Stake it!

Gym

My Gym

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!

My Lose It tracking app

My Lose It tracking app

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!

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Author: Kevin

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5 Comments

  1. We’re totally going bronze and cocoa butter our abs on Brigantine Beach. Except Mario. He’ll just look like whole wheat bread that spent too much time in the toaster.

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  2. Ugh on wheat bread.

    When I was running every day… that’s right, every day… my first big “thing” was to run the stupid #%&@[email protected]*@&$ 10 minute mile that has been the bane of my whole life.

    So I did that and it was all whoohoos and glitter.

    Then one day I did 3 miles in 30 minutes and that was like, dingalingaling and rainbows.

    Finally once, just once, I eked out 5 miles in 50 minutes. And the entire gravitational force of the earth shifted and there were fire breathing red horses and whatnot.

    Some time after I hurt my back (hm, this sounds familiar) and stopped running forever. I now only do it sporadically. And hate it. All those accomplishments were nice. But I’m over it. Maybe I should write a blog post about it.

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  3. Also, good for you 🙂

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  4. And every time I go all I think is how I want pizza!

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