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Turning It Up A Notch..

Friday, June 10, 2011



I sat down and began to start calculating my weekends and figuring out how many opportunities i have to do long runs for my Marathon training. By long runs, i mean runs where some recovery and time to do it is needed. For me, that is anything over 15 miles. I figured out that I have approximately 9 opportunities to really push out a long distance. I do these on my long weekends simply because it is pretty tough when you are on a rotating shift to work, then go and run for 4 hours, especially when there are 12 hr shifts involved.

I am confident I can do this in spite of the disadvantage. I already did 20 miles although I had to really dig deep to make it happen.

I have determined I am going to make my fitness opportunities happen where i find them.

For the last few days, I have been getting up earlier and putting in 25 min before work. it doesnt sound like much but being a shift worker, i have a tendency to cling to sleep until the very last second then race to work like Dagwood Bumstead.

Starting 3 days ago, i managed to get up early enough to get in some short but intense workouts. First day i jumped rope then ran a mile as fast as my chubby legs could go. This morning I jumped rope then transitioned to different Kettlebell workouts in 1.5 minute intervals. I bought this really cool, inexpensive kitchen timer at Wal Mart that totally works for intervals and is simple to use.



In short, it made a huge difference in my morning, my energy levels and overall fitness. This is a routine that is going to stay.

Another big advance for me is working out when I rotate to night shift. I have been deathly afraid of stepping out and doing something that might mess up my sleep time when I am on nights. My job is as such that any mistake could be fatal, high voltage is not forgiving. i worked up my courage and went for a run right when i got home and slept pretty good. It has taken me almost 3 years to work up that level of courage. I did it once when I first started and totally messed up my rest time and paid dearly for it and vowed I would never do it again...until 2 weeks ago.

I call that progress in my book.

After my morning workout and work, i came home today and couldnt make up my mind if I was going to cycle or run so i decided to do my own un-official duathalon. I set my stuff up for transition in my driveway and took off. After burning through 10 miles on the bike, i had a less than smooth transition to a 5K run. That took far more than I thought it would. I struggled the first 3/4 mile then felt myself coming back from the ache of the ride and proceeded to really pick up the 5K pace. I felt great, empowered, athletic and totally hooked.

I am hoping that by squeezing as much fitness in where I can get it and by mixing it up, i can really start the weight loss again. The great part is that I have total focus and determination which is something I havent had for a little while. I think something good is happening. When I was having the weight practically fall off, i seemed to be able to know when there was going to be a loss before it would happen. It is almost like i had this mind-body connection and could somehow sense when something really positive was going to happen before it materialized.

It has been a while since I have had that sort of sense come to me, until lately. i sense that if I keep this up, something big and great is going to happen. that really makes me want to push, reach, and make it happen.

i feel powerful from the inside out.
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ALLISONSATTIC 6/13/2011 1:47PM

    Great plan...it's amazing how just a little exercise at different times of day can make a difference..And mixing up what you do can help your metabolism burn better too!!

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EDWINA172 6/13/2011 11:56AM

    Awesome plan! I am proud of you.

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COOKWITHME65 6/13/2011 10:48AM

    Such a motivating blog. You inspire me!

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REEKU731 6/13/2011 10:35AM

    You are doing a fabulous job honey!! Keep up the great work!!! You are a total rockstar - keep pushing yourself to do all those things you never thought you could!!!

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BECKY3774 6/13/2011 8:12AM

    You can do It!!! emoticon

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MDBUTTERFLY 6/12/2011 7:14PM

    Again...youre AWESOME!!!
Love the pic by the way =)

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CMHARRISON12 6/11/2011 7:58PM

    Robert, you are so inspiring! I think I'll try out your jumprope/kettlebell plan!! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 6/11/2011 4:54PM

    Sounds like you are quite determined to complete your upcoming marathon. If you can work around your crazy schedule and get in those long runs you should do just fine.
Best of luck to you and thanks for being such a great example for the rest of us.
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NATESTAXIMOM 6/11/2011 3:12PM

  I just joined SparkPeople a few days ago. I have been reviewing some success stories to give me motivation and courage that it IS possible to lose 100+ pounds. I have been on many fad diets that just wasted my time and money.

I am so glad I found your blog and video today through my journey on Sparkpeople. What an inspiration you are to me and I see to many others. Keep up the wonderful work.

Thank You

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CAMROLA 6/11/2011 12:35PM

    You continue to inspire and teach me -- thank you for sharing your experiences with the rest of us, and keep it up!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/11/2011 9:19AM

    focus + determination = success

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MIZZSB 6/11/2011 1:52AM

    With you determination you will make it! And the weightloss will come again..

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PIXIEMOM13 6/11/2011 12:12AM

    You truly inspire me in more ways than I can begin to say. I think its awesome that you are finding and making time to fit fitness in!

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KAMAPERRY 6/10/2011 11:14PM

    Woo hoo!!!! Again I say YOU ARE THE MAN!!!! Don't you love feeling so empowered?

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LOGOULD 6/10/2011 10:47PM

    WOW! emoticon ....the way that you find time to get fitness in when ever you can fit it is an inspiration and very encouraging to me. Still working on getting that through my thick skull.

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DRB13_1 6/10/2011 10:44PM

    This blog reminds me how much of an athlete you are! Brick workouts are their own challenge, and you are doing everything to keep your healthy habits intact, and that leads to real results. Keep working from the inside out! So proud of you. Need to follow your example...

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IMIN2GENES 6/10/2011 10:33PM

    Awesome blog Robert! It's so good to hear you so positive. It sounds like you've got a well thought out plan that is really working for you. Keep up the great work!
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UMUCGRAD 6/10/2011 10:30PM

    You ARE powerful from the inside out! And, motivating to the rest of us, as well. Keep it up!

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SOCKITTOME 6/10/2011 10:27PM

    You are doing awesome! Shaking up the routine is a good thing to do. Just make sure you get enough rest. Working shifts is hard, and you need to take extra care of yourself. The extra exercise will hopefully help you sleep better, as much as you can with rotating shifts anyway.

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FUZZYMOTO 6/10/2011 9:16PM

    Wow great work on pushing and figuring out how to do it. If my schedule ever calms down I think I will have to reread this blog to inspire me to get a routine like this in place. Keep it up, I believe that you are really making a conection with your body and there is nothing wrong with that, just every thing right. emoticon

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 6/10/2011 9:16PM

    Congrats on your willingness to try new things, and I'm so very happy they are working for you. I'm sure you will keep rested too, right? You are such an inspiration to me. I thoroughly enjoy reading about your ideas, struggles, successes and determination. All the best to you Robert!

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WANNABFIT34 6/10/2011 8:51PM

    I hear ya with the shift work, it is so hard because you don't know if a workout will wake you up or put you to sleep! Rock it out you are going to do great at the marathon!

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