Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 - This Year

I have soared to amazing heights with my fitness routine.  I need to now leave behind the poor diet so that I can make my body change the way I want.

I have so much muscle that I can literally see it hiding inside, underneath layers of fat tissue - waiting to come out!  It's going to be so beautiful.

This year I would like to be a star and look out of control good, feel amazing, have all the attention be on me, and inspire change in others.

Let's do it.


Thursday, December 19, 2013


Today is the beginning of something so beautiful! i'm going to lose 20 pounds and write down how I did it.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Weekend Challenge - Sunday




Family First

I have taken a little bit of a detour just a couple of days but now I'm back with new motivation to finish the job. if I think about my family every time I make a decision it's not only going to be the fuel that I need but great things are going to happen as a result in my family will grows closer.

2014 my 40th year on earth will be my best year on earth and my best year of marriage and my best year as a father.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Weekend Challenge - Friday




late night slip

Ramping Up

Getting ready for a big push in January.

Right now I'm at level 35 on the HIT and will be at 40 by the end of next week - more fat loss, more energy and flexibitly with that.  Next week will also be intense weight lifting so come January

  • Maxing on Weights
  • Jogging
  • Hitting 50-60 on the HIT
  • Running bleachers
  • Kickboxing
  • P90X 


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


I feel lighter
I feel sexier
I look better
I'm dressing better
I have some swag
My mood is great
I'm working out harder
I'm hopeful
I'm eating better

Thursday, December 5, 2013

50 Shades of Fat

1. Killing my sex drive
2. Killing my kidneys
3.Killing my energy

Monday, November 25, 2013


My friend, Kyle, has agreed to take a vested interest in my success and help keep my accountable from week to week.

I can tell you that this morning having to look him in the face and say that I had a bad weekend was beyond horrible.  He looked hurt and disappointed -  I would rather him be mad.

I'm not going to have that same feeling again next week when I get back from Kansas City.

Good choices, good results..

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Throughout the years, as my weight fluctuates, there are certain numbers that come and go.  Each one associated with a time and place or an accomplishment.    As I pass them this time around I'd like to highlight the occasion and explain what it means to me.


I need to get here as a launching point.  Simply put, there is no 200lbs without getting to this weight first.  I am significantly obese. 


The benchmark weight of recent years. After being as high as 259 I got to WebEx in '06 at this weight and began my takeoff from there.  Aways came close but rarely could surpass it.


This is an interesting one because while still very heavy it's a wait that marks a "breakthrough" compared to where I've been in recent years.  I was squeezing into my work clothes at Robert Half here.  Really started gaining weight rapidly.


This is the weight I was at when I went to a lab at UC Davis in 2001 to get an official body fat measurement.  At WebEx I moved all the way down to this and was on top of the world.


My "heavy" weight at The Holiday Inn.  Got teased alot.


My true target weight here.  When I get back to this long lost weight I will be so brand new.


Geoff.   "Daaang, Joe!  You blew up!  Look at your legs!  Also, here I could still squeeze into my "skinny" dress pants.


HFC weight - not thin but not really fat either.  The pictures I look back at make me long to be there again.


Pushing the line.  In college and once after college I was into my fitness and I saw this number on the scale.


So close.  I was 5lbs away from the promise land in my 3rd year of college.




I should be this weight with body fat and muscle tone

You'r On My List - It's Personal Now

Of course I want to be healthy for myself but I also dream of the day that certain people see the new me.

To name a few:

Dr Joves

He is my doctor and knows my health/unhealth history better than anyone. He has seen me good and bad.  I want to go back in and shock him with my appearance and with the numbers.


If there is anyone that roots for you, that you want to make proud, that you hope to inspire, and that you want to prove something to its the lady of your life.  She has seen my struggle.


I guess I will never forget the time she started crying when talking about my health and that she wanted me to be around for a long time.  I wasn't losing it "fast enough".  Ouch.


Well, he knows from personal experience what happens when you let bad habits take over your life.  He would like to see me avoid the same mistake and also issued a warning years ago that I will always remember.

David Jimenez
Filipinos at work


I can't remember where I heard this a few weeks ago but someone said that they don't eliminate bad foods altogether because you need to have a healthy relationship with food.  That means don't abandon foods that make you happy but instead learn moderation and when to partake.  Otherwise you will come back with a vengeance if the cravings have been ignored.

