Relatively Acceptable

I went for a 5K run at 10:30 AM today. It was very hot – but, not humid. Still, very hot with a burning sun. I got to the 2.2 mile mark before having to walk. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 30:28 and I wanted to puke when I was done. I think I actually had some puke start to come up my nostrils.

All things considered, I will take this one.

I have now run 43.6 miles since Memorial Day.

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Fat Again

I got on the scale at home this morning and it read 194.7 pounds. Not shocking, considering the way I have been eating.

On July 4th, I weighed 189.5 pounds.
On June 2nd, I weighed 190 pounds.
On May 5th, I weighed 188.6 pounds.
On April 6th, I weighed 192.4 pounds.
On March 3rd, I weighed 191 pounds.

So, this is the heaviest I have been in quite a while. I am sure the stress of being unemployed now for (exactly) 12 weeks has a big part in it. But, I should have been using this time to lose the 18 pounds that I needed to shed…and not using it to gain another 5 pounds.

This morning, as it stands, I am now WAY too fat. I need to lose at least 17 pounds. Probably 21 pounds. And, in a perfect world, 23 pounds. Crap…that’s A LOT of fat to shed. At this point, I would be thrilled to lose 17 and would do a dance in the streets if it could be 20 or more.

But, I know it’s not going to happen on its own. I need to eat less, eat better, drink more water, and get more exercise. Sleeping better and more probably would be a good idea as well.

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Stress, Anxiety, Laziness, Apathy, Boredom, Anger, Fear

These are the reasons why I make bad food choices and/or over-eat. There’s nothing new or unique about it. But, I just felt like writing it down now.

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Better, But Not Good

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Beautiful conditions. Maybe perfect?

I hit the bump at the 2.16 mile mark. I had hoped to make it further. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 30:13.

It’s all better than the last two runs. But, not good. I have to keep trying.

I have now run 40.5 miles since Memorial Day.

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I’ll Take It

Went for a 5K run after breakfast today. My quads felt like CEMENT after Wednesday and the off day yesterday. Same deal. Hit the wall at 2.06 miles. Walked/ran from there. Total time was 32:05 which is terrible. But, these days, I will take it. Monster sweat.

I have now run 37.4 miles since Memorial Day.

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Whatever

I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. First time in 44 days. Tons of excuses – family, illness, weather, vacation plans, etc. But, in reality, it’s all about depression. Today, I finally said “Whatever” and pushed myself out there.

I had to do the walk/run thing at the 2.06 mile mark. It was hot out there! Total time for the 3.1 miles was 31:29. All things, considered, I will take it.

I have now run 34.1 miles since Memorial Day.

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187.6

I got on the scale this morning at home and it read 187.6 pounds. I am not sure how that’s happening? It’s probably all the stress.

In any event, as of this morning, I am 14 pounds overweight – in my view of things.

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Back Now

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It’s the first time in 12 days that I have been running. Too many things going on now – plus my depression. Although, I did go for two 3 mile (back to back) walks 4 days ago. (That’s what happens when you get a flat tire and you have to make sure your kid is somewhere they need to be…)

My time today was 29:09 – although I had to walk a bit at the 2.56 mile mark. (Just once.)

I have now run 31 miles since Memorial Day.

I also got on the scale this morning and it read 189.5 pounds. That’s disappointing but not shocking. It’s been a rough month. In fact, today is the one month plus a day anniversary of me finding out that I was getting laid off.

It’s time to put an end to the pity party and get my health in a better place.

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Tad Better

Still super depressed. It’s as bad as it’s ever been. Yet, I pushed myself to go for a 5K run before lunch today. It was super hot, like yesterday. Today, I got to the 2.6 mile mark before having to walk. Twice I had to cover a tenth mile with a fast walk. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:55, about the same as yesterday.

I have now run 27.9 miles since Memorial Day.

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Big Step Back

It’s been 6 days since I went for a run. Many excuses. But, it’s mostly depression about being laid off and guilt for the impact it’s already having on my family.

It was blistering hot this morning when I went out after breakfast. I wanted to run the whole 5K. No such luck. I was drenched with sweat. My energy was low. My spirits were even lower. I hit the wall at the 2.1 mile mark and had to walk 3 times to finish the 3.1 miles in 29 minutes flat.

I have now run 24.8 miles since Memorial Day. And, I need to do better.

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Nice

Went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Beautiful out. But, hot!

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 27:03 and had a kick at the end. Proud of this one.

I have now run 21.7 miles since Memorial Day.

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Awesome

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Perfect weather. First time running in five days.

I was filled with thoughts while running – on matters real and hypothetical. It must have helped. I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 27:33.

I have now run 18.6 miles since Memorial Day.

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Getting Slow?

I have been running, on and off, for 5 years now (thereabouts). Before that time, I never ran in my life. Sure, starting at 48 is better than never.

I used to be able to run a 5K in a time just under 26 minutes. I worked my way up to that time. However, in the past year, my average time seems to be closer to just a tick over 28 minutes.

So, what’s the story with those added two minutes? The difference between 48 and 53? Is it the extra 15 pounds or so that I am carrying? A combination of both? Well, I can’t get any younger. That means there’s only one way to find out.

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Good Run

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was a little later than usual. Intestinal distress. The lay-off thing is getting to me already. But, I know I will be hard pressed to run tomorrow and really had to get out there.

It was PERFECT running weather. Sunny, bright, just a touch of a baby breeze, and 68 °F with no sense of humidity. I wish I could bottle this weather.

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:19.

I have now run 15.5 miles since Memorial Day.

