Rooster Run, Kinda

I did not go for a run yesterday – too many family priorities. Worse, I ate like a pig yesterday. (Thank you, stress.)

So, I set my alarm for 6 AM this morning to get up and go for a 5K run. Well, I didn’t get out of bed until 6:25 AM. But, I got out. And, I didn’t feel like running. But, I got out there.

Today, I hit the wall at 2.37 miles. (That’s progress.) And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:56. (And, that’s progress too.) Now, I need to build on those numbers.

Oh, and, my heart felt fine. I don’t even think about it.

I now have 507 miles to go on my goal.

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Early Progress

I jumped out of bed at 6 AM and hit the scale. It read 194.1 pounds today. That’s down 2.6 pounds from yesterday – which means some of that number yesterday was retention from vacation. But, even with that eliminated, the number is still too high and I need to lose 25 pounds. (Or, as my buddy calls it “5 bags of sugar.”)

I also went for a 5K run at 6:30 AM before breakfast. Today, I got to 2 miles before breaking down to the walk/jog. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 31 minutes flat. That’s not great. But, it’s better than yesterday. So, I will take it.

My heart felt fine during it. And, I now have 510.1 miles to go on my goal.

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2015 Year End Goal

At the end of 2015, I want to weigh less than 170 pounds.

I don’t care if it’s 169.9 or 168 pounds. As long as the number on the scale for me, on December 31st 2015, is less than 170 pounds. Then I will feel like I have accomplished something and be where I need to be with my weight.

I’ve got 4 months (or 122 days) to make it happen. It’s my focus now.

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Back To Running

For the first time in 33 days, I went for a 5K run. While I am still waiting on some tests for my heart concerns, I decided that I needed to go for a run today. In fact, I got up early (for me) and went out at 7:30 AM, before breakfast, while the sun was just starting to come up (and it was not hot outside).

Of course, it was hard. I am 25 pounds overweight. And, I have not run in close to 5 weeks. Also, when I was last running, in July, I was not doing all that great. So, why wouldn’t today be hard?

At the 1.6 mile mark, I broke down into a walk. And, from there, I did the alternating walk/jog. In total, my time for the 3.1 miles was 31:10 – which means I have a lot to improve on, next time.

The good news is that my heart felt O.K. afterwards – not great, but, not terrible either. I think I had a slight flutter about 30 minutes after the run, if that? (It’s hard for me now – as I don’t know if I am having them or if it’s in my head these days.)

I now have 513.2 miles to go on my goal. And, I know it’s a goal that’s going to be hard to reach since I missed a month. But, I am taking it one day at a time now and not worrying about where I will be 9 months from now.

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Going Back To Weight Watchers

Before I got on the scale today, I already decided that I was going back to Weight Watchers. (Pretty sure March 4th was the last time I weighed in there.)

We were in Disney last week. Before we left, my son was teasing me with “When was the last time you actually did ONE sit-up?” And, while there, my wife cracked this joke to the kids: “Don’t be afraid of the ride. If you get scared, just grab on to daddy’s handles – they’re big enough for all of us.” Those stung. Combing that with the fact that I had to squeeze into my “big shorts” everyday there was enough to push me back to Weight Watchers. (I know, if done properly, the program works.) That’s motivation that I have been missing lately.

Or course, when at Disney, I over-ate, everyday and every meal. I probably had 3 times as many calories as I needed each day, at a minimum.

This morning, I jumped on the scale and it read 196.7 pounds. I expected it to be high – but, not that high.

That’s 24.7 pounds more than my ideal weight. But, I don’t even want to stop there. I want to lose 28 pounds. And, I will not rest until I see it happen.

I started Weight Watchers in June of 2006 when I was at a low point…or should I say heaviest point? And, for SIX YEARS running I was awesome with the program. But, the last two and a half years (or so) have been bad news. And, that’s long enough. Now, I am motivated to get back to where I was before the summer of 2013.

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Heart Issue Has Me Running Scared

I never felt right after that run on July 27th. I had a fluttering feeling in my left chest soon after that rarely went away and which kept me up at night. After a week of it, I went to a doctor and he said that I had a mitral valve insufficiency (after a couple of tests). I have since gone for another opinion. And, the second cardiologist thinks maybe it’s not a major thing and it depends on which chamber has an issue. So, he has me doing more tests.

I do know that I need to lose weight. And, I probably was over caffeinated and dehydrated when this all started.

Ideally, I need to lose 20 pounds. (I am at 192 this morning.) But, at this point, I would be thrilled to see the scale read 177 pounds. So, if I could lose 15 pounds, that would be great.

