Vomit tastes better than bubble bath

The other night my wife took my oldest daughter to a birthday party.  Afterward they returned with a few party favors, one of which was a Micky Mouse Coin Bank/Bubble Bath combo.  She was all excited about the coin bank and I didn’t know about the bubble bath in in until she brought it to me last night when her younger sister managed to get the top off and spill it in her bed room.

I took the bubble bath and poured the remaining liquid into a plastic water bottle and put it in the bathroom for later use.  Ally likes her bubble baths, as I’m sure most little girls her age do too.  Before I put the bottle in the bathroom, I made sure to tell my wife, that way she knew what it was.

Apparently, my mother-in-law who stays with us didn’t get the memo.  Since she doesn’t speak English and I don’t speed Spanish, we have some great conversations.  I can’t say I don’t like not being able to understand each other, in fact I know many who would love to have the same problem.  Sometimes, it’s not very convenient though.  Unknown to me, she thought the bottle of bubble bath was a bottle of fruit punch instead.  Last week, my wife’s uncle gave us a box of sugar free Hawaiian Punch packets that you mix into individual bottles.  Since it’s sugar free, we’d been letting the girls have some.

So, the M.I.L. takes the bottle of bubble bath from the bathroom and moves it from the bathroom and into the fridge.  The liquid is water melon scented and is a fruity red color.  I can understand how she mistook it for fruit punch, because I did the same thing tonight when I was getting ready for my workout.  As I was getting me some water, I spied the bottle of fruity red liquid and thought it would be mighty tasty.  I unscrewed the lid and took a big swig.. Only to find myself running to the kitchen sink and vomiting.  It was not an enjoyable experience and just thinking about and writing about it makes my body shiver with disgust.   It is a very difficult flavor to get out of your mouth and even now, about 3 hours later I’m still tasting it.

I can say with authority that vomit tastes better than bubble bath, no matter how enticing the scents are.

After I recovered my composure, I went out to my screen room where my weights are and completed my workout.  Today is day 11 of Stronglifts, workout A:  Squat @100 lbs., Bench Press @70 lbs., reverse curls x3 sets to fail and push-ups x3 sets to fail.

The weights are really starting to feel heavy and really make make me work up a sweat.  On the bench presses, I’ve really started noticing the strength difference in my left and right shoulders.  Last summer I injured my right shoulder causing an inflamed rotater cuff.  Since October of last year, I’ve tried to let my shoulder heal and have done hardly any physical activity.  The constant pain really put me into a depression and I totally quit working out and completely fell off my diet, putting back 20 of the 48 lbs. I lost last year.  Now I’m trying to play catch up.

On bench presses and over head presses, I struggle with my right shoulder more with the lifts.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to build my strength up more and the last remaining pain will eventually go away with some strengthening.

Tonight’s workout:

Stronglifts 5×5 day 11
Date: 2010-06-07
Repetitions: 1
kcal: 401
Weight: 265.0 lbs.
Heart Rate: 89 / 126 / 167 – bpm (min/avg/max)
Duration: 00:41:57 (HH:MM:SS)

Just Stronglifts day 10, starting week 4

Once again, I just worked on my Stronglifts.  Today is the 10th day, or the first day of week 4.  Not a lot to report, just workout B tonight.  Squats @ 95 lbs., Over head press @ 65 lbs., Dead lifts @ 130 lbs., pull-ups and prone bridges.  Pull-ups still give me trouble, and my shoulder is starting to get sore again.  I’m going to go pop some Motrin and see if that helps.

Stronglifts 5×5 day 10
Date: 2010-06-05
Repetitions: 1
kcal: 351
Weight: 265.0 lbs.
Heart Rate: 98 / 126 / 149 – bpm (min/avg/max)
Duration: 00:36:38 (HH:MM:SS)

No running, biking or walking tonight.  My treadmill doesn’t like me any more and it’s been storming like crazy today.  I hope to ride my bike tomorrow though.

Better late than never – Stronglifts

We got back from a trip early morning on the 2nd.  A short 2.5 hour nap later, I’m heading to work.  After work, I laid down to take a short nap before I worked out and ended up sleeping nearly 6 hours.  Yeah, I was tired!

We needed to get dog food and I got duped by my wife into a “quick” trip to Walmart that lasted an hour an a half..   So finally once I’m home I can finally start my much delayed workout.

I don’t really feel like making the graphs tonight, so just a copy and paste of my workout stats tonight.  Just Stronglifts and no cardio tonight.

