Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Today I Ran

I often start blogging, then stop, because it takes time, I like to add a picture or interesting thoughts, but what the hell. It's my blog. A way for me to chronicle things so I'll do it the way I want to, if and when I want to and that's that.

Now that we have that out of the way.
On November 30th I was tied for my heaviest weight of the year and have tried reigning in the inner #fatderek for a more reasonable, watch your calories and get your shit together version.
I weighed in at 227.6 today and am determined to finish the year lower than were I started it (226).

I hit the gym at lunch for the second day in a row and just ran today.
I was slow, and I walked half but it felt okay. I'd been scared to start running again until yesterday because I suck at it. But the 10 minutes went fine yesterday and it gets my heart rate going good so today I ran.

1:30 Walk / 1:30 Run x 10.
30 minutes on the treadmill, half walking at 3.0, half running at 5.0. Trying to to go overboard and try to run fast at this point, just getting it done.

Chicken Caesar and a muscle milk for lunch. Outback tonight, hopefully the extra walking I do there will burn more calories if I don't snack on anything.

Have to start somewhere

Is been thinking about joining planet fitness for over a month. It's 6 minutes from work and easy enough to get to for a good lunch workout. It has a great rate and now that we aren't paying for the Y ( we canceled after not going for over 3 months) I decided to take the plunge in Black Friday. 

Yesterday was my first lunch workout and I'm going to try to get at least 2 in a week. 

10 minutes biking. 
10 minutes treadmill ( 5 run / 5 walk)
Shoulder presses
Dumbbell curls
Dumbbell chest presses
Leg presses

Muscle milk and a salad for lunch. 

Time to get back in the grind. 

Friday, September 13, 2013


As I sit here and get ready to have a bit if coffee I can say that this has been one heck if a busy week. Kind of like, you have busy weeks and then you have BUSY weeks. 

Things are coming together nicely for our upcoming Bike MS event but it has been like an all out sprint all week to stay ahead. The event binder is all but finished, much ahead if schedule. The rest stop supplies have all been bought and will be packed today and distributed Monday evening at Val's, so things are going great. Adding school to that mix is the kicker. There is a ton of reading for Tuesdays 705 and although I really enjoy Finance its still a little new and different. 

I've been lucky to be off from Outback all week and its made me really putt priorities in order again. If I can't work as many shifts (3) as I have most weeks, its okay. I might make that final payment on my credit card in January and not December but I will make time for school and finish strong. I have 11 weeks left this semester and then 15 next semester. 

I'm looking forward to golfing with friends in the morning and finishing my part of a group project tomorrow evening. 

It's been a great week with a lot if progress and I leave you with this. Go make today great, don't wait on the day to do the work for you. That's Beene refocused and renewed attitude all week and it works. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Two weeks!

Diet soda free for two weeks now. I'm pretty pumped about that. 

Now it's time to start chipping away on eating better. 

If I can do that I'd like to start trying to workout 2 or 3 times per week. 

Life is busy so it's not going to be easy but I think it can be done. 

Gonna try to do a meatless Monday to get plenty of fruits and veggies in my body today and eat a little cleaner this week. 

Remember make today great. Don't sit back and wait for good things to happen. Have a positive attitude and work hard. 

Fridays Quick Hits

Made it through another week and I can genuinely say TGIF today. 

It hasn't been the easiest of weeks with the passing of Tara's grandmother last weekend and the viewing and funeral this week. I will continue to pray for my beautiful wife and the rest if the family. 

It was the first week of the new school year for Tara and after a challenging first day it seems that things have been more smooth sailing the rest of the week. 

I've made it through 3 days of no soda now and successfully made it through the entire shift at Outback Wednesday night. 

Thank goodness for Labor Day to have a chance to catch up and get ahead on ally school work. I've maintained pretty well so far but I want to make sure I do well and. 

28 class weeks until graduation! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Another "first" Day

Obsessed? Addicted? Gotta Have It?

I figure we all have things that we like to do. But to much of a good thing isn't a good thing, is it?

Diet Soda. Nothing too bad right?

I have one, no big deal. Then after a few days another. Then it's one a day. Then 3. Usually not more than 3 but that's still to much.

I'm not here to preach that no one should drink  diet soda, but I shouldn't.

