I Ran A 5k!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 in Challenges, Exercise Log | 5 comments

I’d listed running a 5k as one of my New Year’s resolutions, but like so many things in my life, it was always something I was ‘intending’ to get to, but was unlikely to actually do anytime soon. Two of my buddies at work, who’ve been very supportive of my weight loss goals, took it upon themselves to register for the local race in the hopes of getting me to run as well, and it worked.

Seeing as how this is a blog dedicated to my personal nutrition and fitness, you’d think I would have mentioned the fact that I was registered to run a 5k yesterday. However, given the fact that it was at 7am and that I hadn’t really been training for it at all, I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to show – as anyone who knows me can attest, the only time I’m up at 7am is if it’s because I’m still up from the day before.

But I did show, and I ran (or more accurately – walked, with alittle running mixed in), and I did okay. I was aiming for under 40 minutes and I got decently close with an official time of 41:35. The cold morning air was harder to breathe than the warmer air at the gym, and the concrete/asphalt was waaaaaay harder on my knees than the treadmill, so I’ll happily take that time.

Now, as soon as I can walk without hobbling, I’ll look towards running another. 🙂

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Wasn’t Feeling It Today

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 in Exercise Log | 0 comments

– Biceps –

  • Cable Curls

    1. 80 lbs – 4 Reps
    2. 60 lbs – 10 Reps
    3. 60 lbs – 10 Reps
  • Hammer Curls

    1. 20 lbs – 12 Reps
  • Concentration Curls

    1. 20 lbs – 12 Reps

– Back –

  • Lat Pulldowns

    1. 80 lbs – 8 Reps
    2. 70 lbs – 10 Reps
    3. 560 lbs – 10 Reps
  • Bent-over Rows

    1. 20 lbs – 10 Reps
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Not Bad at All

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 in Exercise Log | 1 comment

– Chest –

  • Bench Press

    1. 150 lbs – 6 Reps
    2. 140 lbs – 8 Reps
    3. 170 lbs – 1 Rep

– Triceps –

  • Seated Two-Handed Tricep Extension

    1. 45 lbs – 8 Reps
  • Cable Pulldown

    1. 70 lbs – 6 Reps
  • Tricep Kickbacks

    1. 20 lbs – 8 Reps

– Shoulders –

  • Lateral Raises

    1. 15 lbs – 10 Reps
  • Dumbbell Military Presses

    1. 20 lbs – 12 Reps
  • Front Raises

    1. 15 lbs – 10 Reps
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I Must Be Crazy

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 in Exercise Log | 1 comment


The gym two days in a row is more or less unheard of for me. I’ve been icing my knees, so hopefully I won’t be hobbling like an 80 year old at work tomorrow.

– Biceps –

  • Dumbbell Curls

    1. 45 lbs – 4 Reps
    2. 20 lbs – 10 Reps
  • Cable Curls

    1. 70 lbs – 6 Reps
    2. 60 lbs – 4 Reps
  • Hammer Curls

    1. 20 lbs – 12 Reps

– Back –

  • Lat Pulldowns

    1. 70 lbs – 8 Reps
    2. 70 lbs – 8 Reps
    3. 50 lbs – 12 Reps
  • Bent-over Rows

    1. 20 lbs – 12 Reps

– Chest –

  • Bench Press

    1. 140 lbs – 8 Reps

– Triceps –

  • Cable Pulldown

    1. 60 lbs – 8 Reps

– Shoulders –

  • Dumbbell Military Presses

    1. 20 lbs – 15 Reps
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F-ck Yes!

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 in Exercise Log | 0 comments


260 stories, that’s what I’m talking about! I’ve often heard runners talk about endorphin highs, where you hit a zone and and can run for seemingly forever, and I think I’ve even flirted with such a feeling once or twice on the treadmill, but I’ve never felt anything like this.

About 10 minutes in I hit a zone I’ve never experienced before, and it felt like I could have climbed those imaginary stairs forever. I pulled the plug at 30 minutes because I had other plans in the day, rather then feeling like I needed to stop.

Also, while I’ve been doing some light strength training after all of my cardio sessions the last month or two, I’ve never wanted to post them and I’ve finally realized why – shame. I’ve always had below average upper body strength for a guy of my size, and I’ve not wanted to post about my workouts, regardless of how good they felt, because of it. Well FUCK THAT.

The whole point of doing any of this was to stop feeling ashamed of my weight and fitness; somewhere along the way I lost track of that. Apparently self confidence isn’t a switch you just flip once and it stays on forever (who knew?). So, with great pride and without further ado, I present my weight training for the day…

– Chest –

  • Bench Press

    1. 140 lbs – 8 Reps
    2. 140 lbs – 8 Reps

– Triceps –

  • Seated Two-Handed Tricep Extension

    1. 45 lbs – 7 Reps
  • Cable Pulldown

    1. 60 lbs – 8 Reps

– Shoulders –

  • Lateral Raises

    1. 15 lbs – 10 Reps
  • Dumbbell Military Presses

    1. 20 lbs – 8 Reps
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My Knees Hurt

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Exercise Log | 0 comments

Not a bad day; I was aiming for 100 stories in 15 minutes, and I almost made it. I find it odd that the pain in my knees after the stair machine is different then the pain in my knees after the treadmill. I would have assumed the treadmill was waaaay harsher on the joints.

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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

- Douglas Adams