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Time, Money… there is never enough of either.

Posted in Philosphy and Life on August 28, 2009 by joeyfit

So I haven’t logged a workout of any kind in over a week. Time has been in very short supply. I made a decision to go back to college and get a piece of paper that says I know how to do the job I’ve been doing the last 9 years.

Mind you, it doesn’t mean I’ll get a better job or even get to keep the one I have, but perhaps this will open the doors for a better job or secure the one I have. The VA is paying for it all due to my service connected disability, so why not take advantage of a free education?

Anyway, I started school this week, and it’s been good, but packed. I honestly have more spare time at work than I do the rest of the hours of the week. Pretty sad when you can’t wait to get to work, so you can have a break!

Sobeit, once I get settled back in to a routine I will squeeze in a workout schedule and post as they come up!

Peace out!


Posted in Philosphy and Life on July 22, 2009 by joeyfit

Ok, so we had a really busy weekend that sapped all my energy. I still ate right, but I was spent. Today is going to be the first day in nearly a week that I think I could muster the energy to go workout. I hate feeling this way and I hate not having the energy to work out. This is when I get the temptation to workout double or triple what I should and then end up getting an injury. Must pace…. myself….

Do Over!!!!

Posted in Philosphy and Life on February 7, 2009 by joeyfit

Wow, what a whirlwind week!!! I’ve been under a lot of stress before, but this is up there in the top 5. Just started with a new company, took a pay cut to do it (in hopes of a more stable job) and then had to take another 10% cut before my 2 month anniversary. Everyone is feeling the recession, and I still feel really lucky to have a job, any job. Out of 300 people that work in my office, 37 got let go last week. That’s over 1 out of 10. The guy sitting next to me was gone with 5 minutes notice.

With this developement, my work load has exceeded the impossible. I’m getting paid for 36 hours, and working 10-12 hours a day. I missed my first grappling MMA class due to that work load. (Sorry Mike) And working out seems like something I did a long time ago.

Hopefully, things will get better, but in the mean time my goal is to try a work out at least every other day and maybe not hard core WOD’s but more “maintenance” type stuff. So when I get back on the wagon, it won’t be so hard.

Peace to you and may this economy recover soon.

Christmas Miracle

Posted in Philosphy and Life on December 26, 2008 by joeyfit


Thursday 081225

Posted in Cindy, Philosphy and Life, Stupid Stuff, WOD Entries with tags , , , , on December 25, 2008 by joeyfit

Cindy and Crack

Really fell off the wagon this week. No gumption and lost a lot of drive. Ate like a kid left to his own demise in a candy store. Hadn’t worked out since Sunday. What a lush…

So, looks like a lot of the missed workouts are “girl” WOD’s. To get us back on track, we did “Cindy” today.

Merry Christmas!

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

Completed 11 rounds. New PR by 3 rounds!

Christmas Crack

I also got on in navy blue.

I got a lot of cool gym gear. Good cold weather stuff and some cool t-shirts with “Joe’s Gym” on them. I had asked for one of Coach Mike Burgener’s Under Armour® shirts, but since the budget was really tight, my wife and son made me three of the Joe’s Gym shirts with the black one having a tag line on the back. Pretty cool, eh?

Christmas CrackThen I got some crack. Lots of it. My dealer really knows how to tempt me. I got a whole package of nutty bars… my absolute favorite kind of nasty carb made on the planet. My insulin level shoots up just looking at them. Plus a few other items… like a pack of “Chuckles”. Only a dealer who knew me in my childhood would know that I used to go up to Bauer’s General Store and buy these with my allowance. Eat the grean and yellow one first, take your time with the orange one and then just suck on the black and red one… oh hep me lawd, lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from sugar… Top it all off with a box of Hershey kisses and a peculiar candy sucker. It’s tequilla flavored and even has a worm in it! The Maxim magazine is part novelty, part motivation, part… well, you get the point.  I got a 2 year subscription.

The Last Day

Posted in Philosphy and Life on December 16, 2008 by joeyfit

I was taken out for my last meal today. 8 1/2 years at the same workplace and you begin to make roots. Leave and try to pull those roots up and I don’t care what anyone says, it hurts.

I’m not going to get all sappy, but I have a pit in my stomach. I’m going to miss this place and the people here.

I hope tomorrow goes well.

Health, Work and Weight Loss

Posted in Philosphy and Life, Weight Loss with tags , , on December 12, 2008 by joeyfit


Well… it’s been an interesting week. I think everyone in the house was sick at one point or another, even the dog! Nothing like taking a doberman outside at night every half hour when it’s 8°F . But it looks like we’re all doing better and should be back to normal today and for the weekend.

