Archive for the 'Motivation' Category

How to lose your man boobs

Here is a great article from Craig (creator of the Men’s Health Belly Off! 2008 program and the Turbulence Training program I just started) about losing your man boobs, or moobies as I like to call mine. I can say, and you can see, that the training Craig recommend really works. Over the last 7 1/2 weeks, my chest has shrunk a few inches and I no longer look like I need a manzier. This is no magic remedy, there are no pills you can take, it will require work and change on your part. But if you are fed up with your moobies like I was, you’ll need to put in some effort. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, they’re just kidding themselves and you.

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Visualize a slimmer you

I just came across this new service, and it looks pretty cool. You submit a picture of yourself, say how much you want to lose and within 48 hours a digitally enhanced picture is ready for you that shows what you may look like at that goal weight.

I haven’t tried it yet, but what a powerful motivator. Now, since I was a skinny twig at one time, I think I’ll just use one of my wedding pictures as a visualization of what I can look like (again).

If anyone tries this service out, let me know and it would be fun to see the before & after pics that you get back.

Altered state

Here we are, 38 days into the Belly Off! 2008 program. That leaves just 18 more days for us to work on hitting our goals for the 8 weeks. This time has gone by quick, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been living this new lifestyle for a lot longer. What once took a lot of thought and planning is becoming second nature. What once was considered cruel and unusual punishment is now considered exhilarating and enjoyable. Things can and have changed in just 38 days. Here are some thoughts on those changes. Continue reading ‘Altered state’

Navy SEAL test, part II

I just stumbled across a Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge web site. Previously, I posted about wanting to use this test as a measure of my overall fitness. Guess what, the Navy tours the states and sets up these Navy SEAL fitness challenge days throughout the year. You get to go and complete the test with SEALs and civilians watching you and cheering you on. Every participant gets a white t-shit. If you meet SEAL standards, you get a brown t-shirt and if you meet SEAL competitive standards (though they don’t define what that is), you get a blue t-shirt.

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My summer goal…maybe

I’ve been thinking that I need some type of big fitness goal to shoot for this summer. Having this goal should keep me on track and give me a huge sense of accomplishment when I finish it. It’s been shown that people on weight loss/fitness plans tend to stay on them and have better long term success if they participate in organized athletic events. So, thinking about that and what I would want to do, I started looking for events I may be able to compete in.

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Reality continues to ruin my life

OK, it doesn’t actually ruin my life, but reality does create some challenges. I’m still trying to recover from my trip this past Monday and I’m finding out that I get upset/annoyed if I don’t get a scheduled workout in. That’s a huge change from past attempts, because I’d look for reasons not to work out and I wouldn’t care if I missed one. Now, if I don’t get to do the workout I planned, I’m feel very edgy and incomplete.

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I should travel more often

Well, I’m back from my quick day trip to DC. The Google presentation went well and there were no major delays at the airport and I got to watch an hour or so of DodgeBall, which I had not seen yet (pretty funny so far).

As I was walking back to my car in the evening, taking the 2 flights of steps up to the overpass, I realized that traveling was a pretty decent workout. I had to walk a good distance to & from my gates, I had quite a few stairs to climb and I was on my feet most of the day. A lot better than being stuck behind a desk for 8 hours.

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Date Started: 1/7/2009
Exercise plan: Men's Health Belly Off! 2008
Height: 5' 11"
Starting weight: 208 lbs / 94.35 kg
Current weight: 194 lbs / 88.18 kg
Ultimate goal: 180 lbs / 81.65 kg
Current goal: 190 lbs / 86.36 kg
Eating plan: Sensible, no soda or sugars, lots of water, higher in protien.