Sunday, January 31, 2010

2010 Races

Hey everyone! I just wanted to give you all a list of the runs in Cache Valley this year...there are a ton!! Running is so great for your body and a really good stress reliever! I encourage everyone to try at least one race this year. Get a group of friends together and go have a good time; you usually get a really nice shirt for doing the races too!

Here is the list:
Freeze your Buns 2/6/10
Shamrock Shuffle 3/13/10
Run for your Life 4/10/10
Providence Family Fun run 4/17/10
CAPSA "Run From Violence" 4/17/10
Race Against Abuse 5/1/10
Pleasant View Family Run 5/8/10
Smithfield Health Days 5/8/10
Race for Ability 5/15/10
Duathlon 5/22/10
Cache Valley Biathlon 6/12/10
Olympic & Spirit Triathlon 6/12/10
Gunsight Gallop 6/19/10
Logan Peak Trail Run 6/28/10
CV Super Sprint Triathlon 7/1/10
Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run 7/3/10
This is the Race 7/24/10
Last Chance Sprint Triathlon 8/7/10
Race for Life 8/7/10
TOU Half Marathon 8/28/10
Wellsville Founders Day 9/6/10
TOU Marathon 9/18/10
Bear 100 Ultra 9/24/10
Duathlon 9/25/10
First Dam Run 11/6/10
Turkey Trot 11/20/10

If you want more information on these races you can go to

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Hey there, I just wanted to post about my experience I had today. Everybody knows how hard it is to start and stay on a exercise/diet plan. Well, today after work, I went and picked my kids up, got pulled over by a cop on the way home, (no ticket thanks heavens), helped my wife clean and feed the kids, then we watched our little niece for a couple hours and I was TIRED! I had not done my workout yet today either. Today is my running day. As I sat on the couch, I just kept telling myself, "your way too tired to workout, just start it up again hardcore on monday. Relax tonight." I got up and looked outside and it was snowing and cold. I said to myself, "good heck, I am not running in that!" I would have been so easy just sit home and relax. But I decided to go on my run anyway.

As I was running on the cold, wet, dark running trail I usually run on I thought, "why did I almost skip my run tonight?" And I got to thinking about how easy it is to start a new workout plan, set new goals, and then slowly get out of the habit of doing the workouts everyday. Because whenever you skip a workout or cheat on your diet, you are forming a habit of skipping workouts and cheating on your diet. It seems to get worse and worse until your back to where you were when you started. It is so easy to tell yourself, "I'll start exercising next week" or "I don't have time today to do it" or my favorite, "I just have too much going on to exercise, i'll start when things are not so hectic." As I was running, I thought about on of my favorite movie quotes of all time from Rocky 3. Apollo Creed is trying to get rocky to train for his big fight coming up and Rocky's head is somewhere else and Rocky tells Apollo, "I'll do it tomorrow. Apollo says to Rocky, "There is no tomorrow!!"

That quote is so true. The only thing we can control is today. The past is already gone and we don't know what the future will hold. I thought about that quote while I was running and it inspired me. Instead of running my usual 3 miles, I ran about 5. So the next time you are tired from you day and you tell yourself that you will do your workout tomorrow, or start a new workout plan next week, think about apollo creed and get up from whatever you are doing and go do it TODAY! We can only control what we will do today. I Promise that you will feel so much better if you just go do it!

All you new people that I sent invites out to, feel free to post whatever you would like, goals, recipes, workouts, events, or anything else you would like. How about some before and after pics too!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


My mother and the p90x guide has suggested eating plain, non-fat yogurt. When I started p90x again I thought I would give it a shot. It tastes about like watered down sour cream. I thought, how in the heck am I going to eat this stuff every day. Well I found the answer. I put it in a breakfast shake. Here is the delicious recipe;

Breakfast Protein Shake:

3/4 cup skim milk

1 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 cup non-fat plain yogurt

1 cup raspberries

1/2 of a banana

Then you just blend them all in a blender and drink. It is great! Give it a try. Here are some of the nutrition facts about it.
about 450 calories
2 g total fat
48 g protein
65 g Carbohydrates

I also wanted to post about running. It is great for you. When I started p90x back in michigan my heart rate would hit 190 sometimes when I was plyometrics. I was not running very much back then. Then when I got to boise, me and Ash started running more and more. I did plyometrics last night as hard as I could go and my heart rate hit 180 once for about 2 seconds. for the most part it stayed in my target area, around 173. I still think good old running is the very best thing you can do for weight loss, heart rate, health, ect.........

Friday, January 22, 2010

After workout drinks!!!

I have read and heard that after a workout, your body is ready to receive nutrition. If you put the right things in your body within 1/2 hour after your workout, it will help you recover faster and see better results. My favorite is the p90x recovery drink. It is delicious but it has a lot of sugar in it. I have also heard that chocolate milk is another great thing you can drink right after a work-out that will help your body recover better. You can get p90x recovery drink online. Just a little tip! If any of you have any other suggestions, Let me know. Heading out to do my work-out, later!

P.S. Ashlee and I are signed up to run a 10K the weekend of March 6 up here in boise. All are invited to come and run with us! Entry fee is $28 and you get a T-shirt if you run. If you want more info, just let me know.

Lifestyle Change!

I am way excited that Andy decided to start this blog. I think it is a fantastic idea for all of us to share our progress, and keep each other motivated. I have started a few new things this year, and hopefully this will help me stick to them.

First off, Brett and I have started P90X again. We started it back in August, but we didn't make it through the entire program. We only made it through about the first month and a half, but we did see some very GREAT results. We kind of slacked off (especially around the holidays), but we have started faithfully again in January. We have almost finished our 3rd week, and both of us are starting to see the results again.

Along with P90X, my mom and I go to CrossFit regularly. At CrossFit we just started this competition called Beauty in Strength Challenge. This challenge is not just a weight loss challenge, but an overall fitness and nutrition challenge. We started this last Sunday, so it has almost been 1 week. The challenge will end on March 17th. Everyday we have to keep a food log of everything we eat and all our activity. After two weeks, our trainer will sit down with us and go over our logs. From there he will give us advise on what we can do to improve. We also had to pick some CrossFit performance-related goals that we need to work on throughout the challenge. They also took before pictures of us so we can compare pictures at the end. I have an AWESOME partner, my mom, so I know we will do great.

I think one of the most important things I have to remember is that this just isn't something I am going to do for a couple months, this is a lifestyle change. Of course I won't be doing P90X and CrossFit together for the rest of my life, but I will definitely learn what I need to do to live a healthier life.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Welcome to the Exercise Blog.

HI there,
WEll, this is the start of the exercise blog. I made this blog in hopes to help people keep track of what they are doing each week so they can improve. I invite everyone that wants to post what they are doing exercise wise and what they are eating. Also if anyone has any suggestions or hints for the rest of us, feel free to let everyone else know. My goal is to post weekly what I have done the past week exercise wise and what I have ate. Feel free to post daily if you would like to. I hope we can encourage each other and motivate each other to get into better shape and live a healthier, happier life.

Now, I am starting P90X again. I love that program but I have never completed it. It is pretty hard core, but I saw and felt instant results. I really recommend this program. I know stacey and Brett are doing it again also. Good luck guys.

My mom, Darlene loves crossfit and she eats like a world class athlete so I am sure she can help anyone out who has questions about dieting right.

This is just a starting post so if anyone knows anyone that you think would like to follow this blog, please tell them about it. This blog is not private and if anyone wants to be able to post, just let me know. Leave a message on the blog. Anyway, good luck to all and to all a happy healthy life.