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  1. 33% success? I'll take it! Seriously though, you're very welcome. Mind if I follow along on your journey?
  2. Taking a cue from your name... "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — Rafiki "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — The Emperor "Even miracles take a little time." — Fairy Godmother I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can do this. You've got this. You know what you need to do and you need to flip that switch that says "I might fail" to "I'm not going to lose". I'm glad you've got a reasonable amount of time to do this, losing the weight/inches over that amount of time is gonna be healthy and practical, as long as you stay on target. Don't forget this is for the long-term. Sure you've got the dress mini-goal right now, but everything is gonna stick this time. Welcome to the turning point, you've got this.
  3. I had considered a sledge hammer, but I was wondering about the balance, but you answered my question And I was JUST about to hit you up and check in on you, glad to see you're trucking along. That's a HUGE decision and I'm happy you came to it. Gaming for me has been a huge part of my life, so I get that decision completely. When my wife and I first started playing WoW (back with BC), she used to comment on how I'd talk in my sleep... roleplaying my dwarven priest.... casting spells.... >_> I do hope that SWTOR scratches that itch in a more manageable way. Overall, great job on a stellar start, have fun today and make sure the weekend doesn't steal your momentum. The lack of structure on weekends has always been a struggle for me.
  4. I like the kettle bell to some extent, but man, that article makes my mouth water! I actually spotted this article awhile back: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/03/18/an-introduction-to-indian-club-training/ and that's what got us thinking about the club training. But yes, now I need to figure out where I can get a mace like that to start practicing with. You know one thing I really like about kettle bells and maces? The deceptively small weight kicks your rear VERY adequately.
  5. No worries, I'll be stalking you now, if you don't mind. That's cool! Oh man, yes that newest commercial gives me goosebumps. Okay, simple is best for sure. Sorry to hear about the back, BB. Mace training? That sounds freaking awesome! I got into Kettlebells thanks to an online friend and we've been discussing mace training lately, but haven't bit the bullet yet. Anything you can recommend on that front? And as far as your day one, remember, any movement forward is far better than standing still or going backwards, so keep up the good work!
  6. I'll jump in here and say hi! Howdy BB! I'm kinda in the same boat as you. I had a few life changing events too and lost touch with a lot of people on here as well. I like your simple straight-forward plan. That's really all ya need to do, get yourself on some structure and muscle through that first. So by paleo breakfast you mean the good ol tried and true eggs and bacon? And what kinda lifting are you doing? I'm just curious what your routine looks like. Oh and my wife and I were huge WoW players back in the day, we kinda fell out with Mists of Pandaria, but I've heard nothing but good stuff about Legion. I'm sucked into SWTOR myself. Anyway, keep up the good work, you've stepped up and put eyes on your goals, now it's time to rock it!
