A Journey With Herman

Trust The Process!!

By Team Speed - March 21, 2016

Trust The Process!

I have had a few setbacks and frustrations over the last month. Honestly, I have had moments of weakness with diet and struggle with getting to the gym as consistently as I would like to.  In the past, I would have said forget it and gone right back to my old bad habits that put me here in the first place.  As I said last week, it's time to break the cycle of just giving up and falling off the wagon. 
The realization that we all have to have is that it didn't take a few weeks to get to this point. It has been years of poor decisions with food and believing that it's all figured out. The truth is that I can't become overly frustrated with this, all I can do is move forward and learn from those mistakes.
I have to "trust the process". This process is going to take longer than what I wish it would but the process of managing my diet and working out smarter is the best way to create the life change I'm looking for. I have felt for the longest time that I needed permission to put myself first. I have to really change my mindset and get on with the idea that putting yourself first sometimes is okay. So with that said, let's do our best and "trust the process" to reach our goals. Thanks as usual for reading!

That New, Old Feeling!

By Team Speed - March 14, 2016

That New, Old Feeling!

Weight 297 lbs

Well, here we go again. After a couple of setbacks I have that new, old feeling again. The new feeling of being really excited about working out and running again. I decided that after the injury and diet set backs I would start over with the running plan too, but at a slightly higher pace this time. 
The first run again! Oh yeah I remember that terrible feeling of the first few minutes. However, this go around I am feeling stronger than before and only the first 6 minutes were terrible instead of the entire run, after the first 6 minutes that great old feeling started coming back. That relaxed feeling of just running and letting my mind become clear again. I guess the work that I put in before has started to pay off as I start the second round of running at a higher pace.
I did realize that in order to prevent another injury I needed to get stronger overall. Brooke at Team Speed offered the opportunity to train with her in her boot camps. Of course I was saying to myself, "Boot camps are for girls!" Uh, well, if the girls are crazy strong and in better shape than I am right now, then yes, it's for girls. Brooke's boot camp is a serious butt kicker, I was still sore 2 days after the class,  I think the combination of the strength training and running will really kick my body over and beyond the many plateaus I've encountered.  So, in addition to the running starting again,  I have joined Brooke's boot camps and added weight training in too.  Now on to my overall lifestyle change, I'm back to getting my diet sorted out again too.  Before we all know it my clothes will start fitting better again.   Thanks for reading and lookout for my diet update next week.

The Reset

By Team Speed - March 8, 2016

The Reset

Weight:  298 lbs

Well guys after a couple of weeks of slacking off I've had a bit of a reset. A reset on how I need to operate going forward to hit my goals. I thought that I had it all figured out and could move away from the processes that have helped me to this point.  A big process that has helped me out tremendously has been tracking my food and keeping myself accountable. I really felt like I had everything under control and could just do it in my head and just roll with it. So not true!   And to make matters worse I am nursing a small injury so I’ve had to change my workouts, so a combination of not tracking my food and having to modify my workouts has led to going off the rails a bit.  Getting back on track is necessary and so tracking my food is going to be a major part of getting me back on track, especially now since I am not able to burn the same number of calories.  

The tracking system that I use is the My Fitness Pal app, this app is great!  As long as you put your information into the app, it will track it for you based on your goals. It even has a bar code scanner so if you have to grab a snack on the move you just scan it and it enters the food for you.  This app truly won’t let me have any more excuses or allow me to be lazy anymore about tracking.   

This reset is not only for my food tracking but a life reset too.  No more excuses, I need to realize that it's not only a short term change it’s a lifestyle change that I have to follow. I know that I can do this and the only one getting in my way, is me!  Sometimes you just have to look yourself in the eye and kick yourself in the butt and get moving. This week’s plan is to get back on the treadmill and back to quality eating, hopefully next week’s update reflects the results of my “reset” and re-commitment to this process.  Thanks for reading!


Why Not Now

By Team Speed - February 29, 2016

Why not now?

