Weigh-In: Week 5
Weight: 255.2
Weight change this week: -1
Total lost in 5 weeks: -5.6

First 5 pounds down…and it was a lot of work to make it happen. Some courses of action need to be taken to make this happen quicker. I could be doing a lot of things different…things that I have justified as okay but that really aren’t for my body’s chemistry. Diet soda needs to go. Period. It’s soooooo hard for me to kick it, but if I want this bad enough, I will. So right now, that is my goal. No diet soda.

I have set a weight goal…..235 by July 4th. THAT is my focus. Not the end of the year, but just that date. It’s going to be tough. But I think it can happen. With the running and Insanity and eating right. I need everyone’s help to get there, but the only person who can do it is me. If I get to that point, I will be on track for my end of the year goal of under 200 by 2011.

There is a guy on YouTube, Dustin @ losetogain, that I find inspiring like nobody’s business. He at one time weighed over 475 pounds and now is in the mid-200s….still fighting for more. It took him a couple of years to lose well over 200 pounds, but he never gave up. This is one of his most inspiring videos, if you ask me. It was when he was dealing with some apathy and disappointment and was finding a way to make it happen anyway. (At the end of the video, he yells really loud for motivational reasons, so be ready for that. I had my volume up and it was LOUD. hahaha) I hope any of you out there who are having trouble fighting the mental demons of fitness find this to remind you why you are doing this. If he dealt with this kind of thing, you can deal with what you are dealing with…and I can too.

The half marathon schedule for me is going to be made up tonight hopefully. I will be posting that so you can see what I’m doing week to week and hold me accountable. Thanks for checking in!!

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Today could have easily been another one of those days where I just gave in….where I found the temptation of waiting to be too hard to avoid. I think I need to find a new alarm, because I (once again) did not hear it go off and woke up only to my internal clock telling me I was ultra later than I intended. I usually like to give myself plenty of time to not have to rush in the mornings. That way, I can focus on the workout(s), rather than on being done in time.

Well, I finally got up out of bed, put on my running clothes, and headed to the Statue Garden. My original goal was 5K. Once I got there, I was feeling pretty good and I thought “let’s do 2 laps around the Statue Garden.” Each lap is exactly 1.86 miles….so 3.72 miles total. So, as I ran, I noticed I was feeling pretty good and pacing myself nicely…so I said to myself “let’s just run 4 miles.” When I got to 4 miles, I decided I hadn’t had enough still….so I decided to run another half mile and call it a day. Yeah…4.5 miles in a little over 46 minutes.

Then, I got home and popped in the Insanity DVD….and thought to myself…I must be crazy. This is going to HURT. And it did. Like crazy. I pushed as hard as I could, but it was incredibly difficult. 15 minutes straight of suicides, push-up jacks, mountain climbers, etc….no breaks…just pummeling your body into submission…plus the warm-up is really hard as well.

So, I feel really good about today. A lot of calories burned and a lot of progress made…especially mentally. I had been feeling a lack of motivation coming onto me lately and this helped subside that. I’m glad. I keep overcoming my mental obstacles so far….man, I hope that continues!

Thanks for checking in!

Hey there everyone! Today was extremely productive, even though my knees have been feeling a little bit weak. They aren’t painful, just kind of tender…if that makes sense. Anyway, I have decided to just continue on with my workouts regardless….being careful with my knees in the process as much as possible.

So, today, I went out to my favorite park here in the area and ran 5K in 32:14! I was really happy with the time. It was humid and one of the hottest days so far this Spring (80s), but I didn’t want to stop. I am gradually getting back to my old running self again. For a while there, when I was training for the half marathon, I felt like nothing could stop me…but quickly, you find out that the only thing that can stop you is yourself. But I am going again and that’s what matters.

I also got in my Insanity workout…Pure Cardio. It’s pure craziness. I love it though. This program is exactly what I need to get myself into shape. Tomorrow is a Cardio Recovery day…so I can take it slightly easier. But I will also be doing some abs work at some point. I will have to do my workouts early though, because I have to work 2nd shift….boo.

Also, I want a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. And a solid road bike. And a place to swim where there isn’t a bunch of other people around. Is that too much to ask??

Day 15 Fit Test Results

April 12, 2010

Hello you fitness crazies.  I started week 3 of Insanity this morning with the scheduled bi-weekly fit test.   With many of these types of workout programs, there is an engineered fit test at the beginning that you should take to see where you are starting out, and, at the end of the program, you take the fit test again to see some tangible results other than things like weight and mirror image.  With Insanity, you do the fit test every two weeks…which I actually like because you can make adjustments (dig deeper) if you are not seeing some progress. 

