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Goals Accomplished!!

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There we go! Five days of working out and over five thousand calories burned from exercise.  W00T, go me! Let’s see what other improvements we’ve had…. Well, I burned and average of 1050 calories per workout this week as opposed to 828 calories per workout last week. That’s a 21% gain! My average Physical Index went from 16 to 18, so that’s a two point gain, and my average total weight lifted increased from 50,480 pounds to 53,973 pounds for a total increase 3453 pounds, which is a 6% gain!

Gee, you exercise regularly and things improve….Whodathunkit?

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I’m also improving at the Yoga. Of course, I don’t have a numbers to base that on, but I’m able to hold the positions (a bit) longer and stretch (a little) more. Still a long way to go there, though. I spent far too much money on new gloves and weights for the punching bag. I’m now doing that wearing ten pounds on each ankle and four pounds on each wrist. I’m really feeling a burn by the end of the half hour! My shoulders hate me 😉

My shiny new Body Fat scale finally arrived. I gave it some thought and decided to bite the bullet and post my actual weight and body fat percentage instead of just talking about the amount lost or gained. I figure if I’m embarrassed by talking about how much I weigh, that’s just more incentive to lose the weight.

I discovered the last time I actually weighed and measured myself was back in May of last year (way to procrastinate Dave), so we’re going to use that as the base line for gains and losses. So, I’m currently at 305 pounds and 44.9% body fat, which is down from May, when I was at 307 pounds and 53% body fat. That’s a loss of 2 pounds and 8.1% body fat! If you do the math, that means I went from 162 pounds of body fat to 137 pounds, which is a loss of 25 pounds of fat!! Whoo Hoo!!! On the bad side, I didn’t lose any size. My chest, waist, and hips stayed exactly the same (55, 55.5, and 47 inches to be precise.). I gained about a half inch in my neck and thighs (19.5 and 28 inches) and a quarter inch in my upper arms (16.75 inches). I can hope that those gains were muscle at least.

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So, that’s about it. All in all, I’d say it was a very good week. My goals this week are to maintain, maintain, maintain! At least five days of exercise and five thousand calories burned. Wile eventually I do want to get to six days per week, I was really pushing to get in and get it done on Friday, so I don’t want to overdo it and lose momentum.


Sooooo, here we are yet again.  I’m a bit grumpy at the moment as I have to go back to working nights for a while. Grrrr. Not that night shift is all that bad, but it’s going to mess up my workout rhythm. If I want to keep going in the morning (when it’s less crowded), it’ll mean coming home from work then turning around and going to the gym. I really like working out first thing after waking up though, because it gives a great start to my day, but that would mean going in the evening when the gym is most crowded. I guess the deciding factor will be how tired I am when I get out of work tomorrow morning. I had also just worked it out with my manager to get every other Friday night off so I could get back to gaming with my friends on a regular basis, but now there’s no one to cover Friday overnight, so I’ll end up having to leave early. Ah well, my manager assures me it will only be for a few weeks. Of course, the last time “a few weeks” turned into three months.

Why back to nights, you may ask? Well, it seems the guy who’s been covering has just a leetle drinking problem. He hasn’t been busted for drinking on the job (yet), but they know he’s been drinking before work and screwing up at work, so they can’t trust him to run the shift…. And when you need somebody reliable who’s willing to rearrange his schedule, who’re you going to call? Why good ol’ Dave, of course….. Sheesh, when did I become a pillar of responsibility, anyway?…. As an added bonus, I’ll be working with Nimeh again.  Not tonight, though. Tonight and tomorrow I work with the new girl, Kelly, who seems to be a very nice person and, from all reports, is good to work with. Friday night will be with Nimeh, so I’d better make sure I’m centered and my ass is covered. On the good side, our manager out and out told Nimeh that there had better not be any problems between us, that I work well and get along with everyone else, so if there are any problems, she’ll be looking at Nimeh as the cause of them. That made me feel very good, both for the compliments and to know my manager has my back like that. So, I’m hoping things will go smoothly.

Oh, and for everyone who asked about/commented on the graphs and such in my fitness update, I got those from my Fitness Journal account. It’s a very handy tool for keeping track of your workout routines, figuring out calories burned, and all kinds of fitness related stuff. Just remember, if you go there and sign up, put my e-mail address as the person that referred you ( That way I get a free month for sending business their way 😉


Now with charts!

