BRIANGGILBERT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BRIANGGILBERT BRIANGGILBERT'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/ Setting Big Hairy Audacious Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140597 I finished my final race for 2012, and I ran my first half marathon on my 40th birthday, and lost 40 pounds in the process. It all started with a big, absurd goal, like a lot of success stories do... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:02:43 EST First Triathlon Recap - I lived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085024 Aside from some issues in the swim portion of the race (nearly drowning - not quite!), it was a great day. <BR> <BR> Next race - 10/14 in Cape Henlopen, DE Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:30:08 EST Did my own "pretend triathlon" - here's how I did... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037171 This week I did a dry run of my first two races - 1/4 mi swim, 15 mile bike, 3 mile run. Here's how I did... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:37:59 EST About a month until my first triathlon - Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027623 Just a quick video on my progress. I've got about a month until my first tri. <BR> <BR> Ran a 5K last night and learned a valuable lesson about running the race YOU want to run. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:40:54 EST Can you believe, I'm a training TRIATHLETE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999434 Yeah, neither can I.... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:22:45 EST Battling the Springtime Cold/Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796308 I seem to be on the better side of it now, but the past week has been a big blur... <BR> <BR> I spent most of the past two weekends actually IN BED. It's been that bad, where the fatigue and coughing.snotty nights mean little sleep. <BR> <BR> I seem to be rallying - so I'm hoping to be back to normal form shortly. going to recommit to the food tracker. I am contemplating going back on the Slow Carb Diet once I complete the Broad Street Run 10 miler in early May. <BR> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:48:51 EST Back on the grid - finally... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785200 Not a fan of excuses, but I happen to have a couple, so try to keep the snickering and giggling to a minimum... <BR> <BR> (1) Business Travel - March has been surprisingly tame in terms of travel, but April will get crazy again. Lots of speaking gigs and shows to attend for my company. <BR> <BR> (2) Kitchen renovation - we are nearing completion of the kitchen project, and while it has given us the kitchen of our dreams, it has thrown an incredible monkey-wrench into meal planning. Lots o... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:45:02 EST Back on the grid - finally... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785199 Not a fan of excuses, but I happen to have a couple, so try to keep the snickering and giggling to a minimum... <BR> <BR> (1) Business Travel - March has been surprisingly tame in terms of travel, but April will get crazy again. Lots of speaking gigs and shows to attend for my company. <BR> <BR> (2) Kitchen renovation - we are nearing completion of the kitchen project, and while it has given us the kitchen of our dreams, it has thrown an incredible monkey-wrench into meal planning. Lots o... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:45:01 EST Any tips for eating right while travelling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702827 Good progress to report. I have a couple of issues to contend with over the next 30 days or so, and I'm wondering if you can suggest some tips... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:17:49 EST Making my way down the road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699333 Aside from a difficult day in the gym yesterday, this has been a very positive month for me. My body fat continues to fall away, and I now see more definition in my torso than I can remember. <BR> <BR> My upper body - especially my shoulders and upper chest - is coming along well, but I'm still a little loose in the lower belly. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went sledding in the AM with my daughter. It wasn't very physically challenging. I was on my feet for a good portion of the day, and I... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:45:47 EST Mid January Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686654 I am also blogging over at http://personalreboot.wordpress.com/ but I'll continue to update here as well... <BR> <BR> My bodyweight is still holding fast at 230, but I'm getting leaner, stronger, and have more endurance than the fall. I have come to the following conclusions: <BR> <BR> <BR> - Despite how closely I try to monitor portions, I am afraid that I am eating many more calories than the tracker is telling me. <BR> <BR> - My Invisalign trays (retainers) are good for keeping the sn... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:41:08 EST Back to (relatively) normal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659034 Back into the swing of things post-holidays. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:19:50 EST Happy Holidays - Update, not running for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631185 Just a quick update. I think my lower legs are suffering a bit, so I'm shutting down the road running for a month. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:53:07 EST First 5K - Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622375 I finished strong, and managed to keep the whimpering and throwing up to a minimum. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:03:29 EST My Review of "The 4-Hour Body" by Tim Ferriss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612966 As Tim Ferriss's book handles diet completely differently (not calories in/calories out, but on mitigating blood glucose spiking via diet and activity), this book might represent a departure for most of you in SparkLand... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 09:22:41 EST 1 week from my first 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611536 Well, not a lot of time today so I figured I'd just throw up an old fashioned blog post :-) <BR> <BR> We hosted a birthday party for my (newly turned) 6 year old daughter. After sifting through the rubble after the 15 little girls left, I somehow still found the energy and motivation to hit the gym and run a 5K on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> My goal initially was to run consistently through the race (no walking) and try to stay around 32 minutes for the whole thing. I felt like it was both r... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 08:39:43 EST Wow - I'm sore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607666 Lower body felt like it went through a wood-chipper this week. Better today. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 12:07:10 EST Back from the Post-Thanksgiving Hangover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602644 Not really in the alcohol sense though. <BR> <BR> Worked out quite a bit over the break - but undermined it via diet. also battling through some lower leg running-related stress (shins and Achilles), but using massage, ultrasound, ice, and compression socks to work through it. <BR> <BR> 13 days to the first 5K. Hoping I can break 30 minutes. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:03:46 EST SparkPeople Video Blog 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585076 First Video Blog entry. Re-tuning my approach and going back to tracking calories in/out via the tracker. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:26:13 EST Back on the Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4204327 I took most of last week to do a "pause/reset" for the plan, and to take the time to battle a pretty nasty cold. It's still hanging on and I have a pretty nagging cough/nasal thing going on, but it has lessened a little. Unfortunately it's affecting my breathing a bit (deep breaths cause coughing fits), but I think it's behind me now. <BR> <BR> My diet over the past week has really been a "no denial" diet - mainly NOT denying myself anything I wanted, but in some form of moderation. Techn... Mon, 2 May 2011 10:18:48 EST Losing the Spark, but it's not a bad thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157736 Let me explain... <BR> <BR> My adoption of the 4-Hour Body (4HB) system is exciting, and has actually diminished my need for SparkPeople... <BR> <BR> Let me explain: <BR> <BR> One of the big BIG benefits to the SparkPeople site is the ability to track caloric intake, as well as track calories burned. You can't argue against the fact that there is a huge emphasis placed on those activities on this network. <BR> <BR> Since 4HB really doesn't require you to count calories eaten or burned, m... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:00:31 EST Keeping it going - down about 14 pounds at this point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4130849 Despite an 8-day cruise (on which Ruth and I managed to work out everyday and avoid ridiculous overeating) and a little battle with seasonal allergies/sinusitis, I'm creeping up to the halfway point of my 40 pound weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of things are REALLY working well for me. In no particular order: <BR> <BR> - Support <BR> I've pretty much thrown it out there to the people I talk to what I'm up to, and everyone (family, friends, coworkers) have been incredibly sup... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 06:26:43 EST First Week Back From the Cruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102407 This was the first cruise vacation my wife and I have taken. Technically its my 2nd, but I don't count the Disney "Big Red Boat" when I was little. <BR> <BR> Since we were roaming Internationally, I wanted to avoid big $$ so I turned off the data on my DroidX. My new Polar Heartrate actually saves data from each workout, so I entered those stats into the log when I returned. <BR> <BR> I did manage to keep the eating under control - I kept to regular eating patterns and tried to be as cons... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 07:03:12 EST Cruise Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4057063 As I get ready to head out on a cruise with my wife, I find my thoughts turning to "How can I keep this going on the boat?" A quick look at the boat's website and some vids on YouTube show a pretty advanced fitness center - much more than I'm accustomed to seeing on vacation at some of the All-Inclusives I've visited. <BR> <BR> The goals for the cruise will be: <BR> - Work out every day <BR> - Stay busy and active <BR> - Adhere to the eating habits I've formed <BR> -1-2 drinks per day ma... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:43:34 EST Still Plugging Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4034463 Now about two weeks into the quest, and I'm down about 7lbs or so. My raw body weight continues to fluctuate day-to-day, depending on meals and such, but I know the zig-zagging trend on a line graphy would at least be a downward "zig-zag". <BR> <BR> I feel good. Energy levels are up and enthusiasm is high. Having a little trouble on some days actually getting to my calorie goal. The meal plan has me in about 1900 calories per day, and I really don't mind if I'm a little shy of 1,800. I'... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:32:11 EST Getting It Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4016093 I'm a big believer in the power of social media. It's my "day-job" after all. <BR> <BR> I read a blog post on a great site - Lifehacker.com - all about personal productivity and improvement. It talked about the use of a mild degree of public humiliation as a motivating factor for weight loss and fitness. <BR> <BR> I put it out there to my friends on Facebook (but not Twitter and LinkedIn as those I use 100% for business) - I'm out to lose 40 lbs by Labor Day. If I meet that goal, I will ... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 08:41:38 EST