Friday, January 27, 2006

The Trainer

This past Monday I worked with a trainer for the first time. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with an open mind. Since this was our first meeting the majority of it was spent taking measurements, interrogating me about all of the bad food I like, and then discussing what I've been doing to date and how I've been losing the weight.

At the end of the session he had me run on an elliptical, which was disappointing because I already had been doing this on my own. However, he gave me a magic number for my target heart rate. 142 for those keeping count. Strangely this number was a good bit lower than I had been targeting on my own. My range was usually around 150-155, although if I pushed myself I'd actually get into the 160s, then immediately scare myself because the little chart on the machine says max heart rate for someone my age is just over 170. Don't want to know what happens if I go over max. :-) The trainer told me to stay around 140, run no more than 40 minutes total, no more than 4 times a week.

So I'm thinking, how will this work. I work out less, slower and no weights. Well 5 days later its clear the guy knows what he was talking about. I've been more sore the last couple of days and I've dropped 2 1/2 pounds this week alone while I've been tempting fate by eating larger lunches including a really tasty cheesesteak sandwhich with fries yesterday.

Next session we are supposed to start working on weights.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Weight Loss

I'm about 20 days behind the schedule I wanted to hit but I've finally gone under the 200 pound barrier. I think it has been 7 or 8 years since I was this weight. Weight loss to date is around 25 pounds. 25 pounds in a little less than 3 months, and about 35-40 more pounds to go.

Thursday, January 12, 2006


I knew it was coming, considering how bad of shape he was in at Christmas. Pepper passed away yesterday and I got the mail today. He'll be buried in mom's back yard.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Top Music of 2005

And now it's time to look back at my 2005 cd purchases and concerts I attended and highlight the best of the year. Of course for those that know me realize my tastes are wide in styles but fairly narrow in artists. Here we go.

Top Cds. In no particular order.
1. Mudvayne - Lost And Found
2. Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day
3. Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections
4. Kings Of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak (Yes it was on my 2004 list, but wasn't released in the US until 2005)
5. Beck - Guero
6. Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
7. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights
8. Journey - Live In Houston 1981, The Escape Tour
9. John Mayer Trio - Try!

Well I was hoping to get 10 on the list, but the above are really the ones that carried with me from the time I bought them through the end of the year. I also bought a couple of EPs from some Los Angeles artists that are worth mentioning.

1. Jason Falkner - Bliss Descening
2. The Wimbledons - EP

Yes both feature our friend Dean on guitar in their live incarnations but he doesn't play on either of the cds. Both cds are EPs that I've enjoyed through the year.

Now for the music DVDs. In no particular order.
1. Journey - Live In Houston 1981, The Escape Tour
2. KISS - Rock The Nation Live!
3. Iron Maiden - The Early Days - Part 1
4. Rush - R30: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

And last but not least, the concerts. Ordered chronilogically.
1. Norah Jones - Seoul, Korea - March 3, 2005
2. Steve Vai - The EVO Experience - Atlanta, GA - March 19, 2005
3. Mudvayne - Atlanta, GA - April 17, 2005
4. Black Crowes - Atlanta, GA - May 5, 2005
5. Mike Keneally Band - Studio City, CA - October 29, 2005
6. Bob Schneider - Los Angeles, CA - December 3, 2005

Looking back at the concerts shows how much of a world traveler I've been in 2005.

Lets hope for an even better 2006.

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