Project New Year – Day 54, 55, and 56 – Ryan Out

This may not be the post you were expecting to see from me, but here it goes. Seems to be a trend that I don’t blog on the weekends. Lots of stuff happens on the weekends and I just don’t seem to get to it. This weekend it has been especially tough to swallow. Friday I was thankfully busy with the kids and their school activities. They are so awesome! Since I had a Time Trial on Saturday the kids stayed with my parents. My parents and the kids always seem to enjoy their time together. I had some conditioning to take care of, so it all worked out. The time trial went well. Somehow I set a personal best even though I hadn’t eaten anything but Shakeology since Thursday night (2 Shakes on Friday and one Saturday morning before the race). Emotionally I am a wreck. Financially I am nonexistent. But physically somehow I am enduring even though I know at some point if I keep going like this, surely that will fail as well. Even though it may not seem like it on the surface or through my Facebook feed, I have been avoiding something for a while. I have not been taking care of me and there is nothing of me left to give. I am tapped out. I am sorry if I am letting anyone down but I need to stop this charade. I am not happy. I am not doing well.

And I am done putting on that facade. I had every intention of taking this thing through 120 Days and I may very well complete it, but if I do, I am going to do it for me and no one else as it should be. Life is hard. Being a dad is hard. Being a good ex-husband is hard. Being a significant-other is hard. Success is hard. Getting in shape is hard. Staying in shape is hard. Eating healthy is hard. Being accountable is hard. If you can do it and you really want it, anything is possible. But if you don’t take care of yourself and do the things you need to do to provide a stable foundation for yourself and for the people you love and care about, it can all come crumbling down when the balance gets too far off. Unfortunately, sometimes that crash comes a bit too late and everything you have worked for is suddenly gone or just out of reach. I guess that is where I am right now. Starting over from the beginning.

I apologize to everyone I have let down over the past few years. I thought I was doing what I needed to be doing but apparently that was not the case. I don’t blame any of you for jumping ship, not doing the things I may have asked you to do, or even not wanting to be involved in what I was so excited about sharing with you. I get it. I mean the stuff I do really does work. Health and Fitness wise I have never been in better shape. Mentally and Financially I was never ready to let it work as it has worked for so many of my friends and mentors. And that is where I have failed so many of the people who were closest to me. I am somewhere underneath all of the rubble and it is time to start digging my way out.

I am going to take some time away. Not exactly sure what that means yet, but it is my intention to come back strong and ready to help those people that are ready to accept my help and do what it takes to get to where they want to be. I am not giving up. I know it is possible. We just have to be ready to make it happen for ourselves without any reservations. So for now this is my last blog post. I wish you all the Happiest of Holidays and a Wonderful New Year! I hope to see you on the other side……good journey!

Training:
Friday, November 21, 2014 – Weigh-in: 173
P90X2 X2 Shoulders + Arms and X2 Ab Ripper and X2 Yoga
Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Weigh-in: 170
12.9 Mile Time Trial and Foam Rolling Recovery
Sunday, November 23, 2014 – Weigh-in: 168
P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility

Supplements:
ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastraEnergy and Endurance FormulaP90X Results & Recovery Formula

Project New Year – Day 19 through 22 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Friday, October 17, 2014 through Monday, October 20, 2014
Going to pretend that for training purposes this weekend never happened. Personally, it was one of the best weekends ever. Cousin’s Wedding and a Zac Brown Concert – Great people, amazing food, and fun entertainment. As far as taking any steps towards my fitness? Well I did get my workouts in and consumed all of my supplements and even got in a little pool work (see supplement and workout info below), but seeing as I started the weekend at 170 pounds on Thursday and weighed in at 180 pounds this evening at 10PM. I am a bit disturbed on how I could have gained 10 pounds in that short of time. Just gonna go out on a limb and say that what I ate over this weekend was not what I needed to be eating. High sodium and sugar and milk fat content will get me every time. I did drink a bunch of water though so hoping that I am just really hydrated as well 😉 Well now that I am back home, its time to get serious again. No more Recovery Weeks for a while!

Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Workout: P90X2

Cheers to making the right choices!

