175 B4 Dragon*Con

This is a plan that I came up with over the past few days. I set a weight goal of 175lbs before I leave for Dragon*Con. As of this morning after breakfast I weighed in at 201.8lbs and Dragon*Con is 37 days from the time of this post being written. That comes out to 0.724 pounds of weight loss needed each day in order to reach my goal. Now lets have a moment or realism here. The odds of me actually loosing 26.8 pounds in 37 days is very slim unless I take on some seriously unhealthy habits, which I don’t plan on doing. What I really want to do is take a couple of inches off my gut, which I know is possible from my experience last year. Will I be blogging daily what all I’ve eaten and what exercises I’ve done? I don’t know yet. I have been twittering when I’ve returned from my runs for the past few weeks in order to help keep myself accountable and moving.

So how do I plan on getting in shape prior to Dragon*Con this year? Well to be honest I should have started much earlier. But I plan on reducing the number of calories I take in to a more moderate level (~2500/day) as opposed to the high caloric diet I’ve been enjoying as of late. And I plan to get up and exercise more: Running, Push-ups, weight training, crunches, etc. Basically the same way I lost weight before, eat less & move more.

Since I restarted running a few weeks ago I’ve already begun to notice an improvement in my energy levels, although the weight hasn’t started to melt off the way I would like for it to have. I attribute that to the fact that even though I’ve been moving more, I’ve also been eating more to compensate. So now that I’m becoming accustomed to the exercise its time for a calorie reduction in my diet. This way I can fight the flab from both sides of the problem.

Chasing the Wagon

So a quick glimpse of the log shows that I haven’t updated in nearly 2 months. I was strong and hard heading down the path to physical fitness. So what happened? Well several factors went into my falling off the wagon…exertion injuries (nothing major just some minor joint pain), playing World of Warcraft (damn my addictive personality), fall TV line up (fewer good shows than I would like, but more than my gut can handle), and the weather in central North Carolina turning towards winter…but I can’t blame anything more so than my simple laziness. My wife says that I suffer from an obsession of the week (and she’s right) and unfortunately my obsessions have kept me away from exercise and fitness, which was an obsession for several months until I hit my goal. I think that by hitting my goal I felt that I could ease up a bit and I ended up easing up far too much. My weight has crept back up to 186.8 pounds and my waist size has expanded back to 39.5 inches.

So what now? Well it’s time for me to get back on the wagon with my exercise. And start paying attention to what I’m eating and how much of it I’m eating (my portions have crept back up as of late too). So I’ll be updating here frequently yet again, and finding time everyday to do some sort of exercise and sharing some of my thoughts along the way. And in order to keep myself on track for the long haul I’m setting my self a much tougher goal this time around and one that’s not such a hard finish line as my previous goal of a simple weight to obtain. This time my goal is to complete a 5k, a Marathon, and a Triathlon. By the time I complete each of these I hope to have a habit of exercise and fitness so fully ingrained that I feel odd when if I miss it.

One good thing…I am smoke free still. I’ve had some really tough days, especially as of late, but I’ve managed to stay strong on this point and I don’t ever want to go back. So keep tuned into to keep up with my progress of clawing my way back onto the wagon.

Fitness Trials for September 8, 2008

I know, I’m late with this weeks video, but hey blame Youtube, they decided to do maintenance when I was trying to upload for Monday night.

And video…

So there it is. I’ve been trying to stick with things, but I haven’t done great at it. Since hitting my weight goal I’ve noticed that I’ve slacked off on my exercising, and watching what I eat as closely, not to mention the daily posts. So now I have a goal for this week is a simple one, just reducing the gut. No weight goals, no exercise goals, just to reduce the gut. Now in order to meet the goal I’ve set for myself, I’m going to have to exercise to the extreme in each workout. I’m going to have to be meticulous in what I’m eating. Dropping my gut by over half an inch in a week I’m not expecting it to be easy, but I’m going to do my best to reach my goal this week.

I have a confession to make as well. If you follow me on twitter then you will know that I walked out of my house this week to find my car had been broken into, well that coupled with the stress of the day I broke down and had 2 cigarettes on Tuesday September 9, 2008. I didn’t buy them, just bummed them from co-workers. So I fell off the wagon, but I’m hopping back on and going smoke free from here out.

Monday September 8, 2008

A good day for fitness today. Of course you’re probably wondering where your video is for this week, well I recorded it, but youtube decided to do maintenance so that I am unable to upload it at this time, so Fitness trails post will be delayed a bit I am truly sorry.

