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As you know, I’ve started a new job. Unemployment was the reason I had time to exercise and turn my focus toward weight loss and better health. I’ve been talking lately about how I don’t want the daily grind to set me back.

I came home from work on Monday night, said hi to my dad, got changed into shorts and sneakers and took My daughter outside. I walked and she biked for 30 minutes. I only got a mile in with her beside me but it was the 30 minutes of slow, deliberate walking that Primal Blueprint Fitness requires. I was happy about that. The weather was beautiful and the sun stayed up just long enough.
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I’ve worked it out so that I can exercise with her on Tuesdays too. I have to take her back to her mom on Tuesdays after work. There’s a park with wide sidewalks around a lake that I can take her to. Once we arrive, we can exercise until her mom gets there and then I can continue at a quicker pace to get ready for the Disney half marathon. I had planned to do this last night after work but the weather had other plans…
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I’ve got two months to prepare. Keep an eye on my road to the marathon weekend!

This past Sunday I went on a 5-mike walk with James. We had originally planned to take a 40-mile bike ride but it’s been raining quite a bit in Orlando lately so we decided to keep our feet planted on the ground.

James and I walked around Crane’s Roost lake. I was decked out in full gear with a drybag for my iPhone and a Camel Bak filled with water. If I’d only known that we would have NO shortage of water that day…

We got about a 1/4 mile and it started to pour.
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I’m not talking about some light drizzle. We were completely soaked in a matter of moments but we continued to press on with a smile.
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In an effort to start preparing for the Walt Disney 1/2 Marathon, we started adding some jogging intervals. I haven’t jogged since dropping below 300 pounds and noticed the difference right away. My legs are stronger from all the biking and squats. Since my weight is lighter, I felt like I had a better bounce and speed. Maintaining the speed for more than 13 miles will be the real issue.

Going back to our walk/jog. About half way in and I looked down to see that my legs were covered in soap suds. It was all over my shorts and legs. I guess my washing machine could use a tune-up for the rinse cycle.
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It was a fun day in the end. We managed over 5.2 miles and I know where I need work before January.

I wound up very tired and sore but still laughing from all the soap suds still coming out of my shorts.
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Stay with me for the next few months and let’s see if I can complete this half marathon without getting picked up by the sag wagon!

I never set a goal to lose 100 pounds. I set my first goal to get under 300 pounds. My second goal is to get under 380.

That doesn’t mean today isn’t special for me. In less than one year, I’ve lost 100 pounds and I’m overjoyed! I didn’t use pills or popular diets. I just adapted a lifestyle that required more exercise and eating whole foods while reducing my grain intake. It worked.

As of this morning, I’ve lost 101 pounds total since October 2010! It’s a very exciting day for me!

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Back in the Saddle again…

Posted: August 29, 2011 in Fitness

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I dropped the Padawan off at school this morning and took Jean-Luc for a cycling trip to Lake Mary and back. I haven’t been out cycling in a while and the trail I used is a hilly route that I felt out of shape for. I managed to maintain between 12 and 17 miles per hour but my legs are paying for it now. I need to get back into a cycling routine. It felt good to be riding again.

It’s Hard for me to Say I’m Sorry

It’s really not. I apologize for not blogging much. Matt had to send me a text the other day just to see if I was okay. Our conversation went like this:
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I guess it’s true I’m kind of talkative on Facebook. Over the last few months I’ve tweeted, blogged and given status updates pretty regularly. Lately I guess I’m just starting to taper off a little. I experienced more frustration last week when I saw my weight back up at 300.2. I was so angry. I don’t ever want to go back to the 300s again. I knew where the mistakes had been made and I knew what I had to do to get back on the ball. Last Saturday morning I went on a 16+ mile bike ride with friends. I was determined to start jogging more this week. Then…it happened…

Welcome BACK!

