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RevAbs Review

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

So I started a new series tonight.

I've finished with Insanity for this round and have put that to bed for now.

I started RevAb tonight jumping right into the middle of the week workout. I really enjoyed it. Brett is a Brazillian who teaches these and does a great job. Tonights workout wasn't much ab, or what is? LOL, I'll answer that in the morning. We mostly interval training, cardio and strength. Some of it is based on a Brazillian matial art form which is very smooth and flowing, that's kind of cool.

It was a 30 minute workout from top to bottom and I burned 607 calories according to my trusty Sportsline S7 series heart monitor watch!

Tomorrow is a brand new day...a brand new chance...how are you choosing to use it??

  
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TODDJAMES 7/15/2010 12:48PM

    Thanks for taking the time to introduce your team to SO MANY exciting and new workout programs!

You are a ROCK STAR!

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    Sounds cool! Keep us posted on your progress!
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SPARKLE1908 7/15/2010 9:53AM

    Good job jumping right in there!!!! Is this another BeachBody product?


I hope you get some good results but I'm sure you will because you won't accept anything less!!!!

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XENA1956 7/15/2010 12:14AM

    I was glad to hear about this dvd. I am looking for some new workouts for when I can't get to the gym. RevAb sounds tough but doable

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CUTESTWINS331 7/14/2010 11:27PM

    I want one of those heart monitors!!!!

Awesome to have started a new series. I hope you get good results emoticon

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RMX_DELETED 7/14/2010 10:27PM

  I heard about RevAbs. I didnt even know it was for sale yet. I have to carve off all the fat around my stomach before I even think about doing any ab work, haha. Ab Ripper X today on P90X made me feel like a beached whale flopping around in the sand, haha.

I like the last line of your blog. A good way to prevent a screw up from turning into a longterm screw up. If I mess up one night, just get back on the saddle the next day and crush it.

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/14/2010 10:26PM

    You had better kill it just like you were killing Insanity! REV IT UP BRO!!!

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Changes.........Radical Changes (reposted...long)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I've had several people ask me to blog about my journey, with a few specific thoughts in mind, I will attempt to address the following thoughts:

1. WHY did I do what I've done
2. WHAT did I do to get here
3. How am I going to maintain

Please forgive me, this is longer than I wanted, but I felt it was necessary to get all this informationincluded in this blog.

Why did I decide to take my health back (AKA lose weight)
Allow me to back up few years if you will. I did not grow up heavy, I was quite the opposite. I
was not an athlete in school, although I did wrestle for a number of years, I was more of a band geek. Proud to say that too! I was always fit growing up also. I've spent more hours on a football field than most would care to think about. I've traveled the world "making music with my friends", as I marched in various marching bands and Drum Corps. I was always fit, firm and muscular due to the activities I was involved in. I got married at 21 and taught Band for several years. Both my wife and I were active with my teaching, always moving, always active; therefore the fitness was fairly good into my last 20's. I changed careers in 1998 and got a desk job, that's when things started to change for me. I love what I do, don't get me wrong, but sitting behind a desk got easier and easier. It also got easier to sit on my chair at home and do nothing. Obviously as time moved forward, I didn't move and I slowly grew to my
top weight of 264lbs without even realizing it!

I suppose that is the underlying reason that I've changed my life, are my wife and daughters.
My wife deserves a husband who is willing and able to help out around the house. I believe she deserves a husband that she can be proud of, a husband who can come home from work and have the energy necessary to help with dinner, kids, activities, etc. My daughters deserve a Daddy who doesn't sit in my chair asleep all the time. They deserve a daddy who has energy to play with them, get on the floor and wrestle, tickle, and not be a grump all the time. As my kids grow and become more active, I want to be able to keep up with them.
Selfishly though, I did made this decision for me. I knew I wasn't healthy!! I couldn't walk up a
small flight of stairs without being winded, I had no energy and I made poor eating choices most of the time. I did not like having my picture taken, but the picture that hung on the break room wall at work scared me I think (blue shirt pic). My swollen face and swollen'yes were not a pretty site to see! I hadn't been to the doctor for a physical in a number of years because I was scared of that they might say or what I might find out. So with all that said, that brings up the question of: WHY NOW Jerome?? Why at the ripe ole age of 40 did I decide to take my life back?? Why, when I knew it was going to take so much discipline, so much work would I make a life changing decision. I knew I would have to give up (or cut back drastically) on some of my favorite things in life like: Dr. Pepper, ice cream and Mexican
Food!!

