Boot Camp, Day 10-13: Life happens!

Despite our best intentions, sometimes things happen that impact our lives and derail our goals, ambitions and routines. It happened to me on Friday, when I noticed that our swamp cooler was leaking water. Temperatures have been soaring up into 100-plus degrees every day and causing air-conditions to work overtime. Plus, thunderstorms that have resulted... Continue Reading →

Boot Camp, Day 10: Back to the gym (wasn’t I just here?)

Had a pretty good workout at the gym today. Walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes to warm up and then did some stretching before using the LifeFitness machines to work my upper body muscles (I focus on the lower body, legs and butt every other workout.) I am starting to enjoy my gym visits.... Continue Reading →

Boot Camp, Day 7: Rest day

Rest days are an essential part of training. While it might feel like you're slacking and make you worry that you won't build strength or increase speed or lose weight, time off allows your body and mind to fully recover and grow. One week ago, I decided to create a 77-day (11 weeks) Boot Camp... Continue Reading →

Boot Camp Day 5: Fun, 4-mile adventure!

On Saturday, I decided that I should create a list of fitness activities that are fun and interesting to incorporate into my 77-day (11 week) self-imposed boot camp. I've already grumbled and bellyached about how boring gym visits can be, so I won't linger on that theme. My goal writing this blog is to figure... Continue Reading →

Boot Camp Day 4 – Meh

Didn't do a whole lot today. It was extremely hot and the air was filled with smoke from the wildfires in California. So I spent the day mostly planning my fitness activities, designing a 6-day weekly fitness tracker, and getting a ton of yard work done. But I'm looking forward to implementing some new fitness... Continue Reading →

Boot Camp Day 3: Create a fitness tracker

I'm not big on going to the gym to work out. Sorry, but it's freaking boring! It's a numbers game -- you pick stuff up and you put stuff down. Over and over again.  My overactive brain gets really bored and I don't enjoy it. Now, many other activities including bicycling, hiking, canoeing, backpacking, tennis,... Continue Reading →

Boot Camp: Day 2

Second day of my self-imposed Boot Camp: Just had my 15-minute consultation with my wife, Tammy. (For the initiated, Tammy is my wife, a talented math teacher, a nutritionist, a personal trainer and a bodybuilder.) This is a photo I took of her posing on stage. She is using the photo for the cover of... Continue Reading →

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