2 Months Gone, 10 Years Gone…

I know, I’ve been gone a while. But, hey, that’s the way life is. Work. Youngest baby started to crawl. You know, the regular excuse type stuff :)

So, I thought I would update everyone as to what has been going on in my world. Have no fear, I’m not out of the exercise game. I have been a little inconsistent, but I have been chuggin’ along and making some great progress.

10 years already?

I just had my 10 year high school reunion this last weekend, and I made my weight goal for the reunion – UNDER 200 POUNDS! I haven’t been there since my freshman year of college. I am also now wearing size 34 pants, and need a lot of new clothes.

It feels so freaking awesome to be where I am. I still have work to do, but I am at a point where I feel very confident in my size and appearance. I no longer feel “fat”. I just feel like I need to shape up a little bit. I feel like I am in control of my weight now and it is manageable.

Here are some comparison shots (I unsurprisingly don’t have many pictures of myself, but I am becoming less camera shy as I lose weight… It’s amazing how that happens):

December 25, 2009 - Playing the role of the jolly fat man too well

September 4, 2010 - Teaching my daughter the fine art of cornhole

I still need to keep at it, but I am pleased with where I am, and the maintainable changes I have made to get to this point.

Ow, my calves hurt.

I am also up to running a 5k in my Vibram Five Fingers. It took me longer than I expected, both from laziness time constraints and muscle soreness.  I kept wearing my VFFs to this high intensity cardio class at the gym. I was doing alot of jumping and quick direction changes in the shoes, which really stressed some muscles I wasn’t used to using. I kept off my feet for a week here and there, which slowed my progress, but I didn’t want to put myself out of commision for longer with an injury.  I’m not in a hurry.

I plan on running my first actual race this weekend if I make it back to where my parents live. If not, there is a race in my current town at the end of the month. I plan on running with some of my buddies, one of which will be wearing VFFs as well. Not that I’m against running in regular shoes, but I feel like I’m in a special, cool club since I switched to VFFs.

Website and Podcast

Like I mentioned above, I’m not out of the game, but life is taking priority right now. I will probably switch gears to write more about my personal journey. There are so many good sources for fantastic original content out there, like Nerd Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Design, so I just plan on switching to a mostly consumer mode on geeky fitness content for a while. If I do have something to say or something sparks my interest, you will definitely see a post here or a guest post somewhere else.

As for the podcast, I don’t want to be a pod-fader, so I won’t. I’ll just be a pod-not-very-often-updated-er.  I have a road map for about 30 more episodes, but it takes a bit of work to write, record, and edit the episodes currently. And I have some more ideas that are taking up more of my brain power currently.

So that’s me right now! What have you been up to?