Sunday, January 13, 2013
When I last left you fine people of Sparkville, it was the day of my first basketball game in nearly 18 years! I was a Sophomore in high school and just finished my one year of JV basketball. I mean, who wouldn't be a little apprehensive about trying something like that again for the first time in 18 years? Let's get a bit of historical perspective to see just how long ago 1995 was...
-I was 16 but hadn't gotten my driver's license yet
-Bill Clinton was President and still in his 1st term
-Boyz II Men "On Bended Knee" was the #1 song
-Dumb and Dumber was the #1 movie
-Seinfeld was the #1 TV show
-Justin Bieber wasn't even 1 year old yet
Maybe some of that explains the bit of angst I was feeling leading up to the game? Was I ready to do this? Was I going to embarrass myself? What had I gotten myself into? Yes I have lost a lot of weight and yes I have been working out for nearly 7 months but I am not 16 years old like I was then and I still have work to do as far as losing weight!
It's funny. All of that stuff went away once the game started. It felt normal. I didn't find myself particularly winded. I felt good. I have never been the fleetest of foot anyways even when I was younger and playing baseball in college. Running has never been a strength or something i've liked. Running was always the punishment for doing wrong when playing sports. But, those guys weren't running circles around me or anything. I held my own.
Ok, so we lost the game, but it wasn't really about that. It was about getting out and doing something that I really enjoy. It was about being part of a team which I had kind of forgotten about in the decade plus now in which I haven't been part of a team. It was about the competition. I had forgotten how much fun that is!
I did pretty good. I played in about 25 minutes of the 40 minute game. Ok, I only scored 2 points but I did have 11 rebounds! Hey, like I said in my last blog, it tends to be a good thing in basketball to be 6'7"!
All in all, it was a positive experience! Really positive! Thinking about it now, it really puts it into perspective how far I have come since May 5, 2012. There is NO WAY I would have been able to play basketball in the shape I was in. Thinking back over the last 10 years, there is NO WAY I could have done it! I have come a long ways in 8 months plus, and I still have a good ways to go before I am done, but this really showed me the progress I have made. It showed me something that I can really be proud of! I found myself wishing there were a couple games a week and I can't wait for the next game on Thursday the 17th!
Just embracing the possibilities Sparkville!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Guess what I gone done did?
My buddy Jonathan has been talking about us joining a basketball league for a couple of years now. I kept saying that I would join up once I lost weight and got in shape. Now that I have lost a significant amount of weight and have been working out for 6 1/2 months, he came a callin' for the basketball league...so I joined!
Yep, I am a proud member of the Beargrass Rukkus lol. Hey, I didn't pick the name! The league is at Beargrass Christian Church which explains the Beargrass name but I am not sure where the Rukkus part comes from. I'll have to ask since neither I, nor Jonathan put the team together and is in charge of that decision. But I am curious.
Regardless of the name, I am on the team and ready to play some ball! I grew up playing a lot of basketball as a kid and even into high school. But, the last year I played was JV ball in high school when I was a Sophomore...in 1995! After that I quit playing to concentrate on baseball and haven't played any organized basketball since!
But I do have a couple things working for me. One, I am in pretty good shape and plan on getting in even better shape as the 9 game season progresses (1 game a week). Two, I have been down at the gym at 3am for a couple of months now shooting baskets as part of my workout on break at work so I am not completely rusty. Three, and one that is quite helpful, I am 6'7". I hear height can be a positive in basketball at times so that shouldn't hurt!
Did I mention that the first game is TODAY?!? Well, it is! Tonight at 6pm! I have to admit that I am both a bit nervous and excited! It should be really interesting. Let us hope that this goes well and I am not sitting at home tonight after the game thinking, what I have I gotten myself into?
Embracing the possibilities!
Good Day Sparkville
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I have to admit that I was a tad bit worried about the holiday season. Why you ask?
First, I appreciate you asking! Second, because of all the holiday food that is available and doesn't fit all that nicely in my neat little Spark Ranges that have helped me so far in this healthy lifestyle journey!
Since I try to do my menu ideas ahead of time so I know what I am doing when I get that point in the day, I am no stranger to moving things around or even deleting them off the list completely to try and fit in a little something in a day. You know, a cookie here or some chips there. It happens and it has worked so far!
But with that being said, there aren't big enough Spark ranges for the amount of things I would like to consume at Christmas time! I mean from the peanut butter cookies with a Hershey Kiss to the egg nog, it is ALL GOOD and at that same time NOT GOOD AT ALL! I think you all know what I mean when I say that?
Not to mention working on a school schedule which means I was not working from December 21st till January 6th! That is 16 days of having a lot more time on my hands! Sounds good until I think of the fact that I was what you would call a "bored" eater. Nothing else to do? How bout a snack? Like I said before, NOT GOOD AT ALL!
I was determined to make this time different! This time, I would not grab the first available food in sight! NOPE! This time I would not be lazy and skip my workouts! NOPE! This time would be different!
I had a plan. I would weigh-in on my last day at work. I did. Total weight loss of 110.3 lbs. since May! Then I was going to keep my self accountable. I was going to keep my mantra of, why do I have to have that food? I can go without it! I don't have to have it! Then, I would weigh myself in on my first day back at work on January 7th! I know what you are thinking...heck of a plan, right? RIGHT!
January 7th weigh-in down 118.7 which means I LOST 8.4 lbs. over the holidays!
