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Spartan Race

A couple of weekends ago I played in the mud without getting into trouble.  I ran the Indiana Spartan Race.  This race was about 5 miles of trail running with 20 plus obstacles.  The obstacles ranged from jumping over walls to crawling under walls, to belly crawling in slippery mud under barbed wire to climbing a cargo net ladder pyramid.  Flipping tires, pulling cinder blocks on a chain, carrying a 30 pound sandbag were a few other obstacles.  I also, had to rope climb to a bell about 30 feet in the air.  If we failed any obstacle we had to do 30 burpees.  It wasn’t about getting the fastest time but, more of pushing myself and being a team player.  This was one the best races I have ever been part of.  As you can imagine the clean-up was a bit of a chore.  First as you might see I was the lone male on my team.  Getting dressed back at the car was a bit nerve racking but, I figured if they have seen one, they have seen them all, right?  It was a blast we hung out at the car and had a few drinks and talked about the race.  We plan on doing more of these.

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Also, as a week passed I noticed scrapes and bruises.  Here is a good one under my arm.

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Slacker

I have really been slacking on my blog.  I probably have no readers left.  I have no excuses.  So, here is the past few months in a couple of pictures.

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I Survived

I need to keep this as positive as I can because in the end I did have a great time in Florida on Spring Break.  This will probably be a little long winded so, I apologize upfront.

What a drive!  We left Indiana at 7:00 am with the Garmin saying the hotel was just 10.5 hours away.  That is perfect we picked a hotel with an indoor pool and free breakfast.  We should arrive between 5 pm and 6 pm, right?  I forgot I have 3 kids and the spring break traffic down I-65 S and I-75 S is crazy.  Bathroom breaks averaged 30 minutes.   I have no clue why we can’t just get out use the bathroom and get back on the road.  On the road if you were not going 80 MPH at some spots you would get run over.  Then in other spots we would be at a dead stop for no visible reason.  If we could just drive at 60 MPH constantly it would work out better.  With that said we didn’t get to the hotel until after 9:00 pm.   Since the heated indoor pool and hot tub was open 24 hours a day, this hotel turned into a big hit with the kids.  Then they were able to wake up and make their own waffles.  Only 5 hours left to final destination.  Whoops, I forgot kids and traffic again (7 hours).

We are staying at my in-laws 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in a retirement community.  My mother-in-law (MIL) has it set up for the kids to stay in the extra bedroom, 2 on blow up mattresses and one on a love seat.  This room also will serve as where all 5 of us will live out of our suitcase.  My MIL is great but, she is also very opinionated and sees things only her way.  I know we didn’t have to stay here but, it was nice to be able to have a place to stay for free.  Keeping us all in this small bedroom was a way to keep the other areas of her condo status quo.  My wife and I were supposed to have the pull out bed in the front room.  Everything in the condo has a place.  No drinks on counters, tables, sink, etc.  without a napkin or coaster under it.  Wipe down the shower.  Don’t leave anything out.  I need a little more freedom.   No fighting, yelling, bickering…haha.  Have you not met your grand kids?

First thing I did after unpacking the van is open a beer.   Yep, I drink and eat bad food…I am on vacation.  The kids wanted to go to the pool and the first thing I was told was that no alcohol was allowed.  So, I threw three extra beers in the pool bag and headed to the pool with everyone, including my MIL with all her knitting accessories.   This was the start of not being able to do much with only my wife and kids.

Like I said in an earlier post and a brief mention here is that I like to eat while on vacation.  After dinner, I was hoping to find a place to eat but, no my MIL had other plans.  It was planned for us to have tacos.  I had a taco and remained hungry the rest of the night.  She also, was upset that the kids didn’t eat all of it.  My kids are hit or miss with eating.  Sometimes they shock us with how much they eat but, most of the time we know they won’t eat much.  So, we had to sit for a formal dinner at a table that really was NOT meant to host 7 people.

