After three weeks of slack, I had to increase my exercise regimen.
I hit the gym three times last week.
I did 30 to 60 minutes on the elliptical, ten minutes on the rowing machine, and 20 minutes using the free weights.
Finally, I felt like I was accomplishing something.
Two weeks ago, I bought a scale to motivate me and help track progress, I weighed 234 pounds.
This past weekend, I went to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.
I enjoyed Bourbon Street, of course I had to try their famous jambalaya, gumbo and a Hand Grenade.
Although I really enjoyed the food, I ate decent proportions.
But I was not able to exercise like I wanted.
Reason number one, I was trying to see the city.
Second, I would wake up right before it was time to go somewhere, which did not allow time for me to exercise.
Third, I was recruiting on behalf of the university and I had to follow an itinerary.
To be honest, it was hard to fit exercising in.
My own lack of motivation did not help. I did not feel like doing it because this was my first time in New Orleans.
Before the trip, I thought it was going to be easy since the hotels had gyms, but I just did not have the motivation to go.
I feel like I have gotten more serious about my diet, as my birthday, Nov. 29, comes closer.
In only four weeks, my goal date will be here, so I really have to step my game up.
I have to start exercising more often, eating healthy, and staying disciplined. Discipline is the key.
I have to be dedicated to my everyday exercise regimen.
Now, I will be trying to exercise everyday so I can hit my goal, even if it means walking to Brooklyn for cheesecake.
I know that this is going to be a real challenge.
Currently, my course load is increasing, it seems like I am taking test after test and always doing homework.
Furthermore, I am involved with three organizations and I serve on two of the executive boards.
At the end of the day, I know I want to lose weight and I am not going to let anything discourage me.
This is the fourth installment in a series of stories dedicated to tracking the weight loss of FAMU Student Jarveal Baker.
Check back for more updates on his progress.