Two Years Later : A Fitness Journey : Fat To Fitter

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At my peak I was 190 lbs. Flirting with high blood pressure and markers for pre-diabetes. Today all of it gone. Without any medications. 148 lbs with a BP of 110/68.

Two years ago I made one of the top five most important decisions of my life. I decided to get off my ass and get fit. Not like the dozens of times I’d done and promised before, only to not succeed. But, this time for good.

Here’s my two year anniversary story I shared to my Facebook page a few days ago. Click on it to read the full story!

If I can do it. You can do it!

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Click on the image above to read about my two year anniversary.

 

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Fall Begins – Well For Some – Looking Back So Far

Anyone that knows me knows I love summer. Yes, even when it’s been butt hot and humid like 2018, I love summer. The first of September signals the end of summer mentally to me. Though we have tons of hot weather left, in the meteorological world it’s the technical end of summer. Meteorological fall begins on September 1 each year, though it doesn’t start on the calendar until September 22 of this year.

When I was much younger my friend Burnie and I would travel to his folks family cabin at Kentucky Lake every Labor Day weekend. (That’s a shot of the lake in the header photo up top) Labor Day weekend always signaled the end of the fun season on the water. A time to get things put up and ready for winter. One last time around the lake in the boat or one last lazy afternoon lying on the floating deck in the sun, knowing winter wasn’t too far behind.

One of my best friends in life Burnie on the pier at Kentucky Lake in 1977 as we were getting ready to say so long to summer and shut down there for the winter. That old pier is long gone now replaced with a floating dock. To this day Burnie and I still meet back at the cabin at least once a year for a week, just to reconnect and relax for a few days in the summer.

Labor Day weekend always is a time I reflect on the a big part of the year behind and what little bit is left ahead. This year is no different. I’ve been thinking lots about this past year. The changes, both physical and mental I have made. How I’m tiring of the constant negative drumbeat of Facebook. The constant tit for tat fighting of people in business and political circles. There’s a line in the movie On Golden Pond with the late Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. Norman, the 80 year old character played by Fonda, (no parallel here to my friend with that last name, to be clear!) has been at odds with his daughter for years. He always seems angry and mad. Inviting death and more or less giving up. His daughter (and real life daughter Jane in the movie) are trying to reestablish a connection. Neither are being very easy about it. Eventually Hepburn asks her daughter, “When do you think you’re going to get around to it? Your dad is 80 with a heart condition.” She’s was right. We often put off telling people how important they are until it’s too late. or conversely, we let others occupy time and space in our brains that shouldn’t. We let them be the things we check off of our lists daily versus our own things we should be checking off the list.

Myself and my great friend Burnie at Kentucky Lake in Tennessee this past May 2018. This was the last picture we had taken before the cabin behind us started undergoing a major renovation that’s completed in late 2018. We always have great visits here. We’ve been coming to this spot since we were teenagers.

Yvette’s got me into listening to podcasts a lot lately. It’s been a good thing. I recently listened to one on The Tim Ferris Show where the founder and CEO of Dropbox, Drew Houston, was interviewed. He’s an engineering type that struck it big. He discussed lots of how he got there and how he manages it all. He’s maybe in his early 30s now. One of the things he did long ago was creating an email box on his computer caller OPP. Other People’s Problems. That’s what happens to us in life often. You realize you’re spending more time on other people’s problems and not your own. Not that we shouldn’t help others and be good to others, but far too often we don’t even do it for ourselves. Our own families. It’s one of the reasons I got very serious about fitness in the past two years. Just exactly how much longer was I going to wait to start?

Like any other Labor Day Weekend of the past, I have been reflecting this year. But I must say many of the changes I am making are positive. I am letting go of lots of baggage, and people, and things that simply are holding me back. That’s been good. It’s been refreshing.

I still am not looking forward to winter. Cold weather and I don’t dance very well, but I also realize spring awaits just on the other side!

