I’m Shaping Up; Week 9

I’m Shaping Up; Week 9

Though I’m not a big fan of this word, it describes last week’s shaping up efforts; NO.

No weight training. No cardio exercises. No adherence to Lt. Lane’s diet.

Have I fallen off the health wagon? No. Times like last week can come out of nowhere, and rob us of the luxury of time we thought was ours to schedule.

What does it mean for me personally? Well, it does not good beating myself up over it. Most importantly, having a support network in place allows for an auto-restart based on the sound foundations learned at the beginning of this process.

Regaining a holistically healthy lifestyle is a lifetime event not measured in snacks, meals, days or weeks.

It is vital to set short-term goals as someone who regularly contributes (Amber) preaches. Over this week I will set those goals, and use them to continue the forward progress.

I do have a concern upcoming though. The guy whose amazing fitness reclaim inspired me asked what were we going to do about this upcoming weekend? I knew just what he was referring to. Chad Mire is the friend I ran into one afternoon while worrying about my weight.

He just appeared! WOW Dude, you look great I said. He had followed Lt. Lane’s diet strategy and was at about 30 lbs lost.


Louisiana’s Best

Chad is an Assistant Fire Chief for the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department. Created in 1874, is one of the largest all-volunteer fire departments in the United States.

His question referred to this weekend’s Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair, and most specifically to the famous Cajun dishes served Thursday – Sunday. Actually, they have world-famous Fireman’s Fair hamburgers that I’ve grown found of since my youth.

Being the Chief of Police sometimes entitles me to get a donated hamburger or three.

Yes Chad, what shall we do??

Anyway, since I have not much on fitness to share, I want to take this week to thank the Firemen who selflessly serve our cities. Whether volunteered or paid, they are our heroes.

Thank you, and if you find yourself blessed to be in Thibodaux, Louisiana this coming weekend, stop in for the largest and most entertaining Fireman’s Fair ever.


Week 8

Here’s to holding each other accountable when the couch looks inviting and the snacks endless.


– 213.4 lbs (Making a public profession – I’m back on track)


– I miss it.


– Did you know chocolate Easter candy is still good?

– Overall, a horrible weak (Purposefully used this weak)

UNO Ring & BP

– BP stayed in the 130s range. Consistency.

Monday – Sunday Goals:

– Return to pre-planned meals.

– Weight at 212 lbs

– Add more endurance training.

– Set short-term fitness goals (EX: Run a 5K, Cycle 40 miles, etc)

How are your efforts going? Don’t just read this and dismiss it. Make a commitment today. You have peer support, CopsAlive.com expertise, and a champion fitness advisor all ready to help.

10 replies »

  1. Congratulations my friend on your progress. I am behind you all the way. Keep working toward your goal.

  2. Well my friend I can completely understand how busy schedules can take a toll on trying to stay committed to fitness and health. I appreciate the comments and look forward to seeing you this weekend especially on Saturday for the 5k run/walk for our Cardio workout. Also I am planning on having my protein powder and almonds in my Chief’s truck to tie me over in between those “lean” flame broiled Firemens Burgers!! Remember Kim will be around so we at least have to look like we are staying focused! Have a great one and see u this weekend.

  3. Keep going chief! Summer’s coming and it’s time to get that old speedo out of mothballs!! Doing ok here. Down 15 lbs. my goal is to fit into my dress blouse, button it up and look sharp at police week in DC next month.

  4. So you didn’t stick to the diet for a week. So you are chocolate? So what? You’re human. It happens. You only gained 1 lb and your BP is still in the prehypertensive range. And I ate 1/2 lb of chocolate by myself this week (I’m only 5’6″ and 125 lbs, so that’s a lot of chocolate). It was dark chocolate, but still, I could’ve just eaten a 1/4 lb :).

    Our life is made of short term goals because their essential for productivity and our self-esteem. I’ve fallen away from running lately, and I’m paying for it in stress and stomachaches. My short term goal: run 3 days this week. But, some goals will take priority over others. I had to study more than I had to run; you have to stick around for your son more than you need that burger. Set your mind on your plan and keep it up. If you feel motivation escaping you, I dare you to go look up all the diseases that hypertension predisposes you. That’s what I do for my blood sugar problem, and it works lol.

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