Running

No More Run For Your Lives Weigh-In…

I never weigh in on Wednesday, but I also usually don’t disappear for almost two weeks at a time with nary a word.

This really isn’t even a weigh-in. Let me just do a bit of word blurg (a nicer word than vomit, don’t you think?) and describe everything that has happened lately. The good… and the bummed me out.

First, the good.

I weighed in two Fridays ago at 370.8.

Woo hoo!

I weighed in this morning, because I realized I hadn’t written a single blog post in almost two weeks, at 374.4.

You know what, though. I’m not too sad about it, for two reasons. One, there is a reason for the weight gain, which I’ll explain in a bit. And two, I’ve still lost inches! I realized that I had gotten into the third hole of my belt.

As a result, I measured myself and saw that my waist was 51.5”, which is two inches down from the last time I measured on September 9th. Woo hoo!

So, let me just get everything else out that has happened here very quickly.

Run For Your Lives is in two weeks on October 22nd.

It does not look like I will be running.

Why?

Because I freaking sprained my FOOT on Sunday! Seriously, who sprains their foot?!

Well, I do. I sprain my foot. Tina and I went for a jog, and while I wasn’t really feeling the workout, I pushed through and finished it. I felt like I was in a decent place for the race. I didn’t suspect I would be capable of running the entire thing, but I did feel like it was possible that I might be able to jog and walk the race and finish in under 42-45 minutes.

However, by late Sunday night, my foot ached. I wasn’t too stressed about it.

The next morning when I woke up, it hurt worse. My left foot ached so bad that I could only walk/hobble by putting all of my weight on my heel. I was SLOW. One of my colleagues saw me when I finally trudged in to work and said, “You should really probably get that checked out.”

“But… Zombies!”

Well, that argument didn’t really hold up, so I decided to bite the bullet and go to the WKU Health Services Center. Fortunately, it is located about one hundred feet from the building my office is in, so it wasn’t too far of a trek.

After X-rays and a little foot manipulation, it was determined that it wasn’t broken (whew!), just badly sprained (suck!). I was given an anti-inflammatory and crutches and ordered to stay off of my foot as much as possible for the next week.

“But doc, zombies!”

No go. He said that I was to do no strenuous, weight-bearing exercise for the next week. More to the point, he said, “I appreciate that you are trying to be physically active and losing weight is fantastic, but a man of your weight, especially when you have already had stress injuries like this one, should not be jogging. Exercise, definitely. Weight-bearing exercise, even. But no high-impact activities like jogging. After you’ve lost some weight, we’ll talk.”

I can’t be mad. He said it in a very delicate way, which I appreciate. I’ve had doctors in the past who would have told me, “You’re too fat. Fat people shouldn’t jog.” He was very appropriate and personable about it, which was nice.

So… as much as I want to be a runner, it’s going to have to wait.

I’m still trying to decide what to do about Run For Your Lives. Tina and I have already reserved our hotel room, so we are going to DC for the weekend. As for whether we’ll race… well, ordinarily, I would just plan to walk the race. However, this race is released in waves, and I don’t want to be walking the course when the wave behind me comes running up. Any suggestions? I hate to throw in the towel, but I think I’ve been benched.

But wait, the suckfest continues!

I also have a sinus infection. I’ve got a Z-pak, but I’m REALLY hoping I’ll be well by Saturday. After all, Saturday is our One Year Anniversary!

Fortunately, fall break starts tomorrow. I’ve got literal stacks of papers to grade and tons to do, but I am going to be able to do them from home. No teaching on my feet for hours. So hopefully, the rest will help me heal.

I’ll try not to disappear again!

On the plus side, I am eating well. I’m all about real food at the moment, regardless of caloric content. Doesn’t this breakfast look amazing?

So, what’s new with you?

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A Return to Weight Watchers Weigh-In

I am recommitting myself to Weight Watchers this week. I participate at the WW@WKU work group, and I basically never attend the meetings. I’ve had an immensely busy summer full of creating professional development modules, taking professional development opportunities for myself, delivering professional development to others, meetings, trying to refinance the house (oh heaven help me, why didn’t anyone warn me that this is actually MORE stressful and requires MORE paperwork than buying the house for the first time?!), and a host of other things. So… I haven’t gone to a meeting in several months.

