My underwear is falling off…

by Mike Vifquain on March 12, 2013

It’s been a roughly a month and a half since I started spin class again and I’m loving it.

My ass hurt, my legs hurt, I was horribly out of shape. But it’s getting better. I’ve been going twice a week with good success. In this time I have missed only 2 classes due to schedule conflicts, but I find that I feel so much better on the days I go.

I’m considering going Saturday mornings, and would love to figure out a way to go the other days of the week.

Now for the bad part: I haven’t lost any weight.

The good part: My underwear is falling off. Seriously. The elastic waistband was stretched out, so when I slimmed up a bit they would fall down along with my pants.

Plumbers crack ahoy!

So, my first “new me purchase” was Underwear! The girls in spin class appreciate it, I am sure.

Or do they?

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Spin class to lose my ass…

by Mike Vifquain on January 28, 2013

So time has crept on and married life is being VERY good to me. I am closer to my family, I have my kids full time, I’m with a great woman who loves and appreciates me and work is better than it has been in years. But – I’ve gained weight.

Happiness comes with consequences I guess.

That’s OK, I’d rather be a little overweight and happy than unhappy and overweight! I can fix this. I start spin class at the Tampa YMCA tomorrow morning.

It’s going to hurt.
I am going to pay for it.
My ass will hurt.

But I’m looking forward to it.

Wish me luck.

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I’m Married! I’m happy to report that I have married Juliette, the special girl who originally inspired me to create this blog.

As of today, I am 286lbs. I’m not quite sure why I can’t seem to dedicate myself to weight loss as I once did. Perhaps its because I am happy with my life as is. I am eating better, and much less than before, which has resulted in some weight loss. However I am still not hitting the gym steadily. Tomorrow I will get back into the gym, and slowly work my way back to getting fit. Wish me luck!

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Quick Halloween update

by Mike Vifquain on October 31, 2010

I didn’t make the gym early Friday, however I did make it later in the day. This weekend is filled with kids activities, fortunately I’m not big fan of Candy!

Are you?

I’m already looking forward to tomorrows workout. I’m noticeably more tired during the day when I don’t start with cardio!

Happy Halloween!

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In poker, they call this the nuts…

by Mike Vifquain on October 28, 2010

The Nuts. The best hand. Unbeatable.

Thats my week. My attitude is kicking ass and taking names. When an excuse has opportunity, my Will shows the better hand.

My goal for this week is simple: Cardio every day after dropping the kids at school. Today is Thursday and I’m right on track. Not without an obstacle though.

This morning I was tempted to skip and “delay” my workout at my son’s request. It was picture day, and his class was first in line. I stayed to watch him, and after he wanted me to volunteer to do flash cards with his class. He pulled out all the stops: puppy-dog eyes, hugs, kisses and even said “I Love You” in front of his friends. It was a hard decision to make, but with todays work schedule, I had to choose only one — Volunteer or Cardio. Today cardio won, but only because I already volunteered Monday.

Cardio this week is a simple 30 minutes on the elliptical per day. Next week I will kick it up to 45 minutes, and rotate in the 100 Pushups and 200 situps programs.

Todays workout:

30 mins, 465 cals, 2.57 mi.

Time: 30 mins
Distance: 2.57 mi.
Calories: 465 cals

As you can tell, I burned less calories in this session. Rather than pushing myself, I decided to try and keep my heart-rate on target for “fat-loss” according to the computer. My heart rate averaged 135, instead of the usual 150-160.

How are your weekly workouts progressing?

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Excuses excuses excuses…

by Mike Vifquain on October 26, 2010

I did it. I am breaking the mold.

My mold.

I will no longer succumb to my own excuses. In the coming days, I will tackle each of my recurring excuses to prevent myself from getting into the gym. By facing my own demons, publicly, I hope to prevent them from happening in the future. Maybe some of you face the same demons and can offer commentary on what has worked for you.

When I think of excuses, many come to mind. I’ve got a million and one for just about any occasion, but there is one that stands out far more than the others. It affects all aspects of my life, personal motivation, work productivity and more importantly the time I spend with my kids. I’m tired.

Excuse #1: I’m too tired.

Why the hell am I so tired?

Obviously I’m fat. Thats why I’m in this situation, right? Am I fat because of some medical condition? Do I have diabetes or a thyroid disorder? Nope. Do I have High Blood Pressure? Nope. Are my knees so shot I can barely walk? Nope. In all honesty I am a perfectly healthy guy, other than being a fat ass. I had blood work done a few weeks ago and everything came back perfect.

So what is causing me to be so tired?

  • Because my body is used to being a lazy ass. It’s in a constant state of rest. I work at a desk and sit on my ass all day.
  • Because I am self employed, I work from home and set my own hours. There is no structure. My hobby is my work. If I am bored at night, I get online and work.
  • Because I don’t sleep enough at night (see previous reason)

I’m sure I could come up with even more reasons, but they are all related to those above. So lets examine some of the affects this has on my life.

  1. My house is a mess. I’m either too busy or too tried to really clean. So I solve that problem by hiring someone to clean my house once a week. That still leaves 6 days of me not doing even the simplest amount of cleaning.
  2. My business is unorganized, which affects my productivity. If I would exert a little more time and energy, I could be organized and stay on task. This is something that has affected me my whole life, regardless of my weight, which makes this an even tougher mountain to climb. If I can accomplish more in a shorter period of time, I can work less and focus on improving other parts of my life.
  3. Quality time with my children. As a single dad, who recently has the kiddos full-time, I get to juggle homework, sports and after school events in addition to all my other responsibilities. By not having the energy to stay organized and on top of things, it affects my children. My laziness rubs off on them. This is probably the most motivating issue of them all. I’ve noticed that if I wait and have to rush them, they push back and respond less positive to whatever the issue is. By giving them the time attention they need, there is less hassle and they are much happier.

So there you have it… Excuse and motivating factor #1.

My solution is to get to wake up 30 minutes earlier, thus getting the kids to school earlier and creating an additional 30 minutes of gym-time. I plan do do this 5 days a week. I don’t think it’s too much to ask of myself.

*Side note: Today I did 30 minutes on the elliptical.

Distance: 2.59 mi
Calories: 534

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