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!

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Weigh-in Sunday #3

April 18, 2010

Progress Report: Week 3
Weight: 256.2
Weight change this week: -1.6
Total lost in 3 weeks: -4.6

Well…it wasn’t the 2 or 3 that I was hoping for, but I’ll take it. I’m averaging about a pound and a half loss a week, which is gradual but good. I think it’s actually the healthy way to lose weight. Sure, I’d love the bigger losses and I will take them when and if they come….but as long as I’m losing, that’s all that matters.

So, a good way to start off the day. I might weigh myself again later, but then again, I’m probably not going to do it. Rather, I’m good with the loss and I’m just happy that I didn’t gain. I didn’t track calories this past week (even though I was watching what I ate and watching portions) so this week, I think I am going to do that all week long.

Those of you who have had big losses each week, how are you doing it? Steve? Jess? Seth? Anybody? Are you eating very little carbs? Are you just busting your butt? One of my friends who has been a workout buddy for a while has told me that I am probably not losing the weight fast because I am already somewhat cardio-fit. My body has too much weight on it, of course…but my cardiovascular system is in good shape because of my athletic past (soccer, basketball) when I was younger and I’ve been running and have a lot of experience with P90X. So, it’s just a matter of getting this weight off….for good….and maybe that will just take a while.

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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??

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 ( 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!

I tried to push it as hard as I possibly could in this workout. I felt more confident going into it because I knew the moves, but they were probably just as hard as the first time around. I’m happy with how I am doing though. The last drill is tough, tough, tough.

So, with that, Week 1 of Insanity is already in the books. I’m real happy that’s the case, but I am not about to start getting complacent. I’m not getting caught up in the numbers too much. I’m not worried about how I look…or whether I FEEL thinner or better. I am worried about getting into the best shape possible. And until I can say I am there, I am not stopping. Losing 10 pounds or 20 pounds isn’t enough this time. It’s all. I would say “it’s all or nothing,” but “nothing” is not an option.

Tomorrow is an off day for me, but I will be posting about my weigh-in. I’m not too worried about the results, but it would be nice to see some sort of a decrease. I’m worried that the caloric intake suggestion by Insanity may have been too much. But we’ll see. If so, I’ll bring it down a notch. Consider this a trial week in that regard.

Alright, that’s about it. Thanks for checking in!