Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Workin' On My Fitness: Issue 1

With my fitness success this past year, I want to start a blog on this topic. I want to first thank those who inspired me to stay on the course, my best friend Jon, Mike, and all those who ever called me big or fat, lol. I am fortunate that I can turn negativity into fuel for my fire. However that's a blog for another time.

So to first you need to pre-plan. Are you looking into joining a gym, or just sticking with a workout plan at home? Depending on your time, and finances, I personally recommend joining a gym, as you are offered many benefits and incentives to join. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, I recommend the Washington Sports Club, which has a network (if you elect to pay additional for it) where you can use the gyms in Philly, NYC, and Boston. The same is offered to the other cities I mentioned. However if you are on a budget, I recommend Planet Fitness, which has locations all over the country. The membership is $10 a month. Once you decide your mode of fitness, next you need to look at your individual goals. Are you trying to lose weight? Tone up? Gain weight? Etc? I will write individual blogs in the future on each goal, but today I will keep it general.

Losing weight requires time, self control, and patience. It will require you to start out slow if you are new to the gym, with a simple half a mile to a mile for cardio per workout session. I would also advise you get a medical physical, just to be on the safe side. The equation for losing weight is simply calories in - calories burned off. The body naturally burns off calories by simply living. Every smile, digestion, driving, etc burns calories. Depending on your age and weight, your body burns up to 2,500 calories a day. There are conversion charts online that you can use to calculate your calories burned off. 1 lbs = 3,500 calories. If you are trying to lose weight you want to take in well below that number. That will require that you count your calories as you consume food and drinks.

Back to the workout plan, I would also advise light weight lifting to begin with. If you are completely new to lifting any kind of weight I would suggest asking a trainer or even signing up for many of the classes gyms offer for free. Some gyms also offer a free workout session with a personal trainer.

Once you get into a groove, begin to challenge yourself to do more, go farther, but listen to your body.

For those that are trying to lose weight, its the opposite equation. You want to consume as many HEALTHY calories as possible. Eating junk food does nothing but make you fat. You want to put on healthy pounds by eating healthy carbs and in portions. When it comes to fitness, your challenge is not cardio, although I recommend you still get a little in, your challenge is actually lifting some weights. Not heavy, unless you want to be a bulky bodybuilder, but simple weights that are just enough to give you a sweat.

For those that are toning, your challenge is similar to those wanting to lose weight, but you need to do more reps with light weights to tone that muscle.

Personally for me, I started my major transition in March where I weighed 185lbs. My high was prob 195lbs. I just weigh myself today and I am at 155lbs! A 30lb weight loss takes time, and some serious dedication. There will be slip ups, and with the holidays around it may not be easy to just hop into a groove. Even with dieting, the process has to be gradual.

Well that's it for now, future blogs will go into greater detail regarding dieting, types of workouts, and other topics. Have a question? Just leave it in the comment box and we'll continue the discussion there where everyone can see it.



Monday, December 6, 2010

2010 in Review

Wassup folks! Well I haven't blogged much this year but at the interest of a reader I decided to update. All is well first off, and im looking forward to a new year. In my private life, I have been focusing on work and expanding myself mentally and physically. In the last year I have worked off 30 pounds and toned up a little. This has also been the year of self reflection and perfection. I do believe I am wiser and better off than I was around this time last year.

This year has seen me through just ONE relationship that ended abruptly towards the end of the Summer. At this point in my life, I am over my "hook ups" and more inclined to find like minded guys with goals and simply able to offer something other than sex or good looks to the relationship. Being in DC has not made this easy, as I have not been too keen on dating guys from this area. It seems I get better play in the south, lol.

DC starts off 2011 with a new mayor, and the federal govt turns red, as republicans take control of the US House. Sad year for the democrats. I hope in 2011 the president can focus on bigger and more important tasks like jobs and not healthcare. In this year, I have taken on a more conservative tone myself. We need more fiscal responsibility and we need to better outline of what needs to be done in this country.

As far as DC goes, I hope the new mayor will lead this city on the right direction, and I mean that on many levels. Fiscally the city is facing a $188 million deficit, with expected shortfalls of nearlt $500 for fiscal year 2012. In simple language, the city is BROKE. Therefore, that means we will see some city services cut, possible tax increases and dare I say it FURLOUGHS. The city is also split racially and my socioeconomic status. Vince Gray will have his hands full to say the least.

I'll be spending New Years with good friends in the big apple again. Last year was a blast and I'm sure this year will go out with a bang as well.

Oh yea, bought a new truck a few months ago. My Hyundai Tucson is a beauty. I am still planning that road trip to somewhere next year. Speaking of road trips, I'll be in Atlanta in April and May for Wrestlemania and a graduation respectively. I also plan on visiting the WEST COAST in 2011. More details to come later.

This year has taught me that depsite it all, God has it under control. With so much going on in the world, there is comfort in knowing that there is a peace that passes all understanding that can be obtained.

This year has also seen the lost of a few good souls. People I have considered friends. I think in 2010 I attended more funerals that any year in my life. The one that hit me the most was a young black male, I think a little younger than me, laying in that coffin. That site really hit me hard. It was a sad image, because the male was a victim of youth violence. I hope in 2011 we can continue to teach that taking lives is not the way to solve problems, it only creates bigger problems.

I may do a video blog before the end of the year so look out for that. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tragic Suicides of Gay Students Is A Wake Up Call

Billy Lucas, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Tyler Clementi and Raymond Chase, RIP. All young gay promising people who committed suicide in the last 3 weeks. This is a time when we need to come together and better educated all people about bullying and the impact it has . I personally know someone who committed suicide from what I can assume from being gay. It takes a a lot to drive someone to the point of wanting to take their life. The bullying in the schools need to stop and the bullying from the pulpit needs to stop.

