Friday, April 18, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
If you play paintball, you know that paint isn’t cheap. It might be inexpensive, but its never cheap. I recently bought 100 GXG reballs so I could practice shooting my marker at home. What is a reball? Basically it’s a rubber paintball – they’re reusable!
But, in order to use them, I needed something to both shoot at and to collect the reballs. So, This was a simple project that only took a few minutes to complete, and was done very inexpensively. My total, pre-tax, was $21.85!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
I should note that I'm not super mechanically minded. So, amazing math questions and such might go over my head.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
- Weight: 219.2lbs to 214.8lbs (-4.4)
- Chest: 42” to 41.75” (-.25”)
- Waist: 43.5” to 40.5” (-3”)
- Hips: 46” to 45” (-1”)
- Thighs: 23” to 22” (-1”)
So, 4.4 pounds lighter, and 5.25” thinner! Not bad, eh? I did forget to include my bicep during my initial measurement, so I’ve had to record it as 14.5” in both the beginning and 30-day spots. Hopefully we’ll see progress there, although I’m not sure what things could/should look like.
I’m getting better at doing the routine in Energy. Since I’m not fumbling about trying to keep up, I can work on doing things better. Last night I started tightening up and engaging muscles I hadn’t before, plus consciously not letting go on things as early as before. For some reason I’m having a little harder time than before, but I’m not sure why. Sometimes its balance, sometimes it’s pushing my heart-rate. A friend suggested that it’s a training related – my heart is getting used to the workload.
So far, so good! And I’ve done DDP four times this week (Monday through Thursday), even though I’m not scheduled. I’m enjoying it. Nice thing is it doesn’t leave me dead tired/dragging after I’m done. Rather, I feel pretty darn good after a little time has passed!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Aaaand Week 2 check-in!
I managed to practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday! I'm 95% sure my allergies are being seriously set off by something, so while I wasn't feeling fantastic before, after this morning's session I was pretty beat. Monday and Wednesday were fine, and I actually started doing about 50% of Energy without as much modification on Wednesday. I was surprised by how much of a difference that made in my heart-rate! Wow!
Hopefully the air will clear up or something so I can be back to 100% on Monday.
Eating has been pretty good. Right now I'm having a late breakfast (two eggs, seasoned black beans, and about half a cucumber). Need to find healthy beverages I like, though! Ah well, one step at a time :)
(originally posted on 1/11/14)
Heart-rate monitor? Check.
A place to train? Check.
And thanks to some folks at www.TeamDDPYoga.com, I've entered a "3-times a week" Challenge, as it seems perfect for a beginner like me :)
So far so good, although I did Energy Wednesday, Thursday, and this morning (Saturday). The rest days seem well placed, but I sort of crammed them in to make the challenge. Well, that and I wanted to do it today!
Little bit of trouble with the heart-rate monitor. Its a Polar FT1, and doesn't always get my heart rate. I don't know if its a bad unit, a poor quality unit, or if I'm doing something wrong (very likely).
Starting Monday I'll start a food diary (yay smartphones), but I've already cleaned up my eating quite a bit since seriously looking into DDP Yoga. So, I've regularly had salads for lunch, my breakfasts have been pretty good (albeit nothing special), and I'm being a bit more restrained at dinner. But, more importantly, I've seriously cut back on my eating out and fast food. Consider me a rehabilitating burger-o-holic! Even when I have gone out, I've not upsized or added fries and a drink.
Baby steps, as Dave Ramsey would say. I didn't get to where I am over-night, and I'm not getting anywhere better overnight. But I am getting there!
(originally posted 1/4/14)
Monday, January 13, 2014
Mulling it over, some of these things are subject to good ol’ fashioned hysteria. If you listen to the most extreme of voices, they’ll kill you, your dog, and burn down your house (or something along those lines). I can sort of understand some of the more sane things said, but not being a doctor or nutritionist, nor knowing good sources to verify the claims? That’s sort of dangerous, and I don’t want to inadvertently “drink the Kool-Aid,” as it were. So, thinking it over, I’ve come up with the following reasons I'm cutting back on foods with the HFCS, gluten, and dairy..