March 2010 Archives

Slow On The Restart

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I haven't started back up with my 2 week project yet. I had some side work come my way and have busy with that, which is good. I finished the job up at a lower cost than my original estimate and sooner than I projected. It was only one job, but the longest journey begins with the first step, or so they say!

I also want to wish my wife Lisa a VERY Happy Birthday! I love you, honey! Her birthday was actually yesterday (3/11), but I was tied up with this project and couldn't post. We have a tradition where the birthday person gets spoiled and can do whatever they want (within reason...Kids!). You get to choose dinner, no matter the cost or destination. We picked Sanfratello's pizza here in Glenwood and had cheese cake for desert. Awesome.

I didn't really overdo it with the pizza, but I darn sure ate the heck out of that cake! Huge calories, but my wife is worth the extra time on the treadmill. I really didn't eat much the whole day so I shouldn't have racked up too many calories by the end of the day.

Do Over

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I have to start this whole 2 week thing over.  I didn't get a chance to do ANY sort of exercise yesterday.  I don't really have an excuse, it's just the day got away.  I'm still down that 1 lb from last week, but I want more; and quick-like.

I'm going to change it up some though. The goal of 1 and 1/2 hours a day on the treadmill and three 5 min sessions on the ab roller is just too far out of reach right now.  The main problem is that my treadmill only allows 1 hour at a time and then "resets" itself.  This makes it to easy for me to say to myself "I'll finish up the other 1/2 hour later", and then not get to it. 

So, now I'm going to shoot for 1 hour a day on the treadmill and two sessions of the 5 min workout on the ab roller.  This is a much more realistic (and less daunting) goal.  Once I complete the 2 weeks on that schedule, I'll set the bar a little higher.


Days 2,3 & 4

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Ahhhh!  This weekend did not go as planned at all.  I didn't get around to doing the ab-roller thing, only did 20 minutes on the treadmill on Friday, 1 hour on Sat., and only 15 min on Sun.  Just too damn much to do.

On a more positive note, my eldest sons team won the championship in the Cal City league which is played at the old St. Andrews church.  They played St. Florian on Friday, and murdered them by 29.  I use the word murdered because the parents over there are something else and it was good to beat that team (AGAIN, as usual).  They cry about every call, make snide comments all game, and blame the ref's for their son's poor play and lack of coaching.  Usually, I just let this sort of thing go (I mean, we won, right?!?), but being as this is the last game between the teams that I'll have to watch, I figured I'd give them one last parting shot.  It has been our pleasure to shut you up the last 3 years

On Sunday they played for the championship against The Saints.  I'm still not sure what school they play for but they hung tough for 3 quarters.  We pulled away from them in the fourth by the stellar play of Brian S., Danny and Dan L, Nick and Nick G, Anthony L,, George, and my son Tristen.  Excellent game on both sides of the ball.

I say all of this not only because I'm proud of the team, but because I've been having my own battles...with the concession stand.

Day 1

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I did it. I stayed under my calorie limit (2500) and did 1 and 1/2 hours on the treadmill at 3mph. I changed up the routine though, by raising and lowering the incline function sproadically. I've read that that sort of cardio workout is actually more effective. I don't know for sure, but I was more interested and the time went by faster. My legs are killing me for sure though. I do feel motivated and am looking forward to tomorrow as I'm going to start with my ab-roller. It came with a video that I know by heart, and plan on doing the "5 minute workout" (really quite effective actually) 3 times tomorrow.

Thanks for checking in and please, check back often.

2 weeks

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Hello everybody (Nooorrmm!)

I've cut down on the late night snacking since my last post and that seems to be making the difference as I've lost 2lbs. Really though, it could be anything (like less salt, quality of foods I'm eating, etc) but I'm betting on the snack adjustment. I've gone to bed a little hungry the last few nights, but I could have had some veggies to take the "edge" off. I didn't want to though because I've been eating tons of veggies and just don't have a taste for them at night. But that's the price we pay sometimes. I let my eating get out of control again so my body has to work itself back to where I was, and that takes time if done right. Plain and simple. Also, I'm starting a new exercise regiment where I'll do 3mph 3 times a day for 1/2 hour on the treadmill (as opposed to 3.5 mph, 1 time a day for the same time). Going to see if I can: a. Do it :) and b. how I feel after 2 weeks of this.

I'll be able to keep more regular hours now and should be able to post at least 3x's a week, if not more.

I've picked "2 weeks" as my yardstick because I've heard that's about the time it takes to form a habit. I can't imagine not dropping some lbs and getting more physically fit as long as I maitain good eating habits.

Also, the time frame coincides with my entrepreneur project i've been setting up. You can click below to see how that's going.

Late night...with snacks

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Hello everyone and welcome to a new week!

We'll, I weighed myself this morning and I'm the exact same as I was last monday. I'm not suprised. As much as I wanted to do some work on the treadmill, I just couldn't find time. 4 kids, trying to start a business, trying to promote said business on a VERY meager income, just left me with no time. Another thing is "picking" at food late at night. I tend to do good all day, but late at night when I have a few calories "to spare", I tend to overdo it a little and have more than I should. I see how that's holding me back now.

Thanks for checking in and please feel free to leave comments (good or bad)

About the blogger

You know how it goes. The kids come along, there’s less time for you and in trying to keep up with their busy lives, your eating choices aren’t always so hot.

Greg Ortiz is a 39-year-old south suburban man who, tried, with the Sun-Times’ help, once before to get back to the athletic — and thinner — guy he once was.

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