I have been asked these questions a number of times and I always say the same things, I got tired of being fat......I wanted to be here for my family.....I'm scared to go to the Dr. I know that's a generic answer, but it's really the truth. I suppose my vanity can be blamed too, I didn't like that I saw when I looked in the mirror. I hadn't liked that for several years, just didn't have any desire to do anything about it. That just begs another question to be answered: why the desire now? I simply can't come up with a better answer than what I've already stated, my family deserved a better husband and father AND I got tired of being fat. Those are the two biggest reasons I can think of after several weeks worth of pondering.

What did I do to get here:
When I made this decision, I made radical changes in my life. I'm not sure what my calorie
intake was before I started, but I know it was really high! I dropped my intake to under 1300 on my highest day and hovered around 1000 most days. The beautiful thing about this is that I was not starving myself. I had a healthy breakfast (omelet, bagel, cereal, turkey sausage and biscuit, smoothie, etc). I had a good lunch that varied a lot from sandwiches, soup, leftovers, etc. Lunch was typically whatever I could drum up from home so I didn't have to eat out. Recently, I've really gotten into eating Romaine lettuce with carrots, onion, green peppers, and chicken with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing, YUMMO! However, I will add that I also eat Taco Bell Fresco Tacos now and again just fine, 150 calories each isn't bad. Thankfully I have a wife who is onboard with the new lifestyle and is cooking healthier dinners, and I am practicing portion control. We even use smaller plates at home now. My wife even started looking at ingredients while shopping, if the label has a bunch of unpronounceable
ingredients, she doesn't buy it! We started buying more at Sprouts Farmers Market for organic foods, sure we pay a tiny bit more, but it is worth it in the long run. Know what else I eat for dinner sometimes, Mexican food at a restaurant! Yes, we still went out to eat, I just eat much less than I used to. I even eat the best pizza in Dallas County at least once a month. I will admit that I was very surprised at my will power! I was able to basically do away with Dr. Pepper almost immediately, reece peanut butter cups, cookies, etc. If they were around, I was able to just say no thanks and move on with life. Bottom line I think is that I eat pretty much what I want, but I eat with great moderation, remember, I'm NOT on a diet, I'm changing my life!

Keeping in mind that I made radical changes, I also started moving, A LOT. Beginning December 28th, 2009, I started walking every day. I would be out the door around 5am for a walk, typically of 2\3 miles each morning. I also had a group of guys I walked with 3\4 times a day at work. We would walk almost one mile each time we walked, in the tunnels that are underneath Dallas. (I work in downtown Dallas, TX) Jokingly we referred to these as our 'smoke breaks'. Then when I got home from work, I would walk again for another 2\3 miles. I kept up this routine though January, all walking. I also started drinking lots and lots of water right away. I will admit that I was amazed at how much better I felt just drinking the water.

When February rolled around, I maintained the 5am morning walk as well as most of the walks during the day at work. My group of guys at work had shrunk a little already though. I think it was early February that I started using the cheap elliptical that had been in our garage for a number of years, collecting dust. I probably started with 20\30 minutes at a time, I honestly can't remember for sure. I eventually worked up to 45\50 minutes at a time; I rode this elliptical morning and night if it was too cold to get outside and walk. I believe the coldest weather I walked outside in was 27 degrees. Around this time I had a friend give me a really nice elliptical since he wasn't using it. This only intensified my elliptical workouts since it has programmable settings etc. I think it was late February that my wife and I started doing group workouts with Heil Fitness (heilfitness.com) in Arllington, TX on Saturday mornings. This was a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style workout, I was hooked on this. Basically you bust it as hard as you can go for 3©\4 minutes, then take a 30 second break and do it again.

During the month of March I was doing 45\60 minutes on the elliptical 6\7 days a week, twice a day most of the time. When my schedule allowed, I worked out with Heil Fitness on Saturday morning as well. At this point I had also added running on the street in place of some elliptical workouts. I was traveling a little bit during Feb and March so I would run on the treadmill at the hotel when necessary. I was still doing two a day workouts, busting as many calories as humanly possible, every single day. The more weight I lost, the more I wanted to work out.

