Me back in Jun '05, shortly before running the Reykjavik marathon in Iceland (about 187 lbs)
Me at the office - the reason I am supposed to be fit
Yikes! Me in March '07, after two years at sea (lots of food, not so much running!) 237 lbs
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As a Navy Diving Officer (and father of two energetic daughters) I need to maintain my fitness, but several years away from the Diving Unit, serving onboard ships with lots of stress and time away at sea have added pounds to my midriff. Now that I am posted back to the Diving branch, I want to get back in "fighting shape"
Overall, I am a very lucky person. I have been happily married for 19 years. I got married a week before graduating from my undergrad degree at Royal Roads Military College, which means we were able to have a fairy-tale wedding at the castle there, with scarlet uniforms, a sword party of fellow officer cadets forming an arch for us, and a bagpiper (yes, I got married in a kilt!). I have two beautiful daughters that definitely keep me on my toes, and who are the loves of my life. I love to travel and experience new things, and my career in the military has definitely given me the opportunity to do both. My wife and I love to cook, and she has trained as a sommelier as well, so travelling and experiencing great food and wine is a real treat for us (unfortunately, I really love to eat as well, and as I have gotten older and the metabolism has slowed, that is where a lot of the problem arises!)
I like to stay busy, and I have a lot of hobbies (probably too many!). I love motorbikes, particularly custom and vintage bikes that are handbuilt and have soul (as opposed to the ugly yuppie billet-barges typefied by "American Chopper"). I have two bikes at present, a chopped 1953 Harley Panhead, and a hand-built old-school chopper that I built with a few buddies. I also do watercolour painting, drawing, and hand-tooling leather (such as making custom seats for bikes). Recently I have started building a wooden dollhouse with my oldest daughter, and between the trimming pieces, sanding, prepping, painting, and wallpapering, I am pretty sure I could be building a real house for the effort that is going into it!
I have always been pretty active, and have participated with various levels of incompetence in lots of sports, from competitive swimming in high school, to the varsity rugby and wrestling teams in college, to mountain bike racing and triathlon, and more more recently competitive running. I certainly don't have the physique of a runner, but I love the simplicity (and infinite complexity) of training for it. The highlight of running for me was training for and racing the Reykjavik International Marathon in Iceland in 2005, which I did as a fundraiser for diabetes research (my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at age 5).
Of course, I love diving (you won't find many guys that manage to pass the Selection to get into my Branch who don't love diving), and my career has given me the opportunity to do some amazing diving around the world, and to do some amazing jobs and dive with exotic pieces of equipment.
Although I have let me fitness lapse at several points in my life, I know that I am happier, more well-adjusted, and more productive when I am fit. I hope this site helps provide some of the motivation to get me back to being the best person I can be.
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong
"A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs. "
- Joan Welsh
UPDATE 21 Jan 2009: Well, last year was a bit of a write-off as far as fitness goes. I didn't get any worse, but I sure didn't make any progress. However I will be deploying to Afghanistan at the end of the summer (our Clearance Divers do bomb-disposal work over there), which has lit a fire under my butt to get back in shape. Since the beginning of the year I have been eating much better (no second helpings!), and have been steadily building up my running mileage as well as getting back into the gym. So far I have lost 11lbs, which is a great start. I know which of those guys on the left that I want to be!
First and foremost I need to lose weight - ideally 190 lbs (I'd love to be 180, but lets be realistic). If I can do that and get back into a routine of consistent exercise that will be a win.
I have been mixing running (based on a strict workup programme for a marathon, so that I don't do too much too soon) and weight training, plus some stretching and yoga for flexibility. I religiously keep an Excel spreadsheet log, keeping track of weigh-ins, BMI, target weight, and all my workouts. It motivates me, and the graphs it builds make it obvious to me when I am slacking off.
My running PR's
5K - 18:31 (Halifax, 2005)
10K - around 38:00? (haven't run one since early 90's)
Half marathon - 1:34:40 (Halifax, 2005)
Marathon - 3:24:34 (Iceland, 2005)
I am also an avid motorcycle rider, and enjoy tinkering on my two vintage custom Harleys
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