So close to 300

I am getting so close to 300 pounds.  I was hoping to hit it this week, but things are a little slower than I hoped.

With any luck, I will hit it this next Saturday.

Weight: 301.4
Fat%: 37.2%

Loss this week: 1.8 lbs, fat 1 lb

Good news: Got the green light from the doctor to get back to running.  We are also going to get our bikes ready for the season and get out on the trail soon.  The new stretch of Burke Gilman looks nice and very smooth!

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2011 Year in Review

Wow, what a year!  I know when you look back at almost any year, you can have that thought.  So much happens in a year, it is almost hard to look back on them as a whole and try to digest them.  As I flipped through the calendar of 2011, I saw so many different kinds of things that brought to mind parts of the year gone by.  If you are reading this, you know that the major one is my diet.  It is the major theme of 2011 in my life and it has been interesting how it has influenced so many other parts of my life.  There are so many other great things that happened this year that I am glad I went back and remembered.

Travel:

In 2011 I visited Chicago twice, London, Omaha twice, Orlando, LA – Burbank -OC 5 times, Portland, Bremerhaven, Germany, San Jose, San Juan, PR, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, and Santa Rosa.  Most for business, but some with Sabrina and for fun.

School:

I stopped going to Embry-Riddle this year.  I just couldn’t see continuing to spend money on a bad education.  I decided that I needed to put in some hard work and get into the UW.  Hopefully that will pay off in 2012 and I will be a Husky by Spring Qtr.  I was still taking classes in 2011, just at North Seattle CC.

Exercise:

To my surprise, I started running this year… and I liked it.  Most of my life I have tried to avoid walking, let alone run.  I am still working my way into being a runner, but so far I think it will be something I can stick with.  I tried kettle bell this year and I just didn’t stick with it, but I am hoping to get some kind of weight training started.  Even if it is just push ups, I think it will make a big difference.

Diet:

Started 4 Hour Body in April and I am still doing it 1/1/12, that should say it all.  After a week back from the holiday in California, I am back to my lowest numbers of the year.  I finished up at 315 pounds so I lost almost 75 pounds since April.  My fat loss has been even better, almost 85 pounds.

The other great part of the diet was the number of people that have found success or at least hope on the diet.  This has been a huge motivation for me.  Not only is it nice to have other people on the diet, but it keeps me honest and accountable.  Whenever someone tells me they started the program because they read my blog or facebook posts, it reminds me I have to keep this up for them too.

Here’s to 2011, it was great, now lets make sure 2012 is even better!

If I run fast enough, my fat can’t keep up

So if you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you will know that Sabrina and I started running a couple weeks ago and we are still on the Couch to 5K program.  Running has been a lot better than I thought it would be.  In the past, I didn’t even like to walk, but running really makes me feel better, when it is done.  While I do it, I question my choices and wonder what I was thinking, kind of like the first week of my diet.  Each step of the program makes me stretch to a place that I never thought I would be able to get too.  It has been a good experience just for that object lesson.

If I stretch, I can make it.  If I don’t try to stretch, I will never make it.

Now I just have to keep that in the front of my mind.  For whatever reason, it is so easy to forget.

Before I put up my status for the week, I wanted to recommend the last two books that I read.

1: The Sportsman by Dhani Jones – If you loved his Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe, it is a must.  If you like sports, travel or just learning some valuable lessons about interacting with other cultures and people, this is a great book.  Dhani is a great writer and he has a lot to say about expanding your vision of the world, which is something I am a huge fan of.

2. The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick – This is a book for game nerds on how to improve their lives.  I am still reading it, but it has given me some great ideas on ways to look at work, school and life differently.  Nerds are a different kind of people and we have to look at things a little differently.  It seems to fit in with the almost self-help theme I am building now.

I never thought I would read self-help books and in some ways I am not sure if they are really self-help books, but if they do empower a change, they help. (Special note: If I ever read a Dr. Phil book, someone please kill me!)

Status Report:

10/22/2011

329lbs  42.1% Body Fat
60.4 Pounds Lost  72.2 lbs of Fat Lost
42.2 BMI < New stat that I am tracking. PS – says I am OBESE.  Someday I hope to be fat.

10/29/2011

324.8lbs  41.8% Body Fat
64.6 Pounds Lost  74.9lbs of Fat Lost
41.7 BMI

11/5/2011

323.4lbs  41.4% Body Fat
66.0 Pounds Lost  76.8 lbs of Fat Lost
41.5 BMI

A couple good weeks, but I got keep it going.  Hopefully with more blogging goodness.

Kettlebell take 1 and Action

I did my normal 35 minutes on the elliptical today, as I do on Tuesdays, but this time I tried to add in my Kettlebell work out.  This is a major part of the 4 hour body program, but I am still figuring it out.

I watched videos and read articles, but I still need to fine tune the effort.  It looks so easy when someone who knows what they are doing, makes a video and posts it online.  When I am standing in my garage with a pile of weights and some pipe screwed into the shape of a Kettlebell, I am a bit lost.  I guess I give it another try on Thursday and see if I am tune up my swing.

Sweat released = reduction of gut

With my wife out of the house tonight, I was in charge of dinner and a dog walk.  So the dogs and I hit the road and circled the neighborhood.  A lovely walk until we came upon a couple dogs off leash.  Why people think they can let their dogs run around without leashes on in public, I will never know.

After a nice warm up walk, I decided to turn up the resistance on the elliptical and extend the time a little bit.  So I added 5 minutes and 4 points to the resistance.  It made the last couple minutes very challenging, but hopefully it will make things great at weigh in and when I am walking all over Puerto Rico and the Southern Caribbean.

I keep running, but never get anywhere

I love running on the elliptical.  It is like jogging that doesn’t hurt my knees.

When I first did it years ago, I couldn’t even figure out how it was supposed to work.  The first 5 minutes made me think I was going to have a heart attack and die there at the Golds Gym in Redondo Beach, CA.  Luckily I stuck with it and found it to be one of my favorite exercises.  I even own one, but still like to go to the gym to use theirs.  I am paying for it, so I might as well.

After work tonight, I headed over to the Y and did my customary 30+ minutes on the elliptical.  Thanks to Scot, I had some ear buds to listen to my iPod with.  Due to all the car switching this week, my ear buds all ended up in the Element and I had the Accord today.

Good workout today and more on Thursday!

Go for it, Push it to the limit and other motivational statements

Day 2 of adding some exercise to the program.  I did 30 minutes on the elliptical at home, which worked out well, since I forgot my gym clothes at home this morning.  Before I got dressed to workout, I tried on my suit and a couple sportcoats that I hadn’t worn in a while.  They fit well and even are a little big, but good enough for formal night on the cruise.  This bump in confidence really set me up for a great work out.  I jumped on the elliptical and started out like I was going to go for an hour.  After 3 minutes I felt like I was going to fall off and not make it to five minutes.  This is a normal feeling for me, but I know it is just in my mind.  I can push through it and make it to the end.

Getting to the 30th minute and then the cool down, made me feel like I accomplished something.  Much like seeing a lower number on the scale every week, it all clicks that button in my brain that creates the feeling of success.  There is a great side effect of these little successes, they build up to huge successes.

Now for the line I will have to put in a book someday: Go out there and make a little success happen in your life everyday.