I realized that I’ve pretty much stopped following the program, and I’m going to go back to points. There are times when I tire of points and just want to eat healthy. There are other times when the freedom to simply eat healthy means I eat WAY too much healthy food, and frankly, too much of a good thing is still too much.

The weight loss is still progressing, so don’t feel like I’m not making any progress, but I just remember how well I did on Weight Watchers the first time around when I actually stuck to the program, and I want to continue doing that well. So as of today, I dusted off eTools and I’m back to tracking!

August 22, 2011
367.1
Change from last week = -0.6 pounds
Change from Highest = -35.7

Weak. I can do better than that. I hope to post much higher numbers next week.

So how are my weekly goals faring? I did better this week than last!

1. Lost two pounds this week.

Not yet. I lost, but it wasn’t two pounds. Again, I simply ate too much. I know why. No mysteries. $1 goes into your pot.

2. Go to the drive-in to see Captain America and Transformers AND take a healthy picnic.

Success! We went Friday night and had a great time AND we ate well. We enjoyed ourselves, too, by splurging a little, but it wasn’t a free-for-all with funnel cakes, popcorn, and fried snickers from the concession stand. $1 for me!

3. Drink a gallon of water at least four days.

Success! It helps that I am immensely hot all the time, too. But I’m modifying this goal for next week – I quickly find myself falling into the trap of, “Oh, I better drink water to reach my goal.” I see no need to be one of those people who drinks water continually just because they want to drink water continually. I should drink water when I’m thirsty to quench my thirst, not guzzle it ‘til I’m miserable because I have a quota in mind.

4. Do yoga before bed at least three times.

Not yet. You know how they say we like to do things we are good at and avoid the things we aren’t. Yeah… I’m not good at yoga. I know that’s the whole point – you do yoga so you become more flexible, but I am so astoundingly BAD, it takes a great deal of effort for me to get to that point. However, I’m going to keep including this goal in there. I need to do yoga, I need to increase my flexibility… Flexibility is important for people in so many avenues – increased muscle repair time, increased strength, increased endurance. People who are flexible even make more money and poop diamonds, so… there you go.

5. Do three running workouts this week.

Success! I’m still WAY behind the curve, because I’m running from zombies in exactly two months. However, I still have hope and plans that I can make this happen, so I shall keep plugging away and do my very best.

To sum up, that’s $2 for you and $3 for me. Woo hoo! Our current balance is $5 and $5 each. As soon as we get to $12, I will be holding a giveaway. Stay tuned!

And my goals for this week…

1. Complete three running workouts.
2. Complete two weight lifting workouts.
3. Do at least one yoga workout this week.
4. Follow Weight Watchers all week and not go over weekly points.
5. Write at least 2,500 words on my novel.

The semester is about to start here on the hill. I’m excited about it. I love my job for so many reasons, not the least of which is that I love the energy of being on the Hill during the fall! Call me a dork, but I think the atmosphere on a college campus is intoxicating, and I love that I get paid to be here! That aside, I am also looking forward to fall, because I am tired of the heat of summer!

Are you looking forward to fall? How does it change your weight loss/fitness plans?

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Weekly Goals

If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that I forgot to mention my weekly goals yesterday. Whoops! I was already doing so much in that post, it honestly slipped my mind.

Basically, my weekly goals are where I pick five goals for me to accomplish that week and I assign each one a value of $1. If I meet that goal, that $1 goes into my Fun Fund (presently saving up for I-don’t-know-what). If I don’t meet that goal, that $1 goes into Your Fund, where when it reaches a certain amount, I hold a giveaway here on the blog. The giveaway is healthy living related.

So, how did I fare this week?

Not really that hot.

1. Get my weight down to below 367.

FAIL. I got it down to around 367, but not below. $1 to you.

2. Run five minutes without stopping.

SUCCESS, sort of. I’m counting this one as a success, and here is why. Between establishing that goal and finishing the week, Tina and I decided to do Brad Gansberg’s 5K in 100 Days to help us get ready for the Run For Your Lives in October. I did my three running workouts this week, so even though I didn’t follow this one to the letter of the law, I followed it to the spirit of the law, and therefore, I am counting it.

