On the Run

5 07 2012

Treadmill every day, sometimes twice a day. Ate too much yesterday but getting back on the horse again and riding….

Trying to not let a wishbone grow where my back bone is!

Here’s something that I’m very proud of – my acting debut. Please give it a look. A lot of talented and very creative people are working on this thing. more episodes to come every few weeks or so. If you enjoy it, please share it with your friends, post in online, etc. This is a total word of mouth deal and we are eager to see how far it will go. Please be advised that it does contain adult orientated situations….

more info about the series as well as merch right here:
http://watch.mobontherun.com/





The Weighting Game

27 06 2012

Okay scale, I don’t like you and you don’t like me either so let’s get one thing straight – I need to have dropped some weight by my next acupuncture appointment on Friday. I refuse to go two weeks in a row with weight gain even if it is just a pound or so. I’ve been jerking around with the same few pounds for over a month. Now this weight has to begin to drop again. I’m eating right, I’m eating less, I’ll be on the treadmill, lifting and doing yoga. I will make more time for better self-care. I will make time to get enough rest. I can do this. We can do this together. We can become friends again, can’t we? Two more days to go. Let’s make a deal. I’ll work hard and you be gentle…okay??





Enjoying the Burn

1 04 2012

After a 15+ year break from lifting weights, I’m finally  back.  Adjustable dumbbells in hand and an adjustable  weight bench being shipped as I type this.  Over the years, I have really missed lifting.  But lets face it, when you’re hauling over 400 pounds around each day, the last thing you want to do is pick up anything else heavy.  Now that I’ve begun to start losing weight, I definitely feel an increase of energy and my body wants to be more active.  It’s true what they say, a body in motion tends to stay in motion.  For a long time my body wanted to rest and without changing my diet and my mindset I could never have sustained any type of serious changes when it came to increasing my physical activity.

There are definitely times I falter.   My treadmill has become “the dreadmill”.  Even with built in cable TV, I detest the thing.  So you can imagine how happy I was after weeks of waiting when the dummbells finally arrived.  I then did a very, very stupid thing.  I began lifting with them like I had never taken all of those years off.  I essentially attempted to pick up where I left off.  And for the next 4-5 days, I could not straighten either of my arms.  Before lifting, I had a romantic notion of what muscle burn felt like but it ended up being something much different afterwards.  This was a painful reminder that it takes dedication AND PATIENCE to get where you want to be.

I’ve since dialed the workouts back a little.  Maybe not even back but rather i’ve dialed them “in”.  I’ve learned that lifting can be just as intense if we focus on isolating the muscles we are working on.  Squeezing the muscle before and at the end of the rep and keeping that tension throughout the rep can be as effective as doing multiple sets of less controlled lifting.  In fact, from my experience it is more effective.

Frequency of reps is not more important than quality of reps. I still get an awesome burn.  I’m just not spending the better part of a week recovering.

I’ve also relearned something that I must have forgotten – that when reaching the point of muscle failure, simple tasks like drinking a glass of water can be challenging.  When you cannot bring a glass of water fully to your lips without it pouring out all over you = it is a sign of an intense workout.

 





And the Train Kept Rolling….

20 02 2012

And so begins week 9 of my switch to a plant based diet.  I lost a pound this past week.   That brings the total to over 46 pounds lost through diet, exercise and sickness.

I wasn’t thrilled with the weight loss this week.  I pushed myself to try to lose 5 pounds so that I could hit an even 50 pounds within 8 weeks and I ended up falling short.  I gave it a good effort but it just didn’t happen.  Maybe this is my ego needing big round numbers.  I should be content with just continuing to lose the weight.  In my mind I think it makes a good story to lose 50 pounds so quick. But the real story is this – losing weight is hard and its really  #$&*!@ frustrating at times.  You think you’ve found your personal formula for success and then weight loss slows down dramatically or stops all together.  I didn’t even want to write this blog today because I was so aggravated.

