I’m Back!

A lot has gone on in the months I have been gone from the bloggy blog world and I plan on sharing some of it with you.  But until I can find the time, I pose you this….

Join me in this challenge!

30 Burpees

There is no place you need to go but an open area that allows you to jump around like an idiot and sweat like a maniac.  I have already done day 1.  I am so out of shape and I have a whole list of excuses for that but instead of using them, I’m going to get back in shape!

Day 1 time: 3 min 32 sec

That is about 7 seconds a Burpee…..Let’s see how low I can get that time.

Some People Are Thrill Junkies, I’m An Exercise Endorphin Junkie

Well another fun-filled week of trying to get a little more fit has passed.  The Insanity workouts are really something!  I’m tired during and after, along with soaked by sweat.

I have never really been a cardio type person.  I was always the workout with weights guy.  I’m not really sure what made me understand that cardio will help make me a whole physically fit person but I do realize that now. I also see that body weight exercises are just as good if not better.

Again, all of a sudden things just clicked in my head.  Maybe it’s because I’m seeing results by not working out with just weights.  Or maybe it’s because I’m so close to 40 that I realize I’ll never be “Arnold-like” in physical stature.  I will no longer participate in those kill the man with the ball type sports (except maybe some lacrosse) that I would need to be that big.  Certain things might be a little more enjoyable if I was lighter such as running or cycling.  I certainly would be faster at those activities.  I can’t be much slower, that’s for sure.

Quick change in topic: Most of you know I like to give bloggyblog love to those I enjoy reading on here.  This person got me all excited about riding my bikes this year.  It was a simple (lack of a better term, cause it wasn’t simple it was awesome) post about cycling clothes.  Mountain bike clothes to be exact!  EXCITEMENT!  Yes, excitement…..some guys like to shop for athletic wear.

So before I drag this out any further I want you all to click HERE and check out a great fitness blog called JOY FITNESS AND STYLE.  Stop reading this and go click!!!!  Do it!  I’ll wait right here till you come back.

OK, you’re back now.  You liked that blog didn’t you?  I knew you would.  Joy is a pretty cool fitness gal.  I would have said fitness chick but Joy could pretty easily beat me up if she wanted, especially if the word “chick” offended her.  So I’ll stick with gal. 🙂

OK, enough about her.  It’s back to me me me time.

Hey, guess what….

I finished a full week of Insanity!  Yup, that’s right.  I’m pretty awesome.  I do have to give some props to my fitness guru though.  Here is his latest guidance:

I thank you

Thanks cat!  I knew you wouldn’t let me settle for being mediocre.  Always pushing me to do better.

That’s it for me, I’m out!

Greatest Trainer Ever

I have been loving my Insanity workouts.  I now know I should have done these before trying out P90X.  I am sore as heck but I feel so alive after I’m done every day.  Today I decided to workout before going to work.   I knew it was going to be a long hard day of unloading trucks and I wouldn’t have the desire to do anything when I get home.

Today’s Insanity was pretty much insane.  If you are not familiar with the program, Shaun T has you do 3 rounds of a circuit with each round being faster/more intense but the same amount of time as the round prior.  And there are several circuits.  At the very end he threw in an additional 3 minutes of crazyness (I spell it with a “Y” because there is nothing like it) after the final 3rd round of our last circuit.

I pushed through and I made it.  I survived!  I pushed so hard I needed to close my eyes and concentrate on the moves and not what wanted to happen.  I called my trainer, cause he didn’t show – something about never waking up before 10.  This was our conversation:

gonna puke

I feel like his star pupil.  He certainly makes me fell like I accomplished something today.  Tomorrow is a recovery workout so I shouldn’t have to push so hard.

Insanity Update

I’m really diggin Insanity.  It’s kicking my ass but I feel so charged and accomplished afterwards.  I actually worked out twice today.  I lifted for back and shoulders in the morning, then after work I pushed out some Insanity.  I have to give a shout-out to my trainer for being such great support in my workouts.

insanity update

I have to give it up to this guy.  He is always demanding more of me.  I know by the end of the 60 day period of Insanity I will be pushed to new physical heights.  And I will have no one to thank but my Grumpy Cat trainer.

I Have a Personal Trainer Now

I was feeling so tired and sore I skipped working out today.  I actually came home and fell asleep a few minutes after I sat down on the couch.

I knew something had to be done about my laziness.  I know sometimes it’s good to just rest but I napped for 3 hours!

I needed that special motivation.  So I called my buddy back up to see if he could help out.  As usual he was spot on with his words of wisdom and motivation.  He is a bit pricy but I couldn’t pass up the chance to work with him.

