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:

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!

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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.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!


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.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!


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!


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!


Get On Your Bike (Trainer) and RIde

My parents got me this bike when I was 11 years old. I rode it everywhere.

My parents got me this bike when I was 11 years old. I rode it everywhere.

This is a picture from 2013 of me and the bike I currently own.

This is a picture from 2013 of me and the bike I currently own.

Hi folks! It’s Round Shane here again with another installment. Those who have been following this blog know that last week I suffered a setback with a three lb. weight gain from the previous week’s weight. I wasn’t handling it very well.

Part of the reason why was that I had spent time to comfort more than one fellow blogger about their setbacks. Apparently, I was perfectly fine with delivering the encouragement and comfort. It was another matter entirely to be on the receiving end. In addition, this blog was partly designed to be an avenue of self accountability. I share my exercise routines, my feelings, and my warped fixation with round shapes. If something that I felt was negative cropped up, I am honor bound to share that as well. Seeing it on the scale isn’t the same as posting the data on the Internet in front of God and everybody.

So, where do things stand this week? After receiving encouragement from several avenues (e.g. bloggers, family members), I decided to step things up a bit. This happened to coincide with an annual event in my home. Every year around this time, when the temperatures in Western New York get too cold for my Georgia blood, I pull my bicycle inside from the garage. I lug that baby upstairs and st it up on a trainer so that I can get use of my bike year round. I can get more cardio into my routine. I can justify the cost of the bike and the trainer. It’s a win-win for me.

I got on the scales tonight dreading the numbers in light of last weeks results. Imagine my surprise! I weighed in at 279.2 lbs. That is a 5.8 loss from last weeks weight. I am shocked and ecstatic. I may not see such a significant change every week but I am glad that my change appeared to bear some good fruit.

Below I have included a playlist from YouTube. The three videos capture a bike rider (not yours truly) riding from Turning Point Park to the Charlotte Harbor Pier (off the shore of Lake Ontario). I have ridden this route many times over the last several years. I love the boardwalk and I love the view. Watching the videos while on the trainer puts me in the right head space for riding indoors and provides a visual distraction (as I otherwise find a bike trainer very monotonous). In total, it’s about a 30 minute ride.

Thanks once again for all your support. For those in the Buffalo area, please stay safe and stay warm. For those in my home state of Georgia, I wish I were there with you. 😀

IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUND!