August 17, 2020: I decided to try a different approach. I was looking at my goals and realized I’ve had the same strength goals for several years for bench press, squat, and deadlift. Every year I almost get there, but not quite. Some combination of work, family, injury, and Texas heat always conspired to destroy … Continue reading A Different Approach to My Fitness Goals
What's the key to a good night's sleep? Normally, I'd be the worst person to ask. I never got a lot of sleep anyway, but for the past several years, sleep has been a huge challenge. Most nights, I'd wake up about 2 or 3am and be wide awake with my brain racing. The only … Continue reading Getting Great Sleep?
I've been off track lately and it has become an ugly downward spiral. Work has been challenging and I find my reaction is to stress eat comfort foods and not have time (or inclination) to exercise. Then, when I do exercise, it's been long enough since the last time that I do a limited amount … Continue reading Downward Spiral
Every day at work I try to do at least 100 pushups. Not all at once (not yet!), but spaced throughout the day. It started as five sets of 20-25 but has shifted as I get stronger. I now do three sets of 35-45 and earlier this week I hit a goal of doing 50 … Continue reading Simple Fitness Idea: 100 Pushups A Day
I've made a couple of small changes to my exercise plan that seem so painfully obvious I'm a bit embarrassed to even mention them. Every now and then there is a nice evening where I'm able to get off on time and don't need to rush home to get kids or make dinner. However, I … Continue reading Silly Little Changes
When it breaks, it breaks big. I’m at a two day conference in Austin, TX. Before leaving, I diligently packed baggies full of vitamins, protein powder, apple slices, pumpkin seeds, and green drink. I was ready. But the conference is apparently being held at the only place in Austin that can’t figure out vegetarian food. … Continue reading Off The Rails
This is painful to confess, but by every measure, I am more than just overweight. Ten years ago I was in fantastic shape; today I’m just a shape. It’s hard to acknowledge that I’ve slipped so far since the days when my hobbies were racing motocross and mountain bikes, but I have. In 2015 alone, … Continue reading Painful Truth: I’m (Currently) Obese
Update: my progress is progressing. That sounds silly, but it's true. I am starting to create an upward spiral where little successes feed into bigger successes. The more I improve my fitness, the more energy and desire I have to do more things that will improve my fitness. Updates: After doing my first half-marathon on … Continue reading Quick Fitness Update
Losing weight is easy. I've done it a dozen of times. Of course, I’ve also gained it a dozen plus one times. Unfortunately, that was pretty easy too, so I'm needing to lose weight yet again. How Did I Lose Weight in the Past? As I focus on getting fit again today, it’s helpful … Continue reading Losing Weight is Only Half the Battle
100 is a significant number. For me anyway. As I rapidly accelerate through middle age, I realize I’ve been dropping good habits but hanging on to the bad ones with a white knuckled death grip. The results have been… unsurprising. So I’m working on building new habits. One of them is doing 100 pushups a … Continue reading 100 Pushups: little habits leading to bigger success
Have you seen and envied those home or garage gyms on social media? The ones that look like someone ordered one of everything from Rogue's website? Maybe you thought about building one yourself, but didn't have a spare kidney to sell so you've given up on the idea and keep going to your local gym. … Continue reading Building a Garage Gym that Pays for Itself
I grab the bar and wrap my fingers around, feeling the knurling grip into my skin. A pause and then, with hands positioned on the bar, I duck underneath and stand up until the bar presses into my back. Standing up a few inches further, the bar comes away from the rack and I back up. … Continue reading Time to Lift
It's painfully human to think of ourselves as "normal". So when it comes to running or lifting or cycling, it's all too easy to think that those who aren't in as good of shape or as skilled as ourselves are lazy slackers and those better than us as genetic freaks or simply lucky. It's much more difficult … Continue reading Being An Encourager
Other than finishing my first half-marathon on August 6th, this month is on track to be the least I've run since October 2016. And there was a pretty low bar in some of those months since then. I rested both the week before and the week after the half. Then, I've really only run on the … Continue reading What Should Be My Next Half-Marathon?
When it comes to fitness, I'm a bit of a data hound. But after years of effort, I just found out I've been doing it all wrong. I have at least a decade's worth of exercise logs, I've been tracking and graphing my weight since 2002, and I create a food log every time I get … Continue reading Tracking Fitness with a Proactive Dashboard
Three hundred and twenty-nine miles or so and it was clearly time to replace my favorite running shoes. Actually, it was time a few miles before that. I had not looked at the soles in a while and a quick glance showed all was not well. The tread looked like the tires on a junkyard … Continue reading New Shoes! New Shoes!
So it's official. #IAMABADASS. At least, that's what my finisher medal reads. I didn't feel like much of a badass. I don't feel much of anything really. Except for my legs. Those I FEEL. * * * * * Last year, I signed up and … Continue reading Half-Marathon Done. Barely.
Fitness clothing and gear are highly personal and always involve a balance of cost, fit, durability, plus personal preference. What works great for one person can often inspire only indifference or even misery for another. With that in mind, I'd like to share some of my favorite things and would love to hear about yours. I … Continue reading Favorite Things: Plantronics Backbeat FIT
"It's driving me nuts," I complained to my boss. "Doing a nine mile run was no problem while on vacation in Idaho three weeks ago and here I can barely manage three miles before I have to walk. My body just doesn't tolerate heat the way it did when I was younger and fitter." My boss, … Continue reading Do You Know Why There Aren’t Many Races in Texas in August?
With two months to go, 60 more days to prepare, I quit. I decided not to run my first marathon. That failure has nagged at me since. Early May 2016 I signed up to run a big marathon in Las Vegas in November. It was a strategic decision. I figured I’d be more motivated to … Continue reading DNS (Did Not Start)