Should it stay or should it go?

I’m really probably writing this for myself more than anything, but the thought has crept into my mind on whether I should keep this site/blog/big pile of dust or if I should just let it settle into the nether. It costs me slightly less than $100 each year to have this site and domain and in reality I don’t do a whole lot about it.

I thought I could come up with something interesting to write on here, but I’m totally drawing a blank on anything interesting. So this is the topic that I came up with.

Originally I think I bought this site because (a) it was my name and (b) I needed it for a few projects that I didn’t want to reside on my computer so that my wife could get to them when she needed them. However those gone to the way side. I’d like to think I’ve got something to write here but the reality is that I don’t and I kind of feel sad about it. There was a time where I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write the next best fiction novel, but other things seem to keep getting in the way and even writing something on this has become a chore.

I think what I’m going to do is just try and get something down once a week, even if it’s super fluffy and not important to anyone but myself and see how that goes. If I simply can’t do that then I’ll probably shut this site down at the end of the year….or whenever the domain expires.

So here goes…

Weigh and measure #1!

I don’t really think of this as the first weigh in since it’s only been a few days since the 1st of the year but this goes with being consistent.

Weight: 220.2 (no change)

Waist: 41.3 (0.9 of an inch down)

Had I only stepped on the scale this morning I probably would be down about it. But I told myself before stepping on the scale that it’s okay if it doesn’t move or if it’s gone up. I’ve been doing what I set out to do and this is a marathon and not a sprint.

So far I’ve done two workouts this week and they’ve been good. I do about 5-10 minutes of kettlebells and then I’ll get on the treadmill and run for a little over a mile. I’ve been telling myself to take it easy as these workouts have been fairly easy so far. For at least one of the days I’ll increase the kettlebell stuff and lower or eliminate the running. I’ve also been waking up early so I have been tempted to workout an extra day but for now I’ve just stayed in bed.

A couple of things I’ve ran across this week that have stuck with me.

If insulin is high fat loss can’t happen. (From this episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast with Jason Fung)

If you eat more than 150 grams of fat a day it’s hard to lose weight. (this comes from a post that I saw from Ted Naiman on Twitter)

How has your new year’s journey been going?

This is the start!

Like many other millions of people I climbed onto the scale this morning and saw what I kind of expected. However I also measured my waist to have another number to work for (some would argue this number is more important than the scale number). So without further ado here is where we find ourselves on the first day of 2019.

Weight: 220.2

Waist: 42.2

The waist measurement shocked me. I knew it would be up but compared to some measurements I took last year it’s an additional 3-4 inches. That’s not good. The measurement I’m looking for is 35-36 inches. So I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me!

How did your measurements go this morning?

Chasing Onederland 2019!

The past two years at least, I’ve set the goal of getting my weight down below 200. I’ve failed those past two years, thus why this is being posted again (I think I posted it last year but it may have been purged). 2019 will be the year that this changes and I’m posting this here to help myself be accountable. If by any chance there are readers of this out there perhaps you’ll help keep me accountable.

I did get a jump start on things this morning and got a good workout in. It’s been to long since I’ve done a workout. With traveling and the holidays I’m sure when I weigh in tomorrow I’ll be shocked with where I’m at. On the plus side it will also make the first month or so easy to lose some inches and weight.

But wait…why is this year going to be different you might be asking yourself. Well I hope that I’ve got a much better idea of what I need to do. Most of it is going to be around eating and the other part is going to be around my workouts. I will still run, I have a few goals for 2019 regarding that, but I’m also going to include some HIIT and kettlebells. If I can figure out a good routine for all of them I don’t think I’ll have any problem reaching my goal.

Also mentally I know what my triggers are and that probably more than the physical stuff will be the hardest part. It will be a constant battle but I’m more confident than ever that I can get there.

So a few goals for 2019!

  • Weigh less than 200 lbs by the end of the year
  • Get waist measurement down by at least a couple of inches and hopefully get to the golden ratio of height to waist (waist half of your height)
  • Complete at least 2 trail races and possibly a half marathon (this one I’m really debating on!). There will also probably be a 5K or two thrown in for good measure…and hopefully some new PR’s!
  • Be consistent – don’t be stupid about it (ie: working out while sick)

I’m sure there’s a ton of other things that I could put in for my goals but I want to keep the list rather short as I can get lost in having to many targets.

What are your goals for 2019?

Just go see Aquaman!

Ignore the critics. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Put your money down and go and be prepared to be entertained for almost two and a half hours.

