Tuesday, June 04, 2019
I always believed that the Constitution set up the 3 branches of Government as a means of checks and balances, but to me this seems like a clear violation, as does allowing President to divert money via Presidential Order to fund things the congress, who I always believed controlled the purse strings as part of the checks and balance system or separation of powers as some refer to it. Below you will see article I pulled from which I surely believe is a real site, not providing fake news, just facts that we as Americans can read and conclude for ourselves.
Sunday, June 02, 2019
Well it has now been over a week, and I found that getting motivated to go to gym on the weekends was tougher than during week, normally my weekends are for spending time with family, doing chores around the house, catching up on television, and otherwise just relaxing. But I didn't want to give myself any excuses, so I got myself going after sleeping in a little late, and found myself happily driving to Planet Fitness at 2:30pm on a Sunday. I decided that I felt comfortable enough that my body was in pain from previous workouts that I could now start to introduce 30-40 minutes of cardio to my routine, which is still the one I started with, even though I decided to increase the weights by 15lbs on each machine, while still keeping the same number of reps and sets.
I decided the bicycle would be a good way to start my cardio, so I spent 20 minutes on the bike and got my heart rate up to the 85% of Maximum as recommended. Had to do some math, 220 minus your age, then multiply by 85%. But once I got that I stayed in that range for 20 minutes and then did a 3 minute cool down. I went on to doing my stretching exercises, and then got into the workout. I feel comfortable with the machines I have been using the last 3 times, and since I wasn't terribly sore after doing the reps and sets, I increased the weight by 15lbs, and kept the same number of reps and sets. I noticed on my 3rd set, that the last 3-5 reps were a struggle which I pushed through, even though I had worried it would make me more sore than before. I noticed this on each of the machines I completed at the new weight, where those last few were tougher than I had felt before. So I figured that meant I must be at a good number of reps and weight, we will see when I go back and do this higher weight a few more times, if those last few get easier than before. Again important to notate here that I am not trying to look like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, I'd much prefer a Michael Phelps form without the swimming, I hate swimming. But the point is I want to be lean and fit, instead of pumped and bulky, thought I probably will fall somewhere in the middle. I really just want to be more flexible and have more overall strength.
After completing the designed workout program, I went back to the bike where you are seated with a back, maybe called a recumbent bike, not sure, just know that it seemed like good decision as I would be more supported as I did cardio after the exercise. Also besides hating to swim, I hate to run. I like biking, stairs, but I do want to get to a place where I can run 5k races without killing myself, or getting passed by speedwalkers. LOL. I did an additional 15 minutes of cardio and was again at my 85% range of heart rate, and then finished with a 2 minute cool down. As I was leaving I noticed I was feeling more sore than before, but not like limping to my car or anything. Although I seem to always believe I park further away than I remembered when I got there. So I drank my Gatorade Zero, then came home, at some high protein low sugar low carborhydrate food, and continued drinking water as normal. After an hour of getting home and eating, I felt less sore than when I first got home, and as I post this now I can say I feel pretty good. Lets see how workout #5 goes, which will be second time I am working with additional weights and cardio. I did notice that I was at the gym longer, naturally cause of cardio, but also taking a couple minute break between machines. Normally I just wiped the machine down and went right to next one, this day I took extra drink of water and then maybe took extra 15-30 seconds between each set than I had before. I am planning on trying to cut that extra time back down between sets, and keep it at maximum of 45 seconds to a minute.
Well I am already looking forward to working out on Tuesday and can't wait to write about it and other things that come to my mind in the meantime. I hope you are enjoying this journey, and for those of you who were like me just a few weeks ago and wanted to workout but kept postponing for every excuse you could imagine, I hope my story helps motivate you to get started. Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, and more. I am always eager to learn.