I love water, I really do. But not when I am drinking soda. My water intake plummets.

If I have to chose, it's a morning (and sometimes afternoon) cup of coffee. And for a person with a slight heart MVP that's all the caffeine I need. That's even doctor approved. But if I told my cardiologist I was having 2 cups of coffee and 3 - 20oz sodas, I don't think she'd be happy with me.

When I don't drink enough water, after a few days I feel sluggish. I don't have time to feel sluggish.

And lastly, soda costs a heck of a lot more  than water. We buy 24 bottled waters for like $3. And since I try to tell myself I don't drink much soda we don't but it at the grocery store, I'll just swing by a convienece store. Stupid money management, bad for my heart, and I feel sluggish.

As a now famous woman said, "Ain't nobody got time for that".

I saw this on facebook tonight and man is it true. Change isn't easy. But I've given up soda for months and over a year before, so I think it's time to try again.

Today was another "first" day. I'm going to start with August and September trying not to BUY diet soda. It's hard at outback but I'm going to try to limit and then quit it there too.

Monday, August 12, 2013

T25 - Day 2

I did my first workout Sunday night and when the alarm went off I wasn't really feeling getting up to exercise. That left 2 options, at lunch in my office, or around midnight when I got home from Outback.

I took half a lunch at noon and ate and then the other half I took at 3:30. I covered the windows to my office, put up a do not disturb sign and popped in the DVD. Oh yeah, and turned my fan on.

Today was Speed 1.0 and it was a good workout for sure. I'm really proud of myself for getting this done during the day because I'd be lying to myself if I thought it was going to be easy to do once I got home from a 14 hour, 2 job day.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Here we go again - Focus T 25

One of these days I'm going to get things just right. You know kind of like the story with goldielocks and the 3 bears. It took her awhile to find what was just right.

That seems to be me in trying to get into a fitness routine and eating better.

In one of my few posts from the year on January 27th I made some resolutions.

Weight Loss - get to 214 or less.
Debt - Have less debt than when I started the year
Improve my golf game

So the golf game has gotten better and I will be recapping some things from the big event I was in during the next few days /weeks. ( That's the goal anyway)

Debt - I started working a second job in February. It's been really good to see some good progress getting made on the debt. It isn't always pleasant working a second job but I'm doing well with it. It's allowed me to really pay down some debt and still be able to have some extra golf lessons and things of that nature.

Weight Loss - in July I got down to my low for the year which was right at 214. Then we had vacation. Gained weight. Lost some back, down to 217. Morgan Cup weekend - gained weight. But not too much. Over the past few days I've not eaten to well. That changes starting today.

I've tried Insanity. It's too much for me at the moment. I've tried going to the gym more regularly but with 2 jobs and trying to improve in golf that's proven hard as well. It isn't going to get any easier in 2 weeks. School starts back. 2 semesters and I'll close the door on this MBA.

That's where Focus T25 comes into play. A new workout by Mr. Insanity that's 25 minutes, 5 days a week. (they don't tell you it's a double day on one of the days ).

I've challenged myself to follow through with this program and update the blog with how things are going at least one a week.

Tara actually did one yesterday and she was sure to let me know how hard it was.
So tonight I started with the first day. I thought about waiting another day and starting on Monday but that seemed like another excuse and I've made enough of those. Day 1 of the 10 week program was today.

It wasn't easy but it was only 25 minutes. It's pretty good intensity and you really will work up a sweat.

Starting weight - Sunday 8/11/13 - 219.2

Let's do this. I'm going to get it right.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Golf - Greensboro National - 6/1/13

Greensboro National may be one of my favorite courses in Greensboro. It has such a great layout. There were some problems there in the past few years but under new ownership for the last year it's coming back into its own as a great place to play. Man the course is in great shape right now!

My previous best on this course was a 97 shot earlier this year so I was excited to take another crack at it. The weather was perfect for the round. I tee'd it up with Chris and Ryan and one of Chris's co workers Brian. A bunch of cool guys that just make you have a great time while you're out there. 

