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Good Morning(s)!!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

So in my ongoing quest to lift a combined 1000 lbs between deadlifts, bench press, and squats, I am continuously looking for ways to tweak my training program.

I'm very religiously (fanatically, obsessively, maniacally, etc) following the 5/3/1 conditioning program that steadily, slowly, and progressively adds weight to each of 4 main lifts (Deadlifts, Bench Press, Squats, and Overhead Presses). See my blog

Aside from the 4 main lifts, one does various assistance exercises to strengthen any weak areas, for example you do bodyweight dips to help Overhead Presses, or dumbbell rows to help the Bench Press.

In the past 3 months, I've improved on all my lifts, although the truth will be revealed when I enter my next Powerlifting Competition here in DC. Last October, I lifted a combined 915 lbs (see blog; ). The next meet is in February.

I've been having trouble with Deadlifts. It's actually my best lift (I pulled 355 lbs in Oct), but I'm not seeing as much improvement as I expected, so I decided to add a new Assistance Lift to help strengthen my lower back, glutes, and hamstrings


Well, well, well, well, WELL!

The key to doing Assistance Exercises after the main lifts, is to go light on the weight, but to do 5 sets of 10 repetitions. Since this was a new exercise for me, I did it with just a 45 lb barbell after doing 12 sets of Squats (last set at 265 lbs for 8) and 5 sets of 10 deadlifts at 185 lbs.

I loaded up the Youtube video on my phone for the morning commute, then kept my form just like the gal in the video.

WOW! It was an incredible stretch in the hamstrings and glutes and they just got my whole posterior chain humming....singing even!

My leg are still humming....Good Mornings are a keeper!!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/17/2014 8:27PM

    Love good mornings:)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/13/2014 6:22PM


Light days? Whats that? … Some kind of tampon?


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    Good Mornings! Good job :)

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YOUNGANGELAM 1/12/2014 7:16PM

  Holy cow! Good luck, great goals!

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JUNEAU2010 1/11/2014 6:38PM

    "just" 45#?! WOW!

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    I looooove good mornings!!.. okay, I love deadlifts, and bench presses, and shoulder press and back squats too! LOL Can't wait to hear how your competition goes!! WOOT WOOT

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BERGBA7 1/11/2014 10:57AM

    hoho... good morning from Belgium...the lady showing the exercise is pretty cute and muscular! I see why it is inspiring...
Good luck with increasing those deadlifts!

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NANCYANNE55 1/11/2014 12:49AM

    Yep. Ain't nothin' for the low back like a deadlift. Well, hyperextesions are really good, but you can't go as heavy on those. Once your fire cools off, I think you'll find your deadlift weight increases. ;-)

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NEPTUNE1939 1/10/2014 9:09PM

    Great going my friend. I'm looking forward to busting the 1,000! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 1/10/2014 8:39PM

    Huh. That looks easy in kind of the same way the Jacob's ladder looked easy. That would be a total illusion. Think I'll try mine without even a bar first.

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GREENGENES 1/10/2014 7:59PM

    Sounds great. I hope you see some progress with the new assists.

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Climbing Jacob's Ladder!!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Hello Sparkbuds!!

Well it isn't often that I get my A$$ kicked at the gym, but today....

.....I had my A$$ handed to me at the gym!!

It was all because of a guy named Jacob.

Jacob's Ladder;

It sure as hell didn't look like my much when I first spied it with my little eye. During the XMAS/New Year's break, my gym did a little re-organizing and apparently, Santa dropped this little beast off to help us prepare for Christmas Yet to Come.

I've been wanting to shake up my cardio a bit, I've been feeling a little stagnant on the Concept 2 Rower and the Spin Bikes (don't get me wrong, these are great cardio, I just needed a little variety and the elliptical wasn't hacking it either)

I looked it up and down and read the directions. Apparently you have to strap on a belt thingy that pulls on a tension line as you mount this animal. The tension determines how fast it moves underneath you.

So far, so good.

I think to myself, "Self, how hard can this be? Crouch on this ladder-thingy and start walking on hands and feet as it travels underneath you. Maybe it'll help loosen up my back too!"

