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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Crossfit Ramp-up Session 1...Check

So this morning started out like any ordinary hectic morning in the Keller household. We stayed in bed until the last possible moment, snuggling with the girls. Then we had to get up and get the day going, load up the girl scout cookies for the booth sales and get ready to go for a nice workout that I was really pumped up for. Today was my first real workout in a really long time. Not that what I have been doing for the last 5 months haven't been workouts, it is just that they have been boring fat burning workouts. So I was talked into joining the CrossFit family and get initiated into functional fitness. I have one thing to say, "Holy Crap!" I have not worked that hard in a long time. The first 45 minutes were spent going through the proper way to do shoulder presses, shoulder jerks, box jumps, rowwing, and kettle bell swings. I was breaking a sweat and feeling pretty good. It was like a normal workout, do something, rest, and then do it again, no worries. Then it was time for the Workout of the Day or WOD. 15 minutes as many rounds as possible of 5 shoulder jerks, 10 box jumps, and 15 kettle bell swings. I got through the first round with no real issues, I was feeling good. Then it started to kick in that I still had 13 minutes to go, and I just focused on my movements and breathing. By the end of the 15 minutes I had only completed 5 rounds and I was breathing very heavily. I felt like puking by the time I did a lap around the parking lot, but I also felt my inner beast emerging from being dormant for over 11 years. As the euphoria kicked in I knew this was the dawn of a new day. CrossFit is going to help me change my life! Now that I have had time to come down off of my fitness high my body is trying to tell me something. Something like what the hell are you doing! I need to stretch, I need to recover, and I need to continue this journey! Tomorrow I am going to layout my 4 block diet for the week, stretch again, and spend some quality time with my girls! Life is good!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Because I Can!

So whenever you hear of someone undertaking any life challenge or experience you always hear the "Why are you doing that?" question. Or you get the naysayer's who say something to the effect of "Why would anyone ever want to do that?" or "That is to hard, you can't do that!" This can be anything from running the Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, a marathon, a triathalon, or an iron man. or it can even be a life adventure like wintering in Alaska or traveling to stay at the Ice hotel. Well my answer to anyone who tells me I can't do something is first "Screw You! Who are you to tell me what I can and can't do?" then the civil part of me kicks in and I try to explain why I have the motivation to do this. Well enough of that I do not have to explain myself to anyone, except my wife, I don't have to justify my dreams to anyone! My answer from now on will first be "I am going to do (insert awesome goal) because I can, and I am sorry if my dreams don't conform to your limited thought of normal!" I am fully convinced that I can do anything that I put my mind to, I can accomplish any goal I set for myself, I can conquer any adventure my mind can dream up! So to all my friends out there who are following your dreams, jamming to your own tune, running at your own pace let me hear your voice! We do these things simply because we can!
So I am almost half way in my weightloss goal, my diet is very healthy, my body is adapting to a new level of fitness, and I am extremely happy! Do I sit back and ride this wave? Hell No! It is time to step it up, set additional life goals, bring my mind body and spirit to a whole new level! So I am tweaking my diet to a more clean living diet, I am starting Crossfit at a small AWESOME gym called Crossfit5280, and I am adding challenges to my adventure list. I am going to run the Tough Mudder, the Warrior Dash, and the Spartan Race! I am going to run a triathlon, mountain bike across the country, and climb all 14ers in Colorado! These are just a few items I have added to the list! I am going to be the best husband possible, I am going to be a Daddy and hero to my girls, and I am going to put my family first! Semper Fidelis!
I do want to thank some special people who have helped me on the first half of my journey! Lisa and Peter, you guys are the best friends Laura and I can have! Scott and Cari, you guys are solid as any rock, thank you for your listening and support! Jen and Ben, the laughter you bring to our lives is very appreciated, the energy you bring into any room is amazing! Dave and TC, thank you for the kick in the ass to straighten out my priorities, your motivation to follow my dreams is amazing! Brent, thank you for keeping me honest and making work easier to deal with! All the children, the unconditional love and laughter is amazing! Most of all to Laura, my rock, my best friend! Thank you all!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Blame The Angry Birds

