Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Here are the numbers:

  • BP: 118/63
  • Pulse: 97 (a hour after workout- which s a bit worrisome)
  • One Mile Run: 14 minutes (shameful)
  • Push-ups (1 minute): 25 reps

I am putting together a list of factors to get a baseline of my fitness level.  I will run through the list tomorrow and see what my personal bests are for each item on the list.  So far it includes: (more…)

Day 6 [12/13/2011]: Try This At Home

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Me
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The Skyrim workout: Every time you encounter a screen load (so about every 30-60 seconds) drop and do about 10 push-ups or, if you are in better shape, do push-ups until the load screen disappears.  Bet you didn’t think you could combine gaming and working out.  Well I just did.

I am restructuring my life to accomplish my fitness (NOT weight loss) goals.   Sure, I will probably shed some pounds along the way but this plan is not centered on the goal of weight loss.  Such plans usually end up being self-defeating and scale-focused to the point of unhealthy compulsion.  My goal, with each passing month is to: have a better heart rate and lower BP, to run farther, to punch the heavy bag harder, to flip the tire more times in a single minute, (to acquire) and flip a heavier tire, to lift heavier weights, to feel more energized each morning, to push my body to the limit as often as I can and come back better for it.  It won’t be easy–it never was.   The first few weeks back are about as fun as working as circus janitor; it stinks, there aren’t many rewards, and you have to drag yourself through each work(day/out).

So how will I do it?  What is my plan?   (more…)

Has it really been almost five months since I last posted an update?  Is it true that since that update I’ve had several failed attempts to get back into my fitness journey?  Unfortunately the answer to both is yes.   The last five months I have done a much better job procrastinating and indulging than getting motivated and active.  Of course I could blame the many tentacled octopus that is my dissertation; the beast that devours my time, energy, and life.  Or I could blame my darn cavity riddled teeth I can’t afford to fix that bring me so much continual pain– especially in the cold weather.   But I won’t (although since I mentioned them I guess that is sort of a not-so-subtle way of gaining your sympathy; and by your I am probably speaking mostly to the comment-bots)!  Instead I will let you know where I am in my fitness reboot.

The honest (and painful) truth, I look like this guy again.  And no matter how hard I try I can’t help but return to this point over and over again.   Where am I now?  I weigh in at about 207 lbs and my waist measures 41.25 inches (disturbing those measurements are almost exactly the same as back in 2007 when I started this blog).   And what of my goal of competing on Ninja Warrior?  Well, it shouldn’t be hard to guess I never quite got to that.  I am not one to give up on dreams though.  The Ninja Warrior folks have been helpful by creating tryout out in California– so my goal will be a bit easier to achieve given it won’t require a passport or flying across an ocean.  So why not begin again?  Why not take what I have learned from all my failed attempts and let the wisdom of time (and accumulated error) benefit my present out of shape self?  I don’t see a reason why it shouldn’t.

So I am throwing my hat back in the ring (is that even a real saying?).  I am throwing it in knowing the first couple of weeks of workouts are never easy.  I am throwing it in knowing that the first two months of running feels more like balancing jello on two taped together chopsticks than something elegant you could call “running.”  I am throwing it in knowing I will be stressed out writing a dissertation chapter that is due on January 20th, 2012.  I am throwing it in knowing my teeth will undoubtedly hurt.  I am throwing it in knowing that this might not even be a real idiom I have used to structure this paragraph.   (more…)

A happy New Year to all those who still scramble up the crag that is this old worn out blog to view my inconsistent (and sometimes incoherent) fitness ramblings.   I know you are expecting me to talk about how I resolve to post more to this blog over the coming year, but actually I don’t.  I plan on posting more and I expect to be more active than I have been the past year or two, but it isn’t on the top of my to-do list.  I was putting too much stress on keeping this blog up and anxiety was getting the better of me.  I hope that with a more relaxed attitude I can better keep up with this blog, minus the stress and anxiety.

So what are my resolutions?  Before I get to that I should note that experience has tempered my firm belief in specific goals.  They are great until you reach them.  Then what?  A new goal?  Where is the joy in that?  Instead, it is better to find general guidelines for how life should be lived, live by them, and reap the rewards as they come.   No more stress or pressure to hit specific numbers.  I will take my victories as they come.

So the question is changed to what are my guidelines and how do I plan on implementing them.  I answered that question by creating three general guidelines, short enough to remember, but broad enough to allow for a considerable amount of change in the life of myself and my family.  I have termed these “Family Commitments” as they impact both myself and my family.  However, because of their dual nature I will refer to them interchangeably as family and individual commitments, depending on the context.

