Archive for April 17, 2007

Today I ran and did some plyometric/resistance training. It was a hard day on my body, but it felt good.

I began with a morning run.  I challenged myself to run 25 minutes and I came close.  I ran 21 1/2 (6 1/2 minutes more than the day before), and only stopped because I could tell I was pushing my body a little too far, a little too fast.  So for the next week or two, twenty minutes will be my cut off point for runs.  My pulse looked good, before, during, and after my run.

This afternoon I worked my whole body.  Beginning with plyometric jump squats and star jumps (2 sets), followed by lunge jumps, then push-ups, dips, dead lift-curl-press, bent knee raise, planks, and side planks.  It was a hard workout that pushed my heart rate well into the 180s.

Tomorrow will probably include a short run and walk.

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I was tagged several days ago by Lose-weight-with-me regarding what goals I had- regarding both this fitness program and life in general. So without further adieu, here is my list of goals, broken into four categories: short term (those which can be accomplished in less than 6 months), mid-range (those which can be achieved within 1 to 3 years), long term (those that will take 5 or more years to achieve), and underlying (those which should motivate me everyday).

Short Term Goals

1) Lose another 24 lbs (reach 160lbs). This is quite doable in six months. The math says that I only need to lose 1 pound per week.

2) Decrease waist size to 30 inches. This is achievable. When accomplished I will have half a dozen pants that fit me again- finally.

3) Run a 5k. Why not? I figure it will be a good motivation technique. While I dislike running, I love winning things. I want to place first- but we shall see. At this point I would be happy to complete the course.

4) Publication. Publish at least one of the articles I am currently working on.

5) Corporate Paperwork. I want to begin the necessary paperwork to incorporate the corp. my wife and I will use to purchase and run our future farm (more details later).

Mid-Range Goals

1) Publication. At least four articles published. I would love to see at least one each in the North Carolina Historical Review and the Journal of Southern History.

2) Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. I want to stay within a range between 160 and 165 pounds; continue eating healthy and in moderately sized portions; drinking lots of water; and regularly exercising.

3) Save Money. I need to save up for the farm/charity my wife and I are planning. It will take a good amount of investment on our part- and deprivation from now until then- but it will be worth it.

Ideally the farm will act in several charitable capacities. A “kitchen” for the local poor (as we will give food items grown to local families in need [i.e. milk, eggs, fruit, etc.]). A no-kill animal shelter (dog, horse, sheep, etc.) that will also function as a program for at-risk kids- said children will work with the dogs to train them for new homes while hopefully gaining an appreciation for love and grace in their own lives.

4) Completion of my Ph.D. program.

Long Range Goals

1) Obtaining a U.S. History teaching position somewhere in North Carolina- Asheville and Wilmington preferred. University of North Carolina- at Asheville is my number one choice as far as I am concerned.

2) Organize and build the aforementioned farm (and an eco-friendly formworks home) wherever God sends me to teach- I am really hoping God chooses Asheville, NC.

3) Publish my first book. I am thinking something on slave patrols- but with an interesting twist that I will disclose later.

Underlying Goals

1) Witness to three people each week, invest time in them, invite them to three events (dinner, church, etc.), and pray for them three times a day.

2) Shun worldly desires and grow in Christ daily.

3) One hour bible study each day.

Could I be 179 by the end of these two weeks?  That would be an amazing transformation- crossing back over a barrier I haven’t seen in years.  Well it will be hard, but it is possible.  This morning I weighed in at 182.8lbs.  My daily weight loss has been between .1 and .4lbs per day.  However, to reach 179.9lbs I would have to lose about .46lbs/day.

So I am going to notch up the exercise program starting today.  That increase in intensity will begin with the following challenge.  Can I run 25 minutes?