A Backslide Does Not Equal A Fail


 

 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color coverSometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_ http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism. **************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024 ************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

Why Accept Obesity, When We Have The Power Of Self?


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{When it comes to anything I write, I do not have cowardly policies as Dr. Melina Jampolis and others may have.  If you disagree, or even dislike anything I write, feel free to comment here or on my Facebook page.  All I ask is that you don’t use vulgarity, nor insult or attack anyone else.  If you would like to insult me, go ahead.  I can take it, unlike other so-called experts I am not thin skinned.  Joe Leonardi, D.C. }

In regards to a previous Enemies of the State of Good Health posting, I was sent a message from one of my readers asking me, in reagards to the Fat Acceptance Movement being included,  what is wrong with the acceptance of larger people?

That is a very valid question.

One that deserves a response.

There isn’t any problem.

I don’t like or dislike someone based upon their weight or appearance.  Overweight, large or obese people were not the subject, nor enemies of the state of good health.  The “enemy” was the organization and others like it.

My dislike for the Fat Acceptance Movement has nothing to do with individuals who are struggling with weight issues. My dislike for the movement,  stems from having been morbidly obese at one time and having thought that the world should accommodate my girth because of my lack of self-control and self-discipline.  The Fat Acceptance Movement promotes an almost civil rights tone, pushing for obese people to be treated like a minority.  I simply disagree.  As I have stated many times, in the absence of an underlying condition, being overweight or obese is a choice.  It may not be a conscious choice, but it is a choice.

me at 340 pounds on March 1, 2008

My former incarnation, Joe.340, thought as what I have read are the beliefs which the Fat Acceptance Movement  promotes.  I was appalled that booths in restaurants were not more spacious.  I genuinely believed that movie theater seats should be roomier.   Also, why couldn’t they have less seats on an airplane and make them all as big as first class? It was my personal belief that others should conform and adapt to me.

Well, that is the problem and that is my main issue.  The Fat Acceptance Movement wants the world to change for them and in turn promote an unhealthy life.  And despite some exceptions, most people who are obese are NOT healthy.

I never suggest to a person that they should lose weight.  I was recently emailed someone’s height and weight and asked whether or not I thought they should lose weight.  I responded to the person that I help those who want to lose weight and recapture their health.   I do not decide for someone if they need to lose weight, even if it the answer is obvious.  It is up to an individual to decide, not only if they need to lose weight, but more importantly, that they want to lose weight.

I live by the mantra that weight loss is a side effect of fitness.  The primary goal of what I do is to get people to embrace fitness, eating low carbohydrate foods found as close to their natural state as possible (a paleolithic model) and good health.  People who have read or heard about me seek me out to lose weight and I help them do that, yet I don’t make the weight loss the only motivation nor the only goal.  The numbers on the scale are a useful feedback tool to reach the most important goal; improvement of their overall health.

Most people who are overweight or obese are not in an optimal state of health and fitness. Yes, I am aware that there are exceptions to the rule, but I am not even sure about those exceptions. Additionally, I am by no means saying that if you are not overweight, you are fit.  There are plenty of folks who do not have a weight problem that are pure physical wrecks.  I am willing to help them as well.  However, I can only relate personal experiences and that is what I try to share.

Back to being overweight, yet fit. Years ago, before I had gotten up to three hundred and forty pounds, I may have fallen,  kind of — sort of,  into that category.  I was in the gym religiously, focusing mostly on strength training and doing very little endurance exercises.  I was stronger than I had been in my entire life.  I weighed about two hundred and eighty pounds, I was carrying around excess fat, but muscular development was obvious.  The joke at the gym where I trained was, I could lift the entire gym… I just couldn’t walk around it.

Was I fit because I was strong?

Was I healthy because my lab work was all good?

Was I fit because my vital signs fell within normal ranges?

You better believe that I was convinced I was fit.  In my delusional mind, I didn’t need to lose weight.  I could not have been more wrong.  That excuse-making, rationalizing mindset was a direct factor in the birth of Joe.340.