I like that alot.

Also, that is more conducive to a lifestyle change rather than a quick-fix.


Monday, November 11, 2013

I Feel So Great!

I think it is because of the weight lifting! In short time after starting a nautilus program you feel stronger and your muscles "wake up". I look lumpy as I like to call it! I got amaaazing sleep last night as well and lastly, I've decided to schedule in a day off/week (as oppossed to missing a scheduled day at gym). This will allow me to rest, less pressure of trying to go daily, and its a treat to wake up at 4 and know I've got more sleep comin'!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Make it count

The only way to move upward and outward, minus the regressions, is to be in the moment and know that whatever you counts towards something.

It's either counting towards

  • greater good
  • greater bad
  • greater mediocrity

Which bucket do I want to contribute to?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Checklist

I want to take a special note of all the beautiful changes to my well being as I get healthy

  • People start commenting on how good I look
  • My meals are clean
  • My clothes start fitting better and I'm dressing up more
  • Increased libido
  • Workouts started increasing in frequency and intensity
  • Sleep quality improves
  • High natural energy
  • Better moods
  • More active with kids

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Yeah, I just had an epiphany.

People, by default don't and can't respect your goals unless you do.  That means you have to be true to them in the face of pressure.


You are the guy that is always on a "diet" but when push comes to show your friends convince you that one night out with beer and pizza won't kill you.  Their suggestion but your choice.  You hang out then why in the world would they believe you the next time you say you "can't."  This guys on year after year so who are you really to them?


The wife makes cheesy pasta and brownies, plenty of wine.   Why not relax and have some?  Just have a little.   My decision and when I keep choosing wrong that is the pattern of weakness I am establishing so that when we go out and I obstain, all the sudden its a shock because their is no real president, right?

If Jillian Michaels was invited out and she ordered salad and lemon water would she be frowned upon, chastized, or catch anyone by surprise?  Of course not because people know who she is and what she is about!

I need to respect my goals and create an atmosphere where everyone respects what I need.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Roller Coaster

Throughout the years, as my weight fluctuates there are certain numbers that come and go.  Each one associated with a time and place or an accomplishment.  As I pass them this time around I'd like to highlight the occasion and explain what it means to me.


The benchmark.  Lately I've drifted further and further away from here but this is when I can comfortably keep my eye on the prize.  First weight at Webex and have sniffed it a few times.


The sweet spot. Though heavy, its were you can see some muscle definitioon and that Joe Brown swag - clothes fit better.


The mecca.  Get here and not only can I see home plate but my swag is crazy and I get compliments like crazy.  When I went to UC Davis and got weighed.


My "heavy" weight at RHI.  Squeezed into my suits.


The true goal and original benchmark.   Get there and then lose it.   Dream about this weight.


Geoff came up and told me how fat I was.  This is when I first spiraled in college.


My skinny skinny kaki pants, last time in.


Pushing to the end goal.  Tasted it in college on the way back down.


Oh god, I got soooo close at HFC




I should be this weight with body fat and muscle tone


Well folks...just like that, Hawaii came and went!

One of the most amazing places and times I could ever imagine.  I truly enjoyed myself and let it go.

Enjoyed a little mixed plate action courtesy of Aloha Mixed Plate

Some amazing Moco from Da Kitchen!

Upscale breakfast Moco from Slappy Cakes!

Best pulled pork ever from Beach Bums

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Here we go!

see and feel changes from all the working out! It's time to pick up the pace on the diet now!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Changes. 10/16

I'd like to see these changes 

Better fitting pants
No more falling asleep on the ride home
Get some swag back
Increase in energy
Better moods
Dress and feel sharper

Reflection 10/16/13

Do I have what it takes to reach my goals? I've tried and failed so many times. Sigh.0

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

3 Things

1) You dont have to whistle...but WORK!
2)Set your sights high but use the right map to get there
3) Positivity, positivity, positivity!

Monday, October 14, 2013


Something else when you have conviction. Suddenly the decisions are easy.

This was my lunch on "Pizza Day."

