On a good track with this 52DC,….

A couple of times in the past week I have had individuals compliment me on my “look”. I couldn’t help to feel really flattered. Both used the same term too. ”You know, you are looking really healthy.”

I don’t know that you could pay a person a better compliment, especially one who has not always been all that healthy at any time in their lives.

This particular 52 day challenge has been an experiment for me. I actually started back in November trialing a new diet and working with a tightly monitored exercise format. I don’t know that my gains have been dramatic though by what I have been seeing in the mirror and now hearing from a few I might be moving in the right direction.

Three things I have done this time around;

First I have made sure to eat breakfast every day. The days I have skipped for one useless reason or another I find are the days I continue to make poor food choices.

Second, I set up an exercise schedule and routine and where I have not stayed 100% on schedule I have tightly monitored my circuits both cardio and resistance to be sure as not to overdo. This has been a known problem with me in the past and its lead to some very unpleasant side effects.

Third, and what I personally feel has been the key to the bit of success is, I factored in rest periods. I afforded myself a couple extra too. By going to the gym with proper energy and the feel that you could work instead of just go through the paces due to fatigue I’ve made gains.

As of today with 13 days remaining to the challenge I have 3 Resistance Training circuits to complete, 5 cardio events and to eat clean the bulk on those days. God willing, I might just finish in good fashion.

The compliments are nice reminder that the work you do sometimes actually works.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by TNT Man on February 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Congrats – you laid out a plan and stuck to it. The results of consistency are there. Now finish off this Challenge in style and pick up your medal.

    TNT Man


  2. Capt’n:

    AWESOME!!!! Look at you…you look great and you feel great! Working hard pays off…way to plan and stick with your plan!!!

    Enjoy your glory! 🙂



  3. Thanks guys, You two are a hard act to follow or to even keep up with! I really envy your abilities and the example you set for yourselves and the forum.

    in order to find my limits I had to at one point exceed them. I did that last spring and again this past fall. By continuing to dial back slowly I think I have found a level of push that is sustainable.

    I go in tomorrow for a “few checks” by the sponsor of my heart valve study, On-X. The surgeons office called on Wednesday and asked if I could come in by the end of the week though it was not anything to be concerned about I was asured. We’ll see.

    This is kind of the reason I have laxed back to mild cardio this week. I needed the CT’s anyway.

    I’m going to talk with them about how it use to take an extended heart rate of 160+ to trigger Afib but now I can flirt with it at just working up to 145-150. I’m hoping it’s what they are looking for and also hoping that possibly they have a fix. I could do more for a longer period of time not that long ago.

    There is a fix for everything.



    • Posted by TNT Man on February 13, 2012 at 7:57 AM


      Good luck today – you know where my head is at – just need medical science to stay one step ahead of your needs.

      TNT Man


  4. Posted by TNT Man on February 15, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Knock Knock


  5. Morning TNT, Not much news just went in for a quick EKG, it looked good, figured it would I was hitting on all cylinders.

    Primary reason for the appointment I gander was to see if I was willing to play lab rat for another 4 year stint. No issue there, just didn’t understand the seemed urgency.

    i did not get a real good answer on my concerns, the response was more along the lines of, “Now why do you want to do that in the first place?” I’ll take it up with my Cardiologist at my annual.

    Thanks for the Knock, Be Well,



  6. Posted by TNT Man on February 16, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Love Docs who can’t fathom the desire to and value of exercise. I’m waiting for the results of my Echo. One aging heart and vessels. Calcification – who knew?

    Take Care

    TNT Man


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