Sunday, June 26, 2011

File #: 22 Subject: Getting Fit

I haven't posted on here for awhile, I've been trying to get the courage to write this post and you will see why in a minute.  I honestly can't believe I'm doing this, but below are pictures of me from every angle.  They are what I look like now, at 195 pounds.  I wanted to post them on here as a reference for me in the future and as motivation to keep up the work I've been doing.  This time last year I was 235 pounds.  Between going to the gym and Angelina cooking healthy foods, I have been able to drop 30 pounds so far.  I have also gotten over most of my snacking habits.  At work I drink water instead of grazing all day.  The biggest hurdle for me is portion control.  It doesn't matter if Angelina cooks healthier if I still eat three plates of it. 

My end goal is to be down to 185.  hopefull before the end of the year.  Angelina has started going to the gym with me, and that has helped me go on a more regular basis.  I'll update everyone on this more later, with hopefully great results.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

File #:21 Subject: Pump-Up Music

During the Memorial Day cookout at Mom and Papa's house, we started talking about how I wear headphones at work.  I wear them most of the day for multiple reasons.  I use them to drown out loud conversations and other noises.  Music also helps keep me from getting distracted by other people in the office. I am able to focus on work and not get sucked into conversations going on around me.  Papa was saying how he can't have anything with words in it or it gets distracting for him.  I am the opposite, if it doesn't have words, it puts me right to sleep.  Angelina and I then told him about the phenomena of "Pump-up Music". 

Pump-up music is music that gets your blood flowing.  It puts your state of mind in a place that makes it feel like you can do anything.  It's like the PA guy in an arena picks the perfect song and plays it in your head!

I have 9 or 10 songs on my MP3 player that I always start the day off with.  I choose which ever one I feel like would pump me up the most, hit play, and close my eyes for the first minute or so of the song.  When I'm fully feeling the music, I start working and leave my MP3 player on shuffle.

Here are some of my go to pump up songs.  They are in no particlular order.  There are more, but these are one's I've used recently and could think of.  Also, if you have any songs you use to get pumped up I would love to hear about them in the comments (links welcomed).

Dance With The Devil - Breaking Benjamin
Harder Better Faster - Daft Punk
My Hero - Foo Fighters
Stylo - Gorillaz
Band On The Run (Cover) - Foo Fighters