Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Weight loss

Well I didnt do so well when I stepped on the scale Monday morning. Not that it was a huge setback, but I gained .8 I know I know its not really noticeable in the grand scheme of things but it still sucks. I just made bad decisions plain and simple last week. This week has started off a bit beeter. We shall see how things go. The true test will be this weekend as we are going camping in northern Arizona.

Things I need to focus on are drinking my daily amount of water, limiting the soda intake and just in general make better choices with what goes in my mouth.

While on the subject of weight loss I want to say how proud I am of Debbie. This was the last week of her 10 week session of WW at work. SHe fell just shy of losing ten pounds in that ten weeks but I am proud of her none the less. She gave up soda, cut out the sweets and was very dilligent with the plan. Im proud of you hon, keep up the great work.

Thanks for reading

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Just a quick post tonight. I spend 2 hours of my day driving. Ive noticed two things here in the valley of the sun. We have alot of customized license plates and alot of people driving around with a brake light and/or tailight out. Friends and family, take the time to check to make sure your brake lights and tailights are working properly. First off, if a cop notices, you might get a ticket. Second. it could an accident. So please, take 5 mknutes, grab a friend or family member and double check those brake and tailights please.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008


75 posts already? wow

Monday, August 18, 2008

Weight Loss

It was that time again, to hit the scale again. At least I dont dread it anymore. I kinda look foward to it, especialy when it shows a loss. Well it showed a loss today. Granted it was only .2 lbs, but as I tell Debbie all the time, its still a loss.

I thought I did ok last week although I did some stress eating as our contract at work was about to expire on Sautrday and there was ( and still is ) some uncertainty that goes along with it. Its not like I hit the couch with a quart of ice cream but I probably ate some things that I havent been eating much of lately.

There have been many positives that have come with the dropping of tonnage as Voodoo Joe likes to say on the board. While we were at Target last night I mentioned to Debbie that I wanted to pick up a new pair of running/workout shorts and a new shirt. I asked her if I should just stick with the xl stuff I am accustomed to. She said no, go with the large. So I reluctantly did. When I got home I tried the stuff on. Surprisingly they were comfy. Ive always been the type that likes my clothes loose fitting and baggy. The new shirt and shorts were just about right. Not too tight and has a bit of looseness to it. Right on. Guess if I keep up the keep this up, I might have to go buy smaller clothes.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008


By definition the word stiff ( or tight ) can mean several things

1. Difficult to bend; rigid.
2. Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant: a stiff hinge.
3. Lacking ease or comfort of movement; not limber: a stiff neck.
4. Drawn tightly; taut.
5. Rigidly formal.
6. Lacking ease or grace.

After going to an ortho today for a follow up on my feet, I once again heard those two words out of a medical professional. My feet mechanicaly and structuraly are fine. I am having the on again off again pains in my feet due to either my calves/soleus or lower back being stiff or tight. My physical therapist early this year told me I would never be Gumby. That I would have to work at my flexibiltiy pretty much daily. There are some people that are naturaly flexible and Im not one of them. Just to prove the point to myself I attempted a 15 minute beginner Yoga workout dvd. Boy did that kick my ass. I definately need to keep working at that stuff.

Like I told Debbie after my Dr's appt, I guess I just have to take a part of my day and devote it to stretching and flexibilty exercises. Wether it be getting up earlier or like tonight do stuff after she and the kids go to bed. Especialy if I plan on returning to running, I need to more flexible and stronger in my core at the same time.

Ay yi yi!

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Weight loss

I completely forgot to give an update last week on my ongoing journey to losing 25 lbs by my birthday in December.

The week prior to last I kinda fell off the eating and drinking right bus and got run over by said bus. When I stepped on the scale on Monday Aug 4th, I was surprised at what was looking up at me. Even with the bad choices I made ( and the tire tracks from the bus =) ) I still lost 1 lb from the previous week.

This past week I was a bit more focused, ate better and upped my water intake. The result when I stepped on the scale yesterday morning? 1.4 lbs lost.

I kinda questioned the scale even though it is a 100 dollar unit. So I asked Debbie to weigh in this a.m as I knew she was going to her Weight Watchers meeting at lunch and would weigh there. Only a .2 lb difference between what she weighed this morning and at lunch on a different scale. Ok so the scale isnt full of shit and im losing that much weight. Much to Debbies dismay cuz Im not as dilligent but im losing more weight weekly.

