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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Skinny People Habits

I follow Men’s Health Fitness ‏@MHFitter on twitter.  In a tweet they linked to an article by By David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding called 20 Habits Skinny People Live By.  You can go there to get all the specifics but I thought I would write my little victories on each of the habits if have one.

 1: Eat an early dinner – I always eat early because I am always hungry and I don’t like waiting in line if I go out to eat.

2: Weigh yourself daily – there is a scale on the floor where I hang my towel.  Post shower ritual.

3: Eat a boring diet – WOW this is me.  The same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. Oatmeal with protein powder, spinach salad, cottage cheese, tuna, tomatoes, and Greek yogurt

4: Reward yourself – I think I reward myself a little too much.

5: Read diet and exercise tips – I am constantly reading these. I follow a bunch on twitter and read many blogs.

6: Eat breakfast – yep Oatmeal and protein powder…sometimes eggs on the weekend

7: Take snack breaks – you should see my desk…apple and a red bell pepper right now

8: Drink water – People think I am doing something else in the bathroom but 120 oz. of water has to go somewhere.

9: Order a la carte – OK…I lose.  This must be why I am not skinny.  But in my defense I rarely go out so, when I do it’s more like my reward (#4) and I am not doing a la cart.

10: Choose whole grains – I am constantly reading labels for 100% whole grain as the first thing listed in the ingredient list.

11: Eat spicy food – this is usually one of my snacks.  I make my own salsa and try to make it supper hot.  I eat this on everything.  I posted about this.

12: Sleep for 6 to 8 hours each night – I hit this even when I get up at 4:00am.

13: Manage stress – I am pretty good with this.  Except when new things come up like kettlebells but, I don’t freak out about it.

14: Take the stairs – It’s a long way up to the 600 level of the Colts’ games.

15: Chew thoroughly – I have never really thought about this.  I have never choked so; I guess I chew up everything.

16: Walk after meals – we try to do this with the kids on their bikes or we are off to practices.

17: Keep healthy food on hand – easy at work a little more difficult at home but popcorn and yogurt are always with in my reach.

18: Learn to take a joke – I have to laugh and if it is at the expense of something that has happened to me the better.  Nothing better than being able to laugh at yourself.

19: Eat protein – the first thing I look at on labels is the amount of protein.

20: Avoid dinner distractions – I get so upset when anyone has their iPod or phone at the table.

 

If it weren’t for number 9 (ordering a la cart), I would be skinny.  At least I have something to work on.  Go check out the article it is better than my rambling.

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Making Excuses

For the handful of helpful followers I have, you have and will kind of know more about me that you probably want to.  No secrets left behind but, we are all family (in a weird way) so I hope it doesn’t bother you too much.  My main goal for eating healthy and exercising is not really to extend my days here on this earth but, to look good naked.  I know selfish, right?  I just want be able to look good when the family heads to the beach or maybe when my wife looks at me when I get in or out of the shower (I don’t think she even looks now).  I really have no clue what that has to do with this post.  I guess I just wanted to share.

I kind of love this time of year.  Football is in full swing from high school, to college, and to NFL.  The thing I do not like is the colder weather.   I have taken pride for the past few months starting in March I have been getting up at 4:00 am to run.  Yes it was 40 degrees when I started then but, I had been used to the colder winter weather.  Now it is 40 degrees but, I have been used to the warmer summer weather.  Going from hot to cold makes the cold feel colder and lately my bed feels warmer at 4:00.  My alarm goes off and I have the outdoor temperature flashing on my ceiling.  I am kind of weird about time and weather.  I like having clocks everywhere and I am always checking on the weather.  Bad for me!  When 37 degrees is flashing it’s really hard for me to get up and go running.  I even have my clothes laid out.  Don’t laugh…I have some Capri type thermal pants.  Yes they are women’s.  I am short and guys’ thermals or tights are baggy in the crotch and don’t fit right.   Those are worn under a pair of jogging pants.  Then I put on a couple of layers for my top.  I have a hat and gloves right there in the pile.  I just can’t wake my lazy butt up.  It has been over a week since I have run.  I guess I am waiting for my Indian Summer.  I guess that is my excuse but, next week is when I start my Kettlebell Bootcamp.  My baseline picture and measurements later this week may be a bit comical.  No more excuses.   I forgot to mention staying up too late watching football and tailgating all day on Sundays.  My boys went to the Colts game with me yesterday.

My two boys tailgating at the Indianapolis Colts game.

 

Time to start trying to help myself look good naked (I may need a mask and another body…it is Halloween time).

Kettlebell Bootcamp

I am like most people, busy.  When you have a family with kids and sports and work and school and, well you get the picture, it’s hard finding time to exercise.   For me the only way to have time for exercise is to make time.  My made time has been at 4:00 in the morning before everyone including the sun wake up.  Also, I eat lunch while working at my desk, so I can spend my lunch hour in our exercise room at work.  That is my made time.   I am getting ready to start a new routine that starts at 5:15 am and not 4:00 am.

