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Settling Back In

Its been about 2 weeks now since I got back and I’m starting to get back into my old routine.  I really miss everyone, especially my lovely wife, but it was much easier this time than when I first arrived.  About 5-6 months to go then I am home for good!  I saw an article today in my google alerts hopper here about members of the 48th Infantry Brigade getting ready to ship out.  These guys are our replacements!  Woohoo!  It will take some time for them to geta ll trained up and final over here, but their movement has already started, and that is a great feeling.  It makes home seem that much closer.

In other news, I’ve posted a few new pictures on my flickr account (click on a picture on the right) if your interested.  My bandwidth is pretty limited so they are low rez and I cant add a ton of pictures.

I’ve started a new workout routine with a friend of mine which is quite a bit more advanced than our previous, and it is kicking my ass!  I haven’t been this sore in a long time!  Taking a month off from lifting while on leave and travel didn’t help much either though, I suppose.

That’s all for now, have a great day!

Diet and Workout Help

So in the last few weeks, I’ve really started getting committed to this whole fitness thing.  I have the perfect opportunity to start some good habits that will make the rest of my life healthier, happier and longer (Inshallah!)

Of course, I didn’t really know anything about it or where to start, so as usual, I hit the internet.  I have found some sites and really learned a lot.  I have spent a lot of time researching and making a game plan and I’m dedicated enough to stick to it.

I’ve also found a few very useful tools out there too.  Obviously diet is extremely important while also being something I know absolutely nothing about.  Check out this site  M & S Nutrition to learn how many calories you should be taking in and how to break that down by Fats, Carbs and Proteins.  I about gave up then because I figured there was no way that I would be able to track all that!  Who knows how many grams of fat are in the turkey sandwich I ate for lunch?  Not me!  That’s when I found FitDay.  Its a site that helps you keep track of your diet and has a vast database with many of the foods you already eat.  If something isn’t on there, you can create custom foods too!  It really makes it easy and fun to plan meals for the day.  It makes it VERY easy to meet your nutrition goals.

Just to share, my personal Daily Calorie intake is 2600 (a 500 cal deficit to help lose weight) with 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fat.  I lift 3 days a week and do cardio 5 days (overlappign on weight days, with Fridays off.  I also use Friday as my cheat day for meals.)

If this motivates anyone else to make some changes, let me know.  Support is always helpful!