Stake it!


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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  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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