Thursday, May 22, 2008

More of the Journey

That is Claudia (13) on one arm and John (4) on the other. That's two of my three.

Well, by the time this picture was taken 4 weeks had gone by as well as 11 pounds. Over this weekend my workout suffered as did I. No treadmill, or bowflex or weights. This weekend it was Friday and Saturday replacing about 23 feet of Cedar Fence. Going to home depot, loading the wood, knocking down the old fence (except the post) and putting up the new was the workout of the weekend. I would take hiking and lifting anyday over that but because it was only about 23 feet or so of fence, there is much more to go. By Sunday, everything hurt, neck, back, legs and arms, hands and feet. I did a good curcuit on the Bow Flex Sunday night and today (Monday) I can just feel the ending of the work pains from Fri & Sat. My body fat is down a little also and I will look at that again tonight to be sure. One thing that still feels the burn is my sunburnt shaved head. Next time I will wear a cap or a bandana.

At this point I was around 21-22pounds lost.
I remember raising my shoulders and pulling in my stomach to get these pants on. NOW??? They're too big. The workout of the week or the last two weeks has been? Yard Work!!!
Walking while pushing a weight called a lawnmower that is not self propelled, raking leaves and grass, turning my compost pile, cutting over grown rose bushes (OUCH!) and other shrubs and more plain hard work outside. Up and down ladders and trying to finish my
out door place of rest on our back patio has been most of what I have been doing and it leaves me much more sore than any hike or weights. One other lifestyle change has been instead of taking a nap on Sunday between services I have been doing some of this work mentioned.

This is Shelly Miles, me and Leslie Bohl Jones.
I have been watching the SA Living Show for a few years now. I have found out through the show and emails we have sent back and forth that these two are a class act and very down to earth. Meeting them only secured what I had already known. What really secured this was my wife also saying how nice they both were. The day of the finale for the online losers was my wifes birthday and more importantly her day off from work. We went to the studio and had a great experience. We were allowed to stay after our segment of the show. Took this awesome picture then eventually made our way home for my wife to change clothes, got off to breakfast...(No food before the show, I had to weigh in that day) Another contestant (Marci) and I were given prizes for sticking it out online. I lost 30 pounds and Marci 32.

My wife Julia and I later went out to one of our favorite hikes at Pedernales State Park. We went for a short but challenging hike there because the hike is across an exposed rock river bed.
Where I am sitting here is not totally surrounded by water but there is also no direct or real
path to get there. Just jump some rocks and avoid the water and you are there.

That is me below and the beauty below right is my wife Julia. Iam soo glad that she likes to go hiking and likes the outdoors. Our honeymoon? We hiked several location between San Antonio and the Grand Canyon. Big Bend, The Catwalk outside of Silver City NM, The Grand Canyon, and Enchanted Rock were all hiking spots on our honeymoon. We also hiked on Mother's Day.
Well today I was right at 220 pounds this morning. My ultimate goal is between 160-170 so the road is before me and much work is to be done. Keep me in your prayers and come back to see the progress. God bless you all. CS

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