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.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!

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It Seems Only Appropriate To Add DumbBells

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hi Folks,

It’s Round Shane once again with another installment.

Well, folks, I must admit (rather sheepishly) that I somehow lost JUST enough focus on my blog that I had a week that went by where I completely failed to track my weight or post to this blog. To be honest, I have no idea what caused such a distraction. Given that there have been a number of you that have been incredibly supportive of my journey (as well as some new followers who have joined), I wholeheartedly apologize.

Now onto some good news. Today’s weigh in shows that my weight has gone down again. I weighed in at 278.8 lbs. That is a 4.2 lb loss from the previous weigh in and a 9.9 lb weight loss to date. UGH! The double digits are SOOO close. I guess that is one way to remind me to stay on top of my routine better going forward. I am taking SOME consolation that it is my lowest weigh in to date.

In addition, I have made some other changes (which may be contributing to the most recent results. I have increased the repetitions on my kettlebell circuit. I also added a new circuit to my routine – dumbbells. In light of my misstep in blogging routine, it seems only appropriate. Honestly folks! I started the dumbbells right after the previous weigh in. I have included the new circuit below. For a beginner’s circuit, it definitely puts the work in workout.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!


Mastering the Yo-Yo

 

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Hi, Folks. It’s Round Shane again with another installment. This post is probably going to be a hair shorter as I feel I need to get straight to a couple of points.

A little over two weeks ago, I lamented over the fact that I had gained some weight back. Needless to say, it was upsetting but I felt determined to reverse this course of backsliding. The following week, I was ecstatic over a significant loss (more than I had gained the previous week). In the words of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, that was sadly temporary. Once again, a round shape that I had not yet considered came into my fitness journey – the yo-yo. The image below is my chart showing my starting weight and my current weight to date.

The ups and downs of my journey.

The ups and downs of my journey.

 As I reviewed this chart, I noticed two things. First, I am still below my starting weight (288.7 lbs). I am not happy with my current weight of 283 but I could definitely be in a worse spot in my journey. Secondly, I noticed a commonality between this week’s gain and the previous gain from earlier this month. It was payday. It had become a long standing habit of treating myself to a lunch on payday. At two very significant points in this journey, I made a poor choice for my food intake. With another paycheck approaching, I must remember what can happen if I make the wrong decision again. It wasn’t just a single meal that did me in on those days. It was several meals combined by insufficient activity that lead to the yo-yo results. I can’t blame my employer (who provided the paycheck) or the food establishments. Neither of them made decisions for me. I DID IT!

I would also like to briefly address another round shape that has shown itself to me more than once in my journey. That shape is a chain link. Since I have started this blog, many have left comments and encouragement. The majority of these have come from fellow bloggers such as (but not limited to) The Keen Peach (a fellow Georgian), Cook It Slim, 50 Pound Monkey, and Ghrelin Gemlin. I know I am omitting some others and I ask your forgiveness. To ALL of you who have left me your comments – THANK YOU! ALL OF YOU HELP ME TO MASTER THE YO-YO!

I will be posting a new workout routine in my next post. For today, I leave you with someone who has mastered the yo-yo (literally).

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!


I’d Rather Walk A Plank Than Do One

The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.

Howdy folks,

It’s Round Shane once again with another installment. Once again, I make tiny baby steps in the right direction. I lost 1.8 lbs since last week. While I am happy that this means I am still losing weight, I can’t help but notice other things. First of all, the amount of weight lost form one week to the next has gotten smaller. I lost 2.5 lbs. the first week. If this trend continues, I will either yield a zero pound loss or actually regain weight back. Clearly, I need to find a way to step things up. With that in mind, I did two things. I decide to add another kettlebell set to my routine (basically repeating the set that I was only doing once). From there, I must work up to increasing the repetitions and getting a heavier weight. Clearly what I am doing is not enough. I KNOW I can do more without hurting myself.

It is also with this “step it up” attitude in mind that I introduced another exercise to my routine – the plank. I did my first set of planks tonight using a YouTube video that you will see at the bottom of this post. I managed to eke out 3 sets of 20 second planks. As I lay collapsed on my wife’s pink yoga mat (Don’t judge. I’m not buying another one while this one is intact)….anyway…as I lay collapsed on the manly yoga mat, I wondered to myself: Why have I never done planks before? Maybe it’s because they REALLY hurt and I sweat like a used car salesman in church. Oh MY LORDY! I would rather walk a plank than do one any day. Still, I will continue to do them. The adage of “No Hurt You? No Virtue!” definitely applies here. I am 48 years old. I’m not dead yet. I WILL improve. I WILL stick with it. I WILL get healthy.

Lastly, I also noticed that I caught myself making excuses for not losing more weight. After all, it was Halloween this past weekend. Everybody slips on Halloween. Perhaps that MAY be true but here’s the deal. Thanksgiving is less than a month away. That is going to be a huge challenge for me. Then of course there are Thanksgiving leftovers (another slippage opportunity). Less than a month later, there is Christmas and all the confectionery goodies that lead up to the holiday. Less than two months from that holiday is my birthday. Two days later comes Valentine’s Day. In less than four months, one occasion after another chips away at my willpower and could potentially get me farther away from my goal to get healthier. If I DO slip, there is the risk that I gain the weight back or, God forbid, weigh more than when I started. If history is any indication, this will greatly upset me and I will drown my sorrows in a double bacon cheeseburger then lie in bed grumbling about how engorged I feel. And, OH YEAH, Easter is right around the bend from Valentine’s Day. It just continues IF I let it. This is simply what is known as a vicious circle. Why did you eat that? It was a holiday, everybody does it on this holiday. Why did you gain weight? Because I ate too much. Why are you so sad? Because I weigh so much and it makes my family worry (and I worry too). Would you like fries with that? Yes, please but just give me water with lemon to drink. I am watching my weight after all. It’s time for me to take accountability and stop making excuses. I can expect that the holidays will be challenging. However, it is NOT a done deal that I will surrender to the challenge.

There are only two possible outcomes to any endeavor – Results and Excuses. The two CANNOT coexist. You either have one or the other. Below is the plank routine that is now part of my workout set. It’s time for me to destroy the vicious circle of excuses before it eats my willpower and chips away at my health.

So it was another of tiny baby steps FORWARD. I am less happy this week but, as they say in Georgia, I am bound and determined.

I look forward to posting again next week. Please feel free to like my post, leave a comment, and tell a friend.

You can also look for new images on Pinterest and follow me on Twitter.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!


Talk About The Pot (Belly) Calling The Kettle Bell Heavy

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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.

You can also look for new images on Pinterest and follow me on Twitter.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!