One Year Later

It’s been just over a year that I decided I need to change my lifestyle.

In that time, I’ve run 2 Spartan races (a sprint and super) and a 12 mile Tough Mudder. In 3 weeks, I’ll reach my goal of getting a Spartan Trifecta, when I complete the Spartan Beast in South Carolina.

My first ever back squat 1 rep max after 2 months was around 270lbs. Last time I tested my back squat it was 335lbs. I can clean 195lbs. I can snatch 137lbs. I can deadlift 365lbs. I can do pull-ups again. I can run and not feel like I’m going to die. I’m 25-30lbs lighter.

My first ever workout was: As many rounds as possible of in 10 minutes, increasing by 2 reps each round: 2 push press 2 toes to bar

I got to round 4, and scaled the push press to 65 lbs from 135. I could only do knees to belly.

Today’s workout was: 7 Rounds for time 7 Chest to bar pull ups 7 Push jerks 135 7 Burpees

I did it as prescribed, and in just over 18 minutes.

Most importantly, I’m proud of the example I am setting for my children. That it’s important to be healthy and to take care of your body. When Alex sees me pick up my backpack and ask if I’m going to gym, I know I’ve made an impact on him.

I couldn’t have done this without the support of my wonderful wife, Julia, my boys, JGreens and Crizzwald, the Ismans, for being an example to follow. And, of course, without the support and encouragement of my coaches and friends at WECF.

It’s a little big, Dad.

It’s a little big, Dad.

Dinner date with my favorite girl.

Dinner date with my favorite girl.

Load out for the annual camping trip with my buddies I was with in Iraq.

Load out for the annual camping trip with my buddies I was with in Iraq.

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone could start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

On the field at Fenway. Alex got to run the bases.  (at Fenway Park)

On the field at Fenway. Alex got to run the bases. (at Fenway Park)

Baseball (at Fenway Park)

Baseball (at Fenway Park)

Shippin’ up to Boston!

Shippin’ up to Boston!