Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cleaning Machine

The last couple of days I have been alone at the house while wife and child have been gone for the day.  What have I done you ask?  Well I have worked out for about an hour and a half both days.  I have also been doing some furniture moving for the wife.  I mowed the lawn, washed the car, and cleaned the living room and dining room.  I have also done a butt load of laundry.

My sis is coming this weekend to spend time with us and the lovely Ellie.  It should be a lot of fun.  I have not seen her since Christmas and we always have a good time when she is here.  Her divorce became final this last week and she was going to have a party, but then decided against it and is coming here instead.

The camera has finally come out of the case in the last week and a half.  I have been having lots of fun and I am currently building my own little photo studio in the basement so I can shoot some still life photos.  Last February I bought the book 'photo idea index' as recommended by Oh Captain.  It was a HUGE inspiration and a lot of fun to read.  It literally has 100's of ideas to try and it was worth every penny of the $25 I spent on it!!

Well that is all I have for tonight.  Tomorrow I clean the kitchen before the sis comes to town and then a weekend of relaxation!

Till then,


Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Can anyone explain where this heat came from?  One day it is barely 65 and now it is well over 80 and stuffy as hell in our house.  At least it is not cold and rainy I guess.

I don't have much to blog about right now.  The child and I played outside for about an hour this AM, but have not really done much since then.  When she wakes up from her nap we will go outside again and I am going to have her help me wash the car.

Worked out again today and things went well.  I feel like I could go again tonight.  I will wait till the morning to go again.  I have felt pretty good the last 2 days and I have even ran on the treadmill both days!!


Monday, May 18, 2009

Whats This??? An actual post?

Well friends, the time has come when I am finally interested in blogging again.  I realize that I may have lost some of you as readers, but hopefully you will come back to the badge.

A couple or 3 years ago I started this blog as a way to relieve stress, and have someplace to put my thoughts.  I went strong for quite a while, but then I became tired of posting, and writing, and with the whole concept in general.  So I stopped.  Then on March 10th of this year I watched one of my co workers pass away while we were at work.  This did not help me want anything to do with blogging.

This was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with.  He was a good man, with a big heart and a booming personality.  He was, however, very over weight and liked to drink a lot.  He was 51 when he passed and this experience gave me the final kick in the butt that I needed to make a change in my life and get healthy.

I was on a roll for 5 weeks with working out.  Most weeks I would go 5 days a week.  But through it all, I was still having a tough time dealing with his death.  So I took an almost 3 week break and started drinking almost every night.  Not good.

Then this last week I got is some trouble at work that provided me with 5 days off with no pay.  And while I should be upset and feeling down about this, I actually feel good.  This discipline has put my life and my job stress in perspective.  It made me see why my co-worker that died lived his life to the fullest.  Granted, he was not in our facility as a career because it was just a job to him.  But what I have learned is that when some people are against you, you will never win or excel.  And now that I have been enlightened to this little fact, I am totally at peace with going to work, doing my job, being seen and not heard, and then going home to my family.  Suddenly a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and the work stress is gone.

I have a friend that is 43 and started working out at the end of January this year.  He was the same size I am now and works out 6 days a week.  While I may work up to this someday, right now I am happy working out just 4 days.  He has gone from a 47" waist (like me) to a 36".  That is not pant size, but rather the measurement around the middle of the stomach, right over the love handles, and around to the back.  He has inspired me to really make an effort to work out and be consistent with it.  He is helping me to eat better, loose weight, and look the best I can.  Unfortunately, he is also trying to get me to participate in a bodybuilding contest.  

I am fighting him on this.

I just cannot picture myself walking on a stage, in a banana hammock, and posing in front of 300 people.  Nope, it is just not for me.

I do want to lose weight, be healthy, and gain muscle.  Lots and lots of muscle.

So I have decided to post the ugly facts on this blog.  For all to see.  

I want to track my progress and look back in a year from now and say "damn.....I have come a long way....I was a fat ass!!"  And so without any further delay, here are the ugly truths with a couple of BEFORE pics.

Weight: 255lbs
Waist:  49"
Chest: 49" (not to bad, except it is mostly man boob)
Arms:  17"

And there I am in all my glorious fatness.  

So this is what has been going on with me.  I am looking forward to getting back into the blogger swing of things, and catching up with all of you.  

More to come.