Trying To Update My Workouts

So here’s the deal…ever since joining the gym, I have go out for walks and runs a lot less than I did prior to joining. I feel like my runs are longer and I’ve been pushing myself and sweating more than I ever did on my own outside, but the workouts are fewer in overall number.

014I recently learned how to do the GoodLife Fitness 20-Minute Fit-Fix workout and have done it twice since. I feel like this is a GREAT workout and I feel awesome when all is said and done.

The only question, then, is how to I enter this information into my FitBit? And if I’m doing that, should it take away from the overall steps that I get in a day? I know that I could use something like Map My Run to enter that type of workout in, but I’m not sure if that’s the best way or not. I just don’t like using multiple apps for tracking my exercise. 

Any suggestions?

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Pushing Too Hard – October 23

I woke up on Tuesday morning feeling under the weather. I felt so crappy, in fact, that I didn’t end up working out Tuesday OR Wednesday. I wasn’t feeling great and didn’t even end up eating much Thursday, either…but I really felt as though I needed to get out and get some exercise in.

I wanted to “get my sweat on”, so I set myself to run 5K on the treadmill. I picked up my wife after she got off of work and we went straight to the gym. I’m pretty happy with the results (and no, her photobomb wasn’t planned nor was it discouraged…heh).

10-22-2015 05-35 PMThe bad thing, though, is that I felt terrible about a half hour after I was finished. I think it was the combination of not eating enough (my appetite hasn’t been what it should be this week) and pushing my body too hard while still being under the weather. 

My body didn’t like me AT ALL once I got home, but things settled down a bit an hour or two later. The lesson learned from all this is that I need to listen to my body more. Maybe I should have just walked instead of tried to run. I keep saying that it’s not about the speed, but rather it’s about just doing it.

Today is a question mark, but tomorrow morning we’ll both be going to the gym to get a full orientation…meaning I’ll be soon doing more than just running or bicycling. I’m looking forward to it. It isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself.

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What It Feels Like To Run 10K

I ran 10K on Monday morning and decided to do a little vlog to document the day (as mentioned previously, I’m in a working relationship with GoodLife Fitness over the next couple of months). As I looked back at the video yesterday, I was surprised at just how excited I was to have done the workout.

I mean, when I have run 10 kilometers on my own around the city, I always end up walking home when I set out to run. This time, I set up my playlist to have one running song and then one walking song (I’m one of those people who runs/walks to the beat of songs). Once my 10K was done, I realized that I had actually run up until the final kilometer, which was something I never did previously.

Anyway…here is the vlog:

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A Great 10K – October 19

After a weekend spent with my son and not in the gym, I was looking forward to hitting it hard this morning. My plan wasn’t to run fast, but to run consistently. I wanted to do a 10K and “get my sweat on”. I wasn’t looking to break any speed records, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t crawling at the finish line. 

This is how it went… 10-19-2015 09-43 AM

So yeah…I ended up running 10K and really feeling like a million damn dollars when all was said and done. I couldn’t believe that I even ran in my final kilometer. I mean, most of the time I’m walking at the end of my workout. It was only a couple of months ago when I ran 5 or 6 kilometers before walking the rest of a 10K home. 

My goal is to complete a half marathon next fall. If things continue on this path, that goal is a very attainable one to reach!

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Mixing It Up – October 14

Since joining GoodLife Fitness on Saturday, I have had three solid workouts. I’m still trying to match up the information with my FitBit so I can keep track of it all, but I’m learning.

I decided to try the stationary bicycle last night before getting some steps in. I did the bike for 30 minutes and did the treadmill for another 30 minutes. I’m trying to take photos of the machines once I’m done so I can get the data from the workouts, but I’m not having the best luck at this point. All in due time, I suppose.

Anyway…this is what I did last night.

10-13-2015 5-57 PM

I’ll be honest…I was just guessing at the distance on the distance on the treadmill because my photo didn’t capture the actual distance (in miles, of course). 

This is crazy, isn’t it? CBG getting off the couch and hitting the gym on a regular basis? Wow. Believe me…if I can do it, ANYBODY can do it. You just have to go

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Some Recent Workouts – October 12

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Since I had some time this morning, I decided to go through my workouts from the past couple of weeks and update the blog. For whatever reason, I’ve been unmotivated to update and post my workouts even though I’ve been doing them. Then, something happened last week that will (hopefully) change things for good…but more on that later.

Here is what I’ve been doing lately…

September 30th, 2015

September 30th, 2015

October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015

October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015

October 9, 2015

October 9, 2015

So last week I finally received my GoodLife Fitness 3-month passes in the mail. After being contacted by North Strategic about a working partnership, I jumped at the chance as long as I could have a membership. I mean…why promote a company if I don’t know anything about them?

I signed up on Saturday (more on that this week on my primary blog) and did two workouts over the holiday weekend:

October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015

October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015

This is now “all systems go” for me. I’ve signed up for a 3-month membership and I’m really looking forward to seeing what GoodLife Fitness can do for me and how I can change my body.

My primary blog, I Used To Have Hair, will recap the struggle and the journey. This blog will recap the stats from every workout. 

This is a very exciting time for me. I’ve already lost 20 pounds on my own over the summer and I’m excited about what I can do over the next three months. Because if I can get off the couch and do this, then ANYBODY can!!

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The Reminder – October 7th

Last week, my wife said something to me after reading one of my blogs from that day. She reminded me that when I initially lost my job at the end of July and decided to start running, I would probably never have this opportunity again to concentrate on my fitness.

I would never again have the combination of time or opportunity or motivation. If I was going to ever get my body into shape, this would be the time.

It took that bit of a kick in the pants to help me realize that I was beginning to drift and lose focus. I needed that reminder to help me really look at myself and figure out what I wanted to do: regress or continue my forward momentum. 002

Then I received a huge confirmation this past Monday about a 3-month working relationship I’ll be having with GoodLife Fitness. This, as you would expect, includes a gym membership. I’m now even more motivated to get myself in the best shape of my entire life. 

I’ll be blogging about my journey both here and on my main blog: I Used To Have Hair. I’ll also be using Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube to document the journey. At the end of the day, the primary lesson will be the yes…the struggle IS real. But if I can do it, anybody can do it. Begin Today

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