Doing Great

Things are going great in Nick-land lately. The wisdom teeth extraction couldn’t have turned out any better. I haven’t really had any pain and my recovery was quick and easy. I’m still pretty limited in what I can eat, so that sucks. Oatmeal, smoothies, ice cream, and soup have been on the menu for almost a week now. I’ve had a few other things but it’s mainly been foods that don’t need to be chewed; right down the hatch. You don’t realize how important and satisfying a little chewing is to eating. When you’re simply swallowing your food you don’t have a chance to taste it. Maybe by the weekend I’ll be able to try something normal. Or at least I hope so. I could go for a burger and some fries!

The Abs Diet Get Fit Stay Fit Plan : The Exercise Program to Flatten Your Belly, Reshape Your Body, and Give You Abs for Life!There are only two weeks left for me to get to 180 and reach my goal. I’m breaking 190 on a consistent basis in the past week, but I still have a long road to lose that other 10 pounds. I implemented some new strength workouts into my routine last week and I’m confident I can push myself to the limits for the rest of the month. I actually purchased The Abs Diet last week and the book taught me a lot about how the body handles foods and deals with exercise. I’d recommend the book for anyone interested in losing weight the right way.

I’ve been on a workout program for 6 weeks now and I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’m eating better, losing weight, and I have more energy. The first week or two is a little tough, but once you get yourself into a routine it becomes a life change you won’t regret. I’m past that hump and love all the changes I’ve made. For the first time in my life I look forward to working out and I’m enjoying fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.

There’s also something very exciting in the works that I can’t talk about until it’s finalized. I just thought I’d plant a little seed in the mind of the three of you out there still reading my blog. Maybe in a few weeks or a month I can let the secret out.

Another Check Mark

Speaking of getting things done…I just got back from working out. That’s been on my to-do list before I even had to-do lists. Spent some quality time on the bike and step machine, but had to get off the stepper during my cool down because my hammy wasn’t feeling too good. I think I might be out of shape.

The Season of Growth

Spring.

It’s finally here.

Yesterday the temperature reached into the 60s. The sun was shining, people were smiling, and you could smell spring in the air. I decided to take advantage of the day by getting out my bike. I headed out to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail where I planned to ride for an hour. As I pulled in, the parking lot was pretty full for a March night. One family even brought out three horses to enjoy the weather.

It felt great to breathe the fresh air and get a little exercise.

The Laziness Ends

Trek 4100You’re looking at my latest purchase. A Trek 4100 Mountain Bike. I’ve been trying to get myself to start running several times a week, but it just wasn’t happening. This bike will be the cure for my laziness.

Mo and I went out to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail and rode 11 or 12 miles. What a great workout! I’m dreading how my legs and back will feel tomorrow. The trail was flat, paved, and peaceful. I was actually suprised at how many people were out on the trail, but it is a gorgeous day out. We’ll have to find some trails through the woods, because those are always fun.

I also bought a little bag to hold my keys, cell phone, and wallet. Now I need a odometer/speedometer and a car rack. With the wheel off I can fit the bike in my backseat, but the truck is out of the question since my rear seat doesn’t fold down. It would be so much more convenient to load up a few bikes instead of having to take seperate vehicles like we did today.

I’m excited, but then again, I’m always excited when I make a big purchase. 😀

Weight Watchers

A friend/co-worker, Bill, has joined Weight Watchers to help him lose weight. He’s been working at it for 2 or 3 months and only 5 pounds have come off, so he decided to get some help. I’ve always wondered about these types of groups, but it is paying dividends for numerous people here at SVSU. I know several people who have lost 20-30 pounds and are looking great. I hope it works out the same for Bill.

I wanted to see where I ranked, so I took at quick look at the weight chart in one of Bill’s books. A 6 foot 1 inch male up through the age of 24 should ideally weigh 172 pounds. At 25 and up to something like 48 it jumps to 182 pounds. I’m somewhere right in the middle of those two weights so I’m doing well given the fact that I haven’t run or worked out in months. The only real exercise I’ve been getting is when I go golfing or mow the lawn, and that isn’t much. Mental note: Start a routine of running 3-4 times a week after I get back from CA.

Another Winter Semester

Monday marks the beginning of the winter semester at SVSU. The week at work went by suprisingly fast since I was dreading working again after the long vacation. Students were registering for classes at the last minute, as usual. New faculty wanted access to their accounts at the last minute, as usual. It still amazes me that the majority of society loves to procrastinate.

My sister moved back into the apartment yesterday after living with our parent’s for the holidays. It’s good to have her back. Heather is a great cook and we have some fun when we go out to the stores and shit. I don’t know how we ever hated each other so much during high school. All a part of growing up I guess. Her friend Katie should be moving back in today or tomorrow, I don’t really know for sure.

Once this semester is over, I’m either going to have to find a new place to live or get some new roommates, since the girls will be done with classes. I definitely can’t afford this place on my own! I guess it all depends on if I still have the same job or not. I don’t anticipate still working for the Help Desk, but who knows. I have a bet with my friend Lindsay that I’ll have a new job by September. I don’t intend to lose that bet! I’ve had thoughts of maybe buying a house if I get a new job in the area. It’s a big step and I’m not sure I’d be ready for something like that, but renting sucks ass.

All of my friends are coming back from their holiday break today. I’ve missed hanging out with them. Not going to Hooters every Monday has been a killer. I think I’m in withdrawal from not having the chicken wings as a part of my weekly “diet”. Tonight we are planning to do some drinking. Maybe at my place, maybe in Bay City at their house, maybe at the bars, maybe hit up Midland Street. It’s all still up in the air. I’m looking forward to a long night of drinking though.

I’m feeling better already after running for the past 3 days. I finally got up the nerve to weigh myself the other day and WOW! I’m up to 185. I was thinking maybe 180 tops. It’s not the most I’ve ever weighed, but it’s close. I need to get back down to the 175 area. I suppose I should go run and then get in the shower…the day is wasting away.

I Don't Feel Like Blogging

I don’t feel like posting much today, but:

  • I’ve ran on the treadmill 2 days in a row
  • I haven’t had a pop since December 31st
  • I got some good news today…cross your fingers for me
  • I’m looking forward to the new ER episode tonight
  • I modified my website menu…AGAIN
  • I’m looking forward to everyone coming back to town this weekend
  • I’m spending way too much time on my computer lately
  • I’m very disappointed in the response to the slogan contest
  • I was suprised to find 11 fish sticks in the box, instead of 10
  • I’m out of things to say…

What a wasted post!

Out Of Shape

After running basketball practice with Isaac’s high school varsity team today, I found out that I might be in the worst shape of my life! I’m playing in a basketball league in Saginaw township starting in December, so I guess I better get back into a routine of running a few times a week.