Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Where Has The Time Gone

It is hard to believe that it has been almost exactly one year since I have visited this blog. Where does the time go? The time has arrived for me to make a comeback in this post and push myself to new limits. I want to fulfill my dreams and become the best that I can be.

I have now been a warrior for 29 years and what do I have to show for it? I have fallen short of my real goals of becoming the best fighter that I can be. I am a veteran of the United States Navy, I have attended boot camp with the United States Army, I have studied Aikido, Shito-Ryu Karate and am currently studying Gojo-Ryu Karate. Yet I have let myself deteriorate into the worst physical shape of my life. I am at the heaviest point in my life. I have asthma and I rarely exercise outside of the dojo.

I keep using the excuse of wanting to finish up my college degree in business management and being too busy to exercise. Yet I remember a time where I would make plenty of time in my busy schedule to do push-ups and sit-ups at a minimum. A year ago I was doing about 500 push-ups a day and today I can barely do 10. What have I done to let myself get to this point?

It is time to make changes. It is time I start shedding the weight. It is time to start working back in to doing push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and more. I am going to dust off the jump rope and bike to work on the cardio. I am going to focus on my martial arts training to become the fighter that I have always dreamed of being. It is time to get to a physical level that my 16 year old son is at, which has been my goal for the last 30 years. I have always dreamed of the day that I can be physically fit and have a drive to become physically a better person. I want to be able to keep up with my father who is 77 years old and competes in the Senior Games, locally and nationally. Even my mother is competing at 74 years old. There are times that I cannot even keep up with either of them. It is time for a change.

I am back to bring you on this journey. I will be posting at least weekly to allow you to see my progress which in turn will hold me accountable for my actions or lack of actions. I am going to dedicate myself to becoming the best person that I can be. Please come along for the ride.

Friday, April 29, 2016

My Month Long Goal Is A Bust...Yet Succeeded!

     Well it is time for my challenge wrap up. I have had a rather interesting month as far as my challenge is concerned and in my personal life. I essentially ended my challenge in the middle of the month, but not by choice and not completely

     For the a little bit better than a month I have been battling an infection that has occurred in one of my toes. It is a type of staph infection and it has been rather persistent. I am currently on my third round of antibiotics. With each new prescription the antibiotics have become stronger and stronger, the procedures on my foot are becoming more and more invasive.

     With that said my goal of 125+ beats per minute for 40 minutes has done rather well and I believe that my exercise plan can be labeled a success. This  can be verified by looking at my weight loss for this time period. On April  1st my weight was 218. During the first two weeks while still working out I was able to loose 10 pounds, bringing my weight down to 208. That is where it stayed for the rest of the month. This correlates directly with my exercise to no exercise month. With the exercise I lost 10 pounds and then leveled right off when the exercise ended.

     I have not completely abandoned all exercise though and have still maintained a consistent calorie intake to allow for weight loss ans maintenance. I have managed in the last two day to drop and additional two pounds bringing my weight down to 206 pounds and a total weight loss of 12 pounds. I believe that this is because of watching calories and walking. I make sure to walk everyday and am getting in between 4 - 5 miles in per day. This does not end my quest. Instead it is strengthened and I hope to very soon be able to rigorously exercise soon.