Here’s how the conversation went:

mikes new trainer

I can’t wait to workout tomorrow!  I have a really good feeling about him…..

You Can’t Argue With Grumpy Cat

I was getting really motivated by a lot of you Bloggybloggers out there jumping back on that fitness horse.  I figured I haven’t challenged myself with anything lately so I started brainstorming what to do.  And boom!  An idea hits me.  Let’s do Insanity workouts.  I needed some additional motivation so I gave my buddy Grumpy Cat a call (since I don’t have any of your phone numbers).  Here is what he said:

Mike and Grumpy Cat

Amazing how he can motivate you.  I wanted to do another workout session right after we talked.

I have his number if any of you need a little Grumpy Cat motivation.

Round And Round And Round

Sometimes your dreams get broken in pieces
But that doesn’t matter at all
Take it from me, there’s still gonna be
A summer, a winter, a spring and a fall

And sometimes a friend starts treating you bad
But the world goes ’round
And sometimes your heart breaks with a deafening sound

Somebody loses and somebody wins
Then one day it’s kicks, then it’s kicks in the shins
But the planet spins, and the world goes ’round
And ’round and ’round and ’round and ’round
The world goes ’round and ’round and ’round
And ’round!

Who knows that song?

I love the lyrics.  But maybe I should have titled my post Spin Spin Spin.  Why?  Cause my second half of my day consisted of things that Spin Spin Spin!

I broke out my new toy today.  Oh, what is this new toy you speak of, Mike?  Well, why don’t you let me show you….

My RONCO Rotisserie Oven

That’s a 5 lb chicken spin spin spinning in my new rotisserie oven!  Oh yeah!  I usually bought ready to eat rotisserie chicken from work on days I don’t feel like cooking.  I figured why not get a rotisserie for myself and save some money?  Well, I bought this thing before I really did the math.  At work I can buy a cooked rotisserie chicken for $6.  An uncooked one depending on weight is about $4-$6.  This bad boy was just under $5.  So if I average this size chicken my purchase will pay for itself within 100 chickens….(laughing at myself).  But I can make a lot of other things with this.  I could go on and on about what this thing can do but I don’t get paid to talk about companies products.

So what else did I do that went round and round?

My beautiful bike on its indoor trainer

So while my chicken was spinning I figured I might as well spin too.  So for the hour and a half that my chicken was spinning so was I.  Well, I had to make my potatoes too.  So I took a break to get those in the oven and then give them a flip in the oven.

Ugh I’m tired now.  Time to eat!

I went Caveman with dinner minus plates, fork and glass.  So what did I eat?

1 rotisserie chicken (I only ate half) rubbed with my own concoction I call Montreal chicken rub (red pepper, black pepper, garlic and onion powder, salt, paprika, and parsley)

I also had oven roasted red potatoes coated with salt, black pepper and rosemary

And of course I had one of the beers I picked up today.

Ahhhh, now to rest and watch some tv.

My Secret iPod Playlist

Hey Everyone!

I’m having a sleepless night so I thought I would write a little bloggy thing for you to read in the morning with your coffee.

Some of you may know that I’m in a battle of weight loss with fellow bloggymabobber Jamie @ The Life of Jamie.  And you may have read that I’m in the lead of the competition after the first week (barely, like by the thickness of the icing on a 10 cent cupcake in the dollar store).  So the next question in your head should be, “Well Mike, how on earth are you doing it?”

That would be a great question if I had that snappy smart like answer for it.  But I don’t.  So I won’t try and answer it.  But I will tell you how I stay motivated on my semi long runs.  It’s all in my smartly chosen secret playlist.  And I’m gonna share it with you.  Aren’t I just a swell guy?  Say yes!  And maybe I will do a shirtless pick at the end of this whole painful weight loss ordeal.

So on with THE PLAYLIST:

Song – Change by the Deftones

Why – It’s my stretching/wake up song.  It’s the perfect length at 5 min for me to do my huggers, arm swirlies (yeah, I said swirlies), quad stretch and bending over to tighten my shoe laces which constitutes my hammy stretch.

Song – Let’s Get It Started by the Black Eyed Peas

Why – It’s all about getting it started….why else?

Song – Smack That by Akon featuring Eminem

Why – I like the beat!  It gets me into a good stride rhythm.  Plus I like a little rap…..by now my shorts are also saggin a little too

Song – Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas

Why – By now I am ready to pick up my pace and get up my first hill.  Who’s up for some Monkey Business? Get it?  If not look the song up…..

Song – I Got A Felling by the Black Eyed Peas

Why – I got a felling that those hills just killed my legs…..time for the down hill!!!!!

