MainPain Challenge – Complete and Utter Meltdown

For those of you wonderful people who so graciously followed my weight loss endeavors, I thank you very much. I regret to admit, I haven’t done so well on my MainPain Challenge of maintaining my weight and building muscle. I allowed a couple of injuries to push me over a ledge of failure. I’ve been going down a dark path of bad habits returning to my life. I’ve been eating bad, working out nearly never, and overall, just sitting around doing nothing to keep up with my challenge.

One of the saving graces for me is that last night was my first night back on the hockey rink. I play once a week in the fall and winter and last night was the first since March. Now everyone on the ice for the most part was out of step, slower and just overall we were not very good. I’m typically the worst on the ice and last night was not likely an exception. The one positive I can take out of this was that I skated the entire hour and 15 minutes. There were times I thought I might throw up, but I made it, and I managed to take a puck to the head (kids, wear your helmets, I did and just came out of it with a minor headache) and I scored a pretty sweet goal (I don’t score many so I have to brag about every one I make).

By the middle of my first shift my legs burned and so did my lungs. I was sucking air and could barely crawl over the boards at the end of my shift. Last nights outing was a bit of a wake up call for me. If I don’t want to be terrible again for an entire season of hockey, I need to do something. And there it is, motivation. Yup, I think I just needed something to work for beyond just a little bit of muscle definition in my biceps or a static reading on my scale. I need something to be proud of. I need to score more goals, but more importantly, I need to feel I’m getting better on that big old sheet of frozen water. Last year was a disaster for me on the ice. I seemingly got worse from week to week and then near the end of the season I hurt my back. Big surprise. This year has to be different, and it will.

Over the last 3 weeks I’ve been stretching nearly on a daily basis. This hasn’t been some 10 minute brushing of my shins while I’m actually just creepily watching all the other people who really are working out. Nope, I was actually stretching for 30-45 minutes each time and doing 10-20 different stretches hitting nearly my entire body every time. I’ve noticed big differences in my flexibility already. I can reach my toes, and on some days, past them. Whoah! You mean I could possibly tie my shoes someday without having to kneel down on one knee? Yup. Sweet! Let’s have some of that.

So, yeah, I’ve gained some weight. More than I’d like to admit, and probably more than I even realize, since I haven’t weighed myself in a couple of weeks, but I’ve got that fire under me again. No, I’m not going to do a big challenge. I’m just going to post my progress in whatever way seems appropriate for the day. I’m hoping to keep things real and be honest about how I’m doing. The biggest thing is doing it right?

Ok, so who else out there plays a seasonal sport? What do you do to get ready before the season starts? Is day one usually as bad for you as it is for me?

Have a great day everyone.


MainPain Challenge – Day 94 | It’s My Own Fault

I have not posted anything for about 14 days about how my challenge has been going. The reason… vacation. We took two vacations in the span of about 3 weeks and it just overtook my life. No excuses, I just didn’t care to worry about how much food I ate, or how active I was. It was so liberating.

There were consequences, though. Yes, I gained weight. I’ve gained a fair amount since my very lowest weigh in during my Weight Loss Challenge. Here’s where I’m at right now.

Current Weight = 188.2 lbs

That’s up from my final weight of the Weight Loss Challenge by about 15 lbs. Yeah, I’ve gained 15 lbs. I’m not too concerned. Yesterday I got back on the horse. I’ve set myself back up on a small weight loss program just to get myself back to a little more manageable weight. I’m hoping for 180-185 in the next several weeks. I’m going to focus a little more on cardio to help with that, but not entirely. I’m still working on this body challenge to see what I can do, so I still need to post some progress pics. They aren’t going to be as drastic as I had hoped at the start of this challenge, but again, I’m okay with this.

It wasn’t all bad though. We did a lot of walking. A lot, at least for what I typically do on a daily basis. Over the four days we were there, I averaged just over 8 miles.

Luckily, I don’t have anymore vacations planned for the near future so that’s good.

On a final note, I highly recommend you go visit Duluth, MN. It’s a wonderfully beautiful place. I’m very biased since I lived there for about 5 years and worked right in the Canal Park area which is where most of the pictures I took are from. Here’s a small gallery of pics we took. Enjoy.

Day 80 Workout

Well then, I’ve been on vacation for a little while, which shouldn’t mean no working out and no food tracking, but, it most certainly did. I honestly didn’t care, though I’m feeling it now. I haven’t weighed myself yet, but I’m sure it’s not a pretty picture.

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I decided since I ate so poorly, I need to focus on some cardio for now. So all of my workouts will be predominately cardio for a while so I can drop those extra pounds I acquired.

Here’s how my workout today went. I didn’t feel the intensity I would have liked, but I did it, and I got a pretty good sweat going. There you have it.

  • Rowing
    • 2.26 Miles @ 15 Minutes
  • Elliptical
    • 2.5 Miles @ 20 Minutes

What is your strategy for coming back from a vacation? Do you workout throughout your vacation no matter what?

Have a great day everyone!

MainPain Challenge: Day 72 | Binge Eating!

For some reason, I’ve been doing a bit of binge eating of the last week or so. I could not figure out why I was so “hungry” all the time. Turns out, I was getting sick. If I think back, whenever I get sick, I tend to overeat. Sometimes, I even overeat to the point of a binge. It’s not fun. Those of you who have experienced it, know how horrible it feels. The guilt, the sick feeling in your stomach because you’re just so full, the loss of will to continue on any fitness/health goals you once had.

