Blog Archives

Why Hello, Soreness, It’s Been Awhile

Hey, old buddy!  How are you doing?  Man, I can’t remember the last time you were around.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve felt that real true aching soreness that you bring!  I mean, when I was working out regularly, I barely noticed you at all – it was like you were around, you know, but kinda in the background.

Well, a few weeks off, and BAM!  You’re back, loud and proud, ain’tcha?  Hoo boy.  I forgot the joys and pleasure your presence brings around, like the complete inability to take my shirt off by raising my arms, the agony of stairs, the grimace of pain every time I stretch to reach for something.  Wow, it’s really great to see you again, really. Read the rest of this entry

It’s Just One Day

How many times have we told that to ourselves, just before we completely overindulge in high-calorie, low-health food? It’s one of those things that we tell ourselves to rationalize away the self-sabotaging stories. Others, like “there are no calories at a party” or “no calories if the food comes from someone else’s plate” are meant as little jokes, something everyone can chuckle over since they know it isn’t true, and yet at its core, it’s still rationalization. Read the rest of this entry

A Month After Hitting My Weight Goal

It’s been about a month since I hit my weight goal.  I say “about” because I can’t remember exactly when I did and am WAY too lazy to actually do, you know, research.  I’ll call it a month, since it’s a great way to shorthand it.  I think it’s close.  Well anyway, it’s been a month since I hit my goal weight.  I wondered what would happen when I did.  Would things change?  Would I go back to old habits?

Turns out, no, everything seems to be the same.  That’s it!  Thanks for reading. Read the rest of this entry

Alton Brown, My Spiritual Father

Before Lady Aravan and I decided to get healthy, I was an Alton Brown fan.  For a long time, though, I wasn’t.  I didn’t get his show at all.  I was used to recipe-style cooking shows like the Rachel Ray show (more on her later) or travelogue-style shows like No Reservations.  Good Eats was very different, with its long explanations and quirky humor.  Finally, though, the show clicked for me and I started to get it.  Alton doesn’t try to teach you a recipe (which would feed you for a meal), but rather he tries to teach you how to cook (which will feed you for a lifetime).  Some friends bought me the first Good Eats compendium, and that took it all even further. Read the rest of this entry

“So, Are You Going To Stop Dieting, Now?”

I hit my goal weight this weekend – actually, I dropped three pounds below it.  I’m now 172, a weight I haven’t been in probably 14 years.  My pants are 32s and loose, and I might be able to get back into 30s, which I haven’t been able to do since I got married.  I’m stronger, healthier, and fitter than I have ever been in my entire life.  I feel great.  Now, I’m being asked a seemingly innocuous pair of questions fairly often: What Now, and When Do You Get Off Your Diet? Read the rest of this entry

Current Events

Since it’s been a little while since I’ve done a blog, I figured I’d go ahead and fill you in on the EXCITING and TUMULTUOUS EVENTS (or lack thereof) that have taken place.

Football: The Redskins won yet another ridiculously close game.  Out of 5 games, 4 of them have come down to the final play.  Only when they got hammered by the Rams, who lost 44-6 or something this week to the previously 0-4 Lions, was the outcome of the game not in doubt on the final snap.  Heart attack central, this team.  But since they are 3-1 in those nail-biters, I’ll take it for now. Read the rest of this entry

Embracing the Dark Side

Pushing your body through a difficult exercise session is as much mental as it is physical.  When your head isn’t in the game, it’s hard to get the extra edge necessary to give the effort that ends up making the most difference.  When your body is tired and ready to give up, the only chance you have to eke out more work is if your mind can rally those fatigued muscles and sore joints into giving it absolutely everything they have, which is where many trainers will tell you that real body change happens.  A lot of the time, positive energy can push you through the wall: thinking of all the work you’ve already done, how many calories you’ve already burned, the jeans you want to fit into, the outfit you want to wear for The Big Party.  You can encourage yourself through positive thinking, and can even help a flagging partner through it, telling yourself and them that “You can do it!” or “You got this!”  Positive energy is great and awesome.

But sometimes, it isn’t enough. Read the rest of this entry

Exercise DVD Review: P90X Back & Biceps (and AbRipper9000XKG or Something Ridiculous)

I see a lot of people talking about P90X.  A friend does it every now and again.  Others have watched them.  A lot of people on Sparkpeople talk about working out to them.  I never did.  A couple of weeks ago, Lady Aravan and I saw that they were selling it on QVC, so we flipped it on.  The infomercial was short on actual clips, but had people working out along with some lunatic talking about it.  We assumed he was a QVC huckster, but it gradually dawned on us that this guy was going to be on each of the videos.  Oy. Read the rest of this entry

Day 3

Whenever I start working out after any time off, whether it’s a week or 5 years, the third day of the program is the one I dread most.  It’s the worst day, hands down. 

Day 1 is rough.  Part of you wants to do it, part of you wants it to start tomorrow, which is why Day 1 can sometimes take weeks or years to actually end.  Ahh, you seductive minx, Tomorrow, how you promise everything will be much better then, how easy it’ll all be.  Once you get past that, though, it generally isn’t too bad.  Sure, you might struggle through the workout, things that you did so easily before might leave you panting and grunting, but when it’s over, it’s over.  You feel good. Read the rest of this entry

So, A Week Off Kind’ve Happened…

It certainly wasn’t intentional.  I took last Tuesday and Wednesday off from work, since I’d agreed to cater a 40-person dinner on Wednesday night, and figured that it would be a good idea to give myself actual time to do it.  The best part was that Lady Aravan volunteered to do the desserts and took those days off as well.  Tuesday, we got up, did Bob’s cardio exercise, felt great, and went clothes shopping.  Had a great time, got home, started prepping some food and throwing stuff into slow cookers.  So far so good, day off and still worked out! Read the rest of this entry