The three primary commitments are:

  1. Keep God first in all things
  2. Eat fresh and be active
  3. Buy less, throw out more, and organize what we keep

These three commitments hit on the big four: mind, body, spirit, and wallet.   Commitment 1 will keep us spiritually balanced and aids us in keeping commitments 1 and 2.  Commitment 2 will keep us healthy and aids us in keeping commitments 1 and 3.  Commitment 3 will keep our bad spending habits (and my tendency to hoard things) in check, and reinforce commitments 1 and 2.

Now how do I turn these three broad commitments into a plan of action?  Like this: (more…)

Back Again…

Posted: December 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I have gone from the 170s back up th the 190s. Why? Largely because when I am stressed out I eat. And over the last year I’ve dealt with several injuries that kept me from my favorite form of stress relief- exercise. From stepping on rakes (yay puncture wound!), a shoulder injury, and plenty of back problems. Even now I am dealing with a lower back injury, and I am not 100%. But I can’t sit around and wait for 100%. What is my plan? How will I stop digging and construct a ladder to climb out of this ladder? You’ll find out tomorrow.

A New Goal…

Posted: November 11, 2010 in challenge, fitness
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While Ninja Warrior is still a ways off in the future, I found a good mid-range goal.   On April 16th, 2011 the Marine Corp base in S.C. will be hosting their annual Mud Run, and I am planning on attending.

Hoo-RAA!  this should be a good motivator to stop procrastinating and get to work.

Well my first two weeks are almost up.  I am definitely happy with the results!  After 13 days I have dropped from 191 to 184 pounds.  My arms, leg, shoulder, etc. measures have stayed the same so I am confident I’ve lost very little, if any muscle mass.  My waist measure has dropped from 38+ inches to 36.5 inches (2 inches!).  My old shorts finally fit again and my old t-shirts no longer make me look like a pork roast wrapped in kitchen twine.  I will probably post some pictures in a couple of weeks or whenever I get back down to 170 (whichever comes first).

How do I feel?  I feel healthy, happy, and a lot more energetic.  I was really worried about fast days going into this program, but I was shocked how easy they could be with the right kind of foods and fiber available throughout the day (miso soup is awesome!).  On my fast days I am incredibly productive as I have both increased energy AND I can spend the time I would normally spend prepping meals getting work done. Also, my workouts on my up days feel like someone flipped a “turbo charge” button to the on position.  I wear myself out during workouts, but after I feel energized and refreshed.  I also am recovering more quickly from exercise, and for the first time I’ve been able to do well on a split schedule workout routine (A.M. and P.M. workouts on the same day, three times a week).

What’s next?  Well I can keep going with my down days at 500 calories, or I can move up to a maintenance regimen where my down days would allow me to eat 50-70% of my required caloric intake.  I will make that decision tomorrow.  I am leaning toward staying with 500 calorie down days, but incorporating one “moderate” day of 50-70% caloric intake (probably Saturday).

I will probably post a break down of a ridiculous hit piece the (UK) Guardian  put out not-so-long ago about the Alternate Day Diet.  Needless to say it was a piece of journalistic trash that I wouldn’t even dignify by saying it was of a sufficient level of quality to be used as toilet paper.

Well, with my less than encouraging cholesterol numbers I am even more hopeful that this diet will be even haf as good as I’ve heard from others who tried it out.  I’ve been working hard to stick within 400-500 calories on my down days, and thus far I haven’t had any problems with that.  I even joined my family at the local pizzeria on one of my down days, and the temptation was pretty minimal (I did have a delicious, but expensive, One of a Kind bar to eat thought).  The down day is a lot easier to do than I expected, and easier than other diets I’ve tried in the past.  Because the calories I consume are so minimal on a down day I don’t have to worry about packing 5-6 meals/shakes when I am out for the day.  A definite pus!

Although my first week weigh-in won’t be until this Friday, the numbers I saw on the scale the last few days were encouraging.   Of greater importance, I’ve already dropped 1/2 an inch from my waist.

My schedule is pretty straight forward.  I alternate up days and down days.  On down days I either walk or do grip training workouts.   On my up days I eat like a horse (but 90% healthy food) and workout once in the morning and once at night.   Today I completed an outdoor H.I.T. workout:

  • Heavy Bag training (30 seconds action/50 seconds rest) (I knocked these all out in a row since the gloves can be annoying when I am doing other exercises and it is a pain to take them on and off).
  • Then I did the following exercises: Sledgehammer training (right and left side; alternated between two- and one-arm), Roman sit-ups, medicine ball slam, and jump rope.
  • Circuit 1, 2, and 3 I did 30 seconds action @ 70% intensity with 50 seconds rest in between
  • Circuit 4 and 5 I did 15 seconds action at 90-100% intensity with 30 seconds rest
  • The final circuit I did one minute of 50-60% intensity with 1 minute of rest in between.
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Total Exercise Time minus rest: 16 minutes

Over the next few weeks I will be limiting rest time between sets and extending the time during each exercise.  I look forward to seeing what my cholesterol numbers look like in a month or two.