Hello…is this thing on?

Well, yesterday it was a year since my last post in this spot. I tried blogging in a self hosted blog but that didn’t get very far. A few dozen sporadic posts but not a whole lot. Just not motivated to post I guess. Since posting last, its been an interesting ride on my personal fitness journey. I gained weight, hitting an all time personal high of 252.0 lbs on July 26. I then proceeded to lose 35 lbs by Dec 15th. I relaxed as many of us do over the holidays, exercising 6 days a week, but eating and drinking with abandon. I went all the way back to 230 by New years day, and now 10 days later I am back down to 223. Up down, up down.

So I am back to write here. I get bored simply writing about what I ate or didn’t eat, and/or just talking about my workouts, so I instead am going to turn this into an all around exercise/nutrition/fitness/outside adventure blog. I progress best when I document, but after 15 years of documenting eating and exercise (the writing comes in spurts) I am not motivated to write about souly that anymore. My favorite exercise these days are nice long walks, preferably in the woods or on snowshoes when the weather cooperates, and I will hopefully have some outside adventures/hikes I can post about.

So if this passes by anyones news feeds, I am back to writing. I have been exercising consistantly for 6 months now minimally 3 times a week but often 6 times a week. I went to the gym for a few months, and progressed well, but I just don’t enjoy the gym atmosphere anymore. So I am back to exercising at home with bodyweight exercise, my 5-50 lbs powerblocks and doing beachbody programs mixed in with youtube videos etc to go along with all the walking I can handle when it is not 35 below celcius as it has been here on the East Coast of Canada this past 10 days or more. So even though I have been exercising pretty steadily and successfully for 6 months, this is in a sense a reboot and a fresh start and day 1 simply for blogging purposes. It feels good to be back.

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Overdid it today

So while I have been quiet post wise this week I have been working out despite having some kind of virus, or sinus issue. I am very tired tonight, having done yoga this morning and a three hour walk this afternoon in the woods, half of which were done on my snow shoes. I didn’t actually set out to go out for so long but got turned around on a new (to me) snowshoe trail and ended up much further away then i had planned.

My face was pretty swelled up due to the sinus infection or whatever the heck i had going on this week, but I still managed to work out each day this week. Each day this week I have done the first 4 days of P90x, so I guess I have committed myself to doing P90x haha. I have mentioned many times on these pages that I have “unfinished business” with that program. I do enjoy the workouts and I have had success with the program in the past. I want to finish this time, and I believe I will.

Today I bought myself a Fitbit One to track steps and sleeping patterns. I have wanted a fitbit for years, and since I hadn’t decided on something to tell my wife to get me for my birthday couple weeks ago, decided to get that. Just picked it up tonight, got it all configured and I start using it tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Hiking, and walking have always been a big part of my exercise program and since I am a nerd and love all things “stats” this is right up my alley. after a few weeks of use, I will give a review.

I am exausted so I am headed to bed. Was a very long day of exercise and getting over this bug. I will post my starting stats that were taken Monday my day 1 tomorrow, and I will be weighing myself going forward once a week to keep myself honest. Am off to a good start effort and consistency wise, just need to keep it up.

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Back to WORK tomorrow!

Not actual work mind you, as I find myself in a transition phase in my career, having been downsized on Dec 20, but work on regaining my health, and improving my fitness levels. I have been not watching what I eat, and remaining lethargic for far too long.

My fitness focus in 2014 is going to be on functional fitness, and doing exercise routines that I can maintain long term. While I am not working, the plan is to exercise ALOT, while I have the time. I am looking to try an obstacle mud run and get into running once I get my weight down. I plan to do lots more hiking, biking, and kayaking this year and other things I enjoy. Less time sitting and more time moving. Keeping it simple.

It starts tomorrow with some snow shoeing with my wife and some friends. We have been absolutely hammered by snow so far this winter and we are getting out for the first time this winter tomorrow, I can’t wait!

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As you can see we’ve had a lot of snow. Looking forward to getting out into the fresh air and getting some exercise.

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Busy day

Today was a very busy day spent trying to get my financial ducks in a row, working on my resume, playing phone tag with people I need to speak with, and most importantly, watching Canadian Juniors play-off games (mostly kidding, haha). I didn’t get a lot of exercise, its too damn cold to be outside (try minus 38 Celsius/minus 27 Fahrenheit), and I spent much of the day on the phone. I did get in alot of stretching, and a bunch of push-ups.

I am ready to begin this coming Monday regular exercise again, and I will be getting some snoeshoeing in this coming weekend as a warm up. As I said yesterday I have not been working out regularly of late and I am ready to get back into the swing of things.

Just a short post today, just getting back into the habit of writing here. I will have more substantial things to say once I clean up my eats starting Monday, and I start exercised in a structured way. This will be the year I finally get into my lifetime best condition, and great health.

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Back and ready to ROCK


2013 was a long and interesting year. Just like every year there were highs and lows. The first five months I dealt with blood pressure and migraine issues, with my BP consistently being in the 185/117 range for 5 straight months. I went from March 15th to Dec 17th without a migraine, the longest I went in 6 years without a migraine (the previous two years 16 days was the longest). Dec 20th was my last day at work after I had been downsized after 10 years with a great company that treated me nothing but fairly. I did not like the role (hated it actually) but the company always treated me fair and just. This has brought alot of stress on me since I found out in mid November, but I am over that now and ready for new beginnings.

Given that I have some time at the start of 2014 as I look to find where my career will take me left, this is the ideal time to focus on my health and fitness. I have been very lazy and lethargic since coming home from Vegas in October. Since finding out that I would be losing my job in November I have eaten everything that has not been nailed down. I went to vegas at 219 lbs on October 10th (coming down from and all time high of 250 on July 1st). I now sit at 240 ish pounds (I don’t know exact weight as I have not been on a scale in a couple days). I have barely worked out more than 2 3 times a week in two months. Some weeks, not at all. This coming Monday I will be starting tracking every morcel that goes in my mouth again, and will begin regular exercise tomorrow.

I do best when I document my journey. I love to write, and I need the accountability. So I am back to my blog. The problem I have had in recent years is that I get worried about who is reading what I write and I start to censor myself. No more. I will write for myself, and I will document my journey warts and all. If i don’t exercise I will document it. If I drink alcohol (and I will occasionally) I will document it. I will celebrate my victories, and I will fess up to my shortcomings. I will be blogging as close to daily as I can manage and I will achieve my lifetime best condition in 2014.

I’m ready to cut the excuses and bull shit, and do the work.

Here we go.

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Don’t. Give. Up. On. Me

I had a pretty crappy November. Coming down off the trip 25 years in the making, struggling to get my fitness feet under me again. Self doubt as far as fitness and health goals. Lack of Motivation. Lost my job of ten years with a great company (did not like the role I was doing in recent years, but the company has been AMAZING to me), my last day is Dec 20th. Blah blah blah.

But today, is a new day, and yesterday the start of a new month. I have been up two days in a row by 6 and exercised in the morning. Although my eating hasn’t been amazing the last two days, I have been mindful of what I am eating, and today, once again, I start tracking. I am stressed about the job situation, but am in a position that i can swing it for a little while until I figure out what to do with myself. Do I still want to be in IT? Is now the perfect time to start studying to become what I have wanted to do since I was 14 or 15, a personal trainer? I don’t know the answer to these.

I had my friends over for darts and poker this past Friday night, and Mud Hero is still a go for July 5/6th weekend 2014. I still am kicking around the idea of trying to run the spartan race just a week later as well with a buddy of mine that is doing both. Alot will depend on my job situation. I have no idea what the future holds yet, but I know I can’t sit around and do nothing. I must continue to work to reach great health, and undo the damage of 10 years of sedentary lifestyle and sitting which contributed greatly to my blood pressure issues, and all the other health crap I have been dealing with for the last few years. The world keeps turning, so its time to put on my big boy pants and do what needs to be done!

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Competition, Big vrs Small Goals, 2014 Focus

Beware, this post may be all over the place.

I have been struggling for a while with lack of focus in what I wanted to do fitness wise. Months and Months really. Look at my post history over the last 4 months, even the stretch July 1 through Oct 10 when I lost 32 lbs and my posts have been sporadic at best. I am going to try and explain what’s been going on, and where I am going.