I am also not saying we should judge anyone based upon appearance.   What I AM saying is that I do not believe that we should accept our own self-imposed limitations.  We have the power to improve our health and we should not allow a group, no matter how well intentioned,  to dis-empower us.

340lbs 3/1/2008

When I was obese, I could not tie my own shoes.

When I was obese, I could not rise out of a chair without pushing off the arm rests.

When I was obese, I could not get up out of a low couch without rolling over on my stomach, placing my knees on the floor and pushing myself to a standing position.

Were any of the above examples really acceptable?  Unfortunately, for me, they were —- for far too long.

I have been accused of being harsh.

I have been accused of being unyielding.

I have been accused of being unsympathetic.

Well, let me tell you a few things:

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I am harsh!  I wish someone was more harsh with me. I don’t want someone to have to be sitting in the emergency room with chest pains, as I was, to realize they need to do something now.

I am unyielding!  I have heard all the excuses, I have used most of them, giving in to the excuses will only make the situation worse.

I am NOT unsympathetic!  Trust me, I was there, I am very sympathetic.  However, I don’t express my sympathy by encouraging lackadaisical behaviors.  I show my sympathy by assisting those who seek my help to reach their goals.

It is my life’s mission, to help those who wish to take control of their poor eating and exercise habits. It is my desire that through fitness, everyone enjoy an improved quality of life.

And, if I am lucky, I will save a life or two along the way.

6 months!

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white. 
 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q

and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024

Jack LaLanne “A Founding Father of the Fitness Movement”


I wrote this back in 2011, the day after I learned of Jack LaLanne’s passing.  I have included a YouTube posting I just recorded.

Jack, you are greatly missed  and  you continue to inspire.

Thank you,

Joe

“I can’t afford to die, it will wreck my image!” Jack LaLanne.

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Well Jack, death could never wreck your image.  Yesterday, fellow chiropractor and fitness enthusiast, Jack LaLanne left this earth.

I know the nick-name, godfather of fitness, was most often associated with Jack LaLanne, but in my mind, along with Bernarr MacFadden and Angelo Siciliano better known as Charles Atlas, these three men made up the holy trinity of health.  They were the founding fathers of the mass media fitness movement.

However, unlike the founding fathers of our country who gathered at a hall in Philadelphia, these three great men spanned different eras, and Jack spanned the globe.  Atlas and LaLanne both learned either directly or indirectly from MacFadden and each went on to impact anyone who has ever broken a sweat in the name of fitness.

Jack LaLanne was a bodybuilder and one of the original visitors of muscle beach.   An unhealthy, sugar addicted child he met MacFadden inspired Paul Bragg, and it was through Bragg that a young Jack was given the foundations to take control of his health.  Jack used his newly found education and sought to inspire the world.

If you have ever used a leg extension or smith machine — you have Jack to thank.

If you are an athlete who utilizes weight training to excel in your chosen sport — you have Jack to thank.

If you are a woman who enjoys the benefits of exercise and weight training, yep, you guessed it — you have Jack to thank.

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Bernarr McFadden scowled,Weakness is a Crime, Don’t be a criminal!”

Charles Atlas promised, “To make a man out of you.”

Jack, well, he came into our homes every morning and showed us that being fit and healthy was a goal unto itself.

Before experts complicated exercise, Jack kept it all simple.   Although he owned and endorsed health clubs, he showed us how to work out at home.  While medicine was searching for a panacea in a pill, Jack knew that proper nutrition  combined  with exercise were the only keys to good health.  He, through his longevity, demonstrated how easy it was to remain fit and live a healthy life.

Dr. Jack LaLanne had a profound influence on me.  It was his example I followed when I set up my simplified eating plan.  It was his model I used when I designed my easy and effective exercise strategy.  And, it was his inspiration I followed when I chose brevity and basics in writing my book.

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The last interview I saw was on his 95th birthday.  He was spry, excited and as motivational as ever — he had a glint in his eye and a joy in his voice.  I know it is unrealistic, but some people you just never expect to die, and in Jack’s case that is not so far-fetched.

