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My fittnes Journey. Still got a long way to go!

Friday, March 15, 2013


This is my story up to this point. I have come a long way and still have a long way to go.

  
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KRAZYDEA 3/18/2013 1:12PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I think after the first vblog it gets easier lol i made my first one yesterday and you did alot better than me haha keep up the great work and thanks for the extra motivation!! emoticon

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CHADFOX1 3/16/2013 1:19AM

    Thank you. I wasn't sure if this video would work or not. Its been a great journey and have made tons of friends along the way. A big part of what got me on the rite track was spark people!

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JESS_J6484 3/16/2013 12:27AM

  Don't tear you apart too bad?!? Sir, this video was great! You're a wonderful speaker and so inspirational. Many congratulations to you for all of your success this far and best of wishes on your continued journey.

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FUTUREDOC228 3/15/2013 10:10PM

    Way to go!!!! "I got my ass off the couch" hahaha, isn't that the truth! Good for you for coming this far, it sounds like things are really looking up for you. Gaining more confidence, feeling better about yourself, and having a family that looks up to you is amazing. I wish you the best of luck with your new goal, you can do it!

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STR458 3/15/2013 10:09PM

    excellent thanks keep vlogging to show !! emoticon emoticon

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REDMOUNTAIN 3/15/2013 7:19PM

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Winning the battles every day.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Some days are just so hectic. With kids and work and sports and the list goes on and on.
Some days it is just hard to make it to the gym to work out. Especially rite now, and as nice as the weather is getting. But it is more than just that?

We as parents, we normally have a ton of things going on with our spouse and kids, events and sports and work. We are normally so busy with our day to day lives that we normally put ourselves last! In doing that we end up teaching our kids by example bad habits and pour eating and nutrition. Which between that and video games and lack of priority towards exercise is the real reason child and adult obesity is at a all time high.

My wife and i started this journey over 10 years ago and had to quit because of our children and day to day lives. We owned and were running 2 businesses and trying to raise our kids. We were putting everything before us as a priority. We got caught up in the rat race and was loosing our battle with our weight and health. I ballooned to over 420 pounds and my wife put on a few pounds as well. Then one night my chest started killing me and i couldn't breath. My wife took me to the hospital and my hart was out of rhythm and they couldn't get it back in until the next day. They didn't rule it as a hart attack but it scared me a little. The Dr told me that they thought the cause was stress and diet. But i didn't listen to what they had to say. I thought i wasn't under that much stress, I was used to working 18 to 20 hours a day for almost 12 years. Well long story short it happened again. That time it got my attention because my colestral was up and my blood pressure was up and i was getting really bad head aches. This is about the time when i truly realized how bad i truly was out of shape.

My wife and i started talking about the problems (health and in life) we were having and how it was affecting our kids and something had to change. So we made the commitment, this is going to be our year, and it is time to put us first. Since we have made this commitment we have had our days that we didn't want to go to the gym. We were tired, or the weather was too nice. But then we started feeding on each other and kept each other accountable for this. At the time this is the first battle we had to over come. I figured out that if we could make it to the parking lot of the gym that we had already won the battle against the war.

Once we got to the gym we started feeling better about being there and rite after our work out we instantly felt better. Not just because we were exorcising but because we started realizing that we were working towards winning the war. The war was excuses and putting our self's last. Now we are past that battle and working on the battle of loosing all this body fat and continue to keep each other motivated. By winning these battles our kids have been asking more questions about healthy eating and how important it is to exorcise. That's when i looked at my wife and realized that this decision has affected more than just us. It has helped our children start winning the battle against being over weight and out of shape.

Its hard to keep that person you look at in the mirror every day doing what he or she is supposed to do. But if you can have some one else to help keep you accountable and keep you motivated the war is not that hard to win. Be have made so much progress and have a long way to go but we are feeding off of each other and keep raising the bar on what we can do.

If you want to win this war against peer pressure and bad habits just try to find some one close to you and keep each other accountable. If they are holding back get after them and have them raise the bar. They will do the same for you when you are having a off day.

If this helps one person start their journey towards a healthier life style then it will make me a happy man. I know how hard it is to be so busy that you cant even think but it truly does make you feel better to put your self first for a change.

  
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SCOTTGARAN 5/10/2011 10:33PM

    Nice post!

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Commitment or killing time?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Tonight my son was looking at one of my Iron Man magazine's and asked me what it takes to get to their level of fitness. He said dad you are building muscle and loosing weight but will you look like some of these guys?

I thought about it for a few min before i answered him. The biggest thing is commitment. These guys commit to a 10+ year plan, next to commitment they have committed them selves to get the rite nutrition. Body building isn't just about going to the gym and pushing some iron up and down. Its a life style and a commitment to your self and a long term plan. Its a lot of education and trial and error. The hardest and most discouraging thing is finding what works best for you.

Did you buy a 2 seater car or one that is practical? I don't know about you but its hard to get 2 kids and your wife in a Corvette.. You have to try different models and see what features each of them have to offer. Yea we all want a high performance Corvette but have to use a work truck to get the job done. No its not as fast or as agile in the corners but i will go more places in my work truck than a corvette any day.

Some of us have to chose a plan that doesn't get the results as fast as we would like them. But Getting in a hurry has never been a good idea any way. I see some people in the gym that just go through there workouts as fast as they possibly can. But are they truly getting every thing they can out of there time? I doubt it, we all have extremely busy lives now a days. I have a wife and 2 kids that depend on me to be there for them and my normal chores to do. So finding the time to exercise rite is a struggle. But doing it rite and with perfect form is most important...

I have made the commitment to put me 1st for a change. I have decided to do this for my wife and my kids as well. I am in it for the long haul and I'm doing it rite this time. No more abusing my body and hurting it any more. I have 36yrs of abuse on it all ready. Between growing up on a farm and abusing it when i was younger doing all my exorcises wrong. I was young and thought it would never happen to me! Now 1 knee surgery and worked though 2 shoulder injuries later i have to wisdom to do my home work before i blaze off on some new fad.

I told my son that the human body is an amazing machine. If you don't abuse it and feed it the rite fuel and are upgrading it your body will do amazing things. Now if you hit every jump and mud hole you come across it will be wore out in no time.

So i asked him if he was going to commit to exercising and fueling his body like he is supposed to? He paused for a min and then told me that he is.
He asked me why i have pictures of Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler on the walls of my office. I told him that i use them as my inspiration that i look at every day. Its sounds corny but it reminds me where i could have been if i had been truly committed back then. I could have been as big and as healthy as they are. But i wasn't ready for that kind of commitment yet. I thought i was but I made to many excuses to stay out of the gym. Now I'm in it for life. I have a daughter to walk down the isle and i want to be around to see them have a family and enjoy Grandchildren some day. Way off in the far future... I'm way to young to be a grandpa rite now....

So now is the time and this is the place. Are you committed? I mean really committed and are you ready to start that new journey down the path to a healthier you? If you choose yes welcome to the club and start setting your goals.
Start out small. 2 months, then 6 months and so on. I am currently working on a plan and goal to compete at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH next year as a amateur. I know i will get there but i still have to get through today. But i am now committed and not making no more excuses. As i tell my wife and kids. (CANT NEVER COULD DO ANYTHING!!!)

Good luck on your journey. I hope you have as much fun as i am getting healthy. its the small accomplishment you achieve that make the bigger goals happen.

  
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VIBRANTVAL 5/10/2011 10:31AM

    Great blog post! emoticon

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ELECTRICITY3699 5/3/2011 10:38PM

    Nice... don't look back, only look ahead :)

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Energy and the right supplements.

Monday, May 02, 2011

I have been struggling for energy to get though my workouts the last couple of weeks. I have been eating rite (actually better than i ever have) and getting enough protein every day. But my lack of energy and being sore after my workouts has been real intense. I've been so sore that i have been struggling to get though my next work out and i wasn't even training those groups of muscles.

From what i have found out, i thought i was getting enough calories and nutrition but i wasn't. I found out that the minims i should be eating is my BMR every day (after all less is better, is what i though). I am burning between 1900 and 2400 calories during my work outs alone. I have a very demanding job on top of that. I am a Maintenance Tech and constantly lifting and tugging for 8 to 16 hrs a day on top of my work outs. My body has been in starvation mode and storing every thing i have been eating. I wasn't getting the amino acids my body needed either. I figured my body produced enough of them on its own.
I started noticing that something was wrong when my weights were dropping on all my sets. Now i understand why. I was in a catabolic state and my body started eating my muscles instead of fat.

This has become very apparent this last week. I have upped my calories to 3200 a day minimum and started spreading my protein out in smaller doses and pre work out and post. I also introduced BCAA's into my diet. This has helped with recovery and energy. It has helped me to take what i eat and send it strait to my muscles instead of my body storing them. It has also given me a massive increase in energy level. Now i am blasting through my work outs again and have plenty energy left for work and spending time with my kids and family.

Most men are supposed to be super man. I have a lot on my shoulders and that is fine. Before i started this journey i had a real tough time having the energy to do all the things i wanted to do with my kids. I have worked so hard and so many hrs over the last 15 years that i have put me second. I have been paying the price with my family. When i got home the last thing i wanted to do is go ride a bike or go to practice and watch my kids. I wanted to go to bed and sleep or veg out in front of the TV because i had no more drive.

Now i look forward to this kind of stuff with my kids. Since i have started on this journey i am putting me and my family first for a change. This has helped more than just me. My kids are having a blast working out with me and my wife. we are getting more active and taking the kids on riding trips and having the time of our lives.

If this helps one person on there journey then it is worth it. i know how hard it is in today's world to support your family and get through the day.
Good luck and start living for today, because tomorrow never comes.

  
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ELECTRICITY3699 5/2/2011 4:07PM

    Nice blog.. even though you stole my saying "tomorrow never comes"...j/k.

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New training schedual.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I have really been fighting with recovery here lately.. The scale hasnt been moving in either direction for the last almost 3 weeks..

I have been playing with my calorie intake and protien levels.. It wasnt untill i started eating over 3000 calories a day that i saw the scale start moving again... I am really tearing myself down with my weitght training.. I am lifting 6 days a week and doing cardio for at least 5 nights a week..

The training split i am doing is day 1 Chest and biceps sholder press and shrugs.
Day 2 is Leg day, Leg extentions, curls, Calve raises, heavy squats.
Day 3 is back shoulders and tricepts.
Day 4 starts back with chest and repets 1 2 3 untill the 7th day which i rest.
Cardio is 5 nights a week at least 20min a day and i mix it up. Tread mill, biking and walking, stair climbers.

This has made a big difference for me and i am going to continue to hone in on that perfect ballance for me.. I know every one is different. I am a big guy. ^6' 7" tall and 314lbs. So if you try this split adjust your calories and protiene levels according to your size..

  
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DWROBERGE 4/6/2011 5:00PM

    Keep focused for success.

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RAPUNZEL53 4/6/2011 4:51PM

  You are doing Great!

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