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November 27th, 2014 / Sean Willson

Thanksgiving Status Update

Hello Again! I’m back to give a quick holiday update on how I’ve been doing. Amy and I are finishing up our 7th week of P90X and I’m down to 315.6 pounds. Considering I started this P90Adventure at 334.6 I’m extremely excited about our progress. The great thing is that my progress isn’t the only good one, Amy has had great success as well but I’m not going to disclose her numbers unless she wants me to. It has certainly been tough getting up at 5:30am every day, and I’ll be honest and say that we’ve missed a few workouts, but we’ve managed about 95% of them and sweated our butt off.

I’m sitting here after enjoying a holiday feast with the family, my stomach is full, and I’m reflecting on how thankful I am for all that I have. My family and wife are wonderful and my three kids are awesome. They’re a handful of fun, smiles, craziness, adventures, lessons, and all around joys. I have a great new job I’ve been at for the past 9 months working for a company of smart motivated people, that respects and utilize my skills, and that is offering me amazing opportunities to expand and grow.

I have my health and continue to work toward keeping and improving it. I know it’s been up and down and up over the years but I’ve never stopped working and have managed to keep off most of what I lost. I’m far from a model blogger persona but I’ve Also never aimed to be. I just enjoy blogging and the community around it. I think sharing my story gives me perspective, keeps me grounded, helps me to give thanks, and also to appreciate the journey. It may even help a few people from time to time which is an extra bonus.

I hope you’re holidays are wonderful and full of good cheer. Let’s all strive to stay on track and push through the food comas as best we can.

See you again soon!

October 18th, 2014 / Sean Willson

Is This Thing On?

Tap tap tap … testing testing 1 2 3 … testing testing … is this thing on?

I know it’s been nearly a year since I wrote last but rest assured I’m alive and well. It’s been a crazy busy year and while a lot has happened in my personal and professional life I’ve slid backwards in my fitness life. I know that’s the last thing you wanted to hear but I’m also sure you’re not surprised. Right?

I’m sure you know that most bloggers tend to fall off the map when they fall off the fitness wagon. There are certainly exceptions to the rule but they’re few and far between. The blogger sometimes reappear suddenly, usually inspired by something to get back on track. It’s then that they reach out to their community of readers, assuming they still have any, to bend their ear and share their experiences.

Well here I am, a blogger stereotype in the flesh. I fell off and hell if I don’t even know why any more … stress of the job, kids, holidays, sick. Does it even matter?

Here I am, I’m up to 327.6 pounds (but was up to 334.6). My wife and I are one week into P90X and really loving it. No, I’m not a BB coach and I don’t want to be one and no I don’t want to buy any shakes so please don’t ask. We were just looking for something different to do that would keep us motivated, we wouldn’t get burned out on, and that forced us to keep pushing ourselves. In stepped P90X and so far so great. 7 days in, 6 unique workouts, and we’re excited to start another week.

I’m going to try to blog here again regularly. I don’t know if I have the time to do all of the social networking I did before but I always enjoyed writing here. It helped me to stay accountable and I enjoyed reading other peoples blogs that read my blog (I never stopped actually, I just lurked).

So welcome again for the umpteenth time!

December 9th, 2013 / Sean Willson

Holiday Stomach Flu Be Gone

We’ve been plagued by the stomach flu and associated random illnesses throughout our house the past 1.5 weeks. It’s not been pretty and the post Thanksgiving weekend was far from relaxing. Despite this end of year challenge we’re on track and staying focused.

We were up at 5am this morning kicking some weight training butt with random calisthenics in during breaks for good measure. I’m bound and determined to continue on a healthy track this holiday even if a few germs decided to invade. It may not be ideal but it’s not going to be a gluttonous holiday of excessive food just because it’s the holidays.

Enjoyable meals with great good, family, and friends … yes!
Excessive food and random snacking galore … no!

I hope you made it through Thanksgiving without as many sore naps, tired faces, and Clorox as us. Let’s make this holiday a healthy one to remember!

November 22nd, 2013 / Sean Willson

Progress Despite Speedbumps

Speed Bump AheadIf you read my posting yesterday you likely know my left foot has been bothering me lately. Because of this I only managed 3 workouts this week, down from my usual 5 – 6. My ankle was sore this weekend so we took those days off and then did weights followed by a circuit workout. This resulted in more pain and more off days finally culminating in another weight workout this morning.

My hopes weren’t that high this week without the workouts and given the scale wasn’t moving much, in fact was up quite a bit on one day for no apparent reason. Despite this I still stayed focused on eating great and trusted that my body would take care of the rest … and I was happy that it did :)

To the numbers batman!

Previous Weight — 306.8 lbs (on 11.15.2013)
Current Weight — 306.2 lbs
Change In Weight-0.6 lbs

I’m really happy with that, seriously. To give you perspective, the scale was telling me 310 on Wednesday, the morning I hurt my ankle. Some people would have thrown it in and given up that day but I stuck with it, worked out that morning and continued to eat well. I took Thursday’s workout off to rest (except for planksgiving) and this morning did upper body weights to give my foot more rest.

When we think our bodies aren’t reacting to working out and eating right we need to just relax and give it a chance. Our pounds didn’t go on over night and they certainly won’t come off that fast either. Our bodies are finicky and sometimes the simplest things that seem counterintuitive (like eating more or resting) are the things they need the most to stimulate that next adaptation response.

Don’t give up, keep at it, and stay focused on the prize … a healthier, happier, more satisfied you! Have a great day today :)

November 21st, 2013 / Sean Willson

On Shoes, Pain, and Workout Suggestions

I finally got around to buying a new pair of workout shoes. My addiction to circuit workouts (and my weight) has gotten the better of me lately and I keep hurting my left foot (the bad one). So when I was out this weekend I picked up a pair of New Balance 1260v3:

New Balance 1260v3

I’ve only wore them for 1 circuit workout as we had an off weekend because we weren’t feeling 100% … have to let yourself heal sometimes. It was the first time we’ve take more than one day off since we started back so it was kinda nice.