His physical existence may have ceased, but because of  every person who endeavors to improve their health via lifting a weight, jogging,  swimming,  doing a Jumping Jack, so named for him,  or choosing a bowl of berries over a bowl of ice cream — Jack LaLanne will live on forever.

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white. 
 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q

and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024

An Important Week — Follow-up #22


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US Navy 050507-N-3289C-028 Gunners Mate 2nd Class Matthew Maple, from Pittsburgh, Pa., takes time out to stay physically fit by training on a stationary bike aboard the costal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday 12/10/2013 — 242lbs ** Stadium is locked, so no jog.  Shoulders/Arms at the gym, another great workout, and I did 2.5 miles on the stationary bike.  I have a feeling if snow/ice keeps coming the stationary bike will become my new endurance work.  I used to try and jog on the treadmill, but the belt stuck and I almost destroyed my knee.  There are no complaints, just obstacles and we have to find the alternatives to reach and maintain our fitness goals.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 12/11/2013 — 242lbs **   LEG DAY and it was a great workout. Abs after legs. I decided to hop on the stationary bike after my leg workout and did 3.3 miles. **Diet right on the money.

Thursday 12/12/2013 — 239lbs ** weight is back to Thanksgiving Day, pre-multi-day over-splurge weight.  So, it took about about 10 days to get back there, it probably would have been sooner if I kept my splurge to the planned 2 and not 4 days as I discussed on YouTube, but what the hell.  Was it worth it? Absolutely! I enjoyed some great food, and not simply for the taste, but because of the love that it was prepared with by my girlfriend. And, yes the weight loss is important to me, but please remember, my primary goal is improved fitness and overall health and wellness, which I am still working hard to achieve, and no matter what the scale says, it is going pretty dam good! **I had a   great chest/back workout, the stadium remains locked so it was 3.3 miles on the stationary bike at the gym.  **  Diet right on the money.
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Friday 12/13/2013 — 239lbs **Stadium is still locked, so went directly to the gym for a great shoulder/arm workout and then did 4.3 miles on the staionary bike. I usually despise the stationary bike but Danko’s has these Expresso bikes, and I really like them. They give a course option, and my following the course I feel more involved and focused, not just mindlessly pedaling or worse, trying to distract myself watching the tv sets. . **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 12/14/2013 — 239lbs** Snow is starting to fall, and I am hanging at my girlfriend’s this w/e.  She lives in a very hilly area and as the snow is just starting to fall I’m opting to stay in, not knowing what it will be like when I get back from the gym.  Depending on the road conditions tomorrow, I will either have a rare Sunday workout at the gym, or just give the body a couple days of rest. **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 12/15/2013 — 239lbs.   I wasn’t able to make the gym, but I did have 2 full body, functional workouts

1- shoveling out 2 cars.

2- taking my girlfriend’s very large, and very heavy Christmas tree up about a dozen steps.  

**Diet right on the money!

Monday 12/16/2013 — 239lbs. Great chest/back workout at the gym.  Of course with the snow here in NEPA the stadium remains locked, so I was unable to jog, but I did 4 miles on the stationary bike.   **Diet right on the money!

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.

 Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #21


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Tuesday 12/03/2013 — 248lbs ** FINALLY BACK TO WORKING OUT. I know it was only 4 days, but

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English: Genetics, Diet, Disease Risk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

it felt like 5.   I managed  1 mile jog, no sprints. Once in the gym, after my lackluster jog I had low expectations for my workout.  But once I gripped the cold iron bar — my gear shifted into overdrive and I had a great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 12/04/2013 — 247lbs **   I had a great LEG workout and added 4 more sets to my routine. Abs after legs. **Diet right on the money.

Thursday 12/05/2013 — 245lbs ** Up nice and early and had a good 1 1/2 mile jog at the track.  The temperature was an unseasonably warm 50 degrees, and I was able to get out in shorts and a sweatshirt.  I didn’t do any sprints, not sure why, I think I simply forgot.  Got to the gym and blasted a great chest/back workout.  Diet right on the money.

