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My Christmas toy

For anyone who know Nanci and I, it’s extremely rare for us to exchange Christmas gifts. We generally like to spoil our niece and nephews instead. After all, Christmas is all about the kids. This year was a bit different as we decided to get each other one gift. For Nanci it was the IPhone 5 she wanted and so desperately needed as her old phone was on its last leg. Nanci got me what I considered to be a great gift and it was exactly what I would have gotten myself. About a year ago I decided I wanted a GPS watch so I bought one. I’m not going to mention their name but I struggled with it for over a month and then decided to return it. I had mentioned to Nanci I’d like to give another one a shot and along came the Nike+ Sport which I immediately thought was cool. It’s exactly the watch I was looking for because of the GPS and website integration of my workouts. Easy to setup and even easier to use is what I’ve found with this particular watch and I’m loving it so far. With the colors it came in I was happy she chose the black/red, it’s exactly the one I would have chosen. The one thing I didn’t get with it but I plan on purchasing is the Nike foot pod. This will be a great addition for those days I have to take cover indoors from the rain. I’ll list out some of the cool features that I love.


Tracking: This feature is pretty cool as you can see speed, distance, time elapsed, pace and my favorite…. Calories burned. This also has a stopwatch feature just in case you want to use it for evaluating your performance.

GPS: Love the fact that you can track your route.


Connectivity: I love this function as when I get home and plug it in I get to watch it draw out the route I took on the screen. Another great feature is the ability to keep track of your, pace, speed as well as your mapped routes.


Personal coach: I haven’t used this feature yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been told it will store up to 50 runs and your personal records.

Run Reminders: I’m looking forward to this feature as it will help keep me on track with my regular runs and also has automatic alerts after 5 days or you can setup a personal schedule.

What was your favorite gift of the year? Who got it for you?

Day 1 of the New Year

As day one of 2013 came to a close I’m off to a good start on my resolutions, but then again who isn’t on day one. What is usually a hectic morning was filled with lounging and laziness. This was a great bonus as it falls into the “me” category. The wife and I then decided to go grocery shopping which included a lot of healthy food and no junk. I now know remember how expensive it is to eat healthy. The wife and I are also off to a good start for the year health wise as she’s decided that she wanted to go back to Weight Watchers but I’ve decided to try it on my own thru diet and exercise. Weather today was awesome so the wife and I decided to take the boys for a walk and it felt great to be out of the house. We’ve also signed up for the Glow Run 5k which is January 12th in St Petersburg, Fl. All in all today was a great start to the New Year and what will hopefully be a great year.

How did you spend the first day of 2013? Have you gotten started on implementing any of your New Year’s resolutions?

New Year’s resolutions

With 2012 coming to an end I’ve started thinking about New Year’s resolutions and decided 2013 is going to the “Year of Mike”. Something I’ve tried in the past but failed miserably at due to letting others manipulate my schedule. The year seemed as if it flew by and now with 2013 approaching it’s time to set some resolutions.


In 2013 I plan on creating a workout routine and sticking to it, holding myself accountable with goals and rewards. With that being said I’ve decided my goal weight is going to be 200lbs. This will leave me with about 35lbs to lose over the year and I know I can do it if I stick to my guns and workout as I have in the past. This will also be the year of my first 5k race. I’m not sure when or where, but I will commit to and run one.

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In 2012 once again I’ve failed to take all my vacation time, time which my company gives to me and if I don’t use it I’ll lose it. I’ve determined vacation is going to be a key ingredient in making my resolutions a success. Vacation will also allow me more time to be spent doing the hobbies which I love to do. Hobbies that help maintain my sanity as well as reducing stress.


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Charity is another area where I was lacking, but I feel 2013 will be a great year for us and doing as much charity work as our schedules will allow us to. This is going to be the year we spend growing Jingle Bikes for Kids.

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Family time seemed to be at a minimum for 2012. I’m hoping to spend more time doing family “functions” or “activities”. Family activities this year seemed to be at a minimum due to work schedules. Vacation time and working normal hours should allow for this to happen.



I know I haven’t been blogging long, but I plan to be more active with my blog in 2013. This past year if I’ve only learned one thing about blogging is to post often. I’ve been thinking about this one for a bit and I’ll be attempting to expand my blog over the next year and create a more structured approach. I’ll be incorporating several items and features which over time should take me to where I’d like it to be.

What goals have you set your sites on for 2013? How do you plan on reaching and maintaining them?