Where to start? Today marks 31 days until the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe. Up until today I have been visualizing this race. I have swam the 2.4 miles in my head so many times that I have lost count. I have cycled the 112 miles so much that I know how amazing it is going to feel to get my butt off that saddle. But for some reason I have never been able to visualize running the 26.2 miles and finishing this true testament to intestinal fortitude. I thought that maybe its because after 22 years I still have a mental block from hyperextending my knee 3 Days before my College Running Career was able to start and began the dark spiral into my subsequent deep depression. But alas, it seems as if I am not supposed to finish the race this year. You see, I have been fighting my spine and neck misalignment for a long time which up until October of 2013 was still functional. As this misalignment started to worsen I started to feel pulling in my hamstring, uncontrollable headaches, and significant lower back pain. It began to affect my performance in races but I continued to ignore the warning signs and pushed through out of sheer Ego. I was not going to admit that I was broken. I didn’t work this hard to get back in shape after so many years of being unhealthy to have it all undone by some silly s-curve in my back and a neck without and curve. It just wasn’t going to happen. I was getting ready to turn 40 and I needed to do something to prove that I was ready to tackle a monumental task. The IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. I mean really, I can totally do this, right? So I found this awesome cause in ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and I set out to raise the money to do my part. Unfortunately my spinal condition got worse, my training suffered, and to top it off I think with my bike wreck a couple months ago aggravated everything. My condition went down hill really quick. I sought out the Physical Therapy it was going to take to put me back together at Neck And Back Integrative Medicine. Started the rehab and quickly found that this is not going to be the slam dunk I was expecting. Over the last month I have been through some crazy decompression and manipulation, trigger point injections, and chiropractic adjustments. Along with this realignment and introducing curvature back into my neck I have been trying to get back into training, but I am finding that with this realignment comes a need for patience and a dose of reality. I WILL NOT be able to complete the Ironman with my current level of fitness. Heck, I can barely ride 36 miles without getting a spasm in my back at this point. So it is with great humility that I put Ego aside (getting good at this lately) and respectfully withdraw from the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe 140.6 and look forward to 2015 to tackle this beast.

Zero and I appreciate all of those who have donated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and funding programs to help those who are in need. There are so many worth while causes out there and the fact that you had supported me in this cause is truly a blessing. Please know that your donation was not made in vain. I will be working with Zero over the next year to raise money for this noble cause and I look forward to our partnership as we work to raise awareness for this disease which affects so many people that are near and dear to our lives.

I have not determined whether or not I will be attempting to salvage some part of this opportunity to race in such an amazing venue (Lake Tahoe). If so, it would be at the Half Ironman distance which is still a great challenge for me at this point in my recovery. I’ll be talking with the doctor’s over this next week to determine if this is feasible or not.

Thank you again to all of you who have been following my journey towards fulfilling this goal. You are all very special to me. I only hope that I will be able to do you all proud and eventually cross that line carrying the names of the many who have suffered and continue to suffer to this day with Prostate Cancer.

Until then, I will continue to plug along and help as many people as possible reach their personal goals. You are the ones that matter to me. Its so much easier when we help each other. Through your success we all become stronger! Let’s keep going in the right direction! Cheers to making the right choices!

Emotional Release

I don’t know if I can really convey to you how it feels at the moment when you receive an alignment adjustment in an area that has been out for a significantly long time. Lets just say it is a wave of overwhelming relief which triggers an immediate emotional release. Holding tension for years and finally getting that release can cause uncontrollable feelings resulting in weeping or tears of joy. I can only imagine what the Chiropractor felt after adjusting my lower back seeing the tears of relief and the emotional release that it caused. Before the adjustment and seeing the confirming x-rays, I knew that something had been off in my pelvic area. I continually had issues with my running gait as well as hamstring and glute issues (most likely from having a short leg from pelvis misalignment). After the adjustment, I am looking forward to the next 24 sessions that will align and strengthen my skeletal system and give me a much better training and racing experience on the road to Ironman Lake Tahoe. So happy to be on the track to recovery after all of these years living with pain!

Morning Weigh-in:  N/A
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Italian Meats Submarine Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips, Water
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Chicken Stir-fry over Sticky Rice
Snack: A handful of Chocolates and a Heath Bar Klondike Bar

Sometimes chocolate just helps make everything feel better.