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Physical Exercise (Photo credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

Friday 12/06/2013 — 244lbs **Jog was rained out this morning, it was coming down heavy by the time I got to the track, which it wasn’t when I left without my rain-gear.  Hit the gym for a great shoulder/arm workout. **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 12/07/2013 — 243lbs** Awoke to a little bit of snow on the ground and cold chill in the air.  Sometimes I squeeze in a short, easy jog on leg day — not today.  Hit the gym for a great leg/ab workout.  The garbage food has finally worked its way out of my system and I feel fantastic.  The bloat and water weight retention from my extended Thanksgiving day splurge is just about completely gone.  When we put the focus on fitness over  weight loss, everything just flows so much easier.  **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 12/08/2013 — 243lbs. It was in the low 20′s when I woke up and I really didn’t want to layer up and head out for a jog, but even more than the cold, I ate doing any type of endurance work indoors.  I don’t like treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, etc…. So, after some hot coffee, I put on several layers of winter gear and headed out.  When I arrived at the stadium, the track was snow covered and the gates locked.  After taking all that time to layer up, I was not just going to give up, so I ended up doing a few passes around the school parking lot, estimated to have jogged about 2 miles.   **Diet right on the money!

Monday 12/09/2013 — 243lbs. Up at 4am to untreated ice covered roads.  I’ll drive in snow, but I don’t like to take chances with ice, so unfortunately, there was no workout today.  **Diet right on the money!

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.

 Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #20 **JOE WAS A BAD BOY!**


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Tuesday 11/26/2013 — 240lbs ** 1 mile jog, no sprints, snow on the track. Had another  great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 11/27/2013 — 239lbs **   I had a great LEG workout, and I did not forget my ab work after. **Diet right on the money.

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Thursday 11/28/2013 — 239lbs ** ** Thanksgiving Day! 1 1/2 mile jog, Another  great chest/back workout at the gym .  *** Diet was no where near being right on the money, ate bad and enjoyed it all!

Friday 11/29/2013 — 249lbs **Ended up having a little lower GI distress, so didn’t make the gym.   **Diet started right on the money, but the lure of leftovers got to me.  I was mentally weak!

Saturday 11/30/2013 — 251lbs** Just too dammed lazy, no workout and bad day on the diet.  The carb addiction is trying to exert control, but I will be fine. 

Sunday 12/01/2013 — 251lbs. **Manged a 1 mile jog and that was about it.   **Diet was right on the money until

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English: A slice of homemade Thanksgiving pumpkin pie served on a glass plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

about 7pm, when the pumpkin pie called my name; loudly! Well, at least it was only one, kind of, sort of, okay it was one big F*()ing slice. :)

Monday 12/02/2013 — 249lbs. No workout again today. No excuse or reason, just plain lazy. **Diet right on the money! **I’m back on track, but I was a bad boy. The most important aspect in the battle with obesity is that we must forgive ourselves for a moment of weakness and a lapse in discipline. Do I regret the bad eating and lack of exercise?

Nope!

I live life with no regrets, I view what happened AFTER Thanksgiving  simply as an educational experience, an experience I am sharing with all of you. I abhor cowardice.  I don’t hide in the shadows like so many who opine, vilify and/or tear down. I give it all; the successes, failures and setbacks.

The lesson I learned was that the BASTARD OBESITY can still rear it ugly head at any given time and I must not only be stronger, but more vigilant as well. 

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.

  Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #19


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Tuesday 11/19/2013 — 242lbs ** 1 1/2 mile jog, 4 100 yard sprints.  Had

 

another  great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.    **Diet right on the money. 

 

 

 

Wednesday 11/20/2013 — 242lbs ** Jogged 1 mile this morning, I was only going to do 1/2 mile, but considering how many layers I had to put on just to go out in the cold, 1/2 mile didn’t seem worth the effort.  Additionally, aside from the subfreezing temperature, it was a nice morning, the sky was clear, the partial moon was bright, and there wasn’t a bat in sight.  I had a great LEG workout, and I did not forget my ab work after. **Diet right on the money.  **I have been nursing my last 120z bottle of diet root beer, at least I am hoping it is my last one.  Diet soda is my one last bad dietary habit that I have to rid myself of.  I have only been having about 1/2 a bottle a day, but I want to get that to zero.

