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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Getting fit

My initial post alluded to my goal to get fit. There are a few impetuses bringing about my change of heart, so to speak. During spring of 2012, I went to a Frederick Keys baseball game with some friends and family. Dean posted a picture on Facebook that included me. Yes, the pic to the right. Damn I looked dumpy, but even that wasn't enough to get me motivated, though I did get a haircut.

Two of my close friends, Christopher and EJ, started fitness routines. Both have dropped a tremendous amount of weight (100 pounds between the two of them), are feeling better, and are looking good. That got me thinking that I should do something for myself. I tried to get myself psyched. I went to the gym once, ran a couple of times, and then found excuses to sit on my ass. Nothing changed.

The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was my fat ass. I was tying my shoes when I found myself breathing heavy. From tying shoes. Do me a favor and read those last couple of sentences again. It wasn't the cardiovascular effort involved in tying shoes, but that my fat, bulbous stomach was getting in the way. Wow! That's when I realized that a complete change was needed.

I started watching my eating and am going back to the gym. As can be seen on the chart above, cutting carbs resulted in a massive drop in weight and then a somewhat extensive plateau. However, there were a multitude of reasons for that including an unexpected, impromptu mini-vacation as well as a long-term (6-weeks) visitor. Now that I am back at the gym combining a lifting routine and cardio exercises, I am confident that my weight will drop like a rock.

Today's workout:

Exercise Repetitions
Dips 4x10
Dumbbell Bench Press 10@40 10@50 10@60 8@60
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 10@40 10@50 2x10@60
Dumbbell Flys 3x10@50
Decline Dumbbell Bench Press 10@40 10@50 2x10@60
Tricep Press Downs 10@30 10@40 10@50
Run 30 min @ 5 MPH


plf5403 said...

Good for you! I too had an epiphany last year and decided to unload the spare tire. I bought a home gym in December and started Atkins diet this week. I waited until Feb to start the new fitness regimen to bypass holiday and birthday meals. Five pounds down, "fifty" to go...LOL.

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