MACSMOOTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MACSMOOTH MACSMOOTH'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/ Gentlemen, We Can Rebuild Him... (Day #1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595876 Well, it's been a while. A very long while. In fact, this is my first time logging into SparkPeople in 6 months (183 days according to the website). It's been an interesting past 6 months to say the least, I had some great times and not so great times. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l6104420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So the biggest development and the primary reason for my disappearance was that I lost my job. As some of you knew, I was a government contractor. Well, my... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:57:55 EST Week #13 Review and Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426340 Wednesday morning (7/17/13) was my 13th weigh-in. This week was about getting back on track after my vacation last week, where I gained .5 pounds. The challenge this week was getting in exercise since the ridiculously high temperatures hampered most of my outside walking. <BR> <BR> Well I'm happy to report that when I stepped on the scale it was down 1.5 pounds. So I'm down from 277.5 pounds to 276 (16 pounds from when I started). My average weight loss per week is now 1.23 pounds per week. ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:59:15 EST Day #91 - Heatwave Continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426239 Tuesday, Day #91, 7/16/13 was another blazing hot day. I am definitely not enjoying this heat. It's making it very difficult to get any exercise in during the day. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Tuesday (7/16/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l48064738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1.6 miles of walking <BR> <BR> 65 minutes on the elliptical trainer <BR> 15 minutes of weight training (legs) - the picture above is the view from the linear leg press machine <BR... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:39:05 EST Day #90 - Heatwave... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424351 Monday, Day #90, 7/15/13 was hot! According to the weather forecast, this will be the hottest week so far this year. Temperatures will be in the mid and upper 90s all week and the heat index will make it feel like it's 100 - 105 degrees.. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Monday (7/15/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l450834383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1.6 miles of walking <BR> <BR> 60 minutes of Spinning <BR> <BR> So because of the heat, the only walking ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:24:22 EST Day #89 - Rest, BBQ and Sweet Frog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423876 Sunday, Day #89, 7/14/13 was a nice rest day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1322974886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday was good. Started off with church which was cool because we had our annual Youth Service. After that, my wife and I went out with Jason and his girlfriend to lunch (the same couple I mentioned in my Day #82 blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421692 </link> ). We went to this local BBQ spot which was abs... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:13:21 EST Day #88 - And The Productivity Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423178 Saturday, Day #88, 7/13/13 was great! I had an extremely productive day. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Saturday (7/13/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990040885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 65 minutes on the elliptical trainer <BR> 30 minutes of weight training (back, biceps) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2103535105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I was pretty happy with my day on Saturday. The Youth Department at my church was suppos... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:55:17 EST Day #87 - Rained Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423145 Friday, Day #87, 7/12/13 was ok. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Friday (7/12/13): <BR> <BR> 3.6 miles of walking <BR> <BR> I wanted to go for a nice lunch walk, but from mid-morning until the late afternoon it was pouring rain. I don't mind walking in the rain, but when the wind blows the rain sideways and your umbrella is useless, I tend to stay inside. On the bright side, I had a very productive day at work and finally cleared my desk. I love working from a clear uncluttered ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:22:19 EST Day #86 - Back to LA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423134 Thursday, Day #86, 7/11/13 was cool. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Thursday (7/11/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149317213.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 65 minutes on the elliptical trainer <BR> 30 minutes of weight training (chest, abs, triceps) <BR> <BR> So Thursday was my first day back to LA Fitness in a week and a half and it felt good to be back. As I mentioned in my blogs from last week, I didn't have access to a gym facility while I was on vacatio... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:12:29 EST Day #85 - Not Much Going On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423118 Wednesday, Day #85, 7/10/13 was pretty uneventful. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Wednesday (7/10/13): <BR> <BR> 3.7 miles of walking <BR> <BR> I had a really busy day at work, so I couldn't do a long lunch walk. Plus I'm still breaking in my new pair of shoes and my feet are still getting used to the way they feel. It was a good day though... <BR> <BR> Wow, that may have been my shortest daily blog ever, lol... <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:57:35 EST Week #12 Review and Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421805 Wednesday morning (7/10/13) was my 12th weigh-in. This week was all about damage control. I was on vacation for 5 days, so I knew my food intake would be pretty bad, but I hoped I could offset most of the damage by exercising a lot. <BR> <BR> So when I stepped on the scale, I was relieved to see that it only went up .5 pounds. So I went up from 277 pounds to 277.5. I normally wouldn't be happy with a weight gain, but only gaining .5 pounds from such a long vacation is a big accomplishment fo... