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Beautiful weekend

I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.  Well, I could but then we’re talking really big dreams.  The weather at the cabin was great.  The lake is spring fed so it can get cold but I swam two of the days.  Saturday morning I got a 13mile + bike ride and then last night after the fish dinner I ran the 25-step stairs about 20 times.  My brother and his wife noticed the change right away and said I was looking good.  I thought I’d get more satisfaction out of it but I remembered I’m not doing this for them.

We got some fishing in, a look at the local, 1 building town, parade, firework competition over the lake, all kinds of stuff.  It felt so good to have reached my goal and to think about the weight that has come off.  One fun thing our 1 year old is doing is lifting his shirt up to show his belly off.  I have no idea where he got this from because I am not at that stage yet but it’s pretty cute.  He also thinks that others should show their bellies as well and is always trying to lift my shirt and my wife’s shirt up to see what kind of belly action we’ve got going on.  I know I’m a lot more comfortable with him doing that (although we are trying to teach him not to do that to others) than I would have been 6 months ago.  It’s great to be at this point.

We came home this morning to relax before another big family day tomorrow.  All of the family took a nap this afternoon which gave me some ‘tech time’.  I got to play around with some new software for my mp3 player and catch up on some exercise blogs.  I ran into one that is a former “Biggest Loser” contestant and he was talking about Jillian Michael’s podcast on KFI.  I remember it from a while ago but this was a great reminder.  I downloaded 4 episodes and went outside to work on the yard while listening to 2 shows.  Jillian has a certain way of motivating me.  I love her “well, duh!’ attitude and being fed up with people who use excuses.  So many times I’ve wanted to be that way with other people but have to consider the friendship angle.  Anyway, it got me pumped up, helped me clean and put stuff away in a good pace.  Even got me to look at my bike and take it for a quick for mile run.  I’m glad to have found it and encourage anyone who is looking for education, tips, or motivation to look up “KFI Sunday” in iTunes.

Well, off to wash the bathrooms.  Have a great evening.


Weigh Day

I lost 5lbs this last week for a total of 23lbs.  Just when I’m second-guessing my calorie intake I have a week like this.  It feels so good to have an above normal week and I am going to take pride in this one.  I was looking at my spreadsheet for weight loss tracking.  It breaks down to a schedule that is for losing on average 1.5lbs, then 2lbs, then 2.5 lbs.  Right now I am 8lbs ahead of the 2.5lbs schedule so I’m enjoying that buffer.  I know that for the most part the weight loss will be around 2lbs per week with a few weeks where there might be no weight loss.  But it’s great to see progress.  Another milestone is that 255 marks a 40lb weight loss of when I was at my heaviest, 295lbs.  The only time I want to see these numbers is in my memories.

I forgot to mention.  Yesterday I was able to fit into a pair of jeans that I bought almost 2 years ago.  At that time I had lost some weight and this pair was supposed to be my next pair to fit into.  I never got to it because I got sideline by an injury and then by the busyness of building our house.  What is really significant about these pants is that they are size 38.  I am out of the 40’s!  Still a long ways to go but yay!

Today’s workout was a lot of work.  I kinda push it on Saturday’s and I think I’ll be feeling it tomorrow.  This morning I continued the alternating speeds but this time pushed the fast part to 5mph and added one set so I went to 45 minutes.  Treadmill said I burned 660 calories.  There was a lot of sweat with that one.  This late afternoon I did try another circuit training that had to do with my core.  It says to do 3 circuits but I could only handle 2.

10 minutes of warm-up on the treadmill.

40 steps

Romanian Dead Lift 10lb weight 15 per side.  Holding a 10lb weight and bending my back over til the weight is below/at the knee.  One leg is straight while the other is raised backwards.  Great for balance and it really pulled at my hamstrings.

40 steps

Wood chop 15 per side.  Making a woodchopping movement.  Simple

40 steps

Alternate lunge with rotation and 5lb weight 10 per side.   This one hurts.  Take the weight and extend it straight in front.  Step forward with right leg, bend down, and then extend to the right.  Bring weight back to center and then pull back to stand straight.  Ouch.

40 steps

Plank press, hold for 30 seconds

40 steps

20 Pushup

40 steps

Twist crunch on ball, 15 per side.  

Maybe in 2/3 weeks I’ll be ready to add a 3rd repetition.


2 eggs and 2 toast 2 celery

Early lunch

yogurt with granola, 1 reese cup egg thingy, soy nuts and almonds, carrots

Late lunch

Tuna salad with cucumber ranch dressing, 1 fudge covered graham cracker, almonds, 1 reese’s cup egg thingy


2 slices of pizza

The horse took off but I’m still riding.

Today was a bit of a surprise.  I thought I would test the foot out some more so I tried to run a little bit.  4.5mph and try to go 6 minutes.  That felt good so then I went 10, then 16…. At minute 19 I was really conscience of how my foot was feeling and the only thing that was under any duress was my breathing.  So I went two more minutes at 5mph.  No problems.  The only thing was slowing down and then going to a steep incline.  That wiped me out!  Maybe that is a better workout for me since it is more strenous but easier on the joints.  

Pretty active today.  The driveway is dry enough to use the garage again with the cars.  I cleaned out the garage from all the gravel that’s been dragged in by ties.  Also did some irrigation to help dry out the yard a big faster and burned some boxes on the brush pile.  Afternoon was pretty relaxing but tonight I did another 2 rounds of circuit training.   Starting to feel it already so I’m going to soak in the tub tonight to treat the muscles.

Oh, I almost forgot!  I lost 2lbs for the week!  Not much but with not exercising that much or as hard, it’s good to see that come off a little more.  I was ready to accept and actually hoping for a week that I just maintained but I’m still making progress.  Very cool.  2 more pounds and I can order a new mp3 player.


2 eggs with toast, grape juice, apple


2 slices of homemade pizza, 1 reese’s chocolate/peanut butter egg and a hard cover version, almonds


tuna salad with cucumber ranch dressing, almonds, 1 reese’s chocolate/peanut butter egg and a hard cover version