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Nothing can stop me now.
I feel like I already have the tools for my success in my hands and all I have to do now is keep on doing it.
I'm at the in-laws' house. Yuri, the grandfather, has announced that he is only going to speak Russian to me (not that he has tha... Read more
Vacations are challenging, so to up the ante, I'm taking a second one. Today my wife and I are leaving to go to D.C. to visit the Russian in-laws. Another week away from my gym and my routine.
But on my previous vacation, where I actually... Read more
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!
Tomorrow Olya and I are going to Washington, DC to visit her cousin Nadia and her son Misha. Nadia's parents, Yuri & Tatiana, are also visiting as well as a few more relatives, bringing the total to 8 Russians, 1 American. About half the Russi... Read more
My personal measures of fitness
I'm here on SP mostly to get fit. But my definition of fitness is a little broader than most that I've seen.
Here are all the things I take into account when evaluating my fitness:
* Cardio-vascular fitness
* Muscular strength ... Read more
#1 in the July fitness rankings: How did this happen?
Well, this is silly I know. First of all, about a 100 people have the same July fitness minutes as I do, so why is my name first?
Also, SP caps daily fitness minutes ... Read more
Do NOT give up!
You know that scene in the movies? The one where the teacher or drill instructor is addressing the students/recruits and he says:
"Look at the person on your left. Now look at the person on your right. By the end of this, one of you will ... Read more
Weight loss is like marriage.
I'll pause now while you make up your own punch line.
Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our 6th month anniversary with dinner at a nice restaurant and I have three words for you:
Caramel nut cheesecake.
Of course, that was follo... Read more
I'm going crazy: my Sunday Stair Challenge
I think I'm going crazy.
It may be the heat, but in truth I blame the laundry.
I do cardio seven days a week but on Sundays I like to vary my regimen a little bit and try something different. It is SUPPOSED to be an easy day, but toda... Read more
What a difference six weeks make
Just before I joined SparkPeople, my wife and I had a fight. We had a social engagement that required we dress up. I hadn't been to the closet for those clothes in a while and discovered to my horror that nothing fit. I mean really didn't fit... Read more
Why I weigh myself every day
Recently, when I was on vacation, I told my son and his family that I was trying to get my excess weight off and keep it off. They were supportive, but they didnít get very excited about my progress so far (15 pounds since joining SP and 20 pou... Read more
Day 40, the tale of the Tape
Time to measure myself. I've lost 15 pounds in the first 40 days and gone down two notches on my belt. My wife says I look trimmer and more muscular and that my biceps look larger. So I got out the tape measure today to see what it said.
... Read more
How I lost weight while on vacation
I just returned from two weeks of vacation that had all the elements for a possible disaster:
- away from my home, my gym, my routine
- limited internet access and even five days of no internet and hence no SparkPeople
- jet lag, fatig... Read more
Basketball and knees
I'm now back in New Hampshire. After dinner my wife and I went over to the local school and played a little one-on-one basketball. Had there been a ref, I'm sure I would have been called for illegal use of the hands, but hey!, her backfield wa... Read more
Why was I in the gym at 5:30 AM?
Today is the last day of our vacation. We have to be out of the hotel by noon and then we take a "red-eye" from Seattle to Washington, DC and then a short trip to Hartford, arriving home Tuesday morning.
So I found myself at the gym at 5:3... Read more
The importance of short-term goals for me.
Since joining SparkPeople I have completely focused on living a healthy lifestyle and not my weight. I know that as long as I'm exercising regularly and eating well and in moderation, the weight will take care of itself. In fact, I don't even ... Read more