Fitness

For those following along my journeys…some may wonder what my physical fitness…and my struggles to achieve it…has to do with a motorcycle blog…

The truth is…everything…at least for this motorcycle blog. Faithful readers will know that my writings are not a “I went here and did that” travelogue. I’ve always struggled to convey in my writings…not just what I did…but…how I felt…the motivations and drives behind the man and machine. These are the important things, and frankly, the most difficult to convey.

Those are not easily separated into neat little boxes…and it’s difficult to describe to the reader in a meaningful way what it is that drives me…when I’m not entirely sure myself.

What I do…and why…and how I felt about it…is not confined in any concrete way to JUST my motorcycle.

Passion as principle. It has it’s advantages…it also has it’s costs.

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Oh hey…I should note for the deliberately obtuse that may be reading along…I am NOT (surprise) a doctor. In fact, I’m rather well known for being skeptical of more than a couple claims and guidelines the medical community puts out. I’ve been known to tell doctors…in rather plain language…to “bugger off” on occasion…particularly since I’ve had more than one that seems to think that what I’ve done here…can’t BE done…is unrealistic…and doomed to failure. You sure ya don’t want these (expensive) pills? Or surgery maybe?

You also may find contradictory opinions or statements from me amongst the postings. This is because my knowledge, experience…and in particular…my feelings on this issue are growing…and changing. These posts are written at the time of the incident/failure/accomplishment and are seldom edited later (except for obvious typos).

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As a young man, growing up in an “economically challenged” (means “poor”) environment, hard work was often my only currency. Construction/electrical and farm-field work…as well as many, many night hours taking whatever job I could get, traded a bunch of my health (and more than a little of my soul) to make my way and eventually progress in this world.

A young, healthy, hard-working man can sustain a work output burning 900-1100 calories an hour most of the day. I did so…for months at a time. Thirty-six hour shifts were not uncommon…

I learned to eat cheap, calorie-rich, easy to make/carry foods. My work required consumption of better than 8000 calories a day just to maintain my weight and be capable of doing the hard work necessary to survive.

Injuries (some serious) accumulated in a lifetime of hard work (and occasional play) also began to take their toll…

Then, as many hard working people do…I “progressed”…putting myself through college and eventually landing what was mostly a desk job.

Those eating habits don’t just magically vanish…but I still worked hard…just a different sort. THINGS had to be done…stress. Study. Put in massive hours…and try as I might…those things never seemed to include worrying about myself.

Wasn’t a habit, ya see. Essentially, everything but me was on the list of things to do or worry about…but my own well-being never was. I simply went to sleep.

It’s the only thing in my life I’ve ever truly failed at…utterly and completely.

One day I woke up and decided I had to do something. It is…bar none…the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

That story is here (newest posts at the top).

Thanks for following along.

To “thing” or not to “thing”? That isn’t the question.

12/5/18: Coffee interruptions. Dangerous things. Continue reading

Mourn or Curse?

12/4/18: All I could feel was an overwhelming sadness…and a little relief he didn’t just stop breathing or burst into flames. Continue reading

Right to the edge…

11/6/18: This is true in FAR more than fitness. Continue reading

Firm stuff.

10/13/18: It was a moment. Continue reading

Slipped….

9/24/18: It’s a part of the journey…and it is what it is. Continue reading

A lack of will?

9/23/2018: “I want a physically fit, middle aged male that is up on how exercise impacts all the other numbers, hormone balancing, and can discuss nutrition and supplements in a meaningful manner.”

“NONE of those are criteria we can EVEN search on.” Continue reading

Not an Alien…

It happens a lot lately…somebody that’s not seen me in a while will inevitably say, “Wow! You look great! How’d you do it?” It’s an awkward question. I’m not sure I look great…and I’ve got a ways to go yet. … Continue reading

Two years of leg day?

8/13/18: I’ve aligned all the factors I can to get the best result possible.

…and sometimes that just has to do. Continue reading

I thought so too…

8/6/18: Cute young thing stops with her hands on her hips, strikes a pose, and says, “Well shit. I thought you wuz something.” Continue reading

Chop chop…

8/4/18: Feels better. Time for some more pain. Continue reading

Fitness Wolves…

7/31/18: Fitness Wolves…that’d do it! Continue reading

Suck it T2!

7/27/2018: Own it! Continue reading

Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong…

07/9/2018: What else have you been taught…what else do you KNOW…that is completely wrong? Continue reading

Getting there….

You can read more about my fitness journey here.

Reflection…

5/22/18: The fat guy in the mirror… Continue reading

Contested

5/21/18: My brain has 100 reasons, in an endless litany parading though my head, on why I shouldn’t be here. Continue reading

An exciting day…

3/14/2018: Never scream or cry because it only encourages us. Continue reading

I never would have guessed…

3/13/2018: Well bless her heart… Continue reading

The deep darkside of a body transformation….

02/24/2018: I have *two* pair of jeans…and *six* shirts (4 of which I just bought) that I can wear…out of my entire closet. Continue reading

Diminishing…

2/16/2017: A little loose, what? Continue reading

The tough part of tough.

2/9/2018: Paying anything to roll the dice just one more time… Continue reading

What a difference a year can make…

2/7/2018: Damn…a year already! Continue reading

A large?

2/7/2018: It fit… Continue reading

On developing new habits…

1/30/2018: “But,” says I to the cats, “I can’t work out in formal wear!” Continue reading

Ideal…

1/27/2018: They didn’t kill me… Continue reading

Mis-firings…

1/23/2018: Great. Cheating on my diet, naked, with no icing and no flavor. Continue reading

I…live!

