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Quick Update

Just a few things really quickly before bed. I’ve been having some mental health things rolling around in my head since my 1.55 mile run on the treadmill Wednesday night. Nothing bad is happening, but that is occupying some of my mental efforts at the moment. I guess you could say I’ve momentarily retreated from the online world for a moment. (I currently have 59 unread blog posts to read in Google Reader. Maybe I’ll catch up tomorrow.)

Don’t worry; it’s nothing bad. I’m just being very deliberate about my actions and thoughts at the moment, and I’ll share more on it in the next few days. For me (perhaps with everybody), mental breakthroughs bring a bit of an uncomfortable state that requires letting go of previously held assumptions and a mental reshifting. I’ve got a lot of issues still to work through, and while I’ve come a long way, I know I’ve still got a long way to go. With my loving wife, family, and friends (and I am including a lot of you out there who have reached out and helped me, whether it is with a comment, supportive email, or a message on twitter or facebook), I know I’ll get there. I’ll post more on this in the next week or so.

I did have my first 5K today. Best time yet. 48:02. That shook some things up in my head, too. Again, nothing bad, just some mental furniture that needs some rearranging to make everyone fit.

Have a blessed day. I’ll be back very shortly with full details of everything.

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Things That Happen on a Treadmill

I did something tonight.

Something big.

Something I’ve never done before.

I pulled a Tara in the gym. (Love you, Tara!)

So what do I mean by that? I went crazy hardcore and impressed everybody?


I teared up. Emotionally, I had a freaking major breakthrough on the treadmill.

So, why did I almost turn into a blubbery, crying mess on the treadmill?

And what on Earth does Hoku have to do with it?

I put the song “Perfect Day” on repeat on my iPod. (Don’t judge me for my music tastes. It’s just too easy to do, and there’s no real sport in it.)

I turned on the treadmill, prepared to run one minute longer than I had yesterday.

I didn’t do that.

I ran for 1.55 miles.

Without stopping.

Did I mention that the farthest I’ve ever ran before without stopping was half a mile?

I don’t know what all contributed, but it was several things. I know a lot of you are supporting me in my efforts to become healthier and, dare I say it, become a runner. Thinking of you all helped. A lot. So thank you for being in my corner.

And it was this particular set of lyrics in the song.

I’m in the race but I already won,
And getting there can be half the fun,
So don’t stop me ’til I’m good and done,
Don’t you try to rain on my perfect day.

I realized I was making my body do something it had never done before, and it wasn’t even that hard. Challenging, yes, but certainly doable.

I realized I’m an athlete. I may weigh over 350 pounds, but I am an athlete.

And it hit me – I’m going to do this.

I’m going to make it to goal weight, and I’m not going to live the life I always wanted to have someday.

I’m living it now.

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31 Weeks and Counting: A Run For Your Lives Update

I can’t even begin to describe how utterly surprised and astonished I am that I have found (if not love) a strong like for running. I’m actually having to restrict myself in how often I run. I do weigh over 350 pounds, and I’ve found that if I do a 5K every day, my feet are a little achy. I still workout every single day, but I’m doing the 5Ks every other day. And I’m doing my very best to improve, at least a little bit, with each one.

When I first started this journey, I did a 5K in 56:47. On Saturday, I did one in 48:32.

I’ve got even better news about it. I ran for seven minutes straight. You have NO idea how freaking gigantic-huge that is. And, even better better yet, I then followed that up with alternating five minutes of running with three minutes of jogging. 48:32.

I know for some runners, that would be a terribly slow time for 3.1 miles. But for me, that is gargantuan mega huge. It is literally the most I have EVER run in my entire life.

On the days I don’t run, I lift weights, or do Zumba (we just got Zumba for Wii – review coming soon!), or the elliptical, or take the dog for a walk, or whatever keeps my body moving. I’m not becoming a runner, per se. I want to be fit, and I’m choosing to make running a big part of that.

Quick caveat – I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m currently going for endurance and not speed. In fact, my “running” pace would probably be a swift walk for someone else. I set the treadmill at 4.1 miles per hour for my jogging and 3.2 for my walking. At 4.1 miles per hour, it will take me over forty-five minutes to run a 5K. I am totally fine with that. I don’t expect to place in a 5K any time soon. I am completely at ease with being the last person to cross the finish line.

Because here is how I look at it – I might be the last person to cross the finish line, but there are millions of people who are choosing not to even get up and walk. Dead last at the race or not, I’m still winning. Duh. Tiger blood. (Sorry; got possessed by Charlie Sheen for a moment there.)

But as far as my speed… October is the first race I’m going to do where I think speed may be something of a factor. In Run For Your Lives, I’ll be chased by zombies. Hopefully, I’ll have sped up by then. Maybe by October 22nd, I’ll be able to run a sub-33 minute 5K. We’ll see. But I’m okay crawling across the finish line on October 22nd, covering zombie bites and on the verge of becoming undead myself, just because it will mean that I’ve accomplished something that I never thought I would do. Become a runner.

