Year of the Shue

In case you didn’t know, 2012 is the year of the Shue.  As in John Shue.  Me.  This is my year.  The year to get things done that I’ve wanted to do for entirely too long now.  You see, this year I will be turning 30!  In my mind, that’s the point in time in which I wanted to be settled down, married to the woman of my dreams, have a thriving family life, etc, etc, etc.  Well, if you’ve been following my blog at all, you know full well that isn’t exactly what’s going on here.  So I’ve decided to alter my course a little.  I’ve decided to play the cards that have been dealt to me and WIN with them!

I’ve got a lot of things planned for this year.  Several trips are on top of that list of things to do.  Another thing I’ve been wanting to do is get back in shape.  I was on the decline as far as my health was concerned for quite some time.  A few years ago I was the heaviest I’d ever been, weighing in at 290 lbs on my wedding day.  My job didn’t help that at all.  I sit at a desk for 12 hours a night burning almost no calories at all!  I was definitely packing on the pounds!  I decided that I did NOT want to be that guy any longer.  I joined the local YMCA and was going rather regularly.  At first I noticed a bit of a difference, but that quickly stopped.  I had seemingly hit my plateau.  That was partially because I refused to change my eating and drinking habits though.  I had completely cut soda out of my diet a year prior to that, but I had upped my alcoholic beverage intake considerably.

Once I noticed the weight loss slowing down, I decided I needed to step things up.  I started going to the Y more often and for longer periods of time.  I also started riding my bicycle quite a bit more.  Riding on the Farm Heritage Rail Trail for 17+ miles was becoming more and more common for me.  Once again I noticed the weight slowly beginning to come off.  The only problem was, I hadn’t really changed my eating habits.  I was still consuming large amounts of fast food, fried food and basically anything that was quick and easy – that’s what I’d eat.  I was content with that for awhile.  That is until I realized that I needed to get myself into even better shape if I want to accomplish some of the things I want to do!

That brings me to this year.  Earlier this month I started doing P90X.  I did it for a few days, unable to keep up with the videos completely, but giving it everything I had.  After following the videos for a few days I became ill (because of the weather, not the videos.)  I had a really sore throat and I was congested.  I ended up stopping the P90X because I didn’t feel well at all.  A few days later though, I realized that I needed to fight through it if I really wanted to become more fit than I’ve ever been.  I started the program all over again – from the top!  I’m almost two weeks into the program now and I feel great!  I look forward to pushing myself from day to day, to see what kind of mental and physical limits I can overcome. In addition to following the P90X routine, I still go to the Y to do some strength training and I run on the treadmill.  I’ve been keeping track of my workouts on FitLinxx which is a website that I’m a member of through the YMCA.

Like I said, I’ve only been doing P90X for a couple weeks now, but I can already tell that it’s making things happen.  I’ve also changed my eating habits now.  I’ve cut WAY back on the eating out, only eating out a couple times a month now.  Just before I started doing P90X I jumped on the scales, I weighed 225 lbs.  I’m not planning on getting back on the scales until after the 90th day of the P90X program simply because I don’t want to be discouraged by any number that may or may not show up.

Here are a couple pictures of me.  The first is circa November 2010, the second is circa August 2011.  Notice any difference?!

Once I hit the 30, 60, and 90 day marks with the P90X program, I will update my blog with a little write up on how I’m feeling at each milestone and I’ll also include updated pictures.  Be sure to check back to see how I’m doing!  Like Tony Horton says; “Bring It!”

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About John Shue

Just a normal guy in pursuit of happiness.
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3 Responses to Year of the Shue

  1. Keep up the good work John, I'm proud of my friend and co-worker (well most of the time)… 🙂 Working side by side and both of us wanting to change our eating habits surely we will be a positive influence on one another. Good Luck can't wait to read and hear all about your adventures and maybe take one or two with you.

  2. Sarah Taylor says:

    You are an inspiration to all of those around you. Keep up the great work. Best of luck with you endeavors this year. You are doing fantastic!

  3. Awesome. The best part of it all is that you are doing it for YOU! Keep it up! I'm planning to get fit too after baby arrives. I know 30 will be here for me too and I wanna be around to enjoy my family as much as possible!

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