Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Beast Mode Day-? [ Diet ] [ Bodybuilding ] [ Training ]

    While following this diet and bodybuilding routine, the days are going by to quick to keep count. Good and bad days have come and gone. Probably more bad days. LOL. I've even had a lot of days that I just didn't work out at all. Never the less, I continue training and can now say I fit into my shorts again. I FIT IN MY OLD SHORTS! I started at 240 pounds. I am now at 225. Two hundred pounds is the goal for now. It feels great and is highly motivational. This is a tough workout routine, and I still can not do exactly what it demands. I give it my best and have been seeing great results.

    Blood pressure has not dropped at all. That is a little discouraging since getting off medication is the point of all this training. It was made clear to me that I may never get off the meds because of genes. Even with that information, I will keep trying. My wife and five children are great motivation. ✌ The fight continues. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Day-10 Beast Mode [ Change is Needed ]

    I have reached a point where my muscle mass is growing significantly, but body fat seems to be holding at it's current percentage. Because of this, my body weight is holding at 230 pounds; and it wouldn't surprise me if I gained some weight. Muscle does weight more than fat. This is why you cannot watch the scale while doing a workout routine to lose weight and build muscle.

    The medication does seem to be holding me back. There is a certain point in every workout I do that I must pull back because of getting dizzy and coming close to passing out. This is not something I would run into before taking meds. My muscles seem to always be strained. For example, that feeling you get when holding something over your head and your muscles start to burn because they are being pushed beyond their limits. My muscles have that feeling constantly. I contribute that to the meds as well. Just sweeping a floor is like pushing the limits with burning muscles. In all honesty, if you put all my symptoms together, I would describe it as a feeling of dying. Going the rest of my life like this is not realistic. It is to mentally draining. Change is needed! Keep me in your prayers.

                                                                              After every exercise my right arm gets significantly                                                                        larger than my left. Weird! Odd fitness results at there best. LOL

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Day-3 Beast Mode [ motivated ][ protein powder power ]

    Wow! I'm feeling good. Not only did I make it through work without getting dehydrated, but I also completed today's workout. Sleepiness has overcome me at this point. That pillow on the bed is looking great.

    What seems to be making the difference is protein powder. I started taking it yesterday after work and woke today feeling rejuvenated. All for that! 👍


     A load of debris got in my eyes today while working. Looking at this bright computer screen is burning. Most of the larger pieces have come out, but some fine dust seems to be irritating the right eye. Flushing them with water didn't help. What are ya gonna do? Onward to tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Day-2 Beast Mode [ FAIL ]

    Today was suppose to be day 2 of my routine. I can't even do 1 push up at the  moment. Work was very physically straining today and took everything out of me. I got fairly dehydrated to make it worse. At least, I made it trough work which honestly, I feel is more important. If my body doesn't adjust to the meds, then I'm not sure how I will continue. It feels like being run over by a bulldozer after working in the sun for two hours. That's not exaggerating! Tomorrow is a rest day. I will attempt to use it as a make up day. Ha, we'll see how that goes. The battle goes on. 👊

Monday, April 30, 2018

Day-1 Beast Mode [ son does squats ]

    I've done it. Day 1 workout is complete. This is a tough workout. I'm suppose to do as many rounds of the routine as possible in 30 minutes. I managed two and a half rounds. That took about 15 minutes. The rest of the time was spent catching my breath and trying  not to pass out. It wasn't easy getting it done after a day of working in the Florida sun. Preferably a morning workout would be best, but it's just not practical for me. I'm noticing that the number 1 thing limiting my exercise is a shortness of breath. Hopefully, this will fade over time.

    While laying on the carpet trying to catch my breath, my youngest son who does not walk, crawls next to me and starts doing squats. He seemed to enjoy exercise far more than I. LOL

Someone tell him his form is off.

    My eating has been great. Had a couple of slips over the weekend, but not enough to hurt me. The diet continues. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Body Weight Workout Routine

    I'm starting a new routine tomorrow. It uses all body weight. That works for me since I have no room for equipment and no time to get to a gym. It's going to be rough and will require a great deal of discipline. It should be worth it in the end.

