Tuesday, July 14, 2015

10 Pounds


It's funny what you consider to be "fat".  When I was 230 pounds I didn't really think of myself as fat.  I practiced karate and played hockey,  surely these are not the activities of a fat man. 

Five years ago when I got down to 150 pounds I looked back at  what I used to be in amazement,  how did I ever do sports?!  As I've said in other posts on this blog I did come back up to about 166 pounds once I started to build muscle and that's the weight I've been for about the last four years. 

Over the last year we've had three children come to live at our house and in that time I've gained about 7 pounds. So I'm around 174 pounds at the moment and I will admit that I feel fat. 

So am I fat? Not really. I'm part way between a 31 and 32 waist.  I can still run 5k in less than 24 minutes.  But I feel fat,  I feel out of shape. 

So what's to be done?  Back in February I was feeling the same and every night after the kids were in bed I'd go to the gym and workout for an hour.  I don't have that much free time now. So for the last couple of days the alarm has gone off at 4:40 so that I would get up in time to go for a run and a shower before I left for work at 5:30.

Diet has to be part of what's happening to be successful as well though,  I know from experience that working out without changing the diet,  or that dieting  without working out will not achieve the goals I want in a timeframe that I want. So we are back to counting calories,  Back to the methods that got me in shape in the first place. 

I had the willpower and the strength to lose weight before,  I can do it again now,  even if it is only 10 pounds.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kickstarter!

Hey everyone!  The video pretty much explains it all but here's the scoop. 

I've launched a kickstarter to help me get a table at Toronto Comic-Con 2106!

You can pledge as little as $10 and in return you get original art you'll never see anywhere and prints of cards I've already done!

I explain it all in the video.

https://youtu.be/B-YpPclOzX8

If you want to get right down to business the kickstarter link is right here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1326342442/a-table-at-artist-alley-for-toronto-comicon-2016
Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Out With A Bang

I was able to finish off  this year strong with several trips to the gym in the last few weeks. It turns out moving to Campbellford has been a boon to my fitness as now the gym is less than two and a half minutes away as opposed to the twenty minutes away it used to be while living in Bridgenorth.

The gym I'm able to go to now is not as elaborate as the Peterborough Sport and Wellness centre was,  honestly it's a more glorified and well equipped version of what I had in my garage,  free weights the typical circuit machines and some cardio equipment along with floor space. It's a home  gym on steroids.

All that said I've been there seven or eight times since the 19th! I feel short of my goal to go 2500 kilometres this year but by less than 200 k. I did go further than last year though.

This year I'm not making a distance based goal as I felt last year that I chose riding my bike instead of running or  weightlifting simply to get more kilometres racked up instead of focusing on tougher workouts.

With that change in goal in mind I'm not sure how exactly to go about setting a goal for the year this time around as ' work out harder ' is a very nebulous goal.  In the short term I want to get back to the 165-168 pound range (down from 172 pre- Christmas)and perhaps working toward bench pressing my weight or more again.

What are your goals for 2015? Where you successful in reaching your goals for 2014?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gym Membership

I was at the gym in Campbellford just now and it was awesome!  I haven't had a gym membership in nearly a year but these last four months since the girls came to our house have been awful for exercise.  I was out walking a lot but it's not the same.

All I did tonight at the gym was run, but it was great!  I was able to run without having to push a stroller and without freezing my face off.   The best part is that it's a 24 hour gym and only five minutes from our new house!

The last four months have seen me gain about 7 pounds and get a bit soft around the middle,  it's amazing how fast the body backslides when you can't get out regularly. 
My plan,  be back to my August shape by the end of the month!