Checking Back In

I’ll start with the good news first: when I weighed in yesterday, I was at 338.2 lbs! I haven’t weighed in at that since this time last year, and I’m feeling pretty good about that! Particularly since I was braced for a weight gain, and got a pleasant surprise instead. I guess the Taekwando practice is paying off?

And, yes, Taekwando is still a thing my son and I are doing. We do an hour class on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and we try to put in about half an hour of practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Every session, I walk away noticing muscles I’ve never noticed before. Trying to get all those stances right is hard work.

Oh, and then there was yesterday. We went as a family to the Cincinnati Nature Center, because my wife was (at the time) three trails away from hiking all of the trails they have. It was a cool but pleasant November day, and it seemed like a fun family outing So we hit the Fernwood trail, which was described as “difficult”. It actually turned out to be the most difficult trail they had. But we all finished it – me, my wife, and our eight-year-old son! Our son was actually ready to run around by the time we got home. Me? I was ready to sit.

So. A good few weeks. From here on out I’m going to work on getting back on the daily update cycle (for real), so I’ll talk to all of you tomorrow!


All Aboard The Diet Train!

So, yeah. The holidays – and the massive load of sugary, carbohydrate-laden food that accompanies this – are fast approaching. Be warned! It’s not the easiest time to stay in a calorie budget. Particularly if, like me, you’ve been struggling with it anyway.

In my case, I think that the first and most important thing to remember is that I’m not on a diet. I’m changing my diet, with a goal of eating healthier so that I’ll be in better health to be active with my wife and son for decades to come. Framing it that way makes it a little easier – I don’t have to count calories and eat less because I’m a failure if I don’t. I’m choosing to count calories and eat less.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s still hard to resist the fudge and Christmas cookies. But it’s a little easier.

Hey, Everyone

Wow. It’s been way too long since my last post, particularly for a blog that I intended to update daily during the week. There’s been no real reason for that, either. Life just felt like it got busy, is all.

So. How have I been? Well, it’s been a rocky few weeks for my goals, and my weight hasn’t changed significantly as a result. The weather’s also finally caught up with the fact that it’s Fall, so I’d grey and cool and damp a lot. Crisp autumn days are a myth in my part of the country, it seems. They’re much more soggy, really.

Sombo got cut from my schedule, mostly due to some safety concerns. The instructors are well-intentioned, but not enough effort went into keeping an eye on the children taking the class. So, instead, my son and I have started taekwando (which I might have spelled right). So far it seems like a good class, and we’re having fun, and I’m being reminded of muscles that I forgot I had.

This week? My plans are simple: focus on packing my meals for work and eating within my calorie budget, getting my walking in, and practicing my taekwondo. I may also add in some sit-ups and pushups, but I think I’ll see how the practice goes first.

I’m (Not} Batman

Here I am on the treadmill, working on hitting my walking goal:

You can’t see it, because it’s black on black, but that’s a t-shirt with the Batman logo. And I am not ready to step into the suit and cowl of the Caped Crusader. Not when one mile on a treadmill at 3 mph leaves me dripping sweat like I got hit with a heavy rain.

But, hey. You gotta start somewhere. Right?

I also decided to change up my exercise plan. Rather than the Foundation Light regime I described in my last post, I’m going simpler. Wall pushups, sit-ups, planking, and two of my Lightning Fitness cards. I started with 1 set of 10 reps each (or 30 seconds for the planking), with a 1 rep/3 second increase each week. Then, once a month, I reset but add one set. So far, so good.

But enough writing for now. I’ve still got (to paraphrase Robert Frost) Mike’s to go before I sleep. Writing this was a rest break before more walking.

To work!


I was not wildly successful with my goals yesterday. I consumed nearly 500 calories over budget, I didn’t get my walking in, and I didn’t do day two of my exercise program.

Thus Enders the self-flagellation.

No, really bi’m not beating myself up over this. I’m recognizing that I have other commitments in life beyond exercise, and a number of those commitments are more important. Like yesterday, when I made a choice to help get the decorations for my son’s birthday party instead of exercising. That felt like a good choice to me.

Of course, tonight is SOMBO. I’m pretty sure I’ll get some exercise in tonight.

Slow And Steady

Yesterday was, in terms of my goals, a repeat of Monday. I didn’t get all my walking in (only managing 4.8 miles), but I hit everything else. So, pretty good in the grand scheme of things. I’m certainly not going to complain about being mostly successful.

I also started adding in some exercises. It’s been a while, so I’m trying out the Foundation Light program from, a 30-day program designed to ease you back into regular exercise. Each day has 4-5 different exercises, and I’m doing three reps of each one. When I finish, I may go back though it again at five reps. Or try a different routine, if I find this one tedious.

Also, my son declared a dance party last night – he got my wife to give him her phone, cranked up some music, and started seven-year-old dancing. He’s… well, he’s got better moves than I do, to tell the truth. But hey, we had fun.

Playing Gaga

I didn’t quite hit my walking goal yesterday, coming in at 4.8 out of the target 5.5 miles, and I blame my son for it.

That’s a joke, folks. I don’t actually blame him. Heck, he actually helped me get in some exercise.

See, yesterday was the first day back to our regular Cub Scout meetings after a summer hiatus. The pack leader took the boys through a review of the Scout Oath and the Scout Promise, and then put them to win on a project while he reviewed the calendar with us, and I promise I’ll be getting to the “health and exercise” art of this entry in a moment. Because after the calendar was finished, he old the boys it was time to “play Gaga”, and invited the parents to join in.

No. Not this Gaga.

Gaga, it turns out, is a game a little like dodgeball. It’s played in a circular arena, and you can only use your hands to hit the ball. If you are hit between your feet and knees, you are out. If you hit one one else at it above the shoulders, you are out. If you hit the ball out of the arena, you are out. If you hit the ball twice in a row, you are out. Is that clear? Then let’s get ready to rrrrruuummmmmbleGaga!

(Spellcheck doesn’t like that last word, by the way.)

So, yeah. Why not? I joined in, along with the other dads. And it was a lot of fun. Hard on the wrists, because I’m not used to smacking a ball around, but fun. And the bending and dodging weren’t as bad as I thought.

Afterwards, we walked a half-mike to the park where we’d left my car and my son gushed about how much ch fun he’d had and how we should get some balls and play again. W could, he decided, use the tennis court in our complex as the Gaga pit.

Me? I was just glad I got to spend time with him. Even if I didn’t hit my walking goal.