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I want to be a Dallas Desperado

Don’t know what that is? It’s a football player, Arena football to be exact. So now the training has begun.

Dallas Desperados This picture is of the field in the American Airlines Center in Dallas

Actually, I started really gearing up my workouts during December. I ate whatever I wanted right up until today where I started my diet. I decided on taking the 1200 calorie approach while still minimizing my carb intake. The crazy thing is that I don’t feel hungry and I am half wondering if I am doing the math right. I had an apple for breakfast and a chicken sandwich and 8 nuggets from Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Nuggets? Hey, they were 280 calories, that sandwich was only 270 calories and they were quite satisfying. Now I’ll have a salad or a bowl of soup for dinner and I will be under my 1200 total calories with ease. The crazy thing is, I don’t feel like I eat a whole lot more than this on a regular basis, but in reality I do. I also drink a lot more calories when I am not watching what I eat and drinking calories is never a good thing because you consume them all so fast.

Back to being a football player…

My goal is to get down to about 275 and to be able to run about a 4.7 second 40 yard sprint. I’m actually surprisingly fast for someone that normally weighs around 330-350. I play frisbee on the weekends and I hold my own and then some most of the time and so I feel like if I actually train for speed and weight loss and muscular development and flexibility and core strength then I have a good shot at making the team.

So right now my workout is this:

Monday: Yoga Stregth 1.5 hours
Tuesday: Yoga Stretching class 1.5 hours
Wednesday: Aerobics class plus weightlifting 2.5 hours
Thursday: Yoga Stretching
Friday: Yoga Strength 1.5 hours
Saturday: Ultimate Frisbee and weights 2-4 hours
Sunday: Rest

I’ve actually been doing most of this already without the extreme focus of the new year and getting past the holidays. Tryouts are in October and if I make the team it is a win/win for me. If I make the team, awesome, I’ll play until I’m too broke down to continue. If I don’t make the team then I can close this chapter of my life once and for all. No more wondering, “What if”.

After making the Desperado team and playing football for a few years I’d like to be on Survivor or some other extreme reality show. I think there is a potential for a show like survivor, only harder – why haven’t they done this yet? I want more competitions and less belly aching.

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