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Well it is clearly obvious why majority of Americans are overweight, it is just flat out cheaper to eat unhealthy than it is to eat foods that are good for you. Add in that you are Type 2 Diabetic and also trying to lose weight, while maintaining a new exercise lifestyle, and a quick trip to the grocery store can become a 2 hour trip filled with frustration, headaches from reading every damn label, and a bill at the end that is insanely higher than those who just eat whatever they want without worry about sugal levels, protein intake, dietary fiber, and on and on.
While I love the taste of fresh vegetables, certain fruits, fish, and meat, I am spending about 3 times what I use to spend a month on bad food. First I have to go more frequently since I am eating fresh items, not those overloaded sodium things in the frozen food aisle. Then I have to plan my meals, which isn't something I have ever did before, I use to just get a craving for something and eat it. Well now I am like this is for breakfast, this is for after a workout, this is for snack, and this is for dinner. So the eating healthy lifestyle is just made a tad more difficult when you add in this grocery shopping headache. And I have yet to find a reasonable meal delivery service which offers healthy diabetic friendly meals. I am sure they are out there. But I haven't came across it yet, if you know, leave in comments.
I can say that I have found a few products I will give out a free mention to and the first is Glucerma, they make a healthy smart meal replacement shake, that is well rounded, and does good job of filling in that rush to eat breakfast. They make some snack bars which also have a good taste, and do a good job of providing a nice mid-afternoon treat. And also as mentioned before thanks to Gatorade for making their product with zero sugar, that is my go to post workout drive home drink. I already drink 10-12 cups of water a day, thanks to the amazing Zero Water pitcher I have. I have had all the different brands of filters, and this truly is the cleanest tasting water there is. I am kinda a water snob.
So be prepared when you go on your healthy eating lifestyle change, to be spending more time at the grocery and know in advance what meal planning you have in place. And if you are type 2 diabetic, then your work is even more cut out for you. But I am proof it can be done, have been doing for 6 months now, and my last labs showed good movement, and now with adding exercise lifestyle, I am hoping for even more of a change in the health of my body and mind. My only thing I would do is to take a picture of you before you start your lifestyle changes, step on scale then too. Then don't keep stepping on scale every few days or even every few weeks, I look about once a month or so, this way I can make sure I am moving in right direction, a steady decline is what I seek, instead of sudden drop and plateau that takes a while to change.
Good luck to everyone that decides to take a step in the right direction of being a healthier person.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Well for those of you who read the blog you know that I had spent yesterday on the boat for almost 10 hours, was exhausted from sun, and the lack of sleep. So I really wondered how I was going to feel today as I went into workout #3 of my new exercise lifestyle. I woke up after a good nights sleep and little sore, but ate my normal breakfast and after shower realized I was excited to be going to the gym, its like when you first start a new diet and you don't see results, but you have to have faith it will work out in the end, that is how I am looking at each workout session. I know in a few months I will see the beginnings of each of these workouts, and then that will give me the fuel to keep going and going. It is how it was when I gave up soda and switched to an eating healthy lifestyle, after the weight came off, it just made me try harder, and control my blood sugar and overall health. So I know that the first few weeks, I am doing light workouts, getting myself familiar with equipment, and how my body responds. But in a few weeks I will be comfortable enough to start pushing harder and harder to make sure that in a few months, people will notice, and most importantly I will feel better about myself, and my health.
I'll say that those that are wanting to lose weight or have lost weight using one of the many diets out there, that exercise is super critical to supporting your healthy lifestyle. I was just like everyone out there, and found reason after reason not to go to the gym, but I can say after my third workout today, that I only wish I had started sooner. So give it a try, and don't be scared to just go in and do easy workouts at first, so you get in the habit of going, then you can start increasing the intensity. I see so many friends on facebook that are showing these before and after pics of them losing weight and they all say they did without exercising, and I think, well why not do both, this way you can get double the benefits. The science is there, the more lean muscle you have, the more your metabolism kicks in, and allows for you to burn fat and get you over each of those plateaus you hit. Everyone is looking for that magic pill you can take and lose 10lbs a week and then keep it off all while eating all the junk foods you have been eating, well that pill doesn't exist. It is just like life, the harder you work, the more results you see. So quit bragging about losing weight without exercising, and start bragging about how you now are doing both. And you might notice I keep using the word Lifestyle, because just like changing your foods and eating healthy, exercise is a lifestyle change as well, sure you have to find a little time in your day, but if I of all people (who use to hate the gym) am enjoying it this much then just think what you will feel like when you try it.
