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Back to Sanity

Hey all, insanity is over! Woo! Today was the last workout and I’m glad that it is done. So now, for pictures and ending weight.

As of ten minutes ago, I was 197 pounds. You’ll have to pardon my hair as it tends to get frazzled during workouts. I need a makeover!

I’m not quite satisfied with my results. I’m smaller yes, but part of me still feels like more of a deflated balloon. Before on the left. After on the right.





Hard for me to see a positive difference. I am faster now. I am lighter now. I am stronger now. But do I look better? I dunno.

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One Day Left

One more day. One more day. One more day!

There’s only one more day left of Insanity and I could not be happier. The past few days have been a but rough with dinner, but I’m slowly improving in my selections when out with friends. I’m learning that it is actually ok to treat yourself to a meal out, but that you compensate in your other meals. I big lunch may necessitate a light dinner.

To treat myself for concluding Insanity, Stephen is taking me on an 8 hour long hike. I’m super excited for it, but kind of scared because I heard that we could get lost! Oh noes! If you don’t hear from me after Saturday, please know that I’ve become one with the mountain people. This is how you should reward yourself…take an adventure!

So, the line dancer came over last night. I cooked some whole wheat pasta with chicken sausage. Of course we had salad and bread, too. I’m learning that you can be okay with a piece of bread instead of eating 4 to 5 pieces. Still have lessons to learn in portion control, but I’m working on it.

After dinner, he taught me some basics to line dancing. As anticipated, I have two left feet. Eventually, I got the moves, but it just seems awkward. Practice makes perfect? After running the routine for a bit, we caught the New Normal. I’m glad to see this show back to having new episodes. Very special show for me. It’s almost exactly what I want for my own life.

I took the gent out back to swing in the hammock for a bit. Even in Arizona, it gets cold at night! I couldn’t stop shivering! He did his best to keep me warm, but we eventually had to go back inside to warm up by my fake fire.

I’m excited for my future.

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What a nice weekend!

Sorry for the delay in writing everyone! I’ve been a bit busy with all of these activities.

I’m two days into the last week of Insanity. Having the end in sight certainly helps give me some motivation to complete the program. At the end of the day on Thursday, I will be done with this program. I’m definitely seeing results in my arms, but I still have a bit more chub to lose on my mid section before I can see muscles down there. With the end in sight, my next venture is always on my mind.

Instead of the gym, I’m going to purchase some home gym equipment so that I can work out at home with weights. I can do this while watching my shows and not fall behind in exercise. It’ll seem like I have my life back!

So, about this past weekend. My parents sent me some chocolate for the holiday. I did have about 1/3 of the box before making the decision that the costs outweighed the benefits. No more chocolates. Friday, after work, Tim and I went to see a movie and had dinner. Fair warning, this was not a good weekend for food. I had bruschetta, some guacamole, and half of a cookie/ice cream dessert. We watched Identity Thief and it was decent, but unlike I had expected. The movie just got a bit serious for its own good.

The next day was the gay rodeo. This year returned the rodeo to Laveen and I was excited for it to be close to my house. I grabbed Tim and Stephen and we all went after brunch. I behaved at brunch by having a grilled chicken pesto sandwich with a salad and muffin. The rodeo was awesome for me. There were so many neat people there! While I’m not a fan of some of the events, I still managed to have a great time. I even got called cute by a few people…score.




After the rodeo, my group headed for dinner. This was not pretty, but the chicken strips were super delicious. This is where I had a heart to heart with myself. When I am happy in life, I tend to forget what I’m putting into my body. It becomes a “why not” mentality that I’m sure we are all familiar with, my journey is not done and while I will occasionally enjoy myself, every bad choice just moves me further from my goals.

After dinner, the group headed to the local bar that is closely associated with the Rodeo. I had no idea that the bar would eventually become as packed as it did. It was great when we first arrived. The group watched the line dancers and I even got to meet a few of them! One guy offered to dance, but I didn’t know how (to all…any style), so I shied away even though he was really cute! I should have had some courage to ask him if he would show me how.

Met up with a buddy at the bar (saw him at the rodeo, too). Our little group of four talked and played around for hours. Even though the place was packed, I didn’t let my anxiety get the better of me. I was there with friends and loved every minute of it. My buddy even let me try on his cowboy hat! Good look for me?


This morning was the weight loss challenge groups first weigh in. I was nervous due to my eating frenzy this past weekend, but my number surprised me and I was still down about 3 pounds from the first time. Not celebrating too hard, but a victory is a victory!

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Another day of Insanity completed. Today was the first day that I am able to “retire” a tape from month 2. Goodbye Max Recovery. You will not be missed, but I will always remember you extended hip flexor workout.

Today saw a return of an old staple to my first diet..100 cal bags of popcorn. Just as delicious as I remember. Still within my calorie budget as well.

I’ve had some recurring thoughts about this blog and its future. Once I reach my goal of 180 (already in “One-derland” as the Biggest Loser phrased it), what happens then? I’m going to remain active and adjust myself into healthy eating habits, but I’m not sure if that’s something worth writing about.

I’m not quitting, but just considering changing direction. Who knows?

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Gotta Get Thru This

Never thought I would say this, but I miss running a bit. Not the distance, but just the activity. Looks like I’m going for a run this weekend!

I will not speak of the crimes against nature committed against my diet yesterday for dinner. Just know that it was bad…very bad. Felt sick during my Insanity workout and had to learn that lesson the hard way. Yummy, but not worth it. Good times with friends doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t watch what I eat.

