Fatherhood and Fitness Check #2

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted about my fitness/lose weight so I thought I’d just post up some random thoughts.

It sucks.  And that’s putting it nicely.  The running is coming along nicely.  I’m up to the point of being able to run 3 miles 3 times a week.  Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be doing my first 5K run.  That’s the main reason why my mileage has increased. I suspect I’ll be somewhere around 33 minutes (my best time is 23 minutes).  While 33 minutes sounds disappointing, at least it does to me, it will put something on the board that I can shoot for.

Having said all of that I have actually gained weight. At least according to the scale this morning. Weighed in at 237.6 this morning (last time was 234.4).  So I’m a bit discouraged on that front.  I do however feel great and some clothes fit a lot better, but I know running at 220, my short term goal, would be better than where I’m at currently.  So it’s time to really start watching what I eat and all that good stuff.  I have a hell of a time doing that, but if I want to get down that’s what I need to do.  The burger and fries I had for lunch will not do that I’m pretty sure (I’ll probably weigh in tomorrow to see how it looks before the run/race/shuffle!)

Have a great weekend everyone.

10,000 Hours

For the past week or so I’ve been thinking more about writing (for anyone that’s read this blog with any consistency you’ll be like “what’s new…you said that before but didn’t follow thru!”).  I think it was this post by John Saddington that planted the seed.  And then on my way into work I happened to be listening to Ten Thousand Hours by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore.  It’s basically talking about putting in 10,000 hours before you become a ‘professional’ or something like that.  Kind of like paying your dues if will.

Every since I was in grade school I’ve wanted to be a writer. So both of these things have nudged me back into the writing frame of mind.  I’ve never ever been that consistent about that. At least lately.  I’m still not sure where I’ll find the time to do it, but I’m hoping that I can get back into it.  Fiction, non-fiction, random bantering, I don’t know what it will be.  Not sure I’ll post it here.  Perhaps I will. We’ll see.

What do you do to make sure that you stay motivated for something that shows little to no rewards?

Fatherhood and Fitness Check in #1

So it’s been a week since I last posted about fatherhood and pursuing some sort of fitness.  Things are going well at this point.  Weight is down to 234.4 which is great.  I think like everyone I’d like to see it lower, but it’s a journey not a sprint.

I did get in three rather solid workouts this week.  Two of them were in the gym where I did some pushups and chin-ups and ran on the treadmill.  This morning I went and ran outside for the first time this year.  It was pretty good. Ran my 1.5 miles in less time than I had been running them on the treadmill, which really doesn’t surprise me.  Seems to be the way things go.

I also went and got a armband for my phone so I can have some music and track my runs.  Lazy I suppose, but I did it anyways.  And while at the running store I saw a entry form for a 5K at the end of this month. It’s a bit sooner than what I had wanted but I’m really giving it some consideration to get a baseline of some sort.

We’ll see what this next week brings for fitness.  Going to try and run 1.75 miles each of the three days that I workout.

We the people actually do a have a say

This is an election year in case you didn’t know or were hiding in your bunker because you through zombies were coming.  And as much as I try and avoid politics I have something to say about the day and age that we live in.

I know it might seem that our vote doesn’t really count, but it does.  We live in a day and age where we have a voice that can be heard around the world and we need to start using it and letting our politicians know we are not afraid to use it.  I know it seems like big money can ‘buy’ elections and they do.  But we the people still vote and get them elected.  There is no ‘electoral college’ that puts a senator or a house representative into office.  Our votes are what count and put them into the offices that they hold.

Here’s the flip side to this.  Partially due to social media, we have a very short term memory and as long as the waves aren’t flooding the boat, we’re a okay with what’s going on with our government.  I think that had elections been held last October/November when the government was doing their shutdown people would have voted those parties out off office.  However we are 7 or 8 months down the road and most people have forgotten this so those officials that made the shutdown happen…well their big pockets will get them elected again (I should say their lobbyists will get them elected).

So in this election year make your voice heard.  If you don’t think your elected official is doing what they should be doing….let them know.  E-mail them, hit them up on social media, do whatever it takes to make your voice heard.

The Terrible Two’s but then what?

When our son was two and a half years old the terrible two’s started.  But I’m pretty thankful that his haven’t been that bad.  However we are a small amount into the three’s and I’m wishing for the two’s because things have not gotten any better.

After talking to a few other dads of kids a bit older than our son, I knew that it was only going to get worse.  But still there are times where I’m like “can we fast forward to the good parts”.  I’m told that it happens when they are about three and a half, which I’m really hoping for….soon!  I think the term that I heard used was “they start to turn into little humans”.  So bring on the happy fours?

Having said (written?) all of this, I would not trade anything in the world for the experience we are going thru.  I believe as we look back on it we will laugh a bit about it.  And hopefully we will have learned a little something for #2 when he hit’s this stage.

Buying a house? Get your sewer pipe video taped!

Back last September or October, before we’d lived in our current house a year, one evening we found a bunch of sewage in our downstairs area.  We cleaned it up and called in a plumber to have it snaked (ie: clear all the roots and other stuff out of it).  However they could only get the snake to go so far.  So we got it video taped.  What they found is that one of the clay pipes had slipped.  How long it had been there we don’t know.  We don’t know if the previous home owners had known about it either.  Thankfully it was winter and we didn’t have to worry about roots kicking in.

Fast forward to the beginning of May and we have a back up once again…while my in-laws were here.  It was time to do something. So another snake and video tape and we know where the slippage is and we have a lead on someone who can fix it.

At the end of the last week it was all done.  We only did a patch job on the sewer pipe.  And we had been saving like crazy since the first incident, so while it was sort of unexpected and we didn’t like using the money we knew it had to be done.

As my wife was talking to the plumber, when they did another snake and video, they said that they’ve been encouraging new homeowners to get this done because it can be a HUGE expense especially right after buying a house.

So I’m here to pass this onto you.  Get a video camera done of your sewer pipe or at least get a years worth of insurance (not sure exactly what this is called but it’s something you can get added onto your loan for a fairly small amount…$500, BUT, make sure that it covers sewer pipes!).  I would especially say this if you are buying and older house.