Chocolate is Good?

August 31, 2011

PhotobucketBeing new to the whole blog posting thing, I don’t know where to start
exactly so I will just jump in.  My family has a history of heart
issues ranging from high blood pressure/cholesterol to hypertension to
heart failure.  They say “Knowing is half the battle” and while that
is true, it’s hard to keep that information at the forefront when
you’re only 25. I do try to make conscious decisions about what I
choose to eat and that involves trying to limit red meat, intake some
form of fruit or vegetables and limiting sweets. I’ve never really had
too much of a sweet tooth for candy, even when I was younger, but this
article from the New York Times has intrigued me a bit
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I’m not a huge milk chocolate fan, but I am partial to dark and
semi-sweet and the fact that something so delicious can show heart
health benefits is refreshing to hear.  Now I’m not going to go out
and start being the kind of guy that always seems to have a candy bar
around, but it is good to know that if I see one of the craft
chocolates where there is some assortment of berries in it, I’ll
hesitate just a little less now… because it’s good for your heart.

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Push-up Progress

August 30, 2011

PhotobucketI realized a few weeks ago that I couldn’t even do one real push up from my toes. I’ve lost a ton of weight, which is awesome, but I have practically no upper body strength, so instead of complaining about it, I’ve decided to do something!

In the spirit of not being a gym member, and trying to be healthy by being more active and eating well I’ve decided to incorporate push-ups into my regular daily routine. This website can help you work up to 100 consecutive push-ups; think of it as a Couch to 5k program for your pecks. I’ve worked up to 25 a day, and I’m slowly increasing. PLUS, this shiz will ensure my boobs stay perky, yay boobs.

Video Blog

August 29, 2011

Measurement Monday

August 29, 2011

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Well hello there readers! Sorry about last week’s complete lack of posts. I had the worst head-cold ever and during the summer when we had probably the nicest weather of the year thus far. Anyway, I am now back and better than ever, with slightly thinner thighs to boot! I’d like to offer a special thanks to my dogs Starsky and Hutch, Netflix, Andy McBee, Sam Crow and Vanilla Jill’s vegan peanut butter frozen yogurt. Without you guys recovery would’ve sucked much much more. And, now of course, measurements:

  • Waist: 34″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 39″
  • Thigh: 26″
  • Calf: 16.5″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

Sick

August 23, 2011

I’m sick so no updates until I can function in every day life. Sorry!

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This week’s fitness profile is on my friend Josh. We met when he was near his heaviest and it has been amazing to witness his progress. Per usual, my questions are in black, and his responses are in blue. Thanks for sharing, Josh! ALSO, Josh didn’t provide me with a photo so I chose this one because there is a puppy in it and I like puppies.

You’ve lost quite a bit of weight in the last few years, how much do you think?

As of today, I’ve lost 80 pounds. I was 319 pounds when I decided I needed to make a change, and as of today, I’m 239 pounds.

What motivated you to make a change?

My initial motivation, honestly, was girls. When I was in high school, I never really had to learn how to approach girls because enough of them would just come up to me, but when they stopped, I became extremely insecure. But because I had a garbage motivation, my weight loss was up and down. I ended up getting really sick, and I could’ve died, and that’s what really motivated me. I started looking closer at my eating habits, and exercise, and my drinking, and just educating myself on the toll everything was doing to my body, it made me want to be healthy for me. And I’m going to be rich and famous soon, so I want to be able to holler at Erin Andrews when I make it big without getting rejected. Oh, great… I’m doing it again…

What does your average diet like?

Since I got sick, a lot fruits and vegetables. I’ve really cut down on grains, and have almost eliminated gluten all together from my diet. I have spinach in my breakfast smoothie every morning, and usually eat it with lunch and dinner as well. I always eat between meals too, usually grapefruit, or carrots. I don’t eat meat all that much, and when I do, I only eat fish and chicken. Mostly organic. I also very rarely drink any kind of beverage that isn’t water or tea. It’s really a waste of calories. I like to take note of what I eat too, and if I eat something and it makes me tired after, I cut it out of my diet. I only eat for energy when I’m alone. 

What is your workout routine like?

My focus right now is weight loss, so it’s like 75% cardio, 25% weight lifting. I was in an auto accident this last spring, so I’m kind of restricted on what I can do. I prefer the elliptical because running enflames my neck ever since my wreck. I won’t get off the elliptical until I’ve burned at least 500 calories. On average, I burn about 750 – 800. Then I do weight lifting exercises my doctor allows me to do, like lat pull downs, rows, stuff like that. Then I use all the machines that workout my back and abs. I’m really focused on strengthening my core. My routine can also be very bloody. I like to use the elliptical until it makes my nips bleed. So my routine is kinda psychotic.

What were your diet and workout routines like before?

When I was at 319, I wasn’t working out at all really. It was like my goal was to be Jonah Hill’s stuntman or something. Part of why I got so heavy was due to another auto injury a few years ago. Prior to the wreck, I was a gym rat. I seriously worked out for two and a half hours six days a week. I was in great shape. Then I got in a wreck and I was told I couldn’t work out at all. I kinda started to enjoy being lazy, and really partook in the college life. I was smoking weed, drinking and eating ice cream every day. The healthiest thing I was eating was maybe Wheaties. When I got to 280, I quit smoking, but I was still gaining weight because I was too embarrassed to go to the gym. It was terrible. Knowing as much as I do about food now, I can’t believe I put my body through that. Lord have mercy.

What are your fitness goals?

I want to get to a point where I’m just stunning. Ya know? I’m like a 7.5 right now, but I’m aiming for a 9.7 at least. Seriously though, my goal right now is to get to 200 pounds. A doctor told me with how broad my shoulders are, and my overall bone structure is, a healthy weight for me is 210, but I used to be 170 and thought I looked pretty good then. So what does he know? But I want to get to 200, and then I’m going to focus on body building more. Not trying to be Arnold big, but I want to be solid. My goal is to be healthy so I can live for as long that hopefully I’m supposed to naturally live. And I also want to run one of those crazy marathons like Hood to Coast or something crazy like that.

What advice do you have for someone deciding they need to make a change to lose a significant amount of weight?

First of all, educate yourself. There’s so much out there they don’t teach you in health class growing up. Know what you’re putting in your body. And also, you need to do it for yourself. Do it because you care about yourself. Don’t worry about losing weight because the media wants you to look a certain way or anything like that. Learn to love yourself if you don’t already and you will want to work out.

Which ICP clown would you be and why?

Uhhh… I actually don’t know which one is which. I only know their names from one of Eminem’s CDs. Can I be Eminem?

Clean-up After a Workout

August 18, 2011

PhotobucketI keep babywipes around for this purpose, but Lifehacker recently reposted this idea to make your own portable “shower”. Basically you make a frozen bar that is half soapy water, half just water. So, you can tidy yourself up and rise after working out. For those of us without a gym membership it’s nice to be less-gross post hiking or what have you.

I usually just roll with spare deoderent, a fresh shirt (and sometimes bra) and some babywipes. However, I imagine most men don’t want to smell like babies or flowers or girlstuff, so this is a neat idea. I’m not sure how long it’ll stay frozen though. This would work well if you’re going to do an activity with a specific end-point, like a game of soccer. But for a trip hiking on the coast it probably wouldn’t last all day.

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