Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Home Stretch

Well folks, I'm nearing the final sprint of my 12 week Body for Life marathon. Today marks the 71st day of the 84 day program. I've reached a sort of mental fitness/illness where I actually sort of want to or need to exercise everyday. On my "off" day this weekend I biked 22 miles (18 on my new road bike with Iron Mike and 2 more with each of my kids in the seat on the back of my mountain bike) and also ran 2 miles. For the weekend as a whole I biked 30 miles and ran 4.

Here's a progress report for the beginning of week 10 of 12.

Start date January 23rd:
Weight 197 lbs
Pushups 25
Mile 9:40
6 Rep Bench Press 144 lbs

Today April 4th:
Weight 183 lbs
Pushups 41
Mile 7:45
6 Rep Bench Press 188 lbs

When I started I also snored like a chainsaw when I slept. I will double check with my wife but I don't think I snore much at all anymore. I've followed the plan very closely having not missed a single days workout to this point and adhering to the food plan with very few rule infractions usually coming on the morning following an "off day."

While the numbers don't really seem all that impressive, the one that really sticks out for me is the bench. When I started I benched 50lbs less than my weight for the 6 rep set, currently I bench 5 lbs more than my weight for the same number of reps. My arms have definitely improved the most from an aesthetic perspective. I still have a pretty good spare tire going but I have gone from wearing a pretty tight size 36 pants to a comfortable if not loose size 34.

The after photos are coming soon. I know everyone wants to see if the manboobs survived their toughest assault to date. I have to say their survival appears imminent at this point.

-Your friend,
Shoddy For Life


Brian said...

Don't forget the almost 2 minutes faster on the run. I wish I could drop that much on my runs. The pushups are also something to be proud of. I can run 26 miles but don't think I can even due the 25 pushups.

slcup said...

Shop Dungs, you rock.

Johnny Virgil said...

That's great man! The man boobs will retreat. I give them another 2 months.

russ said...

Any weiner growth? Being able to see it more has to be a boon, at least.

russ said...

What kinda hot new bike didja get, btw?

Carly said...


Please, don't tell me that this eat right/ exercise thing is actually true.


I hate you for shattering my illusions!!!

Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

Yeah, you're more healthy now and buff and all that, but are you still 197 in funny weight? Don't shed those pounds man.

Lo Lo Lova said...

Congratulations!! You are an inspiration to us all. And I hate you for that. Oh, okay, I actually love you. But I'd never admit it.

tfg said...

You are the man. As my "Pat Robertson" post clearly indicates, I need to this weight loss plan out.

tfg said...

And judging from my last comment, Hooked on Phonics needs a good look, as well.

Anonymous said...

I don't have an i.d. but this is Mrs. Shop Dungs. Just wanted to confirm that the snoring has indeed subsided significantly... although since our son (who's 3) refuses to spend a whole night in his own bed, one of us has been on the couch most nights, so that's a pain in the ass. So if you are snoring I wouldn't know.

russ said...

By my count you're on your last day. Where's the "after", tubs?