Monday, April 21, 2014
Since the first of the year, I have lost 25 pounds. That means I'm finally hitting the first big plateau. I'm not really pumped about it, but I'm pushing through it anyway.
I just started week 3 of a new workout program and I'm feeling good. I may not be losing the weight that I had been, but I can definitely tell there is a difference in my body. I definitely have more energy, even though pretty much every exercise is done until failure. I'm losing inches in my waist, but gaining inches in other areas. At least I can visually tell with those places that I really didn't want to gain inches that it is due to increased muscle.
Even though everything with my personal life hasn't really slowed down at all and is still really crazy, I'm still finding time to make sure and get in the gym. It's not always easy or exactly what I want to do, but I do it anyway. Just push through whenever I can.
I'm now up to 8 dips without any assistance. Still only 2 reps away from my goal, but its a lot of progress from the first of the year when I couldn't do any. I'm getting closer and closer to being able to do a pull up. I can do one so long as I'm able to start flat footed, but I can't do it from a dead hang. It's baby steps.
I'm only 3 weeks away from Warrior Dash. I don't feel very fast, but I know that I won't have any problems with any of the obstacles. I'm just hoping that I can do it in under 45 minutes, but who knows if I will get slowed down too much with some of the pileups that occur at some of those obstacles. At least I know that I don't do these types of race for speed, but rather the fun of the obstacles. They are just too much fun. Especially for a boy that grew up watching American Gladiators and always wanting to compete in it.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
I have been having a lot of trouble getting up some motivation to continue to hit the gym. Granted I'm still doing it. I don't always want to, but I'm doing it anyway.
This past month my world has just been completely rocked. First my father dies at the beginning of the month. As I went down to his home, I made sure to pack clothes to try and workout. Just so I can get my mind right. Give it a little bit of release. Of course we get hit with our worst winter weather of the year at that time and pretty much everything was impassable.
Then as I finally start to settle back into my routine, my mother has a stroke 2 weeks after my father passed away. This continues to keep my world in a whirlwind. It's very hard to keep everything together and keep it from unraveling, but I have to. All of this stuff isn't all about me. Everyone else in my family is effected by all of these situations.
We're not all independent of each other.
We all need to stick together.
We need to regroup. Take care of ourselves in order to help everyone else.
This is espeically true since I'm the oldest of the group and have an 18 year old brother that is also reeling from everything that his happening. With everything that has happened with my parents in the past month it really makes me want to take better care of myself and to pass on those skills and desires to my little brother.
Unfortunately with all the running up to see mom, which lives in another state, it has really made it difficult to stay on with my working out. I just keep finding excuses. Right now that needs to change.
Since I have been thinking about all of this, I have been thinking about the inspiration that my mother is providing while going through her ordeal. She lost nearly full movement in her dominant arm and leg. She is needing to learn to walk on her own again. Change clothes by herself. Just wash herself. All things we take for granted. Yet she has the most positive and excited attitude and motivation to push through.
She has been nothing, but positive and she has been in the hospital for the past 3 weeks. She could have just given up, like her husband did when he had his stroke a little under a year ago. Instead she has buckled up and powered through. Showing pure determination.
SHE WILL WALK AGAIN!
Thats what she believes. There is no way that she will accept anything less than that. And she has made tremendous strides here in the past few weeks. She can actually grip with her hand again, wiggle her toes, and walk with assistance over 150 feet! To me that is truly incredible.
This is what's motivating me. This is what is making me want to push forward. Just buckle down, put my nose to the grindstone, and accept nothing less than my goals.
I keep getting closer and closer to achieving some of these goals. In the past month I have continued to lose weight, even with grief eating and lack of working out. I have gotten myself to the point that I can do unassisted dips now. I can only do 4 at one time, but that is 4 more than I could do 3 months ago. Then I am getting much closer to doing an unassisted pullup. At the beginning of the year I was able to do 10 assisted pullups with 175 lbs of assistance. Now I only need 100 lbs of assistance. Just like my mom its not easy, but I'm pushing through it and won't accept anything else.
Monday, March 10, 2014
I took the past week off from working out. Not that I totally wanted to, but it was just about out of necessity.
My father passed away.