And, there’s an element of this now that’s in my head. Basically, I am hearing footsteps. I am too aware of my heart beat now and thinking too much about it.

I think I would like to try and run this week and see how it goes. But, I am afraid if I do it, and push myself, like I did on July 27th and 29th, then I may just bring the whole thing back. Maybe I will wait until September?

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Oven Roasted

I did not go for a run yesterday. After my run on Monday, I felt terrible. I think I was very dehydrated. Literally, I crashed. It was so bad that I was considering seeing someone. I felt a little better on Tuesday and I figured it made sense to give it another day.

This morning, after breakfast, I decided to go for a 5K run. When I opened the front door, it felt like an oven outside. I have no idea what the official reading is for today. But, to me, clearly, it felt like the hottest day of the year. Nonetheless, as stupid as it probably was, I went running.

I got to the 2.4 mile mark and then caved. My total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:27.

I now have 516.3 miles to go on my goal.

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Push It

I got on the scale today and it read 192 pounds. Ugh. That’s terrible – but, it’s all my own doing.

After breakfast, I went for a 5K run. It was SUPER HUMID out there. Monster humid. But, I pushed myself and I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 27:44 which is remarkable, considering the humidity, my weight and how I have been running lately.

It was hard – very, very, hard. And, I had to push myself. (Maybe too hard? I did have a small bladder issue when I finished. Oh, it’s a joy getting old.)

I now have 519.4 miles to go on my goal. And, that means I have run 80.6 miles since Memorial Day. That’s not the pace that I need – so, I may have to start running longer when I do get out there.

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Finally Back At It

It’s been 11 days since I last went for a run. Too much work and family stuff lately. I really need to start getting out there early, like 7 AM, before the day gets in the way.

I went today before lunch, after a big breakfast, for a 5K run. It was hot. As expected, with the layoff and the heat, I hit that wall at the 2.5 mile mark and had to walk and jog the rest of the way. My time for the 3.1 miles was 28:20.

I now have 522.5 miles to go on my goal.

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Rage Run

I did not run yesterday. My back hurt in the morning and I had too much to do later in the day. And, I doubt I will be running this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At best, maybe I get in one run this weekend. So, I really had to get out there today – and need to get in some later this week as well.

I did a 5K after breakfast. I was mad. I was mad about being fat, mad that my runs have not been great, and mad over some stuff at home. I used that rage to push me through the run.

It was SUPER humid out there. But, I did the whole 3.1 miles without breaking down in 27:59. And, that’s good these days.

I now have 525.6 miles to go on my goal.

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190

This morning I got on the scale and it read 190 pounds.

Seriously?

That’s 18 pounds more than my perfect weight. And, it’s 13 pounds more than a happy weight for me.

It’s my own fault. I have been snacking on crap like a mad man lately. And, I cannot afford to let that happen.

I am now a man on a mission. I want that number to be below 180 by the time we take our family vacation at the end of August. Failure is not an option.

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Disaster Run

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.

It was SUPER hot out – even at that early part of the day.

Three-tenths of a mile into the run, my back locked up. It felt like I had been shot. I literally screamed out in pain when it happened. For a split second, I thought about stopping. But, I help running – hoping that it would loosen up as I kept going.

At the 2.2 mile mark of the run, between the back and the heat, I just broke down. From there, I did the alternating walk/jog to complete the 3.1 miles in 29:23.

I now have 528.7 miles to go on my goal.

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It’s A Beautiful Day

I never got to run on Wednesday or Thursday. Too much work, family and bad weather stuff. So, I really wanted to get out there today. And, it was perfect running weather today – at least for me.

I went for a 5K run right after breakfast. And, I did the 3.1 miles in 27:30 – which is great these days for me.

To be honest, it was hard. And, I had to play all my mind tricks to the hilt. But, I got through it and had something left for a kick at the end.

I now have 531.8 miles to go on my goal.

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600 Miles Goal Pulse Check

In the last 44 days, I have gone for a 5K run 21 times. That’s basically one run every two days. Or, it’s a pace of three and a third 5K runs per week.

At this pace, it’s going to leave me about 60 miles, or 20 5K runs, short of my goal (of 600 miles between Memorial Days).

And, that’s not even factoring in vacation times where I might go a week without running, or, what might happen in the winter when it starts to snow.

I need to pick up the pace and get myself some wiggle room. Ideally, I better start getting out there 4 to 5 times a week.