In Apil, four months into my journey, I was nearing my 12 month goal of losing 64lbs, I was
blown away! My birthday is April 15th, I pushed even harder to obtain that goal by my birthday.
Sometime around here I started doing Insanity at 5am in my garage, with my wife by my side. Insanity is just that, an insane cardio workout and I love it!! I was still doing elliptical work outs in my garage every evening, with several mile or more walks during the day while at work. When I weighed on my 41st birthday morning, I weighed 201, I missed it by 1lbs!!! It actually took me two weeks to get below 200 pounds after that date! I guess I enjoyed my birthday dinner a little TOO much. ☺ I remember sharing the chocolate chip skookie with my family at BJ's Brew House and saying, "I will be riding the elliptical for 45 minutes when we get home". I continued to train hard as I was getting ready for The Warrior Dash on May 2nd, this was a 2.x mile crazy race with 17 obstacles including, water, wind, mud, mud slide, lake,
logs, hay stack, cargo net, fire, etc.

May 2nd, 2010 I ran my first race, EVER. The Warrior Dash was something I'd signed up for in
February with a buddy from work. I ran the course in just over 35 minutes and finished in the top 1/3 for men my age! I was very proud of that. I took a few days off after the race, and then started right back at it with Insanity in the morning, elliptical in the evening. I rolled an ankle during the race and then reinjured that during an Insanity workout so I had to take three weeks off. However, the Dr. told me the elliptical was not causing more damage, so guess what, I got back on, morning and about every other evening. Not working nearly as hard at this point in the journey, however I was still in training for another race and I was determined to finish it!! You may have noticed that I mention the dreaded word, Dr. Yes I went for a full physical and I got a clean bill of health, everything was right inline with what it should be!

June 12th I ran/walked the Caveman Crawl. This was similar to the Warrior Dash with all the
obstacles, only it was a full 3.2 miles long. I've really modified my nutrition and my fitness since that race. I have upped my calorie intake a lot, for me anyway. I'm taking in somewhere around 1400\1700 calories a day now and I'm full beyond what I think I should be. My ankles continue to give me issues so I've had to take a second break from Insanity. This is frustrating beyond belief, BUT, I got back on the elliptical for my morning workouts anyway! I have been running at least 3.5 miles every other day, Sun, Tue, Thurs & Sat for about three weeks. This is all on the treadmill in my garage. Strange that the elliptical and running don't seem to bother my ankles nearly as much as the intensity of Insanity does.

I'm training for a 5k on July 18th called Too Hot to Handle at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Tx. This will be my first straight up 5K and I'm excited about running that one.
So to recap what I've done very quickly: (tracking nutrition is a given)
Dec = Jan = loads of water, lots of walking, every day
Feb = loads of water, lots of walking, added elliptical, every day
Mar = Apr = loads of water, lots of elliptical added Insanity, every day
May = loads of water, lots of elliptical and Insanity, every day
June = loads of water, Insanity, elliptical, running, every day

What will I do to maintain:
From what I hear, maintenance can be a complete separate journey all on it's own. I honestly
think I will keep doing what I've done to get here. These are also my personal success factors!

1. Know what/how much I'm eating (track it)
2. Work it off (exercise)
3. Do it every single day

I will keep tracking everything I eat as I have so far, sometimes that can be enlightening!
Tracking my nutrition with SparkPeople will give me a crystal clear visual of my eating patterns. Using the reports to give me my nutritional intake verses my calorie differential will keep me in check. I will also continue my workout schedule, yes I actually have a schedule. I plan to stick with some sort of Beachbody workout in the mornings and maintain my 4 day a week evening run schedule. I will add that the morning workout schedule is going to be flexible. I'm so new to the maintenance phase I honestly don't now how many calories I'll have to burn daily. I may find that I only need three days a week of morning BeachBody workout and my evening run, I'll play that by ear. I also plan to keep entering races in and around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I've found that paying those entry fees, putting it on the calendar and NOT wanting to suck gives me motivation all by itself. I currently have four races on my calendar between July and the end of November and I have committed to run the entire White Rock marathon in Dallas in December 2011 with a sparkfriend.

I commit to doing it every single day! Make it a streak, and then it becomes a habit!

  
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MINNA72 7/18/2010 1:46PM

    You are such an inspiration, Jerome! Keep up the good work!
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PELESJEWEL 7/15/2010 11:25PM

    Oh wow! You really made the connection with that unstoppable warrior within! I got sparked just reading this!! Thank you for sharing your personal success formula! Awesome stuff!

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ANDREA0301 7/14/2010 2:42PM

    You said it all!!
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FLOOSIEMAGOO 7/13/2010 7:32PM

    My Dear, Dear Hero,

This is a great blog. It shows what CAN happens when you make up your mind. Just think, you started walkin', cut the calories and added water.

You invested in hardware (your elipitical) and software (Insanity) after much success which catapulted you to a new level. Now you're a runner and a motivator.

