Step Backwards

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was hot and the sun was blistering.

It did not go well. At the 2.45 mile mark, I broke down into a walk. From there, I did the alternating walk/run thing and finished the 3.1 miles in 30:42. I really thought I was past all this?

Tomorrow is going to be an off-day due to work and family obligations. So, on Thursday, I really need to get out there and do better.

I now have 593.8 miles to go on my goal.

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And, It Begins Here

I went for a 5K run at 10:30 AM today. I should probably start earlier. The sun was blazing.

About one-quarter mile in, another runner – much younger than me – crossed my path, smiled, and waved hello. That made an old fat man feel like he was part of a community. About one mile in, the sweat was pouring off of me.

This one was hard. But, with the aid of my iPod Nano, I pushed and ran the whole 3.1 miles without stopping. Time was 29:36 – which is not good.

When I got home, I drank 32 ounces of water. No joke. I would have drank more – but I feared it would make me sick. Thirty minutes after the run, I was still sweating like a pig.

I now have 596.9 miles to go on my goal.

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Four In A Row – With Better Time!

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Beautiful day outside.

For the 4th time in a row, I was able to run the while 3.1 miles. And, my time today was 28:28 for the route. That’s much better than lately.

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That’s Three In A Row (For The Fat Man)

Yesterday was an off-day. Today, it was beautiful out except for a somewhat decent breeze in spots. So, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

This is the 3rd time in a row I was able to cover the 3.1 miles without breaking down. It was hard. And, I had to play mind games with myself to occupy my thoughts. Also, my left knee was somewhat sore. But, I ran it in 29 minutes and 9 seconds – which is my best time since being able to run again without stopping.

It’s all good. And, I am looking forward to the next run before it starts to count on Monday.

Now, the bad news. I got on the scale before the run and it read 190 pounds. That’s TERRIBLE – and it explains why my clothes are so tight! I have no one to blame there but myself. Too much pizza. Too much fast food. Too many cookies. Too many sweets in general. I need to get that down by 15 pounds over the next 8 weeks – which means I need to do better with my food choices and portions.

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Did It Again

I went for a 5K run before lunch today and I was able to run the entire 3.1 miles without breaking it down. That’s two in a row and two days in a row.

I won’t lie – it was hard. My left knee was stiff and I was running into the wind in some spots. But, I pushed myself and worked up a monster sweat. Total time was 29:50 for the route. That’s not great. But, the important thing is that it replicates yesterday. And, I’ll take it.

Tomorrow may be an off-day – have to see how my knee feels.

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Better Yet

I went for a 5K run after breakfast this morning. Another humid day. Worked up a big sweat.

More importantly, I covered the 3.1 miles without having to stop running. This is huge. It’s been longer since I can remember since that last happened.

Total time for the run was 29 minutes and 21 seconds. That’s slow. But, one goal at a time.

This is the 4th time in the last 6 days that I have gone for a run. I feel great about it.

I have 5 more days until I start my Memorial Day running goal. And, I hope to get in a lot more runs between now and next Monday.

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Still Better & Building

I could not get out for a run on Saturday or Sunday. But, I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast.

Strange weather: Foggy, cool, slight breeze – yet, fairly humid.

I got to the 2.7 mile mark before breaking down to an alternating walk/jog. And, if needed, I may have been able to push myself for more. That’s slightly better than last time.

And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 29 minutes and 46 seconds. Not close to good. But, again, better than last time.

I just need to keep building on these efforts.

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A Little Bit Better

After not running for 64 days, today, after breakfast, I went running for the second day in a row. The weather was perfect.

I got to the 2.4 mile mark of the 5K route before having to break down into an alternating walk/jog. That’s better than yesterday.

My total time for the 3.1 miles was the exact same as yesterday: 30 minutes on the nose. That’s not so good.

I may not get to run tomorrow. And, if I do it on Sunday, it will have to be late in the day. So, I am glad that I got out there this morning.

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First Run In A Long Time

Today, I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It’s been 64 days since I last went for a run. And, I had no expectations heading into this one.

Funny, even though it’s been so long and I have allowed myself to get so fat, I was able to get to the 2.17 mile mark before needing to break down into the alternating walk/jog to complete the 3.1 miles. As crazy as it sounds, that’s a positive. I sincerely expected that I would not be able to make 1.5 miles when I walked out the front door, all things considered.

