Monday, October 17, 2011

#65 HTC Hero S Video review

Well for the past 6 months I have been limping along my piece of junk (cell phone) I did a thorough search when I bought it and though I found a great phone. but unfortunately in two years I have went through 4 htc touch pro 2's they just can not seem to make it past 6 months of my use. Unfortunately both my wife's 2 year old and very beat up phone and my phone all but quit this last week so of to us cellular we go. I did not find a lot of info online or reviews so I just had to go with the best guess and by playing with the phones the best I could.
I ended up with an HTC Hero S so I thought I would post a quick little video.
I know I do not do cell phone reviews but I could not find anything on the HTC Hero S.
So here I am sharing (very poorly)

The camera I am most impressed with it is

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

#64 Mila part 2

Well Day two with the Mila and I do a little comparison of Chia I get at the store and the Mila

I ended up grinding my Chia finer then the Mila which may cause some of the differences. The Mila does taste

Monday, October 10, 2011

#63 Mila part 1

I have recieved a weeks sample of Mila to check out and compare to the chia seeds I use daily. Here is a short video. I will be reviewing and giving you updates over the next two weeks. enjoy

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

#62 Salad in1,2,3,

This ia a salad that our local store just started carring it really is pretty good and at $5 a great and better alternitave then the fast food choices.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

#61 My Omni Shoreham hotel room

Here is a quick video of my room that and got me for the Anytime Fitness Conference. The Omni Shoreham is very nice with slow elevators so I got a lot of stair work this weekend it was great.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

#60 Just hanging with some friends

Just hanging out with some friends at conference. Having a good time. Thank god no plank challenges at the pub.

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#59 my hotel room view

I do not know how good or bad this cell phone pic is but this is a teaser of this awesome room that Anytime Fitness/ Health got me. I really do love AF AH every one treats me so great. I have only had one challange thankfully I am just exusted but the down side it was in the airport here in D.C. But I gave my plank face in the floor. Going to take a quick nap before dinner.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

#58 How to travel

Well tomorrow will be my first time on a plane. As I said previously Anytime Fitness has given me an all expense paid trip to D.C. For the annual AF conference. I do not even know what to take for clothes. I have not bought much that fits for the simple fact last spring when I bought some much needed pants (tight pants) I under grew them in less then a month. I did not realize how nervous I was until I got to work 30 min early. As I go through my list of things to pack I realize what am I allowed to take on a plane. I mean what are they going to say about my chia seeds in a old honey jar. I do not want to take a new tube that is just too much and takes too much space. So do the people at the airport freak out on little black and white seeds being carried in an old unmarked jar? I would hate to be strip searched over some chia seeds. I just do not know. So with my ramblings you can see how may day is going. I just hope I can sleep good tonight and early. I have to be up by 3:00A.M. To make it to my plane on time allowing the prescribed 2 hours for security. Well off for now but before I go I will add my challenge. I know I will not be at the gym but I know there are many fitness fanatics that will be with me tomorrow. Almost 800 last I heard. That some read this so I may be in some serious pain. So here it is if you comment on this post you have the ability to challenge me to a 20 sec plank. I know 20 sec is not a lot but I know after a few challenges I get worn out. So there you have it. Have a great weekend and hope to get a good workout on.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

#57 you like to see me work

Well yesterday did not go as bad as I thought it would. Luckily not as many people came in to make me work off the pizza as I thought there would have been. However some of you that missed the opportunity have suggested that I have a challenge more often. So here it is once a week I will post a challenge for the next day. How it will work is, as long as you leave a comment on my blog and lose LB or die FaceBook page. I have to do the challenge like for yesterday it was I had to do what you did for 5 min. So I will post a challenge by 10:30 the night before, the rest will be up to you and whoever else is following and decides to make me sweat.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

# 56 My baby is 3

Well today was my youngest daughters 3rd birthday. All day just crawled by I could not stay focused on anything and seemed to get nothing done. But as soon as I got home the day was not long enough. We had such a great time. Even though things did not go as planed as usual. I get home and

Thursday, September 15, 2011

#55 Long days?

Some times our lives get busy. What am I talking about our lives always seem busy and it is when I am at my busiest two bad things happen. One is I get so caught up I do not eat. I know this sounds like a great thing but then it hits me. Thats right those

Friday, September 9, 2011

How quickly we go back

I have one of the best jobs in the world. I work as an h2i for an Anytime Fitness. However, some days I feel a lot of helplessness and am very sad. I feel this way when I see some one who needs a life style change and they start off making the commitment needed but then they lose motivation and just go back to their old ways. I really wish

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

#52 Quinoa what's that?

Quinoa is a really good food to get to know if you are looking for nutrient dense foods and a great food for weight loss. It is one of those foods that is extremely versatile.  I love quinoa and cooking

Monday, August 22, 2011

#51 Exercise but WHY and HOW?