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Wilted

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was very hot and super humid out there. Half way through and the sweat was splashing off me. Sadly, I caved at the 2.4 mile mark and did the alternating walk/jog the rest of the way. My time was 29:06 for the 3.1 miles. I feel very weak minded, allowing this to happen.

I now have 534.9 miles to go on my goal.

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Monday Run

I did not get to run on July 3rd, 4th or 5th. We were attending a baseball tournament for my son and it was far away. So, it was important to get out there today. And, I went for a 5K run in between breakfast and lunch.

It was super humid out there. And, it was a little hard running at first. But, it got better in the middle. At the end, I felt like I was going to puke. But, I made the whole 3.1 miles without breaking down. My time was 27:54 today.

I now have 538.0 miles to go on my goal.

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Back At It

I did not go for a run on Monday or Tuesday because of work and family stuff that I needed to attend. And, yesterday, Wednesday, I was in the city for 9 hours. Tack on 3 hours commuting, and that was the whole day. Worse, I ate like a PIG in the city. WAY TOO MUCH food for one day. And, bad choices.

So, it was important to get out there today. And, I went for a 5K run just after breakfast and not too far after sunrise.

I covered the 3.1 miles without stopping in 27:51 and it didn’t seem that hard. Go figure?

I now have 541.1 miles to go on my goal.

I do need to step up the frequency of my runs over the next two months before our summer end vacation.

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Wow

I had to take the last 4 days off because of a respiratory infection. (A gift from my wife and daughter.) But, today, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

I had to do it without music since my Nano battery was dead. Can’t remember the last time I did that?

It was cool out this morning. And, I was running in a light, misty, rain.

Guess what? I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:16. How did that happen, coming off being sick, without music, etc.?

I now have 544.2 miles to go on my goal.

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Waiting On The Scale

I got on the scale this morning and it read 185.6 pounds. But, I have been sick and dehydrated for the past week. So, is that a real number? Did I really lose 2.3 pounds? Probably better to see what the number is next week before planning any weight loss celebrations.

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Bad Day Or Good Day?

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a cough. But, I have no idea if it’s hay fever or the killer respiratory thing that my daughter, wife, and everyone else seems to have? So, I pushed myself and went for a 5K run after breakfast.

It was hot, sunny AND humid. Actually, it felt MAJOR HUMID. One mile into the run and I was dripping with sweat.

This one was not good. My legs felt heavy. Overall, I was just not feeling good. And, man, was I sweating.

At the 2.25 mile mark, I just gave up. I can’t say that I hit the wall. It’s really more like just not having the will and giving up. From there, I did the alternating walk/jog thing. My time for the 3.1 miles was 30 minutes on the nose.

That’s the bad part. I guess the good part is that I went out and did it.

I now have 547.3 miles to go on my goal.

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Better Day

I never got to run this weekend. Too much baseball stuff on Saturday and Father’s Day. So, it was important for me to get out there today. Plus, the last couple of runs were not good.

It was sunny and hot. But, I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was hard. But, I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:22. Granted, at the end, I really felt like I was going to puke.

I need to get out there more frequently. And, maybe earlier in the day.

I now have 550.4 miles to go on my goal.

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Weight The Same Last 3 Weeks

I was 187.9 on the scale today. Pretty much where I have been for 3 weeks now. Stuck there – even with all my running.

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Still Bad

I took yesterday off.

Today, it was hazy and humid out there. I was tired – got very little sleep again last night. And, I had a very stressful morning. Those are all excuses. But, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.

Broke down again. It was hard to breathe and I wasn’t into it. This time it was at the 2.5 mile mark. My total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:06.

I now have 553.5 miles to go on my goal.

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Step Backwards

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was not good.

I was tired – up very late last night and up early today. And, the sun was very strong. Excuses? Maybe? But, I hit the wall at the 2.4 mile mark and had to do the alternating walk/jog from there. My time for the 3.1 miles was 29 minutes on the nose.

I now have 556.6 miles to go on my goal.

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Push It

I did not feel like going for a 5K run today. I was tired and a bit stressed. Worse, I feel like a fat whale because of all the cake and junk I have been eating for the past 4 days. Literally, I feel like I am lugging a spare tire around my waist.

But, I pushed myself to get out there.

There was no sun. But, it was CRAZY stupid SUPER humid out there.

Running was hard. However, my mind was full of racing thoughts on three different issues that I am dealing with now. And, that helped. My time was actually 27:44 for the 3.1 miles and I ran the whole thing – working up a monster sweat.

Go figure.

I now have 559.7 miles to go on my goal.

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