It all culminated last night when I was making dinner for the kids. As I was preparing 2 large portions of food for myself, all the while knowing I should have only made 1. I realized I had a thought of fear going on in my head. A purely irrational and entirely stupid fear. “Will 1 portion really be enough? What if I’m still hungry when it’s gone?” Seriously? That’s what was going on in my head. I was worried I’d not have enough to eat. As if I couldn’t then just make another, or find something else to eat. That’s when I realized just how out of control I was allowing myself to get. That’s when I told myself, “you really do have an eating disorder.”

I don’t know what admitting that will do. I doubt it will help. But it was a good reality check. Now, I don’t believe my problem is nearly as severe as some have. I’m self-diagnosing myself, I understand there may not be a lot of validity to what I’m saying medically etc. And in no way am I trying to trivialize people’s plight with eating disorders. I assume I have a mild case, that is more so related to my mental well being at the time. It’s something I have more control over than many others do. Maybe I don’t.

I’m not sure what my point entirely is, other than, I’m saying something I’ve not said before about myself. It’s admitting a weakness that I’m working to overcome. Perhaps it’s getting myself closer to a permanent resolution, though I believe issues like this are never really resolved, they are maintained, controlled, but not defeated entirely. I feel much more empathy for those that don’t the support system I have, the resources I have, the whatever it is that is keeping me from falling into that pit of despair entirely.

Today was a great step away from this negative episode I’ve been in. I didn’t eat my lunch and breakfast all at the same time right away in the morning. I actually still have some of the food I brought that I can eat as a snack now. I went and worked out, and worked out pretty hard. I feel much happier today. I feel more in control. Let’s hope these binge weeks/episodes are few and far between, and I can recognize them sooner when they do happen.

Have a great day, and be thankful for what you have, even if it is a hardship.

Day 72 Workout

I’m back at it. I was feeling under the weather over the weekend so I skipped Monday’s workout, but I’ll explain that in another post in a bit. Here’s my workout for the day. I thought it went pretty well.

  • Bench Press
    • 10 @ 95 lbs (25’s)
    • 8 @ 115 lbs (35’s)
    • 8 @ 135 lbs (45’s)
    • 4 @ 155 lbs (45’s & 10’s)
  • Incline Press
    • 8 @ 65 (10’s)
    • 8 @ 95 (25’s)
    • 5 @ 115 (35’s)
  • Decline Press
    • 8 @ 115 lbs (35’s)
    • 8 @ 135 lbs (45’s)
    • 7 @ 155 lbs (45’s & 10’s)
  • Shoulder Press
    • 10 @ 50 lbs
    • 8 @ 70 lbs
    • 6 @ 80 lbs
  • Arm Saw
    • 12 @ 30 lbs Right
    • 12 @ 30 lbs Left
    • 9 @ 35 lbs Right
    • 9 @ 35 lbs Left
  • Curl Bar (Sitting)
    • 10 @ 45 lbs
    • 8 @ 65 lbs
    • 4 @ 85 lbs
  • Curl Bar (Standing)
    • 10 @ 45 lbs
    • 8 @ 65 lbs
    • 5 @ 75 lbs
  • Triceps (Dumbells)
    • 12 @ 35 lbs
    • 8 @ 45 lbs
    • 8 @ 50 lbs
  • Lat Pull Down
    • 10 @ 120 lbs
    • 8 @ 130 lbs
    • 5 @ 150 lbs

Day 68 Workout

Today’s workout is actually what I was supposed to do yesterday. I didn’t have the energy to do that workout then, and I wouldn’t say I really had the energy to do it today either, but I forced myself.

Worth noting, according to me anyway, I increased my “Crazy Leg Workout” dumbells from 12.5 to 20 pounders. That really set this workout apart. I was just dripping after the CLW (Crazy Leg Workout). I just know I’m going to be feeling that one tomorrow, and Sunday.

One last note. Since I’ve been working out more, I am hungry all the time. Doesn’t matter what I eat. As soon as I’m done eating, I am hungry again. I’m trying my best to eat good, healthy stuff, but holy crap! What’s up? Rhetorical question. I do know what’s up, but I don’t like it. I’d rather eat and be satisfied. I literally ate my breakfast and lunch by 10am today. Had to go get more food at 2pm because I knew I wouldn’t make it.

Well, now that that is done, here’s my workout for the day. Short and sweet.

  • Leg Extension*
    • 10 @ 120 lbs
    • 8 @ 160 lbs
    • 8 @ 180 lbs
  • Leg Curl
    • 10 @ 100 lbs
    • 8 @ 110 lbs
    • 6 @ 120 lbs
  • Crazy Leg Workout (3 Sets of Each)
    • Squats (Dumbells)
      • 10 @ 20 lbs
    • Back Lunges
      • 10 @ 20 lbs
    • Front Lunges
      • 10 @ 20 lbs
    • Stiff Leg Deadlift
      • 10 @ 20 lbs
  • Calf Dip
    • 12 @ Individual
    • 12 @ Individual
    • 12 @ Individual
  • Elliptical
    • 15 MInutes @ 1.9 Miles

Day 67 Workout

I was going to do my leg workout today, but I just didn’t have the energy to do so. Instead, I chose to do cardio instead. It went really well and I did manage to do my new Ab workout again, which was pretty harsh for my ego.

Anyway, here’s my workout for the day today.

  • Elliptical
    • 15 MInutes @ 1.9 Miles
  • Rowing Machine
    • 10 Minutes @ 1.5 Miles
  • Extreme Abs Workout (2 Sets of Each)
    •     Reverse Crunch
      • 20
    • Toe Touches
      • 20
    • Planks
      • 30 seconds