Ped Xing

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 10:45 pm. 0 comments

I’m sure you’re wondering how the Ped Xing sign pertains to exercise.  Absolutely nothing, I just thought it was funny because of what one of my favorite former co-workers said about it.  He is from Ukraine and is funny as hell.  He was telling me about his early experiences in the United States and he kept wondering why the Americans had so many signs up with the name of a Chinese person on them — he kept wondering who the hell Ped Xing was.

Oh yeah, I’m here to talk about exercise or eating or both or something.  Today was ab-only day, and I can tell you that I’m still not a fan of the plank, and I think my latest nemesis is the bicycle kick.  I had to do it for 35 seconds, and about 17 or 18 seconds into it, I could have sworn I had been doing it for an hour, only to realize I was only halfway through.  Feel the burn, no pain no gain.  Bullocks, I say!  They suck.

Breakfast

  • cottage cheese & blueberries
  • 1 cuppa coffee
  • turkey slices (I know, sounds kinda gross, doesn’t it?)

Snack

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Diet Dr. Pepper

Lunch

  • turkey and cheese on 15-grain bread (because Pepperidge Farm remembers…)
  • 1 apple
  • Diet Dr. Pepper (give me a break, I’m really sleepy today)

Snack

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coffee (still sleepy)

Dinner

  • 6″ Subway club on wheat (wish it was whole grain or something, but tonight was Cub Scout night and I didn’t have much of a choice)
  • water

Riverdance

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 11:50 pm. 3 comments

Once again, I have failed to blog in a timely manner, but I promise that you really didn’t miss all that much.  I actually have draft posts of the missing days, but I might just hold on to them since they were pretty boring for the most part.

In a nutshell, I had my first two beers in a month (two delicious ales) on Saturday, I didn’t do my ab-only workout on Saturday, but I made up for it (and my missed intervals from last Wednesday) by hiking between 3.5 and 4 miles up Kennesaw Mountain, down the back side, part way up Little Kennesaw Mountain, and back.  Then I watched the Super Bowl, had no beer, and minimal snacks.

After the missed exercises (well, one interval and one ab-only), some pizza on Friday, and some beer on Saturday, you’d think that I wouldn’t have done that well in the stats department, but they actually look pretty decent for the start of week 5.

Stats

  • Weight: 156.6 lb (71 kg), a 1 lb (0.45 kg) loss for the week
  • Body fat: 20.9%, a 0.3% (0.3%) loss for the week

And since I haven’t posted my eating habits lately, and I know you all have really missed them, enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed eating them…

Breakfast

  • 2 cups coffee
  • cottage cheese with blueberries
  • 1 banana

Snack

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • water

Lunch

  • Turkey/cheese sandwich on 15-grain bread
  • 1 apple
  • water

Snack

  • handful of almonds
  • Diet Dr. Pepper

Dinner

  • leftover cranberry chicken over a salad
  • water

Snack

  • whey protein in 10 oz skim milk (during workout)
  • water
  • water
  • water

Here is this week’s workout, I actually found the video and have embedded it for your viewing pleasure…please don’t laugh as you imagine me doing these!  The last exercise, called the Fast Drill, made me feel like Michael Flatley from Riverdance — well more like a less-coordinated Michael Flatley in old khaki shorts and a 20-year old college t-shirt.  You get the picture.

Pizza

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 11:05 pm. 4 comments

I’m glad that today was the ab-only part of the workout, because that seems like a bit of a rest even though the bicycle kicks and the hip raises feel like someone is injecting Tabasco sauce right into my stomach.  I was going to do my intervals from last night, but I didn’t — so I’m still planning on the trip up Kennesaw Mountain this weekend.  I’ll take the boys if the weather is decent, because they always have a good time up there.

So, on to the pizza…I was working late again, and I was starving.  So I went to Costco at 7:30pm to get one of their turkey rolls because they’re really good, have loads of turkey and some good Havarti cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce.  Well, they were out of the turkey rolls and I had to get back to work so I had a huge slice of their supreme pizza instead.  I know it sounds like I’m giving up — one day of missing intervals and now pizza, but I swear I’m not.  Sometimes the circumstances of my job just don’t allow things to happen like I would like them to, such as not being able to read to my boys at night and tuck them in, sometimes not seeing them all day.

