Good News And Bad News

I am not one to get on a blog and start to rant about the how my life is horrible and that there is nothing good in this world for me. You won’t find that here on Thrifty Running Dad, however, you will find an honest account about what is going on with me in the terms of working out, being a parent, and of course saving money.

For the past few weeks I have been dealing with a swollen knee. This happened to me when I was training for the marathon. This time I know what happened, I was doing a WOD with a lot of box jumps. Seriously like it was 5 rounds for time of 30 box jumps, 15 wall ball shots, and a 400 meter run. By the way, I crushed it! Sorry.

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Ever since that workout my knee has not been the same. It swells every night and after every workout it just throbs with pain. So I am benched and The Open starts tomorrow. How is this fair? What does that mean for me? Well after a lot talking to myself on my drive home and some soul searching, I have made the executive decision to not participate in The Open this year. I know this is hard for me also. There are just to many hurdles this year. I have a trip to Disney the last week, my knee is injured, and I need to get some things handled at work. Trust me when I say that this was not an easy decision.

On a brighter note, yesterday I had my appointment with my cardiologist. This doctor was my grandmother and my mothers heart doctor. He knows my family history so i felt very comfortable seeing him. I was nervous but ready.

After we went down memory lane for a bit. He told me that I was perfect and that whatever I was doing to keep doing it. I mean that almost made me cry. If you follow my story then you know that my main reason to lose weight is to break my family cycle and according to my cardiologist I am well on my way.

Another brighter note, I got to spend time with my SIL and BIL to celebrate my SIL birthday! What did we eat? Japanese of course and I shared most of my carbs with my nephew Holden. Love that kid. Had a great time and we mostly talked about Disney and how excited we are getting. Good times and good times ahead.

Hate that BrittWhitFun and the girls could not make it but we still has a ton of fun.
Hate that BrittWhitFun and the girls could not make it but we still has a ton of fun.

First Week

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So it was back to the grind this week as schools opened back up, people heading back to work and of course, traffic being crazy. What it also means is that it was the first week of New Years resolutions. How has your resolutions been going?

This week I have hit the gym hard…very hard. I have been incorporating a lot off strength training as well 30 minutes of cardio a day. I have been managing my nutrition very well and I actually meal prepped all my lunches, snacks and made a schedule for my supplements and shakes. It seems to be going well. The scale is starting to move in a direction that I am starting to like, I have more energy through the day, it has been easier to get out the door in the morning since all my lunches are made.

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As far as my devices go, I am happy to announcement that I have had my electronics away from my bedside all week. It has made me more attentive and I have been able to connect to my wife on another level. I actually have enjoyed being without electronics. It has been great.

So how are you doing with your resolutions? Are you having issues? If I am being honest I did have a small setback where I had a binge on Oreos. I am not proud of it but I jumped back on my commitment the next day. That is the most important thing. Don’t give up.

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Adjusting To The Fit Life

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I have to say that I am always trying to find a new way to workout these days. If it is only a 30 minute workout and I break a sweat then I know it’s a good night. I have to say that I have also has to adjust my food in take, the types of food I intake, and the amount and time I consumer water. It can be really stressful at times but I have to say that I am starting to adjust to life as a fit dad.

I was on my phone over the weekend and I happen to be looking around in the App Store. I do consider myself to be on top of my tech info and I always try to stay on track when new technology comes out. I found some really awesome fitness apps that I downloaded to help me. Here are just a few:

  • Healthy Out– This app tells me the restaurants in my area, and based on my eating preferences, it gives me a list of things to eat that are good for me. No more guess-work when eating out!
  • iDrated– This lets me know to drink water by alerting me when its time to fill up.
  • Human– Helps and motivates me to be active for just 30 minutes a day. Anything extra is a bonus!
  • Pedometer++– I love this app and it shows me how many steps a day I take a day and I can even set a goal.
  • To Bed– Based on when I need to get up for work, this app tells me when to start heading to bed to get a good night sleep.
  • Sleep Cycle– This app measure how I sleep.
  • UP Coffee– Lets me know how much caffeine I am consuming and how it will affect my sleep.
  • Six Pack Abs– My pocket  ab workout.
  • Gain Yoga– For those days where I can’t make it to yoga class
  • Quick 4– Makes getting a last-minute workout before bed a lot easier.

I know it may seem like a lot of apps to keep up with but they are really not that hard. Most of them run in the background and make my life better. I have combined them with my usual exercise routine and I have already found a huge difference.

Last night, BrittWhitFun and I worked out together. It was fun and relaxing. We did yoga, cardio and abs together. There is nothing like working out with your wife. My wife is a champ! Tonight I hope to go for a run. I need to get back to my race training. I have been really slack on it this week and I hope it does not affect me too bad. My next race is only three weeks away!