Since I was a little kid I’d always watch the NFL and wish I could be at a live game. There is always so much going in the stadium, you just want to be a part of it live.
Fast forward to many years later and an even longer bucket list than I’ve ever had. I’m currently in Canada and even though the NFL is big here, they have a league called the CFL. Major towns have teams just like the US.
So I was excited when a friend of mine at work told me his uncle had some extra tickets and he wanted to let them go cheap. I didn’t hesitate. Watching a football game live? Wow!
So the big day came. It was Labor Day and it was a sold out game. The Ivor Wynn stadium where games have been played for close to a century was in its last year as it is being torn down to make way for a new stadium for the Pan Am Games. I was glad to have had the chance to be there.
The game was between the Hamilton TigerCats (home team) and the Toronto Argonauts. It was hot and my empress and I had problems finding our seats. Apparently the tickets were for the away crowd so we ended up on the opposite side. Did I mention it was hot.
Then during the game they had a draw for prizes. I excitedly checked my pockets and guess what? I couldn’t find my tickets.
In the end the Ticats lost but in exciting fashion if that counts for anything. The crowd, the food and the company made the experience well worth it. Even though the NFL game is still on my list I am glad I had this chance. Taking them as they come.
SN : Because I lost the tickets we couldn’t get on the free shuttles so we had to walk home. Next time the empress keeps the tickets.
The summer has started and with it the need to be ready for the beach, the party, the barbeque and the pool. A big part of being ready involves the SUMMER BODY. There is always that “itch” to look your best for the summer for which people storm gyms, start home workout programs, get into walking and running regimines and inhumane diets.
I too am feeling the need to scratch the itch and scratching I am. But i want to go beyond the summer and I know a lot of people feel the same. I want to make it a part of my life’s trek. Earlier this year I created my life’ goals (different from my bucket list) and one of the goals is to die fit so I’m using this “itch” to get me started.
I did my research and decided to work out from home using a range of workouts to be done daily. This is what it came down to after checking discussion boards, youtubing and listening to people’s experiences.
Insanity Workouts – I decided to do insanity after doing test workouts with both insanity and P90X. P90X requires weights and other accessories and even though I have weights too much improvisation would have to be done and insanity requires none so that for me was a no-brainer.
Walking – This I do only once a week and its usually leisurely walking but still works as i go walking up to 30 minutes to an hour each time. Nothing like a good walk where you can take some pics….
Pushup/Pullups/Situps – I had 3 goals this yr to do a certain number of each. I have already hit the 200 situps goal which now I do everyday. The pushups have been hard and at this point I can do in the 30s off the bat and then finish with 20 each set after… my gaol is to do 100 without stopping. For pull-ups my goal is only 20 of which i have done 3 so far. Yes, three! Yeah i know but lifting 200 pounds on a 6ft 3 frame isn’t easy. Below are the workouts I use for all three… http://hundredpushups.com/ – PUSHUPS http://www.twohundredsitups.com/ – SITUPS http://www.twentyfivepullups.com/ – PULLUPS
Free Weights – I use them every other day and alternate them with my pushups/pullups/situps workouts.
Diet – Insanity says I shoudl eat 5 times a day so I haven’t changed my eating habits. Whether light or heavy I eat five times a day while trying to drink as much water as possible. I haven;t eaten KFC anytime this year but BK has its hooks in me. My cravings for those are REAL! I’ll tell you about that in another blog. If i lived in Kingston, I know Pizza Hut would see me often too. Use to drive to Kgn. Just for that but anyways….
I have been doing insanity for two weeks now and the rest a little
longer. I try to rest on weekends and might just play basketball or run on weekends. I have set two goals as far as these two activities for the summer. To run 13 seconds in the 100M (that would make me the 123,987th fastest Jamaican on the planet) and dunk a basketball again (which I haven’t done since college).
I don’t have a before pic but just took a pic of my progress so far. I have made progress since starting insanity because I had a little jiggle and now its gone (TMI moment). I’ll definitely have a video of my first attempt to dunk and my first attempt to beat the 13 seconds. If anybody else is on a similar trek let us compare notes.