Trotting in Clearwater

Nine years ago the wife and I moved into our house in Clearwater, FL. The first thing we noticed was blocked off streets. We soon discovered that they had an annual tradition called the “Turkey Trot” which was made up of several races. They have a 5k fun run (not timed), Wingding 5k, Gobbler 1 mile and Turkey Trot 10k. For those crazy enough they have a challenge which consists of the 5k, 1 mile, and the 10k race as well. My wife and I went 9 years ago to watch the blocked off street by the house and cheered the runners on. We commented on how nice it would be for us to participate, but every year another excuse seems to have kept us from participating except for this year. We finally had run out of excuses and registered. The wife then mentioned it to her mom and she showed some interest so she registered and went as well.

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When we arrived that morning there was a nip in the air, and I was like why am I up on Thanksgiving morning freezing my butt off (well it was cold for me being a Florida boy of 25 years now). Then the more I moved around the warmer I got and had forgotten about being cold. The time drew near for our wave to start which started at 7:30 and it took us about 60 minutes to complete. I’m sure we could have finished faster but everybody was busy talking, laughing, sharing stories and swapping season’s greetings. The crowd was a mixture of people who were neighbors but many who had never met before.

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During our walk they had mile markers setup so we could monitor our progress and know how much further until we had to get to our finish line. Along the route which took us through some streets I had never been through on our walks in the past we ran across several families. Families that were sitting out in the driveways, smiling and cheering as a sea of people invaded their neighborhood and clogged their streets.

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Sadly enough before we knew it the finish line was in sight and we were crossing it. One thing was definitely for sure, fun was had by all and we have started a new family tradition. One thing that truly made me sad was the fact that it took us 9 years to finally commit to this fun filled event.

Has anyone else ever participated in the Turkey Trot?

Back to the Basics: Week # 6 wrap up

Week #6 proved to be a tough one as I was off on vacation all week and chose to relax for a few days. This brought a few challenges but I feel as if I made it through.


With being on vacation I found it too easy to take time off from working out. I slept in and this threw my workouts off. I did find myself doing a lot of walking though as I went to PSP World Cup 2012 for several days. One thing I wished I had was a pedometer to calculate exactly how much walking I did.



The diet was definitely tough as I found myself almost caving to temptation several times. The wife and I went to Walmart last week and I found myself throwing junk food in the cart and it did manage to make its way home. While relaxing on vacation I found myself gradually working my way towards the junk food and I admit I did cave in.


While this week was weird and filled with not much of anything exercise- wise, I still managed to lose. Given my weakness and temptations I threw at myself I consider myself very lucky to have gotten the results this week. With that being said I’d like to report that I managed to lose 1 lb this week. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it is a loss after all so I’ll take it.


What’s your worst week been? How did you recover from it?

Back to the Basics: Week # 5 wrap up

Week # 5 is in the books and it was definitely good and I consider it to be a success. The diet is back on track and I got a bit of exercise in but still not feeling 100% from being sick. Overall even if I wasn’t sick I’d still be happy with the results.


I was able to get back to doing my morning walks (I got in 2 this week and it’s generally 5). Although they were not the full 5k’s I normally do, something is better than nothing. I also got to play some paintball this weekend which is excellent cardio as the fields are spread out over 27 acres. I’m still tweaking my workout and think I found the perfect setup. I’m on vacation from work this week so I hope to implement this while I’m off to develop a routine.



The diet is definitely back in effect and I feel as if I’ve done well. The wife and I had “Date Night” this past Saturday so that was my one reward meal for the week. I chose to not refer to it as a cheat meal because it’s actually not cheating. When asked where I wanted to go without even thinking about it I said Red Lobster. Red Lobster is finishing up their all you can eat shrimp (which is what I had). The wife had Tilapia with roasted vegetables and for dessert we split a piece of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The food was great and service was probably the best we’ve ever had (not that we’ve ever had bad service there).




With week #5 wrapping up I’m happy to report that I maintained. I would have loved to report a loss and if I had been at 100% I feel I would have. In the world of dieting maintaining is definitely a good thing. After all nobody wants to diet forever but it’s all about finding what works for you. That perfect balance between eating and exercise for you. After all everyone’s bodies are different and respond differently to exercise and diet.


What are your best diet results you’ve ever had? What’s your favorite “Reward Meal?”

Back to the Basics: Week # 4 wrap up

Well week # 4 is a wrap and all I have to say is the results aren’t surprising in the least bit. Earlier in the week I got sick and I’ve been recovering ever since. Needless to say, my workouts have halted since I’ve felt like a train has run over me.


Not much to report here as the week started off strong but when I got sick all exercise seemed to stop and I can tell in my results. I’ve been slowly getting better but it’s taking time as I’m too stubborn to rest and get better. I have used the downtime to create a pretty aggressive workout which I’m hoping will take the scale back in the other direction it should be going.