She shouldnt get discouraged though as she is still losing weight weekly. Im very proud of her for sticking with this. I know she has mentioned that boredom with only drinking water ( she's gone over a month not drinking soda ) and with eating alot of the same foods all the time. We have got some recipes from a WW book or two and are going to try some of them.

So as it stands now, since Jan 1st I have lost 18 lbs. That puts me at 186 lbs. Hell since I saw several of you in Madison over Memorial Day weekend I know I have dropped at least 10 lbs since then. I am the lightest I have been in years. Im not sure the last time I weighed this little as I didnt step on many scales in my 20s. I am trying to get motivated to get going on regular exercise as I know this weight wont drop just by continuing to eat right, I need exercise too.

Wish me ( and Debbie ) continued success on this journey, and as always thanks for stopping by and reading.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I got nuthin today

For some reason I decided at the beginning of the month I was going to do an entry a day. Well today I couldnt think of much to say.

Here's the thought of the day....

"If opportunity doesnt come knocking, build a door!" Milton Berle

Saturday, August 09, 2008

4 years ago

I was just thinking that it was 4 years ago this month that we moved into our current house out in Surprise. My how time flys when you are having .....

This is what the house looked like from the outside when we bought it. Things have changed quite a bit since we bought it. If I remember Ill have to take a picture so you can see how much the front yard has changed.

Friday, August 08, 2008


Im not quite sure what the facination is when the date is like that but it does look kinda cool. Im supposed to finally meet Staci ( aka Kini ) from the board today. Funny how she lives the closest to me yet Ive never met her. And of all places to meet her, at a tattoo shop. Shes going to get inked once again and following her traditon. She got a tattoo on 6/6/06 and 7/7/07 so why not continue. I brought my camera so I hope to get a shot of her and I.

L8R SK8RS! =)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

How's This For Justice?

Suspect steals truck, then gets carjacked

A Salinas man who had stolen a Chevy pickup truck earlier on Saturday was later carjacked at gunpoint in the vehicle.

Then on Sunday, the carjacking suspect nearly drove the truck into Salinas Fire Station II, at 10 W. Laurel Street, as he was pursued by police.

"You couldn't make up something stranger than this," said police Cmdr. Kelly McMillin, when explaining the incident.

Edward Bishop, 33, told police he stole a Chevy Silverado in north Salinas at around 1 a.m. Saturday.

While sitting in the truck at the 7-Eleven on South Main Street later that day, Jomo Sexton, 34, entered the truck pointing a gun at Bishop, ordering him to drive around Salinas.

The truck ran out of gas near Kern and East Market streets and Sexton ordered Bishop to push the truck, but Bishop ran away and called police. Bishop was arrested for suspicion of vehicle theft and booked at the Monterey County Jail.

On Sunday, officers saw the Chevy driving recklessly on East Laurel Drive toward North Main Street. The truck ran a red light and struck another car as Sexton fled from authorities, police said. The truck struck a fire hydrant and knocked down a flag pole in front of Salinas Fire Station II.

Sexton was ejected from the vehicle at impact and landed in front of the American Legion. He was taken by helicopter to a Bay Area hospital, then released to Salinas police.
Sexton was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, carjacking, reckless driving, driving under the influence, unlicensed driving, hit and run and violation of parole.

These two idiots are definatley canidates for America's Dumbest Criminals

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Happy running anniversary to me

It was 3 years ago today that I started running.

There really was no cause for celebration as I have run a total of 5 miles this year.

I took time off after I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon with several of my friends from Kickrunners. I was having back and hip problems and I wanted to give myself time to heal. I did 3 months of PT for my back earlier this year. My back and hip were starting to feel better then I wound up with a protruding disc in my neck. On top of that I was beginning to have knee problems. Gee the whole point of taking time off from running was to heal. Ive felt worse since I stopped running. My neck is feeling better after the previously talked about epidural shots. Today I go for a follow up on my left knee. Im sure the Dr will have me get a brace for my right knee now. Another 8 weeks of wearing that and hopefully if this old jallopy doesnt have another break down, I will start C25k.

Im looking foward to a new start with my running. Im nervous, anxious, scared, excited its all there. Im confident things will go well once I return to running. Hopefully next year Ill have a lot more to celebrate on my 4th anniversary of running

Thanks for reading

Monday, August 04, 2008

Another August birthday

Happy Birthday Kris!