So, here are my fit test results for day 15 of Insanity:

  1. Switch kicks —  Day 1 = 35;  Day 15 = 42  (+7)
  2. Power jacks  —  Day 1 = 43; Day 15 = 59  (+16)
  3. Power knees —  Day 1 = 79;  Day 15 = 95  (+16)
  4. Power jumps —  Day 1 = 29;  Day 15 = 31  (+2)
  5. Globe jumps — Day 1 = 7; Day 15 = 9  (+2)
  6. Suicide jumps — Day 1 = 5;  Day 15 = 10  (+5)
  7. Push-up jacks — Day 1 = 13; Day 15 = 23 (+10)
  8. Low Plank Oblique — Day 1 = 37; Day 15 = 41 (+4)

In this workout, you warm-up properly and then get right to it.  You have one minute to do as many of each set as possible.  The link at the beginning of this post gives you an idea of what these moves look like…or you can go to YouTube and see examples of people doing the Insanity Fit Test.

So, I think these results prove that I’ve been working my ass off and that the scale is a fickle bastard.  That’s it for now!  Thanks for checking in!

Whoa. Today marked the most activity I’ve put in thus far since I started Insanity. I managed to run the entire 3 miles, as opposed to the intervals. It’s nice to be back up to just about a 5K again. I ran a half marathon in Oct ’09; loved it but took a week off to rest my legs….but then a week turned into months. The winter months to be exact. If nothing else, it has proven to me that there is no need to stop after long distances like that. I should just take it easier that next week. I am planning another half marathon for August or September. There are two in Chicago I am considering…haven’t chosen which one yet.

During my 3 mile run today, I pushed myself by asking myself “Have you sweat enough yet?” I found that I kept saying “no,” regardless of how tired I was. I wanted to sweat more. I wanted to exert myself more. Try it sometime when you are doing your workout. Have you sweat enough? If you stop, are you content with that workout? 9 times out of 10, it’ll keep your body moving. I can say, without a doubt, that I sweat enough today. My shirt from the Insanity workout is full evidence of this…haha. It’s all about continuous improvement everyday….whether it’s mental or physical. And to do that, you have to sweat….a lot. You have to perspire until you’re blue in the face. *Be safe, of course…but never stop too early….and if you do, start moving again*

Always treat yourself to being able to say that you exerted yourself enough that day, while being completely honest with yourself. In my Insanity workouts, I go to failure. I go until I can’t anymore. Until my body just won’t do the movements. It works. I make sure I am not hurting myself…but if I have properly warmed-up, that is more unlikely.

Anyway…the workouts were great today. One more day tomorrow for Week 2. It’s TWO workouts….Pure Cardio (which is an absolute beast all in its own) and Cardio Abs (which I have not been through yet). It will prove tough, I’m sure. Sunday, I weigh myself. I’m nervous. I’ve been eating good…working my ass off…let’s hope for something. But I am more interested in my measurements…so when the calipers get here, that will be a step in the right direction.

Thanks for checking in!

Today was Cardio Recovery and it was much needed. My knees were starting to feel a little tender. Even this recovery workout is nothing to scoff at…it’s kind of tough too. I woke up late this morning on accident (hence, no post until tonight)….so I had to kind of rush my workout in this morning before work.

I am still waiting on my calipers and body measure. Looks like they won’t ship for a couple more days. Once I get them, look out for my measurement updates every 2-4 weeks….including weight.

Still have not had ANY fast food of ANY kind since I started Insanity. I’m proud of that. I need to kick diet sodas….anyone know a good substitute…a “patch” of sorts? haha

New post tomorrow about Day 5. Hard to believe two weeks of Insanity have almost passed. I am going to be getting more interactive soon…possibly making YouTube videos (subscribe to me there…SureShotEvolver) and posting pictures. Steve, perhaps I will do an EXPOSED post soon. I think it’s important…so I probably will.

Tomorrow’s workout is Cardio Power & Resistance. Before that, though, I am going to go run 3 miles (hopefully) in the morning. There is a bar at the park I run at that can be used as a pull-up bar…I think I’m going to try some pull-ups assisted by a fold-out chair (like in P90X). I might make that a habit. 🙂

Thanks for checking in and all the support, guys.

