IDUBRAWSKY's SparkPeople Blog IDUBRAWSKY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goal #1 Achieved Well - after a long time struggling I've finally achieved the first goal weight I'm striving for. Yeah - I got close a couple of years ago (about 165.6 or so) but I never quite achieved this specific weight. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And even after I brought myself down to around 165 a couple of years ago I bounced back and then hovered around somewhere between 172 and 181 (I hit that around October 201... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:22:02 EST Slowly recovering Slowly but surely my muscle pull in the back is healing. I have been able to get back into the gym on Sunday and yesterday (chest/tricep workout on Sunday and back/bicep workout on Monday). I've also been walking 6 miles (roughly per day) and there's no more pain when I walk. It's still tight (and I *REALLY* need to stretch out more) but it's getting there. I may swim later today (originally I was planning on doing a leg workout at the gym) or go for a bike ride but the family wants to go... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:12:31 EST Small bump in the road I went to the gym last Friday afternoon since I got off work early and had finished cooking and getting everything ready for Shabbat. So, I treated myself to a workout at Anytime Fitness (the JCC would have taken too long to get there and get back in time). I put together a new back/bicep routine and was doing two-arm upright barbell rows when I managed to pull a muscle in the lower left side of my back. Not too bad - finished my workout and came home. Felt it yesterday (ok, my dress shoe... Sun, 28 May 2017 15:54:54 EST Frustrated Stepped on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in. I had expected to either stay at the previous weight from last week (173.4) or gone down a little. I went UP! 177.4! I don't understand how either. I worked out at the gym 4 times this week (I still need to go today), I track my food meticulously and made sure to stay under my calorie count, I've been especially careful not to eat carbs - I just don't understand it. <BR> <BR> How do I gain 4 lbs ? I know that muscle weighs mor... Fri, 26 May 2017 06:03:04 EST Slowly Getting Back I'm still not running yet - I want to give my hamstring as much time to heal as possible. But I've been focusing on other workouts. I've got a 6-day weight routine (3 days on/1 day off - but cycling with different exercises so that it doesn't get stale), swimming and now riding. <BR> <BR> I used to bike race and took my old racing bike (and I mean old - 7 speed freewheel, cro-moly tubing, 28-spoke wheels) to Silver Cycles to have them do a spring tune-up. Went out for my first ride sinc... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:19:04 EST Another Injury Seems like I've been struggling the past few years with pervasive injuries. In 2015 it was my right calf. Last year I was lucky - I wasn't injured. This year - it's my right hamstring. I have NO idea how I injured it. I was in Chandler Arizona for a business meeting and went for an easy run (about 4 miles). Chandler is flat...and I mean FLAT. The route I took was the same one I did the day before and had no problems. This time, however, I got to the 3.5 mile mark and felt the muscle p... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:03:43 EST Countdown to a half-marathon I'm under 2 weeks away from the Runner's World Half-Marathon on October 20th and my training has been pretty good. I had a bit of an interruption because I caught the flu in late August and then developed sinusitis on top of that (note to self: don't try to keep training when you're running a fever...not the smartest move - felt even worse). Anyway, I'm not at the level I want to be for this half-marathon but I'm determined to do it - I'll just take it easier than I originally planned. <BR>... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:06:11 EST Hmmm... After taking time off to allow my left ankle to heal from WHATEVER it was that was bothering it (after numerous trips to the orthopedist, x-rays, MRI and blood work - the doctor was unable to pinpoint the source of the problem) I've finally gotten back to running. My Fitbit replacement came last week (the first one died just five weeks after I got it and Fitbit replaced it under warranty!) and I've been ramping up my mileage - slowly and carefully. However, even watching what I eat (careful... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:48:14 EST Closing in on my primary goal I am now 1.8 lbs from my primary weight loss goal. This feels fantastic as I haven't been this light since I was in college and I was bike racing. I feel great and am getting more charged than ever to push on towards a secondary goal I set for myself (which is only 2.8 lbs away) which would be my dropping 40 lbs since I started on this journey back in February of 2012. I am also working very hard to prepare for the Marine Corps Historic Half-Marathon in May and I'm planning on having my da... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:02:29 EST Update on my foot So it turns out that the pain completely subsided before I even got to see the podiatrist (go figure!). No idea what the cause was - potentially an injury to the fat pad over the calcaneous bone of the left foot or a pulled tendon from when I did my leg workout two weeks ago. I ran 3.5 miles on Tuesday without a problem and 4.5 miles this morning - also without a problem. What I have realized is the need to focus some stretching on the tendons and muscles in the foot. Looks like I will ad... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:34:18 EST Another Year - Another Injury This year started off right - and wrong. I started at 173 lbs and set myself a goal for dropping down to 165 (and the eventual hope of reaching 154). I was going to the gym in the mornings - running three times a week in the afternoons (regardless of weather) and walking the dog 3 miles daily. I ran a GREAT run last Tuesday - I went for a short run (I'm prepping for a Half-Marathon in May) and did about 3.5 miles at 8 min/mile (I'm 44, weight 172 lbs and my normal mile time is 8:45 - 9:00... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:41:39 EST July Update it's been quite a while since I blogged on this site. Since my last post I've lost another 6.2 lbs and I'm currently sitting at 176 lbs. My goal is still 163 by the end of September and 155 by the end of October. My current BMI is 25.3 (although I don't put a lot of stock in the BMI calculation). What's even better is that my blood pressure which, back in February when I started, was 125/79 (which classified me as "pre-hypertensive") is now down to 109/74. <BR> <BR> My knee is ge... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:55:50 EST Lightest I've been in years! This morning, I woke up and did the usual weigh-in. I'm very pleased to say that I'm down another 2 lbs to 182.6 lbs - the lightest I've been since before I got married over 15 years ago! It's been a tough few months (3 months later and 21 lbs lighter) but I'm feeling great! Yesterday I went for an 8 1/2 mile hike on the Northwest Branch Trail/Rachel Carson Trail and loved it. I'm really looking forward to this week and getting even more into the swing of working out and starting back to ... Sun, 20 May 2012 10:51:10 EST Almost Half of the Way There I weighed myself yesterday morning - usual routine, wake up really early, get on the scale, see where I am. I'm very happy to report that I lost another 2 lbs last week! I'm down to 184.6. I started in mid-February around 204 lbs - so I'm down about 20 lbs (just a little less). I still haven't started running again but I have FINALLY put together a schedule I can stick with as well as a training routine I can follow more effectively. I still wake up around 4AM and get to the gym at 5 (th... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:16:05 EST Cleared to Run and Other Good News So, this past Friday I went to see the Orthopedist with the MRI scans of my left knee. The doctor looked over the images with me and said that he doesn't see a stress fracture or a torn meniscus (although he noted that the radiologist did note something "suspicious" but wasn't convinced that it's a torn meniscus and the orthopedist said that he didn't see what the radiologist was talking about). Anyway, the upshot is I can go back to running - with three caveats: back off on the mileage, st... Sun, 6 May 2012 20:31:08 EST Another setback About three weeks ago I was doing really good. I was down to 188.4 lbs and my mileage on my running was up to about 22 - 23 miles. I was feeling great and headed to doing the Takoma Park 5k on May 6th and then the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon on May 20th. Then I got sick the first week of April and my left knee started bothering me. After I got better from being sick I tried to get back on track with my running but my knee kept bothering me. I backed off on my mileage but there wa... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:38:34 EST Still Recovering Well, Passover may be over but I'm still recovering from being sick the week before Passover and from injuring my left knee. I don't think it's a bad case of runner's knee but it does require some more time to recover. I walked the dog 3 1/2 miles this morning and later took the girls for a bike ride down the street (up and down multiple times so that they can get better riding their bikes). After that I went for a 6 mile run. I guess I wasn't prepared for several things: the warmer tempe... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:05:16 EST Finally back... After being sick all last week with a horrible cold or flu I've finally been able to get to the point that I can get back on track. I took a long afternoon hike with the dog yesterday on the Northwest Branch Trail and this morning I went for the usual 3 1/2 mile walk with the dog in the morning. On top of that I'm going to go for an easy 3 mile run later today and see how my left knee is doing. I've given myself about a week of taking it easy (both because of the knee as well as for being ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 08:23:53 EST Broke 190! It's been a long time since I've been below 190 and this morning it has finally happened! I woke up this morning and went to the bathroom to weigh myself. I've normally been very good about this since I started to work out and track my weight. However, 2 weeks ago I had gone up a pound (from 193.4 to 194.4) and then I had a couple of business trips so I was a bit discouraged. Even though I was still working out I was afraid that I had gained weight rather than lost. <BR> <BR> I stepped o... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 07:27:51 EST The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men... Well...the trip to France this week resulted in my not running since last Thursday. Bummer...a real bummer. I had intended to run about 3 miles on Monday after I arrived in Macon but the weather was nasty and I didn't have the right clothes to make it bearable. Ok, I said to myself, run tomorrow! Well...after a full day of meetings (I did walk to and from the office which as about 2.5km from my hotel) I just didn't feel like it. Similarly on Wednesday. The return train to Paris/CDG got ... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:42:31 EST Travel Travel takes the most out of my workout schedule. When I have to travel overseas I have to take into account the fact that I need to adjust my workout schedule - sometimes substantially to accommodate the additional interference in my routine. For example, when I go to France for business I may not be able to get my long run in on Sunday. To adjust for that I try and run a shorter run when I arrive in France (it also helps to recover from the jet lag) and then pick up my schedule where I ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 06:55:29 EST What a difference a year makes I've had some success and some failures over the past year. I fell off the fitness wagon towards the end of the year - not because of the holidays but more from overwork, stress, and just general exhaustion. I made some changes and I picked myself up and got back into the swing of things. I have been more devoted to my running than I was at this time last year - I finally realized that you can't hide inside on the treadmill and wait for perfect conditions before you run outside - you'll ne... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:46:00 EST Running, P90X, and more I finally broke down this week and and bought myself a Polar Heart monitor - the one that works with CardioTrainer on Android. All I can say is - I love it. This thing is so awesome. I have more information about my workouts now than I ever had before. I went out for a quick, easy run with my two daughters - and it was great. I can't wait for the arm band to arrive next week so I won't have to hold the phone while I run (and I can play tunes on it as well if I want). <BR> <BR> Now, P90X... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:09:44 EST