Saturday, July 26, 2014

Day 91 (2014)

Workouts: DDPYoga FatBurner (25 mins), 25 minutes on exercise bike, medium to hard resistance; and 25 pushups to close it out.

Wowee!! What an awesome, well-rounded, workout that I had this morning! Seriously, my mind and body feel refreshed and clear!

Later today, I'll be taking my dog, Lady, to the dogpark. This is the first time in ages I've taken her to the park. I'm looking forward to spending some time with her outside... getting some sunlight. Like me, she has an appreciation for sunlight. I don't see how dogs can just stand to lay out in the sun and sunbathe with all of that fur. I just don't get it.

I forgot to mention that I told my therapist that I was feeling old yesterday. She asked, "Why, Jim?" I told her that some of my favorite athletes (Jeff Gordon, Peyton Manning and Tim Duncan) are in the twilight of their careers and will be retiring soon! Hell, Chipper Jones has already retired and I've yet to find a new favorite baseball player. I did have the honor of seeing Chipper's last regular season game in person when the Braves played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Braves fans definitely took over PNC Park that day. Hopefully, I can see the last games of Manning & Duncan; and the last race Jeff Gordon will race in person. I'll always be a Broncos fan... it just so happened that Manning signed with them. Soon, it'll be time to bust out that orange Manning jersey again!

I look at where I was in February, March, and April... and I look at where I am now. What a journey. Once again, I've had to break down and build myself up, and I've learned a lot about myself. I've learned a lot about mental illnesses. I've learned a lot about people. I've learned, mostly, that you find out who your true friends are when it gets bad. I've also looked at all the trials and tribulations I've had to go through just to get to this place in my life this year. Maybe a former friend was right, 2014 may be my year after all. Too bad they won't be around to enjoy the good with me. They left when it got bad.

Well, time to "stop talkin and start walkin" today.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 90 (2014)

Workout: 15 minutes on the bike

Just did a simple 15 minutes on the bike tonight... needed to do something. Barely broke a sweat.

Had a WONDERFUL therapy session today. A very thought-provoking session. She really had me thinking a LOT about the people that are in my life or were in my life. We covered 3 different topics today: Restoring a friendship, the website, and something else that remains private. Needless to say, I am very excited about what may be ahead in my future.

I am finally getting caught up with my podcasts. Knocked out both Steve Austin podcasts yesterday and today... and getting The Ross Report knocked out tonight. Hopefully, Vince Russo's podcast will have an audio-only format so I can load it onto my iPhone and take it on the go. Speaking of Russo, he never got back to me about writing for his site. Darn... I really wanted to write for him. I'd just like to get back to writing about sports regularly at some point. The itch needs scratched.

Don't really have much more else on my mind. Hopefully, some checks will start rolling in this week so I can get caught up on my bills and start paying down on my credit card for Atlanta and another potential trip in the making.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day 89 (2014)

Workout: FatBurner

Just a straight-up FB workout today. Did it outside under the clouds, no sunlight, and still broke a sweat. I'd still much rather have that sunlight, though. Like I said, after I was diagnosed with S.A.D. and started managing it and knowing more about it, I've developed a new appreciation for sunlight.

Last night was rather interesting. I spoke to my buddy Chris in Myrtle Beach about me buying a life insurance policy through my current auto insurance agent. Right away, he said, "Let me see if I can beat the price." Sure enough, I went to his insurance company's website, Waterway Financial Group, and punched in some information. I was blown away with all the quotes I received, with many different insurance companies. Finally, since Chris is my buddy, we talked about some of the issues... he made it a point to mention my weight-loss several times, including lower premiums with the more weight I lose. His company beat my agent's price, and we got signed up, over the phone, around 15 minutes. This was 10 at night, too! I love technology. If you're looking for a life insurance quote, give 'em a shout. Tell 'em Jim sent you!

I'm looking at their "Preparing for a Life Insurance Exam" page... basically, I'll have to fast on water for 24 hours. Not sure what they mean by "Strenuous Exercise." Does this mean I shouldn't do my DDPYoga? Or, could I at least do "Energy"? Or, maybe "Energy" plus time on the exercise bike gimmick.

I am so behind on all of my podcasts... I hope I can catch up within the next few days. I listen to the Steve Austin Show (both clean and Unleashed) and The Ross Report. Right now, I'm listening to this week's "SAS Clean" with Ken Shamrock, former WWF wrestler and UFC Hall of Famer. Shamrock had a ROUGH upbringing... he got jumped by people at 5 years old! Whatever... I'm getting my double helping of Audio Whoop Ass!

Alright, talk tomorrow!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 88 (2014)

Workouts: FatBurner + 20 minutes on bike, medium resistance (5-8 out of 10)

Today was an awesome morning to workout! (Also, I did 15 minutes on the bike last night before I went to bed.) Sweat and grinded my way through FatBurner, then hopped on the bike for 20 minutes. Every few minutes, I increased the resistance: Started at 5, went to 6, then to 7, then to 8, rode with 8 for a few minutes, then gradually cranked it down to 7, then 6, then 5, and the last 2 minutes were a cool-down. 5.15 miles.

Had lunch with a buddy yesterday at Firehouse Subs. We had a nice talk about the current state of our lives. He told me he was glad to hear some good news come from me. Well, I'm glad, but this is only the beginning. I was discouraged to hear he still gets treated like bleep at work by one of his co-workers. I'd say, at best, he has a tense, adversarial relationship with this particular co-worker.