3. Drink a gallon of water on at least four days.

FAIL. I have to keep working at this one. I came close on most days, but three full Nalgene bottles (around 96 ounces) is all I’ve done. And it’s not a case of my body doesn’t need the extra water – I’m actually frequently thirsty at work. I just don’t drink enough!

4. Eat a salad full of greens on at least five days.

SUCCESS! It was exactly five days, but I’m still counting it as a success. Some days it was literally just raw spinach with my Pink Ranger Dressing on it, but it was still full of greens. What’s Pink Ranger Dressing? Stay tuned. I’ll explain tomorrow!

5. Do yoga before bed at least three times.

FAIL. Didn’t even do yoga once. I did some stretches in the gym on their awesome stretching equipment, but no actual yoga. I plan to do better on that this week.

To sum up, $2 for me, $3 for you.

In the past, my goals often weren’t just concerned with health and fitness. They were frequently things that I was doing to better myself as a person or just have more fun. So… what are my goals this week?

1. Lose two pounds this week.
2. Go to the drive-in to see Captain America and Transformers AND take a healthy picnic.
3. Drink a gallon of water on at least four days.
4. Do yoga before bed at least three times.
5. Do three running workouts this week.

Why the drive-in goal? Well, Tina and I love the movies, and we’re fortunate enough to live in an area that actually has a drive-in.

Not our drive-in...

For $15, we can go and watch two movies, and this week, the two movies are ones that we’ve wanted to see since they were each released but haven’t made it to yet. However, drive-in picnic is usually consists of pretty poor food choices. This Friday night, we’re taking healthy food with us!

Have you ever had a healthy picnic? What did you pack?

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Mojo?

Have you ever suddenly realized that you haven’t even looked at your blog in about two weeks?

Yeah, me too.

Gotta get my mojo back. I have to run from zombies in what is quickly becoming just a few weeks.

Lost it. Don’t know where it went.

Weight is stable. That’s good, right? Hovering around the 372 mark.

Not rising. Not dropping either, though.

Will weigh in very briefly tomorrow.

I think I might have found my mojo, but I don’t want to jinx it.

I found it on my wife’s blog. She wants to lose weight, too. She doesn’t have nearly as much to lose as me.

I can’t help but feel responsible. I know that I am frequently her stumbling block.

I want us to have a healthy family together, and to do that, I’ve got to put down the chips and get back in the gym.

Wanna know something real funny?

I’m taking the test to become a personal trainer on August 13th. Seriously. I’ll certainly let you know how it goes!

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Power Rangers: A Pressing Engagement

Busy summer.

I truly believed that by working at a university, I would have an easy summer. There aren’t many students here now, right? It’s got to be easier.

Yeah, right.

One of the busiest summers of my professional life ever. (I’ll be honest – I’m really looking forward to having next summer off. My new nine month contract starts in August! Woo hoo!)

But I wouldn’t change a second of it. It’s been awesome. I’ve made some extra money, paid down some credit card debt (still have a ways to go, but we’re working on it!), had some good times, and kept working out. My weight, as always, is giving me a little trouble, but I’m in charge here, and the numbers are dropping. I’m actually excited about weighing in tomorrow. I expect to post at least a two pound loss, so woo hoo for me.

The Run For Your Lives is in just a few months. Holy crap. I have to get cracking! Weights are good, weights are great. The weight room makes me happy. And weights are going to be crucial during this challenge, because the Run For Your Lives isn’t an ordinary 5K. They’ve only released two of the twelve obstacles we have to navigate during the race (while running from zombies), but one involves climbing a wall. Climbing a wall will take muscles. It would be nice if I was about two hundred pounds lighter, but I’ll just have to do the best I can. Fortunately, we’re allowed to skip obstacles if we just physically can’t do them, so I always have that in my back pocket. (This is not the best option, for two reasons. One, if you skip an obstacle, while you are allowed to finish, you automatically finish as a zombie, and I’m still hoping to finish the race as a survivor.)

