Getting Fit The Natural Way
Getting in shape with nature, eating healthy, and light equipment…

May
20

Hey guys,

Wanted to let you know that I have moved the blog to one of my web servers, as the hosted wordpress.com blog turned out to be so limited. I was getting tired of the theme, and tried changing it, and was very limited to my choice of themes. Unfortunately, WordPress won’t let you import themes either, and to even edit the CSS file of a theme, you have to pay for some unnecessary upgrade, so I said screw it. It also drove me crazy not having the ability to manage the database myself that everything is stored to.

I bought the domain gettingfitnaturally.com and setup my web server for the new URL. This will also allow me to make a main portion of the site which I haven’t decided what though.

The new blog URL is http://blog.gettingfitnaturally.com. Well, hope to see you all there!

May
20

Hi Folks,

Today has been a great day all in all. Went back up to City Creek Canyon again towards Bountiful, but only got 3/4 as far as last time, because my newborn son had (yet another) doctor appointment. Got maybe 30 minutes of uphill resistance, and had to turn back. Was a bit disappointing. At least on Friday, there is nothing going on, so I can go with no time constraints. :)

Got up at 9:00am this morning, but because I took a sleeping pill last night, I felt like a zombie. I try to avoid taking them, but every so often, I just can’t sleep for the life of me. I wanted to make sure I got to sleep around 1am, when I took it. Well, needless to say, didn’t really get a start on it, until 10:00AM when I started the climb. Although, started from the official BST trailhead, taking you up the west side of City Creek Canyon, and up and over to Bountiful. I made a lot faster progress though. I made it 80% of the way that I did on Monday in 1/3 of the time. I had my heart rate up quite a bit, but that’s what I was after; trying to get a metabolic response out of my body while doing the uphill climb. Turned back down, and headed home so my wife could take our son to the doctors office.

Here are some pics I captured today:

Official Trailhead for BST City Creek Segment to Bountiful

Official Trailhead for BST City Creek Segment to Bountiful

Bird on BST near mouth of City Creek Canyon

Bird on BST near mouth of City Creek Canyon

Mountain valley peering through City Creek and Red Butte Canyon

Mountain valley peering through City Creek and Red Butte Canyon

I did however perform 1 set of the Fitness Anywhere designed Metabolic Workout A, as laid out  here:

Now, they prescribe 3 sets on week 1, and 4 sets on week 2. Being I just got back from hiking, and already achieved a metabolic response today, my body was extremely tired after set 1, and my body basically collapsed attempting the Side Plank’s. The Atomic Pushups just took all the energy my arms had, so by the time I attempted the Side Planks, I had no energy to hold my body up.

I find it quite fascinating how tweaking the timing of an exercise can achieve a completely different result. Throughout the entire exercise, you are allowing a very minimal rest period for your body, as opposed to strength training such as the All Body Xpress workout that I do on a regular basis, therefore making your heartrate skyrocket, and therefore achieving the metabolic response.

I found one very intruiging article from the Mayo Clinic in response to Metabolism and Weight Loss, explaining that your metabolism has nothing do with you loosing weight (or not), rather simply with your net caloric intake calories taken in – calories burned = net calories). The article can be found here.

Also reading through the Fitness Anywhere Community site, I found a very good article from Fraser Quelch, explaining sticking to a workout program, and why people give up,  and how to prevent giving up. The article can be read here.

I plan on regularly integrating Metabolic Conditioning into my regular workout routine from this point to really get results. It is just outstanding that creating a chemical response in your body can make a huge difference.

I anticipate further learning of physical, biochemical, and mental conditioning to further my health and wellness, and look forward to reporting my findings here, to share my knowledge with you to make proper nutritional and exercise decisions.

For the record, I weighed in today at 235.8. Only 2 oz of loss from yesterday, but that is just fine. I am already right at my goal for this week. Was planning on being around 235 – 236, so I am right where I want to be this week, and it’s only Wednesday.

I hope my posts are encouraging, yet educating to you as you read them, and hope I make a difference in someones life by sharing my knowledge and lifes experiences.

Until tomorrow, I wish you all the best, and have a great day.

