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FITx50 | wk 8

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I’m a romance novel cover model – Really?

Those writer’s conferences can get pretty wild, but you know fiction is crazier than reality. Hu?

Speaking of conferences and fitness, I spent last weekend in North Carolina to present classes to amazing authors at the Writer’s Police Academy. It was a wonderful event as always. Even tough the pace was hectic and non-stop smoozing  – I did find time to exercise.

As far as eating right, well not so much. But no worries – I redeemed myself with a full week of fitness.

We are closing in on our Warrior Dash to raise money for cancer research. The Cops-n-Kilts campaign kicked off with a what else? Kilt. Not just a regular old authentic kilt, but a Sports Kilt – Bet Braveheart wished he had one of those in the day.

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet {Check}

2. Exercise at least 4 times next week {Check++}

3. Buy new scale but not obsess over readings. {No longer a factor or temptation}

4. Encourage you to join me and share experience and commitments. {Share what was your favorite exercise this week}

5. Be positive about the quest for fitness. {Check – easy to be positive about feeling loose, limber and healthy}

6. No box jumps this week, but some crazy burpie pull ups. Oh, and i bought a pair of those crazy finger toe shoes. Dont ask why.

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Cops-N-Kilts News:

We have partnered with mega-author Liliana Hart to raise money funding cancer research. Please consider donating what you are moved to do. If you can’t give, we appreciate sharing the website and the positive word. BTW – She’s also running the course. Since we are all wearing GoPro cameras, I’ll be sure her worldwide audience gets plenty of mud-packed action.

T-Shirts are also available for sale, with all proceeds going toward our goal of $5,000.

To buy a shirt, or sponsor your favorite Cops and Writers, click HERE

 

 

FITx50 | wk 8

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FIT x 50 – wk 6

2014-08-12 11.55.12Ahhhhhh —Youth.

I get a kick out of the officers willingness to show me how far I’ve yet to go for reaching my fitness goals. Although, surrounding yourself with positive, health focused peers provides the motivation and accountability elements that lead to a sustained life change.

I’ve been athletic my entire life, but rarely combined exercise and diet. I’m trying, but not so much of late. Good intentions with a poor roadmap will still lead you down a dead-end.

Still killing the crossfit though. Ever heard of Filthy Fifty?? Me neither – until this week. I thought it was a senior citizens’ burlesques show. It was 10 exercises with 50 reps for each. I’m no math major, but that’s around 498 to 502 reps total.

You know the beauty of doing it? The point when I hunched before that 24 inch tall metal box. The narrow top was where both feet would land – 50 TIMES. It got smaller as I got weaker. Then my “I can’t” turned into “I Can.” So I did, and then kept going on with the rest of the workout.

This isn’t a promo for Xfit, it’s a constant reminder that if you show up, shut up and never give up – you not only can, but YOU WILL.

Giving myself a bit of a mini vacation last weekend, I wasn’t as dork-ball paranoid about hanging by a pool. I actually had a great time with family and friends

2014-08-23 19.57.57FYI – I’m the guy on the left.

 

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet {Check}

2. Exercise at least 4 times next week {Check++}

3. Buy new scale but not obsess over readings. {Scale? Don’t bother with it}

4. Encourage you to join me and share experience and commitments. {Share what was your favorite exercise this week}

5. Be positive about the quest for fitness. {Check – easy to be positive about feeling loose, limber and healthy}

6. Don’t skin shins during box jumps (Okay, so I threw in a WOD term) {Rocked box jumps, not tooooo old to do it}

 

Big News:

What does the Warrior Dash, a NYT Best Selling Author, Cops-n-Kilts, and kicking cancer in the can have to do with each other?

Answer – Super Author Liliana Hart is sponsoring a team fundraiser for the October 11th Warrior Dash. She will post a link in September for donations. Each of us on the team have been affected by cancer in one way or another.

In addition to pink kilts worn by the cops, and the “outfits” worn by the readers and writers of our team, we’ll record the cruelty with GoPro cameras. The links will be posted after 4 laughter.

