Monthly Archives: April 2012

Day 2 Challenge – 20mins Strength/Toning + 10mins Stretching/Flexibility


Here it is, day #2.  I was presented with a couple of different challenges for today, so I decided to combine them.

My first challenge, again by my friend “K”, was as mentioned above: 20 minutes of Strength training/Toning plus 10 minutes of Stretching/Flexibility.  I was also challenged by my friend “B” to workout with my kettle bell three times this week.  I thought it made sense to combine these 2 challenges into one.

I know… you wanna know… did I do it?  Was I able to get in these 30 minutes after walking 2 miles for my first challenge yesterday?  Was I already discouraged and ready to give up because it’s too hard to work for it?  Well, I DID IT!  And I must say, I feel pretty darn good about it.  Here are some of the highlights of what I was able to accomplish during this workout:

– Planking… ok, so I was only able to hold for 20 seconds, but a PLANK I DID DO!

– Push ups… on the wall, I did a total of 40 (2 sets of 20)

– Deterred a headache… during my stretching routine which, admittedly, I am not good at remembering to do and that is a big NO-NO, I felt tension in the back of my neck.  As I rolled my head around and found the tight spot in my neck, I held position and let it work itself out.

For now, I can say the kettle bell has not killed me.  Will I have something different to say tomorrow?  Likely.

Routine for the rest of this week is as follows, thanks to those of you who have presented me with challenges:

Tuesday: 2 mile walk + 20 minutes on the bike (challenge is 1 hour physical activity)

Wednesday: Repeat of today’s workout or some variation (challenge is kettle bell 3x this week – time #2)

Thursday: 3 mile walk along the canal (challenge is 1 hour physical activity)

Friday: Repeat of today’s workout or some variation (challenge is kettle bell 3x this week – time #3)

My goal for Wednesday and Friday workouts is to increase my planking time by 5 seconds, so hopefully by Friday, I can hold for 30 seconds.  I figure I’ve gotta have a goal for myself as well.  Keeps it interesting.

I still need suggestions for the weekend, and definitely need encouragement and support to keep this up.  I AM going to WIN this fight.

For those of you who may not know, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 13 years ago, and I’m not going to let it crawl back up my ass and bring me down with it.  I will fight, to the END, I will fight!

Though I’ve only mentioned my end goal in this blog (almost 100 pounds), I do have smaller, achievable goals along the way.  I see the big picture, but I’m taking it one frame at a time.  First goal: 10 pounds.  Reward: New workout pants/shorts.  Let’s just leave it there for now and see what happens.

Well, I am a hot, sweaty, stinky, crime scene of a mess right now, so I must hit the shower.  THANK YOU for taking the time to read my jabber and for all of the encouragement!

To better health!


Day 1 Challenge – Walk 2 miles


Off to a good start, of course it is only Day 1 and Day 1 is typically a good start for me.  It’s day 2, 3, 4, and beyond that get me, but I promised to post progress, and I shall.

I was challenged by my friend “K” to walk 2 miles today.  As soon as I saw that post pop on Facebook, I got my clothes changed, found my music, did some stretching and out the door I went.  I actually completed 2.2 miles in 42 minutes, for a total of 320 calories burned.  Now working on recovery and water, but I DID IT!!!  

THIS, my friends, is what I NEED!!!  Please keep encouraging me and holding me accountable!

Starting Day One, April 29, 2012


Accountability.  In my opinion, one of the most important motivating aspects of any health journey.  You must be accountable first to yourself, then to others who want for you the same things you want for you.  

Encouragement.  Essential for achieving your goals.  You need to surround yourself with people who will continuously encourage you to keep on the path to your journey.

Support.  Vital. Need I say more?  Give me a support circle of friends and family who want me to succeed as much as I want to succeed and it will happen.

Progress. Must report progress.  Once a week, every Sunday.  So in order to do this, we need some starting figures. I can’t believe I’m throwing this all out in public, but here goes.

Starting Weight (4/29/12): 252.6

Waist Measurement: 48″

Hip Measurement: 52.5″

Right/Left Arm: 13.5″/13.5″

Right/Left Thigh: 23.25″/24″

So there is the picture all painted up for you.  I need help.  I’m desperate for help.

I know HOW to do this. I’m tired of setbacks. I’m tired of starting over, only to find weight GAIN instead of loss.  I’m relying on you all for encouragement and help to reach my goal of 160#.  That’s almost 100 pounds of weight to come off.  I know I can do this.  I KNOW IT.  But not alone.  I need help… accountability, encouragement and support, in order to give you progress.

In this blog, I’ll post daily if I’m able to meet the challenges you present to me, whether they be activity or nutrition related.  I believe every small change can help, so please don’t hold back.  Push me.  Make me shamefully report to you if I simply was not able to meet your challenge.  I’m relying on you all, so please post on here as much as you like.  I’ll post daily here, but will make every effort to not post progress but once a week.  I’m a scale addict so that’s something I need to work on breaking.