One Hell Of A Two Weeks

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Sorry I have been away for a couple of weeks. It’s been the most trying time in my short little life. My dad had a heart attack, my mom went septic, and my wife’s Nana had a heart cath. So needless to say my family has been a little busy.

I spent a lot of time taking care of dad so my fitness routine got a little interrupted. I took some time off work to make sure he was ok. He had bypass surgery so he was no as mobile as he wanted to be.

My sister came down from Kentucky with my niece to help me. She was a huge help and that allowed me to spend some time with my wife and daughter. Her visit was short but very effective.

With all these family health issues it makes want to get healthier more. I have 90 days until I reach my one year mark. I am shooting to have my weight in “wonderland”, which is in the 100s. I have a lot of hard work ahead but know I can do it.

Crossfit Challenge- Day 12

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Sorry for the late post but I had really crazy Friday and also it helps when you get done writing a post to hit the button labeled “POST”.

We finally made it to this point. Today makes the last day of my Crossfit Challenge. It has been the best month of my life. I have learned so much that I can’t wait to apply in my daily workouts. I met some amazing people and truly found a great fit family. The first day was rough and I did not know if I wanted to come back but I did. Every class I pushed my body in ways I never knew possible and for that I saw real results. My arms have never been more tight and my stomach has never been leaner. I am truly a Crossfit addict.

Today’s workout was great cause I have already done it before. Really! I walked into the box this morning with an open mind. I was really sad this was the last workout and I really never wanted it to end. After dropping my stuff down Nathan told me to do the regular warm up. I was excited cause usually he tells me to run 400 meters or row 500 meters.

The warm up was the following:
4 rounds each of 15 seconds each

Jumping jacks
Squats
Mountain climbers
Jumping squats
Plank
Side plank
Hollow rocks

After getting warmed up we reviewed the deadlift and added weight to each set. Then we did the workout.

200 meter run
15 ring rows
15 squats
15 pushups
200 meter run
12 ring rows
12 squats
12 pushups
200 meter run
9 ring rows
9 squats
9 pushups

When I did this workout on the first day I finished it in 12:24. When I did it this morning I finished it in 8:30 so I shaved four minutes off my workout. Not bad and I could feel the improvement.

I have a lot to be thankful for and Crossfit is one of them. Nathan, Margee, and Jared were great teachers and I learned so much. Nathan wanted me to join and honest if the price was write I would. Maybe I will stop in a few times of month and pay to do the WOD with them.

Thanks everyone for your support and I can’t wait to see what’s next on my fitness journey.

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Crossfit Challenge- Day 11

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Today was the next to last Crossfit session. I was so tired cause of yesterday’s trip to the hospital. I was not feeling this mornings workout all. Nathan made me start the morning with a 1000 meter row. After that I was pumped.

Nathan and I then did some toy soldiers, butt kicks, and toe touches. Then he reviewed squats with me but making add weight to every set. I ended up squatting 80 lbs. not bad but I still feel I could do more.

Nathan showed me how to do a kettle bell swing. I have been doing them for a while but come to find out I was actually doing them wrong. He showed me that I needed to use my hips more and so much my arms. To let my arms be forced up by the force of my hips was hard to take in. After a couple of tries I finally got it. Finally Nathan showed me how to to do a kettle bell extension. This is not what they are called but for the sake of this entry I am going to call it that. It was hard for me to keep the kettle bell up over my head with my arm extended the whole time.

After he taught me those moves it was time to workout. The following was today’s workout:

200 meter run
20 kettle bell swings
2 kettle bell extensions
200 meter run
15 kettle bell swing
2 kettle bell extensions
200 meter run
10 kettle bell swings
2 kettle bell extensions

I finished it in 8:15!

I did pretty good but I still feel I could have done better.

Since I only have one class left, Nathan was trying to talk me into a membership. I would love to join but I simply can’t afford it. That does not mean I won’t do it. I might drop in a few times a month to do a WOD. It’s just that $130 is a lot of money to commit to once a month. I am ready for my last class. I am going to give it my all!

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Crossfit Challenge- Day 10

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So today at crossfit it was insane. I have to say that the workout we did today was hard and I have finally come to the conclusion that I hate wall balls and wish for them to burn in hell!

Today’s workout was the following:

10 dumb bell snatches (right arm)
10 wall balls
10 dumb bell snatches (left arm)
10 wall balls

As many rounds you can do in 15 minutes.

I made it to six rounds…barely

Learning how to do a dumb bell snatch was hard but then I looked at it as cranking a lawn mower. That seemed to work bust for me. I only have 2 more ramp classes left so I hope I learn so more before this experience is over.

Half A Year Of Fitness

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I know a lot of my readers are more than likely tired of reading about my workouts but I have to say that I am really proud of this journey. I have enjoyed where it has taken me and excited for where it is going to take me.

I was sitting a home a few nights ago looking at pictures on my iPad when I noticed how much I have physically changed in six months. It’s hard to believe it all started with a simple walk on a treadmill.

