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By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

I’ve heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.   Have you ever found yourself in this cycle?  We are creatures of habit and creatures who seek comfort.  Both lend themselves to a path of routine. 

My exercise routine had become just that, a routine.  Lately, I haven’t been getting the results I had hoped for.  I’ve been working really hard but the weight isn’t coming off.  After talking to a few experts in exercise, I decided it was time to change up the routine.  I’ve had good results but it was time to move on to something a little different, something a little outside my comfort zone….something exhausting.  I can’t expect the same results I received early on by doing the same thing over and over.

INTERVALS ... it’s a dirty word to me.  But it is working.  After dropping 4 pounds in three days, I think I’ve escaped exercise insanity, at least until my body adjusts and I’ll have to shock it with a new routine.  But I’ll be watching out for that.

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

When injury and illness call, you better answer.  I was blessed to have them both conference call me at the same time.  Injury called in first shortly behind illness.  My back had been sore and tired for a couple weeks but I kept pushing, taking no rest days except Sunday.

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

Medieval times certainly had their torture devices, but the 21st century isn't to be outdone.  I present to you the spinner.  Sure, it looks somewhat harmless but so did the rack.  But upon closer examination, the spinner reveals a very dark, dark secret.  One hour on the spinner, and the object of its torture is begging to be released.

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

I know I’ve talked a lot about how difficult getting ready for the Bike Adventure has been, and in many ways, it has been difficult. But I can’t stress enough the blessing it has been and the change I have seen in me, both physically and spiritually. Now you might look at me today and think to yourself; “You know, Aaron doesn’t really look much different. When is this weight gonna start falling off of him?

Believe me, I keep asking myself that question every day. But it isn’t just about the weight, it can’t be. I’m of that certain age (yes, mid-40s) where it is VERY difficult to lose that belly fat. It doesn’t fall off like it did 10 years ago. But I’ve noticed something when I’m doing my workouts … they’re getting less painful.

For example, last night, I did an hour and twenty minutes of cardio; 40 minutes on the dreadmill, I mean treadmill; 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the stairclimber. I then did weights and crunches. And here’s the miracle. THEY DIDN’T CARRY ME OUT ON A STRETCHER. ... I may not ever see my abs again but running 5 miles doesn’t scare me I’m starting to believe I’ll be able to ride a bike 80 miles a day.

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

Preparing for the Bike Adventure is really threefold for me — cardio at least 5 times a week, weights at least 3 times a week and eating healthier.

Cardio is my favorite.  I love the dreadmill … I mean treadmill.  I think my mind reverts back to my cross-country running days and muscle memory kicks in.  Honestly, 40 minutes of cardio and I feel great.  Weights don’t bother me either … well, not too much.  I’ve done weights most of my life and I love the immediate impact.  I can already see a difference from a regular weightlifting routine.

But take away my carbs, and I’m a VERY unhappy cyclist.  From my coffee creamer (hazelnut by Coffeemate is my fav) to toast with my eggs and even fresh fruit, I LOVE MY CARBS.  But they are hindering my weight loss and keeping that annoying belly fat right where it’s been for the past several years … on my belly.  I know, I know, we need carbs — healthy carbs, that is — but when you’re trying to drop about 40 pounds and most of it is in your belly, carbs are the enemy.