Also, FINALLY got a Drs appointment scheduled. It's in early August, but I can't wait to walk into that Drs office and show them all the weight I've lost. Honestly, I think in August 2012 (last time I saw a doctor), I weighed 360 lbs! If so, that really adds to my story that I've almost lost 100 lbs in 2 years (50 lbs/year... yeah, I'll take that.) I am so thankful for my doctor giving me a much-needed kick in the ass to start losing weight. He simply said, straight up, "Jim, you could die at an early age if you don't lose some weight." I'm also thankful for DDPYoga for showing me the way! I know the morning of my appointment, I'm going to wear a pair of gym shorts, a Nike dri-fit t-shirt and carry my wallet & phone. Whew! Maybe I'll do some DDPYoga before my appointment to see if I can't drop a half pound or something.

Speaking of weight, I haven't weighed myself since June 1st. I was at 285.8. Today, I hit the scales: 286.00. I have done an excellent job maintaining my weight. But, now, it's time to get back on the "weight loss wagon." In 51 days, I maintained great weight. I want to lose 7 pounds and get to 279. That was my peak weight in October of last year. Maybe I'll make it my goal by August 29th/30th to lose those 7 lbs. Have something to celebrate in Atlanta (besides a WVU upset win over Alabama.) For all intents and purposes, I have 1 month to drop 7 lbs.

Until tomorrow...


Monday, July 21, 2014

Day 87 (2014)

Workout: Exercise Number 4 on the bike. 30 minutes resistance training.

Those are the courses I do. I've now done all of them at least once. Tonight, I did #4 and holy hell, when it got to 10 resistance, I was really pushing myself. 8 miles in 30 minutes! I'm not sure if that's good or bad or what, but I'm proud of myself for doing that. Tomorrow, back to the DDPYoga mat. I'm sweaty, my legs are sore, and I'm guzzling water. That's a good workout. Plus, scaling back the crap I eat is helping, too.

As I was explaining to a friend yesterday, once I made it my mission to help others suffering from depression, I don't discriminate. I don't care if this person hurt me, I'm going to help them. However, I'm helping someone else right now; someone very near and dear to my heart. They need it right now, and I'm so glad I can honestly relate to them.

Reading an article in the USA Today right now about how the mentally ill wind up in jail simply due to lack of resources to help them. So sad and infuriating.


Why, oh why, is the USA so far behind in helping the mentally ill? (Not to mention, also behind the curve on foods, too).

That's it for tonight. Check in tomorrow!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Day 86 (2014)

Workout: 45 minutes on the exercise bike

Did the toughest resistance workout I've done to date. 30 minutes (a full one) of course number 3, and 15 minutes on course number 1. One of these days, I'll post a picture of the "courses." I'm sweating, yet I feel good. Love biking and having Metallica running through my iPhone. Also, took care of a call while on the bike. I love technology! And, I love exercise! Tomorrow, I'm gunna give some DDPYoga Fatburner a shot! Then, Tuesday, bike + DDPYoga!

Received some news yesterday that just absolutely broke my heart. All I can do for this person is pray for their peace of mind, and their well-being. Also, just send good thoughts their way. Maybe, just MAYBE, at some point, I may reach out to them. Who knows. Nevertheless, just bleeping awful news. Thank God that news wasn't delivered to me on Friday, otherwise, a case of Whoop-Ass would've been opened on that person. Oh well, must be that time of year. I'm truly getting to the point in life where I'm thinking grudges and animosity serve zero purpose. Life is too short for that kinda bullbleep!

My therapy appointment is definitely going to be interesting this week. Definitely going to tell my therapist about all the events of last week. Maybe this week will be more interesting. I swear, if these situations I've ever been involved in get made into a movie, Jane Lynch is playing the therapist. How do I know she'd make a great on-screen therapist?

I'm just glad my therapy sessions aren't this contentious and sarcastic. This was an awesome show until Charlie Sheen left. I read recently the show is coming to a merciful end, several years too late. Seriously, if I wanted to watch Ashton Kutcher play a goofball character, I'd watch That 70's Show.

On that note, I'm going to go get me some tacos.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day 85 (2014)

Exercise: 30 minutes on the bike, resistance exercise 2

Today's bike workout was an effing doozy. I really put a lot of "umph" into it, especially when the resistance was cranked up to 8 or 9. I did sweat, and now I'm paying dearly for it.

Had a WONDERFUL day yesterday. Found out about a lot of my upcoming funds (well, when I'll be receiving them), as well as received news on additional money I didn't think I'd be paid out. Plus, I received some good news yesterday that I never thought I'd hear. Also, I was able to help someone out that really, really needed it. It's tough when someone tells you that they feel alone and that they don't have anyone to turn to. I felt the exact same way when I was dealing with my depression in the winter. However, I am living proof that things do get better. If it weren't for a friend giving me the proverbial flashlight to get out of the darkness, I'm not sure where I'd be today.

Today was so rainy and miserable... I really could've used one of those Happy Lights today. Guess the sunlight wanted to take a vacation (it is summer, after all.) It's been rainy and stormy most of the day... I hate no sunlight days. Ever since I was diagnosed with S.A.D., I have a new appreciation for sunlight these days.

Anyway, that's it for today's entry. Catch y'all tomorrow. Oh, and I worked out 6 days this week. That makes me happy.