Wifey Keeps Me Honest

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hi folks. It’s Round Shane again with another brief installment. I have lost 1 lb. in the last week. While I would certainly like to see greater numbers, I will gladly accept that over a gain in weight.

I have been taking baby steps in resuming my workout circuit in the gym. I basically do a full weight circuit every other day which includes a shorter cardio exercise (e.g. treadmill, stationary bike, recumbent). On the off days, I do a longer cardio exercise. I had been doing this alone (for no particular reason) while my wife has been meeting with her sister earlier in the day very regularly. I am very proud of her progress.

Over the past couple of days, my energy has been sapped due to some bug that started out as a sore throat. Since a Saturday was approaching, my wife said that she would be leaving for the gym early. Her sister would not be joining her so she wanted to know if I wanted to come along. I simply said: “Wake me up and I’ll go.”

Well, as promised, I woke up to the sight of my lovely queen. She even let me sleep in a bit since she knew I’d had trouble sleeping the night before. This was the first time in a while my wife and I had been together in a while. We gained some insight into each other’s routine. We even rode side by side on stationary bikes. Wee both logged 5 miles riding our own virtual trails somewhere in France.

I truly enjoyed the time together and, to be honest, it prevented me from sitting the day out due to not feeling well. My wife helped me to remove an excuse to succeed in my endeavor. Remember folks:



Another Attempt at Reform

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hello folks,

It’s Round Shane once again. I know, it,s been a while. To be precise, it’s been nearly 4 months to the day. I am loathe to admit that I fell victim to a circle of excuses. Actually, I shouldn’t call myself a victim. I don’t know if I fell off the wagon so much as I just got off at a convenient stop. By stop, I mean I stopped exercising and I stopped watching what I eat.

Such stopping is not without repercussion. Recently, I began hitting a trend of abdominal issues. It reached a point where I began testing to rule out gallstones. Fortunately, no stones were found. While I am not aware of any direct correlation between my abdominal issues and my drop from the routine, it did make me think. When I exercised routinely, I felt better (especially emotionally). I felt like I had a relationship with my future, healthier self.

I DO feel blessed that there was no weight gain. I actually weigh less. When I stopped tracking I weighed 292 lbs. Today, I weigh 284 lbs. Still, I can’t escape the idea that I would likely be much farther ahead had I not stopped.

Let me be clear. I am not reaching out for my network of readers to “prop me up”. I am putting this out here to attempt a reboot and recreate the self accountability that was intended when I started this as a school project almost a year ago. I am looking to break the circle of excuses. Any endeavor will lead to success only when excuses are removed. Remember…


An exercise in humilty

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hello Folks,

It’s Round Shane back once again after a brief (but too long hiatus). I am very displeased with myself that I allowed, not only this blog, but the purpose behind it to fall to the wayside for two months. This blog provided me with a means of self accountability to keep my fitness journey on track. Instead, I allowed myself to fall victim to an element of round that hots many of us -the vicious circle of excuses. It was as if I had completely forgotten the very Endeavor Formula that I had created to help me. As the image above states, any endeavor will only generate results if you remove the excuses. In my case, I allowed the same excuse to snowball on me.

In the beginning of January, I started a new semester in college.It was the busiest semester I had encountered thus far in this degree program. That’s where the big excuse came in – I’M TOO BUSY! This meant that not only did my blog fall to the wayside but the elements that fed into did as well. I stopped going to the gym. I stopped doing the in home workouts. I stopped using my bike that I had mounted upon an indoor trainer. I simply checked out. I had allowed myself to forget to positive outcomes that came from those elements (i.e. weight loss, feeling better, increased motivation).

Of course, when excuses start to snowball, so do the consequences. Over the last two months, my energy level dwindled. I procrastinated my fitness journey over and over again. I couldn’t even bear to look at the photos and YouTube videos I had shared. I couldn’t look at the blog. It just hurt way too much. Of course the biggest consequence (no pun intended) is the act that, you guessed it, I gained weight back. Even worse, I have, once again, cross the 290 lb. mark. My last weigh in was on Mar 6, 2015 at 286.4. Today’s weight is 291.6. That is a 5.2 lb gain during that two month hiatus. I guess I can be grateful that I did not gain more. I can only attribute that to sticking to at least SOME of the food choices that I had made.

With the semester over, I got back out on my bike for my first outdoor ride this season. The result was humiliating. I rode 2.63 miles and it was pure torture to do that. One of my last outdoor rides last fall was just over 15 miles. I have a lot to make up for.

My big motivator is not only my own health. I am participating in a charity walk at the end of this month for the Arthritis Foundation. The walk is to support my daughter who has rheumatoid arthritis. I must condition myself better than someone who can barely manage a 2.63 mile ride.

OK, folks, that’s all for now. I have missed interacting with you al. I look forward to posting again next week with my progress. Remember folks:


A Short Circuit Can Provide Great Power

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Howdy Folks! It’s Round Shane again with another short installment. As I mentioned in my last post my wife and I joined a gym at the beginning of this year. It has already to be a tremendous bonding opportunity for my wife and me.

The routine I am trying to set up for myself is to do one visit devoted to cardio exercise and the following with a shorter cardio routine combined with words that fill my life with dread: fitness circuit. The circuit involves a series of exercises that help to work specific muscle groups over the entire body. The machines will then will keep a log of your exercises and save them on a network. The log will record the exercises you did on a particular day and total weight lifted. For example, today I lifted a cumulative total of 9,425 lbs.

I am already beginning to see some payoff for it as I am currently at 281.9. That feels wonderful since I had an uptick in my weight prior to joining the gym. Of course, my wife has had some progress of her own and I beyond proud of her.

I’ll continue posting some updates as I progress (if for now other reason to maintain some self accountability).

I don’t like every part of this circuit but it is good for me. A short circuit can provide great power.


A Ring Can Be A Link

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hello Folks! It’s Round Shane once again. Please forgive me for dropping off the past couple of weeks. I truly have no excuse other than letting the holiday lull get the better of me. I took my focus off the Endeavor Formula. As the image above states, any endeavor will only generate results if you remove the excuses. I failed to do so and it was at the expense of my endeavor toward greater fitness. Having stated that, I DO have a significant update to report.

To provide some background, my wife injured herself on the job nearly 15 years ago. Since then, she has dealt with issues of back problems and mobility issues. Fast forward to about two weeks ago. She had an exam that basically show some nerve impingement in her back as a result of the injury. It was great to finally get something that made some sense as far as the pain she was going through. She is looking to have a surgery sometime in the future. They also recommended that she get into a fitness program to make her a better candidate for the surgery and in better condition for recovery.

Long story short, my wife and I decided to join our local gym. I realize that part of my blog was centered around the the premise that I was using tools at home due to the cost of gym membership. Still, I felt like I needed to make the investment for my wife’s sake and a family membership would help us to support one another. My wife has been a great cheerleader for me when I started this blog and my own fitness endeavor. It would be selfish, at best, not to support her endeavor in return. This also gives me an opportunity to get out of the house with my wife. It also helps that the gym is less than a 5 minute drive from our house. Even in the worst winter weather, the trips to the gym will most likely be easily feasible. The nearby location will also make it easier for us to balance our fitness training with our academic studies as my wife and I are both enrolled in college.

Then, of course, there is the vanity angle. Our older son is getting married this coming Halloween. We both intend to be in better shape and sporting a fitter look for the wedding.

Lastly, there is the geek angle. The gym allows me to use an online tool (FitLinxx) to track my workouts. Simply put, I have more than just my own motivation (or occasional lack thereof) to keep me going and known when step things up. Having a trainer available offers me someone to understand my goals and help me to find the best way to attain them.

So there you have it folks. I found something round to tie into my endeavor. The wedding rings my wife and I wear help us to form another bond. The ring helps us to form a link between ourselves and our individual fitness goals. Today, I weigh 281.6 pounds. I also went to the gym and lifted a cumulative total weight of 9,150 lbs. It’s a good start. I look forward to seeing the results on my son’s wedding day.


Reaching Out to the Circle

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hello Folks! It’s Round Shane again with another installment. This post is a little but different. I don’t have a different exercise circuit to post. What I DO have is a question. First, let me give you a little background.

Last Thursday, I received word that a long time friend from high school passed away after battling a long illness. He had just entered into hospice so his passing, in and of itself, was not a shock. It was the timing. Many of us, including my friend were under the impression that his passing was several months down the road. Instead, he was in hospice for less than a week. As grateful as I am that I got to spend quality time with him over the past couple of years (he lived in my native state of Georgia), I was devastated by the news.

Now, onto my question. The first couple of days after hearing of his passing, I just wanted to lie under a blanket and withdraw. It didn’t exactly help that I hadn’t been feeling well up to that point. Needless to say, the workout circuits were the furthest from my mind. So, I ask my like-minded readers and bloggers, what keeps you getting back onto the proverbial horse when life has hit you a sucker punch. Most days, I just have to remember the progress I have made so far and that keeps me going. This week, the motivation was just not there (not even when the scales indicated a 1.6 lb. gain).

I look forward to any input as I am sure I am not alone in my situation. Motivation can get sucked away in more ways than what I faced. Perhaps just writing about it helps. To paraphrase Lynn Johnston, who drafts the comic For Better or For Worse, writing may at times fee like having surgery. Still, a person has surgery when something needs to come out.


I’m On Bloglovin

Hi Folks,

Round Shane here. I wanted to let you know that I have joined Bloglovin. It is another tool that can be used to follow “It’s All About Round”.

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