May
19

Hi everyone, made sure to not forget tonight! :)

Ok, so today was fairly lax, but did do the TRX workout again. My wife tried to back out today, but didn’t let her. She told me not let her quit a couple weeks ago, and I’m holding her to her word. Been sticking to All Body XPress workout, but I think to maximize my results I am going to begin the metabolic workout created by the director of eduction for Fitness Anywhere (company who makes the TRX), Fraser Quelch. The workout consists of typical exercises you’d expect from the TRX, but time manipulated to keep your heart rate up, creating a metabolic reaction in your body. In other words, it makes your metabolism go into warp speed (for all you Star Trek fans :P). If you want to check out the workout, it can be viewed here.

For the record, weighed in this morning at 236.0, so lost 2 lbs from yesterday, but part of it was waterweight anyway. Doing good though. I am excited that I am really doing this! Burning through this layer of fat I’ve built up over the last 6 years, and getting healthy again. Because of our carnal human nature, much of us tend to do things the easy way; eat what we want, do what we want, no consequences. Between practically binge eating, drinking, smoking, no exercise, and not keeping a regular sleep pattern, I have put my body through hell in back since I got married 6 years ago. I quit smoking in 2005, so already took care of that years ago.

At least I can say today that I am doing something about it, and I don’t need The Biggest Loser to help me do it! :) I feel much happier about myself now. As many people who struggle(d) with their weight also understands, I would look at myself in the mirror everyday and be disguisted with myself. I would look at other obese people and glace with shame, yet I myself was on that track. It would sicken me going to a buffet, and seeing some man or woman the size of fat bastard from Austin Powers! But truth be told, that could be me. And I angered myself for so long for letting myself go. And this year, I just had it. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I refuse to go into this next decade carrying all this baggage around.

I still look in the mirror now, and am reminded of my laziness of the last 6 years, but remind myself, I am making a difference. I am thankful my wife tells me I am really showing a difference, because it’s hard for me to see that change when I’ve carried this baggage for so long, and seen it everyday of my life. In fact, she told me today that my stomach is getting smaller, and complimented me, and that really made me feel good inside. It’s amazing how sometimes the smallest compliments and praises can just put a smile on our faces.

And I am glad I have the opportunity to share this life experience with you all across the world. Just know nothing is impossible. If you’re determined enough, you will succeed, regardless of the task at hand.

I am going to bed for now, so I can hit the BST up again in the morning. Until tomorrow, be encouraged, and have a great night.

May
19

Sorry guys, I swear I made a post yesterday! :) Been a bit spacey and out of it all week since I stayed up way too late on Saturday, and just didn’t sleep that well.

Well I went to the BST by City Creek Canyon, but went west this time towards Bountiful. The scenery and views are spectacular heading up from City Creek Canyon.

Although, because my newborn son had a doctor appointment that took forever, I didn’t get a start on it until 2:00PM. Unfortunately, didn’t make it to Bountiful as I hoped, because it was so hot. I was starting to get dizzy the more I went uphill. The first part of the climb was shaded, but after the shade was taken from me, within 5 minutes, I was starting to feel it. So I did the smart thing, and started heading back down. I plan to head up there tomorrow again, but this time start around 9:00AM, so it’s nice and cool when I start.

Here are some pics from yesterdays trip:

Squirrel on Bench in City Creek Canyon

Squirrel on Bench in City Creek Canyon

It may be a bit difficult to see the squirrel in this small size. You can see the big size here. I thought it looked really cool, so I went for it. :)

Beautiful Scenery on BST to Bountiful

Beautiful Scenery on BST to Bountiful

Looking Over to Mt. Wire from BST to Bountiful

Looking Over to Mt. Wire from BST to Bountiful

The peak on the left is Mt. Wire. The other Peak I don’t believe has a name; it’s just half of Emigration Canyon.

The trip was still refreshing, but didn’t last long. That’s ok though. Sometimes it happens that way. :)

For the record, I weighed in at 238.2 yesterday, so gained a little weight from my restful Sunday, by I expected that, so not too concerned.

Back to the TRX later today, so that will be good. Really starting to feel it in my abs and obliques. Going to look into metabolic training with the TRX also.

Well until later tonight, have a good one!

May
17

Today was quit relaxed for the most part. Went to work, went to church, and just took it easy. Part of me loves not working out in any way for a day, and part of me doesn’t. But all in all, it will be ok nonetheless.