Today’s workout was invigorating. I came home and wanted to knock it out. And I did! Part of me wanted to just hit the stop button, but nope! I’m almost through this and I’m not going to stop now.

Found another guy with a good amount of weight loss and the direction is now clear. My future will be in weight training to tighten my skin and fill it out with muscle. Gym membership, please be kind!

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I’m feeling accomplished today!

Had plans with Stephen to go paddle boating and hiking. The high only got to be about 60 and was still a bit cold for paddle boating. We decided to do brunch and a hike (Squaw Peak) instead.

The brunch spot was actually very nice. I had a skillet which totaled about 700 calories. Not the best, but not bad at all. Stephen had the same, but also ordered this gargantuan cinnamon roll. I resisted despite his attempts to bump me back over 200.

He drove to the hiking spot and we were lucky enough to get a spot in the way, way back of the area. It reminded me of a trip that he and I took to a lake the year prior with the mountains surrounding us. Sadly, there was no water. Unlike the other hikes that I’ve seen in AZ, this one is mostly steps. It made it a bit easier for me to climb and I am quite happy to report that I did not face plant. Came close a few times, but I recovered quickly.  Took some pics along the way.


Stephen figuring out which way is up.


Start of the trail


About half way up. It looks smaller that it was.


Near the summit


Stephen and I at the summit.


View from the top


Traded camera man jobs with another group.

I want to compare this one to a previous picture from our first hike.


A hike in the previous year

I can certainly see a change! 🙂 At the bottom of this post is a panorama photo from my phone. I wish it would appear larger, but maybe you can click on it?

As Stephen and I parted ways, we got some Jamba Juice. Not bad at all. It was my first real time at that place and I certainly want to go again.

On top of the hike, I still got my Insanity complete for the day.  Not a bad day at all.


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It finally happened! My first Insanity related injury.

Nothing major, just crunched my big toe. Sad part is that it happened when I was coming out of an exercise as opposed to within one. Still finished the workout and going strong. It’s still hurting today, but I don’t think that it’s broken.

I’m feeling perfectly fine from caffeine at the moment. I can go to sleep much easier and there are no more headaches. I still crave it from time to time, but that’s because it’s so good!

The body is adjusting back to the old diet nicely. I did go out to Applebee’s with a friend and did not make a good choice (chicken cheese penne). Delicious, but loaded with calories. Still under my daily budget and it is nice in moderation. Scale was back to 201 so I’m seeing progress in the right direction again. Go go weight loss!

I looked at my calendar and I have two more weeks of Insanity before it’s all over. Feel stronger and all that jazz, just not seeing much in terms of physical changes. Still worth it.

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Headaches come and gone

The day started off well enough. There was a nice crispness in the world. It was like sleeping by a window with it open while it was raining. It just felt nice outside.

Around mid day, I started fading. I attributed this to two things. First, I’m going through withdrawals and my body needs to learn to survive without caffeine. Second would be my diet. I’ve decided to return to my three meals a day routine. My body was used to being fed and I was very quickly reminded of when I first started losing. Stomach grumbles. Cravings. Using will power to resist.

Insanity went well enough, 2.5 more weeks and buckets more sweat to go.

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Going Strong

Evening All!

I’ve lasted one whole day without diet soda so far. The craving is hitting me real hard right now. It would just be perfect to have something to hit the spot. But no, I will drink water until it is quenched. I haven’t experienced headaches yet, but I think that’ll change tomorrow.  I can do this 🙂

One more day of Insanity done. One day stronger. I honestly cannot wait till this is done. While this is what my body needs, it is not fun or enjoyable. It’s neat to see myself covered in sweat everyday, but…I just want my life back. When I say that, a yellow flag is raising in my head. When I say I want my life back, what do I mean? Being active and doing fun things is what I want in my life, but could I really do fun and active things every night or would it turn into a mandated routine like Insanity currently is? I don’t know, but I’m going to finish this….like a cheesecake. (Pitch Perfect line there for those playing at home).

I’m going to need something else to devote my time to, but I still don’t know what. The gym is a likely choice. There are tons of people and variety there. Rock climbing and water activities will come, but that can’t be an everyday thing.

What do you all do during the work week to stay active?

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Something New

My life is starting to come back!

The past week has seen me seeing several movies. None of them were truly memorable, but I’m happy to be out and doing things with friends.

This morning, my good buddies Paul and Joel hosted a New Years Resolution health focused group. It’s kind of like our own Biggest Loser, but no one gets kicked off. I’m excited to be a part of this group as it adds a new level of accountability. Perhaps this and the social aspect of this endeavor will push me a bit further.

I was reminded that different scales give different readings today. This was first encountered when my old roommate brought his old scale. There was about a 3 pound difference in weight. Then, at the doctors, there was about. 6 pound difference. Today, the official scale had me at 207.6. My one at home read 202.5 just the day before. I’m still going to be using my scale, but will provide updates from this competition as time goes on.

My slight concern with the competition is that my weight loss has slowed to a crawl. The goal here is to be healthy and fit, but I’m still striving to drop the pounds. If only this started when I was first losing!

Today did inspire me to start a new change in my life. As of 6:00pm tonight, I no longer will purchase soda on my weekly grocery runs. Usually, I have three cans a day while at work and a few glasses (3-4) when I come home. It’s diet soda, but it is now gone. Incoming headaches! If I spend 10+ bucks a week on soda, then over the course of a year, that is 500 bucks saved. Yay?

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