Archive for the ‘Evolution’ Category

Remember the pictures?  In case you forgot, here they are again…

“Before” 1/6/08 End of Competition Photo

Now here are the numbers.  Be warned, some are pitiful, some are good, and some are shockingly awesome.  I am particularly proud of the muscle growth numbers for my shoulders, arms, and legs.

Weight: Then 178.2

Now: 179.9 lbs

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Well here is a picture of me from 12 weeks ago…

“Before” 1/6/08

Here is me now…

End of Competition Photo

So here they are side by side…

“Before” 1/6/08  End of Competition Photo

The corresponding measurements will be forthcoming, when I have the time to sit at the computer and post them.  However, right now I have a full day of daddy duties ahead of me.  Check back in soon, for the FULL results…

Today is a slow day for blogging, and I am phoning it in with this “Best Of” list based on your votes (well your clicks). According to your visits these are my top ten posts of ALL TIME (well, since February)…

10. Ask John. The place where if you have questions I might have answers. I make no guarantees about the quality of those answers.

9. Training for Ninja Warrior. Well by now most of you know I am training to compete on Ninja Warrior. This goal has a large impact on how I train my body. Admittedly, there is a lot more I need to do to get ready for the show.

8. Warning: Cute Baby Pictures. My amazing daughter being cute.

7. The Double F Workout. Don’t do this unless there are no kids around or you bring your own child. Otherwise you look creepy.

6. My Unconventional Weight Loss Tools. Cheap stuff, made easy, and it works well to drop the pounds and build up muscle.

5. Weight Loss Tracking Chart. I have no clue why so many people visit this post.

4. Photo Evidence. Something about me shirtless seems to drive up hits to this blog. Weird.

3. Sexercise. The title says it all.

2. How Many Push-ups Does it Take to get to the Center of an Awesome Body? I am not sure why this is so popular. I am especially curious how this is more popular than sexercise?!

And the number one page of all time on this blog….

1. Update: Before and After Pictures. I would like to think it is my tan body or my handsome face that brings in all the visitors, but I am pretty sure it is the term “before and after” that keeps them coming.

Visit Yahoo! Answers to find the answer to millions of different questions.

This Yahoo! Answers badge is really getting me angry. I am supposed to have a really nice looking badge that shows various questions I have answered on Yahoo Answers, but yet the best I can get is the sentence above. So I think I will highlight some questions I answered on Yahoo! Answers by reposting them here (and crossing my fingers that Yahoo! doesn’t mind).

Question 1: Cheery! asks, “Global Warming: Interesting/boring? why? I want to talk about Global Warming in the Oral exam which we are allowed ot prepare beforehand for. I know that alot of people are going to speak on this topic. So does anyone have any interesting facts about global warming so that i can engage the examiner’s interest? And if you find Global Warming boring, why?”

Answer: Although it doesn’t directly answer your question, I would suggest you find a new topic. If there will be several presentations on this subject in a classroom setting you run a very high risk of boring even those interested in Global Warming.

No matter how many interesting facts you find, if you are the fifth or sixth speaker on this topic most will have tuned out by then. So I would encourage you, if you have the ability, to find a new topic.

Personally I find the topic interesting, but if I had to listen to several students give speeches on the subject I would probably…(Continue reading here).”

 

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I find it useful to retake these tests every now and again. I found a good (and free) test over at humanmetrics.com. The results? I am a “mastermind.” Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Here is the description of a Mastermind…

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 Here are my updated before and after pictures.  The pictures on the left (your left) are from February 8, 2007.  The pictures on the right (your right) are from June 6th, 2007.  Almost exactly four months to the day from when I began this weight loss journey.

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The guy above (the old me) had a 42 inch waist.  Now, as of today, my waist is 34 1/2 inches.

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See all those rolls of fat on the left hand picture?  That guy weighed 206 lbs .  Think of how big my fat cell’s must have been.  Now, I weigh 169.2 lbs- less than 10 lbs from my goal weight. What a difference losing 36+ lbs of fat can make from all perspectives.

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The old me had a gut that hung over my belt.  That 42 inch waist was a miserable traveling companion.  It popped numerous button from the front of some great khaki pants.  Now, when I put on my fat clothes they hang on me like  a trash bag, and my old, old, old clothes fit perfectly.

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The guy above is a much healthier, happier, energetic man.  Praise the Lord for positive change and for the strength to endure.

I love the beginning of a new week. Each new week carries with it the promise of a fresh change, a new start, a chance to get over the day you ate two donuts- the chocolate kind that are covered in chocolate frosting. But ideally, my view (our view) of each day should be the same. Heck, why not each minute?

All of us would transform and grow at a more rapid pace if we could put our shame behind us quicker. Too many of us wallow in our mistakes and end up repeating them over and over. We bear shame that is far too heavy for our shoulders and as a result we keep our faces in the same dirt that brought us shame in the first place.

For some it is that day they went overboard and had a whole pizza, with BBQ wings, regular (not diet) Coca-Cola, and half an apple pie with ice cream on the side. After that day they (possibly you) say, “Why bother? ”  That voice of shame says, “You’re not going to be able to control your appetite.”

For some it might be the lies they told or the sheer weight of their own sin, that bears down on their back. That same voice of shame whispers in our ears, “You’ll never be good enough. You don’t deserve (insert here whatever your goal might be).”

Luckily, that voice of shame is wrong. You don’t blow a whole diet by eating poorly one day- heck you don’t even blow it by eating poorly one day a week. Step back and look at the totality of your choices. You might blow it one day a week, but what about the other six? None of us is perfect. So if your life is marked (for the most part) by positive movement toward your goals you haven’t blown it.

Because it isn’t that one day, that one mistake that ruins our diet, that ruins our walk with God, or our career. Most often it is the inordinate amount of time we spend dwelling on that mistake, refusing to learn from it, and consequently repeating it over and over.

Leave your mistake(s) behind you. Don’t forget them, but learn from them, and move on with your life or your diet. There is something at the other end that is well worth the pain and self-denial. I can tell you from where I stand, right about half-way, I am so happy about all I have achieved. I am also so excited about all the mountains left to climb.