Sunday, October 21, 2012

Now What??

Time is ever so quickly running out for my upcoming races. I had to defer the Tower of Terror 10 Miler registration. I deferred the registration to the 2013 Princess 1/2 at the end of February.

So, right now, I have the WDW 1/2 in January and the Princess 1/2 at the end of February. I might do a 5K or two, but I will more focused on the 1/2s and will do the 5Ks if they fall on a non-long run weekend.

In additional to the running, I am also starting a cycle of P90X. This is not the first time I've done P90X along with running. In 2010, leading up to the Inaugural Wine & Dine 1/2, I did a cycle of P90X (lean) with 3 running days per week. This time I will be doing the Classic P90X with 4 days running. I'll be starting a little slow to ease into the new workload, but will ramp it up over the next few weeks.

Weight wise, I am around 320. My goal, baring injury, is to basically have a repeat of the 2010 WDW 1/2 (minus the weather, please) where I was about 285-290 and finished in 3:26. I firmly believe that this is doable, but as long as I do the best I can do (refer to my last post), I will be happy.

So, let's get going!!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"One Thing"

I find it hard to believe that over 3 months have passed since my last post. It truly does not seem that that much time has passed. It just reminds me that time can be both our friend and our enemy. Maybe its not time itself but what we do with that time.

I have let too much time pass by without deliberate action and can no longer afford to sit idly and let time pass me by.

In many ways I have been guilty of waiting for something (or someone) to be that "one thing" (just picture Jack Palance in City Slickers) that gets me going. In all honesty, I think I've wanted that one thing to not just get me going but for it to do the work for me (or at least make it easier or less "painful").

How many different diets or exercise programs do we have to go through before we realize that the food doesn't make the decisions for us; or that we don’t get that Brazilian butt just by buying the DVD. Its not that any given "diet" or exercise program does or doesn't work…

My train of thought is interrupted by the realization that there is not a single diet or exercise program out there that works. Not a one. You will never find one that will and there will never be one created that will. The only thing that can, and will, work is found by looking in the mirror.

There is no diet or exercise plan that can make us get out of bed or lace up the shoes and do the work necessary to reach any goals desired. Diets or programs are only as good as the effort, discipline and self-control we put forth to that plan.

So, the next time you look in a mirror think of Jack Palance and point that finger at yourself.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Here We Go Again!

"As long as a person doesn't admit he's defeated, he is not defeated - he's just a little behind, and isn't through fighting." - Darrell Royal

Well, once again, it is time to come up with the obligatory "where have I been" message. Truth is, though, it doesn't really matter. I am where I am. So...Here we go again!

I know there will be some that will say exactly that (while rolling their eyes). Shoot, I even have to resist the urge to say it. But, I know what I'm capable of doing and it is time to do it.

In a nutshell, I have 2 main races in front of me… Tower of Terror 10 Miler and 2013 WDW 1/2 Marathon. I know I have a long way to go to be "ready" for either race. But, I also know that I will not get ready by doing nothing.

I'm essentially starting from square one with weight and running. Last I checked, I'm right around 330 pounds. I haven't really run in quite some time, except for an occasional day every few weeks (if that).

So, I don't know who (if anyone) will read this. But I feel that I have to do this, even if only for myself.

Till Next Time...GET MOVING FORWARD!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Yes...I'm Still Alive

Yes, yes....I know. It's been over 2 months. Life has been a little busy with me since my last post.

We had a major project at work that we completed in mid-late December. At it's height, I was working 70-80 hour weeks. While I was able to finish strong on the project (despite my back), it didn't take long before everything cought up to me.

Between a hurt back and long, long hours (neither of which are good for the other) and a lingering sinus infection (can we say deja vu), I was officially drained.  Mentally, physically, name it.  I had hoped that taking the week off between Christmas and New Years would help, but I think it ended up having the opposite effect. I'm just now starting to come out of it.

BUT!  Somehow (and believe me when I say I don't know how) I'm actually down a pound or so from my last weight posting. On Nov 4th, I posted 339.5. Yesterday, I was 338.5. Normally, I would be exstatic with that, but I'm honestly a little worried. Considering my activity level (more on that in a sec) and eating habits, I honestly should be up 5-10 pounds. The numbers just don't add up.

About my back...I've had my ups and downs. As for the back itself, it started feeling better about a week after the initial injury on Nov 5th. A good thing because I had a business trip the week of Nov 14th. While my back was better, i was having some nerve issues down the outside of my right leg. That was just about gone when I re-tweeked my back on Dec 8th. Thankfully, it was not as bad as the initial injury, especially since I had another business trip the week of Dec 12th (did I mention something about a major project at work). Today, the back is doing pretty good but I'm having a very difficult time sleeping. I wake up multiple times during the night with significant pain and discomfort in my hip/very lower back area. The pain is in a different area than the original back pain. The act of getting out of bed is hard but once I'm up I don't feel a thing the rest of the day. It only hurts while I'm sleeping/lying down.

