I have not forgotten about posting. I have gotten into a routine that would be very boring to post over and over. However, it is working. today I weigh 234.6 lbs. This is almost 10 lbs less than my last post. I should weigh even less, but I had a few bad weekends of non-dieting with my family.

So what am I doing and why is it working?

I am actually not doing all that much. Almost every night I do a workout involving as many push-ups, sit-ups, and air squats as I predetermined I would do, adjusting from workout to workout based on how easy the last amount was.

This seems like a good time to post about this because my workout was a nice even 200 push-ups, 200 v-sits, and 200 air squats. This took me roughly a half an hour to  complete. My goal was do do each set as intact as possible. The first set of push-ups I was able to do 50 before I needed to stop. I am really hoping to improve that number and I think I will.

I have not been sticking to the Crossfit protocol like I would like to. I don’t have access to the good weight room here on campus because I am not a student athlete. I do intend to change that so in the near future I hope to have access to all the equipment that I need.

I am also really working on honing in my diet. This has been a major factor in my ability to lose weight. The other great thing is how easy it is to eat good on campus. There is an unlimited supply of the proper paleo diet style of foods. Going home to all Mom’s home cooking is what is getting me in trouble.

I am approaching the 220’s which I consider a major milestone in my workouts. It has been several years since I could say I was that light. I believe the goal I set was to weigh 205 lbs. I will have to check that again. I have roughly 30 more lbs to lose.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
– Booker T. Washington


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Today I did an all body weight workout. For time: 100 push ups, 200 V-sits, and 100 air squats. I did not time myself, which I regret. Though I am sweating like a pig so I think I went as hard as I could.

I rested the last couple days because the pull up/bench press workout I did in my last post, though it was fairly easy, shredded my muscles to the point I could not lift my arms above my head for almost 3 days. That just goes to show how extremely effective the workout was, OR it just showed how incredibly out of shape I am. I’ll have to choose the latter.

“If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something
out of you.” Muhammad Ali 

http://crossfit.com/


And he does have a pretty good message… kind of…


Todays workout was pretty easy. I did 3 sets for time of 21, 15, 9 reps of both bench press(135 lbs.) and pullups. the workout only took me 6:28. As a note for improvement to myself, I only did 18 pullups in the first set without stopping. Next time I will have to remember to look at this and compare.

Meals for the day were mexican salad, and a ham and turkey 6 inch sub.

My weight this morning was 243.8 lbs. so I am starting off exactly where I left off. There is an alumni football game coming up in November so I need to get as in shape as possible for this. I am so excited to get back on the field. Pray it works out!

“Every soldier worth his lick should be anti-war. And yet there still things worth fighting for”.
Norman Schwarzkopf


It has been over a year since I have visited my own blog. I began this as an as a means to stay devoted to something long enough to see it through. I find myself at point not much unlike the one where I left my last post. Considering the point of all of this was to create change in my life I must say I am not completely satisfied.  I weigh 245.8 lbs. which I believe is only about 2 or maybe 3 lbs. more than where I left off.

This time as I begin writing, I would like to focus on all aspects of wellness. not just the physical.

A life without goals is a life without direction.

I have never really set any goals in my life, and rarely have I met the ones that I have. Since I am going to give blogging another shot I feel that deciding where I want to go from here is the best course of action.

Each walk of life begins with a single step.

I will get a 4.0 this semester. I will get in shape and play football agian. I will graduate among the best in my class and become a nurse working at one of the best cancer hospitals in the country working with terminally ill children.

It is not the critic who
counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the
doer of deeds could have done better. The
credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by
dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again
and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends
himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if
he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore
Roosevelt


I am terrible at burpees, so I have been using them in workouts recently to get good at them. This workout looks very similar to the last couple:

3 rounds for time: 10 burpees, 10 pushups, 20 squats, 30 situps.

This took me 4:42. This is roughly the same workout as the first one with burpees, but I added pushups and still got the same time. I must be improving.

I also have made some more progress with my weightloss. This morning I weighed 243.8. I am creeping up on the 10 lbs point. I also have a pdf file with some paleo recipes to share. I will post those soon.

Cooking the Paleo Diet Way

Posted: September 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

http://www.paleocookbook.com/

This website has alot of neat recipies and food ideas for eatin paleo. Hopefully it will be useful to you if you want to start eating healthier and getting results for your efforts that last. I am really looking forward to trying some of the recipes myself.

