Week 5, Circuit 2

Today marks the beginning of the 5th week of my second 12 week circuit.  Those who follow me on Twitter usually get daily updates but I've been falling behind on my fitness blogging lately.  The good news is that I haven't fallen behind on my fitness journey.  I can honestly say I'm in the best shape I've been in the past five years.  2002 saw me at about 215 and 6-8% body fat.  Between then and 2005 I let myself go a bit, but then rededicated myself and was in the 220's again for the birth of my 5th daughter.  Then I let myself go again, a lot this time.  Hovering around 260 lbs, over eating, over drinking, and sitting on my backside far too much, I knew I had to get with the program.  Even being 6'5", an out of shape 260 is not very attractive or healthy.   I started this new journey on July 16th, which makes today the start of week 17.  During this time, I've "missed" going to the gym only 6 times.  Twice due to injury, the rest, well, due to needed rest. 

A few less chins, bigger muscles, and 30 lbs of fat gone, I'm back in the 220's, 229 to be exact.  More to go.


Update:  Just to give a more complete picture of the changes, I had to really dig to find any "before" pictures of me.  Why did I have to "dig", well because I knew I looked horrible and didn't want to see myself.  I'm sure that sounds familiar to some of my readers.  Regardless, I found two and I'm still embarrased by how I look in them.  Even though they make me cringe, I'm posting these before pics, hoping that they can inspire someone else to get fit.  These were taken in April, it only got worse.  It took over 2 years for me to get out of shape.  Less than 20 weeks to get back in.  You CAN do it too.


 

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My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.

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