I checked all the settings, the tension in the belt, gave it a pedal or 2 to make sure I understood how to distribute my weight (the cardio room was filled to the brim with about 60 New Year's Resolution dieters....the last thing I wanted to do was to have to do a double gaynor dismount in front of the whole crowd

Up I went, and.....

HOLY COW!!! Feel the burn!!!

After 90 seconds, my heart rate was up over 80%!!

I basically started doing intervals after that; 90 seconds on, 30 seconds off. I did this about 5 times and I was done!

All I wanted to do was to warm up to do my Overhead Presses today....sheesh!!

Well I gotta tell you, I'm hooked now! After torching my shoulders with Overhead Presses (I started month 5 of my 5/3/1's a great Strength Training program), I decided to get in some more cardio to end today's workout.

All I could eke out were 3 more 90-second cycles on Mr. Jacob and I was done!

So I don't know if your gym has these or not....but if they do, you just have to try it out. In addition to getting in some Hi Intensity Cardio, I liked how the crawling movement works out your WHOLE BODY.....I felt nice and loose all over when it was done (not to mention quite thankful).

Looks like Jacob and I are going to have a very fun 2014!!! Check out these Youtube videos....I don't feel nearly so bad about my time after watching them;

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HANSBRINK 1/10/2014 11:50AM

  The picture reminds me of crab walks down up and down hilly inclines in the park. I imagine that the aerobic challenge is much more than that.

Tired of the Concept 2 rower? I just got started on this during Christmas break. My enthusiasm is similar to yours for the jacobs ladder. Good luck with the ladder.

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    Holy smokes! That looks like a torture machine... I'd have done intervals alright.. except it would have been 30sec on/off.. LOL.. but you are a beast... enjoyed watching the vids on how it worked cuz I really thought it'd throw you off like a bucking bronco if you missed a step... nice to know, it's safe.. you'll die of your heart bursting first.. hehe..

Keep it up! (I've been off of lifting for three weeks thanks to bursitis in my hip brought on by the boot i had to wear for my right achilles for almost 3 months.. ARGH so frustrating.. went back to the gym last night and was warming up my back squat.. got up to 115#, my 1 rep max is 175, and had to stop cuz my hip was killing me and that's a no no... so it's back to the orthopod next Friday.. ugh getting old sux... but I'm learning a lot about my body.. bursitis, IT band, piriformis, on and on)


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BERGBA7 1/8/2014 3:25PM

    Very interesting. I had never heard of it - but it sound like a new fitness challenge for you year 2014 - Have fun!

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JUNEAU2010 1/7/2014 5:05PM

    Never heard of it, but I will work up to that!

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NANCYANNE55 1/7/2014 12:36PM

    I've never had the opportunity to try one, and wish I could. Thanks for the warning, though! :-)

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IMREITE 1/7/2014 1:14AM

    looks like a strange painful type of fun - by painful i meant it will work the musdlces so they hurt but in he good way.

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GREENGENES 1/6/2014 11:25PM

    I've never seen anything like that. The closest we have is one of these:


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    I've wanted to try the jacob's ladder, but none of the 2 gyms I frequent have it! Lucky man.

"I think to myself, "Self, how hard can this be? "

Famous last words. Or the start of an epic adventure. Or the start of a great story. Anyway I look at it, that's gotta be good.


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ALIHIKES 1/6/2014 9:33PM

    Wow I have never seen one of those! Congratulations on the great workout!

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WOUBBIE 1/6/2014 9:27PM

    Love the new toy!

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NEPTUNE1939 1/6/2014 9:24PM

    Great job. If I got on that machine I'd have to have a cardiologist standing by. A good start for 2014. Have a good lift, Earl emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 1/6/2014 9:21PM

    emoticon Rather you than me - I think that machine would have given me heart failure emoticon This old man will stay with my "walker". emoticon Stay with it - Be nice to join you - as long as a cardiologist was on hand. Have a great New Year, Earl emoticon

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Yet another adventure!!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Sooooo.....what have I been up to since my last blog on 2 Nov 2013?

