Ideas for Valentines Day for the Guys.

Ok, so I know Valentines Day is normally for the women in our lives. However, for any of you ladies interested in getting something for the man in your life, I thought I would link to this article I found. It is not going to be perfect all the way around for all men, but it at least gives some good clues for most of us. Of course, many guys would just as soon you forget us on Valentines Day and just remember us on March 14th! But to each their own.

I said I would post where I am at now…

Machine Low Row Back Extension Abdominal Pectoral Fly
Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri
140 250 175 165
Weight
3 3 3 3
Sets
10 25 25 10
Reps
Machine Rear Deltoid Chest Press Shoulder Press Bicep Curl
Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri
130 170 90 120
Weight
3 3 3 3
Sets
10 10 10 10
Reps
Machine Glutes Seated Leg Press Leg Extension Seated Leg Curl
Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri
150 270 175 150
Weight
6 3 3 3
Sets
10 10 10 10
Reps
Machine Lat Pull Down Assisted Chin Up Triceps Pushdown Assisted Dip
Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Wed Fri
140 40 70 40
Weight
3 3 3 3
Sets
10 10 10 10
Reps

I also did a bunch of other stuff today.  Played with the Medicine Ball, did several free weight stuff.  All good fun! Was a good workout!

I can not believe….

So I was very surprised recently when we received a phone call from my Grandma and Aunt Susie.  They asked Emmy if we could run down on the 24th to get my Uncle Roy.  Emmy quickly asked,”So how long is he visiting for?”  Which was answered with,”He is not visiting, he is coming to take us back to Michigan.”  I was completely shocked.  How could anyone go back to -3 degree weather when it is 70 degrees plus here?  This just does not make any sense to me.  Ah well.  I am surprised, and disappointed, but I guess it is what my grandmother wants.

UFC 92 the Ultimate 2008

I am really looking forward to this PPV!  Some excellent fights!

  • 205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Rashad Evans (203)

I hope for Forrest to win,  but with the way Rashad has been improving by leaps and bounds, it would not surprise me to see him win.  The cockiness of him annoys me, and has since The Ultimate Fighter Season 2, so would really enjoy seeing Forrest beat his cocky butt.

  • 265 lbs.: UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira (246) vs. Frank Mir (251)

Big Nog is pretty impressive.  I kinda expect to see him win, but would love to see Mir win.  After watching The Ultimate Fighter Season 8, Mir come off as kinda a jerk, but I think he deserves the chance to win the belt so he can actually legitimately lose it.  I always kinda felt bad with the way he won it, was doing so well, had an accident and ended up unable to defend the belt.

  • 205 lbs.: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (206) vs. Wanderlei Silva (203)

After the way Silva took Jackson in Pride, I think this will be an awesome fight.  However, with the difference in rules, I expect that things will favor Rampage much more here. So I expect Rampage to win, but would not be surprised to see the Axe Murder  take him.  That is the joy of MMA.  Anything can happen on any given night.  Considering that Silva won the last two matches, by all rights, you would expect him to win.. but nobody seems to.  The Axe Murderer is a puncher and has some mean knees.. so he can always pull off the upset.

  • 265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo (233) vs. Mustafa Al-Turk (237)

I completely expect Kongo to win this.  Being that Al-Turk has some good knockouts though, one punch can change that result.

  • 185 lbs.: C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Mike Massenzio (184)

This could go either way.  They actually wrestled in 2003, and CB won.. A lot has happened since then, but I think CB wants to prove himself.  So I would not be surprised to see him pull off another victory.

Still going!

So here it is 3 months later, and I am still going to the Gym 3 times a week at least.  I haven’t really lost much weight, but I have started firming up a lot!  Probably if I watched what I ate, I could actually drop the weight.  I may eventually get around to changing my diet more, but first I figure I will do some time seriously exercising, which I have been doing.  I am walking about an hour per day, which equates to about 4.2 miles or so.  I end up at the gym for about 2 hours per time I go.  To long for Emmy to be interested in going from what she says, but long enough for me to actually get into shape!  I will have to fill out one of my sheets the next time I go so I can see what sort of progress I have made on weight and such. 🙂

Still going…

So it has been since September 22nd or so since I started exercising again. I have gone pretty much every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for about 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours 30 mins.  Sometimes I go with Terry down to the Anytime Fitness on 19 and sometimes I go to the one over on County Line Rd that is only like 3 miles from me.  If Terry is busy, I go to the closer Gym.  I have only missed one Friday during the last couple months, that being the Friday we took Bleys to the airport to go to his Aunt’s wedding.