I have mentioned many times on these pages, that I have been over 200 lbs since 1999 (27 years old). I spent all of my 30’s, or 80 percent of them sick and or unhealthy, with a laundry list of issues that I don’t need to reiterate here. Needless to say, while I have certainly made progress with my health I still have a ways to go in some areas. Getting (and staying) healthy remains my number one priority. I simply must get myself healthy so I can be around for a long time to provide for, and enjoy life with my family for many years to come. Getting Healthy should be enough to get me off my ass and keep me moving, but its not really a measurable goal.

I did great from July to October as I was working my butt off to win a bet that 5 of us made as we were getting ready to go to Vegas. Vegas has come and gone, and I have struggled since then finding something that could stoke the inner fires and keep them burning. A couple weeks ago I mentioned to some friends I was thinking of doing a mud run in 2014 to have something to shoot for. I have had some interest in some friends to joining me and it looks like I will be doing a Mud Hero event July 5-6 weekend in Halifax NS, a couple hour drive from my house.

This isn’t something that is merely a whim for me. I have been interested for over a year after following the exploits of some good friends of mine that have ran various races over the last couple years. I have had a handful of friends that have been running various races 5k/10k/half’s, tough mudders, mud heroes etc. And the wheels have been turning for well over a year. I would read about these things and the non-confident part of me would quickly talk myself out of even mentioning it to anyone. I did however continue to watch the Facebook stories and pics of a few friends I knew, and I also had a few conversations with good friends that did these races.

I came to a realization recently that training to look a certain way no longer inspires me personally. Don’t get me wrong, I take before and after pictures trying to measure my own progress, and to show how far I have come, but it doesn’t fire me up any more. I grew up and athlete. I grew up competing at everything. Sports, marbles, grades (unfortunately I didn’t take the grades serious past grade 8). Competition is something that really still burns inside of me. I was telling a friend recently, I need to compete. It may not be the “me versus you” it used to be for me, but I at least have to compete me versus me.

So what is all this leading to? Well I still have a very long way to go in my fitness journey. I still have 50-60 lbs I want to lose. But if I can’t get myself to work hard enough shooting to weigh 180, or to look a certain way, what am I to do? Well, what I am going to do is to exercise to Feel (healthy, energetic, positive, pain free) a certain way, rather than to look a certain way. I am going to exercise so that I can perform a certain way. I am going to exercise so that I can get off the sidelines of life, out from behind the computer screen that makes up my work life and so much of my entertainment and start living.

More than anything I love to exercise outside. Hiking, biking, kayaking, snow shoeing. I no longer enjoy the gym environment personally and I am going to be doing lots more of the things I actually enjoy. I have told people for a long time that I don’t believe there is one best cookie cutter way to exercise or magic program that works for everyone. I believe the best exercise is the one that you will do consistently. Whether that is walking/running , yoga, the gym, crossfit, biking or whatever.

The second part of my realization is, I need a big scary goal to motivate myself. I need to be publicly accountable to people that will call my bluff if i back off or back out. So here it is. In 2014 I am going to run a Mud Hero event in July 2014. I am doing this with a bunch of friends that are using it as a fun thing to do and something to motivate them to exercise as well. I am also even thinking of doing a Spartan Race the very next week. A good friend of mine who has done some races is doing both and I am really intrigued by it. They are far enough away that I could train and do them both, while they will both be very challenging, they both will consist of a little over an hour each of exercise (5k races with 10-15 obstacles each. Top end finishers will be done in a little over 30 Min, i assume I will take 60-80 min?). I have been researching these races for about a year casually and fanatically for the last few weeks. I really want to get a couple races under my belt and see if they will provide the level of competition (with myself) that I really find is missing for me.

2014 is going to be more about doing exercise I enjoy. Not about making myself do stuff I don’t enjoy any more. It will be about moving more. Hiking (my favourite activity). Kayaking. Biking. Yoga. Hopefully a return to recreational sports (more ball hockey, soccer, tennis etc). Move more. Eat better and less. I still plan to finish P90x. I do enjoy those style workouts because there is a lot of variety. I am going to give running another shot. My wife enjoys running, and I would like to do something with her. I had a ball swimming this past summer. My wife says i swam more this past summer than I did in the last ten together. I plan to exercise EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Somedays it will just be a walk with the dog. Somedays it will be a workout tape. I will exercise a little each day, so that I can enjoy life more everyday.

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