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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…)

May 25th:  This was my first day of getting back to physical training, and my last day of undisciplined eating.  The day started with a 30 minute workout but closed with a triple scoop waffle cone.

Resistance Training: performed as a circuit (one set of each exercise all the way through and then repeat).

1. Squats with Tire Press. A basic squat with one side of the tire resting in the palms of the hands. At the top of the movement press the tire hard enough to push it about a foot or more, then let it fall back into the palms of the hands and return to the basic squat position. 2 sets of 12 reps. (more…)

313V25BAZXL._SL500_AA280_Anyone can punch one of these things, but where is the fun in that? Well, okay, that can be fun.  But isn’t it more fun to take something intended for one purpose and think up a dozen other good uses for it?  If you’re me, then the answer is an emphatic yes.

Allow me to introduce my heavy bag.  I picked it up from the local used sporting goods store for $35.  At 100 pounds that works out to 35 cents per pound.  Not a bad investment.  Here are three exercises that involve nothing more than you and a heavy bag of your choice.

P1010517Heavy Bag Squat.  Stand the heavy bag on its end, and squat down with the bag between your legs.  Wrap your arms around the bag- a standard bear hug will do.  I like to start on the balls of my feet and drive my heels into the ground as I propel my body and the bag upward.  Head position is up to you.  I like to bury my chin in the bag so I can keep it tight against my chest and hips.  In addition, this helps me keep my hips tucked in and my torso straight. (more…)

Okay…so we’ve waited a week to find out.  The results are finally in.  The numbers on the left are my January 1st measurements; the numbers on the  right are my measurement from today (January 8th).  Okay, here goes, let’s hope this is good:

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dym-e124The day started off well enough.  A little black tea in the morning (7:45 a.m.) and I was up and running.  My energy levels were quite high at the start of the day.  I got down my breakfast protein shake and milled flax seed combo no problem (8:15 a.m.). I chased that down with about 12 oz of water mixed with some flavorless Benefiber.

My next meal was lunch (since we slept in a bit), and luckily, by then, my Elite 12-hour protein had arrived (11:45 a.m.).  The stuff is excellent in almost all respects except for one- taste.  My usual Myoplex shakes (original and light) beat this stuff in the taste department hands down.  However, I was able to drink it and it wasn’t quite so bad that I had to choke it down.  But let’s just say I wasn’t guzzling it like water.  My stomach started feeling a bit empty, so I broke the rules and had several slices of center cut pork bacon (reduced fat and cooked on the George Foreman Grill) with my shake for lunch.

For my snack after lunch I grabbed an EAS Myoplex light protein drink- which tasted like Yoo-Hoo chocolate milk compared to the 12-Hour Elite Rich Chocolate blend (2:15 p.m.).  The only problem is (more…)

Here it is, the info on my SparkPeople account.  With these links (and some widgets I will put up later) you can keep track of my nutritional intake, my exercise routines, and other neat stuff.  It is just another way of keeping me honest as a blogger.

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And if you decided to sign up for your own account, tell them who sent you, JJKESQ.  Thanks and enjoy.

I was dumping the compost bin outside the other day when an idea struck me.  Nope, it wasn’t a great opening sentence for my novel.  Nope, it wasn’t a replacement for oil that is both cheap and clean.  Instead, I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be neat if I could do a split!?”  Of course I am forced to admit that at no point in my life have I ever been able to perform a split of any kind.  So what was I to do? (more…)