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.
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.
For a “big” announcement! It’s big to me, maybe not necessarily a huge deal out there for some people, but I have just gotten an offer to become a full-time underwriter! I have continued to work in different types of jobs since I left my position as an insurance agent in November, but this is the first time I will be able to improve upon the salary I was getting and put the paddles back to jumpstarting my career in insurance. I am very excited about the opportunity and will continue to espouse information here at my blog on a more consistent basis now that I have had that huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.
In other news, I have been starting to get fairly consistent at running again lately. Turning in a few 5 mile runs here and there, but now really trying to focus upon getting my mileage up to where I need to get it in order to run some successful 5k races. To go along with the running news, if you have followed my blog for any time, you know that I coach high school cross country. Last night I had one of the coolest experiences as a coach that I have ever had. I got to talk to the head cross country and track coach of a top notch college program, and have him give me some insight as to ways that I can improve upon our current workout program. I got so much information and I am humbly moved at his willingness to give off information.
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.
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:
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
So this morning I got up early and tried to get through several things that I am working to accomplish. Got through a little bit of reading, and made sure to get through my breakfast so that when everyone was up I could hit the weights. I wanted to lift before everyone was up, but figured that I would probably make a little too much noise and wake everybody up. I’d rather keep the household happy, than worry about getting my workout in really early, especially since I had time to accomplish it before I headed off to work.
I am a little bit disappointed that I missed my run last night, but I’ll try to make up that difference on Thursday, since that was my planned day off. It was going to be just another short and easy 3 miler, and after yesterday’s circuit training I can definitely feel the soreness in my legs. It is a good soreness, because I know that my training is effective as my muscles are getting reconditioned.
This morning was another circuit training workout with very light weights. Each circuit consisted of a set of 10 of bench press, squats, and deadlifts. I wanted to make sure I kept the weights light so that I could make it through the whole workout, which consists of 5 circuits. I’m planning on heading out for a run this evening to try and run a little bit of the soreness out if I can.
The last thing that I want to track here in my training is my weight. I’m really not that concerned with changing my weight much, but more my body image. I was at 198 pounds when I started training on Sunday, and I’d really like to get back down to my early college weight of 170 or so. If I get really serious about the running and endurance training I could see it dropping back to the low-mid 160’s.
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.