A guy at work is doing the P90X workout and let me see the materials.  I’m considering it, but I’m not sure yet.  If anyone knows anything more about it, please let me know.

Breakfast
  • 1 banana
  • ham slices
  • 1 cup coffee
Snack
  • 1 apple w/peanut butter
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
Lunch
  • more ham slices
  • 1 apple
  • water
Snack
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner
  • 1 huge slice of Costco supreme pizza (I really wanted the turkey roll, but they were out.  Really.  Honest.)
  • water (that’s good, right?)  :-)

No intervals

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 11:52 pm. 0 comments

I skipped intervals tonight.  I did the workout part, which was tough, but I simply did not have the time or energy (due to lack of sleep, and the late hour, and need to go into work early) to do the intervals.  I know it’s a slippery slope to say, “Well one night of missing intervals isn’t going to kill me,” and I know in the end it really won’t.  It would have helped maximize the effect of my workout, so that part sucks that I missed it.  Will I miss it again?  Probably a few more times in the next three months, yes.  But I might try to do something on Sunday to make up for it, like make a quick trip up the trail at Kennesaw Mountain or something like that.  I guess it’s more important that I actually did the workout part, so I’m happy about that.

I don’t have much time tonight (actually it’s Friday morning, but don’t tell anyone), so I’ll get to the thrilling diet portion of our show:

Breakfast
  • cottage cheese w/blueberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup coffee
Snack
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
Lunch
  • 1 can chicken/sausage gumbo soup
  • 1 apple
  • water
Dinner
  • 3 egg omelet with turkey, cheese, mango/peach salsa
  • 1 banana
  • water

Work, ugh

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 8:49 am. 0 comments

I’m back to my old ways of posting days later, but making it look like I really posted on that day.  Why, you might ask?  Well it’s because of my job and the fact that our system is getting pounded like crazy and part of my job is to help keep it going for the next few weeks.  If the system isn’t working, people go elsewhere and obviously that means less revenue.  Enough business lessons, if you really want to call that a business lesson.  I’ll just refer to myself as Captain Obvious on that one.

Ok, so today was ab-only day and that’s what I did.  You can refer to yesterday’s post for the link to the workout PDF if you’d like, but it’s basically an assault on the abs for the first part, then it lets up a bit for the mountain climbers (I can do those with no problem for some reason), then hits me with the plank.  I’m actually not minding the plank as much, so I guess that’s good.

Here’s my diet for the day…please enjoy it as much as you’ve enjoyed my past few weeks of scrumptious treats.

Breakfast
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 1 yogurt
  • 1 large coffee
Snack
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
Lunch
  • chicken deli meat/spinach salad with light dressing
  • cottage cheese w/blueberries
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
Snack
  • 1 apple w/peanut butter
  • water
Dinner
  • some kind of meatball & vegetable mixture that was good (I avoided the pasta mixed in)
  • water

Slow but steady wins the race, right?

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 11:22 pm. 6 comments

Like a dumbass, I didn’t look ahead to this week’s workout until right before I had to do it.  I should have mentally prepared myself yesterday so I’d know what was in store for me today, but nope, I’m not all there sometimes.  If you want to follow along, here is this week’s workout.  Looks like loads of fun, doesn’t it?  I can tell you firsthand that it was not even close to fun.  Hopefully it will be a regular exerfest by the end of the week.

So I weighed in this morning and was a bit disappointed to see that I had only lost another 0.2 lb this past week.  As I told faithful reader Rob earlier, I’m hoping this can be attributed to muscle gain, otherwise I’m doing something very, very wrong.  I know I’ve only been doing this for a few weeks, but I guess I expected a bit more.  Hopefully the next few weeks will show some better results, either statistically or visually.