So, in a change of pace, rather than lift weights this morning, we did cardio at the gym this morning. I’m still nowhere near ready to run a 5K, and given that I’m being CHASED through a 5K on October 22nd, I should get a move on. I feel confident in my ability to tear it up; I’ve still got time. I just have to start. So today we did.

It’s funny. If you take a break from exercise, you lose it. A few months ago, I actually jogged 1.55 miles without too terribly much effort. Today, three separate 1-minute jogs almost killed me. Oh well. I was there once; I’ll get there again. Tina and I are even talking about hitting the gym after work a few times, too, just to get in more cardio time. (We like weights in the morning.)

But this morning, I watched an episode of Power Rangers at the gym. I just put my iPad on the treadmill, signed on to WKU’s wireless internet, pulled up the Netflix ap, and got the 4th episode of the 1st season going. The pregnant lady next to me on the treadmill kept giving me looks out of the corner of her eye when the show started. I know she was just jealous she had to watch AM Kentucky while I was rocking out with Zordon and Alpha.

So yeah, I accidentally took a little hiatus from my dorkdom to work on work. Geeze, it’s like there are bills that have to be paid or something. And while I can’t promise how often I’ll post, I’m really going to try and do more than just my weekly weigh-ins.

Without further ado, I present to you the 4th episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, A Pressing Engagement.

Plot

Our episode starts with Jason in the Youth Center, trying to set the Angel Grove High Bench Press record. For most reps. The record to beat is 1,010. Not heaviest weight. Most reps.

Okay, I’ve never heard of such a weight lifting record, but whatever. Ernie loses count around 1,005, and Jason is afraid people will think he’s a quitter. Kimberly and Zack assure him that they will think no such thing.

Rita notices that Jason is distraught, but his friends make him feel better. Therefore, she will send a monster called King Sphinx down who can flap his wings, blow the other Rangers away, and make Jason be alone or something.

This should have been the episode they submitted for the Emmy nod.

Anyway, Jason, Zack, and Kimberly hear from Zordon about the monster, morph, and sure enough, Kimberly and Zack are blown away from the fight and into the Youth Center, demorphed.

Jason, of course, is alone, but the other four get together, Zordon tells them something about Power Crystals or Power Somethings, and the Ranger find them, throw them, or something, Jason finds them, and they turn into his friends.

I really was paying attention. But in the end, Jason is reunited with his friends, they defeat the monster, and he reattempts the bench press record, this time with Trini counting. And of course, he succeeds, with his friend’s help. Mostly because Trini can actually count above 1,000 without being distracted.

Cheering for Jason's victory... and Trini is levitating

Cheering for Jason's victory... and Trini is levitating

Weight Loss Analogy

Okay, I never claimed that every episode would be a winner. Part of the problem is that Power Rangers was adapted from footage of the Japanese show Kyoruu Sentai Zyuranger. Other than the appearance of the Ranger suits, very little stayed the same. It wasn’t a show about five teenagers fighting evil. It was about five ancient warriors fighting evil.

That made for some interesting fill-ins when the show was adapted for a US audience. The Power Crystals allegedly made more sense in the original footage. (The usage of Japanese footage is also why the Yellow Ranger looks masculine when morphed. Yellow was male in Japan.) But regardless, I’m going to disregard the Power Crystals or whatever other nonsense was going on and just focus on Jason.

Jason admitted that he needed his friends to help him out.

How perfect is that for weight loss and fitness? Whether you have a little to lose or almost 200 pounds to lose (or more), we don’t need to do it alone.

I’m not going to say that it can’t be done alone, but I know that I, for one, have no desire to attempt it alone.

I’m very lucky in that I am surrounded by people to help me out. Tina is my number one support. I have my coworkers, who always express an interest when I share any success I’ve had in the gym or on the scale. I have my Weight Watchers @Work group, who are likewise very encouraging and a great support system.

I’ve also got this blog and all of you. I love having a place where I can vent, share my dorkiness, and talk with others. Even if you don’t have a blog, you can leave comments and talk with people on their blogs. We’re all in this together, and collectively, we can accomplish more than we can alone.

Those are just some of the people I have in my corner, helping me in my weight loss fight. (And I’m including you in my corner, too. You’re a bigger help to me than you’ll ever realize.)

Who is helping you?

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