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, racquetball, handball. They are fun to me and time seems to slip away while doing them.

But I’m currently in self-imposed Boot Camp mode, and I have scheduled gym visits twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So I need to step up and “Just Do It.” ( know, I stole it from Nike).

Yesterday was Day 3 of my 77-day, 11-week Boot Camp fitness program to establish a new, healthy lifestyle. My wife, Tammy Hansen White, consults with me for 15 minutes each day, and we summarize goals for my photography business and my workouts. She suggested that I go to the gym and use all 16 of the machines to work all of my major muscle groups. She recommended doing this twice week.

Went to Anytime Fitness on Thursday and  actually enjoyed myself! Go figure. I used a few of the exercise machines per Tammy’s suggestion.  Then I began exploring and trying to figure out what kind of exercise might be kind of fun.

It was there that I met Scott, who was using the new “Wall Ball” which consists of a backdrop close to the ceiling. The objective is to pitch a medicine ball into the air and hit it. Scott and I talked at length about how to use the wall ball. IMG_3829

I picked up a 12-pound medicine ball and pitched it up at the target a few times. It felt great.

I could feel all of my muscles respond as I repeatedly picked the ball up, squatted down and hefted it at the target similar to the way you shoot basketballs at the hoop.

There are many different weights of medicine balls, so anyone can pick one that is the right weight and toss it for 10 or 15 reps.




Tammy also helped me set up a customized fitness calendar. One of the things that always seems to be the hardest part about going to the gym is that I don’t know what to do or how to go about it. I know, excuses, excuses.

So I set out to create a system from scratch that would be easy to build upon and customize. I created this six-day weekly fitness tracker with 3.5×5  card for each day of the week, except Sundays, which are rest days.

IMG_3831The pink cards are my days to do weight machines at the gym. As my fitness program evolves, I will fill in activities that I do. I also have a Fitbit, so I can log my daily steps and set goals as I proceed.

IMG_3833Each day, I will note my activities and I can either choose from the list or create new ones over the next six weeks of my program.

I also created monthly fitness calendars from a template in Microsoft Word, so that I can track each of the 77 days in my fitness program.  It pretty easy, just edit the month and year and the program creates a current calendar of that month. You also can type activities into the calendar before you print it out.

I’ll post my progress in my daily blog, and refine it into a system that anyone can borrow.

I am a photographer, so I’m very visual. This system seems like it will be a good way to stay motivated and chart my fitness journey as it unfolds.

Only 74 of 77 days to go. Oooo-Rah!


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