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Like the Hulk or not…..Results Edition

I’m back from the holiday weekend(I missed you too) but that’s not to say I haven’t been working on my fitness plan.  Work has been crazy (didn’t get home till after midnight on Wednesday) the past couple days, really make it weeks.

Over the weekend I watched the new movie by Mike Birbiglia, Sleep Walk With Me. An interesting thing struck me while watching…… You are more limited by your mind than your body.  In the movie Mike has a sleep walking disorder and in one of his episodes jumps through a second story window thinking he needed to escape a missile attack, yeah I know you thought you had problems.  He recants it as if he was the Hulk flying through the window landing on the ground just to get up and keep going.  Mike jumped through a second story window and kept going! Why? Because his mind told him he could……

How have you limited yourself because you told yourself you couldn’t?

I originally was going to post results on Fridays but it’s not working out the best trying to get it recorded before I need to run out the door for work in the morning so I decided it was better to move recording to Sunday and release the results on Mondays (or Tuesday if it’s the week of labor day).

So without further delay…….

Caliper Results (in millimeters)

Chest: 28  (2 weeks ago = 26)

Abdominal: 29  (2 weeks ago = 28)

Thigh: 24  (2 weeks ago = 26)

Calculation: 23.95% (2 weeks ago = 23.69%)

Body measurements (in inches)

Arm: 14  (2 weeks ago = 14.75)

Chest: 44.5  (2 weeks ago = 45)

Waist: 38  (2 weeks ago = 39)

Thigh: 25.75  (2 weeks ago = 26)

Weight: 232.2  (2 weeks ago = 229.4)

Not what I was hoping for but what I was willing to accept.  These first two weeks have been hard to set the routine, my body has been tried and sore and it feels like for nothing.  I know better though and have to keep my drive, focus and make everyday better than the last.  I’ve put the work in and now as I continue I will reap some rewards, I can feel it coming.

Nutrition changes that’s the next step. As I’m working out more my body is demanding I fuel it. I just need to set up a cleaner way to stay fueled and increase my results!

Photo: Pintrest

Man with a Plan

Monday was my first official day back into a fitness plan.  I’m looking to start off by doing three days of running (it’s what I can do the most of right now with my injury) and two days of strength training.

So yesterday I hit the gym and did the circuit below 3 times with 15 seconds of rest in between each set and 30 seconds rest in between each circuit.  I also did a five minute warm up and cool down on the tread mill at 6.0.

20 kettle bell squats

15 push ups

15 Elevated leg crunches (15 of each leg alternating)

This morning I woke up to do my first tracked run, 4:30am……..  Now I have run a couple times last week trying to feel it out. Most were short two mile runs with a 4 miler thrown in there.  The runs where uncomfortable, it’s amazing how a weakened core can create havoc on your run.  I did get 6 miles in this morning which I feel good about its been over 3 months since I’ve run that far.  I definitely ran it slow but also felt pretty good through most of it.  The results are below.  I used Mapmyrun’s free app I think I need to look into a better tracker but it did the job.

Me and my collarbone

collarboneTime to catch you up on current events.  Names will be omitted to protect the innocent. On Memorial Day weekend this year I went down to St. Michaels for some holiday fun.  The first event of many was to meet Saturday night at the The Crab Claw.  The Crab Claw is a St. Michaels landmark and has some of the best blue crab on the eastern shore.  LO and I had a blast eating, catching up and carrying on.  We finished up around 7:30pm and headed to the house.

The house is on a good bit of land and as I was driving down the lane, a friend of mine popped out of the bushes on a tiny bike and raced me down the rest of the lane.  Getting to the house there were multiple bikes available so I hopped out of my truck and jumped on one to catch up to my friend.

This being said I had never been to this property before and it was getting dark.  Chasing after him with little light, and even less intelligence, the trail went left and I hurled through the air going straight.  This is when things get a little blurry and some of the following events have been complied from witnesses.  I remember an unbalanced fast blurred motion that resulted in hitting the ground and sliding.  I knew I landed pretty hard on my shoulder and had a horrible suspicion.

I quickly (or what felt quickly) got up and searched for the bike.  Finding it I picked it up and started walking back to the house… that is after I found my Sanuks that had flown off my feet.  I got within ten feet of LO and my friends when I looked at them and said I think I broke my collarbone.  This would be the second time that night I hit the floor.

Yep I passed out and came to as they were carrying me to the bed of a truck.  As they sat me down on the tailgate everyone was all crowded around me.  Unaware that I had even passed out I told them to calm down and I was fine.  This is the point I passed out for the second time.  This time they were positioned to catch me.  When I came to, all I remember is seeing another truck fly up and open its door and in I went, I was off to the hospital!

The whole ride the driver was asking me who I was, were I was and are you hot are you cold.  LO was in the back doing the best she could to stay calm and down the road we went. At the hospital I won the prize of priority and was seen almost immediately, being shuttled back in a wheel chair much to the joy of my friend.  He still feels he did an excellent job and I can’t say otherwise.  We will be administering you morphine. Well okay! Off went the shirt, stabilize this, CAT scan and X-ray that.  I was there for around 3 hours, put in a sling and sent with directions to see an orthopedic surgeon as soon as I could.

Making it back to the house I took the walk of shame and a justified amount of Evel Knievel jokes.  I wanted to stay up but I was promptly sent to a reclining chair to rest.

Fast forward to Tuesday, the soonest I could get an appointment after the holiday.  They took one look at the X-rays they took and I was scheduled for surgery.  Over two months, one plate and 10 screws gets you to the present.  I’m still healing and attending physical therapy for adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.  Oh by the way, the reason I was passing out was because I snapped a 2” diameter branch off with my head.  Lesson? Always wear helmets children!

All things considered I’m in the worst shape of my life, which has brought me to a new beginning.  This blog is to aid me in this challenge and I hope you will follow along for it.  I promise if anything it will be interesting.