Category Archives: Sports

It’s been just over three weeks

Since I have posted an update out here on my blog. Honestly my social media usage has dropped considerably for the primary reason of, I am busy. I am in the midst of my third week of working full-time again as an underwriter. I am really excited to be back into doing something that I know so well. This underwriting role is considerably more fast paced than what I have done in the past but I think I am going to like that. Yesterday was the first day that I actually approved and declined some quotes. To go along with this, I have continued to work 12 hour days on the weekends at Abercrombie as well. I’m trying to work as much as I can to start cleaning up our finances.

Something else I love about my new position/company is the perk of the exercise facility. I hit the gym 3 times each week for the first two weeks, and already was there yesterday. I’m going to be headed that way very shortly as well. I have also been doing some running when I get home from work, usually after Cayden goes to bed. I put in a solid 5 mile run last night, and was able to keep my overall training pace at 8:58 a mile. It’s a stepping stone to get back to where I want to get to physically. Weigh-in Wednesday is coming up, and I am tracking my weight heavily now, I started at 207.4 lbs at my first weigh-in two weeks ago tomorrow. Yesterday I was 203.6 after my rowing workout. I’m trying to commit to getting in the best shape I can this summer, because I want to be able to run toward the front of our cross country team this fall when they go out to train.

Make every day great,
Chris

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More good news this weekend

Some might not say that this is really that good of news, but to me I believe it is good news. After receiving an offer, accepting the offer, and completing the background and drug tests I am officially going to be starting next Monday. The other good news I got this weekend, is that I will be able to stay on with my current employer for Saturdays and Sundays. The good aspect of that, is that we will be able to start paying off some bills that have been nagging us for awhile. The negative aspect is that I won’t be able to go to church with the family still and will be working seven days a week.

My plan is to cleanup as much debt mess as we can over the summer, and then when it comes time for fall to put in for leave until the holiday season again following cross country season. Our team will have a fairly slim racing schedule, and only one weekday race, so I want to be there for every Saturday race I can. This year we are also going to push the kids to meet on Sundays to get a long run in, and I can go and run with the team there as well.

This week I will be working on the house some more, as we try to get it looking as good as possible so we can hopefully sell quickly. Again, I will be trying to get my mileage up as it completely fell apart after my great 5 miler on Monday last week.

A couple of successful days…

Have passed since I last posted. I went for 4 mile runs on both Wednesday and Thursday, but found that my ankle was a bit too sore to keep the streak alive on Friday, so I took it as a rest day. I also continued on the Julien Greaux Get Ripped, Stay Big weight training plan Wednesday went really well. 5 circuits of 1 set of 10 reps each on bench press, squats, and deadlifts. Having been a runner for quite a few years, the leg lifts have never caused me any problems. I used to love lifting weights to and took a special joy from being able to bench press almost twice my weight for several years. Now, I’m fat and out of shape and can’t even lift my own body weight anymore, but that will be changing soon. The Thursday workout plan called for an ab workout, which my body desperately needs, but after just barely starting into it I could hardly move. Needless to say, it was called off.

Yesterday as I said was a rest day for me, today we are heading to see Disney on Ice in a short while then when I get back I’ll get my workout in. I’m going to go for another 4 mile run, and then do the Julien Greaux Upper Body Circuit.

I have finally almost finished reading The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf“>, which is awesome. Not just the story of the golf game, but more about how to approach life. I’m not saying that everything in this makes sense, but talk to anyone that plays golf and they’ll tell you that in many aspects the game of golf emulates life. It’s always an ebb and flow, and you have to be willing to appreciate the good and not dwell on the bad.

Make every day great,
Chris

Purposely been away for awhile…

So I have purposely not written for awhile. I was really waiting for a big announcement that I’m still waiting to hear the final decision on. In the mean time, I’ve started working out a little bit again. Specifically starting working out again today. My weight has again ballooned to a rather large 208 pounds. I really want to get my weight back down to a good running/racing weight, somewhere in the 170 pound range. Today was a good start in getting my body back to the way it really needs to look.

Running has always been my primary exercise of choice, since I was a high school cross country and track runner, and I really want to diversify into a triathlon in the near future. I put in a slow 4 miler this afternoon, 38:35, or 9:39 a mile. I knew my time wouldn’t be fast since I haven’t been running and I intentionally went out extremely overdressed to make sure I sweat a lot. It really wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting, but there is no doubt I’ll likely be very sore tomorrow.

The other area of my old conditioning that I used to thrive on was in the weight room. I never lifted huge amounts of weights other than with my legs, but I just enjoyed the process and the physical differences I noticed in my body over time. Today I started the Julien Greaux weight training program called get ripped stay big 365, that I’m going to do in combination with my running. I won’t hit big weights with it, but it will help to round out my running progress. Here’s day one of the program, I only did 1 circuit but will build up to the 5 circuits he pushes:

Superset:

Burpee Pushups: 1 set of 10 reps
Pullups: 1 set of 10 reps

Alternating Lunge: 1 set of 50 reps, 25 each leg
Vertical Jumps: 1 set of 10 reps
Bench Dips: 1 set of 10 reps
Side by Side Jump Over A Bench: 1 set of 10 reps
Triangle Pushups: 1 set of 10 reps
Hanging Leg Raises: 1 set of 10 reps
Alternating Knee Ups: 20 reps, 10 each leg
Crossover Running Plank: 1 set of 20 reps, 10 each leg
Hanging Side Leg Raise: 1 set of 10 reps

Here’s a link to his whole program

I’ll be back soon with my other announcement hopefully!

Make every day great,
Chris

Getting back in shape….

