Back At It

I went for a 5K run before lunch today.  I was not really in the mood for it.  And, it was chilly – fifty, but, with NO SUN.  Yet, I really had no excuse not to go.

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 29:47.  Better than nothing.

I have now run 198.4 miles since Memorial Day.  I am never going to get that 310 goal.  I won’t even match the 272.8 miles that I did the year before this goal.  At this rate, I would be luck to hit 250 miles this go-round.

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Trying

I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  First time out in nearly three weeks.  It was perfect weather out  there – sunny, fifty and a slight breeze.

The battery in my GPS went dead.  I probably covered the 3.1 miles in 29:45, which I will take – all things considered.

I have now run 195.3 miles since Memorial Day.

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199

That’s the number on the scale today.  Pretty much what it was 10 weeks ago too.

Thanks to Facebook, I recently was reminded of a photo of me from this time 5 years ago.  It was a post-race photo.  At that time, I weighed 172 pounds.  My wife was shocked when I showed her the photo.  That hurt.  She’s also been ragging on me, when she has the chance, about my weight now.

It’s no secret that I need to lose 20-25 pounds.  I feel it.  I can barely get into my “fat jeans” and it’s a struggle to find a t-shirt that fits without being embarrassing.  And, I know what I need to do to lose the weight.  Yet, I can’t seem to control myself.

I’ll be 55 in about 6 months.  It’s amazing how much I have fallen in the last 5 years.

It really started once I began working from home, 100%, at the start of 2013.  Being out of work for the last 10 months as only made it worse.

I’m really at a tipping point in so many ways.  The biggest question now is the matter of the direction from here.  Keep going south, or, turn it around?

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Not Dead Yet

I went for a 5K  run at 10:30 AM today.  First time out in 9 days.  Same old excuses.

It was cool – in the low 40′s – but, sunny.  I ran the whole 3.1 miles and finished strong.  Total time was 29:10.

I have now run 192.2 miles since Memorial Day.

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Trying To Get Back

I went for a 5K run before lunch today.  First time out in THREE WEEKS.  All sorts of excuses – depression, job interviews, weather – including a fluke snow and ice storm last week!

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 29:50.  It was HARD.  But, at least I ran the whole thing.

I have now run 189.1 miles since Memorial Day.

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Blah

I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. It was warm (55 degrees) but cloudy.  (It started to rain on me as I was finishing.)

This was my first time out in 5 days.  I had family stuff over the weekend and I had job interviews to deal with on Monday and Tuesday.

I wasn’t really into it.  I am just too depressed and stressed over the job stuff.  It’s been more than 8 months since I was laid off and it now being a new month, and a new round of bills, is pushing me over the edge.

But, I went anyway.  At the onset, I got a cramp/pull in my right arch.  But, I powered through it.

Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:57.  Blah.

I have now run 186 miles since Memorial Day.

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What Just Happened?

I had things to do today.  But, it was sunny and sixty out at 9:30 AM today.  Seriously! On February 24th!  My goodness…

So, how could I not go for a 5K run?  I really pushed myself out there today.  And, it was hard.  But, I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:16.  Yes, that’s right…

I have now run 182.9 miles since Memorial Day.

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Wow

It was another crazy weather day, today, like yesterday.  So, I just had to get out there for a 5K run before lunch.

I felt pretty strong.  And, my mind was really distracted.  I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 29 minutes flat.

I have now run 179.8 miles since Memorial Day.

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3 Weeks In On The Latest Plan

Here’s what we have so far:

Date Weight Change Day
2/2/2017 201.7 1
2/3/2017 200.6 -1.1 2
2/4/2017 199.2 -2.5 3
2/5/2017 198.1 -3.6 4
2/6/2017 198.6 -3.1 5
2/7/2017 196.8 -4.9 6
2/8/2017 194.7 -7.0 7
2/9/2017 195.5 -6.2 8
2/10/2017 195.9 -5.8 9
2/12/2017 197.3 -4.4 11
2/13/2017 198.3 -3.4 12
2/14/2017 198.3 -3.4 13
2/15/2017 197.7 -4.0 14
2/16/2017 200.0 -1.7 15
2/20/2017 198.5 -3.2 19
2/22/2017 196.9 -4.8 21

It’s a bit of a roller coaster.  But, it’s almost 5 pounds in 3 weeks.  That’s better than nothing or gaining.  I want to give it another month and see what happens.

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Really

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. It was overcast – but, fifty degrees (!) when I headed out.

For kicks, I decided to run my toughest “normal” route. And, I cannot remember the last time I ran that way.

And, I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:55. That’s all good.

I have now run 176.7 miles since Memorial Day.

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Bueno

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Perfect running weather – sunny, fifty, and just a breeze in some spots.

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:37. Felt strong at the end too.

I have now run 173.6 miles since Memorial Day.

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O.K.

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It’s been 9 days since the last time. Some of that was due to the snow. A lot of it was due to me being a failure.

I ran the entire 3.1 miles today in 29:24. It was grey and about 40 degrees. Felt colder. I was actually cold for the first mile but then heated up nicely.