Dieting: So Easy, Cavemen Did It.

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

Most people who undertake a diet fail, for many various reasons. One of them is that they all have different rules about what you can eat, how much, what not to eat, and all kinds of crazy ideas. The problem with them is that they are based on some fad that promises rapid weightloss, fast, and they work. As soon as you stop doing them and go back to eating normally, your body stores everything as fat and you end up weighing just as much as you did before yo started the diet, and sadly, alot of people gain on top of what the previously weighed. Diet pills are stupid and unnatural and usually do alot more damage then they do good.

What is this diet and why is it better/different then all the others I have tried that didnt work?

The concept behind this diet is so simple, and makes so much sense, how could you choose anything else? Here is the idea:

The human body is incredibly adaptable, but it requires these main building blocks in your diet. Fat, Carbs, and Protein. Early humans could only eat what was available to them, which is anything a caveman could hunt, gather, and find in nature. The human body adapted and optimized it’s performance based on this diet, otherwise humans would have been missing something in their diets that would have resulted in severe malnutrition that would have caused us to die.

That seems simple enough, the body is designed to perform at its peek when you feed yourself meat, fruit, veggitables, nuts, berries, and other things that you could find in the woods. Why does this work?

Eating this way causes several things to happen. Your metabolism is starving for these kind of foods, along with your entire endocrine system. What you eat causes your hormone levels to increase, decrease, and often get out of whack completely. Eating this way causes your body to level out and become a performance machine. You are basically feeding your body the pure energy to perform, and the nutrients to recover from whatever you put it through.

You said performance… Does that mean I need to workout or this wont work?

Yes and no, you will see slow weightloss if you dont exercise, but if you are an athlete or wrkout regularly, you will see improvement in energy levels, performance and you will start burning body fat, without replacing it. Your body becomes a fat burning furnice. It’s awesome.

How much and how often should I eat?

You should idealy eat 6 small meals a day, and you want to follow this magic proportion to optimizing your diet:

30% fat, 30% carbs, and 40% protein. You get alot of fat from nuts, and olive oil. I usually eat a handful of nuts with every meal and that usually covers my fat intake and then some. Their are good carbs, and bad carbs. Good carbs come from fruit and vegitables. This is also where alot of your “right now” energy comes from. Fat gives you an all day long energy that actually helps you burn fat. Thats right, you need to eat fat, to burn fat. It blew my mind when I first learned this, but it makes sense. Bread, and absolutely everything processed is loaded with saturated fat, and bad carbs. Don’t eat that crap. Protein is easy. Anything that is meat. Your body can only process 30 grams of protien a meal, so all you muscle heads out there that take powder, keep it as close to 30 grams a meal as you can, because all the rest that you can’t use, goes straight to your gut.

For meal plans and how much you should eat per meal, please read this website:   http://www.thepaleodiet.com/ and look into this book: The Zone Diet. It’s a great website that will help you become a better athlete, and a healthier person. It should have everything you need to get started. Another great book is The Paleo Diet For Athletes. They can do a much better job of answering any questions you have, but feel free to ask me as well. I will find the answer for you. Please get started and let me know how your weightloss is going, or your athletic performance has improved along with over all day long energy.


The weight is still coming off. Today I weighed 2:46.7, the lowest I have weighed in a couple months.

I did practically the same workout as I did in my last post, with the exception of adding two rounds because I thought the first one was to easy.

5 rounds for time, 10 burpees, 20 squats, and 3o situps. I watched my time for the first 3 sets to compare to my last workout, resulting in 4:18. That was a 30+ second improvement, which I was glad about. The total workout took me 8:42.99. I think this was slower then it should be; however I am noticing a huge improvement in my conditioning. If this keeps up my times may start to improve dramatically.

God bless the families that lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 trageties, and for all the men and women who lost their lives in the ensuing conflicts abroad in defense of this great nation. God bless America, and may our thoughts and prayers bring peace to your heavy hearts.

 


3 rounds for time: 10 burpees, 20 squats, 30 sit-ups. Katie Thorn did this workout, and it sounded fun, so I gave it a try.

Pre-workout weight: 247.6

It took a couple days to recover from my last workout, but I felt great going into this one. It took me  4:57 to complete it. Short, sweet, and it was a great burn. Thanks Katie for the workout idea!