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In order to better understand where you are headed it often helps to see where you have been. Throughout this fitness journey I’ve been through a lot.  I went from my highest weight ever of 206lbs to my lowest weight in almost a decade of 166lbs.  I’ve grown stronger, improved my endurance, pushed through obstacles, and made quite a few mistakes.  Looking ahead I benefit from the knowledge that while I’ve grown a lot there is still a tremendous amount of room for improvement.

I have to begin training specifically for Ninja Warrior; I have to eat cleaner (less refined sugars and snacks); and I have to ramp up the intensity of my training sessions 100 percent!

But before we get into all that perhaps it would be helpful to see where I’ve been over the last year and a half.

I started out on February 8th, 2007 @ 206lbs and with a higher body fat percentage than I care to admit.

As disheartening as it was to see how I had let myself go, I was glad to have visual confirmation of my own failings when it came to living a healthy lifestyle.  How did I get there? For me it was two things- too much soda and NO portion control.  I look back and remember some meals where I had thirds on a full size 11 inch plate. (more…)

We made our first trip to the hospital today.  We discussed the issue of our payment plan, received the unfortunate news that it appeared we might not be able to get any grants to cover the surgery (keep praying about this), and we paid off part of the bill.  [BTW: If you do want to help defray some of the costs of Kane’s surgery just click this sentence.]

On a more positive note we saw Kane for about an hour.  We walked outside with Kane and the doctors and learned how to help him pee by squeezing on his bladder- fun times.  We saw some improvement in him placing a small amount of weight on his hind legs- YEAH!

Then we went into a comfy visiting room where Sasha prayed for Kane and we hung out together for a while.  Here are some of the pictures and video from our visit.

How about the cutest thing first?  Here is a video of Sasha and Kane together- sorry for the no sound, our digital cam stinks.

Next, the surgery scars

I told him that he was lucky in a way since chicks dig scars. (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 bound to happen.  Today was the day when my run was all pain and no runner’s high.

It started out fine- despite having to run back in the house to get a towel so I wouldn’t repeat my mistake from earlier this week.  However, something felt wrong when about 20 minutes in I still felt the same as I felt when I first started running.  But sadly, that is how the whole run felt from start to finish.

Regardless of the pain, which I managed to push through, I did break some personal records. (more…)

The problem with running is really quite simple, the mind wants to give in before the body. (more…)

Well there is lots of stuff to catch up on so maybe I should say something like, “Coming this Week”

First I have to “dance with the one that brung me” and get back to some good old fashioned weight loss blogging. I have gotten a bit off track and forgotten my Excel spread sheets for the last few days. Well, I plan on bringing them back. I am also putting together a new post on sex and exercise (related to the VERY popular sexercise post– now viewed over 4,200 times) that will come with an interesting challenge. (more…)

Why the title with the fancy word? (For those of you confused, you can find the definitions here and here.) Well, sit down, cause this is a long story. Are you seated yet? Good.

It all starts at 1:30 a.m. this morning. I went to bed feeling fine (around 10:00 after an excellent episode of Hell’s Kitchen- but that is beside the point). Much to my chagrin I awoke around 1:30 a.m. with a stuffed up nose and a sore throat. I immediately thought, “What about my workout today?!” I went back to sleep hoping it would go away. When I woke up at 3:58 a.m. the nose was still stuffy, but at least my throat wasn’t quite so sore. I figured I would go ahead and still try to make it to the gym and take my chances.

I got there a bit early- around 5:45 a.m. I got on the treadmill still suffering what can only be described as a severe bout of lassitude– I felt defeated and listless. I was pretty sure I would barely make it through my run. So I turned on my I-pod, cued up the requisite song list and started to walk. I walked for about 6 minutes, which is double my usual warm up period. I was still pretty pessimistic when I started running at the 6 minute mark.

From that point on I agreed with myself that I would run for 4 songs- maybe 5. Looking back I can see that my attitude changed with each song, so it might be easiest to retell the story by recounting each song and the resulting emotions, fatigue, and physical response.

Song 1: Three Days Grace, “Animal I’ve Become.”

As I started running I felt stiff, weak, slow, and pretty doubtful about my chances of even making it through this one song. I knew though that i couldn’t give up without even getting through one out of five songs. So I pushed through fairly miserable.

Song 2: Trapt, “Waiting.”

This part of my run wasn’t much easier than the first. In addition my calves were starting to hurt.

Song 3: Linkin Park, “In the End.”

I didn’t struggle through this part of my run as much as the first two parts. Don’t get me wrong, it was not picnic in the park, but it wasn’t as hard. I also started feeling like I had more energy, not much more, but at least more than I started with.

Song 4: Saliva, “Click, Click, Boom.”

Song 5: Trapt, “Stand Up.”

This is when business started to pick up so to speak. I felt like someone gave me a B12 shot in the butt- not the pain, just the energy. I added some spring in my step and felt less miserable about my run and more hopeful. I had now made it through all 5 songs. Maybe I could run for another 5 songs? Or how about at least another two. I agreed with myself on setting 2 more songs as the new goal.

Song 6: Drowning Pool, “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.”

Song 7: John Cafferty, “Hearts on Fire.”

Okay, this is when things really started to pick up. I upped my MPH by .5 MPH for each song. At this point my calves had long stopped hurting, my legs were pumping like a well oiled and efficient machine, and my head was in the clouds- runner’s euphoria. If only all running felt like this. It was better than drugs- not that I would know about that. No seriously, I have no clue, except for this experience with runner’s high.

Song 9: Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger.”

Who wouldn’t run ’til they dropped for this song?! I pushed myself and upped the MPH by another .5. I do have to admit that about 30 seconds into this song I was starting to get a little numb in my feet (the soles and toes), so I figured I had pushed myself far enough. I ran until the song ended and then cooled down with 5 minute walk and some ab exercises.

Now I am pretty sure the above list is missing one song. Sadly I left my I-pod in the car, so my memory will have to do. Luckily, for those of you curious about my total numbers for the day here you go:

Time: 47:30 minutes (6 min. walk, 36:30 min. run, 5 min. walk)

Distance: 3.8 miles

Calories Burned: 509

It was a great day that I was sure would turn out horrible. Goes to show you (and me) that you can’t always go by your first instinct. Sometimes you need to push a little and give your body a chance to rise to the occasion.