Archive for October 2011

Happy Halloween… and something else!

Happy Halloween!

Watch horror movies.

Eat a sensible amount of candy.

Scare your loved ones. Love your scared ones.

Don’t worry. I haven’t completely stopped weighing in. I’m going to weigh in again here in just a bit.

On December 2nd.

Let me explain.

It’s going to take an entire month.

I’ve got fifteen posts written and scheduled for the entire month of November.

I don’t want to give it away all at once. Keep reading throughout November, and you’ll learn what has happened in my life. It’s huge. I’ve made a big decision that will likely affect the rest of my life.

And no, you’ll likely never guess.

I know that when someone teases a big “change” or “decision” or “surprise,” I automatically start going through the list of things it could be. Therefore, so you aren’t wondering for an entire month, I will tell you definitively that it is NOT any of these things.

1. I’m still eating healthy and exercising and losing weight. I haven’t given up. At all.
2. I am NOT having weight loss surgery. I would honestly rather give up than have surgery. I’ve lost weight on my own without going to the extreme measure of mutilating my body, and I see absolutely no need for me to do the same. (For those of you who are pro-weight loss surgery, I wish you nothing but the best. It is just not the right decision for me in any way, shape, or form.)
3. Tina and I are still very happily married and she is 100% supporting me in what is going to be happening in my life.
4. Tina is NOT pregnant.
5. I still have my same wonderful job at WKU, and I don’t plan on leaving it until retirement age.
6. I am not going to be on The Biggest Loser or any other type of reality weight loss show.
7. I’m not about to embark on some “out-there” diet plan. Sustainable weight loss requires sustainable efforts, and I am eating now like I will eat for the rest of my life. Healthy food with the occasional indulgence. Nothing weird.
8. I’m not writing a book. (Okay, I actually AM writing a book. It’s a young adult science fiction novel. But that’s not what this is about.)

While I’ve obviously not read every blog out there, I do feel pretty confident in saying that this particular decision I have made is one that I have not yet seen on anyone else’s blog. So, roughly every other day for the next month, please follow me as I describe the new journey I’m about to take. I’m really excited to share with you!

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Weekend Trip!

No weigh-in this week because Tina and I are off on a weekend trip to Washington, D.C.! We’re leaving tonight at ten p.m. and are going to drive all night. Yikes.

We initially had this trip planned because we were doing Run for Your Lives, but after I was benched by a sprain foot, we still had hotel reservations that we are NOT letting go to waste. Instead of spending Saturday in Darlington, Maryland, we’ll spend Friday AND Saturday roaming our nation’s capitol.

See you next week!

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Let’s Go to the Mall!… Today!

I am still not fully well. My throat hurts and the coughing is ridiculous. However, I do feel better, so on Saturday, I got to exercise for the first time in almost two weeks!

Isn’t it amazing? In the past, a two week reprieve of NO exercise would have been a case of, “Whatever. Turn on Star Trek: TNG.” Now, it’s more like, “Two weeks! I’ll go crazy!”

I did got crazy a little bit. But last night… we did it! And since we are in the midst of our no-gym experiment, I knew the workout would be one we did at home.

Last weekend, in the midst of our first annniversary extravaganza, we bought Just Dance 3 from Target.

We’ve had a Wii for a while, but I’ll admit that since the Super Nintendo became an outdated relic, I’ve not been much of a gamer. I did enjoy playing Super Mario Brothers Wii and Super Mario Galaxy, but I’ll be honest – even though I am a MAJOR dork/geek/nerd and do tons of dorky/geeky/nerdy things, gaming isn’t one of them. However, Tina got Just Dance 2 last year, and it was decently fun.

When we saw Just Dance 3 at Target, there was one song on the list that I KNEW would require us to buy the game immediately…

Robin Sparkles’ “Let’s Go to the Mall”

If you watch How I Met Your Mother, you get the signifiance. If you don’t, well… the character of Robin Scherbatsky on the show was a teen pop sensation in Canada named Robin Sparkles who had one hit, the song “Let’s Go to the Mall.” This is an entirely in-show joke. Never released, no radio air-time, there is no Robin Sparkles. Except in Just Dance 3.

