Category Archives: Dealing With Challenges

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 … Continue reading

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9 Days Is Enough

For the last 9 days, I have been terrible with my food choices. Granted, one-third of it was Thanksgiving/Birthday stuff…and that’s hard. But, the last 6 days have been all about depression and apathy. And, that has to stop. I … Continue reading

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Need Control

In January 2007, I reached my goal weight. I had to lose 58 pounds to get there. But, I did it. And, from that time until (around) April of 2013, I was able to maintain that number of (around) 174 … Continue reading

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It’s Armageddon

It’s been the worst week ever. And, that’s saying something considering how the past five months, or the past two years, or the past four years have gone. I’m afraid to get on the scale. It’s been a while. But, … Continue reading

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Getting Fat Again & Making A Hard, Aggresive, Pledge To Correct It…Now…And Fast

At the end of August, I weighed 184 pounds. Three months later, I now weigh 185.6 pounds. And, to be totally candid, I am surprised that it’s not more..considering how poorly I have been eating the last couple of months. … Continue reading

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Ready To Crawl Up From Rock Bottom

On June 21, 2006, I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting. At that time, I weighed 232.4 pounds. (That was better than the 242 pounds that I weighed on April 21, 2003. But, I was still a tub of goo, … Continue reading

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How Sad – Looking Forward To Monday On Friday

I never got to workout yesterday.  I had a busy day at work.  After work, I had to pick my 8-year old son up at his travel team baseball indoor practice.  And, since his sister had an after-school activity (which … Continue reading

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My Aching Neck & Shoulder!

My rear neck and right shoulder are still a mess.  In fact, today, it hurts worse than it did in the two days prior.  It’s screaming right now. On Sunday, I tried Tylenol and Schreiner’s Herbal Solution. No luck there. … Continue reading

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Half Full Or Half Empty?

My shoulder is still really smarting today.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that I got on the scale this AM and it read 176.2 pounds.  And, that’s better than where I have been recently. Maybe I should … Continue reading

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Two Day Workout Drought

Yesterday, I had an early start to work.  That killed any chance for a morning run.  And, then, right after work, I had to pick up my 8-year old son from his indoor travel baseball practice. My wife and daughter … Continue reading

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Workout – 1/4/13

It was a long road getting to this one. I took an off day, for rest, on Wednesday – after my run on Tuesday.  That was planned.  It was my first day back to work since December 20th and I … Continue reading

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Workout – 12/29/12

The forecast is for snow and rain today. So, I got out for a run after breakfast before the bad weather arrived. It was cold – with the temps just above freezing. And, it sure felt damp. But, I got … Continue reading

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Workout – 12/18/12

Despite my legs being very sore today, I went for a run at 5:12 PM after my workday from home.  And, the plan was to run 5 miles.  (I even mapped out a route before I left my house.)  But, … Continue reading

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December Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Yesterday, I was very sore – especially in my arms and legs. Today, I still have tight legs. This is interesting. Usually, I am not this sore. Maybe my December is catching up to me? Here’s my workouts, so far, … Continue reading

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Goals, Obstacles & Honesty

By just about every independent assessment I hear, I’m in good shape.  And, via the same sources, I’m in “great shape for someone my age” – although that speaks more towards the state of most people, today, by the time … Continue reading

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Brrrr…What A Difference A Year Makes

The forecast says it’s going to be 36° F with a RealFeel® Temp of 23° F when my race on Sunday starts. That’s a big difference from when I ran this race last year. But, I have run in colder … Continue reading

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Down In The Dumps & A Mess

In about 113 hours, I will wake up as a 50-year old for the first time. Actually, part of me was looking forward to it.  But, today, I am in a much different place. I am stressed out over some … Continue reading

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24 Days Until I Turn 50 [Life After Hurricane Sandy]

Hurricane Sandy hit us hard. The eve of it brought cause for the cancellation of the 5K race that I was supposed to run on October 28th. And, on at 8:40 PM on October 29th, the power here went out … Continue reading

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Getting Fat On Superstorm Sandy

Since 2 PM yesterday, we’ve been housebound due to Sandy.  And, we’ll probably be stuck in the house for at least another day.  (Luckily, up to now, we have not lost power.  But, I suspect it’s coming soon the way … Continue reading

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Upcoming Race

I ended up registering for that race I thought about two weeks ago. It’s 20 days from today.  So, that gives me three weeks to get myself into gear for this one. Last year, there were 379 people who ran … Continue reading

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In 12 Weeks, It Will Be My 50th Birthday

I have been feeling old lately. And, twelve weeks from today, I will turn 50-years old.  Yes, in 84 days, I will hit the half-century mark. Since I started my back to health journey in June of 2006, one of … Continue reading

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*@#! The World Thinks I Look Old

O.K., first, some facts before I get into this story. Today, I am 49.8 years old.  My wife is 43.1 years old.  And, our daughter is 10.2 years old and our son is 8.4 years old.  Got all that? Yesterday, … Continue reading

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The Danger & Pain Of Ditching Your Family For A Workout

I recently came across the WSJ article “A Workout Ate My Marriage” (from 2011). Here’s a snip from it: As the wife of an endurance athlete, Caren Waxman wakes up alone every morning, including holidays. A recent Saturday afternoon, Ms. … Continue reading

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Should I Veg Or Should I Run?

It’s 6:20 PM and the temperature outside is 91° F (with a RealFeel® temp also at 91° F). Funny, it feels a lot warmer than that out there. The humidity is at 45% and the dew point is 67.  Not … Continue reading

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What The Heck Is Wrong With Me?

I don’t know what’s wrong with me? I am tired, stressed, light-headed, irritable, lethargic, depressed, confused and I cannot stop overeating. I am not sleeping well. I have no drive to do the things that I need to get done … Continue reading

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