I know I am an early to bed; early to rise kind of person but, that kind of goes with a working schedule which has me up at 4:00 am every morning.  My in-laws on the other hand have their set TV schedule and recorded shows that they watch each night and like to stay up late.  I was hoping we could kind of meet in the middle but, why would I think that?  The condo has 2 TV’s.  One TV is in the extra bedroom (with the 2 blow up mattresses, love seat, suitcase and dirty clothes) and the other is in the front room.  As my wife and I laid down on the pull out bed to try to sleep, I found out that the TV doesn’t shut off until around midnight.  They even drink coffee while watching, talking, and reading the paper at night.  I think that was my last night in the front room.  It wasn’t like I was going to have any private moments so; I figured my wife could share the bed with one or 2 of the kids while I stayed in the extra bedroom on an air mattress.

Another night my kids got in trouble for trying to change the front room’s television.  How were they supposed to know that grandma was recording two shows to watch later that night?  So, I got to hang out in our 10X10 foot room with three kids, two air mattresses, love seat, suitcase and dirty clothes pile and watch Austin and Alley and Phineas and Ferb for a few hours.

In the condo there was no privacy.  It seemed to me my MIL had to make sure we weren’t doing anything we were not supposed to.  With the mattresses on the floor of the bedroom we couldn’t shut the door.  The bedroom was right next to the bathroom.  Why did my MIL insist on trying to have a conversation with my wife while she was doing her hair and I was trying to change in the bedroom? Every day?

I think you get the stressful living quarters but, it was only me that it bothered.  The kids and wife were ok with it.  We were able to do a couple of things without our chaperones.  We visited Winter from the movie Dolphin Tale and then went to Clear Water Beach.  The kids had a blast playing in the sand and the cold water.

With our chaperones we went to Apollo Beach to see saw some manatees.  At least we had someone to take a picture of us.  We also went to Busch Gardens with the grandparents.

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Another day, since it was raining, we went to see Oz The Great and Powerful.  Since we were out unsupervised, I wanted to find a restaurant but, was told we were to have chicken at the condo.  I cried! In the end her parents met us out at a restaurant they recommended.  It was horrible.

This post was taken from the negative part of the trip.  We actually had a ton of fun.  I could have written this post from the positive perspective but, that would have been longer than this post.  We learned quite a bit on this trip.  Don’t believe the arrival time of the Garmin and sometimes spending on our own condo is well worth the money spent.

Almost makes the kids look like they like each other.

Almost makes the kids look like they like each other.

Spring Break

After the 9 inches and counting of snow we are getting here in Indiana, I am ready to head to Florida.  What I am not ready for is the 15 to 16 hour drive with three kids.  Anyone want to guess how long into the trip the question of “Are we there yet?” gets asked?  Like father like kids, their attention span is pretty much non-existent.  I just hope that staying with my in-laws in their small condo won’t dampen my our vacation.  Normally, my ideal location in Florida would be a place right on the beach.  To get to a beach we will have to drive about an hour.   With kids at various ages, I like the freedom of hanging out at the beach but if they get bored we can go back to the condo or pool.  We will not have that luxury but, we WILL still have fun.

Another thing I will miss is the local restaurants, the ones on the beach that have fun names and stores where you can buy shirts. I hope to drive to one at least once or twice.  I guess the positive thing about that is that I might actually force myself to eat close to normal most of the time.

The retirement community, where we will be, does have a nice exercise room.  I am not sure I will have access to it since I will be a guest but, I hope I can use it.  I know I will need some time away so, hopefully, it’s the gym and some running.

Whatever happens I get to sport my new swimsuit.  It’s a good thing the suit is not the speedo bikini type.  I am not sure the retired people would be ok with that but, everyone needs a good laugh and why not laugh at me?

Blogoversary

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Today is Lose It Big’s first blogoversary.  I started this blog a year ago as an online diary of a weight loss competition I entered at work.   Here is my first post (The Journey Begins 169.6 lbs) and not one comment (boo).  During the time of our Biggest Loser Competition, my posts were simply a recap of the previous week, my weight, and a picture of me.    Although I still despise pictures of me, I am able to look back and see the changes I made in pictures which is a big inspiration in itself.   I finished my competition a winner by losing almost 23% of my weight check it out (Final – 131.0 LBS).

Why do I keep blogging?

After blogging about my competition, I kind of got hooked on this blogging thing.   I am in no means any sort of expert in exercise or diet.  I found out that if I push myself with exercise and eating healthy that I could change my appearance.  I found that I really like lifting weights and running.  I found that I like eating all sorts of food that I read people talk about on their blogs.  I found that I like the friends that read my blog and that I follow.  I found that we all have the same day to day life struggles with family, work, exercise, and time.  I also found my lowest weight is not my normal weight…I like eating way too much.

