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FITx50 \ week 13

2014-10-11 11.57.09

Did I Do That?

The Warrior Dash is in the books, and I’m super energized with motivation and memories. While it wasn’t the most physically challenging thing I’ve accomplished, it was one of the most enjoyable. Why?

It was a short-term health / fitness goal associated with a cause greater than losing a pound or two and flexing some rusted muscle. I’ve already set another goal to get me through the holiday season. So I encourage you to do the same.

Don’t be that New Year baby every year – I’ll start on January 1, or after Mardi Gras, or Easter, or by the end of next summer. Do it now.

In addition to setting various ranging goals is surrounding yourself with like-minded people. They say misery loves company? Well, so do healthy, positive people. A main reason why this Warrior Dash was so memorable was the people – especially my family. Besides my sisters who came to supper, cheer and photograph, two of my nieces and a nephew joined our fund / fun raising team.

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That’s a wrap from this warrior who’s another benchmark crossed and another week closer to rocking the half-century mark in a sensibly healthy lifestyle.

Find something fun and fitness centered and Do It.

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FITx50 \ week 12 – SPECIAL EDITION

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Warrior Dash DASHED

Fitness Benchmark #1 has been met.

This weekend was the Warrior Dash in St. Francisville, La. Our team of Cops-n-Kilts sponsored by Liliana Hart’s Warriors started strong and finished even gutsier. There was unexpected difficult terrain, injuries and dehydration within the unit, but no one left the others. I’m still in awe of the effort of each.

No matter how tough, everyone knew we were doing this for the true Warriors committed to kicking the crap out of cancer. No one ever considered letting them down.

I trained for this event by relying heavily on Momentum Crossfit and cycling / running. Though I’ve never gone into any competitive event completely confident, I was surprised at my level of fitness during the grueling runs and strength obstacles. Often coming back or helping team mates through the swimming and mud pits, I knew the hours of training were paying dividends.

Let me encourage you to pick an event before the winter arrives. Find a 5k, Bike ride or friendly game of catch – just make a mark on the calendar and progress towards making it happen. I usually tell people when they ask if they are in shape for a particular activity – you can do it, it’s just how comfortable you want to be while doing it.

Again, let me thank Liliana Hart for organizing the fund-raising activity. We raised money and awareness – but it’s no time to stop. Find your cause and your passion. Do something bigger than yourself for someone else. See you next Friday – once these old bones recoup from the DASH.

I like to grab folks I know and surprise them with the classic “PROM PIC POSE.” Looks like Liliana Hart was ready for it. Great time and looking forward to next year’s Warrior Dash as I expect to rock it at 50.

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FITx50 \ week 11

2014-09-23 19.18.53

Gotta get up to get down

That’s this week’s theme. I’ve been faithfully training for my first fitness benchmark – October 11th’s Warrior Dash. Crossfit 5x/week along with running and cycling. Cut carbs WAY down and feasted on protein throughout the days. On target to work close with our Cops-N-Kilts team.

Then, I hear the kiddo make that late night sound every parent dreads – the Yulp.

Yes, stomach virus. Of course, doctor dad attends into the morning and next day with lugging the solid frame around the house to comfort him. Next night you guessed it.

The Yulp.

It was me this time. You know how long it takes to get over that little ittsy bittsy bug? I’ll tell you when I’m there.

Anyway, I’m not giving up or giving in – We are dashing to raise money to kick the crap out of cancer – I’ve got SO many amazingly inspirational people I’m doing this for.

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet {Not so much}

2. Exercise at least 4 times next week {NONE}

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. {Funny how a single tummy ache derails you}

6. I finally wore those crazy finger toe shoes. Not bad

Cops-N-Kilts News:

The partnership with mega-author Liliana Hart to raise money funding cancer research has kicked off and doing great. We’ve added new team members and the energy is growing. Please be a part of the effort. I promise, after the Warrior Dash (Oct 11) there will be plenty of great video to share.

I’m still not sure how she convinced us all to wear GoPro cameras – Oh the suffering.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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FITx50 | week 10

2014-09-24 09.59.55

Fight Like a Girl

Thinking through this week’s update, I took this picture of Lori Cortez at work. We often kid at the office and were working on a fund-raiser by selling the bracelets she’s modeling. BTW they read MAN ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK and SAVE 2nd BASE.

Then she said, “It’s already been a year.” as she turned her head away. I knew what she meant. It wasn’t spoken but her eyes glistened with the significance of her diagnosis just a year ago.

I’ve not once in that year heard her moan or groan about the aggressive treatments and surgeries she underwent. The smile above is the smile I’ve always seen.

Is she turning 50? Oh gosh no, she’d kill me if I led you to believe that. But her story inspires me. It’s warriors like her who march daily through the difficulties of this life with a single determined ideal – FAITH.

I’m blessed to have people encourage me in regaining my healthy lifestyle as 50 fast approaches. I’m most blessed by people like Lori and so many others who FAITHFULLY march daily toward the prize. Toward recovery, remission, or rehabilitation. They march with this smile.

My Goals have been met this week. I’ll add another key benchmark to my quest – Smile Marching.

Thanks for the inspiration Lori. – Now back to work.

 

Cops-N-Kilts News:

The partnership with mega-author Liliana Hart to raise money funding cancer research has kicked off and doing great. We’ve added new team members and the energy is growing. Please be a part of the effort. I promise, after the Warrior Dash (Oct 11) there will be plenty of great video to share.

I’m still not sure how she convinced us all to wear GoPro cameras – Oh the suffering.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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FITx50 | Wk 9

2014-09-13 09.37.00

Monkey See. Monkey Do

Seems after nine weeks the theme of Cops-n-Kilts has turned into Kids-n-Kilts. The kiddo not only loves his Boston Strong shirt, but sporting his sport wrap. He also loves going to crossfit to exercise after the big kids (adults) do.

One of the major benefit of reclaiming a healthy lifestyle is your Silent Witness. While we ache and creek and moan and stretch – others see the effort, the commitment, the progress. Now as an 18-year-old – I wanted the girl I liked to see the effort, but as life and maturity molds me – it’s the kiddo / family who are the most important observers.

That’s the legacy we can all leave our family and friends – a lifetime of living healthy.

Like any investment, it can be difficult to sustain – Example was the huge slice of chocolate doberge cake I plowed through at a restaurant last night. Oh, and then again at home before midnight.

The long haul effort over the short-term stumbles is what’s key.

Goals:

1. Maintain sensible diet {Not so much}

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

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. {Kinda lost that loving feeling this week as various deadlines loomed}

6. Crazy amount of Wall Balls this week. Oh, and I still don’t have the courage to wear those crazy finger toe shoes I bought.

Cops-N-Kilts News:

The partnership with mega-author Liliana Hart to raise money funding cancer research has kicked off and doing great. We’ve added new team members and the energy is growing. Please be a part of the effort. I promise, after the Warrior Dash (Oct 11) there will be plenty of great video to share.

I’m still not sure how she convinced us all to wear GoPro cameras – Oh the suffering.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

FIT x 50 – wk 6

 

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