One Month At A Time

Wednesday Weigh-in (late again)

Following a food-heavy holiday is going to be a downer for almost anybody on a diet.

Invariably, you’re faced with a choice to either stay on diet and enjoy the smug self-loathing or break training, live in the moment, but sort of regret that you’ve lost no more weight.

I decided weeks ago that I wasn’t going to stick narrowly to my usual, daily calorie goals, but was just going to be OK with a little candy, a little pie and with having a meal that wasn’t so tightly scripted.

How’d it go?

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Product Test: Extreme Sport Beans

As an ongoing feature here, as I prepare for the West Virginia Spartan Race in August, I’m testing out some products that may or may not be useful in endurance racing.

To begin, I’ve purchased a bunch of fitness snacks.

These are things that are meant to be consumed while you’re either on the course, running a race, or shortly before you get started. There are a lot of them out there.

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Product testing for the people

As I start getting into longer and longer training sessions or just try to improve what I’m already doing, I’ve been thinking a lot about nutrition.

The serious athletes seem to have meal plans and supplements and stuff to get better results, avoid injury and, for all I know, grant them super powers.

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Wednesday Weigh-In

The progress continues. Happy Easter!

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Belting it out

I’ve kept up with the Kanawha Kordsmen since joining two years ago, but I don’t get to every performance (or even every practice).

I thought about getting this hat and wearing it to the gym, but figured that would just lead to even more awkward conversations.

Year one, I went up to the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Johnny Appleseed District convention in Cleveland, but I didn’t go last year. There was too much going on with me and getting away for the weekend seemed impossible.

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The Road to Spartan

I am becoming more mindful that the Spartan race will be here before I know it.

That’s August 24. It feels real to me, but the fear of the thing hasn’t really set in. I expect it will.

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TBT: Kanawha Kordsmen

People sometimes ask if there’s been anything I’ve stuck with. There have been a few things, including the Kanawha Kordsmen, Charleston’s barbershop chorus.

This weekend is the annual Johnny Appleseed District Convention in Columbus, Ohio. We’re headed up to sing –and this year, I’ll be going along again.

I’m looking forward to it.

If you’d told me a few years ago, I’d be spending my Monday evenings singing barbershop harmony songs, I’d have said you were nuts, but it’s been a good run with the guys. They’ve welcomed me into the fold and while I’m not some great vocalist, I contribute in my small way and it works.

At least, the shoes still fit.

Anyway, here is what preparations were like just before the contest two years ago.

More than a year ago, I stumbled into the idea of taking a month to explore a topic I didn’t know much about. One topic led to another and then another and so on.

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Wednesday Weigh-In

This week’s weigh-in follows a recent visit to my doctor.

I’d been both excited and a little worried about going in to Spring Hill Primary. I hadn’t seen Dr. Bradford since late January/early February. Things were looking good, as far as my weight-loss and blood pressure, but the rest was all kind of up in the air.

For those of you just joining or who forgot, I didn’t jump into any of this because I’m looking for a beach body –or even because I wanted to do a Spartan Race to begin with.

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Wednesday Weigh-In

Another busy work here at the ranch. Blogging has taken a backseat to other projects, but we still have the Wednesday weigh-in.

Here’s how I’m doing with all the exercise and weight loss.

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