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Running

This will be a back to back post.  Two days in a row is a record for me.  It got me to thinking of a question.  What actually motivates me to run?

  1. I am stuck in front of my desk all day.  I have to get up and move.
  2. I know it has to be burning some calories.
  3. Surely, it makes me healthier.
  4. Sometimes it helps me think.
  5. Sometimes it helps me NOT think.
  6. I don’t want to go to lunch and eat “good” but, unhealthy food.
  7. I like to run in the fun runs that serve beer, wine, chocolate, foam, or mud.
  8. Most importantly, I am going to the beach in a month.  The sun is out and I am very pale.  I run to soak up some rays.

What motivates you to run?

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Making Time by Prioritizing Time

I am in the middle of a great series at church.  What makes my pastor an awesome pastor is how he can apply the words of the bible to everyday life.  The series is called Becoming…What got you here won’t get you there.  It makes perfect sense if you are in a rut.  The main point or tag line is “If you want to go somewhere you have never been before you must become someone you have never been before”.  I write this because he is describing me of about a year ago.  I was trying to be fit and eat right but, nothing I was doing was working.  I needed to change who I was.  For instance, I don’t like sitting at my desk.  So, for my lunch I would go and walk on a treadmill.  I “worked out” mostly everyday but, nothing was happening. I needed to work out to make myself better, not just because I hate sitting.  So, my intensity increased, my body changed, and I became addicted to working out and now have added morning workouts (I made time…workouts to me are more important than sleeping in).

I have always said the only way to have time is to make time.  On my way out of church we were discussing a book the pastor referenced.  It is about habits and how you form them.  Someone said that they had the book and that I could borrow it.  I said I didn’t have time to read it and I am happy with my habits right now.  I thought about what I said.  It’s not that I don’t have time.  It is the other things I do with my time I feel are more important than reading that book.  Right now I am happy with my family, my life, and my habits.  So, this book, although probably very interesting, held low priority in my time budget.  The owner of the book could not believe I didn’t have time.  I went thru my day with her and asked her what I should give up to spend time reading.  Workouts?  Work? Weekly/Daily yardwork?  Kids sport camps? Time with my wife and kids? Daily New Testament reading? My fun read (I am reading Happy, Happy Happy…a Duck Dynasty book)? Eating? Or Sleeping?  I am sure she didn’t get anything I was saying but, reading the habit book at this part of my life just wasn’t a priority.

I kind of branched off the path about the church series Becoming.  I used habits about a year ago to become a fitter person that I wanted to be.  The pastor also mentioned to use tools to help you become someone you have never been before.  Coaches were the tool he said to use.  WOW…he really was talking about me.  Not only did I change my habits but, I also have great Fit Coaches that helped me become a fitter person.

I just thought I would share this series at church that I have already lived but had no idea I was living.

I do like this quote:

“If you want to go somewhere you have never been before you must become someone you have never been before”

WordPress Notifications

Another quick post. What can I say, I just like quickies. I am relatively new at this smartphone stuff but, I guess I am getting addicted to it (just put it away on dates!). I recently updated my WordPress app. I am not sure if it’s a new feature or if I have my push notification turned on but, whatever it is, I like it. Now, by a little icon on my phone, I know immediately when I get a comment, a response, a like, or a new follower, etc. It doesn’t take me much to get excited so, beware it may end up with a quick response. Just another way this blogging thing makes me feel like everyone is my extended family. Thanks for all that read and put up with me. Just know I will be chatting back with you in almost real time.

Still Here

I have not updated this blog in a while. I don’t really have an excuse other than I am just lazy.

Last week I finished my third race. It was a little over 4.5 miles and I ran it completely with my wife (brownie points). I was a pretty easy run with very little elevation changes but it was packed with runners. There were over 15,000 people that ran. Since it was such good weather in Indiana on Thanksgiving, everyone that registered actually showed up. Although I was all set to wear my long tights, it was warm enough to wear shorts. Whew, saved from embarrassment again.

I am totally into my kettlebell classes. I think I am getting stronger and thicker but, I also have added some pounds. I have not taken any measurements and I am not real too happy with what I see in the mirror. I am going to stick with my extra insulation for the winter and be ok with it. I really haven’t changed the way I eat but, I cheat a lot more than I should. I really meant to post my progress pictures and measurements during my Kettlebell Bootcamp. I have about a month to go and I promise I will post some of my insulated self-pictures at the end. And with that I will leave you with breaking news, we have all been doing it wrong…

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.

Tatum’s Bags of Fun

One of my goals was to start running races.  I finally signed up for one.  I chose the 10K Bull Run.  This race is kind of special to me.  I have a niece who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4 in February 2011.  While in the hospital she received a bag of goodies from Tatum’s Bags of Fun.  Tatum herself is a cancer survivor (twice).  She was given a Bag of Fun and has decided to pay it forward.  Lump in my throat and why are things blurry…I am such a sap.  I have a bracelet I still wear for her.  You may be able to see it in some of my photos.  They tried to remove it when I had surgery (I won that battle not coming off).  Anyway this bag that my niece received filled her days in the hospital with joy and happiness and something to take her mind off of why she was there.  The Bull Run supports Tatum’s Bags of Fun.  I saw the excitement that the bag brought to my niece as well as her parents (my brother).  So, it’s a perfect fit to run as long as I don’t flippin cry the whole time.  Money and toys shouldn’t have to play a part in life changing events like this so, I try to do what I can.  My brother won’t take money directly from me so, some things I had to do an anonymously.  Last year I sponsored a hole for a golf outing.  He figured it was me after he saw all of the cousin’s names (his nieces and nephews) listed as the hole sponsor.  No company sponsor on that hole…just family.   My niece is doing great.  Still going through treatments but is handling better than I would.

Now the bad thing or good.  My kids start soccer and football on the same day as this race.  The race starts at 8:00 am.  My hope is the games will start after 10:00.  That means I HAVE to be done running in less than an hour and get to the kids’ games.  It’s about a 45 minute drive to the race.

Sunshine

Katie at Real Woman’s Health nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  Thanks Katie.  Although my last couple of posts have been on the negative side, the sunshine will make things positive again.  In addition to being reminded to stay positive, this also reminded me that the 2012 Transit of Venus happens today. This happens when Venus passes directly between earth and the sun. Observers in North America see Venus on June 5 around 6:04 p.m. EDT until sunset. We won’t see this again until December 2117. I am pretty sure I won’t see it then. You are supposed to be able to see a small dark dot crossing the sun. They say don’t look directly at the sun. That’s like putting candy in front of my kids and telling them not to eat it. I will be looking straight at the sun!

Now to the mandated steps of the Sunshine Award:

  • Favorite Color – Blue (Indianapolis Colts) or Red/Crimson (Indiana University) – Depends on the sports season
  • Favorite Animal – Falcon-I would love to be able to fly.
  • Favorite number – I guess #4. For Spud Webb (short basketball player). I had to have a role model with my size.
  • Favorite Non-alcoholic drink – WOW…Anything no sugar added- coffee, tea, water,milk
  • Facebook or Twitter – Twitter unless I want to know what my family is up too then I have to check fb.
  • My Passion – Sports and anything outside – garden, yardwork, etc
  • Prefer getting or giving presents – giver
  • Favorite pattern – I never thought of this one…Circle – again a sports thing balls, pucks, wheels
  • Favorite Day of the Week – Saturday
  • Favorite Flower – Anything that attract hummingbirds.
I also need to give a shout out to some of my other bloggers that I like.  This is hard to do I have so many I want to write here.
I know a couple I have nominated before but, I like all of you guys.  This is just one big spread-out stranger family.