1/22/2018: If I’m gonna be miserable and in pain, I may as well be getting paid for it. Continue reading

Sobering…

1/16/2018: Beyond Broken. Continue reading

The Long Burn and the Short Fuse

1/12/2018: And why…do I so intently feel that I’m running out of time? Continue reading

On setbacks and insecurities…

1/9/2018: What’s a rider that can’t ride? Continue reading

My year…in an image.

01/02/2018: Stand with me and shake a fist at 2018 and yell, “Bring it on!” Continue reading

A picture is worth a thousand…bucks…

12/27/17: One lesson that was consistently meted out working my way up from the dregs of poverty, is that life is expensive. One of the most widely accepted currencies used to advance it…is pain. Continue reading

On choices…and costs.

12/23/17: “What kind of dangerous things?”
“Hard work, women, and motorcycles.”
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Goals…

12/18/17: A few years back me looking to lose 18-20 pounds would be like tossing a deck chair off the bow of the Titanic. Continue reading

I did what now?

12/14/17: Head games. You’d think of all the things I’ve mastered (or at least gotten good at) over the years…what’s going on in my own head would be one of ’em.
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Just older…

12/13/2017: Not old. Just older. Continue reading

There were six…

11/19/17: Suffice it to say…”O-stupid-thirty” is seldom seen by reasonable people. Continue reading

Good heavens, why?

11/17/17: Life’s too damn good to be so damn short. Continue reading

Healthy?

11/15/17: Strange I still don’t see it in that man in the mirror. Continue reading

Head games…part the ?

11/7/17: Sometimes my work-ethic can be a real asshole. Continue reading

Did I mention?

11/3/17: Stupid hurts… Continue reading

Just a moment while the judges calculate the scores….

10/30/17: Translation: I went *splat*. Continue reading

Mandatory overdose…

10/27/17: This latest round of tests yields a rather dramatic result… Continue reading

Dude, I *am* you…

10/24/17: Just show up. Do the thing. Continue reading

How long?

10/23/17: It helps answer the question of, “How long?” Continue reading

The Method…

10/22/17: Let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading

All your jackets…

10/21/17: Those cute little short girls are amazing at times. Continue reading

From RTC (my trainer)…

10/20/17: A write-up from my trainer… Continue reading

Side effects…

10/11/17: I don’t think I can get ’em to cut it down another FIFTEEN inches… Continue reading

Have I?

10/8/17: Have I beaten T2 diabetes? Continue reading

I can’t?

10/7/17: There was a lesson in that deadlift…

…and I ain’t just talking about weights. Continue reading

Maybe…

10/6/17: I’m starting to believe…maybe…just maybe…I’m doing it right. Continue reading

Round numbers…

10/1/17: I think I’m doing it right. Continue reading

Non-negotiable.

9/25/17: My “out of kilter”…has gone on for more than 35 years. Literally everything and everyone has been higher on the list than my health. Time to change things, yes? But HOW? Continue reading

Gonna lead with that, are ya?

9/25/17: That’s a hell of a world view… Continue reading

Grilled beast…

9/23/17:
“I’ll have the grilled chicken please.”
“Ya want that deep fried hon?”
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*blinks*

9/22/27: Yeah, I know the numbers. Intimately. But still…every now and then they jump out at ya in some new manner. Continue reading

Dedication?

9/21/17: Damn…I don’t want to do this today… Continue reading

Shout it from the rooftops! The math works!

9/19/17: Hell no. Told ya. I’m an engineer. Math turns me on…this causes my wife to look at me oddly at times… Continue reading

Countdown…

9/18/17: And then my company pulls a Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream truck into our parking lot…handing out free ice cream to employees. Continue reading

Forgive the somewhat narcissistic selfie…

9/15/17: I’d claim I’m winning…but I do not recognize either of the men in this picture. Continue reading

Progress…

7/26/17: Doc said…and I’m quoting (sort of)…”Holy &*^%$” Continue reading

Those Moments…

7/15/17: Padding silently across the carpet, eyes well adjusted to the night, I catch a glimpse of motion and turn to face it. A most dangerous thing stands there facing me. THE most dangerous thing in fact. The only thing I’ve faced that has the power to ultimately destroy me and everything I’ve worked for. And it can do it so easily that it’s frightening to ponder. Continue reading

Disconnect…

7/12/17: An odd feeling…this… Continue reading

I wasn’t up to it…but…yanno…the plane!

6/2/17: …and a crack appears on the dotted line. Continue reading

Inch by inch…

5/24/17: That’s 22 of ’em for those keeping count… Continue reading

Learning…things…

5/1/17: It is easily possible for one man to eat $100 worth of strawberries in a month. In moderation. Sigh. Continue reading

The Secret

4/13/17: You won’t want to hear it… Continue reading

At least I can still make her laugh…

4/7/17: She looks at me a bit wide-eyed and says, “Wow. What exactly are you shooting for?” Continue reading

Unexpected…

4/6/17: Life-changing Continue reading

Losing it…

3/23/17: Six weeks ago today I announced (on my Facebook feed I think), that I’d had enough…and no matter what it took…sacrificing job, friend, or family obligations, I was going to tackle my fitness. Continue reading

Diminshed

10/20/15: …and those other things in your life are jealous taskmasters. Work, family, friends, your health, life’s goals…well…they are not so forgiving of your shift of attention. Continue reading

A little project (me)

10/28/14: Oh look. Work’s bringing free donuts in for us again. Continue reading

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