Haven’t decided which WOD to do tonight, but looking things over, probably either “Annie” or “Nasty Girls”. Call it visions of grandeur but I hope to make this a “CrossFit” weekend. Lots of practice on things, such as Oly lifts and just general fitness. So fire up the heaters, turn up the boom box and be ready to sweat! Open invite to anyone who wants to come work out with us… MIKE… unless you’re scared…


Ok, this is a very bitter sweet time for me. After working at the same place for the most part of 9 years, I’ll be leaving my post next week to begin working for another local company. It’s not necessarily something I want to do, but due to the announcement a few months ago that they may be closing this plant down, I had to hedge my bets. On the one hand, I would rather stay here until I retire, but since that probably isn’t possible, I have taken what I hope to be a good opportunity. I’m staying in IT and will pretty much be doing the same thing, but with more challenges as I will be going in on the ground floor of an IT department that is basically starting over from ground zero. I like that, and hope it goes well. Now if we can just get this economy rolling again.

I will miss my friends and co-workers, many of whom have already left for greener and safer pastures. Good Luck to all of you!

Weight Loss

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m pretty tall (6’3″) and not a “big” guy. But after my yearly VA check up, and looking at my wedding pictures from this summer, I realized I was not in healthy shape. I was “a” shape, just not “in shape”. I weighed 217lbs and about 30lbs of it was belly fat. Even though I was working out, I never lost more than a pound or two and more importantly, never lost any “fat”. So around August, I started seriously doing CF and then in October got serious about diet. Now I didn’t get measure-and-weigh-the-4oz-of-meat serious, but I really got strict with what my intake was, quality and to a large degree, quantity. Meat’s, veggies, nuts, seeds, some fruits, little starch and NO SUGAR has become my mantra. I’m learning that 90% of being healthy is diet related, that supplements and vitamins are for the most part a farce and that exercise is to shape and tone a healthy body to make it stronger, faster and more powerful. After 3 months of this, I am approaching my best physical well being of my life. I eat healthy, I feel healthy and am really digging this lifestyle. And I still have a long ways to go… I am realizing that I have a much greater potential than I ever thought possible.

Back to my weight. As I said, I was 217lbs this past summer and as of this past Monday (before I got sick), I had been consistently holding at 202lbs. A 15lbs loss that is nearly 100% fat. My goal is to be under 200, but not much more than that. Weight is just an arbitrary number, the important thing is BMI (Body Mass Index), that is… how much of your body is fat vs lean muscle. Right now I am at an approximate BMI of 25.2. I’d like to get that down to 15 or so without much more weight loss, perhaps even a slight weight gain.

It has come down to this for me… Change my lifestyle and be healthy or keep doing what I’ve been doing and get no results. There is no magic bullet, no secret diet, no get out of jail free card, no miracle vitamin pill and no exercise machine that will fix the body. It’s a very simple truth… eat the wrong things and don’t exercise properly and have the body to show for it.  Eat the right things (only) and exercise in a functional manner and get results. Sugar is crack, so, “Just say NO! to crack.”

The principle I learned in Sunday School still holds true, you reap what you sow.


Posted in Philosphy and Life, Yoga with tags on November 6, 2008 by joeyfit

No, not Yoda… “Stretch you must. Bounce, do not.”

So my wife and I make a deal. After lamenting some of my inflexibility, she says she’ll teach me yoga since I’m “introducing” her to CrossFit. (I dare say instructing or helping, because most of the time it’s the blind leading the blind).

Unlike my newbieness (Is that a real word?) to CrossFit, she’s been a yoga, holistic, herbalessance kind of person for a long time. What I know about yoga, you could put on a post-it note. But what I do know is that it involves a lot of good stretching and should help me with my flexibility. So we agree that on “Rest Days” we’ll do her routine. In my mind, I thought, “Pffft, this is going to be a cake walk.”

Wrong. We’ve only had two sessions so far and each one not only confirmed my incredible inflexibility, but that getting flexible is painful, taxing and not easy. I didn’t feel to bad immediately after the sessions, but the next day I was feeling it.

I do, however, see a slight controversial grin on my wife when I am in… let’s say… the more awkward positions. Maybe it’s just my imagination… but her eyes seem to be saying, “Remember all those burpees you made me do last night? Now you’ll feel my pain…muahahahahaha!!!!”

Election 2008

Posted in Philosphy and Life on November 5, 2008 by joeyfit

I’m not going to go into my political convictions, but people have been asking me who I voted for and when I tell them I did a write in ballot, they asked, “Why?” My answer is that I didn’t feel that either candidate was suitable and I’m tired of voting for the lessor of two evils. That isn’t supposed to be what a democratic election in a republic is about. I think this political cartoon best captures my sentiment of not only both candidates, but both parties.

faresThe only thing that has changed is which group of narcissists are now in control.

Until someone like Ron Paul, (who kinda scares me, btw), is elected, there won’t be any real “Change” for the good OR the bad. It will be more of the same garbage we’ve been putting up with, save a few moments of clarity, for the last 100 years.

In the words of Lewis Black, “Every four years, I say it can’t get any worse… and it does.”

My Better is Better than your Better

Posted in Philosphy and Life on October 30, 2008 by joeyfit

Inspirational music for convicted felons

Music by Saul Williams