Monday, March 15, 2010

Avoiding the Inner Fat Guy

I've been trying to workout lately.  I don't think that I am horribly out of shape, but I do have the beginnings of a pot belly and gone are my size 26 jeans...damn you size 32!   So I figure I need to probably change my lifestyle to be healthy and avoid the inner fat guy lurking within.  I haven't gotten into 100% routine but have been at least getting in a workout semi-regularly.  Those who know me personally and know that I am totally lazy, should know that this is a pretty big step for me. 

I've been doing the FMS 45 Minute Fat Burning Workout, which I like because it is short, seems to be a decent overall body workout and doesn't have a whole lot of pep talk in it.  That's really all I want, someone to show me how to do the workout and maybe count the reps.  Billy Blanks, why can't you just shut up?  I am not ready for Tae Bo quite yet...but am getting there, but dread listening to Billy tell me to reach for my higher power.  If anyone has suggestions for other workouts let me know, admittedly I am a amateur at this. 

Unfortunately, my motivation for getting up early and working out is making myself a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit; thereby undoing probably 98% of my workout...but I am feeling slightly fitter and have been on time to work more times in the past two weeks than I have in the previous 6 months.  So I consider it to be going well.  I just hope that once I am more fit that I can avoid the John Basedow "standing like I have scoliosis to make my abs pop" pose and the ever constant threat of my button-down shirt coming open.  The threats are real.

John Basedow - love your workout, hate your poses.

Having said all that, March is a totally horrible time to try a fitness plan.  First of all, there are the Girl Scout cookies.  Congrats Girl Scouts on getting my orders right this year, unlike last year's debacle.  Then there is the Cadbury Creme of the greatest food stuffs ever invented.  Money spent on Cadbury Eggs this year (so far): $20; portion of the eggs eaten (so far): $3.  Then there is chocolate Easter bunnies, and many flavored jelly beans to consider.  Finally, March is my birthday month and that means cheesecake...more specifically Jello No Bake Cheesecake topped with cherries.  It really is the Cadillac of cheesecakes at a Kia price.  Delicious.  This year, I am trying to control my impulses and only eat these things in moderation and as rewards for doing something good in my life...this is a far cry from eating only Girl Scout cookies for two days or having an entire meal of Cadbury Eggs.  If nothing else, I am sure my pancreas is thankful.  Sensible eating?  Moderation! I feel so grown up!

Top 5 Things I did on my birthday weekend:
5) Ate at PF Changs with my family
4) Went to see local band Cold Filtered
3) Ate Cheesecake
2) Went to the pre-season roller derby bout
1) Went to see Alice in Wonderland 3D XD

All in all, I would call that a pretty good birthday...only thing missing was getting lucky, and I didn't really even try at that one.


Cameron Ted said...

Nice Going! I have been to work on time /early more in the last 2 weeks that I have in the last 6 years. Gettgin up early will do that for you I think.

Are we going out to a movie for your b-day this week?

verification word: demet

Dixon said...

While a small part of me holds out hope for another Dam-to-Dam conqering this coming June, the vast majority of mind/body is telling me to settle into the chaos of 5 hours (maybe) of nightly interrupted sleep, no set eating schedule, and general lae-Winter apathy. So much for losing the 30 lbs I was shooting for any time soon.

Verification Word: disased

Bryan said...

I currently do this workout every other day (when my basement isn't a swimming pool and/or shark tank - once I order and receive the sharks). I alternate it with the dreaded elliptical (500 calories before my attention span shatters).

I must say, strength has improved and I can see more cut in my shoulders, arms, chest, sides, and legs. Probably my back as well, but I don't have the head of a lego person so I can't know for sure. I guess I could break out two mirrors, but I'm lazy.

I recently acquired file copies of P90X, which make me hurt just watching them. I tried the AB Ripper X ... let me repeat - TRIED. Holy hell it was rough. Hopefully when it warms up (basement/workout room is freezing) and the shark tank drains, I can give it a serious shot.

Bryan said...

Oh .. I guess I should mention that I still have good posture. Though, I'll be damned if I can keep my shirts buttoned - it has become a serious problem at work and forced me to eithe wear layers or solely wear pullover attire for my top half. I've also noticed and overwhelming urge to purchase and wear undersized hot pants, as well as feather my hair like I'm an extra on the set of "Charles in Charge." Oh how I want Charles in Charge of me.

Michael said...

Cam - I wanted to say 6 years too...actually probably closer to 10, but I didn't want to seem like I was exaggerating (it is not really an exaggeration though).
I am up for a movie, Thursday?

Dixon - although I like the idea of Dam-to-Dam, I have never been a runner. Too many surprise "We're running today!" PE Classes when I only had wrestling shoes to wear...maybe I should invest in a nice pair of running shoes sometime (but damn they are so ugly...and yes I am a footwear snob). Yes, you are understandably busy & sleep deprived but there is always next year!

Bryan - By telling me that you do the 45 min Fat Burning workout every other day, are you trying to tell me that it doesn't work? Ha Ha just kidding. Kelly offered to make me copies of the P90X but I knew I wasn't man enough...yet. You would look purdy with feathered hair.

kelly said...

Anyone who used to wear those damn knee-high orange Chucks all the time is automatically barred from referring to themselves as a shoe snob. Fact.

Cameron Ted said...

OH SNAP! you've just been served!

Sure Thursday it is. We will decide then I suspect

word: FUNDL

Michael said...

False...that is the exact reason to be a shoe snob. Those shoes are STILL the best.