Is not fun.  That’s really all that this post needs to say.  Actually the main thing that this post should say is “I used to be in shape, I never should have let myself get into this condition.”  Obviously that is a past tense statement, that basically means nothing today.  I know where I’m starting from, know where I want to get, and have a pretty good idea of what it is going to take to get there.  The scariest thing for me to think about is, that I’ve already lost about 30 pounds from where I got to at one point.  I guess on the other side, that helps me to be positive because I know I can get there eventually since I’ve already come a pretty good distance.  Now enough of the story and I’ll actually talk about what was actually in my first two workouts.

Obviously from all the posts about cross country, I like to run.  I’ve been a “runner” since middle school, not counting the 6 or 7 years of fat and lazy after I graduated.  With that in mind, I’m taking on the workout program that I gave to our high school cross country team so I can see what kind of a difference it will make in me.  This week is a base conditioning week, and I’m going to end up with 20 miles.  I went out for an “easy” three miles last night.  The pace was slow but due to how out of shape I am, it was totally not easy.  I’m surprising not that sore (this was my workout last night), so hopefully when I get home from work today I’ll be productive and get through another run.

This morning I started a weight training program that I found by Julien Greaux.  Ok, so I am supposed to do 5 circuits of 10 exercises.  By the time I finished the first circuit, I was pretty much spent.  So this week it is only going to be one time through, and I’ll just keep stepping it up each week.  The other days of lifting are circuit workouts too, but they are doing different things.  Hopeful that I will feel better doing them.

Time to go get a healthy breakfast, a shower, and some good bible study time in before I head into work.

Make every day great,

Chris

 

2013

So, I’ve had this post written for a couple of weeks and I actually typed it all up one night but there was an error with the post and I’ve been putting off completing it again, but here it is now.

I’ve noticed that the majority of what you see talking about in the blog world is what challenges they expect 2013 to bring them.  My guess is that a lot of this comes from how negative our media has been consistently getting.  I’m going to spin that to point out what opportunities I believe 2013 is going to bring me.  In 2012, I pretty much took everything I had been doing in my life for the past 6 years and turned it upside down.

At the end of 2012, I got into an amazing company as a seasonal employee.  I’m hopeful that this position will continue to grow solidly into 2013 and possibly become a full-time position or allow me the opportunity to transfer to another area of the company where I can get in full-time.  Upon completion of a Christmas only 2nd seasonal position, I obtained an opportunity to work in a tax firm seasonally for a couple months.  While it is not a tax preparer role, which would be ideal, it can still help me get moving into my CPA testing.  I do have an interview coming up for a full-time career position next Wednesday that could be pretty exciting.

2012 did bring me to completing both my Property & Casualty and Life & Health Ohio insurance licenses.  I’m not completely sure whether I want to get appointed with a couple of insurance carriers and try to develop my own practice or not.  I feel like it may create a nice “marriage” with an accounting firm so it may make sense logically, but it will depend on the costs for sure.  With no real discretionary spending funds to speak of, any entrepreneurial ventures will be completely bootstrapped.

Something else that may present itself as an exciting opportunity is winemaking.  I have been helping a family member prepare his neighbor’s farm for grape production on a 3 acre section.  I’ve learned a lot about how to care for the grapes, but the only way to make good money off of grape farming is to complete the process and turn it into wine.  I’ve bought a book on wine making, and I am going to dedicate some time to reading and learning.  I also found a fairly inexpensive wine making kit to get started, and it will make about 25-30 bottles per attempt.

On the volunteer front, I am going to continue to work with my high school cross country team.  We had a lot of success this year, and I’d like to be a part of the continued growth of each of the kids and the teams as well.  The girls’ team will undergo a major change as we will be losing an All-Ohio runner and another of our top 5 scorers.  We’ll be getting another solid freshman joining the team next year, and they should battle to be a regional qualifying team.  This year our boys’ team started to take a step forward, but due to their youth (6 freshman in the varsity top 7) we still have a lot of room to grow.  I expect our boys’ team to battle for the regional berth as well.

Back on the entrepreneurial side, I am really going to work hard to start to monetize my different blogs.  I have four blogs in place, and a 5th that I really want to start soon that I want to use to help other runners improve their conditioning and give a chronicle of my own conditioning as I try to get back into “real” runner shape and not just an every once in a while jogger.  Depending on the time constraints I may also write about my ventures in wine making.

Now to the last and most important opportunities of 2013.  Growth in my relationship with God and my family.  I feel like 2012 led me to take some good steps in my relationships, but also recognize that there is still forever to go.  My wife and I started a full-year Bible study together that will lead us through the completion of the whole Bible in chronological order.  We’ve asked a couple that we are close with to meet once a week where we can discuss the sections of the Bible that we read that week.  I also want to continue in my own personal study, and continue in my pleasure reading.  It’s been a few years since I had kind of fallen away from reading fiction books but I’m so glad that I am doing more of that and less time watching the TV!

Make every day great,

Chris

12/21 update

So I guess I should make an update as we head into the Christmas season.  One of my jobs that I picked up for seasonal work has ended, but it looks like I may get an opportunity for a seasonal position through early spring.  I’ve got quite a few resumes and applications out there for new opportunities and I’m hopeful that something will come through soon.

Depending on the start-up cost, I may even consider starting my own insurance agency early in the year if nothing else has come up yet.  I’m starting to develop a fair amount of contacts and feeling better about the possibility of going out on my own, especially if I still have the other jobs going and can start it up on the side.

I have also begun writing some sports articles over at farmclub.net, which I am really excited about.  I have always enjoyed putting things down on paper, and speaking my mind, and there is nothing better than to have an opportunity to talk sports and have a good group of guys to work with.  It isn’t a paid position, but I don’t mind, like I said it just gives me an opportunity to hone my writing skills and talk about something I am passionate about.

Well that’s really it for tonight, time to head to bed since I have to be at work at 6 a.m.

Make every day great,

Chris