I knew that five pounds in a week was not going to be easy but I felt that with some discipline it could be done.  I came up with what I thought was a good game plan.  I tried to switch the week up by cutting back the amount of plant based fats I was taking in but honestly it just left me hungry.  I increased my fiber and protein intake but still hungry…  Miserably hungry for the last four days and the scale barely moved when all was said and done.    So I need to work harder, especially physically, if I’m going to be able to sustain the kind of weight loss that I’ve been seeing up until this point.  I really hope my dumbbells I ordered get here soon as I’m eager to throw them around and  I’m starting to hate the treadmill with a passion.  It really is becoming “the dreadmill”.  At least nice weather temps are around the corner which hopefully means a few days walking around the park which will be a pleasant change of scenery.

So after days of feeling overly hungry,  tonight I did  something counterintuitive.  I went to the local buffet.  It’s been two months since I was there and I definitely can’t put it away like I used to nor did I even want to try.  I did enjoy a nice vegetable stirfry and some sushi.  I also had some shrimp.  I feel like my body has been craving meat so I allowed myself a little bit of seafood.  There is definitely some sort of meal with beef in my future.  I thought about tying it a 50 pound weight loss as a reward.  But that sort of thinking got me into this predicament.  Food shouldn’t be a reward, at least not for me, not now.

So yeah, dreaming of beef, even if it is just a piece or two.  For now, I’m just going to increase the B12.  What I did find interesting is that things I would normally get there, like coconut chicken, just weren’t appealing to me in the least.  And if I’m going to eat beef, it’s going to be some place good and not at a buffet.

I’ve got the broccoli rabe soup in the slow cooker.  It’s been going all day and it smells sooooo good.  Pics tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!





Addicted to Sugar – The Perfect Storm

10 01 2012

Five months ago a coworker looked at me incredulously as I drank the biggest Slurpee money could buy out of a sour licorice candy straw. Even I snickered because I realized that the notion of it all was just completely preposterous. We’re talking approximately 98 grams of sugar here. And just like it was a dixie cup – the johnnysized Slurpee went down the hatch in the matter of a couple minutes. The weather was hot and my energy level was tanking. I had begged him to pull over so that I could get one. There was still plenty of work to be done and a long drive home afterwards. I needed to keep going. It was a fast option and it was cheap. Diabetes for $2, what a deal, I’ll take two please. The crash that comes after that much sugar is stunning. Then the body craves even more sugar in order to get going again.

It’s like a vicious cycle. Feed your body the overly-processed, nutrient-deficient garbage they sell in the grocery store and when you start tanking in the middle of the day – go for the fastest, easiest, cheapest thing…sugar or even easier and cheaper – corn syrup. And then repeat it over and over each and every day, while constantly asking yourself “why do I feel so damn tired all of the time?” I’d get home and just want to go to sleep for a few hours. By the time I got the staph infection, I was so physically drained and full of sugar and other junk that, as my doctor said, I had become “the perfect storm”. My body was a perfect host for a staph infection.

Now that I’ve embraced eating like a rabbit , I haven’t felt the drop off in energy. In fact, I feel like now I have more energy than I’ve had since I was a freshman in college. The difference is stunning. At times, I really do physically feel like I’m 18 again. All because I’m making much better and more well informed choices about what i put into my body. And while I would definitely love to have a huge slice of rich chocolate cake…it really would be Death By Chocolate. It’s just not worth it anymore. Life is a party until your health is in jeopardy. Unfortunately, I often have to learn things the hard way. But as a good friend recently told me “if there is no struggle, there is no progress”.

Nearly two miles on the treadmill last night. Thank God for treadmills with tv’s built in. I got lost in pro wrestling for 40 minutes while walking. I wish it was on every night just for the fact that I can walk for 40 minutes without thinking about the walking. without the tv I’m ready to pack it in after 15 minutes. I gotta get better at that.

And here’s last night’s dinner -sauteed portobello mushrooms and bok choy in the Bragg Amino Liquid I talked about yesterday. Looks good, doesn’t it?








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