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
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
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
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.
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)