 

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Fit by 50 / wk 5

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Seems like someone is always celebrating a birthday at the Thibodaux Police Department. This week was my Administrative Assistant’s special day. She’s been every Chief of Police’s Admin for the last 38 yrs. Happy Birthday Kim Robicheaux. Lori Cortex, the super cool lady in green has a birthday this weekend – Happy b-day to you too.

How does an office birthday party factor into a Fit by 50 post?

You got it… Cake. Not just one deliciously moist slice, but two. I would’ve gone for a third, but someone said something about sharing.

I’m not competing for Mr. America, so I’m not sweating the cake. Sweets are also no longer a part of my regular diet. But you gotta celebrate the special moments in life.

Helping my decision was that I blasted a crossfit workout before sunrise. I’m loving the structured high-intensity sessions monitored by a trained instructor. Amazing how the mind effects performance – I’ve learned that when “I Can’t”, becomes “I Can” – then I’m truly on the road to rocking 50.

So, you can have your cake and eat it too. By the way, who came up with that saying? How insane to expect someone with cake to not eat it. Just not every day okay?

Big News:

What does the Warrior Dash, a NYT Best Selling Author, Cops-n-Kilts, and kicking cancer in the can have to do with each other?

Answer – Next week

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet {Check + cake}

2. Exercise at least 4 times next week {Check}

3. Buy new scale but not obsess over readings. {Scale? Don’t bother with it}

4. Encourage you to join me and share experience and commitments. {Come on, I know you’re out there}

5. Be positive about the quest for fitness. {Check – easy to be positive about feeling loose, limber and healthy}

6. Don’t skin shins during box jumps (Okay, so I threw in a WOD term) {No box jumps this week, so I was safe}

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Fit by 50 / wk 4

 

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Week 4. Really, week 4 already. That only leaves XX weeks until the Big 50. Whose counting anyway.

A funny thing happened at crossfit this week. Actually several things happened, but I’ll keep hush on those. We worked to find our max weight in squats.

That means how much weight can you lay across the back of your shoulders and scream while you bend down and back up. People take pride loading the bar with heavy plates until it bends. It’s all really very cool – or at least it was 20 years ago.

Mind you, I had spinal surgery this March – Titanium and all. But hey, it’s what us dudes do. I loaded the bar, set my shoulders, pressed upward. What in the world was I doing? The sensible side of exercising kicked in at the last moment, but I was close.

No matter, we hammered a 2000 meter rowing machine and then fell out on the matt like any respectable mature man would do.

What did I accomplish this week? Boundaries.

This doesn’t mean limits to great exercises, but it does mean there are somethings that I shouldn’t do. Was my ego bruised a bit? I’d be fibbing if I said no. Bonus was that I did go on to enjoy a great supper out with family and friends that night without injury or pain. See? I’ve evolved.

 

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet {I SLID a bit}

2. Exercise at least 4 times next week {Check ++}

3. Buy new scale but not obsess over readings. {No, not yet}

4. Encourage you to join me and share experience and commitments. {Check}

5. Be positive about the quest for fitness. {Check}

6. Don’t get all Fan Boy over crossfit. {Check. Kidding, I’m still enjoying pushing my mind beyond my physical abilities}

What are your goals and victories?

Thanks,

Scott

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Fit by 50 / wk 3

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A funny thing happened after my Week 2 post last week – people started sharing their goals and challenges. I’m stoked because I believe it’s better to achieve success as a community than alone. Let’s smash our health / fitness goals together.

Another funny thing happened while at Momentum Gym. The instructor, Lauren Z challenged us to eat clean for 21 days. Things such as gluten are off-limits. Of course I sneered because I have no idea what gluten is. Then she said “No sugar.” Seriously? That ain’t funny lady.

I’m going to shout out to a top encouragement team member – Andrea – who like me, battles the exhaling habit prior to stepping on the scale. Thanks for the laughs – I fired my scale this week.

I will have an exciting announcement soon and a sponsor partnership to raise funds in the war against cancer. In honor of my mom, I ensure that each October is lived bringing awareness to the warriors who refuse to surrender their battles against cancer.

Last year my agency teamed with Cancer Center at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center to design a Breast Cancer Awareness police unit.