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What? It is so still Sunday. I have a whole half hour before it’s not Sunday anymore, so my update is right on time 😛

This week was a good start. Not ideal, but still good with exercise on four out of seven days. Ideally, my Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday workouts will be combined into a three day cycle without the need for any recovery days in between. This week, a recovery day on Saturday (and today too) was much needed. I absolutely suck at yoga!…. Which is why it’s so important I add it to my routine. I need flexibility as well as strength and cardiovascular fitness. My goal is to get good enough at the basics in the next six months to be able to take a class without totally embarrassing myself. Right now, I’m working out to a yoga DVD in the privacy of my cave… I mean room…. but come summer, I want to start getting out and socializing with other human beings more.

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Yep, but right now, we’re in stage one, which involves building up my self confidence as well as my muscles, so let’s focus on that. As you can see by the charts, this week was almost five hours of workout time with 3313 calories burned and a distance of 13.6 miles. Unfortunately, my new body fat scale has yet to arrive, so those statistics will have to wait.

My goal for next week: At least five workout days,  six and a half hours of exercise completed, and 5000 calories burned.

Ok, I’m back. I’m healthy. My energy level is much improved and I’m feeling feisty. Of course, it helps that I’m just coming off a 30 minute workout on the punching bag. That really gets the testosterone flowing. That’s right, I’m bagk into my workout routine again. I let myself slide way too much while I was working 3rd shift and I’ve been sporadic about exercising since I got off of nights, but no more! I’m back on my three day cycle and feeling good about it. I’ve also ordered myself a new body fat scale (since the old one died) to keep track of my progress and keep myself motivated. I’ll also be resuming my Sunday Fitness Update so I can bore y’all with my weekly workout statistics.

Let’s see, what else? It’s been a pretty uneventful couple of weeks. I came down with a major cold last week, so all I did was work and sleep. That was no fun. I worked until 10:00 on New Year’s Eve then came home and fell into bed, didn’t even see the ball drop.  Exciting, eh? As far as resolutions go, mine are to get back on the workout train and to start exercising my creative side again. I’ve barely touched my camera in the past six months and that has to change. I have to use my days off to do more than sleep and play video games. Hell, I just generally need to do more with my life, so I’m hatching a game plan for that as well.

So, that’s about it. Good intentions abound, I just have to set some concrete goals as to what I want to do. Oh yeah, and I really should blog more, shouldn’t I? 😉

I just got back from the gym. It was the first day doing the full workout since I hurt my knee and I officially kicked ass! At first I was going to play it safe and lower the weights on my leg routines, but once I got going, I was just like “Screw this, let’s push it”. Yes, there was pain, but not the “Ouch, I just injured myself” kind. More like the “I haven’t done this in a while” kind. It felt really good though. I wasn’t holding back at all and my knee was just fine. All in all, I’d say I’m back up to fighting form.

My workouts in general are going incredibly well. I’m really pushing myself and my body is responding and rising up to the challenge. I think I’ve found the right balance between work, exercise, and eating habits. I’ll have to do my weight and measurements for the month to see what my results are, but I feel pretty damned good at the moment.

Lest y’all think that last week was all video games and laziness, I assure you it was not. It was only mostly video games and laziness 😉

I also started back up on my exercise regimen, avoiding anything that puts a big strain on my knee such as the leg press or the stairmaster. So, for weight lifting, I’m doing mostly upper body work until my knee heals up and, for cardiovascular, I’m doing the Rotex, Treadmill, and Cardio Wave as well as a new machine they simply call the Excite Top. The Top is different from the other machines because it works the upper body instead of the legs. Picture a stationary bike, but you pedal with your hands instread of your feet. It takes some getting used to, but I really like it and I’ll probably keep it in my regular routine even after my knee is up to snuff.

So, I’m back to doing a three day cycle; Weight Lifting and Treadmill one day, all cardiovascular the next, then a recovery day with a half hour of Yoga to work on my flexibility. I’m burning about a thousand calories per workout on average.  My knee is handling it just fine and I feel really good to be back at it. I can really tell the difference in my attitude and mood when I’m working out as opposed to not and I’m actually seeing some physical results already. I just have to stay focused and keep at it.

So, does anyone have any suggestions as to how long after my knee injury I should wait before starting to work out again? I’m jonesing to get back to it, but I don’t want to do anything that will mess my knee up again. The knee is sore to the touch, but I don’t have any problems walking on it and I can work my entire 9 hour shift without any pain. It’s been a week and a half since I hurt it, so is that enough recuperation time?