I felt good after warming up on the range and the round started well. I hit a bump in the road on 4 and 5, but turned it around by playing smart on the par 5, 6th hole where my 3rd was just off the green. I chipped that in for Birdie and par'd the next hole. 8 and 9 got the best of me with back to back doubles. Still a 46 over 9 isn't a terrible score for me and I was excited to see what the back nine held.

After a good drive and great iron into the green I had about 20 feet left and the birdie putt rolled right into the bottom of the cup. Other than the 15th hole(lost concentration on the tee and hooked it straight left into the woods and couldn't recover(  I wasn't unhappy with my play and I managed to par the 18th which I've never done. Driver, 5i, PW to just off the green. I shot a 42 on the back which I'm really happy with considering I had a double and a triple back there.

My driving wasn't very long but it was very consistant. I only missed 2 fairways and both of those were the driver getting two quick, straight left, and penalties. Other wise 12/14 was 85.7% fairways for the day.

Scored an 88 which ties my best since I started golfing again last year. I shot an 87 way back when in like 05 or 06 so that's the best I've done. My handicap for the year is below 18 which is great and where it needed to be by end of July for the Morgan Cup and over the past 5 rounds my handicap would actually be closer to 16.

I couldn't be more pleased to see my work with lessons and practice paying off with more consistent play. The lesson I had on Thursday really carried over into this round. Ball striking was good, I'd like to see a few more putts falling but I'm sure with continued practice that can happen. One other thing I was really happy with today was my bunker play. I ended up in two bunkers and had great shots out of both. A tip I saw a week ago about accelerating through the sand and how most people just stop as they hit into the sand made a huge difference.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Golf - Practice Recap - Week of - 5/28

Monday - 5/27/13
Put in an hour at the range before running errands for the wife.
Driver Distance
Different Grip

Large Bucket of balls. Hitting very solid by the end. Ready to try again

Tuesday - 5/28/13
I've been swinging the club much better as of late. 
Then tonight what did I do? I started messing with things, experimenting. 

Experiment = Fail

Will get back to basics and get it back Thursday. Also have a lesson Thursday. Looking forward to that. 

The one thing that did make sense is a tip Freddie gave me today on starting to groove a good driver swing, not sure why I didn't let that carry into the other clubs. Tomorrow is a new day.

Wednesday - 5/29/13
Today was a busy day with both jobs. No golf practice. Looking forward to a lesson tomorrow.

Thursday - 5/30/13
Lesson Day. I am lucky to have a flexible job where I can go in early and take an extended lunch break to get in a lesson. Joey and I made some awesome progress with ball striking and mental / course management talk. We talked through my last couple of rounds to start with and then dug into a few of the problems. I've got a great set of pre-swing thoughts now and I'm really starting to trust the swing. We used different clubs and changed the flag we were aimed and firing at quite often. I've probably never hit so many solid balls during a lesson.
1. Weight Back
2. 1/2 a back swing (my 1/2 swing is probably closer to a 3/4 swing but the 1/2 thought keeps me controlled)
3. Swing to first

I was going to go to the range Thursday evening but ended up playing softball with a friend. That was a fun change of pace after dealing with car troubles over the past two days.

Friday - 5/31/13
Worked the day job for 1/2 day and went to the range where I started with chipping and pitching before moving into full swings. Everything felt really good again but if I don't swing on the right plane I will loose the ball to the right. That being said, ever club up to driver I hit awesome. Still working on the right driver swing.

Saturday - 6/1/13
 Best round in months for me. I tied my low round since I started golfing again last year. Shot an 88 at Greensboro National. There will be more info on that round in tomorrow's blog post. I can say that although I didn't hit driver long I hit it well. 85% of fairways. 12/14

Sunday - 6/2/13
No practice. To exhausted from golf and job #2 Saturday. Had to work Sunday night.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Hackers Paradise - Morgan Cup

So I'm way behind on blogging but here is the blog about the golf tournament I'm in at the end of July and one reason you're seeing so many updates about golf practice from me.

I love the game and would probably be practicing anyway but being part of a team in July I really want to get in good golf shape.

About the Morgan Cup:
The Morgan Cup is the Ultimate Amateur Golf Event. It offers 32 lucky amateur golfers the
chance to feel like a PGA Tour Pro.

