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Mid-life Crisis

I’m having a bit of a mid-life crisis.

Not the type where you go find yourself a twenty year old girl, or buy some super slick sports car, or decide to trek across the world.  No, instead I am wrestling with my own age and the inevitable decline in performance.

Throughout my mid and late twenties I dropped around fifty pounds on my way to improving my health.  Along the way I became somewhat of an athlete again.  Running, hiking, and cycling among other things became a pretty regular part of life.  All the while looking forward to the day when I would hit what really was an ultimate goal of mine, seeing what an incredibly fit Kyle really looks like.  The problem is that the longer I wait, the less likely it is that this goal will ever be accomplished.

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A Proposal

It started out as just an idea that while on our vacation to the Philippines I was going to pop the question.  The plan was to simply get video of the actual proposal itself and her reaction and call it a day.  Quickly after coming to that decision I somehow stumbled on another video that someone had done that pushed me to make a video proposal in addition to filming her reaction.

So I kicked things off trying to recruit some help.  I had a quick coffee meeting with a busy of mine who had done sound projects in the past as well as another friend I thought could run a second camera for me.  Once those two were on board I recruited her mother and began the process of scheduling the family members for the interviews and location.

The video ended up being a lot more work than I anticipated.  Primarily because I was doing most of the work around it.  Organizing, filming, directing, editing etc.  I did have help from a few of my friends during the filming phase which helped a lot, but I can understand now why films generally are broken out into so many roles.

A huge thanks to those who participated in the film both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.  Without you this would not have been possible to pull off.

Recharged!

The past few weeks I had been drained.  No energy, not a ton of motivation.  Things here and there were not going the way I would like, my training was floundering, I just didn’t want to do anything.  I was burnt out.

Last weekend we took a quick trip for our anniversary to Portland, OR.  Just a quick three hour trip down the road from Seattle.  We stayed for just the weekend, walking around the markets, eating copious amounts of amazing food from food trucks and local restaurants and generally just enjoyed all the city had to offer including some fabulous weather while we were there.

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I was burnt out.

Fast forward to Monday and I feel like I have been refreshed and recharged 100%.  Work isn’t painful, things start looking up and I have become a machine with my training and diet routines.  To start the day I woke up with a ton of energy and bike commuted to work (3.8 miles).  At the office I had a full and productive day which included a noon run of about 3.7 miles.   Then I bike commuted back home, another 3.8 miles.  At home I proceeded to cook dinner, chop up fruits and veggies for later, do all our dishes, clean up the kitchen, do some laundry take out some recycling and compost and walked the dog several times.  My girlfriend asked me several times to come and sit down, but I had plenty of energy and I just wanted to do things while I felt up to it.

I had no idea this trip would be such a kickstarter to get back into my routine again, and I guess I won’t take for granted what little getaways no matter how small actually mean to your body and your mind.  Can’t wait to see how I feel coming back from the Philippines.  Well… minus the jet-lag.

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Glowing Green Smoothie

A couple of firsts in this post.  This is my first posting of a recipe here, as well as my first attempt at making a whole foods green smoothie using our new Vitamix.  This is a rip of a Vitamix recipe that I can only find online.

I am pretty surprised at how full these make you and although the taste of this isn’t as delicious as say a berry smoothie, it’s certainly palatable and you can drink quite a lot of this for very few calories.

Enjoy!

Glowing Green Smoothie
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Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Glowing Green Smoothie
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Cups
Instructions
  1. Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 8.
  4. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Stop machine and remove lid.
  5. Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  6. Select Variable 1.
  7. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  8. Blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
Recipe Notes

This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

Recipe from: https://vitamix.com/Find-Recipes/G/L/Glowing-Green-Smoothie

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Grasping for Motivation

This week I happened across some old posts that I had thought were long lost. I had written these posts from 2006 until about 2009 which covered the time period in which I lost the bulk of my weight and sort of transformed into more of an active and healthy lifestyle in addition to moving to the West coast.

As I was reading through these posts and copying them to my current site besides being somewhat entertained by some of the things I thought or had to say almost 10 years ago, I was struck with the number of details that had been lost over the years. For instance in my Year In Review 2007 post I made mention of running everyday for a while, which is interesting because I have found myself several times wondering what my routine was exactly back then. How it was that I dropped weight so quickly. Yet here it was archived the whole time.

New Motivation from Old Memories

Discovering these old posts made me realize that they are not just interesting to reread for nostalgia, but that they are also a new source of motivation. Finding these coupled with hitting a weight threshold I had set for myself has sprung me back into action pretty quickly.

Remember where and how you started

Reading through all these old posts was pretty inspiring. Knowing I was nearly 40 pounds heavier and was out running everyday is a pretty crazy thing to think about now. It’s pretty inspiring. So I am using these posts to keep me motivated by rereading a few of them each week.

I think it’s important that you keep track of your progress through writing. Weather it’s a blog, a paper journal it doesn’t matter. Something that you can look back at and reflect where you were and where you have been is important.

Use Thresholds

This was the other piece of the puzzle for me was that I had hit 208 pounds. Normally I try to stay under 205 as a guideline and would of course like to be nearer to 200 or below. So this was one of those moments where I thought to myself this is ridiculous. Reel it in, let’s get this thing back on the rails. It’s worked! Since seeing 208 on the scale two days ago, I have already dropped 2.8 pounds doing 20.4 miles in just 3 days using a combination of cycling and running.

These are just a few motivational factors I use to keep myself in check. There are obviously tons more that you could utilize including: inspirational quotes, before and after photos, other peoples stories or journeys and many others.  Leverage what you have and take a step toward your goal and your just that much closer.