Getting Stronger And A Little Depressed

Todays post I just wanted to give a quick update on my progress.

As I said in a previous post, I have a goal of 215 to reach by May 15. Here we are only a little under a month away and I am at a stand still. The weight is not coming off. Today is one of those days where I just want to quick and binge on pizza and doughnuts…mmmm doughnuts.

However, I went to the gym in the office a couple of days ago and did not chest and back. When I looked in the mirror I saw this…

Do you see those shoulders? Are you serious? I never had muscles like these just sticking out before. I was a little depressed about how I was looking and the pics from the Spartan Race this past weekend were less then flattering. It showed me that I am on the right track and mine might be a little slower then everyone else but I will get there.

I have went up on the amount of cardio I do every week. I am now running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and on Monday and Friday afternoons around 3 miles. I am going to continue to do the training routine my coach has provided me but also throw in some target area session four times a week.

As far a nutrition is concerned. I am going to start carb cycling next week. I have been doing a lot of research on this and I am going to just dive in a give it a go. I have nothing to loose but 20 pounds of body fat.

That is my plan and I hope to fill you in as I go. Have you ever fell in the dumps about not loosing any weight? A trainer once told me it does not matter how much or how fast you loose it is that you never stop trying.

The Open Choice- Why I Registered For The Crossfit Open

Well I did it! I never thought in a million years I would but with some encouragement from my friends and family I signed up for The Crossfit Open! I have to say that am scared to find out what type of crazy workout is in store for me next Friday for the next five weeks but I am also very excited. The choice was not taken lightly. Here are the main reason why I chose to register.

To physically see where I am. Every now and then you need to check and see what areas you need to work on most. I know a few but my hope for after the open is to zero in on some things I never knew I need help with. I know I still have trouble with a 95 lb snatch but one day I will get there.

To compete. I have never done a competition like this before. Please remember I am a runner and only have run races. Never have I did any other type of physical competition. So it will interesting to see what kind of scores I get.

To keep a sense of community. My little crossfit gym is amazing. At CrossfitMNC I have made more friends in the one year I have been there than any other gym or activity I have done, including running. The push me and encourage me and some days I leave hurting and swearing that I will never come back but I always do. The coaches are there 24 hours to answer questions, provide advice, and to help you reach those fitness goals. Yes I am excited to do the open but I am more excited to do it with my friends.

It might seem crazy to some people why I do Crossfit but those who question it have never done it. To me its my little one hour escape three times a week and it gives this dad a chance to hang out with other adults and not have to worry about the day-to-day stuff. Also I think I look amazing while doing power cleans…just saying.

So wish me luck next Friday as I start The Crossfit Open. I am not looking to go The Crossfit Games by any means but I am going to have fun cause that’s really what it is all about. Throwing weight and having a blast!

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!


Where Has The Time Gone?

I sit here at work today trying to find something to blog about and let me tell you that sometimes blogging can be kind of a bitch. I sat here and wrote a few drafts when I happen to look down at my desk and saw a picture of Brittney and I when we first started dating. Not only am I thirty pounds lighter in this picture but it came to my mind that this was taken three years again.

I started to think about what was my life looked like three years ago. I was living in a small apartment with my roommate and his girlfriend. I had just got out of college and had that whole “I have no idea what I am doing with my life” thing going for me. I was working as a third shift cashier at the local Harris Teeter while also working two to three days at the last Blockbuster in the world that is open. I drove a beat up 1998 Jeep Cherokee that I had since high school. It sounded like a tank coming down the road. I loved it. I was barely making ends meet but was having the time of my life.

Then one day I came down with pink eye and had to go to the doctor’s office. What I did not know was that visit was going to change my life forever. That was the day I met my wife. We started to date and we had an instant connection and I knew that this person was a “game changer” that flip everything upside down.

Soon I got my first real job after college which I am still there. I moved out of that apartment and moved in with Brittney. After that we were engaged and then six months later we got married. After we moved in to our first house it was not long after that Brittney and I were expecting our first child and then January of this year our daughter was born.

Looking back on these past three years I am still finding it hard to believe that it has been so little time. What can I say? When you know, you know. Brittney and I don’t always get along but we have a deep respect for one another. She deals with my crazy one man dance parties in the kitchen, my constant complaining about our malfunctioning bathroom scale, my weird laughing in my sleep, and my loud and smelly man gas that usually is a result from eating too much Subway. I deal with her need to be right or to prove herself right, her crazy and somewhat expensive sweet tooth, her weird obsession with Keith Urban, and her “rage blackouts” that leave me crying in the corner. That last one is not true. Still we make it work. Thats love!

I would not change anything that has happened in the past three years. I would do it again if I had to but maybe with the whole staying thirty pounds lighter. I have a feeling that Brittney and I have so much more to look forward to. We are just getting started and now that we are parents, the real adventure is about to begin.