Details about the 2013 Morgan Cup

Taken Directly From the 2013 Morgan Cup Website:

When & Where
Friday, July 26th – Sunday 28th 2013
Myrtle Beach, SC
The Courses
True Blue & Caledonia in Myrtle Beach, SC will be hosting this wonderful weekend. These two award winning golf courses embrace the southern beauty of the once thriving rice plantations and offer unique challenges that will be thrilling and invigorating for the Morgan Cup.
Match Play Team Event
Each team is complete with a team captain that will become the center piece for each roster. It will be their job to set lineups, make changes and work with their teammates to come up with the winning formula. Teams will compete in 3 rounds of golf over 2 full days.
The Companies
Callaway Golf, Cleveland/Srixon Golf, Cobra Golf and Bridgestone Golf will be sponsoring this event and each company will have 8 golfers that make up their THP staff. This is not company vs company, as all four teams will have each manufacturer represented.
Tour Experience
Each golfer that competes will be sponsored by THP in conjunction with a major company for the weekend of golf. The competing golfers will sign on with THP for the weekend and will be sponsored in full. Their contract is made up like this.
Staff Bag – Each golfer will be using a bag with the company logo.
14 clubs – Full 14 club deal is in effect. You must play all 14 clubs for the event.
Golf Ball – Playing the company branded golf ball best suited for your game.
Logo Apparel – Each golfer will be wearing the logo of their sponsor.
Like actual tour golfers, each company has a different way of doing things. Some offer certain things that others do not. Each company is required to offer the above and if you are selected, you will learn more about what they are and are not going to be bringing to the table.
Furthermore, each company will be going about things differently this time around. Much more independent freedom is being given to the sponsors to work with their players this year and there will be differences in the offerings from each company. Each golfer will be required to sign a contract with THP. At the end of the Morgan Cup, each sponsored golfer will get to keep their entire sponsorship package. You must be 18 years or older at the time of signup to be a part of the Morgan Cup.

Video & Scoring
The entire Morgan Cup is filmed and broadcasted the following week. Golfers will be on camera for every shot, be interviewed between shots and be prepared to follow along with the rules of the event.

Friday of the Morgan Cup is media day. This entails, player promo videos, interviews, speaking to the world via live webcam and more. Being a tour pro for a company like Cobra Golf, Cleveland/Srixon Golf, Callaway Golf and/or Bridgestone Golf is not just about the equipment, apparel and accessories. With the logo and contract comes commitments and those are the promos that will be done. Each golfer will be responsible for shooting multiple promotional videos shot by THP as well as many interviews during the competition conducted on the items that you are using.
Friday Media Day: Full day of range time. Work with your new gear to get it dialed in and at the same time work with the media director to make sure all staff obligations are taken care of such as interviews, promotional videos and more.
Friday Evening: THP Dinner. This will be held at the course and will be a fun time to relax and unwind as well as talk with fellow competitors over the tour life experienced in day one.
Saturday 36 Holes: Two rounds of golf will be played and points will be accumulated for winning matches.
Sunday 18 Holes: 18 holes of golf to determine the championship team.
Sunday Post Round: The Morgan Cup trophy ceremony for the winning team.
All golfers will be playing from the same tee boxes to be determined by THP.

Here is what is included.
All greens fees & cart fees for competitive rounds
All range balls for the weekend.
THP Dinner (yourself + 1 guest)
Trophies for the winning team
Staff Bag
All 14 clubs from staff deal
All accessories
All golf balls for competitive rounds
And much more

I submitted the video's for entry and was lucky enough to get selected for this great event.

Just a few short weeks later I was announced as one of the members of team Paradise!


Then it was time for sponsor announcements. While there is no company I wouldn't be happy to be sponsored by I was chosen as a Cleveland Staffer. I was and still am very excited about that.

Here are a few pics of the clubs that have come in so far.

588 Irons can be mixed and matched for a combo set and that's what I went with. 
5 - Altitude
6-8 MT's

Here is my bag so far. Looking forward to completeing in and 

Follow along with banter and updates in the Morgan Cup Forum Thread:
The Hackers Paradise Forum Thread - 2013 Morgan Cup

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Golf - Holly Ridge Golf Links - 5/27/13

Holly Ridge is one of the few courses in the area that has Bermuda greens.
The difference between Bermuda and the other bent grass greens around here is almost as drastic as carpet or hardwoods in your house.