So, with everything that has been going on, the last thing on my priority list was running. And after I re-tweeked my back, my Dr. suggested 3-5 weeks of no running activities at all. So, the WDW 1/2 is out.

Just in the last couple of days, though, I've been getting that nagging feeling to want to get back out there and get the ball rolling again. I know I need to. But one thing is for sure, I'm tired of talking about what I want or what I need to do. I want to start talking about what I have done.

Till Next Time...Take Care!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Unfortunate Deja Vu!

This is the type of post that I never want to have to write...

I blew out my back today...during lunch. Yes...during lunch. My father-in-law was in town so we all went to get at our usual Mexican restaurant. At one point during lunch, my 3 year old said he needed to go potty. As I was lifting him out of his high chair...BANG...there goes the back.

This is not the first time this has happened. I dug back into the Phat Disney Geek archive to find my "Stopped dead in my tracks!!!" post from June 2007. From what I remember from back then, this feels almost exactly the same. The bad news is that this is SO not what I need right now for so many reasons. The good news is that if this time follows the script from 2007 I shouldn't be out for too long.

My words from yesterday have been ringing loud in my mind since lunch. How do I choose to react to this? Get down or get stronger? The answer is obvious one. While I may be limited somewhat physically, I am only limited, not incapacitated. This is a golden opportunity to build some mental strength...and faith.

I did get out tonight for an easy walk just to loosen things up some, but also to see what my limitations are. Walking was fine, but right now running just isn't happening. So, right now I'll be doing a lot of walking.

So, now more than ever...KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Little More T&T And Today's Lunch - 04 NOV 2011

I'll get to today's lunch in a bit, so let's start with a little this and that.

I finally got back on the running horse Wednesday night after nearly 3 weeks. We are coming up on 60 days till the 1/2 so it's crunch time. I've got a ways to go to get my endurance and pace where they need to be. As always, losing weight will help both of those.

Speaking of Weight... 339.5
I'm in the 30's! But, frankly, I am quite shocked that I'm down 1.5 from last week. But, anything in the right direction is, well, in the right direction. My current short term goal is to be in the 20's by Thanksgiving. Lofty? Yes. But doable.

The Last Week...
I said I was shocked about my weight. I was shocked because of how everything has gone since my last T&T post last Friday. Over the weekend, I was in a bad place mentally. In some ways, I felt like I went back in time about 2 months. And, frankly, it about scared me to death. Which, in a way, is/was a good thing. With the bad mental funk comes weakness in other areas. First of which was no running/exercising until Wednesday. Second, was the eating. Have I said that I really don't like Halloween? I really don't like having that much garbage in my house, especially when I'm "weak". So, the whole week, there have been spurts of self control and weakness. So, in the end, to have the week I had, I am actually really encouraged by where I am today. To get (if only) 1 run in and make progress on the weight front shows that no matter what happens to you, it is still up to you to choose how that will effect you.

Along those lines, I have a thought I want to try to put to words. I have had times in my life (especially the last few years) where I've really struggled with stress. When my shoulders and neck start hurting and I'm always tense, it's time to look at what's going on. But, lately I've adopted a new philosophy about stress. Stress is not what you feel. It is not the outside forces pulling you in every direction. It is simply the reaction of your body to how you choose to react to the "stressors" in your life. In other words, how we choose to react to any given situation will directly determine the amount of stress we "feel" later. So, if you live a high stress life, it's up to you to do something about it. The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, the choice is yours, become a road rage statistic or let it go. Oh, one other thing; learning to use the word "NO" does wonders as well.

Ok, enough of the philosophic stuff, on to today's lunch.

Yep, you guessed it, Earth Fare salad/food bar.

Salad Bar: Romaine lettuce; Green Bell Peppers; Yellow Bell Peppers; Red Bell Peppers; Orange Bell Peppers; Cucumbers; Celery; Shredded Cheddar Cheese; Shredded Mozzarella Cheese; Parmesan Cheese; Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

Food Bar: Vegan Tofu Steaks & Cajun Sage Gravy; Almond-Crusted Lemon Pepper Catfish; Fancy Mac n Cheese

Drink: Tazo Organic Iced Green Tea; Water


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Today's (Late) Lunch - 03 NOV 2011

First off...I got back to the running thing last night. 3.42 mi in 1:01:00. Take a look at the DailyMile widget to the left for more.

Today's Lunch....

Yet again to the Earth Fair Salad/Food Bar.

Salad Bar: Romaine lettuce; Green Bell Peppers; Yellow Bell Peppers; Red Bell Peppers; Orange Bell Peppers; Cucumbers; Celery; Shredded Cheddar Cheese; Shredded Mozzarella Cheese; Blue Cheese Dressing

Food Bar: Beef Lasagna; Pasta Alfredo

Drink: Tazo Brambleberry Herbal Infusion, Water

I got a lot more lasagna than I wanted but oh well.