Time Well Spent with Mike.

 

I’ve been working with Paul now for a few weeks and have learned quite a few things along the way. As a newly certified personal trainer I have ideas and fresh academic perspectives about how to motivate and train in order to strive toward achieving his goals. However, short of my own lifelong workout regimen I follow personally, I’ve had little to draw upon to apply with Paul from a practical experience perspective.  I have to say that it’s been a great introduction for me to work with Paul. His energy level and positive outlook are both high which creates a very productive experience.  Like many people, Paul benefits from the responsibility and sense of commitment associated with working together with a trainer and as a result he takes his workout programs very seriously.  I have no doubt that Paul will once again be making improvements to his overall health and wellness and I’m happy to be a part it. Keep up the good work Paul!” Mike

 

Weight in Update:

 

  22-Feb 2013 30-Apr 2014
Weight 258 237
Height 71.5 71.5
     
BMI 35.5 33.1
Body Fat % 32.00% 28.8
     
Circumferences (cm)    
Waist 128 116
Hips 121 114
Thigh 67 62
Calf 44 42
Chest 127 124
Arm 45 42
Neck 47 43

Ya gotta love the art of TWEAKING

2 Months in a row of “Where’s the Giddy Up?” had me moving backwards. 1 week in a row (it’s a joke, get it?) has me fired up to tackle the next phase. I have realized that I’m most successful in reaching my health goals when I’m working with a personal trainer 3 days a week. I really appreciate the fact that I can maintain incredible “Balance” in all of the other areas of my life when I let a personal trainer guide me, rather than trying to add my health goals to my already nicely filled life. So now I’m working with personal trainer “Mike” who’s about my age and just received his personal trainer certification. He’s working me out 3 days a week with emphasis on lower body Monday, core Wednesday, and upper body Friday. He is so pumped up being a newly certified personal trainer and brings an enthusiasm that helps me through the workouts. I realize now that it was a privilege working with personal trainers who had years of experience. They based their approach to me on what has worked with others who were like me. Although it’s different, it’s also a privilege to be working with someone freshly certified. The really, really cool part is that I am now proof that it doesn’t matter which personal trainer you chose at the Midland Community Center….ANY of them can get you where you want to be. I’ll post again soon about the specifics of how I’m doing. For now just know that with all my new energy I continue to live a life that’s “beyond awesome!” Giddy Up!

Paul was ready to kick it back into gear and he sure did that!

Paul hit an all-time low for him weight, March 26th he weighed 231 pounds, down 27 pounds from the start!

GREAT WORK PAUL! WE KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!

There have been some bumps in the roads with weight loss journey but..Such is life. Anyone who has had a long term goal knows it isn’t always easy and honestly, it isn’t always going to go like you planned.

 

22-Feb

11-Dec

26-Mar

Weight

258

236

231

Height

71.5

71.5

71.5

 

 

 

 

BMI

35.5

32.4

31.8

Body Fat %

32.0%

27.7

28.4

 

 

 

 

Circumferences (cm)

 

 

 

Waist

128

114.5

116

Hips

121

115

114

Thigh

67

65

64

Calf

44

43

42

Chest

127

121

122

Arm

45

42.5

44.25

Neck

47

44

43.5

 

If you see Paul make sure to give him a good ole pat on the back for everything accomplished thus far and maybe even challenge him to a push-up or sit-up contest if you think you can keep up ; )

 

Until next time….

