Started a brisk 1.5 hour hike at Jumping Off Rock near Ophir in the Uwharrie National Forest this morning. The weather was a perfect 64 degrees. The particular trail we chose (By the way I was walking with AT section hiker, Jeff Bowers, no relation) was very mild and not much of a challenge. We walked and talked our way over a short peak. After that the trail was just like road walking, only in the woods, with overflowing creeks.
Just wearing a small day pack with a gallon of water and a few snacks, my burden was very lite. At the first creek crossing I carried my shoes and socks and waded through. No two ways about it, that water was cold. We ended up scampering across water 4 times. One of them got half my right foot soaked. With such a short hike it wasn’t a problem. Now there are some very challenging trails from that same spot, but for my first day back at hiker training 1.5 hours was just fine. Crossing the big creek coming back, the same one I waded the first time and considering one foot was already wet, I got bold and ninja hopped across residual boulders in the stream! A fellow traveler popped out of the trail behind us and was surely impressed to see a big fella with just Cat-like agility.
Unfortunately, the back injury is still persisting. I’m giving myself a week off of the treadmill try to get that Psoas Major injury good and healed up. I managed to barely tweak it again last Monday and went through another 4 days of utter pain. Can’t be doing that and I’m starting to think the slow walking with the big incline has contributed to the lower back injury. I mean over the years I’ve done lots of exercise that’s made me super sore, but never ever have I had a ligament pull like this. I think perhaps stressing it every single day has some relation to this happening now.
Anyways, I just want to note the break in the regularly scheduled cardio. I’ll be back on it as soon as I’m mended.
It’s been cold most evenings and we’ve all been working long hours. Still I put in 30 minutes on the treadmill daily with the occasional 20 or 40 minute session depending on the day and how I’m feeling. I have fully recovered from the back injury at this point and plan to start the Sunday morning workouts with Ron again this Sunday.
Climbing the ladder back to a lower weight and better fitness, one rung at a time.
The back injury has really slowed me up without question. I’m pleased to say that however slowly I may have completed it, I’ve stuck to my daily Cardio routine of walking 30 minutes on the treadmill. Yesterday was the first day I really felt that I could go as hard as I wanted without worry of the lower back cramping up. I’m going to try to get back to the Sunday morning training sessions this week or the next.
It seems that for every pound I loose, the beard grows another centimeter. It’s getting a little hard to take to be honest but I’m trying to hold out for my Viking cameo in my own film, “Farwalker,” which I hope to shoot sometime in April. Grrrrr, you own hair stuck in your front teeth while it’s still attached to your face can be…you know…painfull!
It’s really a strange thing having so much hair on my face. I guess it’s been growing for at least 64 days because I haven’t shaved since about the time I started this cardio stuff. People move out of your way at Wal-mart when you have a muskrat stuck to your chin let me tell you. Respect it! RESPECT THE BEARD, I say.
Seems like I’ve lost a little belly fat but quite a bit of back fat and the face looks a little bit thinner. Day 52 and the line of daily cardio days is still unbroken despite a strain of my Psoas major last Friday night. What a pain. It put me out of commission for about 24 hours but I still managed to walk the 30 minutes albeit it at a much slower rate. Drinking only water and unsweetened tea for almost 2 weeks now. Ready to up the instance of high impact training as well. Soon as this back injury is good and healed I’ll up the workout days with Ron to at least 2 per week.
The important thing now is that the mind is right. I never even consider skipping the low impact cardio before bed each evening. In a weird sort of way I kind of look forward to that daily mediation and solace. It’s nice to get out of all conversations and away from the pc and just listen to music or watch a program on the phone and just stretch those legs out and can. I think it actually makes me sleep sounder as well.
I’m posting today to document that I’ve started working with a personal trainer one per week for 1 hour as of today. So, I’ve been doing 30 minutes of low impact cardio (essentially walking on a treadmill at level 3) for 41 days now. I’ve lost probably something like 10 lbs. There’s no exact number because frankly lbs don’t matter to me any longer. It’s about fitting into smaller cloths and having my stomach smaller than my chest. Looking and feeling healthier are really the only thing that matters in this fitness journey.
Getting back with Boyd Fields, the trainer I’d have such great results with years ago just didn’t work out. He was at a gym where if I’m being frank, I don’t think they wanted him bringing in outside clients. He had me come up 2 different times to talk about a program and kind of half plan a diet , but we never did any work. It’s a weird sad waste of 2 Saturdays. Then Boyd left the state so that was about as far as it went.
Now I’m working with an old friend and martial arts buddy from back in the day. Ron Golden. We’re doing a combination of Crossfit type isometrics with some BJJ movements, shrimping and such. It doesn’t take much to sap me right now so a session is spent with warming up on the movements for each exercise to get the proper technique then the high intensity is doing as many as I can in 2 minutes. Trust me, my legs are jello right now.
Eventually the frequency will go up but for now it’s back to acquiring the tools and the knowledge to do the work without burning out. The cardio happens daily no matter what so there was the concern of easing into this without burning out which I’ve done so many times.
After watching some of Jon Calvo‘s videos on YouTube, I started thinking that it might be worth posting a little video blog on the whole process once a week or maybe once every two weeks. Without a number to give on the weight loss might be a little awkward. Still considering that.
I feel like I’m just now starting to put on foot in front of the other. The next step is really nailing down my diet. This is my life and you only get one. People, no matter how evolved they try to be just treat you and look at your differently when you are obese. I’m really tired of that most of all. I have a lot to offer this world but it cannot happen until I look more like the average shape person. It’s the sad truth. I’m ready to do my part to make it happen.
Thus far, I’ve not had a day where I considered not doing my cardio. The feet have ached as well as the lower back from time to time, but at my core I know that I’m tougher than all the things stopping me from getting in shape. I’ve done it before. I WILL do it again.