DC Mayor: Your 100 Days Agenda

Hello good people, I have not written in a while so let me get caught up on a few major topics, starting with the next DC Mayor. So the residents spoke when they elected Vince Gray, current chair of the council, as the democratic nominee and presumptive next mayor since DC is a heavily democratic city. The next mayor has a lot to tackle: a city racially and economically divided, a budget shortfall nearly $175 million dollars, and to keep schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and a host of other cabinet members, amongst other issues. Gray has already asked that the city begin a hiring freeze and stop promotions.

On the first issue, census data recently released show that the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer in DC. 1 out of every 4 black children live in poverty. The citywide median income is around $58,000 but in poor neighborhoods its way under $20,000. With the recession and recent cuts in human services many people are falling by the waste side. There is no quick remedy to this problem but I believe in helping people help themselves and in the end helping the bottom line. I think we can solve this budget crisis and help people with jobs by education and training. Lets be honest. Statistics show that black people are the biggest consumers in the United States. One of the shortfalls for the budget is because sales tax revenues fell way shorter than expected. The solution is simple, but will require businesses to hire more and preferably DC residents. Marion Barry used a similar strategy when he started the summer youth program back in the 70's by involving businesses. The business paid for the summer youth NOT the DC goverment. We need to move to smart and innovative ways of managing our government while making big government less.

I truly hope that Gray keeps Michelle Rhee as Chancellor. My opinion may not be favored upon by many but its my opinion through observation and study of the dramatic changes the DC public schools system has seen in the last 3 years. I have personally witnessed most of these schools do a 360. The kids are learning, the school buildings are FINALLY being renovated after years of dilapidation. I recommend that DC follows the charter school method of seriously holding parents more accountable. I have been a teacher and teachers cannot be the parents. It is the responsibility of the parents to make sure their child is at school on time and finishes their homework. President Obama made a remark recently that nerved up many washingtonians when he stated that DC public schools are not good enough at this time for his two daughters. I wish that the president would have rephrased that a little bit. The president has not shown much support for DC as he has not addressed the DC voting rights issue nor has he ordered the "taxation without representation" tags be put on the presidential limo as a symbolic gesture. Hopefully the next mayor and the president can sit down and discuss these issues.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dedication of Life: Clarence Stone

It seems like I am doing one of these every other month now. I was saddened to learn about the untimely death of Clarence L. Stone, my ex, who died in a car accident last Monday in his hometown of Nashville, TN. Clarence was a bright, highly talented guy, who used his creative genius to inspire many. A singer, dancer, and artist, Clarence taught me to appreciate the arts more. I believe we also taught each other a lot as it pertains to relationships and the entire spectrum that covers. His death teaches us to wear a seat belt every time, as it may save your life. RIP old buddy.

My July Updates

Wassup people! Its been a little while since I have blogged so let me take the time to update you all on the happenings in my life. First, I have been thoroughly enjoying this summer by taking trips to Miami, Atlanta, and New York/New Jersey, with more plans to visit Toronto, St. Louis and back to ATL in September. I am doing very well at the job with the mayors office and yes I am no longer single. How about that? Its been a while since I have seriously been involved with anyone so this came as a shock to some. Mykel is a special friend who I have developed a love for over the last few months. It was not my intention, but we bond so well and share a passion and vision for life that it seems just right. You'll be hearing more about this as things move along.
Try to stay cool this summer!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dedication of Life: Jameel Smith

Fellow blogger's and readers alike, It is with a heavy heart I write this blog, dedicated to a young promising life gone too early. Jameel Smith originally from Huntsville, Alabama and a member of the Morehouse Class of 2008, committed suicide the other night. I cannot verify any more information until I get it but this is surely a tragedy and loss to us all.

I remember meeting Jameel our freshman year at Morehouse as he was elected freshmen class President. Arguably a manageable leader, its no surprise his jovial, exciting demeanor and personality won the votes and eventually hearts of many.
I worked with him in many capacities as I served as a student Senator. Jameel could also be found at the Absalom Jones Student Center and Chapel with friends studying or just hanging out. I recall one time we all were hanging out in Graves Hall in a fellow classmates room late into the night talking, playing music, and just having a great time. Times like that should be truly treasured because you never know when or if you will see someone again.

From reading Jameels Facebook page, it is evident he touched many lives. Let us pray for his friends, the Morehouse family and his family.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

ATLANTA or MIAMI? Memorial Day Weekend

Wassup folks! Its almost that time of year. Pride. my dilemma, ATL, or MIA?

Atlanta is clearly a choice because whatever is happening anywhere else Atlanta normally draws the "overflow" crowd. It would save me money and I can see some old friends plus still have a great time.

clearly is the spot to be Memorial Day weekend. Issues. Travel: airfare is cheap, but then hotel accommodations. I dont want to go down there and have nowhere to stay. I know a few people going but you know how shady gay people can be.

Another option is to drive to Miami from Atlanta.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alive and Well!

Wassup people, you miss me? I had to catchup and write a quick blog for those that have been following me. So life is good...im trying to get that body right for the summer. I'll be TIPPING down to Miami for Memorial Day weekend like many of you are. My current Operation is to move to New York or back to ATL with a nice paying job and go back to school. Working in the Mayors Office has been a great learning experience and certainly looks good on my resume. Well back to work then to the gym!