The later part of Lose It Big has kind of just been a hodge podge of sometimes boring life.  I am still big into exercise and eating.  Every once in a while, I will post my workout or maybe what I eat.   I have even talked about some of my crazy kids.   I have (and probably again) posted under the influence of Captain Morgan.

I rarely weigh myself anymore but, as of this morning I am 149 pounds.  In a month I will be heading to Florida for spring break so, I guess I need to work on getting back into my speedo.

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Now onto the fun stuff.  Over the past few weeks a few bloggers have nominated me for an Inspirational Blogger award.  I know I am taking the easy way out of this by just writing it in one post but, at least I am getting around to it.  I follow all of these blogs and they are more of an inspiration to me than I can be to anyone but, I thank you all for thinking I can be a little bit of an inspiration.

Here are the rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself (things you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask)
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

We Shall Have Pie…2 Girls running for pride and pie
FitBit’s blog…For all things fitness, nutrition, and positivity related
ErinHasThoughts (and some are really out there)
It has begun, Challenge 2013

Check them out.  You will see they all have a common theme…Food and Exercise

Things about me

  1. I love cooking but, I hate doing dishes…those conflict
  2. My attention span is worse than a child’s…Look squirrel.
  3.  If time wasn’t an issue I could run all day…I am serious.  I have gotten lost while running. I think it relates to number 2.  I forgot I was running.
  4. My favorite movies are Dumb and Dumber and Vacation…I listen to them at work at least once a week.
  5. When I say I am going to do something, I mean it…See my Biggest Loser Competition and now I am about 2 months into daily reading the New Testament.
  6. I am a huge sports fan.  My favorite teams are Indiana University and the Indianapolis Colts.
  7. It hurts me so bad to watch my sons struggle in sports…sports are natural to me so, why can’t they get it.

My Nominations

I follow so many great blogs.  I have decided to nominate some the newer blogs I have started following.

  1. Ms. Sick Of Being Fluffy
  2. lollipoppushups
  3. Too Big To Fail
  4. Operation Skinny & Fit
  5. *~ Fat Panda Slim ~*
  6. 2013 Fit Plan
  7. STRONG is the new SKINNY
  8. In Pursuit of Fitness
  9. Fast Workouts at Home
  10. Confessions Of A Fitness Lover
  11. PITLIFEKIMMY
  12. Bestversionoflc’s Blog
  13. Shape Up, Samantha!
  14. Coffee With Sabrina
  15. Goodbye, Fatty!

Following My Wife

So, my wife and I have made it through the first part of the “Totally Fit Life” program.  This program is being hosted at a local church.  We are not actually paying for the program.  We are just following some of my wife’s co-workers who are in the program.  So, pretty much I am just following what my wife says.  I am such a good hubby.  This program is more than just a diet.  It’s about a lifestyle change building on faith, diet and exercise.

The diet portion uses the glycemic index.  Which is kind hard to compute but, I figured out is pretty much no sugar and low carb (but good ones).  They give you a chart with three columns the first column is green (low GI).  The second column is yellow (medium GI).  The last column is red (high GI).  As you can imagine the foods in the green are good to go, yellow food caution, and the red foods you should stop and think before you eat them.   This first part we were to stay in the green.  I pretty much had eggs, fish, chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, peppers, onions, chick peas, beans, mushrooms, protein powder and water.  I should have taken a picture of my dinner or lunch.

The exercise portion they wanted you to work out 10 days straight.  I am not real sure why exactly but, maybe this was just to get you used to working out or getting into a habit of exercising or of a way of not thinking about eating sugar.  I changed my workouts up some.  I love running not really because it’s good for me but, just because I like to see, smell, and feel the outside.  That being said the treadmill has gotten a bit old.  So, now on top of my Kettlebell Bootcamp for total body workouts, I am doing an elliptical machine for a fast 20 minutes and then strength training one part of my body per day for 20 minutes.

The faith part of the program I really have no idea what they are doing for this.  They might meet for devotion or something before they have the group work out.  I am not sure.  I am still keeping up with my daily reading of the New Testament.  I just finished reading about when the Son of Man is going to come back riding the clouds of heaven with all of his angels.  It sounds pretty scary but, I and ready and will have my camera.

