Monday, October 04, 2010
Barely over a month ago, I quit my second job and used the last paycheck to get the Wii Fit Balance Board. I was excited to try it out. One thing I heard about, was this game that looked like Super Mario Galaxy. Except, YOU are Mario and you have to run and jump past obstacles, pitfalls, and swinging objects. My kids were watching me when I first tried it. After stopping several times, getting out of breath, and being knocked off the edge, my character stood there looking sad and dejected. My kids got a good laugh at the character getting banged up and then asked me why he looked so sad at the end.
Fast forward to this morning. After a quick body check, I wanted to do a warm-up before getting ready for my walk to work. I tried the Mario experience. And guess what? For the first time since owning Wii Fit..I finished the race! Not only did I finish, but I finished without getting knocked off or falling. My character was cheering and I wasn’t out of breath. Maybe this exercise, eating right, and sleeping thing IS paying off. Maybe I have the secret to becoming my own version of Mario, or any other super hero you can think of.
What else has changed? Well, for those that have tried Coach Nicole’s Bootcamp Day 1 video, I can do it now. My first attempt was full of modified jumping jacks and having to run in place because I couldn’t do all the mountain climbers or bend-and-thrusts. Also, I can do stairs at work now. I used to be winded going up one flight. I used to take the elevator up two flights. This morning, I went up seven flights after my walk here. I’ve come a long way from the guy I used to be. Just a few months back, the only exercise I got was getting up from the couch to grab a beer in between Call of Duty matches.
Speaking of beer…. Not sure about the rest of you, but since using spark’s tracker, I have found that I am constantly needing to scramble to get those carbs in. Midday yesterday, I was well below in carbs, so I grabbed a beer out of the fridge. I haven’t done this in about a week or so. I thought, I’m doing good and I can afford this. However, it was a light beer and on the side it said, “low in carbs”. Too funny. Oh well, I enjoyed it anyhow.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
I got back from a nice little walk to the park with the kids. Little did they know, but I planned a nice long hill to the park. It was downhill there and uphill back. They had lots of fun. We even got some hide and seek in, so I was able to keep moving. This little trip netted me about 2500 steps. Not much of a calorie burn for me, but hey...we all got some exercise and then we all got a nice nap.
Yes, even I took a little nap. I got my 8 hours in last night, but I think my body was wiped from my run this morning. It was so freakin' cold out this morning and all my windows were open in the living room. I got up and took a nice long warm up before the run. A few Wii Fit games (that flying like a chicken one is a great warm up) and some jumping jacks and some stretching and off I went. I started slow and ended fast. Overall, it was my fastest time of recent, so no wonder my body was tired.
As for the whole undies title, it has to do with me making diner. I found this great recipe on sparkrecipes and could barely make it. Why? Because my pants kept falling down! This is one of those blessings of weight loss. I had my belt on the last hole. So while I'm waiting to punch another hole in my belt, I'm sitting here on a medicine ball, typing this on a computer, in my undies. Sorry for the visual, but hey, dinner has to be made and I can't do it with my pants around my ankles!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Not sure why I did it, but I did. Too late to turn back now. Not only did I eat healthy all day yesterday, but I think I did a good job keeping my kids on track too. Mixing it up with veggies, fruits, fiber, carbs, protein, water, water, and more water. We were at the grocery and for a little treat, I thought ice cream cones would do the trick. I looked at the side and it looked like a reasonable and manageable amount of calories, etc.
However, I didn't account for there being 3 extra cones in the box of 6. And three extra cones isn't as manageable as one. Once I turned the ice cream monster on, there was no stopping him. How many have ever had this thought: if I just get rid of them now, there will be no more temptation tomorrow. So, slapping my head with my hand now, off I went. First one more, then two more.
Here is the punchline though. I needed something to watch while I scarfed that third and last piece of evil temptation. What show haven't I caught up on? Why, it was the biggest loser. Then they started talking about how overweight America is. Then they talked about all the diseases and bad things being overweight brings about. Needless to say, I didn't feel like eating that last and final cone.