Stronglifts 5×5 day 9
Date: 2010-06-02
Repetitions: 1
kcal: 311
Weight: 265.0 lbs.
Heart Rate: 87 / 119 / 149 – bpm (min/avg/max)
Duration: 00:38:20 (HH:MM:SS)

Yeah, if your noticing I put on some weight on my trip.  All that eating out, but I’m sure most of it is from sodium.  It’s hard to eat low sodium when your eating out nearly every meal for a week.

Stronglifts, a bike ride and an abandoned golf course

Tonight was day 8 of the Stronglifts 5×5 strength program.  Squats @85 lbs, Overhead press @60 lbs, dead lift @ 120 lbs plus pull-ups and prone bridges.  Pull-ups still seem to be evading me, I’ll get them eventually, I just got to build my strength up more.  Push-ups are getting easier though!

kcal: 499
Weight: 262.0 lbs.
Heart Rate: 101 / 130 / 157 – bpm (min/avg/max)
Duration: 00:46:45 (HH:MM:SS)

After the weights, I blew the dust off the ol’ bike and went for a ride.  I started out riding around the neighborhood and passed by a golf course that as best as I can tell is abandoned.  The buildings are rotting apart and the grass is knee high.  Most of the golf trails are cracked and broken up; nature is reclaiming them.  Most of the trails I tried to go down ended in swamp. Had I taken my Palm Pre with me, I would have snapped some photos.  This is the first time I’ve been off the road on my mountain bike since I don’t know how long.  I’d been using it mostly for commuting and riding on roads, so I swapped out the old knobby tires for high psi road slicks which didn’t work too well on broken trails with deep sand.

After it started getting too dark to feel comfortable riding the unknown trails in a presumably abandoned and swampy golf  course, I got back on the road and kept riding.  I took a route that took me up and down as many hills as I could.  The only way to get good on hills is to ride em!  The hills in my neighborhood however aren’t much to talk about, but since I’d not ridden since last year, my legs are a bit out of shape and these hills will do for now until they get easy.

Distance: 5.60 mi.
kcal: 705
Weight: 262.0 lbs.
Heart Rate: 119 / 156 / 169 – bpm (min/avg/max)
Pace: 56:37 / 07:49 / 02:19 (min/avg/max)
Speed: 56 / 7.65 / 25.74 mi/hr (min/avg/max)
Duration: 00:43:55 (HH:MM:SS)

All said, it was a pretty good day, workout wise.

Hapkido and Stronglifts

Tonight, I went over to Red Dragon MMA and participated in class.  It had been way too long and I feel like I’m starting all over again.  It was a great stretching and cardio workout though!  Still nursing my shoulder a bit, but I am building up my shoulder strength and am able to push out some real push-ups.  It’s feeling pretty good.

After I got home tonight, I got under my weights and did workout A of Stronglifts 5×5.  Today is day 6:  Squat @ 75 lbs, Bench Press @ 60 lbs, reverse curls, push-ups (in addition to what I did in Hapkido) and reverse crunches.  Overall, it felt pretty good!

I haven’t mentioned much about the last few days, just haven’t felt like writing.  I’m not a blogger by trade so trying to be in the habit of writing out everything I do is very different for me, so let me catch up a bit.

The other night I went with my wife for a nice walk.  We took our dogs with us.  Wysiwyg, our Border Collie did pretty good.  The old girl is a bit out of shape but I want to start walking with her more.  Odin, our out of shape, overweight mix breed mutt didn’t do as well.  He tired out fast and kept the pace fairly slow.  Poor guy.  We’ll be getting out with him more often, but I had to give him some recovery time.  By the time we got home, he went to lay on the floor, but couldn’t lay very gracefully.  He just let his legs out to the side and dropped.  He stayed there the rest of the night.  I think he’s had enough recovery time and tomorrow I think we’ll take him out again.  I’d love to get his weight back under control.

Stronglifts day 4, more treadmill woes and a walk with my wife

I’ve completed day 4 of the Stronglifts program.  Today was squats, bench presses, reverse curls, push ups and reverse crunches again.  After that I tried running on the treadmill, but ran into problems with it again.  Let me tell you, it’s no fun when your running at 6 mph and the belt seizes on you.  Once again, I found myself flying against the console of the treadmill.  My run lasted all of 13 minutes.

Later on, I went on a walk with my wife. We walked 3.25 miles and kept an average speed of 3 mph.  Not bad.  I did end up getting a fricken blister on the bottom of my foot though.  During the walk we watched a mini van get pulled over by three police cars.  The police got out of their cars guns raised and the driver and occupant surrendered.  It sucks seeing this kind of stuff happen so close to home.

