Monday, June 20, 2011
I don't think I have ever been so glad it is Monday. I worked yesterday so I can leave early today and head for the mountains. I got up at 5:30 and was at work by 6am. I spent all weekend packing for the trip. It is been 7 years since I have gone out of town on a 2 week trip (unless you count my 3 week study abroad to the UK and Ireland.) I grabbed a muscle milk on the way to work (usually 7-11 has myoplex) I dont like the after taste but it was a better choice than drive-thru. Faithfully by Journey came up on the radio and the lyrics "being apart ain't easy on this love affair, two strangers learn to fall in love again, I get the joy of rediscovering you" made me tear up a little. I am excited to see Ellen tomorrow. These 3 weeks have gone by fast. My running shoes are washed and I plan to stay active once or twice a week while I am away. I am splitting the 15 hour drive into two days. I plan to be back to posting July 5th.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
"We always have to keep moving forward because that avalanche of old habits and thoughts is right behind us and the minute we stop it will overtake us and we will be right back to our old way of living"
I like BFL program and Bill wrote the book so I give him credit I just do not support his new program. That being said here is a good post by Bill.
"The motivation to transform is high when you're hanging on by a thread. For example, a drowning man makes all kinds of promises to God that he will right his ways and change his life. But once his feet are firmly back on the ground, his motivation to do the work necessary to change instantly becomes very low. He is comfortable again.
All too often this happens in the transformation process. When someone has a personal health scare or reaches a moral rock bottom, their willingness to commit themselves to the transformation process is high. Their compliance is strong. They're excellent students and they get great results. Their results can be so good, in fact, that their motivation to keep on growing all but dissolves. And they find a new comfort zone, which leads to transformation trouble.
It's imperative we understand that every comfort zone becomes a "comfort trap" eventually. Any place that we can hide out and indulge in excessive amounts of so-called pleasure will become dangerous as it fosters apathy addiction, as well as removes us from the natural flow of evolutionary pressure. The key is becoming more comfortable with continual change and less comfortable with staying the same. And that is so important in our transformation process. But, unfortunately, it's something that we can easily overlook.
To keep moving forward, .... continually accept new challenges and invite positive pressure into your life. This works most every time. Challenges like transforming your life's greatest adversity from tragedy to triumph, to overcome an addiction, or even train for and complete a marathon can really keep us on our toes mentally and emotionally. Embracing challenges keeps us in the dynamic flow of life, and it also keeps us from getting stuck..... It also helps us to become more comfortable and excited about life while we're in the process of change."
Last night I went to the gym with intentions of Spin class and yoga class. About 10 minutes into spin class I decided to skip out on yoga so I upped my intensity and really pushed. My legs were burning, I was breathing heavy, and I was dripping with sweat. I will be out of town the next two Wednesdays so I will not get a chance to do Spin or Yoga again until 7/6. I got home from the gym and took a shower. I paid some bills online then I get hit with intense hunger. I got in my car and drove aimlessly trying to think of places where I could eat a Paleo meal. I ended up at 7-11 by my old university. With protein on the brain I bought 2 hard boiled eggs, beef jerky, almonds, and string cheese. After I scarfed down this meal I parked my car and walked by the bars next to the school. I went into my favorite one but there were a bunch of NHL fans so I left right away. I walked back another one with a big patio and saw and old friend of mine but did not say hello. I walked around in the dark heat then I drove home and went to bed. I had alot on my mind and it felt good to sort out my thoughts in a place that was comfortable to me 3-6 years ago. How do you balance holding onto things from your past and moving on into the future. I feel that aside from some basic personality traits I am not the same person I was in 5 years ago in college and the person I was in college was a 180 degree change from who I was in high school. I embrace change but sometimes pulls your life in a whole new direction at the expense of old friendships. I am excited to become a married man very soon and wonder what the next stage in life will bring. Maybe going to yoga and clearing my mind would have been a good idea. :) At the present moment there is nothing wrong and alot of exciting times coming soon. I guess I am just at a crossroads looking back, examining where I am right now, and moving forward into the future.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Data is fun the Analyze! My title at work is GIS Analyst. GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems.I decided I have never look at my spreadsheet in a monthly progress type of way. Comparing one week to the next does not give the bigger picture so I put together this chart to see how recent months compare to previous months/years.
May had the biggest weight gain in the past 2.5 years.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
It has been more of a mental battle trying to maintain and reach new goals than it was to lose weight from 246lbs to 190 lbs. 190lbs was my only goal for a year and a half and once I reached it I was scared about what to do next. I had a 2-3 month period in-between reaching my "goal weight" and finding and starting body-for-life. I went to the gym 4 days a week but I felt aimless. I was still in the pounds down on scale equals progress mindset. I feel like I have moved past that and I have another mental hurdle to cross to take things to the next level. I don't love running but it is a measurable way to set goal and stay maintained. Alot of the time I feel like with all the exercising I do I should be making more progress on burning off fat. I have had periods where I push really hard but I burn out and eventually realize that I am neglecting other things in my life and losing tough with friends. Going to my friends funeral in March made me rethink how important losing the last of my gut (something I have despised since 1st grade) is in the big picture. I burnt off all my rocket fuel escaping the gravity of obesity and now as I float thru space I see things as infinite. That is what staying uncomfortable is all about, exploring the limits and finding they are limitless.
Monday, June 13, 2011
"Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I had a great Spin class and yoga class last night. I looked at the calendar/spreadsheet and I can't believe it has been 9 weeks since my last Spin-Yoga Wednesday. It seems when I run over 5 miles it starts to hurt my back and Yoga is really helpful.
I was worried that after the honeymoon I would get lazy like I did last summer. I want to keep running and set a goal earlier this year to run a Half marathon by the end of the year (and a full by the ago of 30.) I also told my future father-in-law I would run the Palo Duro 20k (12.5mi) trail run with him this coming October. Since a half marathon is 13.1 and I want to get up to 12.5 by the middle of October I decided to find a 10K to run at the end of July to have a goal to keep me running. I plan to start a 14-week half marathon training program at the beginning of August. I searched a few websites and found a race to train for, the DRC Half on 11/6/11. I think I have gone off the deep end as I don't even know if I like running, I just like setting goals and reaching them.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
River Legacy Park 7/23
Galveston Sand Crab 5k
10th & Seawall Boulevard 8/13
Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K
Ft. Worth TX 9/24
Palo Duro Trail Run 20k
Palo Duro Canyon 10/15
DRC Half Marathon
Dallas TX 11/6
White Rock Half Marathon
Dallas TX 12/4
I feel great and I am wide awake. Last night I finally got to run my 10k. It was sunny and 96 degrees but I made sure I had plenty of water (and some Gatorade) before the run. It was more mental than physical finishing. I got in the zone after 2-3 miles and it felt like my body was in autopilot. I finished in 62:15 (halfway at 29:22) which is not quite my goal but right about when I finished my last 10K (only 1 second slower) 5 months and 50 degrees ago. This route had more hills.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Also, I was picked Top Male in the Coffee Crew Challenge on the Body for Life Forum.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Happy National Runners Day!
I Ran with my running buddy yesterday at 7pm and it was sunny and hot. We took a Trail from the fountain by his grandparents house to the bridge by the High School baseball fields and then back. 4.21 miles together and I decided to just keep running back to my parents house so I could go watch the NBA Finals. 4.81 miles in 50:13, we stopped to walk a few times.
Clocking in at 44.6 miles May was my second highest mileage for a month since I started running outdoors in September.I did 56.1 miles in November but the first week of December my foot started hurting. I would like to get back to running 12-15 miles a week.