Thursday, September 15, 2011

Still Getting After It!

Yeah, I'm not updating the blog a lot these days, but I'm still doing great! I'm at 56lbs down from my starting weight! Four more pounds and I'll hit the unbelievable 60 pound mark! Awesome!

I'm still training for my next marathon. I can't wait! This one's going to be awesome!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

51 lbs

I have been down below the 50lb mark for about a week but I wanted to ensure that it wasn't a fluke. Yes, I have lost 50lbs. Picking up a 50lb weight at the gym is amazing.

There are no tricks to losing weight. It's quite simple, actually. Eat...fewer....calories. In this age of the Internet, there's no reason in the world that the average person shouldn't be able to count calories for most things that they eat. Almost all restaurants have nutrition information on their websites. If they don't, you shouldn't be eating there because the restaurant is most likely ashamed of the junk food status of their menus. It's quite easy for restaurants to do calorie counts -- they are just unwilling to do so.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sweet 100's

This morning I weighed in a 197 lbs. The last time I can recall being that low was probably my junior year of high school. My senior year I'm pretty sure I was 200 or above.

It feels good to be in shape, although most BMI charts still say that I am highly overweight, bordering on obesity. My personal opinion is that those charts are not worth the paper they are printed on. I need to go and have a personal trainer do a *real* BMI test for me again. Height and weight (the BMI chart inputs) are not enough to gauge an accurate BMI.

Oh yeah, one more thing -- one more pound and I will be at 50lbs total lost!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New All-time low

You may have noticed on the right that I am now back down to my all-time low. I actually gained weight while training for the San Antonio Marathon in 2009 (I was around 214 or so when I ran it). Now, I'm back down and I have laser focus on getting below 200. I'm only 4 pounds away now. I expect to see the 190's again in the next couple of weeks. I seriously don't think I have been below 200lbs since my junior year of high school.

I'm gearing up for another marathon this fall. Looking forward to it! Jaime and the kids will be at the finish line for this one as well as my in-laws and possibly my parents. That will be so much more motivation to kick it into high gear.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Long-awaited Update

It's past time for an update, so I thought I would check-in and let my two readers know what I've been up to. I have been keeping at the gym routine and eating reasonably well. I did put back on about 10 pounds, which is of course not unusual. The fortunate thing is that in only about 4 days of effort I have taken that back down by 5 pounds.

So, what does the future look like for me?

I am running a 1/2 marathon in March and I'm going to do another full in the fall. I had attempted to train for the San Antonio race again last fall but my more shins just weren't into it. So far this year I am feeling very, very strong. I have been working on building core muscle strength and I think I have done that.

In preparation for the 1/2 marathon I took Tyler out in the running stroller today and we did a good, solid seven miles. He weighs almost 40 pounds now! Yes, that's amazing.

I still...hate....my...love handles though. I don't know why, but God made my body to just store fat back there. I don't get it.

Loving life in general these days! No complaints!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Marathon

I did it. I ran the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. Too much to write, too little time!

I will do more marathons. It was that much fun! I love doing organized races. The crowds cheering you on is so encouraging.

For a recap on my weight loss, here are some before and after pictures:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Update/Marathon

So what's been going on with me? Well, I'm continuing the gym ritual and still watching what I eat. I still eat no french fries and watch everything I eat.

I have finally dropped off the deep end. I will be running a marathon this November...yes...a full marathon! My good friends Bryan and Travis, both marathon veterens, will be running it with me. They say they are going to run it at my pace and I will enjoy the company and encouragement. The training goal is to run it in 4 hours, which is quite aggressive for me. That means a little over 9 minute miles. I can do 9 minute miles, but I'm not sure I can do 9 minute miles for 4 hours! All in all though, I'm not too concerned about the time...I just want to run hard and finish strong and keep walking to a minimum. If I finish within 4:30 I will consider it a successful race.

I am in the 4th week of training and so far I have found it to be quite fun. My long running days are on Sundays and I run early in the morning. It's so peaceful out at this time and I really enjoy seeing my community up close. We miss so many details as we speed by in our cars. It's nice to just look around to see the each little thing that makes up our town.

The training schedule is comprised of three running days each week. One day is an easy day, one day is speed work and the third day is distance work. This week is actually an easy week though, with all three days consisting of 5 mile runs. This past Sunday I ran 10 miles! It was awesome, but coming back to my house through my neighborhood requires and uphill run about the last 9/10 of a mile.

After the 10 miler I thought to myself "ok, so for the marathon it's like running that all over again, then running a 10k (6.2 miles)". A 10k used to be close to my limit, so this is definitely outside of my comfort zone, which I like.

If I do something that I know I can do, I have done nothing. If I do something and have my own personal doubts about my ability to do it, then I feel that I have really done something.