  7. I'm fairly certain that I ended up here at this respawn point, because I stumbled into a PVP area and was shanked in the back by an Imperial Operative. So while I sit here and let the medical droid tend to my wounds, let me consider how I got in this mess in the first place. I think it's important to acknowledge what went wrong without fear of being told you're just making excuses or complaining. The fact is, the situation is what it is and now that we're here it's time to dust off and get ready to move forward. So let's start where it all started getting derailed... In June I was doing well. In all honesty, I had gotten in a good routine, making sure to stop at the gym on the half-way point on my daily drive home from work. And after every workout I was logging it via IG to keep myself accountable. I was doing well, even with the impending move on the horizon. Once July hit, we had to hunker down and finish packing without knowing where we were going to go before August. In truth, the housing market is tough right now for renters. Prices are super high and places are getting snatched up in the blink of an eye. A huge truckload of stress came slamming down on me and my family (and extended family) during this time. My wife and I, by the grace of God, managed to find a place through a friend, and began moving. The majority of the move was my wife and my parents moving over the course of the course of the last two weeks of July. In addition my wife and I ended up with strep throat during this time. We eventually got everything moved and no one got injured during the process. Now, aside from the expected un-boxing, things were looking good. It took us about two weeks to recover from the sickness. My drive to work also shifted and lengthened by about 15-30 min each way, since we moved to a different city. That also put the gym out of the way rather than en route. Since the move I've been out of sorts and been struggling to get into a routine again. In short, it's been hard. Now, I feel like I'm back to my old higher weight again (can't find our scales amidst the myriad of boxes left), but regardless what my weight IS, I certainly feel it. It's time to dig my heels in and stop losing ground. I'm certainly not getting any younger. (Had a birthday in August, yay!) TL;DR 1. Was doing good, logging workouts via IG. 2. Stress of finding a place and moving hit. 3. Moved to a new city further away from work. 4. Got sick and recovered. 5. Had a Birthday. 6. Lost old routine. 7. Need to get back on track. I haven't decided how I'm going to go about really getting back on track yet. I just know that I need to take that first step mentally, and this is it. Funny how it seems when you fall off the wagon, you forget all the things you got situated and settled in with in the past run. I do know that I really want to avoid counting calories/carbs if I can help it, but that won't be a deal breaker if I have to do some sort of number crunching along the way. Anyway, it's good to be back...
  8. I've been gone too long. 

  9. LAWL! YES!!! Thanks, gal! THAT right there is classic and awesome
  10. Precisely, we just can't let our guard down for too long. On another note, today is an awesome day... it's my 9 year anniversary!
  11. Well, I'm lurking around and semi-back, folks! After ballooning back up to 272, I've cleaned up my eating choices and working on going back down. I'm down to 262 as of this morning and taking it slow.
  12. Hey gal! I haven't been around here in a long while, but things have been stressful. We had a death in the family last week (thankfully they were saved), so any yoga or eating properly was shot for about two weeks. Before that I was making it a point to get to the gym more, because the yoga just wasn't happening for me at the house. Joy has been doing the yoga and we have been working on eating better (minus the last two weeks). Weight is still fluxuating and such... I feel like I'm starting from ground zero again, but it could be worse lol. Injuries are nagging again, but not terrible. At least I'm determined enough to use machines when certain ones act up (like the groin muscle). How have you been?
  13. It's good to see that you're still moving and working through things. I think that's a good idea, since it wouldn't be a challenge if it wasn't challenging The mountain is still there, so it's time to prep and climb it Keep up the steady pace and keep moving forward. Remember, for every 'lap' you do, you're still moving more than the person who chooses to sit on the couch and do nothing.
  14. You're just getting the slump out of the way early Keep your chin up, you can do this!
  15. Thanks, Gal! So I've done the Diamond Dozen (basically a tutorial to positions) last week and then knocked out the "Energy" session Sunday. That thing, is suppose to be for beginners and I'm sure it is... it just wore me out. I'm gonna have to give another go at some yoga tonight, but tomorrow is going to be another session with Cody. This time, I have convinced my SIL's boyfriend to come along for the session. Muhuhaha, Leg Day, here we come!
  16. Another update I had my session "Yesterday" since it's 12:03am now. I braved the start of the bad weather that was rolling in and went to the gym. Turns out we did core and upper body today. I knocked it out of the park and actually made it through a complete session this time without having to call it short! My groin is still an issue, but it's much much less now, so that's awesome! I also exceeded my trainer's (Cody) expectations for the last bit of my core (and the whole session) workout. I was so proud of myself for going above and beyond and watching him pleasantly surprised and then trying to properly destroy me as neccesary. I'm certain I will be feeling my core for the next 2-3 days lol.
  17. Here I am back at my battle log. So I introduced things back into my diet and am deciding to take them back out. Seems I can handle dairy fine, but wheat and wanton wrappers (maybe the sausage) are an issue. I've also signed up to start DDP Yoga, so I'm starting to work through that. I took all my preliminary pics and posted them up on their site and am getting back to the gym and having a weekly session with Cody. I've got the groin muscle issue almost completely taken care of, but it's significantly less than it was two weeks ago. Hurray for progress!
