Wednesday, October 26, 2011


So first week in and it has brought back memories. The ache of muscles rebuilding the day after a good workout. Your lungs burning during a run on a 40 degree morning. (4*C for you Aussies). The high after that run. The realization of just how hard this is going to be. Then the not so great memories of how I got to this point in the first place. Did you know Hungry Jacks (Burger King in Australia) used to have a family meal consisting of 2 Whoppers, 2 Cheeseburgers, 4 fries and 4 drinks for $9.95? That was a Saturday night meal for me on a regular occasion when I was a teenager. Yeah the Whole thing. Who does that?
So it was last Tuesday I started this Blog/Change. I knew all along it is going to be a challenge. My self control is lacking at the best of times and with food and getting up to exercise it is even harder. I am seeing now the struggle this time is going to be fitting everything into 24 hours. Work, seeing the girls, school and a workout. Its going to take some effort.

This week I got a 2 week trial at Anytime Fitness in Mount Vernon and it looks like a great place. I'll probably join it next week. The benefit of this place is the ability to work out whenever I like. You get an electronic key for the place and its available 24hrs.
On top of going to the Gym, I plan on running and riding outside. I don't really enjoy the treadmill but may have to use it also. It is fall in Washington. I am pretty sure I am going to run the Fowl Fun Run on the 12th of November. So if you are in MV, come on out. I am going to try the 10k but there is a 2 mile also. Looking forward to the sweet feeling of accomplishment and the even sweeter pumpkin pie at the finish line.
Lastly, I think I have found some races for next summer. First is the Seattle Rock n Roll half Marathon. I did this last year (2010) but they are using a different course next year. Its such a fun event. They have a band almost every mile and I think there's 25+ thousand people in it.
Second is a Mountain Bike race series around Washington called the Indie series. There are 5 races and they have a Clydesdale class for us guys above 200lbs. It looks like a fun series and since taking up the sport 4 years ago I haven't raced yet. Should be a good challenge.
Oh yeah, a weight update. Last week was 256.4lb, This morning 254.2lb. A start in the right direction.
That's it for this week,
Catch ya on the trails

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

So here we go!!!

So I am 30 and not real happy with life right now. I have a beautiful amazing wife, Melissa, and the most precious little girl, Eliza. I have a good job, nice home and a good church, but something is missing.I can't help but wonder if this is how I'd see myself at 30. Back when I was 15 and 30 seemed old, is this who I thought I'd see? Am I who I want to be?
So this got me thinking about change. All my life I have been someone who can talk the talk but can I walk the walk? Not usually, but Today Is That Day!!!
So here is the plan. Over the next year I plan to work out more, eat better, live more intentionally and YOU can hold me responsible. So how do I do this?
Step 1 is a gym membership. I loved it when I had the last one. There is something about lifting heavy things.
Step 2 is eating better. Jack in the Box, I love you but its time to move on. Its not you, Its me.
Step 3 is to find a race of some sort to work towards. A marathon is cool but too much running. I love to ride so maybe a enduro MTB race. I need something as a goal that will challenge me.
Step 4 is having goals. This morning I weighed 256.4lb and I am 6"2. I would like to be 220lb and be able to bench and squat well over my body weight. I would like my blood pressure to be under 120/80 and to not be puffed running to the mailbox. I would also like to live in the moment. Enjoy living my life and not just working for the future.
Well, enough from me now. I'll try to post weekly and hopefully have plenty to talk about.
Catch you on the trails