Ok I know that it has been a whole week since I have posted. No I am not on travel again, no I have not fallen off the wagon, and no I have not given up on my journey. So what has been keeping me from posting and keep up the myriad of followers on my progress you ask. Well two things and been dominating my free time, one my wonderful family and two a mindless game on my iPhone, blasted Angry Birds. In order for me to fall asleep at night I must actively shut down my brain. If I do something that requires thought and concentration then I have the hardest time getting my mind to shut up. So I have a ritual where I play a mindless game as a sign for my brain to relax and let sleep overcome me. Oddly enough posting on my blog right before bed does not signal a sleep cycle in me, I keep thinking of new and exciting things to post about. That being said after the workout and girl scout cookie sorting that i have been helping with I will have no issue falling asleep tonight.
So what has gone on the past week? I lost another pound, so I am down to 263 pounds as of Saturday. I know it is not on my 2 pound a week schedule but it is progress in the correct direction! I checked out a couple of CrossFit gyms in town and found one that I really like, I start my ramp up sessions on Saturday! My good friend/brother Cody Carroll turned me on to CrossFit as a way to ramp up what I am already doing. Honestly 90 minutes on one of the Machienes is getting really boring and my body is adapting to it. So I am going to change things up a bit. I am going to tweak my diet and ramp up my workouts. I will keep the blog posted on my findings with the new gym!
I am so looking forward to stepping on the scale this Saturday, I have a really good feeling about the weight! So good night y'all and remember to Thank a vet and support our troops!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nag-athon 2011

Wow, there must be something in the air today. Everyone decided just to unload their complaints into my inbox. What? Did everyone sense that I had a killer workout and had drained all of my snarkiness? Even at home the nagging fur was flying, and it was going both ways. I have a wonderful wife that loves me unconditionally, but things just started to fly! But with all good marriages there are peaks and valleys! I am ready for the hike up to the next peak.
On the weight loss note, I had a rough day yesterday. For some reason I was craving salt and carbs, luckily I had some reduced fat cheese nips handy. Un-luckily there was also some chocolate cookies within quick reach, I think I went over on fat for the day. Days of weakness are going to happen, I just have to be stronger! So off for some quite relaxation before I go to bed in the dog house!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wow, being a cookie Daddy is hard!

Being a cookie Daddy is a hard job! It isn't all the paperwork, it is not setting up the spreadsheet to track orders and payments, it is not answering the numerous questions about when cookies are getting here, it is however having 156 cases of girl scout cookies in my family room. I have been so good and have not ripped into any, yet! The temptation is there though! I do have to say Congratulations to Kaitlynn, she was the high seller for her junior troop with 235 boxes sold. Her troop made enough money to send every girl and mommy to spend a night at the museum! They will have a blast.
On to a lighter topic...me! I lost another 2 pounds last week. I feel great and can see some results. I have been going through my photos to try and find one that I can do a before and now comparison with. Funny thing is that fat Bruce really didn't like to have his picture taken. (total side note: my daughters are sitting here making arm farts in the living room, I had to join in! Laura is So proud!) I do have to say that loosing weight is really a trying experience, it is hard on the whole body image thing! My skin is not as elastic as it used to be, losing the underlying fat makes things loose and jiggly. I have to keep in mind that this is long term and healthy for me. My body will eventually return to a static form, so what if I won't be able to swim without a swim shirt or run at the beach shirtless. For one we live in CO, and secondly I will help prevent skin cancer! So I have lost 42 pounds of fat from my body, almost a 45 pound plate from the gym. That is 42 pounds that I don't have to carry around all day! Things are looking great!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Life is short!

I had a wonderful weekend! A weekend full of fun quality family time, the laughter of children, and good clean fun with my wife. A weekend spent with good friends, good food, and the Superbowl. It was an excellent reminder of the amazing friends and family that I have been blessed with. It was a perfect reminder of why I am on this journey, of why I am making a lifestyle change, and all the good things that I have to live for! I have a lot to offer this world, I have two beautiful daughters to watch grow up, I have an amazing wife to grow old with! So each and every morning when I wake up and hit the gym I need to take a minute and meditate on my life!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

3 More Pounds Gone

Well I stepped it up majorly this week after a little sickness knocked on my door. I took a hard look at my diet and exercise, I took a retrospect on why I am on this journey, and I sucked it up. My reward was not only in my energy levels and awesome workouts but also when I stepped on the scale and was down to 266 pounds from 269 pounds last week. That feeling is wonderful. I am also noticing changes in my body, and no it is not puberty all over again. I can see definite changes now and so can Laura and the girls. Quote from Kait "Daddy I can hug more of you!" Now that is why I am doing this! Well world bring it on!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Short post

To anyone who has ever stuck to a diet or has done any weightlifting or basically any other high protein nutrition plan, I have to say I know your pain. As does my wife...The impact of such a protein rich diet to ones GI track is not a pleasant smell. I am sorry I do not have a dog to blame it on.
On a less stinky note things are going great! I feel awesome, after a small bout of sickness. Also I am looking forward to getting my new bike later this month, then I can pick things up a notch! Well that is when the temperatures get above -12 degF again. Well it is off to bed for a good nights sleep.

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