Werkin’ It Out

I’ve had a roller-coaster of “health and wellness” levels in my life.

Early 1990s
In High School, I was actually quite fit and didn’t really know it. Participating in the Marching Band as the 4th Bass Drummer is a great way to get/stay “fit.” I was also on the Tennis team albeit being “last seed” is basically a nice way of not having to say no to everyone who tried out…
Average Weight – 165

Late 1990s
In College, I got lazy and discovered 1LB boxes of Cheez-Its and Playstation. Ridge Racer baby! Ugh. I was reasonably in shape due to the large amounts of walking and having a dorm room on the top floor and no working elevator. I tried a little here and there to get active; Wally-ball, Golf, and a little Nordictrac every now and then helped, but wasn’t enough.
Average Weight – 190

2000s
After I got settled into a “career path” and getting married, I pretty much let my health and wellness go. And go… annnnnnd go… I always had good intentions and a desire to be healthier, but would act on them rarely or give up soon thereafter. Take-out, fast-food, snacks, and way to much TV take their toll.
Average Weight – 215

2010
Post-divorce. After a succession of jobs and other situations that I didn’t necessarily love, and having been forced to move home (mortgage and apartment payment just wasn’t feasible) due to monetary restraints: I decided to make some changes. I started eating better, and portioning properly. I began walking my dog like he (and I) needed to be walked. I started dating. I got a GREAT new job.
The accumulation of all of the changes did wonders. I got off my ass and started a Couch-to-5K program with an awesome group of people in East Nashville (EAST NASTY!). I dated some more. I did the Country Music 1/2 Marathon!!? Two years prior to this feat, I couldn’t have imagined EVER doing this: finishing in 2:16:38!! This is a pace (10:26/mile) that even up until today I have a hard time fathoming that I maintained for TWO HOURS AND SIXTEEN MINUTES.
Average Weight – 172

2011 and Onward
I’ve maintained a lot of the benefits health-wise, but have backslid a bit on my diet. From a low of 172lbs, I’m now hovering around 185… I’m walking the 1/2 Marathon this year with my family, and am considering P90X, Insanity, or something similar to get me back where I want to be and even past that. I CAN AND WILL.
I’ve met someone (stopped dating!) I love and after a year together, we’re getting a place together around May. She’s a little whip, so I have no doubt that we can work together to get, and stay, HEALTHY!
Average Weight – 180 (and going down… 🙂

-e

100% effort brah.

Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick.

Some links I find interesting:
Beach Body! – A great range of workout video series that fit most styles, aptitudes, and goals…
Simplefit.com – Says it all. Found out about it at Lifehacker.
RunKeeper – I can’t begin to tell you how useful this is. I use it EVERYTIME.

 

 

I’m excited. You’re excited. We’re all excited!

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I keep hearing about the next Macbook. I am currently Macbook-less. Something has got to give.

While the ideas and specs being thrown around are all speculative for now, they are exciting nonetheless… Anything coming close to a Retina display on a laptop (ohhh, iPad 3!?!) makes me a lot bit excited. SSD drives? Sexy, sexy. Thunderbolt? I can be sold on them, I’m sure.

Gizmodo says it all for me. 2012 Macbook Pros?

Grrr baby… Verrrry grrrr!

While I loved the “nude M&M” spot, the commercial that had our friends bursting out laughing was the Fiat Abarth piece with the sexy woman acosting the geeky looky-lou…

We collectively groaned at the “Tear jerker” Chrysler commercial and kept yelling out “brought to you by (insert political candidate name)” and other “inspirational” sarcastic phrases as seemed appropriate/inappropriate…

The Bud Light commercial with the scruffy dog named “Weego”was a nice surprise. I was happy to see the “Help Rescue Dogs” message at the end as well.

While I didn’t have a horse in the race, I really enjoyed the game and was surprisingly happy/excited for the Giants! What a great evening.

One more time! Fiat Abarth!

Weego the Beer dog story!

I’m SUPER Slow.

I am possibly the slowest person I know at updating things and doing “website” things… I hope I can be better with this!

I guess I don’t like not knowing the “best” way to do something and getting organized is a very long and tedious process for me. I want it right the first time.

That’s all for now – cousin-in-law Birthday thang to go to! He’s really good at Magic-The Gathering and other card games, btw…

-e

I make pictures.

I make pictures.