Hi Everybody, and welcome to my new blog!
The title of this post is true. A friend I know, who is a "social media" expert yelled at me for sending too many tweets in a row. Apparently people don't like that. Who knew? She said to start a blog instead and just link to it in my tweets. Okie dokie. I'm certainly not a social media expert, and am a bit of a technophobe, so I'll do my best to make this interesting, keepyou abreast of my fitness progress and gleen any pointers I may pick up along the way.
I've been chronicling my path to fitness since I began Beachbody's P90X. This isn't the first exercise program I started, and probably won't be the last, but I hope this is the beginning of the end of my "overweight period"...you know like Dylan's folk period, or George Lucas' Jar-Jar period.
It's not like I've been overweight all my life. At one time, I was a pretty good, if unmotivated, athlete. I was never the last on picked in gym class, and depending on the sport, was usually one of the first picked - except in volleyball - at 5'9" I was never picked early. In the Navy, I once ran 3 miles in 17 minutes. But then came the slow, steady decline.
A lack of interest in anything other than TV, beer and hot wings led to more and more apathy, TV, beer and hot wings. In November 2006, I topped out at 296lbs. I couldn't believe it. That day when I weighed myself I said I would never reach 300lbs. And I haven't.
I lost weight and gained it back, lost weight and gained it back, and so on and so forth. I would exercise intensely for 3 months, then fall off the wagon, usually coinciding with an illness or minor injury. I'd gain some weight back, then start the process all over again.
In 2008, a friend made an outrageous suggestion - "Let's do a nighttime trail run...in the dark." What? But it was true. Pretzel City Sports in Reading, PA was putting on their 1st Annual Dark 'n' Dirty 6 mile trail run. The kicker was that they served beer...during the run...as a water station. I was in! While I didn't do it fast, I did finish in about 1hr 30min. It was a blast! I did one more that year, a 9 mile trail run at Thanksgiving called the Dirty Bird.
After that, I set my sights higher. I wanted to do a triathlon. So I did. In fact, I did two in 2009. I was losing weight and having fun. I then planned to do more in 2010, when a series of unfortunate events conspired to keep me from competing, and led to my most recent regain.
I got really sick in April - bacterial pneumonia - that I think I got from my son, who had it at roughly the same time. That put the kaibosh on my first scheduled tri in May. Then I wanted to do one in September and I broke a bone in my foot in a "beach accident" in August (I dropped a beach umbrella on my foot - pointy end down). That really hurt. And it continued to hurt until at least Halloween. I couldn't wear a shoe for several weeks, then I had to wear it untied. Bike shoes were a complete no go.
So I'm right back where I started. A year older and out-of-shape.
In January of this year I decided to try Beachbody's P90X. I'm not a complete newcomer to the experience. I did Beachbody's Power90 last year, over the winter, to get prepared for the triathlons. I liked it a lot, so I decided to go to the next level. And so begins my journey......