 

1466229_10200867116346975_2112380561_nThursday 11/21/2013 — 242lbs ** **1 1/2 mile jog, I didn’t have time for sprints, just got behind in my time again.  It was a very bright moon in the sky this morning, it was also pretty cold 23 degrees cold, but I still had a good jog, just had to layer up. Another  great chest/back workout at the gym .  *** Diet right on the money!

 

Friday 11/22/2013 — 241lbs **1 1/2 mile jog and 2 100 yard “sprints” over a quarter mile.  It is amazing the difference a day can make, yesterday it was 23 degrees, and I was layered up, today the temp was in the mid 40′s,  I had shorts and sweatshirt, plus rain gear because it was raining.  I had another great workout with the weights, shoulders/arms.  **Diet right on the money!

 

Saturday 11/23/2013 — 241lbs** Nice and easy 1 mile jog before heading to the gym. Another great LEG workout at the gym, and I didn’t forget to do abs :) . **Diet right on the money. 

 

Sunday 11/24/2013 — 240lbs. **Well this is probably the coldest morning of the winter so far, 18 degrees out.  I layered up good and ventured out into the cold morning for a jog.  I managed 2 1/2 miles, I think I could have gone a little further, but I am simply not a cold weather person. The wind gusts made me feel like I was jogging with a parachute, but glad that I went out. No sprints, the track had some patches of ice from the squall that came through last night, and I can’t afford to slip and fall. Overall, it felt good to get out, and the layers helped for the most part.   **Diet right on the money!

 

Monday 11/25/2013 — 240lbs. No jog today, and since Monday is a usual off day from jogging and it was only 17 degrees out, I’m pretty happy

 

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English: Tomasz Nowotniak – a strength athlete from Poland at Dead Lift. Polski: Halowy Puchar Polski Strongman 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

about it.  I had a good chest/back workout at the gym. This was the first non-great workout in a while.  The reason this time was mine. I was distracted the entire workout because I wore a pair of sweatpants that had a broken string, and while they stayed up perfectly fine a couple of months ago, not so any longer, which is a good thing, except when I am trying to workout, especially on the dead lift.  O well, still feel fantastic. **Diet right on the money!

 

  Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

 

Joe

 

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

 

 

 

An Important Week — Follow-up #18


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Tuesday 11/12/2013 — 245lbs ** 1 1/2 mile jog, no sprints, the track was a little snow covered, and not too bad, but it was slick in spots.    Had a great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.   **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 11/13/2013 — 244lbs INTERVAL GOAL #2 REACHED  **No jog this morning, straight to the gym, and another great LEG workout, I

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forgot I was now doing ab work on LEG day, dam. I am feeling great, my fitness level is starting to improve by leaps and bounds.  I was completely drained after my workout, but recovery took no more time than I was in the shower.  As soon as I was toweled off, my energy was back up to 100%.  When the focus is on fitness, and not solely weight loss, the body responds much differently.  **Diet right on the money. 

Thursday 11/14/2013 — 244lbs ** **1 mile jog and 4 100 yard “sprints” over 2 1/4 mile laps.   I really wanted to do 1 1/2 miles, but the rain was starting up. Had a great chest/back workout at the gym .  *** Diet right on the money!

Friday 11/15/2013 — 243lbs **Only managed a mile this morning, once again I simply couldn’t get out of the house on time, and to make it worse, I didn’t get in any “sprints” just didn’t have the time.  Once at the gym things got better and I had another great workout with the weights, shoulders/arms.  **Diet right on the money!

