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.