As most people have heard to lose weight exercise is necessary, and it is. However it can be hard and why is it necessary? Well the why is endless, in short it will make you feel better both physically and mentally, give you more confidence, sleep better and on and on. There is a large misconception about exercise and weight loss though.

Friday, August 19, 2011


I figured my 50th post should be some thing monumental. However I am not creative enough or planned enough ahead to have something great. EPIC FAIL! In fact I have been thinking for the past two days what can I do? And nothing has come to mind. Don't you just hate it when that happens? So instead I will just jot down some of the things going on.

I got to help

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

#49 keep the fire going

It  really is amazing how losing one pound can almost be as motivating and encouraging as losing 10 pounds. At least

Friday, August 12, 2011

#48 AH on SLeep.

I really do like Anytime Fitness and Anytime Health. 
It has some of the richest content as well as the best 
gyms in the world.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

#47 Want to go GREEN

Well I have been spending a lot more time lately dreaming and trying to focus the direction of my life.
I really love working at the gym. I get to meet so many great people. I even have the chance to share my journey and help a few people out here and there. As I mentioned a while back I wanted to look into becoming a personal trainer. The more I think about it the more I realize that I want to do more then just that. I know it would be plenty rewarding but I want to help in more ways.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

#46 Slow to go.

You ever have one of those weeks that every thing just seems to be a hurdle and you are always spinning your wheels. Well that is what the past two weeks have been for me. I just can not seem to get on the right track. I keep running into obsticals that are taking up time I would really rather invest in other areas. Like working out. I have not been able to get a full workout in in two weeks. The one thing I can say is having people supporting me is great. But the ones who could care less and just want my time and effort at the cost of me may just have to go.
I hate treating people like that but sometimes you need to let people fall behind so you can move forward.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#45 IT FITS my jacket fits

I love to ride motorcycles. I mean I try and ride every day. Well I have an air jacket that I have not been able to wear for six years. I would have gotten a bigger one but they do not make them in fat man sizes. So like anyone I have been telling my self I will just lose the weight so it fits. Six years latter it now fits once again. Still tight but it fits. So I hope by next riding season I will need to buy a new one. But this time in a more normal man size.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

#44 I can do that.

Here awhile back I posted something about walmart and needing the bench: lets-get-movin. Well yesterday Marshalltown was having a festival down town with a car show. My lovely bride wanted to go so, OK I say with a bit of fear in the back of my mind. See last time I went to a festival downtown was almost tragic to me.
Walking to it was painful by the time we had walked the 1/2 block I was looking for a place to sit. Well to cut to the chase we only stayed a short time. I was soaked in sweat and hurting so bad I did not even want to try and walk back to the car. I was mortified in many ways with the experience. So yesterday when we went I had this in the back of my head. Actually it was in my head bad enough I remembered the pain in detail. However this time we parked a full block over (easier parking) and walked to the festival. As we approached my wife and youngest had to use the restroom. This is where I would normally look for a place to sit but not this time. This time We had cars to go see! So my oldest and I took off for the car shouting over our shoulder we will be checking the cars out!!!!
We looked at the cars up one side of the road then down the other. Then we took the girls to bounce in one of the blow up things and checking out Mator. I never sat once and this is after elliptical races at the gym and working out some. Sure I was tired but tired is fine. I was not in so much pain I was short of breath or almost crying either. I can deal with tired at the end of the day in fact I strive for it. That just means I have done something worth while!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

#43 Days that Do not end!!!

Ring Ring!!! ring Ring. Hello "Ya Corey we can not get in to the gym" "oh this is xxxxxx xxxxxx" Ok I will be there in a bit.
I jump up out of bed 8am because I had decided last night I was going to sleep in because I did not have to work till 1pm the next day. I even watched that movie and stayed up later then normal. Throw some clothes on tell the wife I will be back in a half hour the computer at the gym must not of come back on after the power went out multiple times last night. Get to the gym and our great members are waiting patiently to get in. Get the comment "ANYTIME huh?" Well Anytime on call I respond and get a chuckle. Well after rebooting the computer the security system is not working right. The key fob reader is not reading keys. NO ONE can get into the gym. An hour and a half on the phone and computer with tech support and you guessed it. You need parts and a tech. So the 24 hour gym is not 24 hour. So off to home grab lunch then to other job. Call the guy working at other job to see if he will close for me so I can get back up to the gym with us not having to lock members out. 10 min of him complaining whining like a 14 year old girl the answer is no. WHY NOT JUST SAY NO YOU IDIOT and stop wasting my time!!!! Sorry sore spot. So off to second job boring day but pulled my back out of whack. So now my back is killing me and did I mention very boring day no one came in. When some one did my back hurt enough that I know I was less then my usual happy self. So off work now race up to the gym to open up for people who want to work out. Well I am here and there are very few people coming in. So I sit here writing my day down to you.
Why you may ask? Because I am starving, not really but I want to eat and I know I have had enough food for the day. So why am I hungry? I know exactly why. Have you ever had a day that all you wanted to do was munch? Tell the truth, I know you have. I have had at least 2-3 oz of chia seeds as well as 2 1/2 tuna sandwiches, A very large serving of chicken and rice. More food then I usually need to eat.
Now to the reason I am hungry!!!
1. I did not get much sleep. This affects me alot little, poor, or bad sleep makes a hungry Corey.
2. Stress, yep a little stress can go both ways. Some people can not think of food while stressed others have to have food in hand.
3. A different routine, yep it can effect how and what I eat as much as anything else.
4. Being away from home for most of my meals. I know this goes with routine but still this alone makes snack choices hard unless I am prepared.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

