This weekend I had to drop my only scheduled RACE of 2012. It was the ‘Run for your Lives’ zombie inspired obstacle race. I had signed up last year, but as you know plans changed. We had our baby on the EXACT same day as the race. Luckily someone bought the ticket from me and it did not go to waste, but as I watched fellow boot campers and friends post their race photos to facebook, I realized that I indeed wanted to do a race again.
Spartan Sprint last year almost broke me and it definitely de-railed the Spare Tire Project. I am still unsure how it did it, but it did. I became less motivated, less dedicated and I lost a lot of ground. I still don’t get or understand why, but I do know I’m trying to change that again and this has been a positive month despite the big life changes for my family. The end result is I want to run another obstacle race. And now, I just have to figure out which one I would like to do.
No worries, calm down, its okay, I’m not dead. I’m not on some cheeseburger escapade through Los Angeles. I’m in a very very good place. My wife gave birth just under a week ago to a beautify baby Girl. Her name is Lucy and she is the best thing since sliced bread… err… rosemary white beans? The weeks leading to her birth were very challenging for me as she was two weeks over due. This lead to a lot of uncertainty, but through it I coped with some light exercise and proper nutrition instead of couch surfing and binge eating on junk food. I would call that growth I guess. For my son’s birth I gained 40lbs in just under three years. Not so great. Now, I am more motivated than ever to find my fitness and my lighter self as I have to be more active for both of this awesome kids and for an truly wonderful wife.
I was so glad that I ‘got in shape’ as it really helped me stay present with my wife through her labor. There was a lot of coaching, a lot of walking, a lot of holding her up when she needed it. I will not share more, but let’s just say that a natural drug free birth requires a lot of strength and support. Luckily I had both for her.
We are adjusting now. It has nearly been a week. My daughter is nursing and sleeping and peeing and pooping, that’s her only real job. My son is learning how to be a big brother, which will present interesting challenges, but none the less he is very excited right now for this new addition. He keeps saying she’s ‘so cute!’. Luckily my in-laws are in town. You may think that’s weird, but their support is very important right now. More importantly they are very healthy eaters so we’ve been eating very good restorative meals with lots of vegetables, salads, slow carbs and protein. This I think is helping my wife recover while regulating my own energy levels. Sure, I won’t lie, we’ve had some cookies, and a sandwich or two along the way, but for the most part a big difference in our family recovery has been the nutrition which has been a big improvement from drive through food and take out every night (what were we thinking back then?).
I will probably not have a RESULTS POST until the following week, but I am grateful and motivated still. This is going to be a beautiful year.
We know confidence when we see it. To be a little contemporary, it’s why Mitt Romney and Joe Biden won their respective debates. It wasn’t so much about FACTS as it was about perception, and what people perceived was confidence. Confidence is big. The feeling of winning is big. The feeling of winning creates momentum, and when you’re in a tough scenario, you want to feel like you are winning.
Momentum is huge to your program, it’s important for mine as well. From about March of 2011 to August of 2011, I had huge momentum. I had lost about 27 inches from my frame over-all and around 35 lbs. And then in September and October of that same year I lost it all. I lost the momentum, and I have spent the last year trying to figure out where it went. I finally had to realize that I had to ADMIT I had lost. I had not won, I had been beaten. When I admitted that I had to make additional changes and reconfigure my MENTAL and EMOTIONAL outlook, then I started to see results again. I started to feel like I was winning at this nutrition stuff.
I have said this so many time on this blog, but even I FORGET IT. This battle for our health. This battle to reverse obesity, to find our fitness (stole that phrase) and live the lives we want to live is more about our heads and our hearts than it is about the programs, gym memberships, or personal trainers. You need to continue to keep your head in the game so to speak in order to do this. WINS help. Good Result days help. Those should be celebrated, cherished and discussed.
But what do you do when that poor results day kicks in? Do you come up for excuses for it? Bad week at work? Got sick? Family stress? Look folks I know all of these, because let’s be honest. I’m KING of excuses. But, in the end, I think it is the excuses that actually do the most damage to our mental and emotional approach to our fitness programs.
You celebrate the wins, but you cannot ignore the losses. I think I have realized that. But you also cannot let the less than stellar weeks defeat you. You have to pick apart the tough times so you avoid repeating them the following week. If you do this, then you will start to see those streaks. You’ll see more wins than losses.
You Guys! I am so winning this frickin’ STP RESTART! After being laid up at the end of WEEK #2 I was pretty nervous about this week. Even thought I squeezed in 3 workouts, and I followed the program, I was nervous about where I would stand come week’s end. I think it was the week’s of failure over the last year. It has stripped some of my epic confidence away.
Weight – 293 Lbs (down 2 lbs)
Chest – 40 Inches (down 1 inches
Waist – 52 inches (now change)
Hips – 45.5 inches (no change)
Biceps – 17.5 inches (no change)
Thighs – 28 inches (no change)
Neck – 17 inches (no change)
Yes, NOT a lot of change when it comes to the measurements outside of my CHEST area, which is okay. The reality is that I’ll see reductions this week, guaranteed. I think in the end this is a good reflection of the work that I am putting in. It is demonstrating once again, that the avoidance of FAST CARBS, drinking water, and routine exercise can make a pretty drastic difference. I’ll speak more about the psychological advantage of WINNING your diet program in another post, but none the less this is a good spot for me. The last three weeks have been a really good learning experience with inches and weight lost. The Project is back on Track. Now to keep it there.
I am down to only going to Bootcamp once a week, as I need to take my little guy to his new school Monday – Thursday. But by Golly, I’m gonna get me that one day a week! Today I showed up with no spring in my step, as I had exhausted it on my run the night before. The Spartan 300 workout from Wednesday night, was also still lingering. None, the less, I pressed ahead.
“Let’s do some abs!” is one of my least favorite sentences. But that’s what we did. We did us some abs. We did some crunches, and leg lifts, and planks, and all the thing designed to crush your spirit and will to live. We did them ALL! So, that’s the guts portion of the workout.
Now, to the Gauntlet portion, and by gauntlet, I mean thrown gauntlet. Brook (my trainer) asked me when I was going to run a 5K. I said, “Sometime before the end of the year, I supposed.” She then gave me that look that was a cross between “You have a stupid face” and “Not Good Enough, Fatty”. So, I mentioned in the next month. So, I guess in the next two weeks, I’ll be headed to the Rose Bowl to run a 5K. Ugg.
I think I made up a new calf exercise. It is kind of hard, but you can do it at home. It helps if you have a medicine ball or maybe a kettle bell. I think the medicine ball is safer. Find a STEP somewhere in your house. If you somehow live in a land of complete flatness go stand out on the curb. Oh, take the medicine ball with you.
Grip the Medicine ball with both hands. Now, lift it above your head. Hold it there. Now, step up onto the step or curb with just your tip toes. Yep, you’ll probably start to feel the calf muscles tighten already. NOW, do a calf squat by extending your feet up onto your tip toes then releasing back down.
Do this 30 – 50 times without stopping. It sucks, but its good for you. Like PBS documentaries.
Tonight I ran. I have been attempting to run at least once if not twice a week for the last four weeks. I missed last week as my schedule run fell on the day my body decided to also schedule a ‘crisis of healthiness’. So, I was back again tonight. The sudden change in the weather to a cooler fall and a twist to my usual route landed me on one of my longest runs so far. I was pretty excited as I practiced a few ‘technique’ issues tonight that allowed me to focus on my stride more and less on how far I was running away from the house. Felt Good to get out in the open evening air. It’s kind of weird to run at night sometimes as you feel completely alone in the world. Yep, just me, and of course Tim Tebow telling me to keep it up on my Nike+GPS app. Hey, if he’s not gonna play for the Jets, might as well lend me a hand.
Of course, that’s assuming that Tim Tebow actually was talking directly to me through my phone, as opposed to simply being a pre-recorded voice over clip that plays at the end of my workouts. Um… I may not have enough oxygen going to my brain.