That being said, I am happy with the results I have been seeing.. In fact, now I am starting to want to work out more, because I want to add a cardio day that is just cardio to help burn the weight faster.  I do a 30 min run every day I go to the Gym.. Normally do about 2 miles in that time and set the incline to about 4% Grade… Which does not seem like a lot, but it is amazing what a difference it makes to my heart rate.. I try and keep my heart rate in the 155-165 range.. I usually finish up with 3 mins of 6mph or so at a slightly higher incline.. like 5%.  I normally burn about 310-400 calories according to the machine. Some days I run a little longer, some days I run a little harder.

Either way, I now want to add a day where I either ride our Exercise Bike at home, or run to my local Anytime Fitness and do just a cardio blast day.  Maybe a 3 mile run, or some time on the eliptical trainer. Whatever I add, I have decided I want to add something, because I want to see more results, and I think that would help push me into that much better shape.  I think when I get over the hump, I will start losing at a slightly better pace then I have been.  I actually put on an extra 5lbs since I first started, although my waist is getting slightly smaller, and my arms, chest, legs and belly slightly more defined.  I have decided I want to go into my 40’s in better shape then I came into my 30’s.  Otherwise, how bad will I be by 50?  60?  Scarey… So I want to start putting the work in now and see how I do.. Of course, I been putting in a little work out time almost every year, my problem is normally staying with it for more then 3 months or so.. Hopefully, paying for a gym membership will help motivate me to use it!

Wish me luck!

Sad…

I was sad that we could not get UFC 91.  It makes sense though.. We were busy yesterday, and would have missed the first match or two before getting home.  So I just read about the matches online.  Not as good as the real thing, but still better then waiting to find out the results.

I was disappointed that Randy Couture lost, but not really surprised. Brock Lesnar is huge, and very athletic.  Randy is 45, small for Heavy Weight and been out for a year.  Like I said, not a huge surprise that it went the way it did.

Was happy that Gabriel Gonzaga won and that Kenny Florian won. It looked to be a great UFC.  I am thinking we will probably get the next one, and probably the one that has Brock facing the winner of Mir vs Nogeria.

Woo! Go Obama!!!

Ok, so I am thrilled that Obama was elected!  Unlike so many of my friends, I do not see this as the end of the world.  I am really getting a kick out of the Conservative Right acting as if Obama will be the end of Capitalism in our Country.  Isn’t it Bush’s Government who is bailing out Insurance Companies, Mortgage Companies and anyone else who needs money that day?

I really do not see what all of my Conservative friends are throwing fits about.  Have they actually read the plan?  Obviously not.  Obama plans on Taxing those making over $250000 a year more.  Not one of my friends that have been doing all the complaining makes anywhere near that.  In fact, they will probably make out very well with Obama’s tax plan.  Yet they whine like there is no tomorrow.  “Oh no, he will turn the whole country socialist!”, “Oh no, these idiot liberals do not know what they are doing!”.  This from the same bunch of people who elected a studdering idiot to lead the most powerful nation in the world.  Come on people, he makes up words.  He can not balance a budget to save our lives, and he has sold your childrens future worse than any Democrat ever dreamed of!

The other thing that bothers me with the whole thing is, they are all crying about socialism and how Obama will take all the money from those who worked for it….. but the working class is getting a whole lot of breaks from Obama.  If they are going to whine, I wish they would at least be informed.  Instead, they just make a bunch of ignorant blanket statements that make them sound as dumb as the last president they elected.  Many of these friends have either gotten help at some point from the Government, or a family member of theirs has.  Isn’t Public Assistance an evil thing as far a the Conservatives are concerned?  Yet, they will take the help when they need it, they just do not think it should be there for others?  Sigh.. Stuipidity at its finest!