Have a great Labor Day holiday everyone!
Tommy

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Thursday : May 24, 2018 : Sunny & Warm : Becerra Lawncare Update

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MID-SOUTH : SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH : (EXPIRED)

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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 110
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
1230 PM CDT Sun May 20 2018

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of
Northeast and East Central Arkansas
Extreme Southern Illinois
Extreme Southwest Indiana
Western Kentucky
Southeast Missouri
Northern Mississippi
Western Tennessee

* Effective this Sunday afternoon and evening from 1230 PM until
800 PM CDT.

* Primary threats include…
Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
Scattered large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

SUMMARY…Storms are increasing as they move southeastward across
southern Illinois and southeast Missouri into northern Arkansas.
These storms will intensify this afternoon with severe wind gusts
and large hail possible. Other storms will develop in advance of
the boundary over Tennessee and northern Mississippi with a threat
for local damaging winds and hail.

The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 80
statute miles east and west of a line from 30 miles east northeast
of Carbondale IL to 35 miles southwest of Oxford MS. For a complete
depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update
(WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are
favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening
weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible
warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce
tornadoes.

 

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 110
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1230 PM CDT SUN MAY 20 2018

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 110 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

ARC021-031-035-037-055-075-077-093-107-111-121-123-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

AR
. ARKANSAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

CLAY CRAIGHEAD CRITTENDEN
CROSS GREENE LAWRENCE
LEE MISSISSIPPI PHILLIPS
POINSETT RANDOLPH ST. FRANCIS

 

ILC003-055-059-065-069-077-087-127-145-151-153-165-181-193-199-
210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

IL
. ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ALEXANDER FRANKLIN GALLATIN
HAMILTON HARDIN JACKSON
JOHNSON MASSAC PERRY
POPE PULASKI SALINE
UNION WHITE WILLIAMSON

 

INC129-163-173-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

IN
. INDIANA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

POSEY VANDERBURGH WARRICK

 

KYC007-033-035-039-055-075-083-101-105-107-139-143-145-157-221-
225-233-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

KY
. KENTUCKY COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BALLARD CALDWELL CALLOWAY
CARLISLE CRITTENDEN FULTON
GRAVES HENDERSON HICKMAN
HOPKINS LIVINGSTON LYON
MARSHALL MCCRACKEN TRIGG
UNION WEBSTER

 

MOC023-031-069-133-143-155-201-207-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

MO
. MISSOURI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BUTLER CAPE GIRARDEAU DUNKLIN
MISSISSIPPI NEW MADRID PEMISCOT
SCOTT STODDARD

 

MSC003-009-013-017-027-033-057-071-081-093-095-107-115-117-119-
135-137-139-141-143-145-161-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

MS
. MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ALCORN BENTON CALHOUN
CHICKASAW COAHOMA DESOTO
ITAWAMBA LAFAYETTE LEE
MARSHALL MONROE PANOLA
PONTOTOC PRENTISS QUITMAN
TALLAHATCHIE TATE TIPPAH
TISHOMINGO TUNICA UNION
YALOBUSHA

 

TNC005-017-023-033-039-045-047-053-069-071-075-077-079-095-097-
109-113-131-157-167-183-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

TN
. TENNESSEE COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BENTON CARROLL CHESTER
CROCKETT DECATUR DYER
FAYETTE GIBSON HARDEMAN
HARDIN HAYWOOD HENDERSON
HENRY LAKE LAUDERDALE
MADISON MCNAIRY OBION
SHELBY TIPTON WEAKLEY

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Mid-South : Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 8 PM CDT This Evening

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The Storm Prediction Center has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for much of the Mid-South until 8 PM CDT this Saturday evening.

 

Scroll down for county specific information. 