Bermuda thrives in the summer heat and won't die out but they are firm and fast.

I knew today's round would be an adventure stickily because of the greens. Hitting pitch shots onto greens and seeing them release and roll out over 20 feet was hard to deal with, but the hardest part for me today was putting the greens and getting comfortable on them.

Well, maybe not the hardest part. I was hitting everything so well on the range but on the course the irons were not consistent until the 15th hole. It hit me then that I was "sliding" forward, something my pro (coach) has been getting me to work on not doing. I hit such solid shots after that tit was amazing.

The Cleveland Classic Driver that I will be playing in the Morgan Cup is going great. I need to get a little more club head speed but I'm hitting it solid and down the middle.

I would have felt good about an 96 a few weeks ago but I know that I left some strokes out there by missing short putts and not adjusting my distance on chips and pitches to account for the green speed.

I'm looking forward to my next range session where I will continue to work on keeping my weight back and see if I can combine that with the nice tempo swing I've been working on as well.

Scorecard and Stats from today:

Golf - Practice Recap - Week of - 5/20

I put in a solid week of work last week. With just under 2 months to go before the Morgan Cup (post describing this event coming up this week) I'm really working to hone my game.

Monday I was able to get in a couple of hours. Split between full clubs and short game. Short game work went really well.

Tuesday - Ryan and I went out to Iron Play the par 3 course for 18 holes and some practice at Mens night where Joey O'Conner gives free instruction and advice during your range session. I was also able to talk to my buddy Freddie Kong that afternoon and after asking a few questions about swing stuff I asked what shots will make me the best team mate I can be. He thought 80-120 would be a common shot and recommended that I learn to hit those shots with 2 or 3 clubs. I was able to pull some clubs for 1/2 and 3/4 swings at Iron Play. Ryan and I played Match play for the front, then had the practice, and match play on the back. I was able to win both matches, the 2nd one came down to the last hole too.

Wednesday - I worked both jobs. No golf.

Thursday - 2 hours at the range. Starting to feel pretty comfortable with chipping and pitching.

Friday - we got off work at noon and I spent another 2 hours working on hitting different clubs and lots of switches. Putting was on fire, couldn't miss.

Saturday - played a round at Oak Hollow. Score was a 90 so it was okay but I left strokes out there.

Sunday - Round at Holly Ridge. Good to play bermuda greens an start getting used to them before Myrtle in July but my short game was out of whack with the long roll outs of bermuda. Had some swing trouble through out the day on Irons but figured out on 15 that I was sliding forward again. Finished Par / Bogey / Bogey after a long string of doubles. Will be heading back there every few weeks to get ready for The Morgan Cup.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Golf at Oak Hollow 5/27/13

We had 2 tee times today and I was in the second group to go off. Played with Eric, Ryan and Ryan's dad Kevin.

To see a course review of Oak Hollow Lake with a lot of picture that I posted on The Hackers Paradise please click HERE.

It's a gem of a Pete Dye course and can be very challenging.

There are many holes along the lake and today there were some sailboats on the lake adding to the scenery.

The day started out rough after a good tee shot and approach I four putted the first green. I was able to grind out a 45 on the front and the back had some ups and downs for another 45.

2 memorable shots of the day.
Eric teed off first on the par 3 16th and putt it to within 2 feet. I was next and put mine right beside his. We both tapped in for birdie.

The other was the 6 iron I stuck to within 1 foot on #10. Tap in birdie there as well. Too bad I followed that with a back to back triples.

I felt like I played okay today and the thing that excites me is that just by playing okay I was able to put up a decent "for me" score. In the past year I've played Oak Hollow 4 times and I'm happy to report this is my personal best on the course so far. I look forward to trying to shave a few more strokes off there next time.

After the round I hit the range for a little more work and really feel like I'm hitting the driver straight. Looking forward to Sundays round at Holly Ridge.

Scorecard and Breakdown:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Catching Up from the Whirlwind

Since I wrote last (over 2 months ago) I started a second job at Outback and have been VERY busy.

I've worked an average of 5 nights a week since I've started, I planned on working 3 or 4 nights but the money has been very good and I've gotten a great start in one of my goals for the year which was paying down some debt.

