Bleh.


Sunday Morning: Thrive Chocolate shake

Lunch: Courtney made scrambled eggs and a broccoli slaw cooked with a little olive oil. With ketchup on top, it was similar to hash browns. It really was!

Afternoon: A serving of Planter’s heart-healthy mixed nuts and a couple of tablespoons of JIF Simply Life peanut butter.

Dinner: BBQ pulled pork (no bun) and sweet potato hash browns.

Evening: Half a can of Pepsi. For some reason, I really just had a craving for a Pepsi, but a half can in, I wasn’t really feeling it.

All and all, not a bad week. I was excited to reach the 3-teens, but a bit bummed that I only dropped 1 pound. It’s possible I’m not eating enough, but at the same time, it’s hard for me to eat every 3-4 hours. I really think the workouts have slowed things down a bit. I’m going to keep fighting though and not get discouraged!

Have a good week, and thanks for reading!

~Jeremy C. Parsons

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