OK no that is not a reference to vampires. Instead it is a reference to the TV show Will & Grace.
JACK: Hey, losers, how you doing? Come on. Up, up, up. We’re here to work out. Let’s go. Let’s stake it!
GRACE: Let’s what?
JACK: Stake it. Stake it! You gotta stake it.
WILL: Stop saying, “stake it.”
GRACE: What’s stake it?
JACK: “Stake it” is my workout catch-phrase, and in addition to being a motivational tool, it is also a stylistic flourish that sets me apart.
And so, I have recently begun to “Stake It”. A couple years ago I began running because well I just never could. So it was a psychological barrier more than a physical one that I wanted to overcome. I set a goal of running 10 miles non stop. I was doing really well and got up to 7 when I threw my back out and stopped running for months. By the time my back was better I had lost almost all the stamina I built up and I never really got back to it. That was last year.
So here we are in 2014 and I am about to turn 39 +1 and I knew I had to get back at it. The older I get, the more difficult it will be to get and remain in shape and stay healthy. With a friend’s wedding coming up in April and summer at the beach not too much longer after that I knew it was time. Last week I weighed in to see what the holidays had done to me (yes I am just a passive innocent bystander in the process). The scale was not as mean to me as I thought. I was 183 lbs. (83 kilos for my international friends). My goal is to get down to 160 lbs (72.5 kilos) which is what I was when I had been doing all that running a couple years back. I also want to get to that 10 mile goal!
I started back at the gym and I can only do 2 miles non stop. Not horrible for not having run in a long time so I was not terribly disappointed. I also added strength training into the mix which I absolutely abhor but my bother has harassed me about it long enough that I finally gave in. Mario and I are doing our very best to go 3 times a week. If I am feeling extra motivated I will go on our off days for some low impact exercise.
Stay tuned for progress!