I have now run 170.5 miles since Memorial Day. That’s 55 personal 5K’s.

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What’s The Date?

It’s February 8th. I went for a 5K run today before lunch – wearing shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt, because it was 50 degrees outside! And, it’s supposed to go up to 60 later today! Of course, the forecast for tomorrow is for a foot of snow. And, I am not kidding!

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 29:10. That’s about the same as last time.

I have now run 167.4 miles since Memorial Day.

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Hard

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was cool; but, sunny.

Today was HARD. I really had to PUSH myself. But, I did it. I ran the whole 3.1 miles, although my time was 29:07.

I have now run 164.3 miles since Memorial Day.

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Progress

The plan seems to be working so far…

Date – Weight
2/2/2017 – 201.7
2/3/2017 – 200.6
2/4/2017 – 199.2
2/5/2017 – 198.1

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I’ll Take It

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. First time out in a week. It was sunny – but cool. In fact, I was cold for the first mile – although I was sweating like a pig at the end.

I ran the whole way – which is amazing, considering how fat I am now – and my time for the 3.1 miles was 29 minutes flat. And, I’ll take it.

I have now run 161.2 miles since Memorial Day.

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Five For Fighting

I recently had some sad moments dealing with pants that barely fit and shirts that won’t fit. And, it’s things like that which are a huge slap in the face.

I need to do something to make a dent towards the effort to lose my extra weight. And, I have come up with five DAILY things that should be easy to do, and, which, if done with conviction, should lead to (at least) losing a few pounds over the next month or so. They are:

  1. Weigh myself and note the weight everyday, or as close to daily as possible.
  2. Stop eating at 7:30 PM everyday. (I seem to do a lot of mindless and stress snacking at night when there’s really no need for it. I should be able to go the 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours between the end of dinner and bedtime without stuffing my face.)
  3. Drink a huge glass of water at the completion of every meal.
  4. Limit my “daily bread” to just one meal per day. (Having a bagel for breakfast, a hero for lunch and pizza for dinner is not going to help anyone lose weight.)
  5. Never eat inside my car for any reason.

Seriously, how hard can it be to do these 5 things? There’s no excuse for not doing it. And, if they work, maybe in a month or so, I can add some more like “Eat at least 3 servings of fruit and/or veggies per day”?

It starts today.

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I Am Nearly 25 Pounds Overweight

I got on the scale this morning after breakfast and it read 201.7 pounds. I have no idea when was the last time I was this heavy. It’s 24.7 pounds more than my ideal weight. This needs to change. It cannot be allowed to get any worse.

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Bad & Good

First, the bad news. I got on the scale after breakfast today. It read 198.2 pounds. That’s about what it’s been lately and it’s 21 pounds too many.

I did go for a 5K run after breakfast as well. First time out in nearly a week. But, we had a Nor’easter here the last two days and got pounded with wind and rain.

Today was much nicer: 40 and sunny when I was out there. I wanted to push myself hard to see how good I could do – and I did it. I really pushed and pushed and didn’t quit, no matter what. And, I covered the 3.1 miles in 28:48 – which is probably my best time since a couple of months ago.

But, it’s NO WHERE near where I was four years ago. Hard to be believe I got 4 minutes slow in 4 years. But, that’s a fact, jack.

I have now run 158.1 miles since Memorial Day.

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Wow

Sunny and really warm (45) today. So, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.

It was HARD and I had to use all the tricks. But, I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 29:09. Wow.

I have now run 155 miles since Memorial Day. That’s about 8 weeks behind schedule to make my goal. Needless to say, if that goal is to be met, I need to step it up.

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How Did That Happen?

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. I was thinking that it would be too cold – for me! – because it was 35 with a real feel of 30. But, the sun is SO STRONG today that I could not resist getting out there…cold, it being a Sunday, whatever.

And, I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 29:14. Boy, that felt good!!

I have now run 151.9 miles since Memorial Day.

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That Sucked

I went for a run in between breakfast and lunch today. It was a crazy 60 degrees out there!!! I got to the 2.4 mile mark and then I had to walk twice. I covered the whole 3.1 miles in 30:12. That’s worse than yesterday.

I have now run 148.8 miles since Memorial Day.

Two more runs will give me fifty 5K runs since Memorial Day last year.

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Better

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. First time out there in a week. Really, no excuse not to get out there. It’s sunny and a freaky 45 degrees out there.

I had to walk from 2.4 to 2.5 miles. Mostly mental weakness. I can do better with that stuff.

Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:49 – which is better than last time.

I have now run 145.7 miles since Memorial Day.

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196.2

That was the number on the scale before lunch today. Pretty much the same as last time. But, at least it’s not worse. Still, it’s 19 pounds too many.

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Ugh

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. First attempted run in over 3 weeks. It was brutal. All this extra weight probably didn’t help.

I got to 2.07 miles before having to break down into a walk. And, it was HARD to get that far. In total, it took me 30:35 to cover the 3.1 miles.

Better than nothing. Worked up a sweat.

I have now run 142.6 miles since Memorial Day.

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