Archive for the ‘reflection’ Category

It has come to this.  The metaphorical tornado that is my life swept through over the last couple of months and now I have to assess the damage caused by stress, apathy, inactivity, distraction, and gluttony.  I hate doing this, always have, but it is essential to starting over.  It’s hard to climb out of the hole when you don’t know how far down you are (not to mention which way is up).   It would be far easier to sulk and stew where I am, ignore the depths to which I’ve descended, and find comfort in a blissful ignorance of my current condition.  After all, if I am unaware of how much I weigh now or how many inches I’ve added to my waist then I can’t have any depressing thoughts about how much ground I’ve lost over the last few months.  Well, I can have those thoughts, but as long as they aren’t confirmed by the scale and the tape, I can push them to the side and ignore them with much more ease.

No longer though.  This morning I braved the tape and the scale.  The knowledge I gained wasn’t pretty, but it was essential.  I have returned to a 37 inch waist and about 188.5 lbs.  This is still far better than the 209 or so lbs I started out at, but a far cry from my best weight of 166 lbs.  I did some chin-ups only to find I lost some, but luckily not a lot, of my upper body strength (down from 7 chin-ups to about 4).

But my workout for today isn’t going to be fun, nor will it be easy.  I designed it to be part fitness assessment, part penance for my previous apathy.  Perhaps it will be a cathartic exercise (pun intended).   (more…)

That is Kane, the black and tan one in the background hamming it up.

Surgery is complete.  Is wasn’t perfect since he did have some spinal degeneration and fusing consistent with his age.  However, the vet was able to remove the flap of bone that was causing his spinal cord to bulge.  His spinal cord is now running straight as an arrow.

Now we are waiting to see if he can fell pain tomorrow.  Even better if he can move his legs tomorrow.  I will take a trip into town tomorrow to meet with his neurologist and of course visit the billing department.  I hate to say this again, but since this wasn’t cheap, if you feel you can afford to help and feel led that way we sure could use the assistance.  We would love to get together about $1,000 from donations if possible. We are also looking into grants and charitable organizations, but have found nothing thus far that will work.

Please keep praying about those grants and also pray that Kane will not only feel pain tomorrow but that he shows signs of movement and control in his hind limbs.  Thanks to everyone!

Well it was a good week, but not a great week.  Most of that is my own fault.  I did little cardio and only weight trained two days during the week at much less than peak intensity.

However, my slacking last week won’t carry over to this week.  I’ve got two very intense workout session planned.  This mornings session was an all out full body workout that hit leg, chest, shoulders, and triceps to the point to total muscular failure in every set.  I am trying to decide between a similar workout on Friday or my first car-pushing day on Saturday.  I will probably save the car pushing for next week.

In addition, for cardio this week I plan on jumping a lot of rope, running intervals at least twice, and several long walks with my dog (or both dogs).

Lastly, my nutritional planning for this week is TIGHT!  Want an example?

[4:20 a.m.] Breakfast: 100% whole wheat bread with smoked turkey and baked ham, banana, 3 cups water w/ Creatine.

[7:20 a.m.] Snack 1 (post-workout):  1 Myoplex drink and 1/2 my crunchy flax seed cereal mix

[10:30 a.m.] Snack 2: Remainder of my crunchy flax seed cereal mix, w/ 2 cups water.

[12:35] Lunch: BBQ boneless chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, pistachios, w/ 2 cups water.

[2:30 p.m.] Snack 3: Pear and Orane w/ water.
[6:20p.m.] Dinner: Apple and Yogurt w/ water.

Dinner is a bit light since I am in class from 3:30 until 9:20.  Otherwise this is a pretty good indication of my nutritional habits for the rest of the week.

I am going to set the standard this week!  See if you guys can keep up with me.