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About kwarner04

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  • Birthday 07/18/1982

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  1. Xena, thank you for the advice. I've been trying to run on softer surfaces and I think it's helping. Also, I'm easing back into running as opposed to going "all out" like I typically did. Last night, I did day 2 of C25K and it was a little rough. I think that had more to do with the fact that I had to run after dinner and we all went out to celebrate someone's birthday while out on the road. I tried to be smart about what I ate, but running after pasta was tough. But I'm proud of myself for actually getting up and running last night as I'd usually end up skipping it and saying "I'll make it up tomorrow" and that's when things start downhill.
  2. I didn't get to post last night as I tried the Nerd Fitness Basic Bodyweight workout and damn near killed myself. I watched the video and read through it and kept thinking to myself, "that seems so easy. How is this going to work me at all?" But rather than trying to be He-Man, I took the workout down to the hotel gym and did just as it said. After the first round through, I was pretty tired, but felt good. I was pleasantly surprised at how difficult it was. But it was nice knowing I was doing something that would actually work my body. It was doing round 2 that I started to really feel it. I made it all the way through and made sure to watch my form in the mirror, but holy crap was I exhausted. I'm not sure what my heart rate was, but I was pretty sure my heart was going to explode. I really wanted to do another round, but I was afraid I'd pass out or something, so I stopped after 2. On the plus side, it's good to know that workout really works. On the downside, it's disappointing how out of shape I really am. But at least I know where I'm starting from now. And I'm going on day 3 of no cokes. I know I said I would limit myself to just one a week, but I feel like it's easier to just quit and not have one than get a "taste" every week. Seems like I'd be starting over from zero each time.
  3. Day 1 is down and so far, so good. Good things: - I got day 1 of "Couch to 5K" done. I think a big difference this time is not going 100% straight out of the gate. Before, I would push myself hard because that is what I was used to in high school and college. You improve by going to 11 every time. But that always led to burn out and me not making it past week 2. Tonight, I toned down the run part. I still got my heart rate up, but I really focused on breathing and making sure I didn't get too winded. I feel much better about day 1 tonight than I have before. - No soda! This actually feels like a much bigger accomplishment than the running. Standing in line at lunch and waiting for the lady to ask what I want to drink and I tell her iced tea. My mouth was literally watering thinking about drinking a coke. But rather than caving, I decided to take control and make a positive choice. A very small victory, but a victory none less. Bad Things: - I really thought walking around today and the 30 minutes of walking/running tonight would get me to my 1200 points on my Misfit Shine. Unfortunately, I only got to right about 700. Not a huge deal, but something I'd like to work on. Tomorrow is a break from running and will be a "lift" day. I'm gonna do some research and see what I can find out about body weight training and maybe start with that. In theory, it sounds like there's less injury potential. Anyways...so far, so good!
  4. Here's the app I've used before. The app itself is great, I'm the problem. It's pretty intuitive and tells you when to start and stop and I don't have to do any math. http://felttip.com/run5k/
  5. Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely check this out and may switch up at the end of this week. For the next couple of months, I'll be traveling to the same location about every other week, so I'm considering getting a month-to-month membership at the gym right across the street from the hotel. It's pretty reasonable and I'll be able to cover the cost with my travel per-diem. When I'm out there next week, I'm going to sign up for the 1 week trial and see how I like it.
  6. Love the challenge! Looks like we are both doing pretty much the same thing. I'll keep you accountable if you keep me. Looking forward to your progress!
