Saturday, October 27, 2012

Just Keep Swimming

Pretty good week!  Had a successful 5K last weekend, and had a great 4.5 miler in the snow the other day, with a few things in between.  Time to put it into high gear this weekend for one final push to close out October.  

Oct 1:     234.0
Oct 5:     229.8
Oct 12:   231.8
Oct 19:   231.4

Oct 26:   229.8

Goal: 210 by Dec 31

I'm realizing how difficult this is going to be, but I need to step it up.  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Back on Track 5K

Yesterday, I ran a race with my friend Emily which I deemed the "Get Back on Track 5K."

The actual race title was Juvenile Justice 5K.

My running has been of and on over the past several months.  I am making a final push for 2012 to hit some of my goals and set myself up to start 2013 on a strong note.

This race was at a familiar place for me - Cheesman Park.  I've done a few races there, and it is beautiful.  However, I always forget how subtle the hills are.  This course featured 2 laps around the outer gravel path, so the hills were wearing.  Twice.

The first time around, I felt good.  The second - pooped.  But I kept trudging.

My goal was under 30.  I didn't quite hit it.

Official Time:  30:24 - 9:47 pace - 23rd overall out of 104.

I feel ok about it.  I knew it wasn't going to be that great, but it was a good race considering the last several months.  It's just a little disheartening knowing I've lost 3 minutes off my 5K time since my half marathon training this spring.

Oh well, I know that I have to work at getting consistent again, so this is a great step for that.

Friday, October 19, 2012


I realize that I have to do more.

I can't live my normal life and expect things to change drastically.

After a reflective week, I realize that my default is lazy.  My default is not exercising.  My default is food.  So I have to fight against what's normal for me in order to see any changes.

After a bad first part of the week, I rallied and had a great second part of the week.

Oct 1:     234.0
Oct 5:     229.8
Oct 12:   231.8
Oct 19:   231.4

Goal: 210 by Dec 31

Hoping for a little more progress at this point, but changing and adapting as I go.  In order to stay on track, I will hopefully be around 226 by Halloween.  

This is going to be a good week.  I can feel it!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


This marks my 100th post on this blog!

Just a couple fun facts to capture the journey that it's been:

-My first post was November 18, 2010.
-There have been 6,438 page views.  That seems like a lot to me.
-April 2012 was the most visited month.
-After the US, the most viewers by country are:  Russia, Germany, Canada, UK, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Latvia...
-For all the nerds in the audience, 33% of visitors to my site use Firefox, 21% Safari, 19% Internet Explorer, 17% Google Chrome.  55% have used Windows, 30% Mac.  55% are incorrect.
-My top 5 posts (by # of views):  Fat Kid Chronicles, Tough Mudder, Lessons from Tangled, Dear Jeff, Police Appreciation Run

This was never really meant to be anything big.  Just a way for me to chronicle my life- a sort of digital personal scrapbook to keep me motivated and strive for new things in my life.

But as it turns out, a lot of people have read it.  Surprised.  Flattered.  Humbled.  Honored.

A word that keeps coming up when people talk to me about it is inspiring.  For some reason, people read some of my posts, stay connected to my life, and feel a new sense of inspiration and motivation.  I'm not sure if I will ever understand it, but it amazes me.  I've shared some ups and downs that I have experienced in my life.  I have shared successes and failures.  I have shared once in a lifetime moments and the mundane.  For some, a few of my stories have struck something in them, made an impact, and inspired some sort of action.

Through this journey, I have spent a lot of time thinking, reflecting, challenging, dreaming, hoping, learning, and living.  And through this journey, I have found so much hope and joy in in the people and world around me.  So I want to say a quick thank you to everyone who has read my blog, commented, talked, and shared this journey with me.  Whether you realize it or not, you are the ones who inspire me.

And for that, I am forever grateful.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hard Work

Losing weight and being healthy is hard work.

Especially given the busy schedules and commitments that so many of us have.

Especially when someone's natural tendency is to not exercise.  And eat A LOT.

I know the final push to my goal weight is going to be tough.  Challenging.  Troubling.  Wearing.

But in the end, it will be worth it.

Oct 1:     234.0
Oct 5:     229.8
Oct 12:   231.8

Goal: 210 by Dec 31

Put a couple back on this past week, but not discouraged.  It just means I have to step it up this next week.  As long as I'm at around 226 by Halloween, I'll be right on pace :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Ball is Rolling

Ok, so a lot of people have been talking to me about my recommitment to healthy living in these last couple months of 2012.

Since the end of September, it has been a good start.  The eating has gotten more on track, the exercise is coming back into a routine, and things are on the upswing.

I am hoping to get into a consistent running schedule again so I can springboard into 2013 and accomplish the goals I have.  The last two days I have done a couple of 2 milers, feeling the weight of the last few months of apathy.

No more.  The ball is rolling.

Weekly weigh-ins.  (I usually do them on Fridays, so this first week isn't a week...)
Oct 1: 234.0
Oct 5: 229.8
Goal:  210.0

The easy weight is falling off... that's a good start, but I won't be too satisfied until I start hitting the low 220's/high 210's.

Monday, October 1, 2012


October 1st - Time to look in the mirror.

This summer, I have let things slip -

-I have gained 18 pounds since May
-I have basically stopped running
-I have not been exercising
-I have gone back to my old ways of eating.

Basically, things have gotten out of hand.

I've been having a couple wake-up calls recently.  In September, I bailed on my first race ever, and it's the favorite one I have ever done.  I had to switch from a half marathon to a relay since my training was nonexistent.  I have gone back to feeling sick after a lot of meals due to overeating on a regular basis.

The worst part - I have been making lots of excuses.

So now the time has come to step up.  Now is the time to reevaluate and make some changes.

So here's my commitment to myself and my goal for the remainder of the year:

I will get down to 210 lbs by Christmas.  I stepped on the scale this morning and it read 234.  24 lbs.  almost 3 full months.

Game on.

What are your end of 2012 goals?  How can I help you accomplish them?  Here's my deal to you:  if you have goals for the end of the year, let me know - we'll be accountabili-buddies!