On Monday I was sick and that lasted until Tuesday. Tuesday I went to Cocoa Beach to see my father and we loaded up my paddle board and brought it back to Orlando on Wednesday morning. On Thursday morning I took the paddle board down to dinky dock in Winter Park and went out for a nice, quiet morning paddle around the lakes. It was very calming and I had no stress. I took the board back home, went to apply for some jobs and then an old friend came to visit. The only problem is that this friend is kind of unwanted. My back started acting up on me. I’ve got a herniated disc between L4 and L5. The two discs immediately above and below that disc are bulging. This all stems from a car accident I had in 1997. I never had surgery to correct it and so it comes and goes from time to time without warning. I’ve got a plan this time. I will go back to walking, cycling and paddle boarding combined with Primal Blueprint fitness. I need to give jogging a break for now and hope that my body will heal enough as the weight falls off that I can jog that Disney 1/2 Marathon in 2012 that I’m registered for. I’m going to attack the weight very aggressively over the next several months with the following goals:

  • Reduce my grain intake to 0%
  • Get back on a 5-6 day exercise routine
  • Incorporate intermittent fasting once per week on alternating days
  • Stay within my maximum caloric range each day
  • See if my friends and I can stick our middle fingers in the face of the Florida summer weather and get out for more group fitness on the weekends. I miss that very much.
  • Keep a positive attitude and get back out of the funk I’ve been in

If I can do those things, I feel like I’ll see results like I used to. Even though I went up to 300.2 last Friday, I did what I needed to in order to concentrate and get the weight back down. That’s why I am happy to report today’s…

Weekly Weigh-In

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There you have it! I know it only appears to be one pound since my last weigh-in report of 294 but I’ve actually lost seven pounds in the last week in order to get back to where I was and still lose a pound more than my most recent public weight announcement. I’m feeling positive this morning. I’ve got 5 pounds left to reach a 100 pound total loss and 14 pounds to my next goal of 280 pounds. Keep reading. Leave a comment and let me know how it’s going with your personal eating/fitness goals. What have been your frustrations?

Talk to you later!

Homecoming!

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Fitness, Motivational

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Bringing my paddleboard back to Orlando from Cocoa Beach today. Dad got a new set of Yakima racks for his jeep and we have just made it over the high bridges. I am really looking forward to having my board in town so I can go out on the local lakes.

Paddleboard Orlando

Posted: August 3, 2011 in Fitness, Motivational, Reviews

I’ve been talking a lot lately about my favorite outdoor activity: Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from friends asking things like:

What is it?
Where did it come from?
How did you get in to paddle boarding?

So I’ll take this post to tell you a little bit about it.

A Brief History…

This is going to be very brief because I haven’t actually researched where it came from until today. If you’d like the history of Paddle Boarding according to Wikipedia, click this link. As far as explaining how I got in to it, I just saw people doing it. The first one I saw was my uncle, Mark. He shared some pictures of him out in the surf and on flat water on his Facebook.

Here are a few:

That first one is my favorite. The airborne dog seems to like it too. After seeing my uncle, I started a few Google searches for Paddle Boarding and I came across Paddleboard Orlando.

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This seemed pretty perfect. I managed to find paddle board lessons in the town where I live. I really thought I’d need to head out to a coastal area and learn there. This was much more convenient. Paddleboard Orlando is owned by Ned Johnson and David Rose. In addition to the paddle board lessons they host, they have a paddle board store set up at Ski World Orlando. You can also shop online here: Paddleboard Orlando Store. You’ve got to take a look at both websites if you’re interested in this sport.

My First Time

Ned explains the basics.


I went out on my first paddle board lesson with Paddleboard Orlando on June 22, 2011. I was still slightly over 300 pounds and I didn’t bother mentioning that to the owners. That was bad on my part. I arrived at Dinky Dock in Winter Park just before 6:30 p.m. Ned showed up with the boards and paddles. There were around 12 other people there for the lesson. We were each fitted for proper paddle according to height. After that, we were given a board. They gave me the biggest board they had but didn’t bring a board that was large enough to support my weight. I was able to sit/kneel and paddle. I tried standing up on the board and fell off into the lake. I think after that, I was just slightly scared to try again since I wasn’t up for looking like an idiot twice. Everyone else stood up on their first try. I still had a great time. I enjoyed the feeling of being out on the water and going wherever I wanted while getting great exercise. Everyone there enjoyed the experience. Some were on their second lesson and came back with a friend. Ned was extremely informative and encouraging. I told him I’d be coming back with friends and he told me he’d bring a bigger board if I let him know in advance.

Take 2

One of the SUP Cruise Meetups


So after my first lesson, my father took an interest. He was ready to buy some paddle boards. I convinced him to come out to one of the beginner lessons with Paddleboard Orlando first. We both signed up and I asked Ned to bring the big board. This time I was under 300 pounds and determined to stand up on that board. I already had the paddling part down and just needed to balance myself enough to stand. We met on the shore by dinky dock again and Ned sized us all up for paddles and boards. After all the ladies were helped on to their boards, Ned helped me and then dad. We both stood up right away and never fell off. On top of that, I was putting a pretty good amount of strength into my strokes so I was able to stay right up at the front of the group next to Ned. The whole time he would throw me little words of encouragement by telling me “Dude I’m so stoked you’re standing”. The best part of the beginner paddle board cruise was toward the end of the lesson where Ned yelled out to the group “I’m not feeling it. Let’s stay out a bit longer.” Why not? The weather was nice. Everyone was successful and enjoying the new sport. I couldn’t get enough of it. So we all brought our boards to a spot on the water where we took a break to sit on the boards to rest and chat. It was great talking to some of the others that were first timers.

Proud Owners

On the Banana River with my new 12' paddle board.


Since that night, dad and I have been shopping around for boards and he found and purchased two twelve foot boards. We take them out on the Banana River in the morning and at sunset when I come to visit him. It really is a great way to get outside, burn some calories, take in the scenery and be at peace. I have to give major props to Paddleboard Orlando for giving me my first lessons and for getting me incredibly excited about Stand Up Paddleboarding. If you’re looking to tap in to a new outdoor activity, give this a try.

Meetup.com

Paddleboard Orlando host multiple paddle boarding events each month. If you’re interested in signing up for one of the meetups, go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleboardOrlando and sign up for a free account. Once you’ve done that, go look at the calendar and find a beginner SUP cruise that works with your schedule. They’ve got great special rates for Florida Residents that are well worth the price. Go check out Paddleboard Orlando and email me at theroad2wd@gmail.com to let me know if you’re going for a lesson. I’ll be glad to come along!

Talk to you later!
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I Love This Sport!!!

Posted: July 30, 2011 in Fitness

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Yup! That’s me out there on the Banana River at sunset tonight. I can’t get enough Paddleboarding!!!

Beach Bummed

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Family, Fitness

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I enjoyed a great bike ride today. I woke up at 7:00 and weighed-in. I’ll publish my weigh-in later. I MAY talk about last night’s 5k fiasco but I’m not ready yet. It still frustrates me to no end.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride it Where I Like

I’ve been staying with my father for a few days now. He’s close to Cocoa Beach so I had a nice opportunity to explore the area by bike. I knew of a few bike lanes and trails so I made my way north to Port Canaveral. I took the bike around Jetty Park and paused for a moment to take this picture.
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Back to the Beach

After my stop at Jetty Park, I went back the way I came and headed for home. Well…home is relative right now for me. Home is WITH relatives right now. Home really is where my heart is. I’m serious. I’m going to find a job eventually and have a place to call my own.

For now, I was heading back toward the main beach access parking for Cocoa Beach. I rode south down A1A and passed The Sandbar(ask me about the $2 Fish Tacos and Shock Tops with Dad story some time). I rode into the beach parking lot and took the bike up on the boardwalk to take this peaceful morning picture.
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A quick ride back to my dad’s condo after that and I’m sitting on the patio writing this post for you. Yes…you.

If you’d like to see a map of the route I took, check out my runkeeper activity page at TheRoad2WD Runkeeper Activities

Stay tuned! Weekly Weigh-In will be posted at 12:00 p.m. EST and it’s exciting!!!