On the Road Again

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The opportunity presented itself to forego P90X2 Yoga and get back on the Falco V. Even though the wind factor was decent I headed out for a quick ride. With the wind and being the first time back on a bike since I laid it down 11 days ago, I rode a little conservatively around the corners. No sense in pushing it the first day out. But it sure felt good to get out there. Super sore today from the running yesterday. I ran out of Acid Check Caplets about a week ago and I am starting to feel the acidosis. No fun. I still have the granules so i should be ok for a while. Time to restock! So yeah, no P90X2 Yoga for me tonight, however I did end up doing a little Focus T25 Stretch video. Shaun T does a great job at getting you moving in this video and getting in some great functional stretching. So needed this evening! I feel so much better!

Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: 1/2 Primo Baja BBQ Chicken Salad and a Grilled Ono Taco
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 18.7 Miles  added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Recovery: Focus T25 – Stretch
Snack: Turkey and Mustard on Wheat Flatbread

It’s Friday. I’m in Love!

Wow! Tuesday really threw me off this week. My irrigation pipe broke and flooded my Garage. Craziness. Needless to say, I didn’t get a traditional workout in that day. But 8 hours in a hot Bakersfield garage would count as a workout by most fitness professionals, so I am cutting myself some slack. Wednesday I spent a few hours rolling on the Rumble roller. And last night I did P90X2 Recovery + Mobility with an extended RumbleRoller session :-).

In the great words of Robert Smith, “It’s Friday. I’m in love!” Yeah I might be dating myself there, but who cares. I’m 40. Most days I feel better than when I was 20. That’s pretty cool! But seriously, so blessed to have my kids with me today before they head off on vacation for a bit. Loving my time with them. They are napping right now (gotta love Summer naps right?) so I had a few moments to catch up on some things. Mostly I have been dying to get back on here and catch you up on some cool things.

One: I am so happy that a good number of people made the decision to make a change in their lives and try something new a joined my Challenge Group that starts on July 7th. I believe that this is going to be the start of something amazing for these new and old friends of mine. I am truly honored that they are putting their trust in me to help motivate them to be successful in their health and fitness goals. If you want to learn more about my Challenge Groups, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Two: I am going to be adding a few more page to this website soon, for now, but over the next few months I’ll be looking to change the whole look! stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 171
Supplements:
 
3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout: 8 Hours Garage Water Abatement and Reorganization
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Garage Water

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 169
Supplements:
 
3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout: Recovery 2 Hours on RumbleRoller

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 169
Breakfast:
 
3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Cordastra, Coffee, and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout: P90X2 Recovery + Mobility

RumbleRollerUSC

Friday, June 27, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 169
Breakfast:
 
3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Late-Night P90X2 X2 Yoga added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Have an an Amazing Day!

 

Train for Success!

So often I post solely about my family or triathlon training. And while these are the most important things in my life, something else that is very important and dear to me is being a Beachbody Coach. Helping people set fitness and nutritional goals and working with them to achieve them is so rewarding. Not much feels better than seeing the smile on someone’s face when the tell me they have finished a program, fit into an old pair of jeans, or finally were able to do ten real pushups without having to kneel. It’s pretty powerful stuff!

Here I am in Las Vegas for a third year. I am spending time with the Beachbody family, going to motivating events, attending training sessions, and learning how to be a better coach for you all. There are so many new and exciting things going on here in Beachbody and I cant wait to put them to work for you!

Well thats it for now but stay tuned! I’ll be sharing more over the next couple of days!

School’s Out Taper

Geez! It’s been almost a week since my last post. Well to be honest, its been about a week since I have put in a real workout too. I have wanted to work out and even made plans to work out, yet the plans simply have not come to fruition. I have the best intentions. I want to ride my Falco V. I want to run on the open trails. I want to swim endlessly on my Bowswim. But none of that has happened. I’ll tell you what has happened though. The kids have gotten out of school. I have spent everyday since Friday spending time with them one way or another. Birthday Party Slide Fun, Pool Fun, Playing Video Games, Snuggling, Seeing Maleficent, and Pizza. Really, it has been awesome! And all things being considered, I probably needed to take this little break anyways. Call it a School’s Out Taper!

Pool - Schools Out

 

Seriously though, I have been favoring my left side for a few months now. I figure that I don’t stretch enough. I took too much time off after last the 2013 Tri Season and gained about 16 lbs of ice cream, candy, and pastries. I must have pushed too hard too soon to drop that weight before the 2014 Season. Now I am in the season and I keep having to start and stop to avoid getting injured. Not the way I was expecting this season to go but I am hoping that these past few days off will allow for some healing. Now I am looking forward to some P90X3 Yoga and a good night’s sleep tonight. Gotta work on that flexibility!

