Monday, February 5, 2018

Start of week 3

Fist two weeks are in the books, and I've gotten some things right and some things wrong.  My first week, I nailed my eating.  Meal prepped every meal (though I didn't eat all my meals).  Workouts, not so much.  Missed the first workout due to some illness effects, got part of the second one done and then someone jacked my equipment (lesson learned there).  Workout 3 was missed due to what looked like one of those parenting nightmare scenarios where you kid has to go to another facility due to the need for a specialist, and all that.  And the fourth one I just quit on myself.  Not the best start.

Week 2 was better.  Ate mostly the right food (ie I didn't eat all my meals, again).  Got all my workouts in.  Things are good for the most part.

Then the day of debauchery hit.  Super Bowl Sunday.  I have to say, I went to the party with the best of intentions.  Brought my pre made food and everything.  Instead, I ate from the spread.  Let me tell you, it was freaking delicious.  My meal plan isn't bad in any way, but it's not what a culinary person (or a foodie) would call exciting.  So being around all that awesome stuff... 2 weeks of solid will power snapped like a tiny twig.  In all that glorious food was a problem tho.  I'm now 2 weeks 'sober' from "normal" food... I wasn't prepared for the multi-bathroom visits.  That food sat at the bottom of my stomach like a lump of lead.  That part wasn't so fun.  Getting back to good food today made all the difference.

Week 3 has started with a bang!  Good Monday workout, good on the food (did sneak some blueberries).  Tuesday is supposed to be snowmaggedon this year, might have to devise a way to get my workout in at home...

Thats it for now.  Good times are rolling.  Oh, and I'm down 15lbs.

Edit*   Forgot to mention some things before.  My knees were bugging me something firece week 2, and I figured it out pretty quick.  Bum equipment.  Exhibit A:

As you can see, I've walked on the outside of my feet with these shoes, and it's built up the inside of the heel significantly.  Trying to do squats in these shoes has been a painful experience.  thankfully, I've been bringing my flat sketchers (that are also worn out), and my knee problems have pretty much disappeared.  Let that be a lesson folks, wear the right shoes and in a more general sense, use the right tool for the job. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 1, 2018

You're not going to hear the "new year new me" stuff here.  You will hear that today was my first day back in any gym, in quite some time.  Reminded me of the first time walking into CrossFit Diamond State.  Nervous.  Excited.  Maybe a little scared. 

Worked with my brand new trainer/coach Renee Desjardins (look her up) to make sure I knew how to do each of the movements (properly) that were going to make up this 3 week block of training.  I'm doing several movements in a more modified fashion than I'm used to, but that does't mean they don't hit as hard as the "old ways".  Renee had me all over the gym doing things from torso twists at the cable machine (think the biggest piece of equipment at the gym) to the time honored (and Dan modified) push ups.  It was a good all around wake up call/ shock to my body.  Tomorrow will be soreness and SOCCER, followed by more soreness.  It's going to be great. 

I know she reads this, so I have a confession to make.  I didn't get all the 30 minutes of elliptical in (and they have another set/style of machines).  My quads refused to work after about 5 cycles on the first machine.  It was like elliptical hell, only it felt like it was going uphill.  The second set of machines was better, more "flat" feeling, but the fatigue from what we did earlier paired with my abysmal amount of sleep (long story) zapped the life and drive out of my legs about 5 minutes in.  *shrug* we'll get there. 

Other things, my coach is designing what I hope will be a killer meal plan.  Grocery shopping for me is going to get uber specific and putting it frankly, that makes me very excited.  Now, hopefully it's got some flavor and variety, but I'll make it work. 

I've got time for about a 1.5 hour nap before I have to do more work (still at the same place)... going to go take advantage.  Ciao. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Welcome once again, 2018 edition.

Going to keep this one short and sweet.  Through a contact and close personal friend I've been introduced to a world class personal trainer/coach and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for this next year.  I have a lot more to add and talk about, after all, it's been a year...  but thats the update for now.  The fact that it's the beginning of 2018 is a humorous coincidence, this isn't going to be that tired "new year, new me" that is common at the New Year.  More to come, stay tuned, I'm back and this is going to be better than ever!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Update 02/12/17

Welp, between the super bowl, stupid hours at work (again), and staying up late (not getting enough sleep)...

Short version, fell back off the wagon.  Most of it my fault, some of it not.

But hey, next week is a new day.  My boy Mark Morrison has been killing it at his local gym.  Makes me proud and motivated to see someone else sticking with it through whatever issues he has to deal with.  Also stokes that competitive fire.  I want to beat him now.  LOL.