Song – Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson

Why – I need reminded of why I run.  We all need to runaway sometimes.

Song – Just Dance by Lady Gaga and someone I’ve never heard of

Why- Don’t Judge me!  I like this song plus it’s hill time again!  Can you visualize me doing a cha cha or something like that to this song going up a hill?

Song – Blue Monday by Orgy

Why – It’s nice and fast for the down hill!  Plus their name is Orgy (snicker…)  Tell me how does it fell to treat me like you do…..

Song – Somebody I Used To Know by Gotye

Why – It’s a catchy tune!  Unfortunately for those houses I run by they hear me sing it….She didn’t have to cut me off!

Song – Imma Be by the Blacked Eyed Peas

Why – Hill time again.  That and I use the song to trick my brain into thinking about the movie ” The Other Guys” while getting through the pain of these damn hills.  Also…Imma be Imma be Imma be writin all over Jamie’s blog!

Song – Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

Why – Down hill time…..and all the other kids with the pumped up kicks ya better run better run faster than my bullet….run run run

Song – Galvanized by The Chemical Brothers

Why – It’s one of the last songs of the day.  It reminds me to leave it all on the road!

Song – Du Hast by Rammstein

Why – I need a little angry music to get me to the end…..You have asked me and I’ve said nothing! (Just a little translation for you non German speakers)

Song – We Are Young by Fun.

Why – I’m at the end and cooling down!  Tonight we are young….. So who’s gonna carry me home?

So there you have it…..a good 6 miles of music with warm up and cool down.

Who wants to go for a run?

The Blogamabobber Weight Loss Challenge Update

Good Saturday Morning Everyone!

It’s that time to show the toesies on the scale to prove I am the best in this competition.  Well, at least the best from this blog anyway.

Here’s my weigh-in:

This time I’m holding a box of donuts!

As you can tell I’m a little shaky from all the sugar in the donuts.  YIKES!!!!

I did post a video earlier in the week saying that I was 2 whole pounds lighter……and I was!  But last night I had softball and well, my team sucks and I got a little depressed cause we blew a 9 run lead and lost.  So when I got home I binged on some junk. 😦

This is what happens when I get chocolate wasted!!!

It’s a bit blurry, I know!  The photographer is a bit unsteady themselves.  That and I’m like a humming bird.  I’m so quick in my movements it’s hard to catch me standing still, even while asleep.  I’m not proud of my binge but it happens to the best of us.  Look what happened to me.  I woke up with two hairy hookers in my bed!  And one seems to be a neutered male!!!

Well folks, I need to head to work and earn some bacon.

I promise better results for next week!

Thanks for cheering me on!!!!!!

It’s On Like Donkey Kong!

We here at Big Mike’s World love us a challenge.  In fact we don’t really turn one down.  It’s like calling Marty McFly a chicken or yellow.  Our friend over at the The Life of Jamie threw down the gauntlet and unfortunately for her, it broke into many pieces and she can’t pick it up and take back her challenge.

The challenge is to see who will lose the most percentage of body weight by 31 July of this year (I hope that is what she meant…).  Little did our friend Jamie know that I am a mad scientist as well.  My laboratory and I have been researching the magic weight loss pill that doesn’t require any exercise whatsoever!

Oh!  You want the secret of my weight loss pill, do ya?  OK!  It’s just a sugar pill with a tapeworm egg in it.  Yeah!  That’s right, a tape worm!

Freddie and I, yeah I named my tapeworm Freddie, will not lose this battle of weight loss.  Poor Jamie, she really has no clue what hit her yet.

So here is the full challenge:

We have until 31 July to see who loses the most percentage of weight.  We will be taking progress pictures and posting them on Saturdays.  My pictures will be more of a psych-out pose.  I will probably be holding an extra large pizza with all the toppings.  Just to try and mess with Jamie mentally in hopes she falls off course (I don’t like to lose).

The winner will gain control over the other’s blog for a week!  Or we can do a monetary wager…..

What do you all think?

Oh and she suggests a shirtless pics of me too….I think you guys just want to see how hairy I really am!!  I’m not so sure of the shirtless pic though.  Sasquatch might need to stay in hiding.  You never know who might show up at my door.  I may do one at the very end when I have time to sharpen the hedge clippers and do some manscaping!

I will however be doing body tapeage…..I like to see where I lose and where I gain.  So you will be privy to all my measurements as well.

Tomorrow morning will be pre challenge feet on scale weight shot.

Stay tuned as I open up a can of whoop-ass!  Sorry Jamie but I’m gonna go all out Honey Badger on this challenge…….