What a journey; life does begin after 40!!

Much love,

Chana
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ABSOLUTZER0 7/13/2010 7:30PM

    Keep it up bro! WE are going to kill that marathon in 2011!

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GOGOSHIRE 7/13/2010 5:43PM

    This is awesome! YOU ROCK!

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TODDJAMES 7/13/2010 5:29PM

    I feel like we have read this before...but like a good book or any GREAT INSPIRATION...it made for a WONDERFUL second read!

Congrats on OWNING YOUR JOURNEY!

I have strayed from the path...
Hope to race down it soon...
I PRAY that happens...

Thanks for living the BEST LIFE and SPARKING OTHERS everywhere!

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let the mileage building start.....TODAY

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I'm beginning a 19 week journey today to build mileage and training for the Turkey Trot held in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Here is the site and schedule I'm using beginning today

http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon
/m_mile.html

so heres to happy running..

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CUTESTWINS331 7/13/2010 4:47PM

    I looked it over and it made me tired!! haha. I do usually 2-3 miles everyday, run half lap walk half lap, etc. I guess you build your stamina over time. I notice I have to push myself more every week to get the sweat flowing.
Good luck with the training and Thanksgiving marathon! You must be excited not only to be doing this but to actually be capable of it!! Says a lot about yourself :)

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SASSYRAY 7/12/2010 11:00AM

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Good Luck!

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TODDJAMES 7/12/2010 6:19AM

    Good Luck!

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ELYMWX 7/11/2010 8:32PM

    Enjoy!

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ANDREA0301 7/11/2010 6:20PM

    I'll be checking this site out soon! My daughter and I biked around White Rock Lake after church today. It was emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/11/2010 5:05PM

    You know I am going to check out the link bro. I may even borrow the plan myself! Heh! So, are you running the 5k or 8 miles? Whatever you do, you are so going to KILL IT!!!

So, how did the run go today?

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SPARKLE1908 7/11/2010 4:49PM

    I'll check it out!!! Thanks for posting it!

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BTWCOACH 7/11/2010 3:55PM

    Looks like a great plan, Jerome!!! Remember to drink plenty of liquids and take some electrolyte pills! I have found those to be very helpful!

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EDGEOFSANITY 7/11/2010 2:12PM

    So does this mean you're thinking about a marathon?

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GOGOSHIRE 7/11/2010 2:11PM

    That's awesome. I like that site!

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Changes......Radical Changes part 3 of 3

Friday, July 09, 2010

This is part 3 of a 3 part blog
Part 1:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415985

Part 2:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415991

What will I do to maintain:
From what I hear, maintenance can be a complete separate journey all on itís own. I honestly think I will keep doing what Iíve done to get here. These are also my personal success factors!
1. Know what/how much Iím eating (track it)
2. Work it off (exercise)
3. Do it every single day

I will keep tracking everything I eat as I have so far, sometimes that can be enlightening! Tracking my nutrition with SparkPeople will give me a crystal clear visual of my eating patterns. Using the reports to give me my nutritional intake verses my calorie differential will keep me in check.
I will also continue my workout schedule; yes I actually have a schedule. I plan to stick with some sort of Beachbody workout in the mornings and maintain my 4 day a week evening run schedule. I will add that the morning workout schedule is going to be flexible. Iím so new to the maintenance phase I honestly donít now how many calories Iíll have to burn daily. I may find that I only need three days a week of morning BeachBody workout and my evening run, Iíll play that by ear. I also plan to keep entering races in and around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Iíve found that paying those entry fees, putting it on the calendar and NOT wanting to suck gives me motivation all by itself. I currently have four races on my calendar between July and the end of November and I have committed to run the entire White Rock marathon in Dallas in December 2011 with a sparkfriend.

Make it a streak, and then it becomes a habit! I commit to doing it every single day!

  
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TODDJAMES 7/12/2010 12:38PM

    A man of SO MANY words...

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EDGEOFSANITY 7/11/2010 2:21PM

    Another great blog/ series of blogs. I'm always inspired by people who completely change their life without resorting to gimmicks. Looking forward to running with you =)

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SPARKLE1908 7/10/2010 11:36AM

    Congratulations again on all of your success...I'm glad to know you and I'll see you back out on Katy Trail soon!!!

You should be VERY proud of all you have accomplished and you are an inspiration to us all!!!!

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CARLA0716 7/10/2010 11:31AM

    Yay you! Maintenance? I'm still thinking about progress! :)

You were eating only 1000 calories? How? I'm fighting to keep within my range of 12 - 1550..
Either way, its great to see you now in this new phase. Keep at it, you look great!