Saturday 11/16/2013 — 243lbs** Nice and easy 1/2 mile jog before heading to the gym.  It was chilly, but above freezing, I wish I had jogged another 1/2 mile.  LEG workout at the gym, and it started out as only being good,

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English: an exercise of calves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

but became great, although not for the right reason.  I was doing calf raises on the leg press machine, when one of the personal trainers interrupted me in the middle of a set. While not acceptable, I can sometimes understand someone new to the gym, but this was a personal trainer, he should know better.  Granted there was only about 510 lbs on the sled, but come on; he couldn’t wait a few seconds to ask a question.  I had to brace myself in the seat because I  was simply shocked and I ended up pulling my glute medius and piriformis a bit (I had to go to my office and treat it, thankfully I am able to do so). I am baffled at what goes on in the gym anymore; loud conversations, yelling to people across the facility, setting cups of hot coffee on equipment, the other day someone bumped into my head while I was benching, I even saw a couple playing kissy face…  I love the sounds of grunting, banging weights and other training noises, hearing all that feeds energy, but this other b.s. — come on!

Am I wrong for expecting the gym to be a place to workout?  

Anyway, I channeled my frustration into one hell of a workout, but I was still so shocked that I ended up forgetting to do abs — again.  I made a decision to get a set of headphones and start listening to my own music while lifting.  I’m really not a fan of headphones, I don’t like any extraneous crap around me.  I don’t even carry a water bottle.  I go in and workout, and I am usually good about blocking out everything and focusing, but this is just getting to be too much and I can’t risk getting injured because of all the distractions.  The old days of everyone doing hard training and being considerate of others seems to be of a bygone time, so I must adapt.  **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 11/17/2013 — 243lbs. **I only managed 2 miles this morning, my glute medius was letting me know it was injured, so I cut the distance a little short, and only did 4 100 yard sprints over 1/2 mile.  Still felt great when I was done, that is except for my ass, but what they hell, can’t have everything.  **Diet right on the money!

Monday 11/18/2013 — 243lbs. Usually, I don’t jog on Monday, but it was just so pleasant out, temperature was about 55 degrees and the moon was full and illuminating, I just had to go out and get in a short jog . Glute and piriformis seem to be recovered, I will keep treating them this week.   Only did 1/2 mile, wasn’t awake early enough to go any farther, it was so peaceful, except for the bat that swooped me. Had a great chest/back workout at the gym.  I am feeling fantastic, so much so, that I decided to add 2 more sets of chest and 2 more sets of back, super-set of course: Machine benches and dead-lifts, I will probably bring them up to 4 sets each after Thanksgiving.. **Diet right on the money!

  Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #17


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Mike Mentzer (Photo credit: samgranleese)

Tuesday 11/05/2013 — 250bs ** 1 mile jog, 4 100 yard “sprints” over 1/2 mile, sadly rope skipping has taken a major backseat lately..    Had a great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.  Last week, after dropping 1/2 of my relapse weight,  I changed my weight training slightly, I have incorporated some Arthur Jones/Mike Mentzer Heavy Duty training going to momentary muscular failure on most of my sets. 

 Unlike Jones/Mentzer, I still keep my total volume of sets on the higher side, but my rep scheme drops a rep or two. I am focused a a slower cadence, fuller range of motion, static contraction holds on each rep, and pushing each set to  momentary failure **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 11/06/2013 — 249lbs another 10lbs gone, I’m now out of the “250′s” and I am feeling fantastic. **Not a bad morning out, almost 50 degrees out for the first week of November I just had to get some type of jog in so I did a light 1/2 mile, I was going to do a mile, but I needed to be at the college earlier than usual this morning. Also, the scoreboard is now turned off for the season, so the only illumination is the moon, and whatever bleed over from the parking lot lights.  Eerie, but not gonna stop me.  Had another great LEG workout.  I have been doing MMF now for about a week,  I am sucking some serious wind between each super-set and I am completely 

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drenched in sweat at the end of each workout, hell I’m pretty sweat soaked after the 2nd superset.  I understand Mentzer/Jones were big on long periods of recovery, but since I was doing my own Maximum Effort/Minimum Time prior, I am recovering very quickly and feel incredible not only during my workout, but the rest of each day. **Diet right on the money. 