January rolled around and I decided to start running something I have never done before. I weighed in at a rough looking and feeling 289 back then. I started with a small run of one mile. By the time I was done with the month I was running a solid two miles in 25 minutes.

When February came I reached the three mile mark. I could run a 5k in under 35 minutes. My pants were loose and I was weighing in somewhere in the 260s. My clothes were fitting better and I felt better as a person. I started changing my diet and counting the calories I was eating. That made a huge difference. I even had a killer swim workout that month. Still have a lot more work to do with that.

In March I decided after a dinner with my family to challenge myself a little. The weather was getting warmer and I needed to do something crazy. I decided to run a 5k race. So I began training three days a week for it. Running as hard as I could to get my time down to under thirty minutes. At this point I was about 255 on the scale.

April brought me another curve ball in my way. I was asked to run a 5k at the beach with my brother. I was excited and scared to run my first race. I had been training so hard for my suppose to be first race in May but I just considered this one a practice. I got to the race and ended up finishing third in my age division in 29:25! I was really proud of myself and I even got an award. I also went to my first yoga class and now I love yoga. I even got a mat.

Coming fresh off that win, I knew the month of May was going to better. I started off training really good but then life stuff happened and I became kind of lazy. I was scared u was not going to do good at my next race. I showed up nervous and scared but I ended up beating my time. I came in at 26:51. I was fifth in my age division but I did not care. I proved to myself I could do it.

Since accomplishing me race goal I made some really good choices in June. I bought a bike to try cycling. I started to run more. I even chose my next race which is next year in Charleston, South Carolina. The big 10k known as The Cooper River Bridge Run! I was not weighing in at my lowest which was 228 and I dropped to my third pant size. I thought to myself I am going to reward myself with a crazy adventure. So I decided to go zip-lining. My wife, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law went with me. It was the most scary and greatest thing ever. Also I went on my first hike and really felt relaxed and one with nature. That sounded super lame!

It’s been a crazy life changing year for me. I have learned so much about myself and what it really means to be active. I at least try to be active an hour a day. I do sometimes fall short but I just pick myself up. I honestly believe I would not be able to do this without the support of my amazing wife and daughter. They are the reason I have even started this. They say fatherhood changes a man and I believe that with all my heart.

Now what’s happening for the rest of 2014? Here is what’s happening and coming up!

-Right now I am finishing up my July Crossfit Challenge. If you read the blog regularly you already know how that is going.

-In August and September, you will be seeing a lot more cycling and more weightlifting.

-October is a big month cause I will be starting my training for The Cooper Bridge 10k. Also, more yoga!

That’s just a few things I have planned. I am sure there will be other great stuff. I really want to try a kickboxing class or boot camp. My long term fitness goals is to run a half marathon, a marathon, and then a triathlon before I am 35. I would also like to complete a Spartan Race and a Iron Man. All in good time!

Thanks everyone for being so supportive. I do promise that I have some great new blogs about K-Dub coming so look out for those.

Until next time!

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Crossfit Challenge- Day 9

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I am almost done with my Crossfit challenge for the month of July. I have to say that this has been a very crazy adventure but in nine classes I have learned so much.

I got to the box this morning not really feeling it. I have been getting up really early for two weeks in a row and I just want to wake up to daylight outside. I also did not want to run at all but Nathan had other ideas for me. He made me do a 400 meter warm up run. I have to admit that when I was done I was ready for what was next.

Later Nathan showed m how to so you soldiers, butt kicks, and toe touches to warm up my hips. Then we moved on to squats. I already do squats during my normal workouts so I had this. Nathan was impressed and decided to teach me some Olympic lifts.

After several failed attempts getting my form right I got the hang of it and I really wanted to put some weight on it but I don’t think Nathan thought I was quite ready enough. Then it was time for my workout of the day.

3 rounds of the following:

400 meter run
15 push ups

I finished it in 8:15.

I did really good I think he made me do pushups cause he wanted me to develop some more upper body strength cause I really have none. I just started weightlifting so it’s going to take some time. Nathan said that all good things will come.

So I have one more week of ramp classes and then I have four days of regular workouts so it’s going to be a interesting end of the month.

Crossfit Challenge- Day 8

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I got a nice surprise when I got to Crossfit Indian Trail this morning. I walked in and saw Coach Jared was back! He was only there for the day but he decided to teach me my class this morning. I was so excited!

Today he taught me how to do arm clings with a bar. After a few times I was still having trouble. He told me to stick my butt out more. He said that he call it “booty butt”. Out of all the things I have learned that was most likely going to be the one that stuck with me.

Then we reviewed the sit-up. Crossfit sit-ups are a lot easier and I think that’s they way I am going to do it for now on. It really works your abs after doing 20 in a row.

Then we did our WOD.

10 arm clings
10 sit-ups

Then a set of 9 all the way to 1.

By the time I got done I was tired bit I took longer with my workout to get the form right on the arm clings.

Too bad Jared is going to be gone again. Workouts with him have been fun and educational.