I turned 28 last Friday.
My wife and I are staying in Myrtle Beach all this week to celebrate my birthday, as well as my wedding anniversary (which is today!). I’ll let you decide which one of those we’re celebrating more.
I’ve been burning lots of calories playing with my kids in the pool/ocean 4-5 hours every day. I plan on renting a surfboard for a day later on this week, too. Surfing may seem like just a balancing act, but it requires an incredible amount of strength to keep getting up on that board time and time again.
Life has changed so much over the past few years. I’m able to swim for hours. I can haul heavy chairs from our condo to the beach below without trouble. I throw my daughter several feet in the pool like she weighs nothing (45 pounds isn’t exactly chump change). I chase after my ever-elusive 8-month old son on the beach, who’s getting very mobile these days.
I don’t take any of this for granted. I tell my wife all the time, “Welp, this is something else I couldn’t have done 100 pounds ago.”
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on July 30th, 2013
I haven’t stepped onto this scale in over a month.
The desire and motivation to lose weight has always been there, but so have 12 hour days at the office and 3-straight weeks of rainy, “stay inside and eat snacks with my daughter while watching Dora” weather.
I’m coming out of my slump, though, like I always do.
I’ve always wanted to be able to say that I was able to lose 150 pounds. The number 150 is arbitrary, but with my body type and height, 194.4 pounds is probably pretty close to my “ideal” weight.
Even though posting has been scarce lately, I’ve still maintained a fairly active lifestyle. I’m still very much in love with fitness, counting calories, and helping others lose weight — I’ve just consumed too many calories on a daily basis. Weight loss — and weight gain — comes down to simple math.
It always has and always will.
Ultimately though, it’s hard to motivate others and promote calorie counting while weighing 235.8 pounds. It ain’t a muscular, ripped 235.8 pounds. It’s a soft, slow, and overweight 235.8 pounds.
I’m going to fix that. Not starting tomorrow, after my birthday next week, or after I come back from vacation — but today. Now.
Now has always been the best time to get things done.
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on July 16th, 2013
I’m running out of adjectives for my workout playlists.
- Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)
- Bill Conti – Going the Distance
- Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow
- Breaking Benjamin - Dance With The Devil
- Buckcherry - Crazy Bitch
- Chevelle - Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)
- Chevelle – Red, The
- Chevelle – Panic Prone
- Chevelle - Jars
- Deftones - Change (In The House Of Flies)
- Disturbed - Awaken
- Disturbed - Mistress
- Eminem - Sing for the Moment
- Eminem - Till I Collapse
- Eminem - Not Afraid
- Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark
- Flyleaf - I’m So Sick
- Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
- Jimmy - Eat World Sweetness
- Kanye West - Jesus Walks
- Linkin Park - In the End
- Linkin Park - We Made It
- Ludacris - Move Bitch
- My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
- Our Lady Peace - Not Enough
- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Face Down
- Skillet - Awake And Alive
- Thirty Seconds to Mars - Up In The Air
- Three 6 Mafia - It’s a Fight
Noticeably omitted on this workout playlist is country music. No reason in particular, because who doesn’t love some Tim McGraw? Just not feeling the country music vibe at the moment.
Also, bold emphasizes songs a little more awesome than the rest.
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on June 25th, 2013