Was quite tired today though I must admit. Since we had family over till well after 1:30am, I didn’t get to sleep until closer to 3:00am, since my wife insisted on watching The Biggest Loser Season 7 Finale after they left. So, watched that, and then it dawned on me, I didn’t make a post for the day, so that’s when I got my around 2:00am post in this morning.

Aside from the fact I’ve been mentally zoning all day, it’s been a pretty good day. A friend of mine that is a brother in the IT family decided he’d fry my brain for the day, by getting me going on this subnetting scheme to see if it’d be possible for him to connect his router at home to his mothers router at her place, creating a WAN (Wide Area Network) between to the 2 LAN’s (Local Area Networks). Well turns out because of the way Comcast issues out public IP Addresses and the “Subnet Mask” they issue with those IP Addresses, it’s only possible to have 2 Public IP Addresses, of which both end up being used up inevitably because of the “Gateway” which is like a cable modem, but it’s like a high end modem with more functionality, and his router, are both taking a public IP.

Anyway, for those of you outside the IT world, I won’t bore you any further. For those who understand what I’m talking about, let’s just say it hurt my head figuring out the subnetting scheme.

Other than that “nerd excitement” for the day, was a pretty typical run of the mill day. :)

For the record, weighed in at 237.4, so gained 4 oz again, but again, not concerned. I’ve hit my goal for the month. Lost 10 lbs in 4 weeks so far! Woo Hoo! :D

Well, tomorrow starts week 5/month 2 of my 6 month journey to skinniness. I plan on going up to City Creek Canyon again tomorrow, except headed northwest on the BST which you access about 1/4 mi up City Creek Canyon on the left. So that will be fun. Not sure exactly how far it goes, but I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

Well until then, have a good night! :)

May
17

Getting a late start on this post, but been mentally side tracked with company at home today.

So, the weekend is finally here! Today was a good day. Finally got some cable management completed today at my desk at work, using wire ties and velcro. Had most of it done for a week now, but just haven’t had the energy to finish it until today. Was a bit unfortunate though; had to re crimp a couple of ends back on a network cable. One end wasn’t wired right, and the other end the copper connectors weren’t touching the leads on the RJ-45 end for those of you who know what I’m referencing to.

Took part of the day off though, and had some family come over and visit, which was nice. We made some enchiladas, which isn’t the healthiest thing in the world. Only had four today, and been watching it close.

Got on the TRX today to keep toning that muscle.

For the record, got down to 237.0 lbs even, which I was pretty thrilled about.
We’ll see how I weigh in at the morning, but not too concerned either way, even even I gain a pound or so.

Well I am off to bed shortly, so until later today, have a good night! :)

May
15

Woo hoo! Finally Friday! Can’t ever go wrong on Friday. :)

Got an early start on my hike today, being my newborn son had doctors appointments this afternoon, and it worked out quite well. Went up to the City Creek Segment of the BST, and hiked up to the Avenues Segment just above Perrys Hollow.  The whole hike was about 5 – 6 miles, so it was a decent hike.

It was incredible how much of a variety in scenery this segment of the BST offered. Every segment of the BST I have been on thus far has all been some bushes, and dirt paths. This segment did offer some dead bushes still, but also offered some woodland views, some flowery meadow views, and so on.

Here are some pics of todays trip:

Cross Bridge at Bottom of BST

Cross Bridge at Bottom of BST

Looking at Utah State Capital from BST

Looking at Utah State Capital from BST

Woodland Views on the BST

Woodland Views on the BST

And one photo that I thought was a real treat, being I was just up that way on Wednesday, once I reached the Avenues section, you could see Mt. Wire just to the east.

Looking over to Mt. Wire from BST

Looking over to Mt. Wire from BST

You can see the 2 reflectors on Mt. Wire just ahead. I think next week, I’m going back up to Mt. Wire, and taking a side trail off of Georges Hollow and get all the way up there.  And next time, I’m getting an early start on it, and bringing my cell, so I actually know what time it is. I swear, all odds were against me a couple days ago. :P

For the record, I weighed in today at 238.8. Gained 4 oz or 1/4 of a lb from yesterday, which is practically insignificant anyway. As long as I can sustain the 238 weight for the duration of the week, I’m fine. Then next week, should be around 235 – 236, which shouldn’t be a problem.

Going to workout on the TRX again tomorrow, so that’ll be good. I’ll see how effective doing the TRX workout on adjacent days of hiking works. Seems ok right now, but time will tell.