Otherwise, things are going well. People at work still love me and the district manager brought me up by name when they were having a meeting and talking about promoting people. That’s a good thing, eh? One of the assistant managers I work with is on thin ice at the moment. Our manager reviewed footage from the security cameras and saw exactly how little work he was doing on the overnight shift. He’s not doing anything dishonest, mind you, just severely slacking off. She’s also getting complaints about him from multiple sources, mostly about the quality of his work. Not a good thing for him, but maybe an opportunity for me? Time will tell, I suppose.

Not much else going on at the moment, just going through the daily grind and trying to stay drama-free

Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” -Ralph Charell

Well, I finally did it.  After all my whining, I finally got my lazy butt back to the gym. It’s only been 28 days since I worked out last. Geesh, what’s the rush?  I figured I was in for a very bad and painful workout after being away for so long, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out my weights (as in the ones I’m lifting, not my body weight) hadn’t dropped at all. I guess my running around frantically for nine to ten hours a night/day has had some physical benefits. All in all, the workout went extremely well, so I’m happy. All I have to do now is go back on a consistent basis. I have a good plan for my routine: Day 1- 45 minutes of Weightlifting and 44 minutes on the treadmill, Day 2- 90 minutes of Cardio (Rotex, Stairmaster, and Cardio Wave), Day 3- 30 minutes of Yoga/ recovery day. Yep, that should work well, I just have to stick to it…. Which may be difficult to do tomorrow since I have a meeting at work at three in the afternoon. Grrrr, that’s like scheduling a meeting at midnight for normal people. If I get out of work on time, which never happens, I can be home and in bed by eight thirty, sleep ’til one thirty, get to the meeting by three, back home by five (hopefully), then work out and back to work at eleven. I guess that will work, but it’s going to be rough. I have Tuesday night off, so I can catch up on sleep then. I just hope there isn’t a big Monday evening crowd at the gym.

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“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” -Henri Bergson

My apologies to those I’ve concerned with my absence. I’ve been taking a break from my online routine, partly in the futile hope that breaking one pattern would lead to change in others and partly from a severe lack of inspiration. Since my blog is mostly about my life, and my life has been fairly static lately, there just hasn’t been much to say. I feel like I’m stagnating, doing the same things over and over again on a daily basis, beating my head against the unyielding wall of unemployment, working out, eating, sleeping. My days all just blend together and I honestly didn’t realize exactly how long it’s been since I updated.

Speaking of working out, I started back with weight training this week, a bit earlier than I had planned. A strictly cardiovascular workout routine just wasn’t doing it for me. I need the intensity of lifting to feel like I’m making progress, I’ve decided to try to change things up with a three day cycle. I’ll do weight training one day, cardio the next, then have a day of rest instead of trying to work out six days straight with one day of recovery. I’m hoping that will give me better results and I’ll be able to stick to the routine. After all, it’s consistency that is the key.

That’s pretty much all that’s been going on. With any luck, there will be some changes soon.

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Well, here we are at the start of a new month. Today is the six month mark in my one year Vow of Temperance and I’m happy to say that I’m still going strong. No alcohol has passed my lips since my fortieth birthday. I’m not even feeling any particular urge to drink at this point. That’s certainly a change from my old habits. Take today, for example. It’s a rainy, cold Saturday. I have the house to myself and no responsibilities to take care of. My default on days like this would be to get a twelve pack of beer and a bottle of something harder, then spend the day watching movies, playing video games and getting schnockered. Not only am I not doing that, but I’m not even fighting the urge. I just have better things to do and I don’t need to wake up tomorrow feeling like crap. It’s kind of a nice change.

In other news, I’m working on getting back on track with my exercise program. My workouts have been too spastic the past few months. I’d spend a couple of days beating the crap out of myself,  miss a week recovering, then feel like I need to make that up and over do it all over again. I need better frequency and more consistency, so my goal for this month is to do less intense workouts more often. I’m going to stick to cardio, no weight training for one month, but an hour of cardio a day for six days a week. I’ll alternate days, so I’ll do Treadmill and Stairmaster one day, then the Rotex and Cardio wave the next. That way I won’t be doing the same thing all the time. I’m also going to start posting my weekly workout results in my blog again to help with motivation.

Sounds like a plan, eh? Now if I could just find a friggin’ job, I’d be set.