Half A Year Of Fitness

I know a lot of my readers are more than likely tired of reading about my workouts but I have to say that I am really proud of this journey. I have enjoyed where it has taken me and excited for where it is going to take me.

I was sitting a home a few nights ago looking at pictures on my iPad when I noticed how much I have physically changed in six months. It’s hard to believe it all started with a simple walk on a treadmill.

January rolled around and I decided to start running something I have never done before. I weighed in at a rough looking and feeling 289 back then. I started with a small run of one mile. By the time I was done with the month I was running a solid two miles in 25 minutes.

When February came I reached the three mile mark. I could run a 5k in under 35 minutes. My pants were loose and I was weighing in somewhere in the 260s. My clothes were fitting better and I felt better as a person. I started changing my diet and counting the calories I was eating. That made a huge difference. I even had a killer swim workout that month. Still have a lot more work to do with that.

In March I decided after a dinner with my family to challenge myself a little. The weather was getting warmer and I needed to do something crazy. I decided to run a 5k race. So I began training three days a week for it. Running as hard as I could to get my time down to under thirty minutes. At this point I was about 255 on the scale.

April brought me another curve ball in my way. I was asked to run a 5k at the beach with my brother. I was excited and scared to run my first race. I had been training so hard for my suppose to be first race in May but I just considered this one a practice. I got to the race and ended up finishing third in my age division in 29:25! I was really proud of myself and I even got an award. I also went to my first yoga class and now I love yoga. I even got a mat.

Coming fresh off that win, I knew the month of May was going to better. I started off training really good but then life stuff happened and I became kind of lazy. I was scared u was not going to do good at my next race. I showed up nervous and scared but I ended up beating my time. I came in at 26:51. I was fifth in my age division but I did not care. I proved to myself I could do it.

Since accomplishing me race goal I made some really good choices in June. I bought a bike to try cycling. I started to run more. I even chose my next race which is next year in Charleston, South Carolina. The big 10k known as The Cooper River Bridge Run! I was not weighing in at my lowest which was 228 and I dropped to my third pant size. I thought to myself I am going to reward myself with a crazy adventure. So I decided to go zip-lining. My wife, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law went with me. It was the most scary and greatest thing ever. Also I went on my first hike and really felt relaxed and one with nature. That sounded super lame!

It’s been a crazy life changing year for me. I have learned so much about myself and what it really means to be active. I at least try to be active an hour a day. I do sometimes fall short but I just pick myself up. I honestly believe I would not be able to do this without the support of my amazing wife and daughter. They are the reason I have even started this. They say fatherhood changes a man and I believe that with all my heart.

Now what’s happening for the rest of 2014? Here is what’s happening and coming up!

-Right now I am finishing up my July Crossfit Challenge. If you read the blog regularly you already know how that is going.

-In August and September, you will be seeing a lot more cycling and more weightlifting.

-October is a big month cause I will be starting my training for The Cooper Bridge 10k. Also, more yoga!

That’s just a few things I have planned. I am sure there will be other great stuff. I really want to try a kickboxing class or boot camp. My long term fitness goals is to run a half marathon, a marathon, and then a triathlon before I am 35. I would also like to complete a Spartan Race and a Iron Man. All in good time!

Thanks everyone for being so supportive. I do promise that I have some great new blogs about K-Dub coming so look out for those.

Until next time!

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Summer Adventure 4- My First Attempt At Cycling

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So this past weekend I decided to start a new hobby. I wanted to try cycling cause I heard that it is a great way to not only get a workout but to explore the world around you. I have never been one to like riding a bike but I figured I needed to shake up my workout routine and do something I have never done before. After all, I am not training for a race at the moment so now I am finally starting to remember what running for fun is like again.

So I got a great deal on a used bike from one of my coworkers and decided that this past Sunday morning was going to be my first ride. I got my helmet and backpack carrying my water and a protein bar cause I did not know how long I was going to be gone. I also grabbed my cell phone incase I bit off a little more than I could chew and needed my wife to come and pick me up somewhere. safety first!

I hopped on my bike and started to go. The road was clear which is very strange for where we live. There is usually a lot of traffic. I must have won the lottery, cause no cars were around. I was actually enjoying my first ride until I got to my first hill. I struggled up that hill with sweat beads dripping off my face and my heart beating very fast. I stayed consistent and made it but I was tired. Not tired enough to turn back.

I turned down another road that was mostly down hill. It was a nice break and I even had time to snap a nice picture of the beautiful morning. It was nice. Soon I turned right on the next road and it was mostly flat and I was pushing myself to ride faster. A few cars came around the corner and passed me finally. They seemed like they did not mind sharing the road.

Once I finally reached to road the led to my neighborhood, my butt was killing me cause of the bike seat. So I made a mental note that this seat needs to be replaced with one that is more tolerable for my  ass. Once I reached my house I felt more accomplished and made sure to post my first bike ride all over the net. I was very proud of my 8.40 mile ride. 

So now that I have completed my first cycle trip I can look forward to my next one, which will be soon.