Well until tomorrow, have a good night. :)

May
14

Today was good. Got my wife on the TRX again. I’m holding her to it, so she can’t puss out now. It’s too late for that! :)

Since she started watching The Biggest Loser, she decided she wanted to get serious about losing weight. The Biggest Loser is inspiring for anyone who wants to lose weight, but it’s unrealistic in the real world. They have people pushing them harder than BUD/s training that Navy Seals have to go through to become a Seal. Therefore, they are loosing 8 – 12 lbs a week, and they loose weight very rapidly, which is awesome, but unrealistic, and generally is not healthy losing weight that much, that frequently.  I myself have lost 20 lbs in 2 weeks last year, and 10 lbs in one week later last year, but that was ocassional. I’d probably get sick if I tried that all the time.

The 2.5 lb loss average per week for me, is realistic, and doable. I am not setting myself up for failure by setting outrageous goals. I recall the way I lost those 30 lbs, in such short intervals like that; I was eating nothing but Lean Cuisines, and taking in 2000 calories, while I burned about 3000, and went off the deep end on cardio and core training using machines at the gym.

Looking back on it though, I don’t think I could’ve sustained that constantly without doing some internal damage, due to pushing it so hard. I was fortunate enough to keep off that 30 lbs though, so I never reached 280 again.

Starting this challenge a month ago, I weighed 248.2 lbs. As of this morning, I am now 238.4. So, I have accomplished the 10 lb loss goal for the month, which is awesome! :)

I actually weighed that exact weight of 238.4 a couple weeks ago, when I had the flu and wasn’t eating, but I know I would gain a little back once I felt better and started getting my appettite back, and sure enough, but this time around, I legitimately got down to that weight.

I have to say, I am pretty psyched at this point, that I am actually seeing results. All this hard work and determination is starting to pay off! :) Anyone out there following this and perhaps taking a commitment to lose weight yourselves, know that it does start paying off after a little while, all the sweat and tears weren’t in vein! :D

Well, I feel great. Fought a couple mind battles, and a couple physical challenges, but kept kicking none the less, and glad I haven’t given up.  It’ll be exciting once I get past the 230’s, and start seeing the 220’s.  I just see the pounds shed when I look at the scale, and just get excited, and that in itself reminds me all the pain is worth it.

Well until tomorrow, have a good night.

May
13

Today went well. I actually made it out today, no problem. Went up to Mt. Wire, just northeast of the U of U. It drove me kind of crazy though, my daughter had a doctor appointment that took forever, so I got a late start on the hiking trip. I got nearly to the reflectors, but because of time constraints, I didn’t go all the way to the reflectors. I was practically walking on top of Emigration Canyon though, so that’s kind of cool. Maybe next time I’ll make it all the way up. Kind of a brutal trail though, I must say. Got some gnarly hills to climb off and on, with one hill in particular that is a pain going down, and then there is a hill to go up that isn’t any easier. The 2nd photo I took headed down the hill. As you can see, it’s quite a drop. All in all, it was an awesome trip.

Here are some pics from the trip:

Looking up at the microwave reflectors on Mt. Wire

Looking up at the microwave reflectors on Mt. Wire

The killer hill headed to Mt. Wire

The killer hill headed to Mt. Wire

Looking into the Salt Lake Valley near Emigration Canyon

Looking into the Salt Lake Valley near Emigration Canyon

For the record, weighed in at 239.4 today, so on the right track. Just got that one more pound, and I’ve accomplished the 10 pound loss for the month goal.

We’ll see if I make that goal tomorrow. Until then, have a good one! :)

May
12

Today went great. I ate good overall, and even got my wife to workout with me. So I had her go before I did on the TRX to get a good workout. I timed her on the “All Body XPress” workout, which starting out is 30 seconds or 30 seconds on each side (mostly for leg workouts). I tried as hard as I could not to laugh though, how animated she is. She sounded like she was having a baby again trying to do part of this routine. :P

After she was done, I done the workout myself.

Other than that, took it easy today for the most part. Did some programming for a website, but that’s about it.

Weighed in today at 240.4 again just like Saturday and Sunday last week. Hoping to reach that 238 goal by Sunday, which I think is quite doable.

Committed myself to hike up to Mt. Wire tomorrow, so that will be fun. Until then, have a good night! :)

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