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JUSTA123 7/10/2010 9:03AM

    Wow, you are inspiring and I know you will succeed in maintenance , you've come so far and created great habits, emoticon

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BILLALEX70 7/10/2010 7:10AM

    Make all your dreams realities!

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XENA1956 7/10/2010 1:07AM

    Hope you keep up your sched. and your runs. You are the iron man, for sure. You have done a great job on losing and now maintaining will soon become your normal. emoticonTeri

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NANHBH 7/9/2010 11:19PM

    Gosh, Jerome, and I thought I was an overachiever when it came to exercise! I don't hold a candle to what you do! But, it works for me, and I'm having fun. Thanks for sharing your journey. Awesome job!

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BTWCOACH 7/9/2010 11:02PM

    P.S. I'm glad you are eating more calories! 1000 seems way too little for you!!!

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BTWCOACH 7/9/2010 11:00PM

    So, Jerome, how about coming to Memphis in December and running the St Jude 1/2 Marathon with me? It's only 13.1 miles..... :-)
You are doing a great job!!!! Keep it up!!!!

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RMX_DELETED 7/9/2010 10:38PM

  Jerome, what a journey man! I'm inspired just reading this. Congratulations on everything that you have accomplished, it is truly something to be proud of. I wish you all the success in your maintenance phase. I look forward to getting in the zone like you were during your journey.

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IOWEIT2ME 7/9/2010 10:14PM

    Jerome, I appreciate your being so forthcoming and sharing. It was not too long; details for newbies like me are key. You are very inspiring my brother!

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2THEFUTURE28 7/9/2010 10:06PM

    All I have to say is your awesome! I hope to be as athletic as you are 1 day....I have so much work to do..and the best part is that Im doing pretty good so hopefully I will continue to do well.

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Changes......Radical Changes part 2 of 3

Friday, July 09, 2010

This is part 2 of a 3 part blog
Part 1:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415985

