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 9- Adventure In The Sky!

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Sorry it’s taken me a week to post. I had to get over my vacation blues. The worst thing about vacations is that they come to a end. It’s always best to do one last crazy thing before it’s over and that is just what I did. After relaxing on the beach, get wet at the water park, and getting up close and personal with a herd of steers it was time to head to the mountains for a zip lining adventure I would never forget.

We arrived at Sky Valley Zip Tours in Blowing Rock, North Carolina early that morning. BrittWhitFun, my sister-in-law Kate, and her husband Spencer and I were so pumped to get started. I do have to admit that I was a little nervous and excited. The iced coffee from Starbucks helped with that a little. We were greeted by our rangers and then told how to put on our safety gear.

Once we got suited up we headed up the mountain to “ground school” where we learned the basic moves to perform a fun and safe zip. Then we got started.

The first few zips were short and easy. I guess they were there just to get you ready for the big ones. Then you went to the one they call “Big Momma”, which is 1,400 feet long and it’s between two mountains and when you look down you see nothing but valley. It was amazing.

As the tour went on you did a cliff jump and a few more zips before ending the tour with a swinging bridge and some zips that were way to fast. I almost knocked Kate off the platform in one.

It was a lot of fun and it was great to do a crazy adventure with my wife, who was a real trooper and I love that she supports my crazy ideas. When we left we grabbed lunch at our favorite pizza place which is Mellow Mushroom and then headed home to get our kids who we missed a lot.

Would I ever do this again? In a heartbeat. It was an amazing adventure. I am hoping to do a few more crazy things before I return like hang gliding or even sky diving. That would be cool. All and all I had a great vacation and can’t wait till the next!