For any who know me it would come as no surprise that the diet suffered as well. I guess mentally I just caved and that was it, the diet went out the window and comfort food made its way in. I’ve vowed to get back into the swing of things and kick this diet’s butt!!!




As far as this week’s results I’m sad to say that even with being sick I was up 0.6lbs. When you think about it that’s not really a lot, however it’s still a gain. I could very easily sit here and make excuses but it wouldn’t change the fact that I had a bad week. The key for me will be to get well, turn the diet back around to where it needs to be as well as getting the exercise back into it.


What causes your moments of weakness when you go off of your diet? How does it make you feel? How do you recover?

Back to the Basics: Week # 3 wrap up

Well week # 3 is a wrap and over all I must say I’m a bit surprised at the results. Given the challenges I’ve faced over the last week I’m extremely happy with my progress. I’ve identified changes I’d like to make and I’m currently working on implementing them. I’ve got to learn to stick to the diet better and not give in to temptation


I’ve found motivation in changing it up. My wife has been saying that she’s wanted to start working out again and with us having 2 crazy Australian Shepherds she finds herself up at the crack of dawn. I’ve taken the cardio out of the gym and out in nature. Yes, my wife and I have been walking in the mornings (5:00am to be exact). While it’s harder to walk outside in the mornings on days due to weather not cooperating, I find having someone there to keep up the competitiveness has helped improve my times and amount of cardio I’ve been doing. We’ve committed to walking the equivalent of a 5k every morning we walk.




The diet kind of hit a brick wall this week as work had me all kinds of messed up. See we have monthly engineering meetings and they tend to have my weakness “sweets” and I found myself caving. I didn’t just eat one or even two. I found once I started I didn’t want to stop as my sweet tooth had taken over. While I accept responsibility, I also realize that I can’t always deny this craving but need to deal with moderation or find a way to reward myself. Saturday night also proved to be difficult as it was our 11th wedding anniversary so we planned a date night. The place of choice for us was the Outback Steakhouse. My meal was steak and shrimp and of course you can’t go to Outback without getting a blooming onion. While we chose to skip dessert I did partake in an adult beverage and now I feel a tad bit guilt, but not too guilty.

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Bloomin OnionResults:

Well the scale has been utilized and with all being said I was up 0.2 lbs. I know it’s not a lot, but it’s still a gain. I consider myself very lucky as it could have very easily been worse, but a gain is a gain. I plan on trying to do better on controlling the cravings and also I’ve committed to doing a 5k walk at least 4 days a week or more for my cardio in the am. I’m trying to find my happy medium still for everything and find myself tweaking things as I go.

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What’s the worst week you’ve ever had? How did you handle it? How did you recover?

Back to the Basics: Week # 1 wrap up

Well week #1 is done and progress has been made. Many changes have occurred both physically and mentally. The mental part has been the most challenging part as I tend to put things off. The wife has been a big help as she’s supporting my “No Sweets” policy in the house. Today we actually went grocery shopping to stock up on healthy foods. Who know it would be so expensive to eat healthy.


Week one also brought me back in to the gym. This was a long time in the making as I’ve been lacking motivation for so long that it just became that much harder. I’ve decided 3 times a week is a pretty modest goal to start with and I’ll go from there and see what happens. On top of that I plan to do cardio on my off days (in the form of walking the trails at our local park…… which is literally walking distance from our house).



When many people hear the dreaded “D” word they cringe as they automatically think the worst. The diet part by far has been the hardest part as I have a sweet tooth and I love my sugary sweets. If you would visit out house earlier on you’d find it stocked with peanut butter cups, coke and anything else sweet I can get my hands on. Now if you walk into the kitchen you’ll find peanut butter in the form of the individual cups, 100 calorie packs and powerade or water. We’ve chosen to make our house a “sweet free” zone and I get my fixes thru other means. I’ve found I love the weight watchers chocolate raspberry ices cream. It’s the perfect portion size to give me my fix but not make me have to put in 3 hours at the gym to negate it.


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The week one result is in and I’m officially down 8 pounds. This was a combination of the gym and going back to eating healthy. As I continue my journey to lead a healthier life I’m sure I’ll have to make sacrifices. While it’s hard to do it’ll be worth it in the end. I’ve been receiving motivation and support from others whom I have never even met and it’s definitely one of the driving forces behind what I hope if my continued success.


What would be the first thing you’d do or have done to get back the basics? Now choose one thing you’d love to take back to the basics and make it happen.