Breakfast – 2 Egg whites + 1 whole egg, slice of toast with jam, & 2% milk

Lunch – Burrito with beef, black beans, rice, cheese on Whole wheat tortilla

Dinner – Black Beans & rice with bell peppers and Polska Kelbasa

Cigarettes – none (Haven’t you heard I quit 2 weeks ago)

Exercise – Fitness trials

A quick update

Ok, ok. I know I said that just because I hit my weight goal that I would still be updating everyday and I haven’t been doing that. I’m sorry, and I’ll try to do better from this point forward. So a quick update for all of you loyal readers, no video this week. I’ll try to get one up next Monday if that’s at all possible. My weight as of this morning was at 183.8 pounds, so that’s good. Still below 185, and I was concerned about that after the holiday weekend, but I managed to keep it down. I took about a week off from push-ups as my elbow was starting to hurt way too much during the process. So I started Week 5 of the 100 Push up challenge again tonight, and it’s amazing how much conditioning I had lost in just a weeks time. I had a hard time doing 20 push ups in a row. I’ve stuck with the couch to 5K and have started week 5 of that program as well tonight. My core exercises are going good, although I have lightened up on them as well. So I’ve had no major improvements in my fitness, and I’ve mostly kept myself at a steady level for 2 weeks. I’m hoping to kick things back into high gear this week and see what I can do to really push myself.

Fitness update for August 26, 2008

So there you have it, weight is up 0.2 pounds. Still below 185 though. Exercise has been going well, smoking not going as well as I would like, and diet has been so so. I will try to have a full update on fitness trials by the end of the week.

Monday August 25, 2008

So it’s been a week since I last updated. And that is totally my fault as it slipped my mind completely.

Breakfast – Venti Vanilla Latte from Starbucks

Lunch – Chicken Breast stuffed with Broccoli and Cheese, and Mac & cheese

Dinner – Roasted Chicken, Brown Rice, Peas & Corn

Cigarettes – 2

Exercise – Couch to 5k Week 4 Day 1, 100 Push Up Challenge Week 5 Day 2 (141 due, 106 given, my arms couldn’t push me no more, not even from the knees), core training

Weekly video coming tomorrow. Hopefully.

Fitness Trials for August 19, 2008



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And now the video…

So there you have it. I have reached and surpassed my weight goal of 185 lbs. I now weight the same as I did in high school. And I just want to thank everyone that has been with me for this ride. It has been a wild and crazy one, and there have been plenty of times that I wanted to just give up and call it quits, but knowing that you are all out there kept me going and kept me pushing myself. I hope that you are pushing yourself towards better fitness and a healthier life as well. In fact if you have been along for the ride I would love to hear from you all. Whether you’ve been trying to get healthier with me or just watching from the side lines, let me know. Because I want to thank each and every one of you personally. So where to from here? Well I’m going to keep exercising regularly, keep eating healthy, and keep the excess fat dropping off of my body. In essence I’m not done. Now when I set my target weight of 185 pounds it was because I remember being in the best shape of my life at that weight, but I realize now that I’m now in the best shape of my life, and yet I can still be in better shape than this. So I’m going for broke, I want to lose the fat and increase the muscle mass. I don’t want to have a body builder’s physique, but I do want to be as healthy as possible. And that’s what I’m aiming for. I’m not going to set a weight goal for myself this time, other than to stay under 185, but instead I’m going to set a fitness goal. Participate in, survive, and complete a triathlon. The reason why I’m saying a triathlon is because to compete in a triathlon it requires endurance, strength, determination, and pure stubbornness not to give up. Now when I say triathlon I don’t mean a full all out Iron Man (not yet anyways); I mean an Olympic/Standard race. Which involves a 1.5km swim, a 40km Bike ride, and a 10km run, and lots of sweat and probably a good amount of pain as well. So with this new goal in mind how will I reach it? Well I’m going to start off slow with running a 5k to completion first, then a 10k and then, if I can find one nearby, a super sprint triathlon, which is half of a Olympic Triathlon. And in order to reach those goals I’m going to need to keep doing what I’m doing and pushing myself harder, further, and faster.

Fitness Goals for Week of August 19, 2008:

  • Couch to 5k
  • 100 Push Up Challenge
  • Burpees – 20 (double what I was able to do this week)
  • Medicine Ball – 10 of each exercise (Easier for some than others)
  • Cigarettes – Quit this week (This is going to take all of the stubbornness I can muster, and then some)
  • Weight loss – Doesn’t matter, so long as I stay below 185 and my fat melts away I’ll be happy.

So that’s it. I’ll still be here and I’ll still be posting regularly and keeping all of you informed of how I’m doing. After all you people are the ones who keep me honest, and you give some great advice as well.

Monday August 18, 2008

An ok day for fitness

Breakfast – 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg, Corn, hamburger steak

Lunch – Half Dozen Buffalo wings

Dinner – Whole Wheat Rotini pasta with ground beef in tomato basil sauce

cigarettes – 2

Exercise – Resting day

Sunday August 17, 2008

Had a good day for fitness.

Breakfast – Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich with apple juice

Lunch – 6 inch Turkey Sub from subway (no cheese)

Dinner – Fajita Barbacoa Burrito from Chipotle

Cigarettes – 6

Exercise – Couch to 5k Wk3 D1, 100 PU Challenge Exhaustion test (45), circuit/Core Training with Medicine Ball