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:17:49 EST Day #84 - New Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421778 Tuesday, Day #84, 7/9/13 was cool. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Tuesday (7/9/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485792798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3.1 miles of walking <BR> <BR> So there was no lunch walk on Tuesday. I decided to take my lunch break to go to the New Balance Store and get some new shoes. My current shoes were started to fall apart and I had literally put HUNDREDS of miles on them. So at first I thought I was just going to buy another s... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:52:03 EST Day #83 - Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421762 Monday, Day #83, 7/8/13 was a rest day. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Monday (7/8/13): <BR> <BR> 1.6 miles of walking <BR> <BR> So I didn't do much at all on Monday in terms of exercise. I'm not surprised given I exercised EVERY SINGLE DAY while I was on vacation. So on Monday, I just went to work, came home, unpacked a little bit and relaxed. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:40:14 EST Day #82 - Night Walking, Golf and Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421692 Sunday, Day #82, 7/7/13 was the final day of my vacation. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Sunday (7/7/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323368102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3.5 miles of walking - Sunday's walk was along the boardwalk and to Jolly Roger Amusement Park <BR> <BR> So as I mentioned in my last blog, I had a hard time getting to sleep on Saturday night. So at around 11:00 pm I just started walking along the boardwalk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:44:21 EST Day #81 - Who Turned The AC On? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419030 Saturday, Day #81, 7/6/13 was the fourth day of my vacation and also my last full day/night at the beach. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Saturday (7/6/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2056781443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4.0 miles of walking - Saturday's walk was along Ocean City's Boardwalk again <BR> <BR> So, since Saturday was the last full day at the beach, my wife and my parents and I decided to enjoy the beach. My dad and I went out there early to ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:10:42 EST Day #80 - Long Walk On The Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416723 Friday, Day #80, 7/5/13 was the third day of my vacation and what a day it was. Once again, I woke up really early. I think I woke up around 6:30 am (no alarm or anything). So I had a coffee and decided to go for a walk along the beach. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Friday (7/5/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772374208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 10.0 miles of walking - Friday's walk was along the shoreline at Ocean City <BR> <BR> Yeah, you read that rig... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:26:06 EST Day #79 - Jogging On Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415581 Thursday, Day #79, 7/4/13 was my the second overall day of my vacation, but the first full day. And you know what the crazy thing is? I didn't even really sleep in. I think I woke up around 7:45 am. I noticed that my wife was in her workout clothes and was about to go out to the boardwalk. She was about to leave me behind since I had gone out on the boardwalk the night before and walked (she was too tired). I was like, "Wait!" and hopped into my workout clothes. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:25:36 EST Day #78 - Let The Vacation Begin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414364 Ok, my goal this week is to catch up on my blogs. I'm tired of writing about stuff 4-5 days after it happens. We'll see how that goes. Let's talk about Wednesday, Day #78, 7/3/13. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Wednesday (7/3/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812538639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 8.2 miles of walking - Wednesday's lunch walk was to the Korean War Memorial <BR> <BR> 30 pushups <BR> 30 squats <BR> <BR> I was really proud of myself on Wednes... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:46:45 EST Week #11 Review and Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413108 Wednesday morning (7/3/13) was my 11th weigh-in. This week, my goal was to lose at least 1.5 pounds, so I could finally make it to the 15 pounds lost mark. I wasn't sure how it was going to go since I had a bad dinner (Chick-Fil-A) the night before the weigh in. <BR> <BR> So when I stepped on the scale, I was happy to see that it dropped from 278.5 to 277 pounds. So I met my mini-goal and finally lost 15 pounds. My average weight loss per week is now 1.36 pounds. <BR> <BR> Looking back at... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:02:15 EST Day #77 - Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413076 Tuesday, Day #77, 7/2/13 was a little rocky. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Tuesday (7/2/13): <BR> <BR> 1.8 miles of walking <BR> <BR> I think I may have still been a little tired from the spinning class on Monday, because I didn't feel like doing anything on Tuesday. At lunch time, I just wanted to take a nap. So the only exercise I got in was my morning walk from the train station to my job. <BR> <BR> I had planned to go to LA Fitness that evening, but I had a ton or errands ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:23:24 EST Day #76 - Spinning Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412635 Still having the darnedest time trying to catch up on my blogging. I think right now, I'm about 5 days behind. lol, I'm sitting here in my hotel room at the beach trying to bang out this blog, before I head out to dinner. Anyway, let's talk about Monday, Day #76, 7/1/13. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Monday (7/1/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1279491752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4.0 miles of walking - Monday's lunch walk was to Robert Latham Owen Park... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 19:29:32 EST Day #75 - Rest and Family Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412136 Sunday, Day #75, 6/30/13 was good. Even though I took a rest day on Saturday, I decided to rest on Sunday as well. <BR> <BR> Church was cool, we had our annual International Day where we celebrate the various cultures of the members that make up our congregation. We had so much fun. Here's a picture below, that's my wife during the dance. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l168689372.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After church, my wife's mom made us this huge lunch. It was a to... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:59:38 EST Day #74 - Resting Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412092 This is crazy, I'm a week behind on my blogs again, lol. I guess that's what happens when you go on vacation (I'm at the beach right now): <BR> <BR> On Saturday, Day #74, 6/29/13, I was wiped out. I think my crazy week finally caught up with me. My entire day consisted of waking up, doing a short activity and then going back to sleep. I was so tired, it felt great just to hang in the bed all day, lol. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 06:37:04 EST Day #73 - So Much Time, So Little To Do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409635 Last Friday, Day #73, 6/28/13 was good but exhausting. The title of this blog is one of my favorite quotes from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: <BR> <BR> "So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you." - Willy Wonka when the kids first get into the factory <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Friday (6/28/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171028444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3.6 miles of walking - Friday's lunch walk ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:39:49 EST Day #72 - Solid As A Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408522 Last Thursday, Day #72, 6/27/13 was another great day. Thank God it finally cooled down outside... <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Thursday (6/27/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1710010260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5.7 miles of walking - Thursday's lunch walk was to the Old Stone House, the oldest building in DC and the only pre-Revolutionary War building standing in DC. It was completed in 1766. Here are some more pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:55:32 EST Day #71 - Educational Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408377 Last Wednesday, Day #71, 6/26/13 was pretty good. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Wednesday (6/26/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l684097220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3.5 miles of walking - Wednesday's lunch walk was to the American Red Cross Headquarters <BR> <BR> So Wednesday was another day where the afternoon temperatures reached into the mid 90s. I honestly did not feel like doing my entire lunch walk outside in that type of heat again (Monday and Tue... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:42:33 EST Week #10 Review and Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407450 Wednesday morning (6/26/13) was my 10th weigh-in. I honestly wasn't sure how this week was going to turn out. The first part of the week, Wednesday-Friday wasn't good because I didn't much get exercise and I ate terribly, but the second part of the week Saturday - Tuesday was awesome. I thought that I might break even for the week (no gain, no loss) <BR> <BR> So when I stepped on the scale, I was happy to see that it dropped from 281 to 278.5 pounds. So I re-lost the 2.5 pounds that I gained... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:06:22 EST Day #70 - Too Hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407426 Another week where I'm super behind on my blogging. Let's talk about last Tuesday, Day #70, 6/25/13. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Tuesday (6/25/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1802600079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5.0 miles of walking - Tuesday's lunch walk was to the US Supreme Court (I wish they would hurry up and finish the renovations, so they could take down the drape from the front of the building) <BR> <BR> 35 minutes of the elliptical trainer <... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:44:56 EST Day #69 - Back In The Saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402329 Day #69, Monday, 6/24/13 was a great day. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Monday (6/24/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786669887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 7.1 miles of walking - Monday's lunch walk was to the George Mason Memorial <BR> <BR> Ok, it's definitely summertime now. The temperature around lunch time was over 90 degrees. I definitely had to take a water with me on the lunch walk. The only problem is that it only stays cold for a little while, bu... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:13:53 EST Day #68 - Day Of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402290 Sunday, Day #68, 6/23/13 was a rest day. After the hike on Saturday, I knew that I wasn't going to do much on Sunday. I went to church and after that, my wife and I went to lunch at Olive Garden with one of our friends. I LOVE Italian food. After lunch, my wife and I went back home. <BR> <BR> I tried to fight the urge to take my usual after church nap and it backfired on me. Normally I lay down around 3:00 pm and end up waking back up at 6:30 or 7:00 pm. Well, I stayed up until just before 6... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:36:33 EST Day #67 - A Hiking We Will Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401382 Day #67, Saturday, 6/22/13 was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I got in on Saturday (6/22/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842767373.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 hours of hiking <BR> <BR> So, earlier in the week, my friend Jason (the one that I went jetskiing with) asked if I wanted to go hiking on Saturday. I was like sure. I had wanted to go hiking for a while, but I just couldn't get myself out of the bed early enough on Saturday mornings (the o... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:51:44 EST They See Me Slimming Down #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400250 Wow, it's been a while since I've gotten to write this type of blog. As I mentioned before in addition to my normal daily blogging, I also want to keep track of the people that notice I'm losing weight (excluding my wife or any of my friends or family that KNOW I'm trying). <BR> <BR> Anyway, on Wednesday, 6/20/13, Day #64, I got my second positive weight loss comment (my first was nearly a month ago, on Day #34, 5/20/13). The comment came from one of the elders at my church, Terrilynn. I wa... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:15:10 EST Day #66 - My Wife Is Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400226 Day #66, Friday, 6/21/13 was great. My wife is finally back home after a week long business trip to Chicago. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1273822888.jpg"> <BR> I used my lunch break to meet my wife at the airport, so I didn't get a lunch walk in. My life is almost back to normal. After Saturday, Vacation Bible School will be over, so I will once again have most of my weeknights completely free to exercise. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:54:05 EST Day #65 - Coming Out Of The Rut... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400210 Day #65, Thursday, 6/20/13 was a better day... <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Thursday (6/20/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389932626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3.9 miles of walking - Thursday's lunch walk was to the National Gallery of Art - East Building <BR> <BR> So as I was saying, Thursday was a better day. For one thing, it was absolutely beautiful outside. It was one of those days that it was so clear, it looked like everything was in high defini... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:36:38 EST Day #64 - The Rut Continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400190 Wednesday, 6/19/13 , Day #64 was another day spent in the rut. <BR> <BR> Here's the only exercise that I got in for the day: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l112099039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1.2 miles of walking - Wednesday's lunch walk was to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building <BR> <BR> I slept terribly on Tuesday night and had a crappy weigh in Wednesday morning (fortunately, I knew it was coming so it didn't catch me by surprise), Wednesday was a hard day. I... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:22:54 EST Week #9 Review and Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400184 Wednesday morning (6/19/13) was my 9th weigh-in. I knew this would be a gaining week. My eating was bad and my exercise was no where near what I needed. <BR> <BR> So, I stepped on the scale and it was up 2.5 pounds. So it went from 278.5 to 281 pounds. I know a pound or so may be water, but the rest of it is definitely fat. <BR> <BR> Looking back at Week #9, my exercise wasn't enough at all. I walked 18.1 miles and 30 minutes of video game exercise (Kinect Sports/Dance Central). I didn't... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:13:51 EST Day #63 - In A Rut... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400182 This is insane, I'm a week behind on my blogging. I need to catch up... now... <BR> <BR> Day #63 (Tuesday, 6/18/13) wasn't good. No exercise, eating wasn't great and I didn't get a whole lot of sleep the night before. My whole routine is off for a couple of reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. My schedule is too packed this week (last week). Monday through Friday, I'm volunteering at church for Vacation Bible School. I'm having a blast, but that means right after I leave from work, I go directly to church... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:12:08 EST Day #62 - Enough Rest, Let's Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396370 I'm so behind on the blogging thing, it's not funny. Hopefully, I'll have time to do two today and two tomorrow to catch myself up. Let's talk about Monday, Day #62 (6/17/13): <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Monday (6/17/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l711906115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 6.7 miles miles of walking - Monday's lunch walk was to the Arlington House. Here are some additional pictures from the walk: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:41:38 EST Day #61 - Father's Day (And Another Rest Day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395146 Sunday, Day #61 (6/16/13) was Father's Day and I had fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448757455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After church, I took my mom and dad out to eat at an Italian restaurant. That's me and my dad above. We had fun, although it was weird not having my wife there (still in Chicago for work). After lunch, my parents came back over to the house to hang out for a little while. We watched TV for a little while, Verizon has this channel called AXS.TV and... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:47:33 EST Day #60 - Nothin' But A Good Time (Rest Day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393365 Day #60 (Saturday, 6/15/13) was great... It was a rest day. If I had to pick a song to describe it, it would be "Nothin' But A Good Time" by Poison. Here are some of the lyrics: <BR> <BR> "I'm always workin' slavin' every day <BR> Gotta get away from that same old same old <BR> I need a chance just to get away <BR> If you could hear me think this is what I'd say" <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> <BR> "Don't need nothin' but a good time <BR> How can I resist <BR> Ain't lookin' for nothin' but ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:41:20 EST Day #59 - Sleepy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393301 Friday, Day #59 (6/14/13) was a long day... <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Friday (6/14/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l994815925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4.2 miles of walking - Friday's lunch walk was to Chinatown <BR> <BR> Friday was a long day. My wife has a week long business trip to Chicago and had an early morning flight on Friday morning. So I had to get up before 4:30 am, so I could get her to the Metro Station to get to the airport. And by the ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:54:56 EST Day #58 - Better Foot, Great Walk, Bad Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392042 Thursday, Day #58 (6/13/13) was a pretty interesting day... <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Thursday (6/13/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431661392.