I am already looking forward to my next visit to the gym, maybe some of you locals will join in and start a new exercise lifestyle as well. I am excited to see how my lab results change now that I am working out regularly, and still watching what I eat. And I want to close this out with a plug for Planet Fitness, the staff there is incredible, today there was trainer roaming around and I had a few questions and he spent time showing me new equipment, and techniques for improving the results of doing the exercises I am doing. I couldn't have found a better place to go, where no one treats you like an overweight newbie, and that is helping a ton with my confidence and my eagerness to go back each time.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
So I should start off by explaining who is Mike Gill. Well he is my dad's best friend from when we lived in Ohio, I have known him my whole life. Great guy, has wonderful wife Judy, and they visit a couple times a year. He really is the role model most people should aspire to be, worked hard his entire life, saved his money, retired, and is enjoying his retirement. He is polite, courteous, and always the first to jump in and lend a hand when something needs done. So now you readers know who he is. Well they are only down for 4 or 5 days, so my dad wanted to take Mike out fishing in Boca Grande for tarpon. I kinda invited myself, showed up night before they were going and just said you got room for one more. Kinda made it impossible to say no. Now I have spent so many days on a boat, from the days when we owned a fishing tackle and gun store, I was on the water 5 sometimes 6 days a week. We had company boat, plus all the charter captains wanted us to recommend them, and we would only do that if they took one of out fishing and proved they knew what they were doing. Well having spent that much time on the water, and surrounded by fishing, either selling product, ordering product, going to trade shows, running tournaments, or teaching other organizations how to run their tournament you could say I got burnt out on fishing and boating. When you take something that is a fun hobby and turn into a job, after the job, you kinda feel like the hobby is work. So I haven't been fishing but a couple times in last 20 years. So was looking forward to seeing how I would enjoy the trip and plus get to spend time with my dad and Mike.
We loaded up boat, got drinks and ice, and were on our way to dock at 6 am, which meant I was up at 445 am, and for anyone who knows me, I usually get to bed around 2 or 3 am, so making myself go to bed at 10pm to get as close to 7 hours sleep as I could was a challenge. Thank you to Ambien and Xanax for making that task go smooth. We got to the boat dock by 630, and had to wait at the Eldred's Marina til 7am for them to open to get bait (God knows I didn't want to have to throw the cast net for it). And while my mind is thinking about Eldreds, how stupid is it to open at 7am, most of the people like to be on the water as the sun is rising, which means you should be open at 6am. But that is just my opinion of someone who actually ran a fishing tackle and gun store, that sold bait, and we opened at 6am to sell bait. So they were out of every type of life bait but shrimp and crabs for tarpon. So we got loaded up and were heading out at just after 7am. Now the interesting thing is the day before, the plans were to go out to fish the beach area just off the pass in Boca Grande, and then if nothing there, head inshore fish a little and be home by 11 or 12.
