Thursday, November 19, 2009

Past the halfway mark.

My numbers are within reach, my personal goals...not so much.
The 3600 numbers are mostly near half of my needed numbers. I've already passed the crunches numbers. What does this all mean??

I feel fit, I feel strong but I still feel like I need to do more. The eating numbers worry me because I don't feel like I am losing any weight. Weigh-in on Monday.....

CE: 51/58/95
RT: 12/24
CT: 15/25
PG1: 7 morning skates
PG2: 5/10 consecutive pull ups
PG3: Lose 10 lbs
PG4:3600 Challenge
cardio mins 540/800
push ups 290/600
crunches 850/800
leg presses 210/400
dead lifts 210/300
squats 255/400
leg lifts 140/300

Friday, November 6, 2009

A little Bleaker...

Fall is here and it's getting darker and more grey all the time. I am not feeling too good after a busy business trip, where I didn't eat so well. I realize that I have to step up with this challenge if I am going to meet my goals.

An interesting article was brought to my attention by a co-worker. It seems that there is a new way that hockey skates are being sharpened. The type of sharpening is what is called a flatbotton-V. The NY Times details it as "The flat-bottom V uses specially made spinners to carve out tiny fangs along the skate blade’s ridges that bite into the ice for turns. The flat bottom between the fangs, similar to the flat cut of a speedskater’s blade, puts more of the blade’s surface in contact with the ice and is supposed to increase speed." I could use a little more speed when I skate. That is when I skate. I promised that I would start after this past trip was over.

Here is the link to the whole article if you are interested -

Even more interesting is an article that was linked to the skating one. This was titled "Why Doesn’t Exercise Lead to Weight Loss?" The link is below. I am not sure that I believe it. I will wait for more research. I would hate to think there is no "afterburn" when my workout is done.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

End of a great weekend!

First true test of this challenge came yesterday. My wife and I went to a good friend's anniversary party. I ate light in the morning and avoided a lot of temptation at the party. Stuck to a few light beers, veggies, cheese and a few shrimp. This was just the kind of event where I would cheat. I'd have non-light beer, chips, crackers, cake, meatballs. All of those foods where available, but I passed. I did see a lot of old friends, guys I knew from summer camp and college.....

I got a good upper body workout in yesterday morning. Worked on chest, abs and arms.

Today was a nice sunny day here, north of Boston. I went to my Father's house. I did a lot of outdoor work, raked some leaves, stacked wood and cut his lawn. Then I came home and raked some more leaves. We watched the Patriots win... My son called from Clemson U. He was excited that the Tigers upset the host Miami Hurricanes.

Not a bad weekend.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day One in the Books!

Yesterday was the first day of the challenge. I am happy with the results. I ate well and I had a 40 minute cardio session. Threw around the football after work, adding to my calories burned. I use fitday to calculate.

1,767 total in

3,858 burned

2091 deficit

Looking forward to a good RT workout and maybe some cardio later.

Later tonight I am serving dinner @ the Boston Living Center. The Center is a supportive environment to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One more day....

Chest and arms workout this morning.

warm up set
bench press - 205 - 7X7X5
dumbel press 50

warm up set
barbell curls 90 - 8x8x6
dumbell curls 30 - 10X10
pushups - 40

I am happy with the Patriots win in the snow this past Sunday!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting ready for the next challenge

Two more days until the "Classic" challenge. I am looking to give this everything I have.

Failure is absolutely not an option.