    Yes, I have already been doing body weight exercises for the last week and have lost significant weight. What I have not done is stick to the routine. Starting tomorrow, I will be following it to the tee.

10 BEST Body Weight Exercises of All-Time (plus 5 Bonus moves)

Easy Quick Breakfast Oatmeal

One of my go to breakfasts is this creamy oatmeal. Pre-flavored oatmeal has so much sugar. Making your own is easier than you would think. I've even gotten my kids to eat it which is incredible. Cinnamon and peaches are always a tasty option. Kids seem to love adding Nutella. Finding something healthy the whole family will enjoy can be tough. This oatmeal is a winner.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Feeling Good [ taking it easy ] day 7-8

    Yesterday and today were lazy days. Still did some workouts, but didn't push myself. Definitely feeling much better. Tomorrow, I will push myself. Sunday will be recovery day. I've lost 10 pounds so far. That's without sticking to the diet completely. Very motivating!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Need a Break [ blood pressure and dehydration ]

    I could barely wake up today. My body is so physically strained. I was working in the sun all day today and became very dehydrated. This is what the medications do. Problem is that my job requires me to be in the sun. Blood pressure medication and sun don't mix. Hopefully, I can rehydrate before tomorrow.

    No workouts today. I'll get some exercise in tomorrow if I'm feeling better. I think I will try some electrolyte drinks while working in the sun tomorrow. That should help with hydration. I go back to full duty in 4 more days. As long as I can get in a groove by then, I'll be good.

    This would be day six of diet and exercise and no change in blood pressure yet. It would be nice if my dose could already be lowered. That's not the case, so I'll have to be patient. Keep the prayers coming.

                                                                                    The back of my neck is sun burnt. OUCH!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Day 5-6 Morning Workout

    It hurts! That's all. It Hurts!

    As far as my treadmill goes, I hate it. My legs are in nothing, but pain. Yet, I must continue to step onto this plastic beast that forces me to move. One day, I may learn to love it; but for now, I hate it.

    I've been back to work for the last 2 day,s and it's been rough. I'm on 3 meds that all require you stay out of the sun. MY JOB IS IN THE SUN, AND I FEEL LIKE I'M DYING! I am confident that my body will adjust. The first week will be the toughest. One good note is that I have not been having so many urges for junk food.  My stomach seems to be shrinking as well. I say that because small portions are making me feel full. That is a good and motivating feeling. Even though I'm complaining, progress is being made. The exercise and diet will continue.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Day-4 Morning Workout

    Today was pretty intense. Started with a relatively small breakfast. Oatmeal made with milk and cinnamon. 1 slice whole grain toast with cottage cheese and black coffee.

    After that breakfast I did around 30-40 squats and push-ups. I continued doing sets of each until I couldn't do any more. After that I was exhausted and jumped on the treadmill. I only lasted 3 minutes of running at 7 mph.

    For lunch just now I had a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat. Time to go do some crunches. 👍

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Day-3 Morning Workout [ Treadmill ]

    Started with a good breakfast. 3 eggs, 2 whole wheat toast, cottage cheese and black coffee.

    After breakfast, workout consisted of 20 push-ups, 40 crunches, and 12 minutes on treadmill. In all, it went well. It was a struggle to finish. I would like to add a weight training routine to these workouts. Maybe twice a week with the daily morning exercise. I'll have to be careful not to overdue it. A gradual increase would probably be best. Of course, that may just be laziness talking. LOL!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Affordable and Great Quality!

    Here is the Treadmill I use. It is a great treadmill at a affordable price. I found this one after a few weeks of researching. My problem was finding one that was compact and folding but still large enough to handle my longer stride. This guy is perfect. It's very sturdy and handles the long stride while still being small enough to fit in my tiny house. I'm 6'4" and 245 pounds. It has 6 programmed workouts. Also gives you a calorie and distance count. Has a 2 position adjustable incline.