#42 Gym Joke 102

An older guy (not in the very best of shape) was working out in the gym when he spotted a sweet young thing...
He asked the trainer who was nearby "What machine in here should I use to impress that sweet thing over there?"
The trainer looked him up and down and said
"I would try the ATM in the lobby"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#41 making a difference Makes a difference

Ya that title probably makes more sense in my head then it does when you read it. However while working at the gym I get to be face to face with a lot of people and no matter if they are trying to bulk up, build endurance, build strength, or lose weight. They all have the same goal generally to have a healthier life style and to be in better shape. The more I have learned about fitness in general is that all these goals are approached the same way. That is a topic I will have to go into more depth later. However the point I am making is that all these people come in and a lot of them turn to me for advice, an ear to bend or just be a constant.
It really gives me a lot of accountability. Most people are lucky to have one person to be accountable to. I have an entire gym that looks at me and many ask every time they see me How I am doing. They like to know how my diet or nutritional intake as I like to say is. They also like to know how my weight loss is going and even my workouts at times.
So if I slack I feel super guilty and like I am letting so many people down. Which this is a good and bad thing. When I am doing good I feel great and get tons of encouragement. When I am doing bad it makes it almost unbearable to look people in the eye and help others.  It is however a feeling that drives me to achieve my goals and be accountable and an example of those who keep an eye on me and my journey.
The greatest thing though is when I see some one that I have worked with or is driven by my achievements is an amazing thing. It lights up my day so bright every one near me will know. Mainly because I will tell them but still it is great!!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

#40 Expense paid Trip to Washington DC

I am so excited. I got this wonderful email saying I was invited as a VIP to Washington DC for the Anytime Fitness Conference. 
I know that many do not understand how cool this is other then OK it is a free trip. Well Anytime Fitness is the world largest coed 24 hour gym. Which I do work for one of the franchise owners. 
So here is the really Cool part, At least for me. I was not given this because I work at one of the franchises, or how good I clean a shower or toilet. But Because of my participation on Anytime Health Which is the coolest site to be a part of. That is what I was told. I do not know for sure if my participation on the site is really worth a free trip to Washington. What ever the reason I am so excited to be able to go. I do not think my boss was going to send me. They think it is for owners only. 
I will have a ton of opportunities to learn even more about the industry and mingle with some of the best people in industry. I know I learned so much at vitals I can not wait for conference.  

Monday, July 18, 2011

#39 What is your focus?

When I go to the gym some times I have really great days. Some ya know are just kind of so so. Sometimes they are just down right despicable. I feel no motivation, have little energy, and feel week as can be. So Why is that?
What knocks you off track?
I know there are alot of things that can really throw me off.
It is weird how so  many things work together. There is sleep with out enough I eat more do less and just all around bad things. Food or nutrition if I eat poor quality food that is not very nutrient packed I lack in every thing even sleep.
However the biggest factor of a great day is what I am focused on. If my mind is wondering or I am thinking about something at home, work or anything else I am not having a great day.
I find that if I am focused not only on my goals but my end results I have a great work out. I go as far as visualize what I want that part of my body to look like when I get to my goal weight. I also try and focus on all the reasons I want to lose weight. I also like to have a inspiration to look at as well. It really is a great kick in the but when you can look at some one who will not give up until they achieve  there goals.
So keep you focus on your goals, keep the reasons why you are losing weight close to you and fresh on your mind. Lastly make sure you have people to lean on as well as follow when needed.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

#38 Weekend laziness.

I really have  a hard time being as active as I need to be on the weekends. Most would think this would be the easiest. But I just want to relax and do little to nothing. It is a challenge still with the girls. They are so active and I just tire out and have a hard keeping up.
I have found I can not stay at home. If I do my activity is next to none. As long as I am out and about I am alot more active. That is one reason I love having the Cycle. It is really a great get away and I can stop and check things out getting some activity. Looks like it is time for a ride.

Friday, July 15, 2011

#37 Lets get moving.