I had the hardest time finding my motivation this morning. I am not too sure why…just one of those days I suppose. I’ve been trucking right along and then BAM….a case of apathy hit me. Or lethargy. Or whatever you want to call it. I sat at my computer with my workout clothes on and the Insanity DVD in the player ready to go….but I just wasn’t feeling it. I figured if I just waited, the motivation would come to me….but to no avail.

I had every reason to not do my workout this morning. My ankle was/is sore, I did not sleep well at all last night, I have a lot on my plate today, and it’s super hot in our apartment (mostly because I’m stubborn and refuse to turn on the A/C in April…but our apartment admittedly is very hot even when it’s in the 70s outside). I could’ve made any excuse…and though it would’ve been just that…I could’ve…and I would’ve had a SLIGHTLY easier day.

Or would I? The guilt and/or disappointment of missing a workout. The slippery slope that missing a workout creates. The having to come on my blog and talk about how I made an excuse to not do my workout a week and a half into it when other people out there are pushing through their tough days all the same.

So, essentially…I realized that not doing it would make my day harder than doing it. And DAMNIT it felt good to be working out. Plyo Cardio Circuit…a rough, drill sgt. type of workout…and it is awesome. I feel better now than I did before. More awake…like I’ve earned the right to enjoy the rest of my day.

Keep that in mind next time you have doubts about whether you can find your motivation. It’s there. Waiting for you to pick it up off the ground, dust it off, and wear it proudly as you complete your goal. I’ve made a promise to myself…my wife…to all of you…that I will be under 200 lbs by the time we ring in 2011. I intend to keep that promise..no matter how hard it proves to be. Stay on me!

Thanks for checking in! Cardio Recovery tomorrow!

Today was Pure Cardio again, and I almost forgot how hard that one was….holy crap. It is incredibly tough. But I just maxed out as much as I could. Big calorie burner. I also plan to go out and do my 5K worth of intervals today as well. I will probably go around 6, so that the temperature is down and the sun is lower. It’s about 79 outside right now, which is beautiful. I run better in cooler temperatures though…60-70 or so. Who doesn’t though, right?

I’m also going to go throw the ball with my dog later, since it is so nice out….I’m sure he’d like that and it’ll just be a good way to take in the day. With summer, though, comes waking up extra early or waiting until close to dusk to run. But at least I CAN run…as opposed to trying to get in 3-5 miles in blistering cold wind and icy conditions all the time.

I ordered body fat calipers and a body measure to keep track of other things besides JUST my weight. I think every two weeks, I will take down my measurements, including my weight. What do you guys think? Is weekly too much to weigh yourself? Is bi-weekly a good middle ground?

I had one of my bosses at work tell me that they were noticing a difference in me physically because of my workouts. I was surprised with how the scale said I’d only lost a pound and I hadn’t noticed any major changes as of yet. But hey, I’ll take it! It was a driving reason behind ordering the calipers and body measure, because people always say that those give more accurate progress readings.

Well, that’s it for now! Keep on keepin’ on, people!

Insanity | Week 2 Day 1

April 5, 2010

Today was Cardio Power and Resistance and it rocked me just as hard this time as the first time, though I feel like I performed a bit better. I have a lot of trouble with what I call plank sprints, where you are in push-up position and you simulate running. But I will get it with time. Lots of push-ups, lots of jumping, and, of course, cardio. It’s a great workout, to say the least.

I like how they have a lot of people in the videos too. In P90X, there are always just three people behind Tony Horton, and that’s fine and all…but the more people back there, the more variation…the more differentiation. The more that you will see struggle…or excellence. And you can feed off of that.

I was reading Tyler’s blog (344pounds.com) and came across a great bit of advice that he put together for weight loss. His whole deal is “practical weight loss,” which I think makes the most sense from what I have seen in all my years of reading advice on the subject.

So, I am going to go get something good to eat. 2,000 calories today. No more. Thanks for checking in!

By 2011

April 5, 2010

– I want to be at or under 200 pounds.
– I want to have run 2 half marathons (beating my personal bests would be bonus!)
– I want acquire a good road bike that will serve me well…and I want to be using it regularly.
– I want to have a new job OR be making progress on getting my Ph.D. or 2nd M.A.
– I want to have completed AT LEAST two rounds of Insanity and 1 round of P90X.

This will be persistently my focus for the next 8 months. I hope to have you along for the ride.