It’s been hot in NC the past couple of weeks.  Real hot.  Crazy hot.  Thankfully it should break tomorrow and be in the 80?s for the rest of the week.

It’s been really rough.  I’ve been doing much better in the heat as I’ve lost weight.  But with highs of 105 there is only so much that can be done.  Two weeks ago at practice I did alright.  We hit a high of 97 that day.  Last Thursday though we hit a high 101 and I chose to stay home.  Over a hundred is just too hot.  I did get in a run Monday but my time and endurance was really off because of the heat so I’ve just been trying to take it easy with the outdoor exercise this week.

But thankfully it should start breaking tomorrow so I’m really looking forward to practice Thursday (the forecast high is 80!!!!) and maybe getting in a couple good runs next week.

I’m still off of my desired daily schedule but things should lighten up here in a few weeks.  Until then I will post as I often as I can and keep the theme of the day but I don’t know if I will be able to post daily like I would like.

This has been a pretty good week fitness-wise.  I made it to the gym after my weight watchers meeting Saturday and got in 30 min of cardio and 30 min of weights.  It felt really good to get in a full lifting workout.  It’s been kinda hard to get to all the machines and weights that I want to on Mondays.  Wednesdays are a little better but still kinda crowded.  Saturday and Sunday are much better.  Hopefully it will lighten up again soon.  Sunday was Baronial fighter practice.  Monday was weights and cardio again.  I didn’t get to run Tuesday like I wanted to but Wednesday I got in a solid workout on the elliptical.

This coming week will be a little harder because my gym buddy will be away but I’m going use this time to switch up my regular gym routine and try some new things.

I had meant to post this yesterday but I didn’t get it out before we got into the car to head for Atlantian University.  I decided to combine this weeks fitness and fighting post because this weeks post are both kinda introductory and I thought they would complement each other.

Fitness

I have posted before in the past about my efforts to get healthy and fit but they always sorta fell flat.  I would do alright for a week or two (sometimes as many as 4) but then something would come up (I’d get sick, we’d go out of town, there would be a birthday/wedding/shower) and I would fall off the wagon and then spend the next 2 or 3 months wondering what the heck happened.

Last December I decided I was going to rededicate myself to fitness.  Since it was the holiday season I started slowly-just working on making it to the gym twice a week.  That went pretty well.  After Christmas I started focusing on what I was eating.  I tried a few different things but in April I settled back on Weight Watchers which has always helped my focus on better eating and exercise habits.

Right now I am hitting the gym twice a week, fencing practice at least once a week (trying to make twice a week a regular thing and not a pipe dream), and running once or twice a week.  I’d like to start hiking in Umstead at least once a week again now that it’s nice.

Currently I’m down about 15 pounds and about half way to my goal of being down 30 pounds by the end of August (ambitions but I think doable).

The thing I want to focus on this next week with jazzing up my weekly weight routine.  It’s gotten a little stale after 7 months.

Fighting

So my fighting.  As part of getting healthy I am refocusing on my fighting.  I had been in a bit of a slump where I wasn’t enjoying it as much but that seems to have turned around sometime around Gulf Wars and now if I don’t get to fight at an event I’m pretty bummed.

I’m kinda rusty but the rust has been falling off over the past month or two.  Right now I’m trying to find a new way to challenge myself.