ARRREAGLES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ARRREAGLES ARRREAGLES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The one with the trunk and the vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750444 Stand on the scale. Just like every morning (and night. Yes. Crazy). <BR> <BR> One Seventy-Eight. <BR> <BR> My low last summer, immediately after the spartan sprint was 173. It's not that. But it's below 180, my nemesis from the winter and spring. Add to that two things-- I am eating clean, natural and healthy and I'm working my way up in a 5x5 program lifting, adding more lean muscle to my frame this time. <BR> <BR> So. One Seventy-Eight. <BR> <BR> And as I stare down and smile, I reli... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:23:11 EST The one with the fashionista and the wedding advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730644 So I'm in the office of a coworker, and we're talking wedding dresses and diets. <BR> <BR> What is it with the wedding dress and diet correlation? I mean, there is this strange sense that the preparation for this fantastic and wonderful day is tied intimately to a desire to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I get it, really. Trust me. For the first time since I entered self-deprecating-humor-based-on-weight status in the nineties, I am wearing flat front pants. The kind that you don't wear when you'... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:13:11 EST The one where I get halfway back to last year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728999 So. It's like, you run and you work out and you eat better. And then you finish a crazy ass race like a spartan sprint, and you get a crazy medal, and you're super happy, but you take a few days off. <BR> <BR> and a few days turns into a few weeks. And then it's winter. Not just any winter, the kind where the snow keeps falling and the kids are off school for days and you really just want to eat that stick to your ribs sort of food. It's meat and potatoes, and hot cocoa after shoveling. The ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:40:36 EST the one where I forget that I haven't worked out in a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601704 You ever get that feeling like you're invincible? Or, that slight, gym-related amnesia that forgets how long it's been since you've really done this? Or that thing where you decide that you need to make up for lost time by, you know, just sort of doing it? <BR> <BR> Ouch. <BR> <BR> But, yay. I mean, yay? Wait, what? <BR> <BR> So, I'm dripping sweat and I feel this gnashing cramp in my left side and my right shoulder is fighting me and halfway through a straight leg dead lift with the kettl... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:35:02 EST The one where you resolution and struggle but get back on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600247 The gym is packed. <BR> <BR> "Damn resolutioners" I say, because that is what I say, but you know, I haven't been here in a while, at least not consistently. <BR> <BR> And I wait patiently for a treadmill and an elliptical and at the bench and at the dumbbells (because that is what I am, a dumbbell -- the kind that says "three hours at the gym today seems reasonable). <BR> <BR> And I still drink a couple beers that night at dinner, but I'm making slightly better choices and I'm starting t... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:41:29 EST The one where Rich lays the last few months down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565496 Suffice to say, I'm off the wagon and desperately trying to get back on. <BR> <BR> But you want more than that, I know. My apologies. Its just... sometimes once you fall down you forget how hard it is to get up. Funny, when I look at my kids learning to walk, I always thought it would be so much easier to just get up, to just walk. But, in reality, from down there, it's hard. It's daunting and scary. <BR> <BR> So, wait. Hold on. Let's go back. About eight pounds ago (in the right direction)... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:20:45 EST The one with a couple more spartan race photos... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500465 here are a few of the "official" shots of me suffering :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241360426.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l26324963.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044505988.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525854923.jpg"> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:08:20 EST The one where I become a Spartan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500447 I know, the ideal me would look like I was in the film 300. At least, part of me wishes that. Heaven forbid, however, I get that big and people start to think that they should use me to guard some mountain pass with my life. We all know how that ended in 371. Just don't attack my right with that many men. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, I signed up. I trained. I ate like a madman on Friday (because, well, 'Merica). <BR> <BR> So Saturday, I pull into the parking lot and put sign the form which prom... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:40:18 EST The one where I beat my five-kay goal (and photos!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480762 This weekend was the 28th anniversary Mushroom Festival in Kennet Square, PA. So I made a weekend of it. Friday night I rushed home to pack the kids up for the parade, watching fire engines and politicians walk the streets. I ate at a little streetside cade with the family and we planned the rest of the weekend out. It was just lovely. <BR> <BR> And walking out of the building, there was a few information booths for the festival itself. Listing of vendors and times for performers. The stree... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 15:46:53 EST The one where sweat, ew. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462883 8:05 PM. The sun going down on a small town in Pennsylvania. I'm feeling a little lethargic due to two days of non-ideal eating (pasta twice in a single day? Well, there was a pasta bar at work, what was I going to do, NOT eat the tortellini with alfredo sauce? At least I added loads of veggies to it). So I decided to wreck my workout. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Get your run on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1621714456.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once you get your shoes on. Once... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:57:24 EST The one where a decade ago returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458830 Friday. Somewhere beyond the hours of traffic on the garden state parkway (which incidentally, was more like a park-way than a high-way), I arrived at a quaint little hotel in middle of bustling Morristown, New Jersey to see a friend of mine from my Fraternity days married to the first girl he ever asked out 23 years ago, who, through the miracles of facebook and persistence finally said yes to a date all those years later and was fixin' to say yes on a permanent basis that evening. <BR> <BR... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:55:02 EST The one where I cry a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456251 I am either going to emotionally eat tonight or not eat at all. <BR> Currently, lunch has gone to the latter. <BR> <BR> My seven year old niece, I have just learned, is suffering late stage renal failure. My brother is currently inconsolable. He's lost in a world of dialysis and transplant options. He's not ready to talk to his large family about any of this. I don't blame him. <BR> <BR> My niece is a beautiful little girl, small and full of smiles. She is so very attached to her mother an... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:16:00 EST the one about the cape (with photos...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451627 Seven days, lots more eating than was entirely necessary, but it was too full of nostalgia and importance not to. <BR> <BR> Besides, I felt great. <BR> <BR> Flashback: Last year, July Fourth Week-- Outer Banks, North Carolina. I'm on the beach, mostly oblivious to the world, getting sunburnt at the chalet (calling it a beach house undermines the enormity of the place my father-in-law judged was appropriate for his family. The thing had a flipping elevator, so it was a chalet by the sea, da... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:39:44 EST The one where I shake-it like I just don't care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426167 Woke up this morning. Did my fifty pushups. Went to the scale as I do every morning. <BR> (I know, I know, don't weigh yourself every day. But I'm a Quantified self, for crying out loud. I measure stuff for the sake of measuring stuff. And more data is better than less data, and, well... just leave me alone. I like to do it) <BR> <BR> *blink blink* 175.6? *blink blink* <BR> <BR> In my fatty days, 175 was my GOAL weight. 175 was the weight that I said I'd go out and drop some ungodly amount ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:37:55 EST The one with the kids comments and my peepers getting weepy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424672 "Daddy. you're sweaty" my middle daughter says while giggling her little tushy off watching me do kettlebells in the basement. "You're all drippy and stuff" <BR> <BR> And I was. I mean, like, crazy drippy. Which makes me feel really, really good. (not so sexy, at least, not at the moment, but good). <BR> <BR> I've taken to doing my home workouts wearing nothing but athletic underpants. I wish they had superhero symbols on them. This is an idea that I should consider going into business for... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:10:58 EST The one where I find myself at a random birthday party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421208 I moved into my neighborhood in PA in March after changing jobs. It was a big move, from VA to PA, from the corporate consulting lifestyle to the corporate lifestyle, from suburban to rural. <BR> <BR> So, it's taken some adaptation. But I've used it as an excuse to really get my body back (and incidentally, that's working well) and change a lot about my life. We've signed up for a CSA, have been cooking new recipes daily, and really, just sort of kicking ass at life. <BR> <BR> [Note Bene-- ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:57:45 EST The one where I eat a steak and don't worry about it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419670 INDULGENCE. <BR> <BR> So today, I joyfully embark on an adventure where I will, without being angry at myself, eat what I want fully and completely without care or consideration. It is my planned day of indulgence, and I am joyfully and willfully and happily entering into the day with my fourth cup of coffee and the enjoyment of having played batman on the floor of the playroom with my three year old for the last hour. <BR> <BR> See, I sometimes do things that are fun and exciting and not ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:59:22 EST The one where the ninjas try to sabotage me but I survive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417167 So. I'm in training. <BR> (please, make it stop. I dislike training that feels too simple to be spending four full days on...) <BR> I'm convinced that they put me in training to dull my senses, so that they can sneak up on me and jab me in the heart with a giant stick of kielbasa or tie me up with Twizzlers and force feed me fatty disgusting foods. <BR> <BR> It's an ambush. I know it. <BR> <BR> And this training is about six sigma. and part of that is about quality. So my instructors have b... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:17:26 EST The one where I notice that I don't hate the way I look naked. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414063 Mornings. They suck. <BR> <BR> No matter how much I wake in the morning, my circadian rhythm is such that I want to be up when it is dark and cool and asleep when the sun is out. Mornings are not my friend. I have choice words for them. <BR> <BR> To wake myself up, every morning I slam down 50 pushups, laying on the floor of my closet before I move to the bathroom to shower and work through my morning routine. Today I pushed forty-two out before a break. I pushed the last eight out a few se... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:59:33 EST The one where I make a healthy barbeque to show my family how it's done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413373 Dilemma: Parents (sicilian) coming with brother (heavy duty athlete, can eat anything due to that) to have a barbeque at our house, all kids included <BR> <BR> Solution: Stick to diet, prove that you can eat your pants off with flavor and still keep it copacetic. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. <BR> <BR> So I looked at recipes-- and frankly looked to make it healthy, yummy, and not avoid dessert. So I found this lamb burger with light tzatziki sauce, and these really cool "new england turkey... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 15:33:01 EST The one where you fall off the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411195 July Fourth is a holiday that screams for falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I didn't disappoint the screamers. <BR> <BR> Although I kept it to only bouncing over my goal by three hundred calories, I feel disgusting this morning and if I go back and do the forensics on it all, I am guessing the excess sodium in my cousins famous simple sweedish meatballs would do the trick (who would have thought combining grape jelly and chipotle honey would make the perfect sauce). <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 06:34:05 EST the one about exercise and diet making a difference... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408525 I mentioned that I track everything, right? like more than is tracked here. I track what I read and my commute time -- a total quantified self. <BR> <BR> Well, in June, I did 1000 pushups. I also completed more than 1000 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> I also lost a lot of weight. Sitting now at 179, a weight I haven't seen since I graduated college. <BR> <BR> And I think it has to do with my intensity and my dedication to this whole exercise routine. And mixing it up. Kettlebells, elliptical, ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:56:52 EST Another first week feeling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399987 I get bored easily. It's a known fact. If you can keep me interested, I'll happily be loyal. But if I get too bored, I start crashing around looking for another shiny object. <BR> <BR> So I've decided this week to treat it like the first week of a new routine. I'll find things to do that are different and keep me interested so I can become more habitual in my work. I've done a lot of exercise in the last few weeks, been good at tracking my exercise and my activity and my food, and now am ram... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:31:37 EST Pounding the Kettlebell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398373 Let's talk about a heart-beating, badass workout. I cranked through my first kettlebell class at the gym this morning and my body is screaming out in all the right ways. <BR> <BR> AND THEN, I added it to sparkpeople and it said 1200 calories burned for an hour class. <BR> <BR> I didn't buy it, I mean, it can't possibly be, no matter how tired I was, it can't be a bigger than my runs sort of number like that, could it? Well, the researcher in me went and looked-- and all the research seems t... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:07:44 EST The Memory of a Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397263 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1904502282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is the anniversary of the death of my cousin, SFC Jared C. Monti. Jared was killed in combat in Afghanistan while going above and beyond the call of duty to never, ever leave a fallen soldier behind. He was 30 years old. His actions earned him a CMOH, the first to be given by President Obama, and the sixth for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. <BR> <BR> He was, without question, a great man. His soldiers loo... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:04:09 EST Keeping it interesting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396150 I'll admit it. I get bored easily. <BR> <BR> Life is so amazing and there are so many new and interesting things out there that I have a hard time keeping myself tied to one thing for too long. My workouts, and my activity in general is fraught on all sides with my attraction to the next shiny object and my personal sense of doing what's new and interesting. <BR> <BR> So workouts can sometimes be both tedious and completely and utterly draining. <BR> <BR> But recently, I've found a few thi... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:03:11 EST Piglet and Pooh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395062 I bumped into a blog that had an A. A. Milne quote at the top. I've always been a bit of a book guy, and children's books are no exception to this. It made me reflect again at how amazingly simple language can have such a profound impact. <BR> <BR> Which reminded me of this image which shares a sentiment that is quite powerful to me, and I hope to you too... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1387573155.jpg"> <BR> (it is reproduced a billion times on google-- eno... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:26:28 EST Waxing Philosophical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392193 Some days I wake up and my brain has been in operation at a meta-layer I'm not ready for. It turns on some sort of quote engine and the waves it sends me surfing are dense with thought and meaning. <BR> <BR> Why is it we spend so much time in a state of elated anticipation? Why is it we get disappointed when the moment isn't perfect as it was in our head when we could edit it endlessly to perfection? <BR> <BR> And then as these questions continue to push back and forth in my head I'm caught... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:16:45 EST Dedication Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388857 Yeah, intensity. Right? <BR> <BR> Well, as I continue to drive through this fitness thing with a vengeance, I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the barriers I see around me. It's little things that try my patience -- the dinner invitations where the ideal spot is a fancy place where three courses before dessert is normal, the "can we grab a danish and coffee and talk" requests, the drinks sent over to me at evening speaking events (thanks for the compliment, though, I'm going to assum... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:40:05 EST The plague of intensity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386693 Clarity seems to come in strange moments for me. Today it comes as I'm about to carve out an important meeting presentation -- craft it into something that not only conveys the right message in the exact way the audience can consume it with respect to tone and tenor, but is artful and beautiful and full of all the things that make what I do worthwhile. <BR> <BR> It is due tomorrow. I'm not hardly there. But the pressure is bringing out the best in me. <BR> <BR> And it dawns, because that i... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:01:35 EST On reading and weekends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383255 Reading is one of the things I most like to do. I've been actively (obsessively) tracking it in the same way that we track calories here at Sparkpeople. Like, seriously, I'm crazy. I take down the author and the title, the date I finish the book, the number of pages, the dewey decimal number, the original publication date and then I put it in this database I've created. Now I have this incredibly rich table of statistics around what I read (Malcom Gladwell and other economists might enjoy the... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:26:57 EST Wasting time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376699 My cousin's husband just completed a Tough Mudder. I have to admit, I'm not ready this year. I need to pull a team together for next year, and then I have to make it a reality to do this. I'm feeling very dedicated, but really, this is a day two-- when my resolve is highest. Ask me on Fathers day when I really crave a big old cheeseburger smothered with guacamole and I'm sure it will be a different story. <BR> <BR> But the reality is I waste time often. I'm a pretty good guy all things consi... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:47:41 EST On Vegetables and Beer and food as sustenance only http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373769 The CSA starts its outpouring of fresh organic vegetables next week, and an added strawberry festival tomorrow and I'm actively recovering from more than a week in China where my hosts fed me like keeping an obese american fat was their idea of fun. I can hardly speak to what I ate (and thus, did not log it), but I can recognize that it wasn't crisp vegetables and low calorie inputs (although, it's fair to point out, lack of dairy = no worries about food cooked in butter). <BR> <BR> I have, ... Fri, 31 May 2013 14:40:35 EST The barbecue dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039970 I have my side of the family coming over for a barbecue today. This means eating outside of my calorie goal, even if I try not to. One of the historical flaws of being from a large italian family is that we cookl a significant amount more than we need to as a matter of course when we're having people over. It's rude to run out of food, and we graze all day in the kitchen and out. My mother can turn any three ingredients into a meal in a matter of minutes, like a macguyver of the kitchen. I've... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 12:10:31 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036453 Yeah. It's been months. I can't help it. Some days I just have a hard time keeping up with the list of things to do that seems to grow ever longer. I don't sleep much, never have, but it's been getting excessive, which has led to quite a few "second dinners", but my eating vegetarian several days a week has continued to move along well. Even so, I need to post more and contribute more here to keep track. <BR> <BR> It's sometimes hard -- the foods that I eat are all on the road, traveling fro... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:45:35 EST The toughest diet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815238 So I'm a full time "on the road" guy. That means I get up monday morning and go to an airport. When I get to the airport, I officially "eat out" for at least three, and more often four days in a row before coming home on Wednesday or Thursday night. <BR> <BR> I avoid fast food to the extent possible (some days, Jimmy Johns or Subway are possible) and try to eat at whole foods at least once each week, but my schedule is not particularly friendly to eating habits. I often times work much later... 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