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Spinning

25 Dec

Merry Christmas everyone. Now that the holiday formalities are out of the way, I am at the gym warming up for a spinning session.

I’ve been to a few spin classes, but today I am venturing out on my own since it’s a holiday and no instructor is willing to work today (which I understand).

So for today, I came up with a 60 minute playlist. Should be fun!

1. Boom Boom Pow vs. I’m in Miami Bitch Mashup
2. I Can Transform Ya by Chris Brown
3. Going back to Dani (Red Hot Chili Peppers vs Notorious BIG mashup)
4. Stress by Justice
5. Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus (shut up!)
6. Get Crazy by LMFAO
7. I shake I move by LMFAO
8. Shake your body by Michael Jackson
9. Sexy Chick by David Guetta
10. Shots by LMFAO
11. Around the World/ Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk Live at Coachella
12. One More Time by Daft Punk
13. Ease on down the road by Michael Jackson
14. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Hope this doesn’t kill me. I need something to burn off the tamales I made yesterday!

UPDATE: This playlist and workout was GREAT!!

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LA Marathon–I WILL CRUSH YOU!

6 Oct

For those that remember, back in 2007, I ran the LA Marathon and it damn near killed me. I trained well for six months, but it was still one hell of a battle.

As I’ve been making plans to train for the Seattle RNR Marathon, I can’t help but see ads for the LA Marathon.

Stadium to Sea. This seems like a MUCH better course than the one I ran a couple years back. I’d really love to run through the more run down and industrial parts of town, but….well….ya know. (Insert thick sarcasm)

The course goes from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Passing through wonderful landmarks. I’d be a fool not to do it.

I’d hesitated in the past because I wanted to take some time to “pre-train”, but in reality, I was only delaying it.

It’s time to get started. My first step, is to find/create a plan for myself.

A training schedule. An eating schedule. A social schedule. I MUST make this work for me. Destiny calls.

I’m a marathoner. It’s in my blood and in my lungs. #3 awaits.

hi. long time eh?

7 Sep

It’s been quite a while since my last post. I’ve sadly let this blog sit in the backyard for quite a while. Well, it’s time to clean up the yard a bit, and get this thing back on track.

This year has been a major disappointment to me as far as my workouts and running has gone. I had every intention to begin training for the Chicago Marathon (October), but in April, I had an appendectomy and I’ve sadly used this as an excuse.

I’ll give myself a little bit of credit, because the surgery was quite major since I had a traditional procedure in addition to the newer laprascopic (sp?) surgery.

I had to cancel all my fitness plans for a couple months. In theory, I should’ve been ok to start heavy, hardcore workouts by July. Here we are in September.

No more excuses! Between now and the end of the year, I will workout as hard as possible, eat a healthy diet, and get some rest. Once January hits, I will begin training (and I will be much healthier and in shape) for the Seattle Rock N’ Roll Marathon.

Time to get back on track! I promise to blog more. Sorry for abandoning you.

Weight Watch

19 May

Goal Weight: 225 lbs.

February 2, 2006 314 lbs.
March, 3, 2007 278 lbs.
May 18, 2008 247 lbs.

Total Weight Loss to Date: 67 lbs!
Total Reduction of Inches from Waist: 6!

Concept2 and Cleaning Out My Closet

18 May

It’s been far too long since I last wrote. I’m sorry for that, but I am in “off-season”. My next “season will begin later this year.

As mentioned before, my goal this summer is to get myself in great shape. I’ve reduced my fast food intake (to just about none), eating portioned meals throughout the day, and staying physically active five days a week.

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Over the past two-three weeks, I’ve started using the Concept2 rowing machine. This is a machine that will really get you going. It’s a great cross-training workout because it’s low impact and helps build muscle throughout the body. One of my trouble areas is a weak upper body, and this has been helping me build muscle in key areas for my marathons: back, shoulders and arms.

Ok before I get into my next topic, I’d like to give you all a short story. When I moved to Los Angeles just over three years ago, I was severely overweight. I’m still overweight, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was in 2005. I weighed 314 pounds! Today, I am happy (but not yet content) with my current weight of 247!

67 pounds! Gone. I don’t want to see them again. Ever.

Having said that, I would like to cut myself down to 210-220. There’s still a long road to go.

Why am I blabbing about all this? Well, it’s 104 degrees outside right now and I can’t do much. So I decided to start cleaning out my closets. I dumped three boxes of clothes into my living room and sorted through them. Turns out that 90% of the clothes no longer fit because they are ridiculously large.

Pants that are XXL, 44 waist, shirts that are XXL (big big big).

Taking these out to the donation center was a bit rough for me. I was saying goodbye to my former self. My clothes. MY clothes.

Going through these clothes brought back so many wonderful and painful memories: Clifford’s birthday party, my first job interview in LA, the clothes I wore when I got laid off, and even my favorite shirt.

Today is a new day, and tomorrow will be as well. It was just nice to go through these garments, one last time.

Getting High

27 Mar

Running can make you high. Yeah, that kind of high. Although it’s the good kind. Seriously. Click here for proof.

A Shift in Focus

16 Feb

It’s been about a month since I last made a post. The disappointment of not crossing the finish line was very tough. Words could not describe how down I felt about this. I worked very hard, built my body for endurance and I took all the right steps. I promise that my blogging will be more frequent…there is still plenty to discuss.

I was able to identify my actual injury: strained hip flexor. A couple of my doctors have recommended that I take some time off from long distance running. I will not run the LA Marathon this year. In fact, I will not start training for a marathon until later this fall.

Having said that, this is a great opportunity for me to become a gym rat. I’d like to drop about 20-25 lbs by the summer. It’s February, so there is enough time.  And for the record, just because I’m not training for a marathon, doesn’t mean that I will stop running and blogging about it. When I start training for my next marathon, I will be in great shape…at least that’s what I’m shooting for.

This year, I will take part in several 5k’s and maybe a half-marathon or two. When I go to the gym, I will build strength in addition to a strong cardio workout. This is my year. I know it.