A New Beginning

Yahooooeeeeeeee! I began again yesterday. Yup…a new beginning. Actually ANOTHER new beginning. That’s kinda how life is right now. Get some momentum, run into a hurdle, sometimes jump the hurdle, sometimes trip over the hurdle.
I had about 10 months of consistent momentum going in the positive direction (Physical fitness INCREASING, Weight DECREASING). Then things happened….you know….the same things that happen in your life, and I allowed them to take my focus away from my goals. Pretty much all of the “things” were self imposed. I quit watching what I was eating as closely as I normally should. My workouts became inconsistent. I found a perfect workout partner and haven’t held up my end of the partnership (although I’m very proud that he continues to be loyal and consistent to the workouts in spite of me). I just lost my focus….temporarily!
Good? Well, the last 3 months I haven’t been a total FAILURE, just inconsistent. I haven’t really GAINED any weight, but I haven’t lost any either. I haven’t been consistent with workouts, but I’ve fit them in here and there each week. I’ve lost some of the “core” fitness that I had acquired but I am still playing some great tennis and can run up and down the basketball court with the young guys.
So as I began this post I mentioned ANOTHER new beginning. What that means is that I’m back working with some of the AWESOME personal trainers at the Midland Community Center who are going to help me get back on the “Put more years in my life and more life in my years” train that’s heading where I want to continue to go. I took my finger off the “pause” button and put my foot down on the gas pedal. Hey….no worry….I had a blip or two….but I’m back on track. The goal has never been to be “PERFECT”, just “AWESOMELY NORMAL”
So, don’t give up on me. Please hang with me on this journey. Looking back over the 13 months, it sure has been a fun learning experience…. Just as life should be.

1 Year Later! Yes, It’s Been a YEAR!

It’s crazy to think I met Mr. Paul White over a year ago now.

 

Time goes by so fast at time. Today, on a typical Weigh-In Wednesday Paul asked me to do another weigh in. It has been just about a year and we wanted to see what changes have occurred.

 

22-Feb

9-Oct

11-Dec

26-Feb

Weight

258

234.5

236

237

Height

71.5

71.5

71.5

71.5

         
BMI

35.5

32.3

32.4

32.6

Body Fat %

32.00%

29.9

27.7

28.6

         
Circumferences(cm)        
Waist

128

115.5

114.5

118

Hips

121

115.5

115

113

Thigh

67

63

65

65

Calf

44

43

43

43

Chest

127

120

121

124.5

Arm

45

43.5

42.5

42.5

Neck

47

44.5

44

45.5

 

Today on February 26, 2014, One year and 4 days out from his first testing day he is the lowest he has ever been in his Hip and Bicep Circumference measurements. Great job on that Paul! But… As you can keep we still need some work in the other areas. In the beginning of October Paul was almost 3 Pounds lighter than he is today….Yet his goal was to lose 1 pound a week.

As Paul would say….It’s time to Giddy Up again.

 

A Quick update on some of the things that have happened since last year….

  • Paul started to try and workout with a new workout partner on his own – Consistency seemed to be an issue but they are trying
  • Paul also had some health issues which put him out of the gym for a week and had to alter his diet – which affected his energy levels as well.

After talking to Paul today he seemed to summarize it well. When the New Year rolls around most people are ready to get in shape and eat healthy. Paul seemed to do the exact opposite – He kind of took the month off.

Looking Ahead  —

  • Paul needs to work on his core again
    • As you can see by the numbers his waist measurements have gone up. When in a weight loss process there is more to focus on than just cardio machines.  One of the things Paul admits to slacking off on is his core work. This will be a goal of his moving forward
  • Paul will be teaming up with a trainer again
    • The tentative plan is to meet with a trainer twice a week. Paul will be meeting with me on Wednesdays again and then another trainer on Monday’s.  The Monday trainer will be a few different rookie trainers looking to get more experience – with the guidance of myself through their workouts. This is a Win/Win for Paul and the Midland Community Center!
  • Paul will be doing all his fitness again. 1 Year Later!
    • In the up-coming weeks Paul will be doing the full fitness tests. Just like we did on February 22, 2013 – Check back for the Results!

