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I just finished day 3 of my INSANITY workouts, and let me tell you, I am feeling it. I can’t find the DVD for the workout I was supposed to do today, so I just repeated the workout from day 1, Plyometric Cardio Circuit. What’s cool is that I can tell it’s getting a little easier (“a little” being the key word). I made it through all 10 minutes of the warm-up without taking a break. This is the first time I’ve been able to do that since starting back, so I was pretty happy about that. The past 2 days, I’ve had to extend the water breaks from 30 seconds to a minute after each set, but today I made it through two sets before I had to take a longer break. Baby steps, I know, but it’s an accomplishment for me. I’m looking at this in a positive way: if I’m making this kind of progress this early on, imagine what sort of performance I’ll be seeing in a week, or a month, or 57 days from now when I’m done with this insanity (pun intended).

One thing I’ve noticed is that I haven’t seemed to have much energy since I started. I think part of the problem is that not long before I started this workout program, I decided to try to eat less, so I might not be eating enough food to keep my body fueled for this. I need to start eating 6 small meals per day… I’ve done that before, and I always have a lot more energy when I do. Since I got paid today (yay!), I think I’ll run to WalMart tonight and pick up some protein bars to eat for snacks in between meals. I’ve also cut way back on the amount of soda I’ve been drinking… I think my body is missing its fix of caffeine, which is probably making me more tired. The problem is, my solution to that is usually to drink a Dr Pepper or a Mountain Dew to help keep me awake through the wee hours of the morning at work. Maybe eating 6 times a day will give me more energy so I won’t be tempted to do that anymore.

Oh, I’ve got some “before” pictures that I took the day I started… I’ve been meaning to upload them, but I keep forgetting. I know everybody wants to see that. I want to take pictures every 2 weeks or so to prove that I’m making some real progress.


The Second Amendment to our Constitution reads as follows:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

That one little sentence may be the source of more debate than any other issue in the entire Constitution. Gun control has become a very hot topic lately. The pro-gun camp demands the right to own firearms to protect themselves, while the anti-gun folks say they won’t be able to protect themselves at all while people are carrying guns around. Both sides have arguments they love to throw around, like crime statistics, and the ambiguous wording and the original intended meaning of the Second Amendment.

I think the founding fathers were pretty clear on the issue of bear arms

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Week 1, Day 2:
2 days down, 58 to go

I had forgotten what pain was. I had forgotten what it was like to wake up in the morning to the feeling of your body screaming “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?!” ¬†Well, I was reminded today when I woke up and tried to move. The soreness hit me like a ton of bricks as soon as I opened my eyes. But it’s all right… to be honest, I kind of like the feeling. It reminds me how hard I worked.

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So begins my 2-month journey toward less weight, better health, and a sexy bod. I’m working my way through Insanity, a workout program from Beachbody. It’s a 60 day DVD workout system that focuses on cardio, and is supposed to be the toughest workout video program around. I’ll also be throwing in strength training at the gym 3 days a week. I’ll be updating my progress on this blog at least every few days, if not every day. I’ve tried this workout program before, and I’ve always found an excuse to quit a few weeks in. That’s not gonna happen this time… but I’ll need your help. If I haven’t posted an update in a few days, remind me! Bug me until I give in and post about my workout. Because the only way I’m gonna keep at this is if I know I’ve got somebody who’s reading this and expecting to see my results.

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Recently I’ve come to the realization that I need to get my lazy butt in shape. I’ve tried before, and I always come up with excuses and reasons why I can’t work out for one day, and then one day turns into a week, and a month, and then I just quit altogether. Well that ends now. I’m starting back to INSANITY, a 2-month workout program from Beachbody. I’ve started it twice now, and never gotten more than 3 weeks into it before quitting. Not this time. I’m sticking with it, and as a little incentive to myself, I’m bringing my blog along with me. Stay tuned, because over the next 2 months, you’re gonna get to watch me slowly and painfully turn my fat, lazy self into a buff, sexy hunk of man.

Everybody knows Jesse Jackson, right? Outspoken civil rights activist known for his excessive use of the race card? Normally the two of us don’t see eye to eye–I don’t really buy into his sensationalist agenda, and I think he’ll say whatever he thinks will get him the most attention, whether it’s good or bad. But for once–and I never thought I’d say this–I think he’s got a point.

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Think back to when you were growing up. How did you envision the future? Did you imagine driving a flying car, or beaming yourself up with a Star Trek-esque transporter device? Maybe coming home from your job on Mars to eat a nice meal cooked by your snarky robot housekeeper? Really think about it–how much of what you thought would happen in the future has actually happened?

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What the heck is RSS?

RSS Maybe you’ve noticed this little orange symbol scattered around websites all over the internet, including my page. It’s the symbol for RSS, and until recently, I had no idea what the heck that meant. And I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t really care, either. But this blog has forced me to catch up with the 21st century and get familiar with some of these newfangled internet things. So I did some research, and I’ll tell you what–this RSS thing is actually pretty cool.

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The last few years in politics have been extremely polarizing. We’ve got Republicans and Democrats at each other’s throats, each party trying their best to discredit the other. Long-term friendships have ended, feuds have begun, and our country has been divided over political issues in a way that this country has rarely seen. Now, I live in an area that leans very strongly toward the right, so I may catch some flak for this, but I cannot and will not ever consider myself a Republican.

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Facebook was launched in 2004 by a dude named Mark Zuckerburg. It originally started out as a private network for Harvard students, then expanded to include all Ivy League schools, then all colleges, and then eventually, every human being on the planet (presumably, aliens will be allowed to join at some point in the future). Over the span of just a few years, Facebook has gone from a college kid’s list of friends to one of the most popular websites on the internet (after my blog, of course).

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