Well the wind was coming from the south east which made for great visibility and very little waves. We had a lot of fun chatting while watching out for the tarpon to surface, and we saw a few pods which is awesome site to see, and made our way close by to them and got a few good casts in, but never got one to take the bait. So after a couple hours in which the weather was cooler than we thought we decided that we hadn't seen any pods, so decided to head inshore and fish for snook and redfish. Well we ended up taking a long boat ride, cause my dad couldn't locate Turtle Bay, the storms have changed the landscape that he used as reference points. So we decided to pull into a little bay around Cape Haze point and fished the mangroves and deeper troughs for snook and redfish. We were so impressed that the weather was cooler than we expected, that we just lost track of time, next thing we know it is around 3pm and we finally called it a day. All 3 of us had hooked up and landed a few snook (nothing to write home about but at least we got some fish). The ride in was a little worse as the wind at shifted a little and made for a bumpier ride, but all in all was a great day on the water. I found myself enjoying the time with my dad, talking about fishing and life, and of course listening to Mike tell stories of things my dad did when I was a little kid. While I don't think I would want to go out fishing every week, I could see myself enjoying it a few times a year. It no longer felt like a job, and started to feel like an enjoyable hobby. Plus I got some redness even though I used sunscreen. And as any one with a boat knows, the worst part of fishing is getting home, everything has to be washed down, cooler emptied, boat unloaded, all this while you are starting to feel the exhaustion of being in sun for 9 hours. But we all pitched in and got it done, and that was basically how my fishing trip with my dad and Mike Gill went.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
I was thrilled to wake up excited for my second workout. I hadn't experienced any soreness from my first workout. I made sure to watch what I ate, drank plenty of fluids, and was hoping my second workout was going to go as smoothly as my first. Since this time I didn't have anyone there guiding me step by step it was just me and my notes and memory. Again was overwhelmed at how friendly everyone is at Planet Fitness and willing to go out of their way to answer any questions you might have. I was able to follow my notes and get through my workout in about an hour's time, not including any cardio into that time. I definitely could feel each muscle group I was working out as I got near the end of each set of repetitions. I felt a tad more soreness this time, and was concerned it would get worse. Well I made sure to drink my Gatorade Zero Sugar to help replace electrolytes, and then drank a few glasses of water, took hot shower, and ate a couple of the best hamburgers I have ever had. They were something I picked up at Publix, they are in Frozen section, named Chophouse Angus Beef Hamburger, they come in quantity of 6 and each is 1/3lb of meat, they contained 25 grams of protein, and after eating I noticed my body wasn't sore anymore. Ran some errands, didn't drink as much water as I did the first hour or so, and noticed I was feeling sore, but I got home started drinking water again and now feel just fine. I don't think enough can be said for the amazing healthy affects of water. I have a Zero Water filter and it produces the best tasting, and cleanest water I have ever had. Removes all the lead, chemicals, minerals, and so forth. I would recommend anyone that drinks water, immediately go to Bed Bath & Beyond and get one, using their coupon it is cheaper than other stores, plus you can go to zerowater.com and find coupons there to also use. I go through about one filter a month, as I drink about 35-40 gallons of water each month. The length the filter last is determined by how bad the quality of water you are putting in to get filtered is. Mine starts at 329 and once filtered is 000.
So I am looking forward to working out again on Thursday, and toying with idea of doing some cardio on my days when I don't workout. Just as a way to keep myself involved, and excited. I really want to hit my goals by my birthday in 10 weeks, so lets hope everything keeps going as smoothly as it is already. I think I did the right thing by getting my eating lifestyle in order before starting the gym, this way I have no temptations to eat unhealthy, where if I would have started at gym in beginning I would have used the well I worked out so I can eat something bad. Where now I don't crave those bad things, granted walking past the ice cream buy one get one free was a moment of hesitation, but I just kept going and got the healthy things I needed. One of the nice things about living alone is that I control what I eat by what I buy, if I don't buy bad food, then it isn't here to eat when I get tempted. Plus drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day, I don't feel hungry as much as I use to, and definitely don't eat big portions of things like I use to. So stay tuned and we will see how it goes. For now I am going fishing tomorrow and hope that turns into a pleasant day with family and friends. Check back and I will update you on the fishing and the continuing saga on my new exercise lifestyle.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
I was determined to keep my 3 New Year's Resolutions. The first was to change what I ate, and get my sugar levels under control. The second was to work on improving my credit score. And the third was to start working out regularly, so I could lose weight, tone my body, and improve my overall well being. I joined Planet Fitness in April, and procrastinated until today actually going. I have a fear of gyms, I don't know what all the machines do, I don't know what machine to use, how much weight, how many sets, and on and on. So I looked online, found a bunch of workout routines, but nothing that seemed to be for a 47 year old man who was overweight and hadn't worked out since he was 15. I got into conversation with my neighbor and turns out he is Certified Trainer, so I asked him where he worked out, he also was at Planet Fitness. I then asked if he would go with me the first time and show me what workouts I should be doing, how to work the machines, the correct weights, and number of repetitions per set, he was immediately open to the idea of helping me get going on my workout program.
