Hello Folks! It’s Round Shane again with another installment.
This week (actually last night), I introduced another tool into my workout routine – a kettle bell weight. I started my routine using a 15 lb weight. Why only 15 lbs? Simple, it’s the heaviest weight I own. I can assure you I will definitely be getting heavier weights as soon as I can afford them. The 15 lb. weight gave a nice preview of the sweat and soreness that lay ahead of me. Still, I want to up the ante a bit for myself. After all, it’s called a WORKout for a reason. I believe that working with the kettlebell is going to prove to be a very productive addition to the stability ball routine I am already using.
I DO find that I am making SOME better food decisions. I have had any soda in nearly a month. Will I give up soda for good? To be honest, I don’t know. I am a Georgia native. It’s hard to fathom not having Coke, ever again, for the rest of my life. The way I can best describe it is that soda and I are going through a trial separation. We have not yet begun talking about a divorce. I really miss Coke sometimes. Still, I think at least for now, it’s for the best.
My weight loss has been in small but steady numbers. Today, I weighed in at 283.8 lbs. That’s a 2.4 lb. loss since my last weigh in and a 4.9 lb. loss to date. As I said before, I am moving slowly but I am moving in the right direction. I will continue to look for ways to increase the productivity of my workouts. I would like to see larger numbers as far as weight loss. I just want to be sure I do it in a way that is safe and healthy.
Below is a YouTube video of the kettlebell workout I started. It’s a pretty good beginner routine. You definitely feel it. Kettlebell are spherical in shape with an attached handle on top.
So it was another of tiny baby steps FORWARD. I am happy with the results so far.
I look forward to posting again next week. Please feel free to like my post.
IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!
Hi folks! It’s Round Shane here once again giving you the details of my journey toward greater health. Of course, a round shape ties into it all.
First of all, let me give you the weight update. Last week, I weighed in at 288.7 lbs. This week, my weight is 286.2. At 2.5 lbs, you can be sure that I would be quickly voted off a weight loss reality show by my supportive (but miffed) who lost 27 lbs. in the last hour. Still, I didn’t get discouraged by the numbers. I may be moving slowly but I am still moving.
I started off an exercise routine using a stability ball I had acquired some time back. I got my from Amazon (click here for the exact model).You can get these in a variety or colors and sizes. If you are larger, like me, you will need a larger ball to bear and distribute the weight better.
I have included a YouTube clip below that I have started using for reference. My stability ball also has exercises printed right onto the ball. Feel free to surf YouTube for other clips as I found quite a few. I chose to keep and share the one I found because a) the exercises were easy to implement and understand b) the person demonstrating wasn’t dressed for a Maxim photo shoot and c) I could FEEL the results.
IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!
Hi folks! It’s Round Shane with my first installment of how round shapes fit into my journey toward greater health.
This blog started out as partly as a school project and partly as a “come to Jesus meeting” with myself. I have been overweight for pretty much my entire adult life. When I was discharged from the Navy in 1986, I became less active. I also got married in the year that followed. Between being less active and having someone else’s cooking other than my own to eat, the weight came on pretty quickly. I weighed around 170 lbs in 1986. Fast forward to 2014, I have gained more than 100 lbs. since then.
Over the years, there have been other things that have joined the wild ride that it my fitness journey. I have had to deal with being out of shape, buying larger sized clothes, and seeing that look of concern people give when I step into an elevator. But wait, there’s more. I have also had to battle the follow medical issues since around the age of 29 (Ugh, another bulleted list).
- Sleep apnea – This means I literally stop breathing during sleep. I have to wear a special mask that forces air into my airway while I sleep. The forced air prevents the pauses in my breathing and I can sleep more soundly. Being obese makes me far more prone to sleep apnea. Will I free myself from sleep apnea with enough weight loss and better health? It’s possible but not guaranteed. Time will tell.