A breath of fresh air. You know when it hits you your nose just kind of follows it. Well I had a similar feeling tonight. We had to go to the over sized super store Wally world which I try and protest in every way for my own personal reasons. After walking around for a bit it was time for the girls bathroom break. As I took a seat on a bench I have sat on many times I realize I am not sitting out of necessity as I used to have to. In all honesty I would look forward to the bathroom break so I could get a break as well. In fact I would encourage it at times. Back to my point by the time the one girl was done I was wanting to get moving again it felt great not needing the rest, so I was excited to get moving. I know this sound little to many. But for the few of us that have and are fighting morbid obesity it is a huge step. So if you are sitting on every bench you come across I have been there. You can, one day soon skip one and then another until it no longer hurts for you to just stand or walk. Keep moving and Keep  pushing!!!

#36 finally 100 pounds lost.

Yes finally I have now lost over 100 pounds. Talk about such a great feeling. I am so excited I could scream from the roof top. I literally try and tell every one. Sounds kinda crazy to be excited to weigh 377 pounds. However I am. I now feel like I have more of a right to speak about weight loss. Before I felt how can I tell anyone anything sense I had not done what I thought was significant. Now I feel I have. I have lost over 1/5th of my starting body weight. It feels like I have a new found motivation. So lets get moving now only 200 more to go.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

#35 On my way to 100 pounds gone

4 More pounds and it will be officially 100 pounds lost sense Nov. Should have it knocked out by July 4th. Mini goal 4 pounds six days. Not much time but I need to hit that goal. 
I did not get a chance to work out today and I know tomorrow is going to be tough as well. I just have to step it up. ALOT!!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

#34. off the wagon and back on!!!

Ok so I have seriously neglected this blog and I also neglected some / most of my goals for the past few months.
But I can say I am getting back on track.
I also have a ton of great news to share as well.
I have not lost much more weight sense Feb. But I have not gained anything back so that is a good thing.
Now for all the good news!!!
Anytime Fitness recognized me for being a inspiration to others and rewarded me $1,000

I am now working at Anytime fitness as an H2i (Hired 2 Inspire) It is so awesome to see my weight loss has really started to take me to new places. We also have a FaceBook page you will have to check out @ Anytime Fitness Toledo, Iowa
It really is great to be able to work at the gym where I have lost so much weight and achieved so much. I get to help people reach for there goals. I do hope I can keep up with this better and get a larger support community with it as well. Not just for myself but for all those who read it.

Friday, February 18, 2011

#33 MMM meal replacement / breakfast bars

This quick little recipe is such a great source of every thing your body needs to be satisfied as well as grow muscle.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

#32 80lbs down

That is right I have lost the most weight I have ever lost in my life and easier then any diet plan I have ever tried. I can not believe how changing what you eat to good clean whole food and a bit of exercise can do.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

#31 All Aboard!

Great news my wife just got a gym membership today. I am so excited to see how much better she will feel as well as all the other benefits. I just wish we could go to the gym together but that is ok it is a really awesome thing. Now I need to try and get a good work out for her. You know one that is fun and exiting to do, something you look forward to doing. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

#30 Salad dressing quick and dirty

I have a really quick and easy solution for a better salad dressing.
Check out the quick little video.

The thing I like about doing your own dressings is you know exactly what you have.
I like to know what I am eating anymore. I also like to be able to make things just how I want them with out any extra or missing some thing.
Thanks for checkin this out and as always feel free to comment or ask questions.

Monday, January 3, 2011

#29 Certified Dietitian and Wellness Consultant

Good day every one. Here lately I have been considering becoming a Certified Dietitian and Wellness Consultant. I feel that this is a area that is really needed. I have been over weight all my life and I have never been given the information I have learned over the past 3 months. I know if someone would have sat me down 20 years ago and told me every thing I know know I would not be over weight.
I also hate how it seems ever other person, article, website, or trainer has a conflicting opinion on what is good to eat and what is not.  I mean it is so frustrating when every one is saying something different. Half the time I just want to throw my arms up in the air and say I give up, I'll just go with their opinion because  they have a cooler website.
I do not think finding good factual up to date information should be that hard. I know there are some good recourses out there but what is a person to do when you two of the best resources say two different things. I can not tell you how many times I just wish I had a knowledgeable person I could ask. 
If there is enough interest and I could benefit others by becoming a Dietitian I think I may pursue it.
Let me know what you think and if knowing a dietitian would be beneficial.

#28 Sugar It may be Killing me.

I am always studying and trying to learn more and more about diet and nutrition. Well a friend of mine the other day sent me to check out this lecture about Sugar and Fructose. 
As I watched this it scared the crap out of me. I am glad the first thing I addressed in my diet was to cut HFCS but I did not realize what all fructose was in. This video is very long but the information is well worth knowing.

I hope you can get alot out of it and I would love to hear your thoughts on it.