1/6 Pick up sticks

Got a late start on working out today, but it’s all good.
I finally slept through the night, in my bed since moving to the new place. I ended up sleeping pretty late (10am). We got some stuff done today. Got a new couch (my mom’s old one). Walked around downtown Metuchen (awesome!) had some pizza and ice cream. I just finished up working out, and I’m pretty happy with the exercise, pretty “meh” about the food.

Exercise:
* 2 miles
* 50 pushups
* 100 crunches

Food:
* Pizza (twice, sort of)
* Ice Cream
* Breadsticks

1/5 – Shock and Awe

I’m shocked at how badly it’s been going.

My cough isn’t “productive” yet, but I think it will be soon.

Let’s look at my food over the past (awful) 24 hours:

* Last night:
** Domino’s pizza
** Cherry coke
* Morning:
** trail mix (Planter’s)
* Afternoon:
** Domino’s chicken kickers
* Night:
** Cream soda
** Slice of local pizza
** Half a meatball sub

Wow. Looking back – it’s not great, but it’s FAR better then I thought at first.

Now just to get my butt downstairs!

Exercise:
* 3.5 miles
* 100 crunches
* 50 pushups

1/4 update

Getting out of bed was tough this morning, I think my body needs more rest!
I didn’t hit the treadmill in the morning, but I will after work. I did however get some pushups and crunches in before work.
I am still not eating enough.

I also can’t *wait* to get back to BJJ and TKD (saturday for bjj I hope).

*Update* I am not getting on the treadmill tonight. Between my knee and my cough, I’m choosing not to.
I’m also making a bad food choice tonight.

Food:
* Morning:
** Oatmeal
* Afternoon:
** apple
** Almonds (flavored)
** Noodle dish

Exercise:
* 20 pushups
* 50 crunches

1/3 – Sick

I’m sick today! I have some sort of chest cold welling up, and I feel like warm garbage.
I still want to walk for a bit today – I think the movement will help me out. This might be a good opportunity to go to the doctor’s and address a few issues I have. OTOH, staying in bed most of the day seems fantastic.

Food:
* Morning:
** Oatmeal
* Noonish:
** Tacos (home made)
** Coke
* Later:
** Zone bar
** Apple
** Orange

Exercise:
* 1.11 miles!
* 25 pushups
* 25 crunches

1/2, still going :)

Well, I’m still going strong! Here’s today (will be updated throughout the day).
Today’s morning work out was very difficult. I remember when I was going for the six pack, some days would be easy, and others would be very hard. Today was one of the hard ones where each step was an effort. I pushed through and logged 2 miles. So far today is better then yesterday because I got up early and on my way.

*update*
Well, Today is pretty hard. I’m getting sick – I have a bad cough. I’m not “into” my good eating yet, so I’m doing the default, “Not eating enough” thing.

Exercise:
* 2 miles
* 100 crunches
* 50 pushups

Food:
* Morning:
** Oatmeal
** Zone bar
* Afternoon:
** Turkey noodle soup in a bread bowl
** apple
* Night:
** Chips and salsa (this happens when I don’t eat!)

And…. we’re back.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. My focus has changed a few times, but I’m rededicating myself to this blog. My goal isn’t a six-pack, nor is it a specific body weight. My new goal (and new year’s resolution) is to make each day better then the last. I’m fully committed to the “Ultimate Black Belt Test”:http://www.ultimateblackbelttest.com/ so that means daily training and better diet – all things that this blog gets (or tires to) me to do.

Here’s what I did today:
* 3.34 miles on my treadmill
* 100 crunches
* 50 pushups

Diet for 1/1:
* Morning:
** Hash browns (home cooked)
** Orange
* Afternoon / evening:
** The rest of the potatoes
** Zone bar
** Breadsticks
* Night:
** Apple
** Zone bar
** Oatmeal

All or nothing

This blog and challenge was started for many reasons, but the big two were:
# Personal improvement
# Setting a goal and reaching it – even when it’s outside my comfort zone

Without a doubt, I’ve achieved #1, but 2 is still “out there”. What I’m realizing is this – I’m pretty black & white when it comes to some things. When I was doing this everyday, I was “doing it”. But now that I’ve slipped, I’m “not doing it”. I think that is an awful way to view it. Even if I don’t do everything I need to do each day – doing something is worse then doing nothing.
Astute readers will notice that I’ve echoed this sentiment in the past – it takes me a while to learn things sometimes!

So I’m just gonna do what I can do each day and log it – no matter how bad. I know for my own sanity that I can’t focus on the 8.5%, or even if I hit all my goals for the day – not yet. I just need to wake up and do what I can do for that day and that day only.

I know that some of you are rightfully disappointed in me and how I’ve dropped the ball. If you want out, feel free – no hard feelings. But if you want to help me get to the next level in my life – I need feed back… a lot of it. Phone calls, emails, etc. The most important thing for me is to do SOMETHING each and every day. Push myself, make the right choices (food and drink, getting out of bed, etc).

I’m buying a voice recorder today, and swearing off sweet drinks. I did pushups and sit-ups and I’m going to write a script to trigger them throughout the day (3pm, MORE PUSHUPS, etc).

I also need some outside perspective on what I’m talking about here. Am I saying I can’t be black and white – then being black and white?

!

Weighty matters

So today’s exercise was swimming. We went to the pool for the complex and had an awesome time. I didn’t do laps (well I did a few), but I was moving non-stop for over an hour.

I’m pretty exhausted today.

I also did some pushups and stuff, but I’m really feeling… off.
My weight continues to climb up. I think I might be conditioned to frequent meals now, but I must be eating more calories. I’m thinking about calorie tracking. I’m going to go order a voice recorder now for that and pushup/situp logging.

Now on to the news. I’m *strongly* considering the Ultimate Black Belt Test. This is the last one (team 4) they’re making a movie about it and I think I’d like to push myself harder then I ever have, for longer then I ever have. It’s a year-long program, and here are a few of the requirements:
* 52,000 pushups
* 52,000 situps
* 1,000 repetitions of my form (Ul-ji)
* 1,000 rounds of free-sparing (fake-fighting)

There are a bunch more, but it’s dizzying to consider ;)

EOD For friday

Taking a page from a friend’s book, I’m gonna EOD(End of Day) it today.
Food:
* Gatorade Rain (purple) x 2
* Chicken rice and bean dish from the local good food place
* Coke (the first one in a while)
* Ziti dinner

I did 45 mins on the elliptical today. I was planing on going to Kings after the gym to get chicken and fruit, but I had to take care of something else.

Still VERY sore from TaeKwonDo class on wednesday.
Weekend – here I come!

The pain period

Well, it’s thursday morning — you know what that means (hopefully!). I went to taekwondo last night.

I have NO idea what we did that was so tough, but I am destroyed today. I got home at 11 (an hour or two earlier then normal – we didn’t go out to eat afterwards). I played with the dog and did a few computer things and got to sleep around midnight (my normal bedtime – maybe a bit early). The alarm came and I couldn’t really move my legs!
Growing hurts.

My weight is going up – but I think it might have something to do with the tuna sub I ate after class :/. I’m going to get chicken and rice today from the only healthy delivery around.

Weight: 167
waist: 35.1

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