I'm still not too concerned. Why? Because I realize this is my life. There are certain things I'm going to eat. And, you know what else? I inched down a little bit on the Wii Fit this morning. Yeah, my BMI is dropping and I'm burned calories like a fool. So what, I mess up sometimes. I'm not perfect. I feel like inserting a big Pfftt here. Not sure why, but I just felt like it.
So today I'm still feeling great. Woke up, just like I have been for the last 15 days and cranking out the exercise. Tomorrow I'm still planning on running. And you know what else? That last ice cream cone is still sitting in my freezer today. Oh, and I'm celebrating because I ate healthy food at the movie theater.
Until next time...happy sparking!
Friday, October 01, 2010
It is always nice to get out and exercise when you feel that Fall chill in the air. When you feel that gentle breeze against your body and you can just feel good things in the air. Today was not one of those days. Today I was all pumped up to get a run in. I warmed up, did some jumping jacks, some light stretching, and the out the door. And bam! It was so windy. Felt like a hurricane. The local news is saying up to 50 mph winds. I even ran by them on the boardwalk. Here’s a picture from the news of the spot I ran past:
The wind was strong enough to cause the waves to crash against the boardwalk and spray water all over me. As I was running, I got a nice taste of salt water. Not quite what I was expecting when I left the house. I could hardly keep a straight line. Some moments felt like I was running underwater, due to the strong winds. It was hard to keep a steady pace and rhythm for my breathing. There were times I had to slow down and catch my breath before going again. And then there was the sand. The wind was whipping me with the sand. The one nice thing was when I ran home, the wind was at my back. It felt like it was pushing me faster.
When I got home, I was covered in sweat, salt water, and sand. But, I felt good. It was actually my fastest time to run that distance, in recent history. I haven’t run 3 miles that fast for years. Keep in mind, some of it I had to slow down and even walk, but it is still the fastest time of recent. After talking to some people, I’m cutting my running to every other day. Trying to keep the pressure of my knees and do other cardio on non-running days.
In other news, I paid my $15 to run in my work’s 5K on November 11. It is too late to turn back now. The hardest question on the form was: am I RUNNING the 5k or WALKING the 2 miles? I selected RUNNING. OK, fingers crossed. Let’s do this!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
OK, before I get you going, that title was kind of misleading. I'm actually going to talk about trash later on.
But first, a little update on my sleep test. Because I walked into my doctor's office (just over a month ago) being overweight and saying I snore, he was concerned I might have sleep apnea. Oh, that and my EKG was a little off.
Fast forward to last night. There I was, all hooked up to over 20 wires. There was a camera and speaker watching my every move. Each wire did something different. One measured my brain waves, another my eye movement, another my muscle tension, another my oxygen levels, etc. Here is a picture of all the wires I was plugged into:
The hardest part was me not falling asleep. Thanks to spark, I've been trying to get my body on a regular bed schedule. There I was, reading The Spark, and trying to stay awake until their computer was ready to measure me. A wire popped off in the middle of the night and they had to come in and fix it. Otherwise, nothing to eventful.
I woke up naturally at the time I've been waking up to almost every morning. It felt good. They said they didn't see any signs of apnea and that my heart beat on a regular basis. They said yes, I did snore, but not so much on my side. It could be weight or age. Thankfully there are some good articles here on spark that help with that.
As for the trash talk, today I took the day off and went to the trash museum with the kids. It was actually a little museum next to a recycling plant. It was neat seeing the trucks dumping off all the recycling from the nearby towns. Our trash day was today, so who knows, maybe our stuff was in there.
I have a picture of me standing next to a trashasorous. Basically, it is a dinasour made out of trash. It weighs about 2,000 pounds, which is about the average amount of trash we throw out each year. The picture shows me with a 30 pound loss and pointing to an Elmo head on the bottom of his belly.
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