Anyhow, with one circuit workout in I can honestly say it wasn’t just the shoes that were hurting me as my foot is still pissed. I’m limping around like a less pale zombie now … ouch!

Next Step! I’m now on the lookout for some less plyometric heavy workout DVD’s or videos we can workout to. I’m also going to get my bike rocking and rolling on the trainer which should be awesome with the big TV to watch my Sufferfest videos instead of my small iPad on a TV stand next to my bike. Anyone else try The Sufferfest yet? I highly recommend them!

If you can recommend any good non-cycling workouts that really challenge you yet don’t kill the ankles I’d love to hear about them. Ideally they’d be purchasable online on iTunes or the likes but I can manage DVD as well 😉

November 15th, 2013 / Sean Willson

On The Straight And Narrow

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote last but I wanted to put your mind at ease and tell you from the start that I’m still on track and crazy focused. I won’t say it’s been an easy road though with a few weeks of no losses and some crazy stressful things happening in life. What has stayed consistent through it all has been my determination and focus!

Amy and I have been staying accountable, eating on track cooking some great meals, and dragging our butts out of bed at 5:00 am to workout. We’ve been each other’s rock and it’s great having her there for the journey.

On to the weigh-in numbers shall we?

Previous Weight — 310.8 lbs (on 10.21.2013)
Current Weight — 306.8 lbs
Change In Weight-4.0 lbs

Not crazy numbers like the first few weeks (remember these losses are for 3 weeks) but still a great loss. I saw a ~1 pound loss last week (sorry I didn’t post) and no loss but a tiny increase the week before that (alcohol was involved which is a rarity for me). It’s been crazy stressful lately and I know don’t ever get into work things here on my blog but to say I’m happy I didn’t fall off our plan these past 2 weeks would be a huge understatement, I’m flipping ecstatic!

This weeks loss is a testament to our resolve to make this the last restart at getting heathy. We’re in it to lose it and make 2014 the year we hit our goal weights and then learn to maintain from there.

So what’s been working well since last we spoke? Workouts at 5:00 am surprisingly have went really well. Starting the day out right has been a huge motivation. Also, planning ahead and cooking our meals at home has been huge. Not only are we saving money (family of 5 eating out runs $30+ around here) but it’s better and healthier for us. Finally, I’d say getting 7 hours of sleep, random sick kids aside, has helped. Not only are we giving our bodies the rest it needs but it’s easier getting up early if we’ve been sleeping a while.

What’s not been working well? My left foot, always the trouble maker, has been painful. For people who don’t remember I’ve had 9 pins and a plate in my left foot for almost 20 years now. Doing circuits usually involving some jumping and at my weight, with my minimal shoes, it really taxes my foot. I’m going to have to buy some real shoes this weekend to workout in and skip the minimal shoes until I lose another 30 – 40 pounds.

Other than my shoes the only other thing we’re going to change is trying to find some new exercise DVD’s or shows on iTunes. We do 4-5 of our 6 workouts per week in our basement so finding new programs that aren’t crazy hard for people who are building up or who aren’t already elite athletes can be difficult. If you have any suggestions please share, we’d appreciate it.

I hope you’re programs are going well and heading into this holiday season are planning to stay healthy and motivated or get healthy soon!

October 21st, 2013 / Sean Willson

Charging Into Week 3

Finishing up week two I’ll admit I didn’t know what to expect. We’d worked out pretty consistently with only one workout day off (Tuesday) and we ate pretty good as well (ate at home all days except out that same day, though healthy). Most of our workouts were in the morning but one was at night because we could fit it into the schedule without falling off. I just wasn’t sure after last weeks big loss what to expect this week on the scale.

Second weeks are notoriously bad for people and given how far I’d fallen I didn’t have high hopes. I’ll remind folks that each week I workout and then weigh-in on weigh-in day. Given I do the same thing week to week I don’t consider it cheating since it’s accurate and consistent over time.

Anyhow, on to the weigh-in:

Previous Weight — 315.6 lbs (on 10.12.2013)
Current Weight — 310.8 lbs
Change In Weight-4.8 lbs

I’ll take that :) who wouldn’t? I feel stronger but I’ll be honest with you, the workouts are still brutal. Like physically brutal to the point that both Amy and I are wondering if they’re going to start to get even a little easier soon.

I know we’ve lost a lot of muscle when we fell off but even a little easier would be nice. I love that feeling of exhaustion after a workout but that weak feeling you sometimes get doing something new or unknown really freaks me out … plus when I’m gasping for air it’s hard to give it 100% without resting for a 5 count. When that happens a number of times during the workout it can be more than difficult, it can eat at your confidence.

We were thinking of cleaning some of our older DVD’s that were easier (they’re still covered in gunk from our house flood earlier this year) but have been to lazy too clean them. We’re just pushing through the workouts we are doing hoping that some relief will be on the horizon. It’s a dangerous move though because I don’t want any frustration in strength progress to derail our otherwise great successes to date. I’ll keep an eye on it, I promise!

This week we’re starting out strong cooking some great meals (Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese with Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli) and with the entire weeks food planned out it’s going to be awesome! We have green beans (fresh from the garden) and some taco salads (lettuce also from the garden) planned along with a scheduled healthy meal out. We’re going to continue with the 5am workouts as they’re very motivating and much easier than trying to muster the energy after putting the kids down.

What’s your week looking like? Lets kick week 3’s ass shall we?