Thursday 11/07/2013 — 249lbs ** **1 mile jog and 4 100 yard “sprints” over 2 1/4 mile laps.   I really wanted to do 1 1/2 miles, but the rain was starting up. Had a great chest/back workout at the gym .  *** Diet right on the money!

Friday 11/08/2013 — 248lbs **Only managed a mile this morning, just couldn’t get out of the house on time, but I still got in my 4 100 yard “sprints.”   Had another great workout with the weights, shoulders/arms.  **Diet right on the money!

Saturday 11/09/2013 — 246lbs** Nice and easy 1 mile jog before heading to the gym.  It was pretty cold, temp right at freezing.  Layered up and headed out. After the jog it was off to the gym for another great LEG and Ab workout.  **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 11/10/2013 — 246lbs. **Jogged 4 miles in 61:02, it has been a while since I did 4, and I really had to push myself.  Jogging is not my thing, but I do it because I like the results.After the 4 miles, did 8 100 yard “sprints” over 4 1/4 mile laps (1 mile).  No rope skipping today, after yesterday’s leg workout, and  5 miles on the track my legs gave me the finger. **Diet right on the money!

Monday 11/11/2013 — 245lbs. No jog on Mondays. Had a fantastic chest/back workout at the gym.  I’m quickly adapting to the combined heavy duty/momentary muscular failure and my own maximum effort/minimum time training.  Feel fantastic when the workout is completed, and after my shower, I have the energy to take on my day. **Diet right on the money!

  Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #16


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Tuesday 10/29/2013 — 254bs ** I’ve seen to hit a sticking point, if weight is still the same tomorrow, I will have a splurge meal.  **Only managed 1/2 mile jog this morning, it just doesn’t seem to matter what time I get up, I’m having trouble getting out on time.   Had a great shoulder/arm workout at the gym. **Diet right on the money. 

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Working Out (Photo credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

Wednesday 10/30/2013 — 253lbs Well it looks like no sticking point, yet.  This is a precarious time, because for the Thanksgiving Holiday I splurge on Thursday and Friday, and when I’m in a losing phase, I don’t like to splurge more than every 3-5 weeks, if I hit a sticking point after this week, I’m not going to utilize a splurge to break it. **Not a bad morning out, managed a light 1/2 mile jog before hitting the gym for a great LEG workout. **Diet right on the money. 

Thursday 10/31/2013 — 252lbs ** LANDMARK 1/2 OF THE 84 POUNDS I RE-GAINED ARE NOW GONE.  42 DOWN, 42 TO GO!!!!! **1 mile jog and 2 100 yard sprints over a 1/4 mile lap.   Had a great chest/back workout at the gym .  *** Diet right on the money!

Friday 11/01/2013 — 252lbs **Stormy morning kept me away from the track.   Had another great workout with the weights, shoulders/arms.  **Diet right on the money!

Saturday 11/02/2013 — 251lbs**Opted for a 1 mile jog before heading to the gym.  How could I not go for a jog when it was almost 50 degrees outside on November 2nd?  After the jog it was off to the gym for another great LEG workout.  **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 11/03/2013 — 250lbs. ANOTHER LANDMARK READING. {for those who asked, my landmarks are/were 275lbs, 252lbs (1/2 way mark) 250lbs and 225lbs.  My interval goals are/were 269lbs, 244lbs and 219lbs. And my final goal is 210lbs. } **Jogged 3 miles, and then did 8 100 yard “sprints” over 4 1/4 mile laps.  Sadly, no rope skipping today, the wind was too much for even my heavy weighted skip rope.  Has anyone else ever noticed that when jogging on a track on a windy day, the wind behind you is never as strong as the one you are running into? **Diet right on the money!

Monday 11/04/2013 — 250lbs. No jog on Mondays. Had a great chest/back workout at the gym.  There is no better way to start the week than with a great workout, it sets the tone for the entire day, and hopefully the rest of the week. **Diet right on the money!

  Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************