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Hey Hey, What Can I Do?

29 Sep

Earlier tonight, you would have spotted me in the local gym running my little heart out to the Stones throwing in some air drums to the beat. While this may appear to be a semi-humorous moment to those that see some twentysomething rocking out a little too hard on a treadmill, what you also may have seen was not so funny. Tonight, I had a constant nagging in my back muscles while running. In the past month, I’ve had most every muscle, joint and bodily appendage evoke some sort of pain, but I have yet to endure any back pain while running, especially something that would cause me to take it really easy and walk more than I would have liked to. Back problems have been a constant problem for me for the past ten years, and as naive as I can be, I always tended to blame my back problems on an injury I suffered playing baseball ten years ago. How wrong I was (maybe not, but most likely). When I started to really drop weight off in the first half of 2009, I noticed my back to start feeling much better and less strained, and started to pay attention that the way my entire body felt, really mattered with what shape it was in.

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Fun with Tri-ing

28 Sep

So why at the age of 27 did I decide that I should start doing triathlons?  One too many beers led to a bet with a good friend which led to me buying a bike and training my butt off all summer.  Here is the report from my second ever triathlon.

Swimming:  Growing up on a lake I always thought I was a good swimmer.  And maybe I was.  “Was” being the key word. Maybe it’s because as I grow older I spend less and less time on the lake.  Maybe it’s because I never used to swim 500m with 50 other people around while being timed.  Whatever the reason is, I can promise you I no longer consider myself a good swimmer.  This was my second triathlon and I think the swim got even harder. Read the rest of this entry »

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“We are always running for the thrill of it, thrill of it”

22 Sep

So about two weeks ago, I decided to make a very important lifestyle change, given the goals I have (get in kick-ass shape), the boredom and developing pain in my knees from elliptical machines (my Grandma has had both knees replaced, and I foresee the same for my mom and her brother..this scares me..), and a desire to challenge myself in a way I’ve never been challenged.. so I started running. To back this up, I hated running. Used to loathe it. I didn’t understand the appeal, and the only running I’ve done in the past 5 years is from the cops at parties (in my underage days..cheers to 22), and to catch a train going to/from Chicago (always’s a constant thing in my life).

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Burning Calories Can Be Enjoyable!

25 May

We understand it can be hard to get started on a routine of diet and exercise, along with watching calorie intake.  We thought it would be helpful to suggest some different activities, some of which you may already be doing, and show how many calories you would burn in just 30 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »