Overdue Update… and Win a Fitness Prize!

Okay, so it has been a few days between posts lately.  To be fair, I have been legitimately busy. All kinds of friends have been rolling through town and all of their visits have been awesome.  Even one of my favorite people in the world, Ryan Hayes came by and WOD’ed with us.  So to make it up to y’all, I am even have a fitness-related contest.  Keep reading below.

Gassy, Jaime, and Me at CrossFit 808

And where am I now?  Augusta, GA.

Just for my own sake, I will state the date: 28 August 2012. I weighed in at 217.8 lb (from 232 lb) this morning.  My waist is down to 39.3 inches (42.5 inches).  Progress is certainly being made.  But let’s be honest, I am not going to hit 185 lbs by 19 November.  And I am pretty okay with that.  My newest app (more on that in a second) says that I can hit that goal weight by 19 December.  And in the end, I don’t care about my weight.  As I mentioned before about turning the corner, the mindset I have right now is worth more than any number on a scale.  Because I know that I am living a healthier, more active lifestyle.  Weight is just a number, but my fitness continues to improve and everything else will fall into place.

Going to school for a month in Augusta, GA, I was terrified of the terrible food choices around me.  Okay, who am I kidding… I AM terrified of the AWESOME food choices around me.  Chick-fil-A (if you are not politically motivated in your eating habits), Hooters, Waffle House, Denny’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and a metric butt ton of awesome BBQ joints all within two miles of my hotel.  It is extremely easy to fall into the “Vacation Mentality” of eating when you are away from home for a month.  So in an effort to combat this, I ordered Premade Paleo meals (www.premadepaleo.com).  I am sure these are popping up all over the place, but these guys cook 10 Paleo meals a week, package them up, and ship them off.  If you are in Atlanta, you can pick them up or have them delivered to your CrossFit box.  If you aren’t in Atlanta, they FedEx the meals on dry ice.  And all it takes to prepare is a pot of boiling water (or in my case, a microwave).  I made the mistake in March of just eating whatever I wanted to do, and I am on FEP right now because of that.  That is changing.

CrossFit 4 Everyone

The next step that has amazed me ABOUT me is that the first thing I did after I got off the plane… and drove two hours from Atlanta to Augusta… and checked into my hotel… and took a five hour nap… is I drove straight to CrossFit Downtown Augusta and paid for one month of CrossFit classes (oh, and added the business in Yelp so I could check in every time I went).  Not only that, but they have a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class.  And since I have an abundant amount of free time, I will be checking out the free beginner’s class tomorrow… and if it is something I like, another $50 a month will get me jiu-jitsu classes.  Maybe another awesome CrossFit sport? Why is this signing up for the classes such a big deal?   When I left Japan in February, I had a big plan.  I was going to go to Arkansas and WOD with a box there.  I signed up, but it ended up being too scared/intimidated to go.  There was a box in Newport, RI that was less than a mile from my hotel room.  At least, I think it was, because again,  I was too scared/intimidated to actually go.     So not only did I sign up, but I did my first WOD with them today.  It was a blast!  It was their Obstacle Course Day with things like Ninja Warrior Challenge and Tarzan Rope Swings.  I am excited to see what the next month brings.

And not to make this post as long as possible, but I want to introduce two iPhone Apps that I have really been enjoying:

  • Lose It!  This was suggested by a friend in Honolulu (thanks Nancy Smiley!).  It is a great way to keep track of your nutrient intake and is actually how I have been logging my meals and workouts.  It also has the added benefit of being free.  While it is very similar to Tap & Track, you can actually add new foods to the App by “scanning” the bar code with the camera.  Love it!
  • Slim Kicker. Okay, so those of you that know me personally know that I LOOOOOVE gadgets.  AND video games.  So why not turn fitness into a HUGE video game.  While is a way to track your calories, it turns your fitness goals into points and rewards.  Eat something healthy?  Get some points!  Complete a challenge like cutting out soda for a week?  Get some points! For a more tangible reward, upload a picture of a reward… like that Five Guys Burger… and it is all yours once you get enough points.  It is like a boss fight that fills your belly.  Give the Slim Kicker calorie counter a try!

Okay, and now on to the contest.  Who wants to win an Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale?

Just leave a comment with your suggestion for a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge (like one you would add to your Slim Kicker app).  The winner will be announced after a week.  


11 comments on “Overdue Update… and Win a Fitness Prize!

  1. Hiya Clay! I set a goal for myself to try out a different group fitness class each week at the new gym. I just got a hold of the class schedule and child care hours, and it’s GAME ON. I’m going to try Zumba and Spin and all sorts of new things way out of my comfort zone, in addition to my regular workout. Thanks for the motivation, I think your blog is great.

  2. I was about to send you a message about not posting in a while 🙂 I think what you’re doing is awesome Clay. You have a wonderful wife who’s there supporting you. I think the best thing to do is what you’ve already done. Set a goal like a marathon or other race of some sort and go ahead and sign up for it. My next one is a Tough Mudder in October! Keep it up Clay!

    • Thanks for thinking about me and helping to keep me accountable. Jaime is awesome. Make sure you hold Grant to his word to go WOD with you at least once. That is all it takes, right? Appreciate the suggestion. I think Jaime and I are looking forward to some other fun fitness goals after the Honolulu Marathon. Enjoy the Mudder! It sounds like a blast.

  3. Good on ya’ Cray = keep up the hard work, sounds like you’re making great progress already!!

    My fitness goal (2 years running, not yet achieved…) feel good enough to change my FB profile pic to one of me w/o a shirt on… I’ve gotten close, but then, well 2 weeks of drinking beer in Bavaria or eating Turkish Food in Istanbul, etc… life keeps getting in my way!\

    So, my new strategery? Stop running so much and go to the gym more – my mile & half time has been about 12 minutes for just about twelve years now, it ain’t gonna change!


    • Thanks for the comment! And that is a pretty good goal. I think I know how you feel about the shirtless ordeal. I would love to be on the beach in Hawaii and comfortable when I take my shirt off.

      My best advice these days? CrossFit. I drank the Kool-aid. In Naples, there is CrossFit Napoli (assuming it is still around… looks like it is). It seems to be an awesome mix of weight lifting, cardio, and gymnastics. Most boxes have a free trial workout to see if it is something you are interested in. I could probably go on and on, but I will leave it at that for now. And that leads into a whole discussion on eating Paleo. But Jaime says I have become a Paleo-snob so I will not bore you with my preaching on that topic. But it has lead to a more constructive mindset that I hope leads to less beer setbacks.

      Thanks again for the comment!

  4. Just discovered your blog thru the slimkicker site.. hmm.. my diet challenge would be to try a new healthy recipe every day of the week. That will help keep u interested to stick with ur diet.

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