    Now here's the best quality for me. It seems to be quieter than most other treadmills. I've been on a few treadmills and while it's not super quiet, it is quiet for the price. Certainly quieter than the others I've tried.

    Now I learned this the hard way. Get yourself a good pair of shoes if your going to be using your treadmill regularly. Otherwise prepare for blisters.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Day 1 Meals


2 Eggs - 1 Slice Whole Wheat Toast - 1 Cup Plain Oatmeal ( flavored with pureed banana, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup. ) - Black Coffee unsweetened


1 Slice Whole Wheat Toast - Tuna with chopped celery, green onion and tablespoon of honey mustard.


To be determined. 💪

Our Body

    When we think of our bodies as God's temple, it can open our eyes to some things. There are different ways to defile our bodies. The Bible refers to spiritual defilement more than physical or at least some would say. The truth is they can be one in the same. For example, sexual immorality that Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians 6:18 can be a physical act as well as a mental thought. Just because Paul speaks of it as a inner sin does not mean it's not a physical one as well.

    While I can take this in many directions, I want our focus to be on our physical health. Our physical health effects our spirits. Since I have been letting my health go, there has been a noticeable negative effect in my ministry. It has almost come to a complete halt. That's a dangerous place to be because a lack of God will lead to sin getting back into our lives. Unhealthy lifestyles lead to death. Sin leads to death. You will find when you have one, you have the other. The Spirit of God dwells within us. While keeping sin out of our bodies is important, so is keeping our bodies  (God's temple) healthy.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

    Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Exercise to keep God's temple strong.

Eat healthy to keep God's temple clean.

Day 1- Morning Workout

    I did it! Woke up late, but I still stuck to getting it done. I started with 60 crunches and jogging on a treadmill for 10 minutes. The crunches were humiliating. Reaching the 20th crunch was difficult and I couldn't help thinking of when 300 was doable without breaking a sweat. Never the less, it got done.

    Jogging was easier than expected. The first few minutes were worrisome, but at about 4 minutes I got in the zone. The 10 minutes were over, before I knew it. Getting off the treadmill was harder than getting on due to my legs feeling like jello. I basically wobbled over to the sink for a glass of water. Drinking the water was incredible difficult because I was so out of breath that I couldn't hold my breath long enough to take a sip. I use the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill and it works great for someone my height.

    Keep in mind, this was all done after taking the time to cook my own healthy breakfast. I will share each of my meals at the end of the day. I'll be going for all three, since I'm feeling extra motivated after that exercise.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Keep to the Produce Section

    Just finished grocery shopping for tomorrow's start to a new diet. Spent most of my time in the produce section. Caught my eyes wondering a few times, but kept it under control. Passing the Chips Ahoy Cookies on the way to the register was the most difficult. LOL. I've returned home with enough for a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For now, breakfast will be my main concern. If I get all three meals correct tomorrow, that will be a huge +!

    I will share each of tomorrow's meals here. Please, if anyone has any healthy and easy meal ideas share in the comments. For me, fast and easy is the best.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


    Bad habits are what got me in this mess of unhealthy blob in the waist region. The two most concerning bad habits I have fallen into are excessive eating of fast food (mostly Chinese takeout) and lack of exercise. This is all a compilation of bad habits leading to bad choices. For example, my morning routine, the way I shop for groceries, what I do when getting home from work, and just about every thing else during the day are all full of bad habit. Getting healthy will begin with taking small steps to better habits. I say "small steps" because trying to change it all at once will only overwhelm me and lead to failure.

    The first small step is to wake up earlier and run on a treadmill for 10 minutes. I will add 2 minutes every morning until I reach 45 minutes of running every morning. I will be including in this step changing my breakfast to a healthy one. Clearly, I will try to eat the healthy breakfast before the run for energy. All other meals for the day will not yet change.

    Since this is the first step, it's a perfect time to go over my starting stats.

32 years old.
230 pounds.
6 feet 4 inches tall.
45 1/2 inch stomach. ( Measuring from belly button wrapping around back until tape reaches back to belly button.)

On 5 medications daily. ( Goal to get off all meds. )