Speaking of a camera, do you know how hard it is to try to take pictures of yourself with a four year old wanting to know WHY?  Why do you have your shirt off?  Why does the camera keep going off?  Why do you keep deleting the pictures?  Why can’t I be in the pictures?  Sometimes, you just can’t win.  I am better taking pictures when I am messing around as opposed to self-posing.

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After the first round of the program I lost 4 pounds.  I am down to 151 pounds.  I will just keep following what my wife says and see where this ends up.  Sorry, I ramble a lot.

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…

Dazed and Confused

I originally said that I was going to update every two weeks with progress pictures and measurements.  I don’t think this is going to happen.  I have just finished week number two of my Kettlebell Bootcamp with mixed emotions.  Sometimes I am so lost trying to figure out what we are doing other times I am doing something that doesn’t seem to be doing anything.  I am in a class that probably accepted a dozen or so too many people.  Too many people have made it crowded and hard to hear the instructions.   Another thing that has made it tough for me is that it is a mixture of rookies (me) and experienced kettlebellers.  I am guessing this also makes the experienced ones a little upset when we have to do the “basic” training exercises when they want the “advanced” exercises.  The experienced ones also are supposed to help the rookies out.  I have been lucky enough to be paired up with a couple of good ones but they didn’t sign up to help me.  Sometimes we go to stations and I have no clue what to do or where to do them or for how long.  I am not giving up but, I hate this slow start.  I guess I was hoping I would wake up a little more sore.  I have been sore but not too bad.  My legs were sore but, I never really worked them that much besides running and running isn’t hitting the same muscles used in squats and lunges.

Another confusing part of the past two weeks is my weight.  Prior to KB camp I was running in the morning for about an hour (6-8 miles a day) and then I was weight training during my lunch break (30-45 minutes).   Change is good.  I know that.  I was told this kettlebell would easily take the place of both of those workouts.  In my mind I swapped the weights and runs now.  I do KB Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and during my lunch I am running on the treadmill (only 30-45 minutes).  I am still trying to run every day.  My diet hasn’t changed much.  I am a simple person.  I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. My dinner changes some but, is still reasonable.  RAMBLE RAMBLE…I have gained 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks.

I really doubt I am adding 7 pounds of muscle.  Here are some things that have changed:

  1. I am only running 3-4 miles not 6-8.
  2. I have added Creatine Monohydrate.  This might make me retain water.
  3. My protein powder is a Whey Isolate, Casein, and Hydrolyzed Whey mixture.

Here is a question:  When you have going through Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), do you retain more water, and junk while your body is trying to rebuild the muscle?

Sorry about this long written post.  I doubt anyone will even get through all of my ramblings.  Maybe next week will be better.

Kettlebell Kickin

Yesterday I started my kettlebell bootcamp and it kicked my butt. I used to think I was coordinated but, I struggled to do the kettlebell exercises correctly. I wanted to squat when I was supposed to hinge. I was lifting with my arms and not popping with my knees and hips. I will get better.  I was able to go home and study some You Tube videos on proper form. I just hate feeling like I have no clue what is going on. It’s a packed class too so, the instructor doesn’t have much time to work with me. However, I was lucky enough to be paired up with someone who knew what she was doing and was willing to help this old guy. I did work up a sweat and today my legs are sore. It’s the good sore that comes from muscles being used that don’t get used in the way that they we used (wow, that was confusing).

My bootcamp is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I didn’t plan this very well but, I also have a 5 mile race this Saturday.  I have a feeling my legs are going to be Jell-O by then.  During lunch yesterday, I was able to run 4 miles but, my delayed onset muscle soreness didn’t start up until now.  My plan is to run 6 miles at lunch today.  It will either help or hurt.  On the other hand I am excited about my run.  I get to have a run date with me wife.  The kids will be home with a babysitter.   The run is at a winery so at the end, we get to have wine….bonus.

I did take measurements prior to my bootcamp and I will post them on my Bootcamp page.  I will update the page with progress measurements and pictures about every two weeks.  I spared you a beginning picture for no other reason than I was too lazy.  People that read this have seen the pictures of me even after Captain Morgan.  Should I wear those same shorts in the progress pictures?

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.