This October, Thibodaux Police Detective David Melancon and I signed up for the Warrior Dash. The October 11, 2014 race in Louisiana will also serve as a fund-raiser for cancer research. I’ll post the details and sponsor this month.

It has been reported that David and I are donning kilts and Go-Pro cameras to document the effort. Anything for the cause. This brings me back to this mid-range fitness goal. I do NOT want to be traction for the other runners, so I’ve committed my training to prepare for October 11, 2014.

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet {Check}

2. Exercise at least 4 times next week {Check ++}

3. Buy new scale but not obsess over readings. {Not yet}

4. Encourage you to join me and share experience and commitments. {Check}

5. Be positive about the quest for fitness. Why do we mumble when we discuss health and fitness? {Check to positive}

6. Don’t skin shins during box jumps (Okay, so I threw in a WOD term) {Check, though I did see a guy scrape his – YIKES}

 

What are your goals and victories?

Thanks,

Scott

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Fit By 50 / wk 2

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First off, big THANK YOU for the awesome response to last week’s inaugural posting of Fit by 50. People shared tips, victories, challenges, well wishes, but unfortunately–no one said – “No way, you look 35.”

Well, maybe that one message just didn’t make it’s way to my inbox, so thanks to whoever you were.

Week 2 is in the books, and I gotta say it was fantastic. Ever heard of a George Foreman grill? Where have I been the last 25 years? In a restaurant!!

Although cycling is my favorite sport for exercise, the out-of-school grind for finding kiddo care eliminates that possibility almost entirely. Those rare free moments on the road involve quick 20 -25 mile sprints, and are time well spent with friends and members of the Bayou Country Cyclists.

I’ve committed to trying crossfit at Momentum Gym, and made it nearly each day since they opened two weeks ago. Guess what? They have kid care on site. AMEN.

I’m not going to get all CrossFit Games and WOD on ya, but I gotta tell you there’s nothing like suffering with company. Misery really does love it.

My background is athletics, and the coaching staff (Katherine, Lauren and Alex) leading each session has been a great change of pace compared to biking or swimming with only your thoughts to motivate you.

The magical scale:

This morning I stepped on it with all the confidence and exhaled air I could muster and remain conscious. I don’t know why we do that, as if air weighs pounds inside your lungs.

Anyway – press to activate scale, step on it, get weight, say “Oh crap.”

- step off scale, step to activate, step on, I’ve lost 2 pounds.

Now I’ve got a decision to make – either keep stepping off and on the scale until it registers a weight I like, or buy a new scale.

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet

2. Exercise at least 4 times next week

3. Buy new scale but not obsess over readings.

4. Encourage you to join me and share experience and commitments.

5. Be positive about the quest for fitness. Why do we mumble when we discuss health and fitness?

6. Don’t skin shins during box jumps (Okay, so I threw in a WOD term)

Thank you,

Scott

PS: Pic up top is why I’m posting the progress. Thankful for gifts from wonderful people, but Oh my goodness them cupcakes were delicious.

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Fit by 50 / wk 1

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Last year I began a weekly series chronicling my efforts to reclaim a healthy lifestyle while even in a stress filled occupation. I’d set defined goals and developed a plan to accomplish them.

With the help of great friends and folks who signed on to share their knowledge, experiences and challenges it was a success.

I might have a slid a bit on the weight goal – let’s call it ice cream, but now I’m knocking on 50’s door.

I’ve got clear goals to accomplish by the time I kick right through that half-century mark. I’m not sweating it. I’m embracing this good-bye to 40’s tour.

I also want to be realistic about the challenges and blessings of moving forward in a healthy lifestyle.

One goal is to make each week my #FitBy50 Friday. I won’t bore you with how many reps or miles or the cool WOD at crossfit. This will be a smart approach that you can share, comment, contribute or join with your own health goals.

Whether you’re turning 50 or 15, we all perform better with a clear goal, proper instruction, and peer support/participation. Let’s just begin with this intro and a commitment to set a few attainable goals over the coming months.

Next #FitBy50 Friday, we will begin to put those goals onto paper and into action.

Deal?

Lock and Load – who’s with me?

Scott

 

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