Sort of busy, sort of goofing off, working out, settling in to the new house, settling in to the new job, getting ready for the holidays, yadda-yadda-yadda.

I've also gained some weight....about 15 lbs. I can't tell if that's good or bad though.

Here's the deal....since we left Florida and moved to Northern Virginia, I've increased my weight training goals and workouts. (See my 2 blogs;


I'm working out 5-6 days a week, mixing up strength training with cardio. I've gotten much stronger, so I know a lot of the gain has been muscle. And tons of folks have told me how great I look, so it's not like it all went to my belly. While my clothes fit tighter, it's mostly in my chest & shoulders, and not so much in the waist.

But still, there is some tightness in the waist (it's all the squats and deadlifts!) my vanity and ego have been taking some hits.

You see I want to be strong. I want strong arms, legs, chest, back, & shoulders. I want vascular forearms and a V-shaped torso.

I want to lift 1000 lbs between deadlift, squats, and bench press.

I also want a 32 inch waist and 15% body fat.

I want, I want, I want!!!

Trade-offs…compromise…..I’m not very good at that.

The conventional wisdom is that it is very hard to simultaneously gain muscle and lose fat (esp in the winter....and it doesn't help that after 3 years of living in Florida, we are now experiencing freezing northern winters!) Bodybuilders pack on muscle & fat, then shred off the fat with intense cardio to get that ripped, 6-pack look for photoshoots

I however, am not a bodybuilder and don’t plan to get on the cover of any magazine....the most I plan on doing is the occasional post-workout selfie;

Still, 15 lbs is 15 lbs.....even though I carry it well enough, I'd like to get rid of some fat, without losing muscle.

There's got to be a way!

I could always tweak the diet some. I could add a little more cardio. I could add a little bit more activity to my day......I can maybe forgo the occasional bacon-candy treat!

(There's a woman, Paige E., whose board I follow on's called meats, bison, pork, & sausage.....I want to hire her as my personal chef!)

So, I've got a goal in mind, but in reality I have many goals in mind, not just losing weight.....I also really like lifting heavy weights....truth be told, if I need to be 196 in order to lift 1000 lbs, then I'm OK with it. When I look in the mirror these days, there's not much jiggle.

In any case, I've reset the tracker to 196 lbs and gone hardcore on food tracking once again.....just as I did when I started SP 3 years ago this month.

For me, this is yet another do I build on progress and make things better.....there never really is just one goal in life anyway, is there!

Have a great night spark friends!

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JUNEAU2010 1/2/2014 8:29PM

    I'm impressed! emoticon emoticon

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BERGBA7 1/2/2014 4:01PM

    You look great~and make 2014 your bitch!
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    ROFL you kill me.. I am SO stealing the 2014 will be my bitch! And YOU LOOK AWESOME! The 15lbs went to all the right places for sure... BAM... and I agree, if it takes 196lbs to meet your 1000lb lift goal then I say GO FOR IT! then you can focus on your 32 inch waist and 15% body fat.. can't wait to see you crush these goals!! and I know you will!


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WOUBBIE 1/2/2014 9:32AM

    Love the Pinterest food porn. lol! (The selfie's not bad either, lol!)

Can't wait to see what goals and adventures you come up with this year!

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NANCYANNE55 1/2/2014 9:04AM

    I so get how you feel, but I have a question for you: Have you had your body fat checked? Ask a trainer at your gym to do it for you- You might be surprised at how high it is NOT!

Bear in mind, it is absolutely conceivable that, as a man and new to heavy lifting, you have put on 10+ pounds of muscle in your first months of lifting. It'll taper off soon enough, but when a man is new to something like this they tend to put it on fairly fast.

Additionally, that whole "bulking" thing competitors do is hogwash. They do need to gain a little fat to get their bodies back up to healthy levels (you compete at your weakest point), but the 30+ pound gains are simply an excuse to over indulge.

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    I hear ya...more strength training equals scale going up for me too. Adding in cardio and tracking should work:)

Here to support ya, bud!!!