I'm cutting it back to 3 or 4 nights a week now and should have most Saturday's off unless I pick up. That'll give me a full day off from both jobs.

I worked the MS Challenge Walk event in Charleston and that had its ups and downs.
The downs are for a different time and place and had nothing to do with the event itself.

The Greater Carolinas office staff worked so hard to ensure things were awesome. The volunteers were amazing and the walkers were the stars of the show. Walking 50 miles in 3 days is great. Even more amazing is that each walker raised over $1500 to do this walk. I got to cheer everyone in on day one and most people in on day 2 and 3 as I was part of the start / finish crew. They days were crazy long but it was a good experience.

The bad news is that I haven't worked out much, like hardly at all. I've also not done as well with nutrition. I lost a few more pounds after first starting but now I'm up again. I am back on track hopefully.

I got on my trainer for 30 minutes before class tonight and am planning on working out even if its only from 20 or 30 minutes at night after work in the apartment gym.

I'm so happy to see some warmer temps and I've been able to play a few rounds of golf in the past few weeks.

I hope that my next update will show some progress in the right directions weight wise since I've gotten a good start on improving the golf game and the debt.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Spin or Swim

If you would have seen me in the minutes after spin yesterday you would have probably asked which workout I did. Dave the manics spin class or did I swim.

Dave can push you like no one else I've ever experienced in spin. Maybe its the way he yells at you. Maybe its the fact he doesn't give a shit if you puke, pass out or die during his workout. Maybe it's both, but I hate to admit I love it.

Its painful, don't get me wrong. You don't want to do much after one of those workouts but its refreshing and rewarding.

It is one of those workouts where you pour sweat out of every pore of your body. Arms, legs, face, head, you name it the sweat drips off of you.

I gained 1.2 after eating at Olive garden Saturday night and was pissed. I didn't eat the tuscan potatos taht should've come with my Chicken Marsala, and I ate only one breadstick. However after a solid sunday I lost .6 and hope to drop another couple of pounds this week.

Today was great, tomorrow will be treacherous territory with a lunch meeting at a pizza place. I'll get home for a yoga workout before heading to class.

Until next time.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Resolutions - 2013 Edition

I realize its now the 27th day of January.
It's been a busy month. With the updated job duties at work, travel in back to back weeks and more, I'm just now taking a deep breath and thinking about 2013's plans.

I've narrowed my resolutions down 3, and will be working on the plans to achieve my goals. I think 3 goals is a  good number, not to many to where you can get confused, not too few where a singular focus can turn into a bad thing.

Without further adieu:
#1 - Weigh Less than I did to start the year. 
This goal encompass exercise and diet.
I started this year at 226 and haven't really made any solid progress. I lost about 6 pounds, and then subsequently gained more than that back with travel. As of today's writing I'm at 225.8. I have gotten back into a solid exercise plan this week and I feel like I will see at least a 2 pounds weight reduction for the month by 2/1.

What success will look like.
     Minimal success - 214 or less
     Moderate Success - 205 or less
     Ultimate Success - 198 or less

#2 - Have significantly less debt at the end of the year than the beginning. 
I haven't managed my finances as well as one could in the past and is something that I have vowed to fix.
This is a very personal goal and will only be updated with a "doing good" or "doing bad" in the updates for the purpose of the blog.

So far in 2013, I'm doing well.

Success in this department will most likely include getting a part time job to expedite the payments on some of my debt.

#3 - Improve my golf game while always having fun with it

This goal is listed last and is expected to progress, possibly at a slower rate, in accordance with goal number 2. I have worked out a budget system that includes entertainment and golf and I now have a separate account for those type of expenses. Proper planning will be needed to ensure playing and practicing can happen on that budget. No money in the fun account = no golf. Which might be a good thing with more time on the bike or in the gym.

I took some lessons in 2012 and to be honest I'm not sure it was the right teacher for me. I went back to my first swing coach for a lesson in early 2013 and an excited by the progress we made.

I thought about including more blogging but with a busy work schedule, a possible part time job, school and life in general I didn't want an extra layer of stress. I will do at least a monthly update (sometime during the month) to be able to look back on progress or lack there of and be publicly accountable.