It's been a terrible year. It's also a hard year to summarize. To make a long story short, I lost two jobs and a baby, nearly lost my marriage and definitely lost my mind. In one year I moved from New Jersey to Florida to Illiinois to Michigan, ... Read more
I haven't updated since last July
Okay, so it's been a while.
What has been going on? Well, I'm still working with my Coach and I've only maybe missed a handful of workouts since July. I am getting stronger. Right now I am working my way toward a real pull up. I started wit... Read more
Fun With Pedometers
I got a new FitBit Zip pedometer, and it's loads of fun. It tracks steps, distance, and estimated calories burned. I love that it estimates my basal metabolic rate, so I get a reasonably accurate picture of exactly how much of a calorie deficit ... Read more
I Love Hiking, Volume I
I love hiking. I really, really, really love it. I finally got out on the trail today. It was supposed to rain, but it only ever sprinkled. Everything was nice and wet and vibrant, but not too much mud. It was humid though. I was expecting only ... Read more
Arthritis of the Knees
I went to the doctor today about my knees, and apparently I have arthritis. He said it's common about 10-15 years after a knee surgery to develop this. He also sort of implied that it was really more delaying the inevitable and 10 years down the... Read more
7 months and counting...
I'm grateful I seem to have been able to turn this week around. It's been a rough couple of weeks. I've been struggling to be back to clean eating following vacation, dealing with depression and stressing out about the job hunt (I was offered a ... Read more
Not About the Weight
Just came back from my vacation home, which was a mixed bag in the health department. I managed to maintain my weight, but nutritionally I bombed. Physically, however, I was on fire. I had great daily workouts and two really good hikes. The most... Read more
Day 85 of Clean Eating - The Other Side
I feel pretty good today, which is nice, because I haven't been feeling so hot this week. I've had extreme fatigue and stomach ache and haven't been able to eat much. I think it might be because, in eliminating wheat from my diet, I cut way down... Read more
Day 70 - Digging the Well
Day 70 of clean eating, about 5.5 months of fitness. I've been eating a ton of fruits and vegetables lately, but I haven't exactly seen the weight fly off so I'm going to start tracking my calories and get a sense of how much I am actually eatin... Read more
Day 58 of Clean Eating - Habit
Man, my Coach hasn't given me a rest day in forever, and my assignment tomorrow is to run 2 miles. I'm not physically hurting or anything, I just feel like I've been hitting it hard every day. On top of that I'm already planning on going to Eagl... Read more
Day 54 of Clean Eating, and a 5-month fitness anniversary
I started working out with my Coach in December. It's been daily since then - even on sick days, and chronic illness days, and depressed days. 5 months and 4 days of relentless hard work. I can't imagine being that other person ever again. I'm n... Read more
Day 45 of Clean Eating... Bouncing Back
I recovered pretty quickly from my hospital stay, and my Coach says it's because I worked hard on my fitness and it has helped me heal faster. That's pretty cool.
The big drama of the moment is that I'm having trouble finding the right hiki... Read more
Day 40 of Clean Eating... Knockout Surprise!
Big adventures this weekend. I went on that hike I was so excited about, with a bunch of new people from the South Mountain Conservancy. Made it about .25 miles and was nearing the top of a big set of granite slab ''stairs'' when I suddenly lo... Read more
Day 34 of Clean Eating... Perseverance.
Sometimes I get caught up in old, bad habits. That happened to me this week, when I got caught up in some online negativity related to personal issues I have. Before I knew it, full-fledged depression with a side of PTSD. I mean I was really i... Read more
Day 29 of Clean Eating
I haven't touched junk food or food with a lot of added sugar for 29 days. Yeah, I feel amazing.I now eat predominantly fruits and vegetables. I haven't been depressed and have woken up every morning with energy. I'm not tracking my weight, but ... Read more