  7. Hello Fellow Rebels, I'm starting my first challenge, and I'm honestly I'm terrified. For the first time in a long time, I'm going to have to be accountable to someone other than myself. That's always been my issue when it comes to fitness and working out. But I'm fiercely loyal and can't stand to let someone else down, so this is my way of having a workout partner (or multiple partners) in this adventure. My Background: I grew up swimming competitively and remember what it was like to be in phenomenal shape. I would wake up for practice in the morning and we would swim 2-3 miles in the morning then I'd come back and do another 3 in the afternoon. I really was in the best shape of my life. But after college, I got my first "real job" and started traveling for work. For the last 7 years, I travel almost every week of the year to client sites and often live out of a suitcase. And when I'm traveling with other people in the company, there are often dinners and drinks at night which takes a toll on the body. I've managed to keep some of it in check, but I'm still not at all where I'd like to be. I know I won't ever have the time to swim 6 hours a day again, but I'd like to get back in shape so I'm not winded when walking up the stairs at the office or have issues moving Christmas decorations out of the attic. So here I am, telling everyone that I've let things slip and that I'm going to make a change once and for all. MAIN QUEST: Increase both my strength and stamina so I can enjoy life. I want to be able to enjoy life and not worry about myself physically. We are getting ready to start trying to have kids, so I want to be around for a long time. I also want to be able to pick up kids and play and not sit on the sidelines. I also want to be comfortable with my physical appearance. I'm by no means "out of shape", but I always feel very self conscious at the pool or beach. I really think being comfortable with my fitness level will help with this part immensely. Goals: Run 3 times a week - I've tried multiple times to do "Couch to 5K", but always find an excuse to never get past week 2. I tell myself I don't have time or my knees hurt or something else. But these are just excuses and I need to stop it. Start a weight lifting program - Running is great, but I'd like to build a little muscle and increase my strength. Originally, I was hoping to perform the Stronglifts 5x5 program, but after some thought about travel and other things, I think I'm going to start with the Nerd Fitness Beginner Bodyweight workout. After trying it out and realizing how much it kicked my butt, I think doing it 3 times a week is a good place to start. Once I can get comfortable doing the workout 3 times a week with 3 full circuits and not ready to die, I'll look at doing something a little more advanced. One soda a week - With the traveling and constantly eating out, it's easy to fall into the "I'll have a coke with every meal" trap. Sweets are a huge weakness for me and I think cutting down on the cokes (and increasing the water) will help with the other two goals also. Plus, it's a lot cheaper Challenges: I want to list these out not as excuses, but as things I know I will have to work and plan around. If I admit to them now, I feel I can keep from using them as excuses later on. I travel for work. This can multiple impacts. I want to plan around them so that "traveling" isn't an excuse. I know the travel won't stop anytime soon. Just because I travel doesn't mean I don't have time for fitness or can't eat well. I just have to make a conscience effort to do these things and not use the travel as an excuse. I'm not a runner. I've never really enjoyed running, but it's about the easiest thing to do. All you need is a pair of shoes and you're set. LIFE QUEST: Say goodbye to Facebook I work in IT and that means I'm in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day, and that's just for work. Over the past couple of years, Facebook has become the greatest time suck of my life. I don't post a ton on it, but I constantly have it open and check. It's become such a bad habit that I've caught myself with a tab open to Facebook and I open another tab and immediately go to Facebook out of habit. I understand it can be great for catching up with friends and family and keeping them updated on what is going on, but it's more of a distraction and waste of time than anything else in my life. It's time for me to be done with it and interact with people in real life. I really think the only way to do it is to go cold-turkey, but I'd love to hear some thoughts on this one. MY MOTIVATION: To be the best version of myself I can be. I'm tired of feeling like I'm not living life and can do better. So every day, I will ask myself what I can do to be better than yesterday. I'm looking forward to the next six weeks and what will happen. I really hope everyone on here will keep me accountable and call me out when I stray! Here's to the good life! =============================================================== Starting Stats: Height: 6'1" Weight: 178 lbs I own a Misfit Shine and have it set to get 1200 points a day. I'll be posting my point total each day (as screenshots) to also keep my accountable.
  8. Hello Everyone! After a couple of years of bouncing between fitness programs and never getting anything to stick, I thought I'd give this a try. I'm an IT project manager in Texas, but I travel all over the country for work on an almost weekly basis. Currently, I'd say my super power is being able to book a flight in under 30 seconds flat. I grew up swimming competitively and even swam a little in college, but other activities prevented me from doing that competitively. But I did do a lot of running and other workouts, so I remained in pretty good shape all through school. Then I got my first "real job" and the travel started. With travel comes eating out and watching sports at a bar with a couple of beers and before you know it, 6 months into the job and I've put on about 20 lbs. Luckily, I've been able to keep it right around there by trying to be smart about what I eat and do some sort of physical activity, but never anything consistently. And now here I am...signing up for the rebellion, if nothing else to make myself accountable to someone besides me. Looking forward to sharing my experiences with everyone and joining the excellent community here.
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