Stats after 3 weeks…

  • Weight: 157.6 lb/71.5 kg (0.2 lb/0.1 kg loss)
  • Body fat: 21.2% (0.2% loss)
  • BMI: 24 (I’m going to stop posting this for a while, because it’s not really going to change much)

I’m getting kind of tired of posting my diet, but I guess I should keep doing it so I can look back and adjust if necessary…

Breakfast

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large coffee

Snack

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • water

Lunch

  • chicken deli meat/spinach salad with light dressing
  • 1 apple w/peanut butter
  • Diet Dr. Pepper

Snack

  • 1 apple
  • Diet Dr. Pepper

Dinner

  • 1 pork chop
  • 1 large salad with broccoli, cucumber, tomato, light dressing
  • water

Snack

  • ~35g of whey protein in ~10oz skim milk (during workout)
  • water
  • and more water

I really need to get some rest, my mind and body are pretty beat right now…

Week 3 is in the books

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 11:24 pm. 2 comments

Today was spent not working out, just hanging out with the boys, getting a haircut, and trying to eat right.  Since I’m writing this post, that means that I finished another week, and I’m finally caught up with the blogging.  Tomorrow, I promise to give you the entertaining writing that you’re used to.  Okay, let’s just say the mildly entertaining writing that you may or may not be used to, how’s that?

Breakfast

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 clementine

Lunch

  • 1 bratwurst
  • baked beans
  • water

Snack

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Coke Zero

Dinner

  • turkey burger with cheese, no bun
  • broccoli
  • wild rice
  • 1 clementine

Snack

  • 1 low-carb, high-protein yogurt
  • water

More abs

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 10:14 pm. 0 comments

My last three posts probably seem like I’ve been ripping through them late on a Sunday night because I was slack and am making up for it now.  Well, you’d be exactly right.  Sorry for the lackluster writing, but what do you expect for free?

Today I did the abs-only part of the workout, and I can tell you that I still don’t like planks, regular or side or any other variety you’d like to think up.  And in case you were wondering, here’s what I ate today…

Breakfast

  • 1 banana (I know I should have eaten more, but was in a Cub Scout rush this morning)
  • 1 cup coffee

Lunch

  • 1 ham, cheese, and peach/mango salsa (that stuff works in anything!)
  • 1 apple with peanut butter
  • Coke Zero

Snack

  • 2 clementines
  • Coke Zero

Dinner

  • 2 bratwurst
  • wild rice
  • broccoli & cauliflower
  • water

I'm (almost) getting used to this

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 9:07 pm. 2 comments

When I first saw the workout for this week, I almost fainted, but now that I’ve done almost everything for this week, I feel great and that I can pretty much do anything that the future workouts call for.  Unless that involves lots of pull-ups, because I’m not quite there yet, and I think my arms would rip cleanly from their sockets if I tried to do too many.

Breakfast

  • scrambled eggs
  • 1 cup coffee

Snack

  • 1 plain yogurt with blueberries
  • Diet Dr. Pepper

Lunch

  • steak and cheese over mixed greens, no dressing
  • water

Snack

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • water

Dinner

  • ham and cheese omelet
  • 1 apple
  • water

Snack (during workout)

  • ~35g whey protein in skim milk
  • water

Abs-only torture Thursday

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 8:43 pm. 0 comments

The five exercises on the abs-only days aren’t that bad, except I still can’t really get the hang of the hip raise.  When I’m doing it I can definitely tell it’s working my abs, but I don’t seem to be able to do it like in the workout pictures.  Then again, I’m not quite in the shape of the dude in the pics, either, so that might have something to do with it.

Since I’m playing catch-up and this really isn’t a Thursday post (it’s really Sunday night), I’m going to post my diet quickly and move onto Friday…

Breakfast

  • scrambled eggs with cheese
  • 1 cup coffee

Snack

  • 1 apple
  • Diet Dr. Pepper

Lunch

  • turkey deli meat & spinach salad with light dressing
  • plain yogurt w/blueberries
  • water

Snack

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Diet Dr. Pepper

Dinner

  • chicken & sausage gumbo soup
  • 1 apple (can you tell I kind of like apples?)
  • water