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Hot One

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. It was sunny and HOT. At the 2.2 mile mark, I had to break it down to a walk. Did that twice on the way to finishing. Total time was 29:04 for the 3.1 miles.

When I got home, my wife said that I looked like I needed to go to the hospital.

I have now run 12.4 miles since Memorial Day.

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Rage For A Bad Reason

“Our business directors have reviewed our department and your position has been eliminated.”

Not exactly the words that most people want to hear in the morning. So, I have been cast out into the world of the unemployed today. Wonderful. I only have a mortgage and six mouths to feed, including the two dogs.

So, before lunch, I went for a 5K run – full of rage. Took it out on the pavement. Ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:11.

I guess I will have a lot more time to run over the next couple of months or so. I have now run 9.3 miles since Memorial Day.

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Week 25 On The WW Return

They had me at 190 on the scale tonight – which is a loss of two-tenths of a pound.

But, what is a loss of THREE OUNCES…seriously? Plus, I was wearing shorts whereas I usually wear jeans when getting weighed in.

So, let’s call it no loss or no gain, thereabouts. Overall, I am down 9 pounds since I came back to WW roughly 6 months ago. That’s not much. But, at least I am not gaining.

I still need to lose 12-18 pounds. Let’s split the difference and call it 15 pounds.

It won’t happen until I start to follow the program better…which I have not been doing the last seven weeks.

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Attaboy

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was humid. But, it was overcast and cooler than the last few days.

While I was running, I thought about things that make me angry. And, for sure, that helped keep my mind distracted and my energy level high. I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 28:15. How about that!

I have now run 6.2 miles since Memorial Day.

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Weeks 23 & 24 On The WW Return

Late to the party with this post.

I missed WW last week. The meeting was the same night my mom went into surgery.

The week before, on May 19th, I weighed in at 190.2 pounds. That was a gain of eight-tenths of a pound.

It’s been creeping in the wrong direction. The first two weeks of April, I lost 5 pounds. That was the good run. Since April 14th, overall, I have gained 1.4 pounds and that put me at 190.2 pounds.

I haven’t been mindful of what I have been eating. Not at all. And, worse, the battery on my home scale went dead. That’s flying blind.

I got a new battery this afternoon and I weighed in (at home) at 190 pounds. I guess that’s good that I have not gained a ton of weight in the last 10 days. I will try and be better with what I eat this week and see if I can get this thing heading in the right direction. I still need to lose a lot of weight. I can afford to lose another 10 to 15 pounds.

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Good Bye Old Plan, Hello New Plan

I never did get those last 2 runs in before Memorial Day.

Why? Pick one! Thursday morning, I had to go to my son’s school to deal with a major crisis. It was serious. I got there at 8 AM. When I got home, I found out my 78-year old mother was being rushed to emergency surgery. So, I then had to run to the hospital and was there until late at night. Friday, my son was very sick – fever of 103. Between that, work, and being wiped out from the day before, I was cooked. Saturday and Sunday, my son was still very sick. Tending to him while also trying not to ruin my daughter’s holiday weekend took up all my time. Plus, somehow, I got a nasty pull in my ribs/back that made breathing painful. Forget about running.

Today, I had to get out there. It was HOT and HUMID. But, I went for a 5K run after breakfast. Less than 2 miles into it, I was covered with sweat. Literally, I looked like I just jumped into a pool or something.

At the 2.4 mile mark, I had to break down to a walk. Did that twice between there and the finish. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:50. (Ugh!)

Anyway, I have a new plan. Between today and next Memorial Day, I want to run at least 310 miles. And, now I have 3.1 of them done. This should not be that hard. Basically, if I went for a run JUST TWICE A WEEK, that would give me 322.4 miles. Really, I should be able to easily get something close to 350-400 miles. But, I am factoring in for the stupid things like weather, illness, etc. Even with all that stuff, I should be able to get in 310 miles. Last year, I got in 272.8 miles and that was with missing A TON of time.

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One Step Forward, Another Back

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Near record setting heat today. Other than that, it was beautiful outside.

At the 2.5 mile mark, I had to walk to a tenth mile. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:53.

Can I blame the heat? I have now run 272.8 miles since last Memorial Day.

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I’m Back

I went for a 5K run before lunch today.

It was overcast – chance of scattered thunderstorms kind of day. Humid.

My mind was on other things. And, that always helps. I ran the entire 3.1 miles. My time was 28:18. It’s all good.

I have now run 269.7 miles since last Memorial Day. I want to get at least 3 more 5K runs in over the next 6 days. That will give me 90 in the year between Memorial Days. That’s way off my original goal. But, it gives me a nice round number and then I can at least say that I averaged “about two” runs per week this year.

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Step Back

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. Super nice day. Blue skies, sunny and hot.

Around 1.5 miles in, I got a bad ass cramp in my left arch. But, I limped along until it went away. Tough guy points for that one. But, I had to walk for a tenth mile at the 2.4 mile mark. I ran the rest of the way. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:25 – about the same time as last time.

I have now run 266.6 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Victory!

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Nice day. And, I was feeling good about myself.

I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 28:05. And, I had something left towards the end. Can’t even remember the last time that happened?

I have now run 263.5 miles since last Memorial Day. That’s 85 personal 5K runs.

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Same Or Maybe Better?

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I actually felt pretty strong doing it. At the 2.5 mile mark, I walked for a tenth of a mile. Then, I ran the rest of the way. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:17 (which is faster than last time). I think I am getting better at this – or, at the worst, I am staying the same.

I have now run 260.4 miles since last Memorial Day.

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