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5.4 miles of walking - Thursday's lunch walk was to the Reflecting Pool and then the Lincoln Memorial <BR> <BR> Fortunately, the blister on my toe healed pretty well, so my foot wasn't hurting Thursday morning. The weather yesterday was crazy. I'm really surprised I got any walking i... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:57:49 EST Day #57 - Bad Foot, Bad Food, Great Camera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391999 Wow, I had another fun weekend and fell WAAAAYYY behind on blogging, hopefully, I'll catch up in the next couple of days. Let's talk about Wednesday, Day #57 (6/12/13). <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise I got on Wednesday: <BR> <BR> 1.8 miles of walking <BR> <BR> Yeah, Wednesday kind sucked all around. The only walk I got in was my morning walk from the train station to my job. Once again, I think I must have worn another pair of socks that didn't fit properly, because later that morning, I no... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:29:14 EST Week #8 Review and Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387946 Yesterday morning (6/12/13) was my 8th weigh-in. Didn't have high expectations for the week, since I had such a big loss (4.5 pounds) last week. <BR> <BR> So when I stepped on the scale, I was satisfied to find that it dropped from 279.5 to 278.5. So I lost 1 pound last week. So I'm down a total of 13.5 pounds from when I started 8 weeks ago. My average weight loss per week is now 1.69 pounds. Not too shabby. <BR> <BR> Looking back at Week #8, my exercise was pretty good. I walked 25.3 mil... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:29:17 EST Day #56 - Don't Fear The Free Weights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386852 I had a pretty good day yesterday... <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did yesterday (6/11/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532807371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 6.8 miles of walking - Yesterday's lunch walk was to Upper Senate Park, a park on the Senate side of the US Capitol complex <BR> <BR> 35 minutes on the elliptical trainer <BR> <BR> 30 minutes of weight training (more on that in a second...) <BR> <BR> So my lunch walk was cool. It was absolutely beautifu... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:14:26 EST Day #55 - Waterlogged And Sore In A New Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385772 With this blog, I will finally be caught up. Well, yesterday (6/10/13) was an absolutely mess in terms of weather. Overcast, then raining, then sunny, then pouring, then sunny, then thunderstorms, then flood warning, then tornado warning and so on. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did yesterday (6/10/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l867335867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4.4 miles of walking - Yesterday's lunch walk was to part of the National Mall (the area betwee... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:43:32 EST Day #54 - I'm A Gamer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385607 Sunday (6/9/13) was a good day. Since I took Saturday as a rest day, I definitely had to get some type of exercise in on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise I did Sunday (6/9/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145548893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 90 minutes of XBox Kinect exercise (Kinect Sports 1 & 2 and Dance Central 3) <BR> <BR> So, Sunday I had initially planned to get up early and go for a nice long walk before church. However, since I had the party the night ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:26:01 EST Day #53 - Resting Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385569 Saturday (6/8/13) ended up being my rest day. Due to the weather, the morning activities at church were cancelled. We were going to have a Youth Sports Day, but the weather was forecast to be bad, so it was postponed to a later date. So, I ended up sleeping in. After I woke up, I had lunch, played some computer games and watched TV with my wife. <BR> <BR> Later that evening, my wife and I went to the 50th birthday party for one of the elders from our church. It was nice, he had tons of fami... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:53:54 EST Day #52 - Just A Little Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383906 I was a little concerned about my exercise for Day #52 (6/7/13) because the DC Metro area was scheduled to receive the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea. Fortunately, it wasn't bad at all. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise I did Friday (6/7/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192467803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 6.0 miles of walking - Friday's lunch walk was to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial <BR> <BR> 50 minutes on the elliptical trainer <BR> <BR> Seated Row - 3 sets of 8... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:49:57 EST Day #51 - Knowing When To Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383868 Once again, I am multiple days behind on this blog. I hope to bang out a couple entries before I go to sleep. Let's talk about Day #51 (6/6/13): <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Thursday (6/6/13): <BR> <BR> 1.7 miles of walking <BR> <BR> Yep, that's it. No cool lunch walk or any other exercise for the rest of Thursday. I kinda figured my body would need to rest after my Tuesday exercise (11.2 miles of walking) and my Wednesday exercise (6.4 miles of walking and 65 minutes on the el... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:22:49 EST Day #50 - Wow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381382 I'm absolutely amazed at how fast time has been flying, here I am already at Day #50 of this lifestyle change. Well technically I'm on Day #52, but I'm writing about Day #50. <BR> <BR> Here's the exercise that I did Wednesday (6/5/13): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756733713.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 6.4 miles of walking - Wednesday's lunch walk was to the Kennedy Center (John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts) <BR> <BR> 65 minutes on the elliptical trainer... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:27:58 EST