Part 3:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415998


What did I do to get here:
When I made this decision, I made radical changes in my life. I°¶m not sure what my calorie intake was before I started, but I know it was really high! I dropped my intake to under 1300 on my highest day and hovered around 1000 most days. The beautiful thing about this is that I was not starving myself. I had a healthy breakfast (omelet, bagel, cereal, turkey sausage and biscuit, smoothie, etc). I had a good lunch that varied a lot from sandwiches, soup, leftovers, etc. Lunch was typically whatever I could drum up from home so I didn°¶t have to eat out. Recently, I°¶ve really gotten into eating Romaine lettuce with carrots, onion, green peppers, and chicken with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing, YUMMO! However, I will add that I also eat Taco Bell Fresco Tacos now and again just fine, 150 calories each isn°¶t bad. Thankfully I have a wife who is onboard with the new lifestyle and is cooking healthier dinners, and I am practicing portion control. We even use smaller plates at home now. My wife even started looking at ingredients while shopping, if the label has a bunch of °•unpronounceable ingredients°¶, she doesn°¶t buy it! We started buying more at Sprouts Farmers Market for organic foods, sure we pay a tiny bit more, but it is worth it in the long run. Know what else I eat for dinner sometimes, Mexican food at a restaurant! Yes, we still went out to eat, I just eat much less than I used to. I even eat the best pizza in Dallas County at least once a month. I will admit that I was very surprised at my will power! I was able to basically do away with Dr. Pepper almost immediately, reece peanut butter cups, cookies, etc. If they were around, I was able to just say no thanks and move on with life. Bottom line I think is that I eat pretty much what I want, but I eat with great moderation, remember, I°¶m NOT on a diet, I°¶m changing my life!
Keeping in mind that I made radical changes, I also started moving, A LOT. Beginning December 28th, 2009, I started walking every day. I would be out the door around 5am for a walk, typically of 2-3 miles each morning. I also had a group of guys I walked with 3-4 times a day at work. We would walk almost one mile each time we walked, in the tunnels that are underneath Dallas. (I work in downtown Dallas, TX) Jokingly we referred to these as our °•smoke breaks°¶. Then when I got home from work, I would walk again for another 2-3 miles. I kept up this routine though January, all walking. I also started drinking lots and lots of water right away. I will admit that I was amazed at how much better I felt just drinking the water.
When February rolled around, I maintained the 5am morning walk as well as most of the walks during the day at work. My group of guys at work had shrunk a little already though. I think it was early February that I started using the cheap elliptical that had been in our garage for a number of years, collecting dust. I probably started with 20-30 minutes at a time, I honestly can°¶t remember for sure. I eventually worked up to 45-50 minutes at a time; I rode this elliptical morning and night if it was too cold to get outside and walk. I believe the coldest weather I walked outside in was 27 degrees. Around this time I had a friend give me a really nice elliptical since he wasn°¶t using it. This only intensified my elliptical workouts since it has programmable settings etc. I think it was late February that my wife and I started doing group workouts with Heil Fitness (heilfitness.com) in Arlington, TX on Saturday mornings. This was a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style workout, I was hooked on this. Basically you bust it as hard as you can go for 3-4 minutes, then take a 30 second break and do it again.
During the month of March I was doing 45-60 minutes on the elliptical 6-7 days a week, twice a day most of the time. When my schedule allowed, I worked out with Heil Fitness on Saturday morning as well. At this point I had also added running on the street in place of some elliptical workouts. I was traveling a little bit during Feb and March so I would run on the treadmill at the hotel when necessary. I was still doing two a day workouts, busting as many calories as humanly possible, every single day. The more weight I lost, the more I wanted to work out.
In April, four months into my journey, I was nearing my 12 month goal of losing 64lbs, I was blown away! My birthday is April 15th, I pushed even harder to obtain that goal by my birthday. Sometime around here I started doing Insanity at 5am in my garage, with my wife by my side. Insanity is just that, an insane cardio workout and I love it!! I was still doing elliptical work outs in my garage every evening, with several mile or more walks during the day while at work. When I weighed on my 41st birthday morning, I weighed 201, I missed it by 1lbs!!! It actually took me two weeks to get below 200 pounds after that date! I guess I enjoyed my birthday dinner a little TOO much. Éļ I remember sharing the chocolate chip skookie with my family at BJ°¶s Brew House and saying, °•I will be riding the elliptical for 45 minutes when we get home°¶. I continued to train hard as I was getting ready for The Warrior Dash on May 2nd, this was a 2.x mile crazy race with 17 obstacles including, water, wind, mud, mud slide, lake, logs, hay stack, cargo net, fire, etc.
May 2nd, 2010 I ran my first race, EVER. The Warrior Dash was something I°¶d signed up for in February with a buddy from work. I ran the course in just over 35 minutes and finished in the top 1/3 for men my age! I was very proud of that. I took a few days off after the race, and then started right back at it with Insanity in the morning, elliptical in the evening. I rolled an ankle during the race and then reinjured that during an Insanity workout so I had to take three weeks off. However, the Dr. told me the elliptical was not causing more damage, so guess what, I got back on, morning and about every other evening. Not working nearly as hard at this point in the journey, however I was still in training for another race and I was determined to finish it!! You may have noticed that I mention the dreaded word, Dr. Yes I went for a full physical and I got a clean bill of health, everything was right inline with what it should be!
June 12th I ran/walked the Caveman Crawl. This was similar to the Warrior Dash with all the obstacles, only it was a full 3.2 miles long. I°¶ve really modified my nutrition and my fitness since that race. I have upped my calorie intake a lot, for me anyway. I°¶m taking in somewhere around 1400-1700 calories a day now and I°¶m full beyond what I think I should be. My ankles continue to give me issues so I°¶ve had to take a second break from Insanity. This is frustrating beyond belief, BUT, I got back on the elliptical for my morning workouts anyway! I have been running at least 3.5 miles every other day, Sun, Tue, Thurs & Sat for about three weeks. This is all on the treadmill in my garage. Strange that the elliptical and running don°¶t seem to bother my ankles nearly as much as the intensity of Insanity does. I°¶m training for a 5k on July 18th called Too Hot to Handle at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Tx. This will be my first straight up 5K and I°¶m excited about running that one.
So to recap what I°¶ve done very quickly: (tracking nutrition is a given)
Dec °V Jan = loads of water, lots of walking, every day
Feb = loads of water, lots of walking, added elliptical, every day
Mar °V Apr = loads of water, lots of elliptical added Insanity, every day
May = loads of water, lots of elliptical and Insanity, every day
June = loads of water, Insanity, elliptical, running, every day


  
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TODDJAMES 7/12/2010 12:38PM

    You go boy!!!

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DARINGR8LY 7/11/2010 9:57AM

    It's the insanity part that makes you different. LOL. Seriously amazing.

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SPARKLE1908 7/10/2010 11:34AM

    ....On to part 3!!!

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