They actually used the entire song in Just Dance 3! We had to get it!

The game did not disappoint. We did it for about forty minutes and got a very decent sweat going. I honestly felt like I worked out just as hard as I would have on the treadmilll. I do believe that working out at home will require a little more mental energy expended, but that was required at the gym, too. There were plenty of times that I had mentally checked out and just barely worked out at the gym.

Tina and I are doing some weights today and restarting the 100 Push Ups workout.

Have you ever tried 100 Push Ups?

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A Giving Up the Gym Weigh-In

I’ve been fighting a sinus infection for a while now. I feel MUCH better, and today, I have clearance from my doctor to begin exercising again. More on that in a moment.

I have been trying to concentrate on eating healthy. For one, since I am sick, I felt like my body could heal itself better if I gave it real food not full of preservatives. And for another reason, my diet is the only way I’ve been able to lose weight for about a week and a half now. Between the sprained foot that has taken me out of the “running” for Run For Your Lives and the sinus infection, I’ve been benched from the gym.

Unfortunately, my work schedule has not lightened up at all. I am still pulling 12 hour days four days a week and a normal work day on Friday. I’m not complaining; I still love my job, but dang. Fall semester is rough. I don’t want to wish it over because fall and the upcoming Christmas season are my two favorite times of the year, but man, oh man, the spring term is SO much easier!

When I have been home, I’ve been resting. I’ve had a kitty who has been resting on the couch with me trying to make me feel better.

So, since exercise has not been helping me lose weight lately, I thought that perhaps if I eat really clean, that might help. Did it?

It did.

I weighed in this morning at 372.0.

October 15, 2011
Weight: 372.0
Change from Last Week: -2.4 pounds
Change from Highest: -30.8 pounds

I am going to resume exercising today, though. Nothing too strenuous. Tina and I are going for a walk.

But I also came to a BIG, money-saving conclusion during my illness.

I really, really, REALLY enjoyed not getting up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym.

After reading Steve Kamb’s Nerd Fitness for the past year plus, I’ve really come to the conclusion that you CAN get fit anywhere. (Seriously? Have you seen his abs? I’ve got a major man crush. Sorry Steve. Hope that’s not weird.)

I have free weights at home. I can do push ups and ab work anywhere. I have more exercise videos than the Library of Congress, I have a Wii with several workout games, and I live in a town that gives me access to at least six different parks with walking trails.

I cancelled my gym membership. I am planning to exercise solely from home. Aside from the fact that Tina and I could use the money (her student loan debt is, as most college graduates can sympathize, significant, and every penny saved is a penny toward that). In addition, by working out at home, we’re also saving money on gas and time.

I want to get a Polar heart rate monitor that lets me track my calories burned, but for the next several months, I’m going to see if I can stay as motivated to workout at home as I can going to the gym. Honestly, I feel really good about it. I think I might even have the desire to work out more. For a while, I got sucked into the mind trap of feeling like I had to go to the gym to workout, when the fact is… the world is my gym.

How do you get your workouts in? At the gym or at home, or both?

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Our One Year Anniversary

This is going to be a very quick blog post, because my lovely wife Tina and I are celebrating our one year wedding anniversary!

One year ago today, we were married.

It has been the best year of my life.

This morning, I woke up to a honeymoon breakfast recreation of Sandals Antigua in our backyard.

We exchanged gifts. I made her a book on She got me a piece of artwork that represents what the night sky actually looked like above Lost River Cave last year on October 8, 2010. We didn’t plan our gifts in any way, shape, or form, but isn’t this eerie how similarly themed our gifts appear?

I’ll leave you with this post from last year where I describe the wedding and share tons of pictures.

It’s been the best year of my life. Tina, thank you for making me happier than I ever believed possible.

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