Tony and the Kids

This past weekend, I’m not going to lie, was pretty freaking amazing. My parents, kids, and I, along with a huge group of friends, colleagues, and fellow health and fitness enthusiasts, spent our Saturday at Cal State University of Bakersfield with Tony Horton. I think my kids, 7 years and 5 years old may have enjoyed it more than me! They have seen Tony on the TV screen over the past few years with my P90X, X2, and X3. They even have their own Tony and the Kids workout. My parents got in on the fun too! They have been working with Tony and the Folks and love it too! 20140517_135800 IMG_20140518_095427 Beyond the physical workout we all got to enjoy, the messages that Tony had to share I felt were more what I needed to hear. Especially when it comes to nutrition. I know that I let my physical activities give me an excuse to eat whatever I want over the past year. The problem is I know that eating fatty, salty, sugary, fried, foods isn’t good for me, but what is more important is that it is not properly fueling my body based on it’s demand. How can I expect to continually get better as an athlete if I am not fueling the body optimally, right? In fact, I have actually been setting myself up for injury. Luckily, the supplements I take have been carrying me through these moments of nutritional weakness. However with the addition of the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe goal, the supplements and a 60% / Clean 40% Dirty Eating rule just isn’t going to cut it. I can’t afford to get injured more than I already am hindered by this nagging left side tightness (which I am addressing with a Spring Stretch Challenge Group on Facebook). Flexibility is a key component of fitness. Flexible is something that I have never been. I know that it is going to be a painful journey, but I need to be flexible and know that it will open up a whole other level of fitness and health. Sunday I spent the day with the kids swimming and playing games. Kind of a Recovery Day of sorts. Much needed. Met the new puppy! IMG_20140518_115622 Today was a good day all around. Davis and I spent a little time in the morning together. I got in a quick swim, spent lunch with Addison at her classroom birthday party, got in some time at the office, hit the bike trail for a hot and windy ride, dinner with the girls, and a dog walk. Looks like the puppy is staying. The girls named her Scout after Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, after briefly being named, Ginger, Bella, Lola, Sasha, and maybe a few others. The remainder of this week I will be focusing on stretching, eating better, and getting better sleep…oh yes…and riding my Falco V! Group Race/Ride tomorrow night and a Time Trial this weekend!

Triathlon Training Log – May 17-19, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 171
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Snack:
Protein Bar, PowerBar
Lunch:
 Chicken Terriyaki, Noodles
Workout: 30 Mins Ultimate Warrior with Tony Horton
Dinner: Pepperoni pizza and Potato Wedges
Snack: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Popcorn

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 173
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich and Potato Chips
Workout: 5 Mins on BOWSWIM
Dinner: Penne Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli in an Alfredo Sauce
Snack: Bag of Popcorn and a Lime Popsicle

Monday, May 19, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 172
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout:
Lunch: Pizza, 2 Cupcakes
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 18.7 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Steak Fajitas and Spanish Rice, 1/2 Pulled Pork Sandwich
Dessert: Bag of Popcorn and a Lime Popsicle
Snack: Turkey Sandwich

The Lego Movie on a Rest Day

P90X3 Day 28 of 90 – Feb. 9, 2014

Morning Weigh-in: N/A
Breakfast: Belgian Waffles Coffee
Lunch: Jalepeno Burger with Pepperjack Cheese, Sweet Potato Fries, and Onion Rings
Snack:
Popcorn
Dinner: AcidCheck CapletsActivitSlimming Formula, Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, One piece of Pizza and Pickles
Snack: 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream
Workout: Dynamix added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Today was a great day with the kids! Fun with blocks and cars and then we went to see the The Lego Movie. So great! What a neat movie! If it had not have been a good movie, there is no way I could have sat through it with as loud with kids it was. Thank you for being a good one!
I have decided to keep posting my diet but I will try to reel it in a bit. I know just because I need to eat more calories than most people, I can eat good quality calories. Since I am starting a new week tomorrow. I will do my best to eat better and cleaner! But if I am going to do it, then I need some people to do it with me. Who else wants to eat a little better with me?

Any takers? I’d love to see you respond here on this blog!