How Much Has Changed

Posted: September 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

I spent the last half hour or so looking back over my old posts, links, and comments on this blog.  In a way it is like unearthing a digital time capsule.  Instead of looking at obsolete technology, ridiculously out of date magazine covers, or historic headlines, I get to see the old me of 2007-2013.  And quite a bit has changed.  As a brief summary:

  • My politics moved left (of center)
  • My stomach moved south (of my belt line)
  • My hairline moved north (a little)

Some of my old posts on politics are almost unrecognizable (due to their strong libertarian bent), while others are more than a bit embarrassing or even horrifying (I have disavowed many of my former views regarding gay marriage).  The links section on the sidebar is almost a whose who of websites I haven’t visited in years and likely won’t visit again in a long time.  The other blogs listed there are mostly closed down or abandoned (as this one was).

Since my last post back in 2013 our family has grown with the addition of our daughter from Ukraine- Alex.  Just this month we celebrated the two-year anniversary of her landing at RDU Airport.

As of my last post I was mired in unemployment, depression, and a good bit of extra weight.  I’ve since found a full-time job, the kind of job where (don’t tell my employers) I enjoy my work so much I would do it for free but for the pesky basic needs of shelter, food, clothes, etc.  Entering my second year at work I have finally found the time and motivation to sit down and confront my unhealthy habits. Hoping to get to a new, healthy status quo weight wise– wherever that may be for 36-year-old me.

Stay tuned for more updates.

For Those Still Reading This Blog…

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I haven’t posted in a long time, I know.  But for those who happen to stumble upon this ruined relic of a blog I wanted to post a link to the giving page we have started to help in our attempts to adopt an Eastern European orphan.  Any amount you can give helps- even $5 or $10 dollars.  

Visit here for more info

In addition to a good workout I also had the personal trainers run my body-fat and blood pressure numbers.  The BP numbers turned out so good I am sure the machine was broken.  I was so sure they couldn’t be true that I insisted on three measurements (2 from the right arm and 1 from the left).  The end result averaged out to 95/65 with a resting pulse of 67 beats per minute.  The body fat measurements were a bit on the high-end.  I had my BF measure with body electronic calipers and the handheld machine.  The electronic calipers gave a reading of 28.95% (60.5 lbs of fat on my frame) and the handheld gave a reading of 22.1% (46 pounds of fat on my frame).  Either way I have plenty of fat to shed during my fitness journey.

I had a good early morning walk (which I started doing last week) and a decent reintroduction to Tabata Training.  I say decent because I ended up not being able to do the full 10/10 program, but I did make it halfway through.  I will have to focus on rebuilding some of my basic strength before I venture back into Tabata training. Maybe next month I will try again?

A picture says a 1,000 words (or in this case 40+ extra pounds).  Other than my obvious state of half-sleep (the picture was taken at 7 a.m.) my well-rounded cheeks and less-than-subtle second chin aren’t camera-shy.  It appears much of what used to be known as “my chin” is now lost in a round, full face.   A face that sits upon a neck that sits upon a slow, lethargic, weak body.  Wow, this sounds even worse typed out than it sounded as part of my internal monologue.  So as far as changing this less than flattering look it is important to begin with an adequate assessment of my current (not-so-)well-being.   Let’s just say that most categories leave plenty of room for improvement.  Some will be updated on Wednesday with more accurate numbers, but this is what I’ve got thus far. Read the rest of this entry »

Here are the numbers:

  • BP: 118/63
  • Pulse: 97 (a hour after workout- which s a bit worrisome)
  • One Mile Run: 14 minutes (shameful)
  • Push-ups (1 minute): 25 reps

Day 8 [12/15/2011]: The (Partial) Results

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ended up spending most of the day grading papers.  In the end the only test I performed was one minute worth of push-ups.  That resulted in a measly 25 reps.  I have free time tomorrow, so I will get the rest in tomorrow.

I am putting together a list of factors to get a baseline of my fitness level.  I will run through the list tomorrow and see what my personal bests are for each item on the list.  So far it includes: Read the rest of this entry »

Day 6 [12/13/2011]: Try This At Home

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Me
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The Skyrim workout: Every time you encounter a screen load (so about every 30-60 seconds) drop and do about 10 push-ups or, if you are in better shape, do push-ups until the load screen disappears.  Bet you didn’t think you could combine gaming and working out.  Well I just did.

Day 5 (12/12/2011): Keeping Up…

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Me

I couldn’t be more apathetic if I tried, but then that would kind of be self-defeating (more self-defeating than my present apathy?!  Maybe.)

Day 4 (12/11/2011): Slow Start…

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Nothing much happened today.  I mean that.  Almost nothing.  I ate, graded papers, went to church, graded papers, ate, graded papers, went to a party, and then sat down here to type this.  Man this is a real slow, and boring, start, to my fitness journey.