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Turning Point

Now everything is becoming a habit for me. I'm waking up early going to the gym eating healthy and utilizing moderation. I look better I feel better and that's affecting my outward interactions with people. this is not groundbreaking as I've done this before repeatedly over the last 20 years so the challenge is maintaining. how can I identify in advance potential obstacles that had me back down in the other direction? I think one thing that has help me and will allow me to go further this time is the way that I set my goals now. I still aim high but I sent my goals of the data table and I can cross them off instead of long periods of time going I don't have anything accomplished and that makes me feel bad. it is very encouraging and motivating when I look and see that I already have six goals crosstalk in my tracker so I continue to work on other ones I have and I'm constantly adding new ones all the things that I can make happen in a short period of time it's beautiful.

One last note, the great thing about losing eight is that it makes your workouts become easier and more and you can work out and the harder you can work out the better the results will come to snowball effect in a positive way.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Healthy Lifestyle

Everything I decide to do is a choice. I ALWAYS have the option to do the right thing!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Back to the 4:45am workouts!

Today I felt so amazing at work having worked out beforehand. I felt more energized inspired and I even felt smarter.
I want more!

Monday, September 30, 2013


What a difference rest makes!  When you don't get enough then you drag through your days and it's hard to focus in on your goals let a lone execute on them.

On the flipside, getting 7-8 hours of sleep helps you see clearly and feel inspired to accomplish the tasks at hand.

I had decent sleep last night so I am going to make it happen!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 3


  • Eggs, Sausage, Mushrooms
  • Almonds
  • Chicken, Shrimp, Penne Pasta
  • Jack Daniels
  • Crackers, Cheese Whiz
  • Gummy Bears


  • Shoulders
  • Situps


I want to be feeling good on the beaches of Maui


Alcohol is hard to do in moderation and it almost always makes me cheat with food


Again, way better mood than recently because of the energy I'm getting from lifting

Day 2


  • Eggs, Sausage, Mushrooms
  • Almonds
  • Chicken, Shrimp, Penne Pasta
  • Jack Daniels
  • Crackers, Cheese Whiz
  • Gummy Bears


  • Shoulders
  • Situps


I want to be feeling good on the beaches of Maui


Alcohol is hard to do in moderation and it almost always makes me cheat with food


Again, way better mood than recently because of the energy I'm getting from lifting

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day 1


  • Protein Shake
  • String cheese/Turkey
  • Almonds
  • Steak, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes
  • Almonds


  • Bicep excercises
  • Situps


I want to shock people in my office this upcoming year


Veggies really do fill you up and keep you from overeating


I'm in a great mood for being so focused, feel inspired

Let me know if you have the same struggles!

Friday, September 20, 2013

33 Days - Plan

Total Workout Days Left

Mondays - 5
Tuesdays - 5
Wednesdays -5
Thursdays - 4
Fridays - 4
Saturdays -
Sundays - 5

Weightlifting Sessions


  • High Intensity
  • Full Body



  •  High Intensity Interval
  • Jogging
  • Jump-rope

Healthy Eating Days


  • Low Sugar
  • Veggies
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Lean Meats

  • 5am Workouts - that way I don't miss them when I hold off until the evening
  • Finish meals by 7pm - get body into the fasted state
  • Grocery shop every Sunday - be ready for healthy food choices during the day

Choice to Challenge Ratio Results

Met my buddy for lunch and we went to Yardhouse for the sandwich/soup washed down with 2 beers.

Later that night...went to Tony's to watch football.

I chose to fail unfortunately.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Choice To Challenge Ratio

I have a few obstacles today but I shall overcome. They are just opportunities to make good decisions!

Going to lunch with a buddy - usually we make poor choices...

Thursday Night Football - that's prime drinking time along with poor eating.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Someday I am going to generate this kind of boost on my own.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Underworld

It is truly amazing how much productivity is happening at this ungodly hour in the morning. Yesterday at 4:45 in the morning I was at the gym in Roseville and men were playing basketball. People had been working out for who knows how long and this was while most people where still sleeping! Well this is day three of me becoming a part of that world and it's going take some conditioning but I'm excited to be a part of that exclusive club.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What is Driving Me

I want to be healthy so badly..

My fuel:

The Scale
24 HR Fitness app
Checkins apps
My Co-Workers
My 40th Anniversary
My Revised goal setting
Walking past mirrors at gym

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