My wife accepted an invitation from her friend to attend a Kettlebell Bootcamp open gym on a Saturday morning.  She really liked it but,cannot make the times through the week so she pushed me to do it.  My wife is great.  Now I get to work out in the mornings while she gets the kids ready for school and herself ready for work (I get the better end of the stick here).  My work schedule is a little more flexible.  I will just have to stay a little longer in the evenings.

The schedule for Kettlebell Bootcamp is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:15 to 6:00 am.  Of course, I am excited and nervous.  I have been needing an extra kick in the butt to take me to the next level.  I am not sure what level I am looking for but, I just seem to be doing the same thing day after day.  I run 4-7 miles every morning and then do arms, back, shoulders, chest, or legs workout during lunch.  I am staying kind of healthy but, I am getting bored too.

So, my plan for October 1st to December 29th is to continue to eat like I am which is relatively “healthy” during the week but, go to a restaurant on the weekends without feeling guilty. My hope is that these high intensity yet short exercises will help me add muscle, define some abs, and lose some fat (kind of sounds like what everyone wants, huh?).  I may need to up my calories.  I am guessing the first few weeks of KB bootcamp will make me sore but, I am still going to try to do something in the exercise room at work.    For me this isn’t about losing weight, which is kind of why I started my blog, I mean look at the blog name.  I plan to post a picture (dead sexy) along with some measurements about every two weeks.  I think I will measure weight, right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, waist and chest.  Anything else I should measure?  If I could I would do a real body fat percentage.  I have a read out on my scale but I am not sold on it.

I think this is about it.  I will post my first measurements sometime next week before I start my bootcamp.

First Race

I did it!!  I ran my first 10 K race.  So, I guess I have a new PR.  I am not sure if it’s a new one or just one because I never had an official one before.  I run about 6 miles every morning so the distance wasn’t new.  I was really nervous when I arrived at the race site.  It was cold and I had no idea what I was doing.  Registration started at 6:30 am for the 8:00 race time.  I didn’t know how many people were going to be there.  So, I opted to get there about 6:45.  It turned out they were not quite ready but I was able to pick up my packet, shirt and water bottle.  I went back to me car pinned on my bib and let my nerves stew for another half hour.

Before the race

We were getting ready to start the race and the temperature was still chili about 50 degrees.  Another runner asked me about the course and I told him I had no idea but, my plan was to follow the guy with no shirt on.  I figured if a guy is running with no shirt in 50 degree weather this isn’t his first race.  I kept up with him for a little while and always had him in sight but his pace is a lot faster than mine.  Here is a picture of me after the race with the host of the race, Tatum.  As I mentioned before, she started a foundation called Tatum’s Bags of Fun.  She gives bags full of goodies to kids that have cancer.  She made a big impact on me and my niece whose picture is proudly displayed on my chest.

With Tatum after the race

So, my time for the 10 K was 45:40.  I came in 16th place overall and 5th place in my group.  The great thing was I was able to get home in time to see all of my kids ball games.  It was a great Saturday.

Things She Says Thursday

I really didn’t think she could surprise us anymore.  She has talked about boob popping, blue bras, and belly buttons.  I joked about having to start a new weekly topic but, no way could she say anything worth blogging about weekly, right?  Well, well, she did it again.  She was sitting with her older brothers on one side of the table at a pizza place.  I am not sure what happened but she looks across the table and says:

“Dad tell them; girls don’t fart. We toot, boys fart!”

What a Poser!

Of course I had to laugh but, I thought my wife was going to choke on her food because she was laughing even harder.  I know it’s a bit crude but that is what she said.  I am in big trouble!

 

Habit and Screen Me

I think I have said this before,  I am a creature of habit.  I like not having to work but, when my normal day changes, I get all fubarred.  My workouts and usually my food choices suffer.  Normally, I run in the morning before work.  At lunch, I lift weights in the gym at my office.  This gym has everything I need and it doesn’t cost me anything.  Anyway, over the 3 day weekend I ran once and no weight lifting.  Throw in my bad (but very good) food choices of ribs and grape pie, I am such a loser.  Now back to work and back to my normal habits.

I am under my wife’s health insurance plan.  We get a discount if we pass a health screen.  So, after my morning run of 7 miles in 55 minutes (I am patting my back right now), I went to a med check for some health measurements.  Here they are:

Weight: 141 pounds
Blood Pressure: 98/62 mm Hg
BMI: 23.0
Body Fat:  13%
Waist Circumference:  31 in. (weird…above my belly button)
Total Cholesterol:  175
HDL: 44
LDL: 108
Triglycerides: 117
Glucose:  77

There you go everything you wanted to know about me but, were afraid to ask.  Don’t be afraid to ask I am an open book.  I guess I am healthy enough for at least a discount.  I am up 10 pounds from my biggest loser lowest point.  That low point was a lot of water and I weighed in wearing very little clothes. Also, I am hoping some of those 10 pounds is muscle.

On a really, really side note…Should I be proud that Astroglide is now following me on twitter?  Is this a subliminal message that something is about to happen to me?