So, we're staring off fresh.... again.

Going to be using that little key Fob thing, going to be eating with the Body4Life plan.  Going to be great again.  haha!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Weekly update 01/29/17

This week sucked from a fitness perspective.  Not even going to line out what I did, which wasn't much, at all...

Tuesday I got into the gym and got with one of the program coordinators, got this swanky key thing to use to track the machine part of the workouts, and got setup with that.  Then I got ill-ish, and didn't get back to the office till Friday.

Tracked food for about half the week, the stopped.

Might stop all together.  I do like the app though, it's a nice change from myfitnesspal, but it doesn't have near the library of scanned items (yet).  The reason I might stop, starting the following week (not next week), I'm going to go back to the Body4Life eating style.  Simple explanation, it's 6 meals, preferably 3 being protein shakes (MyoPlex specifically) and the other 3 being a serving of a protein, a carb, and get at least 2 veggies in over those 3 meals.  This worked wonders back in.... geez, 2001.  LOL.  Time to dust it off and get back in it for real.  I might end up ditching these workouts too, but not yet, I'll give them and the food some time to make a mark.

Sleep is still an issue.  Will be trying to get back under the cpap mask.  I can tell the quality isn't there, because, for the most part, the quantity is.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekly update 1/23/17

Busy week.  Got to the gym 3 times.  Bro'd out with a lot of bench.

MON-- was a wash, didn't get to the gym, didn't get to work.  Ate moderately well, downloaded app
TUE--started using APP, says I should be losing weight.  haha.
WED-- took it easy today, biked for 2 miles, rowed 1k.  Got form to sign up for a tracker thing that the gym has, thinking about spending extra time doing cardio.
Thur-nothing, tracked food.
Friday, signed up for the tracker stuff, benched, curled.  Weight is up, but I've got stomach issues, think I'm retaining water, need to drink more.

Looking back on my updates.  I didn't appear to gain weight this week, but I'm 90% sure it was all retention of water.  Had an upset stomach for a day and a half, and I hadn't be drinking near enough (think about 40oz a day), so my body was holding on.

This coming Tuesday, I go in for my 60 minute eval.  Get a key fob which works for every machine (cardio or weights) and tracks all the activity.  Real way to stay accountable.  I plan on doing more cardio.  Saw some good results on the soccer field tonight, so this is a positive step in the right direction.

Other thoughts, I want to learn how to box.  Might take that up in 100 lbs.  :)

Another thought.  Hit middle age officially.  35.  Put up a FB video.  Did a shoutout to some of my fitness family in DE.  Only one person I mentioned, out of 15 or 20, said happy birthday.  Kinda sad about that.  They still mean the world to me, but I'm out of sight, out of mind I guess.  :|

Sunday, January 15, 2017

YO! Been a minute, how you doin?

Holy crap it's been too long.  Waaaaaaaaaay too long.  Good news thought, I'm back in a gym!

Here's the bad news though, I've gained most of my pre CrossFit weight back.  Sitting un-pretty at 472 as on Monday last week.  

Here's the good news.  I'm back in the gym.  I hit it three days last week, in a traditional gym, not a box.  Worked a bit of everything.  My thought process is that I'm waking my body up and saying hey, change (pain) is coming.  I've already got my process down, shaker cups and protein at the office, and things are rolling.  Up before 7 (doesn't matter when), dressed, at the office in 25 minutes, get about 25-40 minutes of office work in, then off to the gym.  40-70 minutes (depending on workout), shower, back up to the desk and on with the day.

Gets the metabolism going early.  Gets the workout out of the way.  Starts every day off with success and accomplishment.  Should be a great thing.

Other notes/plans:

Workout 4 days a week, if not 5.

Weigh myself every day, not every week.  I want to watch it all the way down.  I'm no longer a believer in waiting a week at a time for myself.  Might work for you, might work for others, but I want to do it every day so I can see my actions working or not working and tweak it.

I'm going to get back into tracking food.  Switching apps from myfitnesspal to MyNetDiary.

Need to figure out how I'm going to eat overall.  Might go back to Paleo, might go Keto.  Not sure.  I plan on adding these things in slowly rather than implementing all at once.  Going to build these habits one at a time until they're all ingrained.

Lastly, I'm changing up the habits on the CrossFit Nomad blog.  I plan on posting only once a week, and making it the same day every week (or at least in the same time frame of "the weekend").  The thought is that I'm going to write down quick things about each day, and then post it in a one week summary.

There is more on my mind, but I'm pooped at the moment.  Write more soon.