On the bad side, it took me 30 minutes to complete the circuit. And, for a BEAUTIFUL DAY on a neutral route, my time should be close to 26 minutes (when I was at my best conditioning). So, I need to get faster.

But, one thing at a time. The first goal now is to get in 3.1 miles without having to break down into a walk. Then, it’s to do it consistently. Once done, then I can worry about shaving minutes.

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If I Could Run 600 Miles

It’s been forever since I have been running. And, it’s been longer than that since I was running well.

Every time I see someone running, I feel terrible. I want to be running again.

Last night, I came up with a plan for a goal. I want to start running again on Memorial Day weekend. And, I want to run each week as time, health and other conditions allow – and I want to run a total of 600 miles between Memorial Day 2015 and Memorial Day 2016.

That would be running a 5K three or four times a week, thereabouts, on average. And, while that’s not easy, it’s not impossible either – if one is dedicated.

This is something that I really need to do – for my health, both physical and mental. I think I will feel better in a million ways, from my waist to my self-esteem, if I can get focused and attack this plan.

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Need To Lose 9 Pounds

Today, I got on the scale for the first time in a long time, and it read 184.7 pounds.

To be honest, I am surprised that it didn’t read 194 pounds.

I am not exercising. I am sitting around too much. I am mindlessly eating crap all the time – still with the cookies, nuts and chips. I polished off the remains of my son’s birthday cake all by myself. I am not eating much fruit at all. I am eating zero veggies – other than fried onion rings and eggplant. I am eating too much fluffy white bread.

I think about how I need to lose weight. And, I know what I need to do, but, it doesn’t stop me from popping cookies into my mouth.

It’s frustrating. I don’t like having to sort through the laundry to find clothes that I can squeeze into (because most things no longer fit). But, I don’t want to starve myself either.

In any event, I really need to lose 9 pounds. It would be awesome to lose 13. But, that would be greedy at this point. If I can drop 9 before June gets here, then the summer would be a lot better.

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I Am Fat, Again

I got on the scale this morning and it read 185.2 pounds.

Since I am eating chips, nuts and cookies around the clock like they are going out of style, this is no shock.

So many days, I have said to myself “TODAY is the day to start tracking and get back with the program.” But, I fail – over and over again. Now, I am ten pounds over weight. And, it only took me 7 weeks for it to happen.

Worse, when I think about getting back on program, it seems impossible.

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Getting Back On Track

I jumped on the scale at home this morning and it read 179.6 pounds. But, that was on an empty stomach. And, I am sure if I got on it after eating something, it would be closer to 181 pounds.

I have not been tracking in a long time. Worse, I am eating way too much food.

Lately, I am starving all the time. And, it seems like, if I eat what I need to eat to maintain my lower weight, it’s just not enough food. But, I am trying to get back on track. In fact, I am tracking today for the first time in forever. It’s a start.

It’s been a while since I have been to Weight Watchers. I dread getting on the scale there.

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Weight Watchers – Week 18

I never did go to Weight Watchers yesterday. But, I weighed myself on my scale at home and it was 180.8 pounds. So, I gained another couple of pounds in the last week. I want to work this off before I go back to Weight Watchers. If I can get it down to 178 or so, then I will go back for the public weigh-in.

It has been hard. I want to eat all day long lately. And, it seems impossible to get by on what’s allowed in my daily points allowance.

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Workout – 3/11/15

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Yesterday, my legs were “I can barely walk” sore. Today, they were a little better – but still very sore. Yet, I pushed myself to get out there this morning.

I didn’t hit the walk/jog wall until the 2.06 mile mark. And, that’s a big improvement over last time. And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 31 minutes and 7 seconds. For me, that’s really bad. But, compared to last time, that’s also a big improvement.

I may skip my weigh-in at Weight Watchers tonight. That’s something I would never do in the past. But, the thought of going there and seeing a big gain, after I gained last week, is just too much. I would rather give myself a week to drive the number down before going on a public scale again. Maybe later I will change my mind? I have to see how the day goes…at least it will be warm. Maybe I can cheat and wear shorts to the weigh-in?

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Workout – 3/9/15

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. It’s been 3 months since my last run. Three months since my wife’s second surgery. And, it was warm and sunny outside for the first time since anyone can remember. Basically, I ran out of excuses not to run.