Once I heard the news I rushed the 2 hours to where he's from the start getting everything in order. At least when I was packing and preparing to head that way, I at least thought that I wanted to run while there. Unfortunately we were hit with a terrible ice storm here in Arkansas, so my plans of running were thwarted. Because I was not going to risk hurting myself.
At least with all the running around like a chicken with my head cut off and focusing on all the funeral stuff, I still managed to lose some weight over the week.
At least now for the most part I'm back to eating normally and working out. Especially since its spring is starting, I'm getting to hit the trails with my bike. I'm just wanting to get out and workout, so I can forget all of the problems I'm having to deal with involving my dad's passing.
It's not that I want to totally escape. My brain just needs a break.
Plus with all of this happening, it really makes me think.
My dad never took very good care of himself. He had trouble breathing for the past couple years and it really kept him from being able to work, which is why he was just granted disability. Knowing that he was always overweight, and so are myself and my younger brothers, it really makes me think that I'm really tired of this.
I'm tired of being overweight. I also don't want to leave my wife as young as my father left my brothers and I. He was only 61. 61! He was still a young man that I really thought was going to have far more time on this Earth. It still throws me off and probably will for sometime.
All of that in mind, I really want to do everything that I can to try and keep myself here longer than my father was here. I especially want to do it for myself and my wife. Just seeing how all of this is affecting my brothers and myself, I don't want to do that to my wife.
So I'm really trying to ramp up my working out. Not to the point that I hurt myself, but I really do want to lose 60 lbs before the end of the year. I really think that I can do it, but its going to take some work.
I'm signed up for Warrior Dash and by next month I'm planning on signing up for Conquer the Gauntlet. I'm also tossing around the idea of running the Mid-South Marathon this fall in the town where my dad lived in memory of him.
The day before my dad passed I completed my first race in nearly a year. It was the 5k thats with the Little Rock Marathon. I was glad that it was one of the last things that I got to talk to my dad about. He felt proud of me and glad that I was able to do that. He knew that he couldn't handle it, but was glad that I was able to complete it.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
It's been a while since the last time that I posted anything on here. I'm really wanting to do this a bit more often. Since the last time that I posted on here, I have ran a half marathon. I finished in 2:37:40. I felt really good about that time. I really wish I would have finished in under 2:30, but I really started running out of gas with a 3-5 miles left in the race.
The next set of fitness goals are coming up pretty soon. I'm getting ready to run in the Warrior Dash for the second straight year on May 11th, which is a day after my current SparkPeople challenge ends. Just a little added motivation to keep training. I'm really wanting to finish it in under :40. I think it is possible. It may be a bit difficult since bottlenecks do develop at some of the obstacles, but I think it would be doable if I'm able to run straight through. I might extend that to possibly :48 just because it is 3.5 miles instead of a 5k.
The major thing that I'm training for is my second Triathlon. I'm really trying to train for time this year. My main goal is to finish in under 1:30. Last time I did this, I finished in 1:52. I know I can do better than that, especially since my back tire was flat and my chain fell off 3 times. I really want to keep all of my transitions under 2minutes, my swim under 15, my bike under 35, and my run under 35. That puts me at 1:29 if I keep to all my goals.
I know with these two strenuous events coming up, I'm going to need to really stick to my training. Since I have this SparkPeople Challenge I'm in, it's really helping me focus my goals and really concentrate about them. This is really what this whole post is all about. My goals for the next 8 weeks.
Complete Warrior Dash
Get to 237 lbs
Be in my suggested nutrition ranges 4 of 7 days a week.
Walk to work 3 of 5 days a week
Run a 5k in under 32 minutes
Go to the gym at least 3 days a week
Read at least 1 SparkPeople Article a Day
Post a Blog at least 1 once a week
Get at least 210 fitness minutes each week.
These are all the fitness goals that I really want to achieve in these upcoming weeks. I may have more as I go on.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
The plateau isn't so much of really hitting a weight loss plateau, but more of a motivation plateau. I've been bad with my diet here lately and have not kept up with everything quite as well. I'm still on track with my goal weight, it just feels like its all slowing down a bit.
It's really not helping that I have become our Interim boss where I work. It's definitely taking away some of my time and stressing me out a bit, but I do know that I can do this. I just have to stick with it.
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