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

   Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 107

   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK

   135 PM CDT Sat May 19 2018

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of 

     Northeast Arkansas

     Western Kentucky

     South Central and Southeast Missouri

     West Tennessee

   * Effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 135 PM until

     800 PM CDT.

   * Primary threats include…

     Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

     Scattered large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

   SUMMARY…Several clusters of strong to severe storms over southern

   Missouri are expected to move toward the southeast this afternoon,

   with additional storms continuing over west Tennessee.  Stronger

   storms will produce strong wind gusts and large hail.

   The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 45

   statute miles north and south of a line from 40 miles west northwest

   of West Plains MO to 35 miles north northeast of Jackson TN. For a

   complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline

   update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

   REMEMBER…A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are

   favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

   Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening

   weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible

   warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce

   tornadoes.

 

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   BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 107

   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

   135 PM CDT SAT MAY 19 2018

   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 107 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT

   FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

   ARC021-055-093-121-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   AR 

   .    ARKANSAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   CLAY                 GREENE              MISSISSIPPI         

   RANDOLPH             

   KYC039-075-083-105-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   KY 

   .    KENTUCKY COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   CARLISLE             FULTON              GRAVES              

   HICKMAN              

   MOC023-035-065-067-069-091-133-143-149-153-155-181-201-203-207-

   215-223-229-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   MO 

   .    MISSOURI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   BUTLER               CARTER              DENT                

   DOUGLAS              DUNKLIN             HOWELL              

   MISSISSIPPI          NEW MADRID          OREGON              

   OZARK                PEMISCOT            RIPLEY              

   SCOTT                SHANNON             STODDARD            

   TEXAS                WAYNE               WRIGHT              

   TNC033-045-053-075-095-097-113-131-167-183-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   TN 

   .    TENNESSEE COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   CROCKETT             DYER                GIBSON              

   HAYWOOD              LAKE                LAUDERDALE          

   MADISON              OBION               TIPTON              

   WEAKLEY              

   ATTN…WFO…MEG…SGF…PAH…

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Fitness Isn’t All About Running – At All!

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Moving firewood is one of the best exercises around, and you don’t realize you’re working out!

Tuesday – February 6, 2018

Lots of folks have asked me if all I do is run to lose the weight and stay in shape. The very complete answer is, no. Not. At. All. As a matter of fact, as I get more and more into this, I have come to realize how only running is actually bad for you. Is it better than doing nothing? Absolutely. But, if all you do is run and if you do it, in particular daily, it’s hard on the body.

Humans weren’t created to be runners all day everyday. We were created to interval run. You know, get away from the tiger chasing you, then when the danger is over you don’t continue with the urgency. I make it a point now to get in a run a couple of days a week. About 3 miles average each.

 

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Pull-ups are a very good strengthning exercise.  

That’s really all I care to do anymore. But I have added weight and resistance training as well, which has started doing wonders for the waistline. In November 2016 I was in a 36″ waist, today I am in a 29″ waist. Something I’ve not seen since sophomore or junior years in high school.

But remember it’s not just formal-planned exercise. It’s anything that gets you moving and increases the heart rate. In the top photo above I was simple moving and stacking firewood. You can burn as many calories from doing that as you can in a run if it’s a considerable bit.

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It’s not just about the running, it’s about building muscle, particularly as you age. That’s just as important, very important. 

Regardless of what you choose to do, just get out there and do it! I’m about 1.5 years into getting back in shape. The results don’t lie.

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Here I am in early February 2018. I am now in a 29″ waist and weigh 154 pounds. Down from a max weight of 190 a few years back. I started at 186 on November 4, 2016.

Whatever you do just get moving!

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Take Advantage Of The Mild Temps This Weekend – Cold Returns In February

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Wednesday – January 24, 2017

We’ve still got a few decent days left weather-wise before the big chill heads back again. I’ll be taking advantage of them to get in some more trail running and doing a few outdoor chores before it gets bone chilling cold again. Suggest anyone with outdoor activities to do the same.

Around Feb 8th (ish) we go back in the deep freeze, with some single digits likely once again, and the likelihood of wintry weather precipitation increases this time around as well.

Tommy

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