Saturday, March 16, 2024

Getting better

I did a little better this week as far as working out some. Here's a little look into last week.

Monday I had over 10k steps and 10 zone minutes, all at work and I didn't do anything when I got home other than get up and move every hour when my watch told me I needed to.

Tuesday I had 12.5k steps and 32 zone minutes. Most of the 12.5k steps were at work but 30 of the zone minutes were on the bike. I ended up riding 7.24 miles. It was a nice day out and I had the playlist that I crank up when I have the windows down on the way home. After I got home, I still had the playlist going so I stayed on the bike until it was finished.

Wednesday I had 10.5k steps but only 2 zone minutes, that was all at work as well. I got annoyed with a 1 on 1 with my boss so I wasn't in the mood when I got home.

Thursday I had 11.3k steps and 6 zone minutes, again, all at work. We went out for supper when I got home and I didn't do anything after that.

You can see my work week is where I struggle, I knew I would. I did get 1 day in on the bike so it was better. We'll see if I can get better this week.

Friday I had 3.2k steps and 1 zone minute. I did ride the bike for an hour but apparently I didn't register any zone minutes for it. I just went a steady pace and sidetracked myself with going through my New Release playlist which lasted just over an hour so that worked out. I did do 13.15 miles on the bike which is the farthest I've gone this year. Not only all that but I made sure I didn't just ride the bike and sit down. I ended up being on my feet for most of the afternoon while working on my cards. At one point, I even squatted down to grab a book without realizing it. I ended up coming right back up which I couldn't tell you the last time I was able to do that without screaming in pain when I got up.

Today, we got up and went out for breakfast and ran a couple of errands which is usually my downfall but I forced myself to get on my bike when I got home. I was going to listen to my New to Me playlist but I noticed more songs on my New Release playlist so I went through those and a couple of artists on the New to Me before calling it quits. It ended up being around 48 minutes and for 10.27 miles.

My mom stopped by to drop off a couple of things and I told her what was going on and I told her to hit me up if she was going to go walking so hopefully that will help me do something else other than biking.

Tomorrow we have a show so I doubt I'll get on the bike, although it is the local show, maybe I'll get home in time to ride some. That's also the reason I'm posting on Saturday instead of Sunday. I knew I wouldn't be home much tomorrow.

Sunday, March 10, 2024


I've been trying to motivate myself to do something, just get off my ass and move some. I do ok on the weekends because I get up, throw on a work shirt (why dirty a good one) and go downstairs and hop on the bike. Notice I didn't say put on some shorts, I do it in my boxers. Again, why dirty a pair of shorts. I did this once last weekend and had planned on getting on the bike after work during the week. That didn't work out. I work 10 hours, 1 1/2 in the car and by the time I get home, I just want to sit on my ass, there lies where I need the most motivation. Work days.

I just hate to exercise, it's not my favorite thing to do and I'm all about doing things you enjoy and not doing things I don't so it's extremely hard to get motivated. Part of my motivation is I topped 300 pounds a couple of weeks ago (2/16). I usually go up and down in the 285-295 pound range but I hadn't logged in over 300 until then. I've been weighing myself once a week since November of 2022, mainly just to make sure I didn't top that 300 pound mark and I hadn't even though I wasn't doing anything to prevent it.

I see extremely obese people (not hard, they have their own shows) and my thought was always how do they get themselves that far. Well, I think I have that part figured out. Lack of motivation. So I'm trying not to get that bad.

You would think that be enough motivation, sadly, it's not.

On Friday when I got up, I went downstairs and did 11.3 miles in around 45 minutes. That's the most this year (haven't been doing it long) but my previous high was only 6.5 miles but I haven't really done it much at all, then proceeded to sit on my ass most of the day, which is my typical weekend. Although, the wife and I did load a dresser, desk and 3 nightstands in the car so there's a little bit more exercise.

Saturday, we had a card show in Fort Wayne so I get a little bit of exercise. My cousin and I carry everything in from the car and set up. He usually pulls the cart so he only goes to the car twice where as I bring all the stuff that doesn't fit in the cart. The showcases and boxes of wax so I make multiple trips to the car and back. Once inside we set up, I usually set up the newer wax while he sets up the boxes and the cheap wax. So I get a little exercise, nothing terribly exciting but it does get the heart rate up (according to my Fitbit) for 10 minutes or so. During the show, I sit and I stand. I occasionally walk around but not a whole lot. I prefer the shows where they are so busy that I don't have a chance to sit or shop but it's rare to never have a chance to sit. After the show, we pack up and load the car back up so again, 10 minutes or so of accelerated heart rate. After that I went to my sons and unloaded all the stuff we loaded up the previous day so a little bit of movement.