- Type 2 diabetes – Mind you, diabetes runs in my family. Still, my doctor has told me that if I got my weight and my diet under better control, I could become independent of the medication I must take to prevent my pancreas from failing altogether.
- High blood pressure – Again, this runs in my family (on both sides). I may likely battle with blood pressure issues for the rest of my life. Still, with less weight and a better diet, I could likely battle with less medication and have a stronger heart to boot.
As this blog/journal/diary got closer to fruition, I was actually beginning to get very excited to get it started. I had images in my head of a much leaner and healthier me. I could picture a less round Round Shane. I imagined bicycling 50 miles or more. I imagined traveling down South to visit family and friends and not feeling that they are so worried about my health.
Then, just this past week, things (as they say) GOT REAL!. My professor approved my project idea. I began to get very nervous. I was beginning to feel the effects of the emotional roller coaster. Still, I was doing fine. I realized that I had to have a starting set of figures to kick things off. I weighed myself – 288 lbs. That roller coaster was started to make its steady climb to the top. Then, I took some measuring tape. After all, I should document my starting waist size – 54.5 inches at the waist. GEEZ! PLEASE TELL ME THAT’S METRIC! I measured 47 inches at the hips. That was less of a shock as this is pretty close to the waist size I use when I buy pants.
I used to enjoy roller coasters. They used to be quite a thrill for me. When I mulled around those numbers (288, 54.5, 47), I felt like I was being suddenly jerked through a bunch of twists, turns, and sudden dips in elevation. I went from being excited to understanding why all those grown men on the weight loss reality shows start breaking down in tears. I had gone up, down, and every which other way. I was even beginning to feel a bit nauseous.
I know this will get better over time. I have to see this through. As a Southern man in his late 40’s, every day I outlive Elvis Presley is a gift. In case you were wondering, a roller coaster goes through twists, turns, and drops. Good ones take you into great curves and spirals. This is all done while taking the rider in a complete circle.
IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!
As I mulled over the idea of staring up this blog, some thoughts occurred to me. I am doing this to document my journey toward better health and fitness. Nevertheless, I must give some consideration toward my audience. After all, I am sharing my journey with the entire world. Given that I felt that I must take the time to give a disclaimer of sorts. In other words, I should explain what this blog is and what it is not. I need to make my intentions as clear as possible so that, going forward, my readers can hopefully understand my perspective a bit better. Also, I love making bulleted lists so here is my chance to do both.
- Allow me to introduce myself. I am Round Shane. The title of my blog is It’s All About Round. Why? Because my warped mind began to notice a pattern while I pondered for the umpteenth time that I have been morbidly obese for far too long and need to change it. Round shapes crop up in many places. Those round shapes are related, directly or indirectly, to my journey toward better health. This blog is designed to document those round shaped items and their relationship to my journey.
- This IS a family friendly site. This means I will try to choose my words and images very carefully. I WILL use images, written narration and video to document my journey. Nevertheless, while I AM an adult, I don’t intend to use “adult” verbiage or imagery, that includes any comments that I approve for publication so please bear that in mind when you post them.
- While I may associate some round objects as a contributor to my current state of health, I AM responsible for my past, current and future states of health.
- I am NOT looking to revolutionize the fitness industries or health industries. The only movement I am looking to start is the movement of my own body toward better health.
- I AM a person with a warped sense of humor. While I do take my health seriously, I am not above injecting humor to drive home a point even if it is at my own expense.
- I am NOT a physician. I am NOT a dietitian. I am NOT a fitness trainer. Neither I nor my blog are intended to be a substitute for any of the aforementioned highly educated folks whose job it is to make people live healthier lives. If you are looking to start a change in your diet or exercise plan (even if that means starting a fresh one where none existed before), consult your doctor.
So, with the above mentioned provisos addressed, I shall let the posts begin. The first post will be coming soon. Once again, I am Round Shane. I hope that my posts inspire others to make better decisions for their lives as I am trying to make better decisions for mine and put them into action.
Remember – It’s All About Round