Burn baby, burn! Stronglifts day 4 + 1 hour teadmill

All I can say is.. Wow! What a workout tonight. I started out with a brief warm up and right into workout B of the Stronglifts 5×5 program. If you recall, Stronglifts 5×5 is a strength training program and starts out with an empty bar for everything except dead lifts.  Today I I did squats at 60 lbs, over head presses at 50 lbs and dead lifts at 100 lbs.  Today is also pull-ups/chin-ups day with some prone bridges thrown in.  Pull-ups and chin-ups are still kicking my butt and prone bridges aren’t the easiest thing to do yet, but I’m working on them.  Eventually, between weight loss and gaining strength again, I’ll be pumping them out before I know it.

After the free weights, I got on the treadmill and did day 3 of the 1 pound a week program.  Yesterday was easy, I was able to complete the whole program without any trouble.  Today kicked my butt.  After 20 minutes, I had to stop and catch my breath. I took some time to do some hamstring and calf stretches.  About 20 minutes later, I had to stop again and then completed the remaining 20 minutes without interruption. The workout was high incline and speeds that were right between a fast walk and jogging with a little 6 mph running thrown in to boot.

Today was pretty good diet wise too.  I did splurge towards the end of work and had some chocolate from a candy dish, pretty tasty but I didn’t go overboard.


  • 2oz Almonds
  • 6oz Strawberry banana yogurt

  • Chicken & berry salad with strawberries, blueberries, grapes and cherry tomatoes.
  • Chocolate candy

  • roast beef, lean cut about 4 oz
  • Low fat cottage cheese with a small hand full of blueberries
  • Taylor  Organic Baby Spring Mix

  • Protein shake

In total, I ate about 1806 calories. Tonight’s workout was 1864 calories burned making today’s total calorie count = -58 calories.

A pound a week treadmill program

This morning, I did day 2 of the 1 pound a week program on my treadmill.  Yeah, it’s nearly a week after I did the first day, but I’ve done a lot of other treadmill and strength training work since then too.  Not a whole lot more details about this, it was after all a treadmill run.

I’m especially happy to see my weight loss heading back in the right direction.  As I had written earlier, I

put some weight that I had lost back on while my shoulder was hurting so much.  I got pretty depressed over it and stopped working out and stopped eating right.

Weight Loss since Jan. 2009

It is pretty amazing how much exercising can improve how you feel.  Now, if I can just work on my sleep habits, I should be much better off!

On a side note, the treadmill works soo much better with a bit of lube on it.  I wasn’t nearly thrown over the front of it today since the belt didn’t seize on me this time.

End of week 1 of Stronglifts and learned about treadmill lube

Tonight I completed week 1 of the Stronglifts 5×5 program.  So far, so good.  Today was squats, bench press, inverted rows, push ups and inverted crunches.

After finishing with the weights, I got on the treadmill again and discovered about the need for treadmill belt lube, while I was mid jog at about 4 miles per hour.  All off a sudden the belt to came to a stop and I nearly flipped over the front of the treadmill.  Needless to say, I didn’t get much of my run in tonight.  I think I’ll pick up some lube tomorrow and make up the run.

A family walk to the park and a workout

Route from Google Earth

Today the wife and I took the daughters to the local neighborhood park. We’ve lived in the neighborhood for over 3 years now and have never stopped at the park. I was a bit disappointed to find that there were nothing I could use for a pull-up bar, no monkey bars or anything. Just a big play structure with some slides and some swing sets.

I was also disappointed to find broken bottles around the play area. I cleaned them up the best I could before I let the girls play, and made sure they didn’t go near that area. The girls had fun and really enjoyed the swing sets.

The walk to the park and back was incredibly slow, I couldn’t really count it as a workout, so I got on the treadmill later in the evening and did 2 miles in 40 minutes. I put the treadmill on one of the “Burn 300 calories” cycles and plodded away.  The warm up and cool off periods are a bit annoying though, the speed settings are way too slow.  For what ever reason, the treadmill drops to a whooping 1 mph for warm up.  I can’t comfortably walk at less then 2 mph so I have to keep adjusting the speed.  The result was far more than 300 calories burned.

I did run into an issue with my Polar HRM that I’ve never had before.  At 3 separate times, it stopped reading my pulse rate correctly.  I’ll need to check with Polar, to see if that is an indication of the battery failing, the sensor strap or even worse, malfunction.