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FITx50 / week 17

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FITx50 / week 17 and this has been my approach of late.

After last week’s post-travel and fancy food eating festival I returned to the crossfit gym. I was greeted by the realization that at closer to 50 than I was weeks ago, shape, like the space station, is something just waiting to drop.

Some crazy workout call Down Sally Up – yeah, that’s what I said – I got the down part pretty good.

Okay, mostly I’m kidding but this little kitten was so darn cute, i had to include him somewhere. I’m back to cutting portions in half and exercise. I’ve also gotten pretty decent at headstands, which as I understand isn’t good after having a March spinal surgery. But it’s titanium right??

This week was a good transition from sloth to beast. Look out next week – I’m back on track.

Happy health to you,

 

Scott

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FITx50 \ week 16

2014-10-28 11.06.14

Week 16?

What happened to weeks 14 & 15? Well, that’s what I want to know. It’s crazy how trips to south Florida and the Carolinas can easily take you off your game plan.

Seriously, I’m like a bald tire spinning in marsh grass. I had to reintroduce myself to my friends at Momentum Crossfit, my Trek Madone 6.9 won’t even look at me and ice cream and I have been joyously reunited. How?

That’s my struggle. Weeks to months of sustained discipline followed by weeks to months (oh no, please no) of excuses, alibis and hushed alarm buzzers. My long-term goal of being FITx50 is still in sight with a March 2015 birthday, but I’d hoped for a sustained approach instead of a mad dash.

There, I said it – HOPED. That’s the issue. The term should be PLANNED for a sustained approach. As a long-time SWAT commander I understood the value of “Fail to plan / Plan to fail.” I’ve broken my own rule for survival / success. Now, I need to practice the first rule of digging holes.

When you find yourself in one, stop digging.

See you next week with a plan instead of a shovel in hand.

FITx50 \ week 16

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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.

FITx50 \ week 13

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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

 

 

 

FITx50 \ week 11

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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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