Monday, December 17, 2007

A Goal Met

Weigh-In: 225.4 lbs

I thought I'd share this picture from Saturday night. Every year my town has a festival where they build this three story tall Phoenix bird and burn it to the ground. It's supposed to symbolize a rebirth for this old, once shabby iron town. It was a rebirth of sorts for myself as well.


As of today my weight loss goal is 10 pounds away. I'm excited to get there.

After a not very relaxing 3 day reprieve from the gym I decided this morning it was time to attack one of my goals. The one that has been staring me in the face for a while now was the sub 8 minute mile.

When I started running I didn't really even pace myself for a fast mile, but after the first minute I figured "what the heck" and I hiked the treadmill up to 8 miles an hour and kept it there. Eventually I was running at 10 mph and I was able to eek out a 7:44 mile.

Strike that one off the list!

In other news my friend and I are looking into purchasing an Olympic weight bar and weights so we can start doing squats and bench presses in his basement.

I have to say, when I see that huge bar sitting on the floor it's a bit daunting. This will really be a challenge for me to build upper body strength as I've never even been able to do a single pull-up in my entire life.

In a way I'm really looking forward to the challenge of it.


billy said...

I remember the first time I talked to you in a while, before you started all this, you were like "Dude, you're all thin and you own a house? What the hell?"

Well, now you, too, are all thin and own a house too. Well done.

Rob Tucker said...

Very cool. And sub 8 on the treadmill is freakish. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

Marcol said...

You'll be so proud when you reach your weight lifting goals. It will be amazing to look back and think there once was a time when I couldnt do this and never thought it possible.

Stay strong and focused!

Geoff said...

If you and your friend have room, I would also buy some bumper plates for the olympic bar so you can do olympic lifts (like power clean, snatch, push press, etc.). They are awesome total body lifts that are of huge advantage when attempting to gain strength.