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NEPTUNE1939 1/1/2014 11:04PM

    Great goals, great going. I'm holding my own on body fat. In the A.M. on wake up I mix 10 g of BCCA's in 20-oz. of cold water. Drink the whole thing while doing cardio before breakfast. A good way for me to hydrate early. emoticon

In the evening about an hour before bed I'll mix the same with 16-oz. of warm water plus a scoop of Casein. It hold me for the night. Enjoy your new surroundings and job my friend. Happy New Year! Have a good lift, Earl emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/1/2014 10:06PM

    Great blog! You always make me smile. And you're looking pretty strack.

Cheers to 2014!!

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    I hear the roar through this post! Goals are great, aren't they? And you are correct in that there are many, many goals in life to chase after.

I am contemplating not weighing myself *at all* throughout my next 12 week weight-loss competition at work. So long as my calories are true and good and within my range, I will drop weight. Wherever I land at the end of it, I land. I am up in the air about that though. I also want to work on my 'well defined' look. It's such a give and take!
My Christmas gift of weight is not carried well- I notice it immensely in all my poofy glory. As long as your scale isn't still climbing, you should be ok.

Oh and mmmm....bacon.

PPS. Ditto that last picture ;)

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From Defeat......Victory!!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

So how do you handle defeat? What do you say to yourself when you don't measure up to your own expectations?

I've got a million examples! Hell when I think back on these past few years on SP, I see tons of examples where my eating, my working out, even my job performance didn't measure up to my expectations. And anyone who's never had to handle defeat has missed out.

The key is in how you handle it. If you're not careful, that feeling of failure can spiral into a whirlpool of self-fulfilling thoughts and actions that can be incredibly hard to climb out of. Like any good habit, the ability to pull out of that death spiral gets stronger the more often you practice it.

Which is why I like weight lifting! More than any other kind of exercise I've tried, lifting heavy weights pushes me physically, mentally, and spiritually to my limits.

And sometimes I fail.

It's not just a physical failure, though. If I don't make my goal for the day, it feels like a mental failure as well, a character flaw where I think, "I should have pushed harder" or, "I gave up too early" or "I'll never get this" or, "Man, I suck!"

Here's what happened to me yesterday;

I was on my third week of this weight lifting program called 5/3/1 (it's a great Strength Training program....details are in my old blog

This third week in each cycle requires you to do multiple repetitions at 95% of your maximum lift. My handy iPhone app (Big Lifts) does all the calculations for me, so yesterday it told me I had to squat 275 lbs for 7 reps.....Giddy-up!

After all my warmups, I got my mind straight, called over a young hulk to spot me, told him I was shooting for 7 reps at 275, and proceeded to squat.

I only got 4

What the hell! I looked over at my spotter and said, "Man, that's all I had in me today."

I immediately felt defeated, wondering what I had done wrong, why couldn't I achieve my goal.

I walked around the squat rack a few times, going over and over in my mind what just happened. Did I not sleep well last night, did I give up too easy, I should have pushed harder, maybe I'm getting too old for this stuff.....all those crazy, crazy thoughts that can race through your mind when failure rears its ugly head.

But SWMBO often reminds me, "You don't have any control over the first thought in your head, but you do have control over the second" and so I started to self-talk my way off the ledge. "OK, not so bad....still better than I did only a few months ago" and "Alright, you knew this wasn't going to be a linear progression every single week", "Got it, focus on form, keep at it" and, "Look in the mirror Dude, you still look freaking awesome....remember, 3 weeks ago, you lifted 915 lbs!"

So I resolved internally that this wasn't a failure, just a data point on a lifelong journey to living healthy....I accepted it for what it was, my best effort for today, a reflection of my abilities, not my inabilities.

As I proceeded to take the weights off the bar, something didn't jive in my head. I looked at my iPhone app....sure as hell, it said my goal for today was 7 reps at 275 lbs. That meant, two 45 lb plates and a 25 lb plate on each end.

I had two 45 lb plates and a 35 lb plate on each end....what the hell?!?!!?