Weight 298 lbs

Ok let me be honest, I’ve had bit of a set back now over the last couple of weeks. I was feeling great and if you’ve been following my numbers, you’ve seen that my numbers have been pretty consistent but this week I seemed to have hit a wall. The question of why is always a question that we have. Why am I not in shape? Why should I get in shape? Why did I lose my fitness? Why am I here? Why did I work so hard and still not lose anything this week?  I don't want to get too philosophical and deep, so I'm going to stick with the why's of falling out of shape and getting back in shape. We can all point to specific reasons as to why we stopped what was going so well.  We can say things like I had a hangnail and couldn't work out, or I had a cold once and missed my workout 10 years ago and decided that was it for me. Whatever your “why not” is let’s work together and work towards the positive why’s, like why are we getting better?

As we all do from time to time, I had to take a good look in the mirror to start answering some of my “why’s”. Lets look at why I lost my fitness in the first place. The reality is that when I finished playing soccer in college I was so upset about the experience that I had, I kept eating like a college athlete and working out like 50-year-old man with arthritis. That combination led to weight gain initially but I anticipated that and worked hard to lose most of that weight gain. I lost the weight with the idea that I was going to play pro soccer. That exciting dream ended with a major injury. If you remember from earlier in this blog these were the exact reasons that I said are cliché reasons to gain weight and get out of shape, but those were my reality. Unlike times past that look in the mirror has reminded me of every delicious decision that has led me to here. I claim not to be an emotional eater but the truth is, when I'm celebrating anything I eat, when I have a bad day certain foods make me feel better, etc . . . With that being said, every roll of flab and every extra breath taken on the fight of stairs, I think of the foods I have eaten to put myself here and I realize this is a true lifestyle change not just a diet anymore.

Fast forward to today, here I sit overweight again and trying again to lose it. The difference is this time I think I have a much better understanding of why I got to this point. I’ve had the hard look in the mirror, will you try to understand or even answer the “why's” on how you got to where you are?  So after all that, I am recommitting to this process and getting back in the right grove of things. I’m not asking why in that way anymore.  Now the only whys I will ask are, WHY NOT ME? WHY NOT YOU? WHY NOT NOW? I am back on the losing train again. So take a minute this week and have that tough conversation with yourself and make the decision and make the change. Thanks for reading, more updates soon.


Food is NOT the enemy!

By Team Speed - February 22, 2016

Food is NOT the enemy!
Weight: 296 lbs
My running plan is continuing to head in the right direction. It’s still hard but I feel like
I’m getting stronger every day and as far as sweat goes, I’m getting a big dose of that
every time I run too. Of course, now that I’m feeling more confident with my running
and starting to see some weight fall off, my temptation is now to eat whatever I want
because I’m working out. That is, until I remember it’s this mentality that got me here in
the first place. So, I need to get in gear and on track with my food plan, to make sure I
don’t fall back into the same trap as before. The new attitude that I’m really trying to
follow is, “Eat to live and not live to eat!” This is not a diet but my new lifestyle change.
To this point I have always been about the 3 square meals a day and that was it. That
unfortunately led to extreme levels of hunger and being so hungry at each of these
meals that I would eat too much, too fast. In addition to eating too much, too fast, I
would also tend to make bad food choices too. I don't know about you, but when I
would get extra hungry I would tend to want carb-heavy-things like, bread, candy, sweet
tea, etc... Basically anything that was full of sugar and not full of the things I’d need to
fuel my body, I couldn’t eat fast enough. I’m struggling with my choices and making the
right ones for my body and this journey. For me, it would be much easier and usually
cheaper to stop for fast food vs. stopping at the grocery store and picking up some fruit
or yogurt. Honestly, the choice is to try (grocery store) or not to try (fast food). Now with
respect to all of us real people I would love to say I made the right choice every time but
the reality is I haven't every time, but I want to start making it more of a commitment.
Every time I make good food choices a priority, I will get closer and closer to my fitness
goals. Here’s what I’ve learned regarding the food I eat and how it affects my run. If I
eat poorly the running that is already a challenge gets even harder, but with better
eating I'm starting to feel better while running. Who knew that "eat well feel well" could
be an amazing thing. I am starting to become convinced that my body is a temple, well
okay it’s still a bit of trailer park but at least I'm starting to get rid of some of the rif-raff
that has been hanging out for way to long. Thanks for reading and more updates next
week. Stay strong and keep moving!