This morning, I did the same thing as Friday, got up, threw on a work shirt and got on the bike. I did 13.34 miles in an hour but instead of going and sitting at my laptop like I normally do, I walked around my basement for 5 minutes or so just to get the stiffness out of my legs from being on the bike. Then I went into my Card Room and stacked up some boxes on my desk so now I've been at least standing while on my laptop. When I stop typing to think about what I'm going to say, I wander around my room. It's now been 45 minutes or so since I got off the bike and I still haven't sat down. The wife got out of bed so I went upstairs to talk to her for a few and started my laundry as well so we'll see if I can sustain the movement. I don't really have much planned today so I'm not sure how long it will last. At least I'll be heading for the shower soon so there's more not sitting on my ass time.

The real purpose behind this blog post is possible motivation to keep going as well. There's a girl at work who's trying to improve her life and part of that is physical so she's been trying to push me some as well. My wife pushes some and I could get my mom too as she's is always trying to stay physical. I need to reach out because I obviously can't motivate myself. The problem with other people doing it is I tend to do my own thing so I don't necessary listen to other people either.

We'll see, I'll try to keep going on here about my fat ass. I'm pretty sure I have a tag over there called fat ass that I used years ago when I tried to work out.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Eating Stats

I know, I'm never here anymore but I figured I should at least give you a stats post as I have most every other year. I would love to tell you that I'm going to use this blog more but I say that every year and it doesn't happen. I did make it to February last year before quitting. Sadly, that was my last post of the year. I truly just don't have much to say, I lead a pretty boring life of working and sitting in front of the TV.

I'm actually think about breaking these stats posts to multiple posts and do 1 stat a post since I've been keeping stats for awhile now and can probably make a whole post of each one since I have a bunch of years to talk about now but I don't know if that's what I'll do.

Today, I'm going to knock out restaurant stats for me.

1 time - 35th Street Red Hots, Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings, CBP Smoke Barbque, Chick-Fil-A, Coney Express, Costco, Cristo's, Dog LB, Dominos, El Trejo, Gerace's Pizza, Hacienda, Hungry Howies, Italian Village, Krispy Kream, Mandarin Kitchen, Margaritas Mexican, Pizza Hut, Roma's Pizza & Wings ect.

2 times - 7-Eleven, Happy's Kountry Kitchen, IHOP, Jimmie Johns, Party on the Patio, Portillo's, Puerta Vallarta, Red Lobster, Smith's Food Mart & Subway, 

3 times - Arby's, Bravo Cafe & Mandarin House

4 times - Martin's Deli & Trinity UM

5 times - Brunos, Dairy Queen, Firehouse Subs & Long John Silvers

6 times - 5 Guys, Chili's & Dunkin

7 times - Copper Creek Cafe

8 times - Barnaby's & Little Caesar's

That's everything in the single digits, now we get to the double digits. and a countdown to the most.

#7 -  (10 times) Last Year - 8th place (8 times). This year was the highest since tracking began in 2013.

#6 -  (13 times) Last Year - 7th place (11 times). This year tied the high with 2020 since tracking began in 2013.

#5 -  (17 times) Last Year - 4th place (22 times). Last year was the high since tracking began in 2013.

#4 -  (19 times) Last Year - 3rd place (25 times). The high was 28 times in 2021 since tracking began in 2013.

#3 -  (25 times) Last Year - 6th place (15 times). Last year was the highest since tracking began in 2013.

#2 -  (35 times) Last Year - 2nd place (26 times). 2013 was the highest at 68 times since tracking began in 2013.

#1 -  (52 times) Last Year - 1st place (50 times). 2014 was the highest at 54 times since tracking began in 2013.

We ate out quite a bit at the beginning of the year but it got cut back quite a bit the last few months due to my hours being tighter at work. These are also my stats as if they were my wife's, Burger King would be lower because I ate breakfast there a bunch at work and Sonic would be higher because she grabs lunch there a lot after doctor's appointments.