I had just lifted 295 lbs.....20 more lbs than I was supposed to do for wonder I only got 4!!!

I crunched the numbers into my iPhone....lo and behold, lifting 295 lbs for 4 reps was actually better than lifting 275 lbs for 7 required more strength.....Wahoo! Somehow I wasn't paying attention when I loaded the bar (or maybe adult-onset dyslexia set in) and I put myself in a tough situation.

Within a matter of minutes, my feelings of failure turned into feelings of elation, pride, and accomplishment....what a roller-coaster!

It seemed as though once I resolved myself to reality, to accepting life on its own terms, a pathway out of despair appeared. When we were kids, our Mom used to tell us, "Be careful what you say and think, the angels are always listening"

The universe reminded me once again that our thoughts are powerful, that HOW we handle and face life is much more important than WHAT actually happens to us, that the real keys to success are about acceptance of ourselves for where we are right now and to keep moving up from there.

Have a great day Spark friends!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 11/22/2013 8:56AM

    You continually amaze and inspire me!!

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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/21/2013 5:19PM

    Yeh, and not only Angels, but me, too. emoticon

You did OK. emoticon

Oh, and loved the advice from your wife. She's pretty dang smart!

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HAKAPES 11/13/2013 3:47PM

    Wow, that's a real turnaround!
Would you have lifted that weight, had you known it's more then it supposed to be?
My fastest run ever was so fast because I had no clue I'm running that fast! :-)

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MILLIE5522 11/3/2013 2:53PM

    emoticon "The measure of success is how you deal with disappointment"....this quote is on my SP page & has helped me through the tough times.

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/3/2013 11:24AM

    Very heavy...the words of wisdom and the weights both lol

Feeling defeated and having negative thought is normal, it is what gives us the motivation to continue, and provides some valuable life lessons. I'm nervous around people who say they have never failed, or never doubt...they are either lying to themselves and others or are tempting fate, heading for a major crash and burn.

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HANSBRINK 11/2/2013 8:41PM

  Nice blog! Enjoyed the points that you make. And congrats on the weight increase.

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WOUBBIE 11/2/2013 6:38PM

    I'm gonna ask my younger son to read this tonight when he gets home. I think it will totally resonate with him! Excellent blog!


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    Way to go on the accidental success! Your body is capable of much more than your mind tells you you are. And I agree- it is all a matter of perspective.

Keep up the hard work!

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Take the Elevator to the Gym....Really?!?!?!

Monday, October 28, 2013

There is so much wrong with this picture on so many levels:

Seriously's one of my favorite motivational pictures! It reminds me how easy it is to forget about my reasons for exercising.

What exactly are those reasons, you may so rightly ask? Well, thereby hangs a tale....

Over the last 10 years, I have evolved from a pack-a-day couch potato, lazing around wondering why I kept getting fatter and "unfitter", to becoming a non-smoking outdoor tomato. But my path to fitness enthusiast zigged and zagged through a whole slew of different emotions and motivations.

At first, I hated even the idea of was no fun. I was out of shape, I was ill equipped, my confidence was low.....and it always seemed to hurt while I was doing it!

But I am stubborn. I wanted to lose weight, I wanted to stop smoking, and I wanted to not feel like the best years of my life were behind me. So I started running....a quarter mile at a time....some days just a 100 yds at a time, sweating like a dog in the August heat and hating every minute of it.

So my first motivation was to simply lose weight

I ran 4-5 days a week and it took me till December to even get a glimmer of enjoyment during a run.

But it came....and sometime that December I set a goal of running a marathon within 6 months. Pretty freaking crazy, but it worked for me. To make sure I didn't back out, I plunked down the $100 entry fee and promptly told all my family and friends that I planned to run a that point there was no backing down!

By then, my motivation had changed to racking up miles and minutes, following a program to conquer an objective that just a short while ago, I thought only applied to crazy, weird running people....and now I was becoming one of them!

One of my most vivid running memories is during a 6 mile run along Boston's Charles River. It was in the high 30s, lots of melting snow, clear blue sky with a bright winter sun melting the ice on the Charles ("Love that Dirty Water!")....and I was running.....elated and incredibly steady 10 min/mile clip, I finished the run in almost exactly one hour and I was joyously happy every second of those 60 minutes!

I was a runner!

I still ate like a madman though. Like the most fanatical religious converts, I thought my faith in running and exercise meant I could eat with abandon.....I'll just burn it off on my long run, right?!?!

Not so, fatso! I lost maybe 10 lbs my first year running. Granted, my body shape changed some as I added muscle for fat in some areas, but not a big loss by any means. And any time I took a lull in my running, I put on weight.

After an injury in 2010, I had surgery that put a stop to my running. As I sat around recovering, I knew that if I couldn't run, I would pork up fast, so I did a bunch of web searches and found Sparkpeople.

And here I learned that you can't work off a bad diet.....that weight loss is 80% about eating right and 20% about exercise.

Damn the luck!

So I started tracking my food and found other exercise outlets. I bought a bike and zoomed around the Florida Panhandle (we lived in Destin, FL at the time). I signed up with a trainer and learned to lift weights....real heavy weights.

But fitness still centered around logging minutes & miles or putting more weight on the bar....and it was almost always something I did outside my "normal life." As I slimmed up and toned up, I still looked for parking spaces close to store entrances. I took escalators at the mall and elevators at hotels....even if I stayed on the 2d floor!

When we moved to Virginia, my new job was on the 5th floor of our office building. I made a commitment to never use an elevator or an escalator (see my blog

Yesterday, on my way to the gym, I saw a guy with a gym bag waiting to take the elevator down 5 flights. I shook my head and said, "Dude, really? The elevator to the gym?" The absurdity of it hit me hard, "why do we exercise, but we don't use that new found strength for even these simple things?"

What's changed for me is that fitness is not just something I do for an hour or so to work up a sweat and say, "I'm done"'s to be able to keep doing things that I see many of my peers stop doing; taking stairs, happily walking from a distant parking spot, running after my niece then throwing her 50 lb body in the air and catching her!

My motivation today is to enjoy the feeling of being fit and to put it to use whenever I can all day long, not just in those few minutes I'm "at the gym"

Yeah, I like irony in that picture of people taking the escalator to go workout!

What's your motivation to exercise? What keeps you going?

Have a great night Spark friends!

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/3/2013 12:01PM

    Since you posted that picture I have been seeing it all over the place. Absolutely crazy, misses the entire point. Although I had gym days where I would have dearly loved an escalator to take me OUT of the gym after a particularly tough workout!

My motivations are to not go back to the 200+ couch potato and to maintain my health as I get older. Things like osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia worry me so far better to be proactive and work to head them off through fitness and healthy eating than to sit around worried and depressed just waiting for the end.

Plus I really like to be able to beat people up...errr, defend myself....if necessary. emoticon Big self-confidence booster.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 10/31/2013 7:30PM

    Such a great blog... while I still want to lose weight... my focus is shifting to getting strong and how this fat I still carry around is getting in my way! My goals are morphing from being a size 12 to being able to do a strict pull up! and to do that I need more strength and less blubber!.. I want, and will have, a life without physical limitations.. no limits! I want to be prepared for whatever opportunity comes my way.. I want to be an amazing 60 year old.. 70 year old.. 80 year old.. still in the gym.. throwing around some weights.. hehe

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HANSBRINK 10/30/2013 12:27PM

  I'm sorry, but to be a contrarian, some people can't handle going down stairs. Knee surgery, a previous fall down the stairs. You just don't know. If they were perfectly capable, then I'd shake my head and wonder why. But if I didn't know them, I'd let it go.

Thanks for the background on your running and transition to weight lifting. Inspirational as always.

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BLUENOSE63 10/29/2013 6:46PM

  You said it! I just shake my head at my gym as it is two floors and I see these people who are perfectly capable of walking down the stairs, taking the elevator. I said something to one staff member when I saw them taking the elevator.....Unless you have a disability of some sort...DO NOT TAKE THE ELEVATOR at the gym! No matter how much money you spend on the gym clothes, that type of action speaks volumes!

