Category Archives: Hydration

Back at the gym weeks # 4 and 5

Weeks # 4 and 5 had to be the most challenging for me as we were in the middle of a major project at work which required over time and worked some weird hours. This has taken away from my blog time as well as some other projects that I’ve started and will become reality soon. Taking into consideration all these factors, I was able to successfully maintain my gym routine and still manage to keep within the same weight.

 

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Week # 4 included my workout rituals but threw a curve ball at me diet wise. Instead of packing my lunch and snacks we’d generally go out for lunch which was a major test and I failed. My diet consisted of everything I shouldn’t have had and the scale reflected that. Week # 4 brought me a 3lb gain and it wasn’t from the working out. My eating out contributed to that and I totally take responsibility for that. The stress and weird hours affected me mentally and I immediately turned to my comfort food as we all do in times of stress. While the workouts were as strong as they ever have been I found my moments of weakness with my sweets ultimately won and I was left to face the consequences of my actions.

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Week #5 turned out to be an awesome week as my workouts continued to be just as strong as the previous week and it was showing in my gains. I was able to make considerable gains on the amount of weight I was doing and the fatigue from those increased weights were not apparent. This did leave me wondering if I had sold myself short when I initially setup my workout. Another surprise week #5 brought me was a present which I received when I went to that evil scale. Thru gaining control of my diet and a little bit of sweat in the gym I was able to counteract my damaging actions of the previous week within .4lbs which I’ll gladly take any day. This made me smile and was reminder of how we as individuals control our destiny and are ultimately responsible for our progress. Yes it’s easy to blame many other things but I’ve come to realize it doesn’t do any good so take ownership of those moments of weakness and learn from them.

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Running continues to be part of my workouts and I’m running 6 days a week. The days I workout I’ll start with a moderate run on the treadmill which is the equivalent of a ½ mile at a fairly aggressive pace. My days outside the gym include running with the wife 3 days a week. Our runs during the week are generally around 3.2 miles and we’re usually out around 5:30am to beat that Florida heat. Sunday’s are the longer ones which we generally run a minimum of 4 miles (it all depends on her training schedule as she’s training for her first full marathon in November). Her training will allow me to push myself to the limit and test just how far I can take my running and survive. One thing I do want to mention and this should be everyone’s focus whether running, biking, paintball or any other activities is HYDRATION. Please remember to hydrate and I’m not talking about grabbing a water to take with you as you head out the door. In order to truly hydrate I generally start at least 24 hours before, but then again I’m drinking more water these days and less soda.

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What’s been your worst week ever? How did you recover from falling off the wagon?

These past few weeks

 

So as many have noticed I’ve been MIA over the past few weeks on the blog front as I’ve been trying to balance life and all the day-to-day drama that seems to come with it these days. I’ve recently looked in the mirror and have decided I don’t like what I see and I’m the only one that can change that. Since my last post I’ve started to get back into a workout regimen which includes running 3 days a week to help improve my overall health and physique. I’ll be updating my journey thru my blog so stay tuned and you can join me on my journey to a happier/healthier me. Many have asked where I’ve been hiding over the past month so I thought I’d address that. Works been super crazy and we have major projects in the works which is going to tie up most of my free time over the next few months, but I’m trying to create my habits now so when the time comes I’ll be used to it and won’t fall off track.

Fitness:

While I’ve been saying for a while now, I’m going back to the gym. I’ve finally been able to motivate myself and got back in there. I’ve been fighting it for a while and have no one to blame but myself and I’ve finally accepted responsibility and taken on the task at hand. Anyone who knows me will agree that I never do anything half-assed, I’m either 100% committed or I just don’t bother. This holds true with every aspect of my life from my blog, fitness or even pursuing my goal of playing a single season of tournament ball. My biggest problem with the gym was timing and I could never seem to find the time so I’ve decided to start my day a tad bit earlier and going at 4am. I‘ve had people tell me I’m nuts for going that early but you have to go when it fits into your schedule and that’s what seems to work for me. I will tell you day one was a bitch as I fought with every ounce of my being, but once I walked through those doors I realized I had missed the gym and it felt right being there. Another piece of the puzzle was my workout as I’ve always been very “structured” in the past when it came to working out. I can’t just walk into the gym and say “Oh I’m doing legs today” and go from there so I had to write out my daily workouts before I went as well. I broke my workouts into 5 days and could have very easily done 3 but I chose to spend more time devoted to working out and my overall performance in the gym.

Along with working out I’ve committed to running 3 days a week with the wife. Anybody who knows her will tell you she loves to run and that I really need to as part of my conditioning. The 3 days a week I’m running I’ve committed to running a 5k (3.11 miles) or better in preparation for my challenge race in 2015. I’ve done 5k’s, 8k’s and 10k’s but I’ve signed up for the Best Damn Race Challenge in 2015 which is a 10k race and once I complete that I’ll line back up and run a 5k. I know it sounds crazy, but I know I can do it. Sometimes I just let the lazy come out and it consumes me to the point where I give in and let it win.

 

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Paintball:

There hasn’t been much to really report on this front these days as I’ve been too busy to go play (as sad as that sounds). I finally did get a chance to go back out a few weeks ago to knock off some of the rust from not being out for a bit. Some of the guys from the old team were there and it made for a fun time with them and all the others who came out and enjoyed the nice weather. I’m not going to lie, I seemed to slide right back into my groove after a few games and it felt great being out there. Even though we’re going into the hotter months I’m planning on going out more (I just have to remember to properly hydrate and monitor myself on those days). My future plans are to travel to more local fields to find others who share my passion for paintball and grow my contacts. I’m also planning several trips to a few different fields for larger games which I’ve missed in the years past. I’m looking forward to going to LCP in Georgia and meeting up with some of the people I chat with but haven’t got to put a face with the name yet as well as Wayne’s World.

 

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Food:

While the wife is doing Weight Watchers and that translates into healthy eating for me, I still have my sweet tooth and addiction to sweets to try and conquer. I’m trying to curb those urges but it’s hard as I tend to gravitate towards the sweets when I’m stressed which has been a lot lately but I’m getting better. My sweet tooth still exists but I’m learning to control it but sometimes it still wins. The next few weeks of working out and watching the foods I eat will tell the true story. My true tests will be the day to day temptations that come to me… whether it be someone bringing in free food at work or the thought of ice cold $1 beers at a baseball game I just need to remember I’m accountable for my own actions and I can only blame myself if I overindulge.

 

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What have you been up to the past few weeks? What do you turn to when you’re stressed or having a bad day?

Weekend Fun

If you told me 3 years ago I’d be playing paintball let alone 2-day scenarios on a regular basis I would have said you’re nuts. Sadly enough Friday November 16th when I leave for work in the morning I’ll also be packing my truck with all my paintball gear to head out for a weekend scenario game. The Act of Valor game will take place at Gator Paintball in Hudson and it’ll be my second event. While our team has grown much smaller I feel it’s for the best as we have committed players (physically and financially) which seems to be the most common issues with all the other teams I’ve spoken with.

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The question that always runs through my mind as I pack is “what am I forgetting”? I’ll normally pack a primary and secondary gun. Normally I make sure they are full setups as well (including tanks and hoppers). Next on the list is the important part which would be all the components to maintain your guns and hoppers. Nothing is more irritating to go out to an event only to find you have an O-ring leaking but your kit is at home on the shelf. In my arsenal you’ll find a bag dedicated to gun maintenance which includes two O-ring kits, batteries (both 9 volt and AA), plenty of barrels swabs, micro fiber towels, allen wrenches, Teflon tape and much more. I know it sounds like a lot but when it comes to gun maintenance you can never have too much. The biggest part of my kit you may find this strange is actually my iPad. On my iPad I carry all of my gun manuals (and a few extras) in case I run into another player who is having issues but left their manual at home.

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Packing for any event is generally the worst as you’re preparing to leave your family for a few days but also double and even triple checking yourselves. I’ve found that I generally start to pack a week prior which gives me plenty of time to go through several times and make sure nothing has been forgotten. The guns, hopper and tanks are generally the last to be packed as I’ll spend time during the week going through checking O-rings and making sure they are lubed up and ready for play. The hoppers and tanks are the easy part as it’s generally swapping out an O-ring or a few batteries.

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A big part of the weekend whether it’s hot or cold is hydration. I’ve actually started to carry a large cooler with all my drinks (which 80% of its usually Powerade or Gatorade……which ever happens to be on sale). Snacks are definitely a must as you’ll work up an appetite while playing several hours straight. Breakfast will consist of breakfast bars or something simple and lunch you can usually buy at the events. Dinner is usually the fun part though. I remember last game we all went out for dinner and wore our team jerseys (some with comical names) and we were the life of the restaurant. I remember several people coming up and asking if we were part of a team. As always we’d politely respond “yes” but in the back of our heads we were like “What gave it away”? The even funnier part was random people coming up to us to have pictures taken. I’m not quite sure if they thought we were famous or just plain crazy, but either way we all had a great time.

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The saddest part is always the end of day 2 which is when we’re packing up our gear and anticipating who won. At the end of the day it’s nice to be able to say “We won” but I feel as if anyone who showed up are all winners. One thing I’ve noticed whether it’s been during a huge scenario game or even a normal day of play at the local fields is everyone seems to be willing to help others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people yelling and screaming at each other on the field (looking like they want to hurt each other), but off the field be sitting side by side working on an issue one of them is having and carrying on a normal conversation like nothing is wrong.

What’s the one thing you normally forget to pack when leaving for a long weekend? What’s your favorite part of game weekends?

Summertime and Hydration

If you took a poll of those who play paintball, you’d be surprised on their responses if you asked the question “Is there any time in the year you wouldn’t play paintball”! You’ll find most players tend to take the summer months off due to the extreme heat in some areas. Although you’ll find those who I consider the hardcore players and tend to play whenever, whether it’s freezing cold or insanely hot. This is where conditioning and hydration can play a major factor in merely being able to tolerate and/or survive. Conditioning can be accomplished in many different fashions but for the pros that’s where the multiple practices come in. This conditioning accomplishes not only the physical but also serves the purpose of allowing players to perfect their skills. Another item that can play a factor in your overall game is physical conditioning. Most players you’ll find in the gym working on cardio as well as weight training. Cardio can be a key factor in survival of the summer months. Lastly but most importantly HYDRATION is key in the most extreme months. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched a player go down from being dehydrated. When asked if they are drinking water the most common response was “no”. For those who said “yes” I found that they drank water but not nearly enough. Personally when I play thru the summer months (and I do) I’ll start to hydrate 24 hours before I play. These are a few things to consider – especially playing thru those unbearable months. Work on your conditioning, which will always help no matter what time of the year it is. And most importantly HYDRATE !!!

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