I’ve seen headlines flit across my online vision that have said “Aquaman didn’t tie things into Justice League” (FWIW…it did…in two places. I didn’t dwell on it a lot but it was mentioned!) or “Aquaman would have been a better movie had it been worse” (huh??). I’m sorry for the writers that were paid to write this stuff but you can shove it!

Aquaman was a good origin story…I dare say that I liked it better than any of the recent Marvel movies that have been produced. I think a big part of me saying that is that I’m burnt out on Marvel being the absolute greatest at any type of comic book movie. It sets the bar so high the no matter what DC will never be able to live up to it and I think it’s a load of bullshit! The people who are reviewing these movies are not reviewing them for enjoyment but for the artistic fundamentals or some other BS that most of society doesn’t care about. We want to go to a movie and be entertained.

So just go and see Aquaman!

Wanting to Write

For some reason, I’m not sure why, these last couple of weeks I’ve had the itch to write something. Mainly fiction. I’ve had ideas pop-up here and there that are the starts of what might be a quick finish or something that never goes beyond that thought stage but it has given me pause to figure out what it would take to start writing…something…anything. I think part of it is that I’m reading a bit more than I have been for the past few years. That usually gets me in the writing mood. Another part of it is reflecting on the past year and what I accomplished or not and if I could look back on 2019 and say that I wrote something. Maybe nothing published but at least something that I’ve spent some time working on.

I’m not sure what will come of it, but you may, or may not, see something come up here.

Merry Christmas to all!

Are you satisfied

I was listening to the Work Play Love podcast this week and there was a question that Jesse and Lauren were answering about a highly driven athlete and how despite setting new PRs they thought they could always do better and didn’t enjoy their accomplishments. The response that Lauren gave really hit home with me.  I don’t remember all of the details but it revolved around being satisfied.

I was like this person once upon a time and at times still feel myself drifting towards it.  I think as runners or other types of people it’s easy to fall into this trap of not being satisfied.  I could probably go on and tell my story but for now I’ll just leave you with this.  If you are running and feeling like you need to run farther, faster and you are not enjoying the experience of being able to do that you need to take a step back and see what it would take you to be satisfied.  You will never be able to run enough miles.  To run fast enough and set enough PR’s.  I’m not saying settle but find where you are satisfied. For me, right now, that is working out 3 times a week.  I’m not quite there but I’m getting there.

I did two workouts this week.  Mostly running but some kettlebells thrown in for good measure.  I think the weights (kettle bells) are important and add a much needed different stimulus.  I’m not running a lot of miles right now but I can already feel a difference by having the bells in there.

Today’s run was 2.4 miles (longest run in a LONG time) in 33:04 I believe.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Not far and not fast

Distance: 1.33 miles

Time: 19:01

(This was Friday mornings workout!)

Almost every day this week I had the thoughts of how much fun it would be to run but when the rubber met the road I found some reason to not get up a few minutes earlier. Usually when I have these constant thoughts of running it’s because I’ve been listening to a bunch of running podcasts and reading a bunch as well. I can’t say that’s been the case here but I’m being a bit cautious about it so that I don’t end up burning myself out or with unrealistic expectations. Will be doing a little something this morning before breakfast.

Have a great suSund everyone.

After Vacation Workout!

Weight: 219.6 (yikes…damn 2 Thanksgiving meals…an just vacation eating in general!)

  • 6 Rounds of the following (about 1:30 per round)
  • 2 Hand Kettlebell Swings (1 with 20lb bell, rest 35lb bell)
  • 5 overhead press per hand (15lb bell)
  • 10 Lunges/10 Step ups (did 3 sets of lunges and did 3 sets of step ups)
  • 10  Standing elbows to knees

This took a little over 11 minutes.  I originally hadn’t intended on doing this but figured it was as good of time as any.  Not quite a full sweat but my heart is beating pretty good.  It’s always a bit hard getting back into things after any sort of vacation so I’m going to try and make the best of this.  I’ll probably try and do something on Wednesday morning, running most likely.

Have a great week everyone!

A round of 8

8 rounds of the following:

2 hand kettlebell swing x 10 (20 lbs)

Push-up x 8

Deadlift x 8 (35 lbs)

This took me about 12 minutes to finish. Not really pushing it as I want to ease into things, but I was also huffing and puffing pretty good at the end.

The thing I’ve discovered with working out in the morning is that the night before can determine if you workout or not. Going to bed last night I didn’t want to workout this morning but I set my alarm and got to it! Just need to get over that hump!

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