It wasn't easy! It was a struggle and I wasn't perfect! I did have the occasional cookie and glass of egg nog but I was smart about it. I did adjust my meal planning to fit in those things. I also did P90x every day! Yes, I did P90x on Christmas Eve! Yes, I did P90x on Christmas! Yes, I did P90x on New Year's Eve! Yes, I went to the gym as a second workout to get in some strength training and elliptical time on 10 of the 16 days! Yes, I EARNED THAT 8.4 lb loss over the Holiday season!
Oh, I had fun too! How can you not have fun with these adorable faces around?
Waiting To See Santa
Calli, Dad, Sydni, & Evan on Christmas Day
Think they are ready for presents?
Fun in the snow on the trampoline!
Me, my crew, and my Dad
Oh, and one more thing! This is what I told good 'ol Nick before Christmas, and i'll tell him the same in 2013...
Good Day Sparkville!
Monday, December 31, 2012
What kind of grade would I give myself since I started this journey 240 days ago? Hmm...
Has it really been 240 days since I started? It seems hard to believe to me, but it has indeed been 240 days! 240 days of aches, joy, pain, relief, angst, worry, guilt, joy...I could go on and on and on, but I will spare you. I will simply sum up 2012 for me (as far as diet & exercise goes) in one phrase: SO FAR, SO GOOD. I suppose I could use the phrase "work in progress" as well because as much progress as I have made, I am not done! In fact, I am excited for the possibilities of 2013 as far as my fitness and health can go. It would be easy to rest on my success so far, and perhaps pre 2012 Brad would have but not 2012 and beyond Brad!
Back when I started this on May 5th, I titled my Spark page, 'My Odd-yssey'. But now looking back over the nearly 8 months of diet and exercising, there really hasn't been much "odd" about. I really wondered to myself if I could climb that hill all the way to my goal. I set a goal of losing 166.6 lbs. When I started, it seemed an even more enormous number than it actually is! How long would I be willing to stick to this process? Could I do it?
Well, 110.3 lbs. later...so far, so good.
It has been a long and hard process that has tested me at every turn. It is a process that has tested my will and character. Just how hard am I willing to push? Just how much discipline am I willing to enforce upon myself? Could I be mentally & physically strong enough to do what I needed to do?
Well, 110.3 lbs. later...so far, so good.
If I sit back and give myself an honest appraisal, an honest grade, I would give myself an A-. I think that is fair. I know I haven't been perfect as far as diet and exercise go so I do not deserve an A+. Anyways, there is always room for improvement. I think an A- is fair and gives me room to move up in 2013! But for my 2012 evaluation, I have learned that I can push myself! I can stick to this process! I can enforce discipline upon myself! I am mentally and physically strong enough to make this happen! I can do this! I am doing this!
A large part of my 2012 success has be due to you Sparkville! You guys have been great friends to me through the year. I have met some truly great & inspirational people along this journey! I am fortunate! I am fortunate to have you all along this ride! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
So let's welcome in 2013 with open arms and embrace the new start! Its a new start for us to all work towards an A+ in 2013!
BE THE CHANGE
EMBRACE THE POSSIBILITIES
EVERY DAMN DAY
Happy New Year Sparkville!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I was sitting at home the other day, kind of lost in thought about life. You all know how that is, right? You have a plan to do something and you get that "thousand yard stare" and you don't really do anything because you are just lost in thought. Well, that happened the other day when I was getting (trying to at least) motivated to do my workout. I really wanted to do it but I got in that "state" and just sat there and thought about this whole journey. This whole journey that I started again the first week of May. This journey that has brought me to 107.7 lbs. lost since that start in May. This LONG journey. Has it really been 7+ months? Really? How do I keep doing this day after day after day after day...
I thought about the fact that I have worked out 164 of the last 169 days with the 5 days I missed with a double ear infection. Other than that, I have NOT missed a single day! I thought that I have finished Insanity & Tap Out XT & am almost 1/4 way done with P90x now! Most of you don't know that for the last nearly 2 months now, when I have a break at work (2:30am to 3:30am) I head down to the gym on campus here and play basketball for 30 minutes and lift weights for 30 minutes alternating days between upper and lower body. So basically, I have been doing 2-a-days for almost 2 months now!
The hardest thing to believe is that I WANT to do this! I don't feel right if I go to long in a day without doing my workouts! Wait...what? I have NEVER been that person! I played sports in high school and baseball in college and HATED working out! HATED!!! Thus the weight gain over the years since my competitive athletic days ended. If I don't have to do it, then I won't! Simple.
But that has all changed and I do not ever want it to change back! People tell me to take some time off or enjoy the holidays a little more and give your self a break. I say F' that! Why should I? This has become my life. This has become my routine. Do I hurt? Absolutely! I have had pain in both knees, my left hip, both shoulders, and both feet through this journey. But guess what? I'M NOT GOING TO QUIT! I have had enough of the excuses! We all know the excuses...I'll just start tomorrow, it's only one day, it's only this, it's only that, blah blah blah BLAH! No more, that is not me anymore! If that is not me anymore, than I know anyone who actually reads this, it can NOT be you too! We all have the strength within us! This isn't an easy journey or there would be no reason for Spark. There would be none of this. It is hard, so why not embrace it? Be the change!
So as the title of this blog says, Worth All Of The Pain! Why? Because it is! If it isn't worth the pain, maybe it's not worth it. Well, this is worth the pain and I will keep pushing EVERY DAMN DAY!
I have lost 107.7 lbs but I will not quit until I reach my goal of 166.6 lbs! At that point, I may even go a little farther but one big goal at a time!
You guys are the best and I don't think I could do this without my Spark friends...Spark family! Thank you for your continued support on this long journey!
Good Day Sparkville!
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