It was terrible. I hit the wall at the 1.3 mile mark and did the alternating walk-jog the rest of the way from there. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 33 minutes and 17 seconds. That’s embarrassing. I need to start tracking my food, running more often, and get back on the health wagon.

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Weight Watchers – Week 17

O.K, now I am concerned. I was up 1.8 pounds on the scale today.

It’s not shocking. I have become totally lazy and apathetic. I am snacking too much, eating crap for meals, over-eating, and, totally given up on tracking. Why? I am not sure. Maybe it’s depression?

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Weight Watchers – Week 16

I gained six-tenths of a pound this week. Overall, I am still down 16.8 pounds in 16 weeks – putting me at 176 pounds (from 192.8 pounds). I’m not overly concerned about it right now.

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Weight Watchers – Week 15

I lost six-tenths of a pound this week. That’s now down 17.4 pounds (overall) in 15 weeks – putting me at 175.4 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

I have no idea how this happened? Personally, I think I am snacking between meals too much – and not eating enough fruit and veggies. Yet, this week, I not only did not gain weight – but, the number went down.

I’ll take it. But, I really don’t understand it – especially when I consider what I ate and when I ate it this week.

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Weight Watchers – Week 14

I lost 1.2 pounds this week. That’s now down 16.8 pounds (overall) in fourteen weeks – putting me at 176 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

To be honest, I am SHOCKED.

This past week, I over ate. I was way too liberal with my “small don’t track” snacking. And, on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, I flat out PIGGED OUT. And, yet, somehow, I lost weight this week?

I think the scale at Weight Watchers might be broken.

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Weight Watchers – Week 13

I gained two-tenths of a pound this week. Overall, I am still down 15.6 pounds in thirteen weeks – putting me at 177.2 pounds (from 192.8 pounds). But, this is now two weeks in a row that I have gained rather than lost or stayed the same.

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Weight Watchers – Week 12

I gained four-tenths of a pound this week.

What’s that? It’s less than half a pound. No biggie, right?

Actually, I am surprised it is not more. Lately, I have been snacking too much on cashews, granola and dried pineapple slices. And, I have not been tracking them. I need to do better in that area.

Overall, I am still down 15.8 pounds in twelve weeks – putting me at 177 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

I would like to lose 5 more pounds. And, it’s possible. I just need to be better at the mindless snacking and not tracking it.

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Weight Watchers – Week 11

I lost eight-tenths of a  pound this week.  That’s now down 16.2 pounds (overall) in eleven weeks – putting me at 176.6 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

To be honest, I am shocked.   All things considered this week, I expected to at least see a small gain this week.  However, in the last seven WW weigh-ins, I have not gained any weight each time I got on the scale.

On December 3rd, my weight was 183.2 pounds.  And, since that time, I have lost 6.6 pounds (over these last seven weigh-ins).

Now, I have a scent for the finish line.  I want to lose another 4-5 pounds and get down to my magic number of 172 pounds – and then maintain that number.

It won’t be easy.  It will take hard work and focus.  But, getting there can be done in two or three weeks if I really apply myself.  Of course, keeping it there once I reach that goal is another whole story.

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Weight Watchers – Week 10

Zero change on the scale this week.  I’m still at 177.4 pounds which is down 15.4 pounds (overall) in ten weeks – from 192.8 pounds.  I’m somewhat surprised that there was no gain this week as I have become looser with my tracking.  I need to do better with that – because I feel like I am slipping too much and will start to gain some weight as a result.  (And, I still want to lose 5 more pounds.)

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Weight Watchers – Week 9

I lost two-tenths of a  pound this week.  That’s now down 15.4 pounds (overall) in nine weeks – putting me at 177.4 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

Actually, I am shocked that it was not a gain this week.

I had some terrible eating days over the last week.  On New Year’s Eve, we went out to lunch and I had half a brownie sundae that was 25 WW points by itself.  On January 4th, we went out for breakfast and I had a 36 WW point pig out spread.  (That’s more than the number of points I am allowed in a day!)  And, to top it off, I had Chinese food for dinner that night.

But, for the last 3 days, I was very on top of my food choices.  And, other than those two really bad days, I worked hard to stay within my points allowed for the day – no matter what it took.

Staying the same, basically, on the scale is a victory this week.  Now it’s  time to get back to business and lose another five pounds.  That’s my goal.

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