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/29/2013 4:42PM

    Fantastic blog! Such an inspiration! My motivation? I feel much better that way! Even though I have only lost a fraction of the weight I had gained, I am feeling physically much better when I exercise, and it makes me happy too!

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OBIESMOM2 10/29/2013 1:07PM

    I've been known to run up the down escalator - that's a quick way to get your heart pumping.

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JULIAMOONCHILD 10/29/2013 12:27PM

    Another great blog!

My motivation?

LOL ... had to say that - Especially since I just posted a blog about it. emoticon

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JLEMUS1 10/29/2013 8:56AM

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PLMITCH 10/29/2013 8:46AM

    GREAT BLOG! Thanks for sharing and getting your readers to think! I know for me it is the feeling I get during and after exercise, but you're also right that I look for ways to get in exercise outside the gym or out running.

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STRONG_SARAH 10/29/2013 8:33AM

    The gym I belonged to last year had an elevator too, and an outdoor smoking area! LOL, that's Italy for you.
Nice blog, I enjoyed reading your motivation and I'm going to show it to my husband so maybe he'll get motivated too!

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BILL60 10/29/2013 8:31AM

    I liked the blog. However, I must admit that I too take the elevators when possible. While I'll do multiple hill repeats on my bike, I just dislike climbing stairs.

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HAKAPES 10/29/2013 6:36AM

    That is crazy!
I like your commitment about no elevator - escalator! I should do the same.
I also know a gym in Vienna, it's on the third floor, and everbody takes the elevator to get there. I was the only one to take the stairs.
So funny!
I enjoyed your blog a lot. Keep them coming!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 10/29/2013 12:07AM

    Today I rolled up last to a kick-my-@ss bootcamp, and didn't have a choice to which kettlebell weight to take- there was one left. Well, the 20lb-er or a super heavy guy. I didn't get a 10 or 15lb option. So I chose the 20lb option, which when the hardcore guy says, '2 min of squats/swings/shoulder press/etc with the kettlebell' it gets really freakin' heavy. So it pushed me out of my comfort zone doing all the squats and some crazy burpee with a lift of the kettlebell that worked the shoulders combo. Anyways, I impressed myself. And I look over and the girl beside me had a 2lber and was taking breaks. mmhmm.
So- pushing myself motivates me. Seeing what I can do next. Doing more than the next person. Going to dip my toes into a sparing class for boxing one of these weeks. And looking smaller than I am- and more toned ;)

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/28/2013 10:38PM

    Well put! My motivation started with my kids - I hated being the "fat mom" in the pack...

Also, I hated not being able to play with them.. really play, not stand by and watch and throw the ball back. Now I play WITH them... although my 12 yr old daughter can out swim me any day of the week.

Once I got hooked, I ended up getting vain about it - I wanted to LOOK good... and so the weight lifting journey began - I am sculpting my body, not just merely losing weight.

At 200# I stuffed myself proudly into a pair of pants. At 225# I zipped those same pants up easily - no, that isn't a typo...


Now my motivation is to lift big weights... and watch the gym wannabes stare as this 48 yr old chubby mom out lifts them... consistently. emoticon

Sorry to ramble, but you asked ...

Keep up the GREAT work.. YOU inspire me.


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BRYANBABY3 10/28/2013 9:55PM

    Great blog. My motivation is the fact if I gain weight I will have to buy new clothes. But I already have clothes for when I lose weight

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/28/2013 9:54PM

    What a great history, GETSTRONGRRR! No wonder you're so faithful about exercising no matter where you are or what else you have to do in a day. Great motivation for the rest of us : )

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PROT358 10/28/2013 9:43PM

    What a great, thought-provoking blog! Sometimes we lose touch of our reasons for doing things in the first place. And clearly go back to where we were before is not an option!

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JUNEAU2010 10/28/2013 9:25PM

    I'd probably catch my toe in the escalator and be ruined for the gym. Don't know where you found that picture, but it is funny!

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