Sounds like you had a good time with Nick over the weekend. I dont know if you have anything special planned for today but even if you dont, I hope your day is a special one!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Debbie is home

After dropping the kids off at different sets of grandparents houses, I made the trip down to Sky Harbor to pick up Debbie. Geez I make it sound like it was a long journey, it was a whole 20 minute drive from my mom and dad's lol. She was in Salt Lake City for the annual Stampin' Up convention from Tuesday until yesterday. It was nice to have her home. No comments about any Gatorade sessions though ;) Today we are heading southeast for a bit of a drive. We are heading to Chandler for my nieces' 13th birthday party. Should be fun.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Happy Birthday Megan!

Today is Debbie's niece Megan's 13th birthday. I cant believe she is 13 already. She was the first newborn I ever held. Debbie laughs still to this day as I didint move or do anything when I held Megan. I just sat there stiff armed and looked at her. Im a guy, give me credit, we dont hold many babies. I got better as time went on. By the time my kids came along I was an old pro at holding them.

So Happy Thirteenth Birthday Megan!

In other news, Im gonna try to log at least an entry a day in this month. Might not be very long entries but im gonna try regardless

I do have one question for my few readers out there. WHo is reading both mine and Debbies blog thats from the San Antonio, TX area, I have that little deal on the side of my blog that tracks were people are from that stop in to the blog and I see San Antonio, TX fairly often. Leave me a comment as to who you are, id like to know =)

Friday, August 01, 2008

I Dont Have A Six-Pack

With the ongoing dieting/looking a certain way craze thats going on in our country, I came across an interesting blog entry from one of the fitness experts on SparkPeople.com. Im going to post Nicole's blog entry here, I think its an unusual position for a fitness expert to take, but I agree with it. Its a bit long, but worth the read.

"I Don't Have A Six-Pack"

Last week, I was leading a group of my SparkPeople co-workers through a 10-minute core workout. Since I teach fitness classes (including Pilates) regularly, most of the exercises we do as a group are pretty easy for me since I’m used to doing them (and usually for much longer than 10 minutes). But they’re new and challenging for the group, who like to complain about their soreness during the workout (and the day afterwards). Anyway, the next day my co-worker Rachel, after telling me how she was sore from some of the moves, said, “Your core is so strong! I can’t believe you don’t have a 6 pack!” I immediately responded, “Who says I don’t?!” “You’ve told me before that you don’t.” “Oh…You’re right. I don’t.” (haha) Anyway, it got the pair of us talking and it kept me thinking. I explained how, having strong abs doesn’t mean you’ll have defined abs. After all, it’s the layer of fat on top of the abs that determines how much of them that you’ll see. The more I thought about her comment over the next few days, the more I decided I should share it. I don’t have a six pack. I don’t have anywhere near a perfect body. I have stretch marks on my hips (that I’ve had since I was a teenager, even though I was a fit and healthy athlete). I have the all-too-common cellulite on the back of my thighs (show me a woman that doesn’t!). My butt sticks out way further than I think it should. And my belly, while mostly flat and definitely strong, does have a pinchable inch or so that turns into a belly roll when I sit down. I’m not ashamed to admit it! I told Rachel that I could have a 6 pack if I wanted. Heck, I think almost anyone could. But what it takes to get to that point is serious, almost obsessive exercise and calorie counting for most people. I’ve been there before, but what it took to get there (and stay there!) was mentally and physically exhausting. I’d rather be “okay” with how I look and have a normal life where I can eat ice cream when I want to and exercise moderately…not obsessively. I think that most people would expect that fitness instructors, trainers, and experts who seem to know it all about working out and eating right would have perfectly toned bodies. And you’re not wrong to think that’s the case. After all, gracing the cover of every fitness video and magazine are the bodies of super toned fitness models and trainers. They’re not shy about showing off their ripped abs and muscular legs in their skimpy workout clothes either. Is that the true picture of fitness? No wonder we all think we need to change our bodies. I think these people are the exception to the rule. And not only that, but they make all of us regular people think that being fit and healthy means looking like a model on a fitness magazine cover. That couldn’t be further from the truth. More and more research is showing that fitness and fatness don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Overweight people who exercise regularly are healthier than thin and “normal” weight people who don’t exercise. By eating right most of the time and exercising to focus on your health and fitness level (and not for the sole purpose of looking perfect, losing weight or burning calories), I think you’re more likely to reach the point where you like the way your body looks and feels just enough...or maybe more. And no matter what it looks like at that point, you’ll be healthier as a result. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Like I said, an interesting position from a fitness expert. I like it though. Defiantley makes me feel better about myself.

If you made it this far, you get a huge kudo for reading that much. Thank you!