So this morning he called and said meet me at gym. So off I went, part of me thrilled that I could overcome my fear of these damn machines, and then a part of me worried I wouldn't be able to complete the workout, and obviously big part of me was worried about how sore I was going to be the next day. I arrived on time, and was finally happy to be able to wear some of the Under Armour gear I have been buying for years. I got there and was immediately calmed by the atmosphere, and friendly employees. I saw my neighbor and he waved me over. I thought he was just going to show me what to do in what order and show me the different machines. But was I surprised, he actually took the time to stand and watch me do each of the steps, making sure I was using proper posture and form. He had me do the full workout he had created, which took close to an hour, and then explained the common mistakes people make, and how to best utilize each step in workout to get the best results. He told me to go to gym at least 3 times a week, 4 if I was feeling okay after each workout. He then said after a few weeks he will meet me again and add different machines, follow up with my reps, weight, and how I was feeling. I like that he is my neighbor so there is some positive peer pressure to keep going with this, plus I want to be able to get to point where I look forward to going to gym and exercising. So day one was huge success, I have drank lots of water, eaten protein rich foods, and so far am not suffering any soreness. I will update tomorrow and see how I feel after a nights sleep.
Stay tuned for my ongoing process of losing weight, and getting healthy.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
So let me start out by saying I am a Steelers fan, been since I was old enough to understand football. So after watching Tom Brady today, I can honestly say he is the best QB to ever play the game. While I am as frustrated as most everyone else with the terrible officiating, I also understand that those same bad calls were made all season and teams won and lost cause of them. So our goal should be to remove bad calls. The NFL took a step in right direction with instant replay. Now we need to go one step further, and lets just start with the playoffs. My suggestion is that we allow certain penalties to be reviewed, some of them are more game changing than a false start or offensive holding. I want to start with Pass Interference both when it is called and isn't. A coach should have a challenge, and in last two minutes and during overtime, then it should come from NY like instant replays do now. Lets start by saying penalties that result in 15 yards. Now would it slow the game down, yeah but the NFL will love it, more chance for commercial breaks. And I am not someone that believes the Saints would have won the game had they called the penalty, it is very possible Brees throws interception on next play or fumbles snap. So while I do believe it probably caused the outcome to be changed, and NFL has already said officially it should have been called. Well they have direct communication to field, so lets let them give a team the chance. As far as Kansas and Patriots, Kansas played too safe in first half, maybe bad play calling or Mahones little nervous, plus you just got interception in end zone, and you get to 4th and 1/2 yard and don't go for it. Why not? You got one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. You got fortunate after the punt that you got the interception so not to get behind big early. The second half you could tell they were more open and Mahones showed he could drive the field just like Brady. We all know that whoever won the coin toss was going to win the game. With neither defense being consistent, the offenses were scoring at will. Well thats my thoughts on the games. Now my mind wonders if Brady retires if he wins. Or does he think he can do it one more time. I say retire. If lose probably come back if not hurt. Gronk will do what Brady does, and I kinda expect Belichek would do the same. But if you disagree or have opinion please comment. I will read them all and reply when I can.
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