The Unchanged State of Cable News

I wrote this original short post about three and a half years ago. It’s sad that only has cable news not really changed, but in many cases, it has only gotten worse. In fact, research proves it. Here’s a snippet from a Huffington Post article I read today: The [Pew Research Center] study’s authors found […]

An Excellent Email Marketing Adventure

One of the most defining movies of my childhood was “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” I’m not ashamed to admit this–in fact, I’m proud of the fact that this movie got me interested in both music and history. (Note: This post was originally written back in May of 2010 and is another one that was […]

Obama’s Path to Subscriber Recovery

Last week, I taught my third Email Marketing 101 course for an Internet Marketing class at Weber State University. One of the key points I bring up to these students during my lecture is this: If you’re going to lose a subscriber, it’s better that they unsubscribe rather than mark your email as spam. You’re […]

Five Minutes

Recently, I came across an old post from this blog from almost three years ago–one that got lost for a while in the craziness around the blog reboot. But rather than simply post it back directly into the archives, given my current state of mind, I thought it would be appropriate to post a shortened, […]

Quest for 50 – The Battle for Personal Health

Weight controlThree years ago, I started my Quest for 50. I had it in my head then that I needed to lose 50 pounds to be considered healthy. I also had been two months past shoulder surgery and thought the time for excuses was over.

Naturally, it took me another year to start getting serious about it.

About a year and a half ago, I joined a gym and even went one step further and signed up with a personal trainer for one training session per week. While I can’t say my progress has been perfect, at least I can say there’s been a good chunk of progress. Here’s an update (with changes in parentheses) before I talk about the battle:

  • Weight: 236 (-14 since start, -11 since first weigh-in with trainer)
  • %Body Fat: 22% (-3.2%)
  • Arms: 14.25″ (+.75″)
  • Waist: 43″ (-.50″)
  • Hips: 45.875″ (-1.125″)
  • Quads: 24″ (+1.5″)
  • Squats: 6 reps at 285 lbs (+240 lbs since first training session – 1-rep max likely 330 lbs)
  • Leg Press: 10 reps at 585 lbs (+405 lbs – 1-rep max likely 705 lbs)
  • Deadlift: 185 lbs (+130 lbs – herniated disk in back last time I did them this heavy, so avoiding heavy deadlifts)
  • Shoulder Press: 140 lbs (+50 lbs)
  • Bench Press: 155 lbs (+70 lbs)

My lower body numbers have increased much more for two reason: 1) lower body strength increases much faster than upper body in terms of weight, and 2) I started coming off of shoulder surgery, ended up having wrist surgery 11 months ago, and have been battling carpal tunnel for the past six months. Lifting heavy with no grip in one hand just doesn’t work.

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