Zombie movie of the week?

Trailer Park of Terror. Seriously awesome movie. Go watch this.

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A Steady Downhill Jog Weigh-In

I’m calling this one a Steady Downhill Jog Weigh-In.

The info…

March 18, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 355.1
Today’s Weight: 354.7
Change from All-Time High: -48.1 pounds
Change from Last Week: -0.4 pounds

First of all, yay! I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy to see a loss on the scale as I was this particular morning. I know, it’s not much, but I’ll explain why I’m totally okay with that in just a minute. But first… my measurements!

The last time I did them was on February 4th, when they looked like this:

Chest: 52 1/2″
Stomach: 60 3/4″
Bicep: 17 1/4″

And today?

Chest: 51 1/4″
Stomach: 58 1/4″
Bicep: 16 1/2″

I did a 5K last night in 50:22. I ran for FIVE minutes straight. Seriously, you don’t know how freaking huge that is for me! And this is why I’m pleased to show any loss on the scale at all today.

First of all, I’ve been counting my calories religiously. #7daychip is the greatest diet tool ever, in my opinion, but I’ll talk about that more in a different post as soon as I’ve officially earned it. (Currently on Day 5. Go me!)

However, as we all know, it is SO easy to mess up the scale with a water or salt imbalance problem. The true weight loss is still there, but it’s hard to see and for some of us who still stupidly live and die by the scale (*raises hand*), that can be frustrating. On Tuesday, I weighed in at 359.3 for PhysicsDiet. That number FREAKED me out. I promptly put the scale up until Friday. It clearly does not do me good to weigh in daily. Back to once a week, just for my mental health. Someday, I’m sure it won’t bother me, but for now, it does.

Anyway, last night after work (later after work), I went to the gym and did my 50:22 5K on the treadmill. I went straight from work, so I was completely without water during the 5K, and on top of that, I didn’t stay very hydrated yesterday at work. So as soon as I got home, my body cried out for water, and I drank half a gallon before bed. It’s just water. That’s good for me.

When I woke up this morning, I barely had to pee at all. Normally, if I drink that much immediately before bed, I’d be up to pee at least twice during the night. Not once, and barely any in the morning… My first thought as I got on the scale was, “Oh crap… Who knows what this number will be, because my hydration was all screwed up.” So when that 354.7 popped up, I did a happy dance. I may have only loss 0.4 pounds, but I may have lost even more and it just hasn’t shown up yet. Maybe I’ll post a HUGE number next week, who knows? But regardless, my inches show I’ve done pretty well in the past month and a half, so I’m pleased all the way around. No matter what, I am smaller now than I was in February. Woo hoo!

My first 5K (which I will do as a walk/jog combination) is coming up in a week. If you read my last post, I’ve decided to tackle the job of doing a 5K for every pound I’ve lost. I may have to eliminate a few of the ones I initially posted due strictly to financial matters, but I’m not dropping it and I’m still going to do as many as I possibly can. I’m going to keep an “upcoming races that I have already paid for” list in my sidebar, so if you’re reading this in a blog reader, you can hop over to my webpage to see that.

Good end to a good week. How was yours?

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I Think I Like Running Weigh-In

I think I like running.

More in a sec. Let me get my weigh-in info out of the way first.

March 11, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 356.9
Today’s Weight: 355.1
Change from All-Time High: -47.7 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds

What can I say but woo hoo!

So why is this an I Think I Like Running Weigh-in? I think I like it.

I can’t believe it. I’m shocked. But Tina and I have taken to doing a weight session and then a 5K. We’re in the gym longer (and therefore more exercise, which always equals good), and I think it shows in my weight loss this week. I haven’t even had the most perfect calorie counting this week (more on #7daychip, which is helping, later), but I still lost. And I am attributing this one to the drastic increase in exercise going on this week.

I’m finding that I actually ENJOY the running.

Well, real quick, let me clarify one thing.

I’m not running. I’m jogging. And I’m jogging slow. I jog at 4.1 miles per hour. I know for someone with longer legs (I may be six feet tall, but my body is crazy long and my legs are little stumps with a 32 inseam) 4.1 mph would be a fast walk, but for me, it’s a slow jog. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

I haven’t even worked up to jogging a 5K without stopping yet. I’m going at my own speed. Today, I did 1:15 of jogging at 4.1 with 1:45 of walking at 3.2 for the entire 3.1 miles. I completed it in 51:23.

I have a HUGE plan about 5Ks coming up very soon. I’ll announce it early next week.

But for today, I am celebrating my 1.8 pound loss and the fact that I am enjoying running. Yay me.

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