  18. It's been a busy week. I need to update the weekend, but suffice to say, I reintroduced things back into my diet... both Joy and I aren't doing so well with bread. We're going to try and switch back to paleoish eating and just drop all grains, except for rice.
  19. Week 6 Day 5 Ongoing... Sleep: 10:04 - [2:48 - Awake - 3:48] - 5:25 = 6.25 hrs So last night was odd. Went to bed, but woke up at 2:48 and my mind was WIDE AWAKE. It wouldn't shut up till about 3:48 so I could fall back asleep. Workout: Nothing planned, but I might go to the gym. I can say that doms are killing me from my leg workout that I asked for lol. Now I have both groin muscles hurting (left one in a good way, right one still agitated), but at least I know some exercises to isolate it and help build it up. Reminds me of my shoulder rehab... small muscles that need just a little work. Food: Snack: Banana Breakfast: eggs (yum) Lunch: enchalada sauce meat thing (leftovers) Snack: larabar Dinner: ???
  20. Week 6 Day 4 Recap Sleep: 9:41 - 3:30 - 5:06 - 5:26 = 6.1 hours - interrupted or displaced by early alarms lol. Workout: N/A - Considering my one day sickness and all. Food: Snack: Banana & cashew pieces Lunch: Tex-Mex panhandler (sorta worth it, made me feel bloated) Dinner: (still bloated from lunch, wife was wanting Chinese badly) Yum Asian Bistro - Peanut curry (was really sweet so ate veggies out of it and slowly worked through the sauce and brown rice) Enjoyed the pineapple for dessert, didn't eat my fortune cookie.
  21. Week 6Day 3 (31) Recap Sleep: 9:50 - 4:40 - 5:20 = 7ish hours interrupted only cause I woke up at 4:40 to set my alarm lol Workout: Had the workout with Cody at 7pm. He had me start on the treadmill, inline of 8.0.. I did 10 min at 3.5 speed and dropped it down to 3 speed for 7 min. He helped me figure out how to still do leg day without putting so much strain on the groin muscle, wall w/ ball squats and holds. Then we did v-holds and worked on figuring out just where the pain was and when, spreading legs and adjusting knees during the holds, etc. Then he had me do some planks, one on elbows and the other on palms. My endurance isn't what it used to be lol. All up to this point, I had been taking water breaks like normal, but I started not feeling good after the planks, like I wanted to throw up and then was exhausted. Cody sat by me and was watching me, kept asking me how I was feeling, I told him I was feeling exhausted and kinda dizzy. When I finally figured I should lay down, he told me to stay right where I was and walked off. Of course, I didn't know what he was up too, but he came back with half a carton of blueberries and was like, "eat". So he gave me a handful and I ate... and another handful, then another handful. I think we both polished off that carton. Turns out my blood sugar was low. We talked about it and basically I just need to be mindful about eating a banana before working out (since Whole 30 is kinda low on such quick sugars, makes sense). Needless to say, Cody is a good trainer and a nice guy. I'm thankful he was there for me and in the end, he said I did a good job, as I've said before, he doesn't throw around compliments lightly, so that was reassuring I went home and stretched, put a heat pad on my muscle and then stretched again and put an ice pack on it. (Cody's orders) Food: Breakfast: eggs Snack: banana and nuts Lunch: Roast n onions Snack: banana Dinner: pesto chicken Workout Snack: blueberries Home Snack: Larabar
  22. Week 6Day 2 (30) Recap Sleep: 9:41 - 3:30 - 5:06 - 5:26 = 6.1 hours - interrupted or displaced by early alarms lol. Workout: N/A - Considering my one day sickness and all. Food: Late Breakfast: eggs and sausage Snack: Banana & cashew pieces Lunch cashew and larabar Dinner: roast n onions Snack: cashew pieces
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