Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Day Two- All I have to say is OUCH. My body is in pain. I did another freeletic workout and I sore today. The next workout will be the same moves as today, but with 60 more reps each exercise.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Day One

Week One- Day one
I found a workout program that has peaked my interest. It is called Freeletics. Today I did my first workout that consisted of three rounds of burpees, climbers and jumps.

The first round I was required to do 10 reps of each exercise. I did the burpees and the climbers, but had to use an alternative (high knees) to the jumps because of my bad knees. I was able to do all the burpees, but I was exhausted after just 10.

Round two had 25 reps of each exercise. I had to use a variation to the burpees after completing just 5. They call the variation a sprawl, which is just a burpee that stays in the plank position and does not go all the way to the ground. I was able to do the climbers and again did high knees instead of the jumps. Needless to say I was tired. I struggled through the sprawls I would to 5 or so and have to take several seconds for a break. I have always disliked burpees, even from my crossfit days.

Round three was back to 10 reps for each exercise. I was able to fight through 5 more burpees before I went back to the sprawls. I was able to finish the first routine in just over 13 minutes. I feel good about the time, but need to be mentally tougher to push myself to take less breaks and go for one or two more reps before each break.

I have not quite figured out the nutrition aspect of my transition. I crave things like soda foods that I know are not healthy at all. I think this will be the hardest part of changing into who I want to be.

I know that I need to change my habits to help build a healthy family. I know that if I am constantly drinking sugary drinks and eating junk my kids are going to grow up with the same struggles I had. I need to get out of this habit now. I know there is not a switch that I can flip to change my taste buds to like foods like kale or cottage cheese, but I need to try now.

Oh have I mentioned that I am sore.... Day one done.

Monday, June 22, 2015

In the beginning there was FAT!

Well here goes nothing.

I'm fat... but I don't want to be. I would really like to be healthy and feel good about the way I look. I have tried a lot of different exercise routines, and had success with each of them until I burn out and gain all the weight I lost back plus an extra 10 just for good measure. I have done extreme diets that I felt I could only eat apples, cabbage and chicken. I have become best friends with Shaun T while he tells me how insane the workout I just finished was. After all that I am sitting here telling you I am still a 6 foot 3 inch guy that still weighs over 300 pounds. 

So what is my next step in this story. I don't quite have an answer for that. I know that I have bad knees from all the years I have played basketball and other sports that I love under the load of my body weight. I have had a Doctor tell me has done full knee replacements on people that have knees that look better than mine. Despite all that I still play basketball several times a week trying to avoid my elliptical and treadmill.

I also know that money is not a the all great motivator for me. I know this from past sales jobs and past weight loss competitions that I have been in. I think my main motivation is competition. I love beating people. I love to win, but when winning is not an option, there goes my motivation and here comes the weight gain.

I have come to the realization that this journey is not a 12 week exercise and diet plan away from true happiness. I know that for me to be happy I will have to do somethings that as of right now seem impossible, like giving up my go to meal of hamburgers and french fries with a large Coke Zero. I hope that as time moves forward I will be able to make all the right decisions with my nutrition and not all the wrong ones

So now I begin my Journey to a healthier me. I have a couple of big decisions to make. Which workouts do I start? What kind of meal plan do I use? Am I willing to push myself harder every day to be the man I want to be? Will my body hold up under pressure? Can I finally follow through with my dreams of being in shape and health? Like I said before Here goes nothing....