Category Archives: MJ

A bit of a journey

I’m bad at blogging – this is known. But I’ve been busy! Or something. I should be keeping better notes on what’s going on in my world so that at the very least, it can serve as reference.

The very last week of February 2012 we made some very drastic changes to our lives.

MJ loves geocaching. I love it too, I just have more limits on what I will put myself through for the sake of the hunt, or a ratty container filled with worthless pieces of swag. In the case of our major life change, I think geocaching was the intial motivating factor for MJ anyway. She is the adviser for the student caching group and felt that she was holding her student back due to her own fitness level, so over the past year or so she’s made more of an effort to get in shape. She started in earnest back in January with the low sodium dash diet. Through school, she knew a student who was working on a degree in health and fitness so that he could become a personal trainer. She asked him if he’d be willing to take both of us on as his first clients of a sort. He’d already assisted his wife with her transformation into a physique competitor so he said yes.

He gave us our caloric and macro-nutrient requirements along with a grocery list of acceptable and not acceptable foods. From there it was up to us to make our own menus. (MJ takes care of that, because math is hard..) We were also charged with going to the gym six mornings a week which meant getting up at 5:30 because we also had to have one of our meals before we got the gym.

Fast-forward to today.

MJ, since starting her journey in January has lost over 100lbs. I’ve lost 50 from my top weight. Because MJ does the majority of the cooking, I’d also been eating the low-sodium menus she’d devised that January, just not entirely.

We joined the Y and started exercising around six days a week and have been going at it pretty steady since then. I’ve had a slower go losing weight mostly because I work from home and as a result I just move less overall and I haven’t been nearly as goal-driven as MJ. I’m just happy to be making progress.

I did go see a nutritionist in October because I had stopped losing weight and through a BodyGem metabolic test found out that my BMR is much lower than the average person my height/weight. I like to say that body is so efficient it barely needs any calories to run this ship. But it’s just that I’ve been obese for so long that my metabolism gave up.

We’ve started a second Y Fitness Challenge at our gym to help stay motivated and accountable so hoping to see more progress in 2013. I’m really more pleased with the strength and endurance increases that I’ve gained more than the weight I’ve lost. I did a squat-a-thon through the whole of December that came out somewhere close to 2000 squats and I can do a few full push-ups. My goal for December 2013 – pull-ups!

In other 2012 news I finished my graduate degree in Information Systems and look forward to some news in 2013 career-wise.

The Maryland electorate finally voted on the side of marriage equality so me and my “partner” of eleven years were married on the first day it was legal to do so – 1/1/2013. Because that partner, significant other, girlfriend stuff is really inadequate.

So yet again I’ve waited until nearly MLK day to update my site. I’m winning at the Internet.

Our fitness resources:
My Fitness Pal
Fitbit
Fitocracy

On writing

I think I enjoy the promise of a blank Moleskine vesus the reality of filling one up.  Much like I enjoy the promise of a blog versus posting to it.  No wonder I’m thinking of changing the design here again. . .

But I will say that I was most pleased to discover a compact version of my favorite pen.  That brings the reality of a Moleskine’s true purpose a little closer, but still requires a little more than I’m ready to give.

That said and completely unrelated, I hope you’re all having a pleasant holiday season.

Yeah buddy…

We stopped by the fair this evening to pick up my prize and ribbon. With my winnings, I plan to pay off debt, buy a house, hire movers, buy a winnebago, gas cards out the wazoo for all my peeps and give a portion to my mother so she can retire. Then I’m kicking my brother’s family out of her house, but that’s another story…

The Weekend in Review Movies, Knitting, Spinning, Warcraft, Guitar Hero, Sunshine, Chicken Enchiladas, PIRATE, The Lady – The best.

MJ's Socks

Finally got MJ’s Socks done Sunday morning. Just a week late for the Ravelympics but better to limp across the finish line than not to finish at all, or something. Luckily, just in time for MJ’s feet.