New beginnings

It has been 4 months since my last post. In that time I have lost 15 pounds, and 9 inches. Monday I will enter the hospital for a week to have a titanium cage and a bunch of hardware put in my back to help shore up a disc that was damaged 10 years ago. […]

Pushing through the pain

I have been in a terrible funk lately. And it’s the kind of lousy “stinkin’ thinkin’” as my dad calls it that permeates every part of my life. I don’t want to workout, clean house, cook, study or any of the other myriad of things I need to do. And to make matters worse I […]

The best weight loss tool I’ve found yet

It is estimated that more than 61 billion dollars was spent in the US alone last year in the effort to lose weight. Unfortunately way too much of that money went to waste on products or schemes marketed to speak to our desperate need for instant gratification. One of the reasons we look so hard […]

Back to basics

I went back to the gym today for the first time since mid September. With my experience as a power lifter and my ever present overachieving nature For many years I felt that if I didn’t walk out of the gym soaked in sweat and barely able to drive because I was so exhausted, that […]

Starting point

My favorite trainer at my gym has a quote on his profile picture that says “If you are tired of starting over, quit giving up”. I love that quote and think about it often. For me one of the most difficult things about getting out of shape is remembering what I could do in the […]

Staring down the future

I saw a surgeon about my back pain yesterday. He says that the disc that was herniated 12 years ago is severely degenerated now. He doesn’t believe I am a candidate for surgery at this point, but also couldn’t answer whether the problem is fixable. He referred me to a pain doctor for potentially a […]

Where to next?

In the last week since I wrote my first post, I have been in a terrible funk. I have been dealing with significant lower back pain since at least February. I initially blamed it on having gained some weight and letting myself get out of my usual shape. After a few months of nursing it […]

Motivation defined?

Possibly the most consistent hurdle faced by human beings in the day to day effort to accomplish anything is motivation. Even the most seasoned veteran in any profession or sport has days where they are nearly devoid of it, myself included. I have had lots of great days where I jumped out of bed and […]

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