TrendSETTER….not Trendfollower

I’m always telling our kids not to follow the groomed path that lays in front of them. “Don’t follow the trends” I bark out “set new trends based on what your heart is telling you.” Sometimes I pound the point home using an additional slant… “Don’t just do something because everyone else is doing it. First make sure it’s the right thing to do”.
Recently I’ve had to eat my words. You see, About 4 weeks ago I developed a GI (Gastro/Intestinal) infection that knocked the tar out of me. You’re thinking the flu right? Wrong….that would be following what most people experience and make me a trendfollower. I decided to set a new trend which took well over a week to get through. It also had a negative impact 😦 on my workout routine, my eating routine, and my commitment to my workout partner. But don’t worry, I made it past the hurdle, began working out again, and got back on my healthy eating routine…..only to hit my thumb with a hammer AGAIN (just a metaphor) and develop that terrible GI infection a second time. SHEEEEESSSSSHHHHHHH! Not a trend that I want to be setting…..And our kids are trying to resist the temptation to say “Nice job setting a new trend Dad!” It’s almost as bad as when I’ve hammered home the saying “Do a job right the first time and you won’t have to do it again” and then my kids come back with “How about when you told me I did such an awesome job cutting the grass?”
So today I’m fessing up on the world wide web and requesting that you continue to hang with me as I battle, again, this crazy GI infection. Here’s where I’m at. Weight at 235 this morning (up from 231 on January 15). Bummer! However, I had a super workout this morning that was my first in about a week.
Does Life Happen? You better believe it does! All I can say is that it’s nice to be back in the saddle again after taking a couple of nasty falls.
Time to start setting some NEW TRENDS! Are you with me???

You wouldn’t move over SO I BUSTED THROUGH!

Life ever get in the way for you? It has for me over the last month. What with the Holidays, our four boys off of school for 18 consecutive days, wrong (but good tasting) food temptation, a bad cold/flu, tennis elbow issue (dang), and don’t forget end of year…and upcoming year business planning, EEEGADS! So I had promised lead trainer Lauren that I would NOT gain any weight over the holidays. I started out the holidays with a weigh-in of 234.
Today (and I had witnesses) I came in at 231. BaBammmm!
So before I get all big-headed and everything, let’s take a quick analysis.
I began this journey in Mid-February of 2013, so in less than a year I’ve dropped 27 lbs. Very Cool but by no means where I need, and want, to be. So I’ve spent a few minutes enjoying that success and am now planning on doing more of the same in 2014.
Remember, this was never designed as a SPRINT. This whole project was designed to replace poor eating and fitness habits with smart, LIFELONG eating and fitness habits in order to get more years in my life and more life in my years. AND IT’S WORKING. Every time I read the story about the tortoise and the hare…..the tortoise wins.
So some year end perspective looking at what I accomplished in 2013:
I ran a 5k (3.1 miles) averaging under a 10 min./mile pace
I lost 27 lbs.
I cut my blood pressure medication in HALF and with a recent bp of 120/74 and plan on being TOTALLY OFF of bp medication by mid 2014
My health, despite the recent cold, has never been better.
I beat Chris Tointon in singles tennis (and all but one in doubles) every time we stepped on the court 🙂
I can physically do things I haven’t been able to do in over 25 years
I’m enjoying every minute of the wonderful life I have the privilege of living.

BUT REMEMBER….THIS ISN’T ABOUT ME!

I share all of this in an attempt to inspire and encourage OTHER people wanting to add more years to their life and put more life in their years. After all, THERE IS NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT ME. ANYTHING I CAN DO….YOU CAN TOO!

Finally, the reason I live such an incredible life is because I continue to embrace that special ZIG ZIGLAR quote “You can get everything you want in life if you just help enough OTHER people get what they want” each and every day. Because I’m healthier, I’m able to do that so much more effectively. IS THAT COOL OR WHAT? So Giddy Up and start living the great life through management of your intake of food and embracement of exercise.
And please, please let me know how you’re doing. I read all the comments that people make and utilize it as encouragement to keep trying to help others.
Yahoooooooeeeeeeeeeeeeee!