Here's the skinny: I've been near 300 lbs. for years and need to lose weight. I'm married to a wonderful lady, and we have a family. One of our boys often asks if I'll run with him. I've always had to tell him, "No." In August of '09, my wife learned about a couch-to-5k running program, and I agreed to try it with her. This blog chronicles our progress on that training program. I hope I'll soon be able to surprise my son by telling him, "Yes, I'll go running with you!"

Friday, November 13, 2009

Another dose bites the dust (and Tomorrow is our Big Day)

Well, my weight loss has slowed over these past two weeks, but I've continued to make progress on another front: controlling my diabetes.  Although my eating habits are still far from perfect, the twenty-one (21) pounds I've lost have had a positive impact on my blood sugar levels.  I've been feeling hypoglycemic again during the late mornings, so I called the clinic today and they've reduced my meds again.  That's great news. Another dose bites the dust!

Tomorrow is our big day. Not only will be run our first 5k, but we'll also be revealing our secret to our kids.  Many of them were unhappy to learn that they'll need to be up early in the morning, but we were glad to be able to tell them, "Tough!"

Our digital camera died a while ago, so we will be relying on our daughter to have her camera with her.  If we're lucky, one of our friends might have a camera, too.  I might have an option for taping our finish, but I'm just not sure about coordinating that one.

Do I have any goals? I've already joked about two positions with which I'm concerned: I don't want to finish last, and I don't want to be first on an ambulance.  Apart from that, I'd be really happy with anything at or under 00:45:00. I know that's the same time Mrs. F is hoping to break.  In this case, I think she's selling herself short.  Even with hills (unless they are killer hills), I figure she'll finish in 00:38:00 or less.

Dinner for tonight will be pasta and meatsauce.  Mrs. F is taking care of that so I can get some additional reading done.  In addition to our race and my coursework, I also have to put in some work hours this weekend, but I'm trying not to dwell on everything so that I become too stressed.  Tonight's agenda will be a couple of chapters of reading, and then some time watching Aliens in the Attic with the family.  That's all I had best think about for the evening.  I plan to drink a couple of extra glasses of water tonight, and hope to get to bed by 10 PM, with a 6:30 AM alarm.

Good night, all!


  1. Good night e success tomorrow!
    I wish you both success and lot of fun!
    Go, Couple F!!!!

  2. Our camera is ready to go with newly charged batteries. Nathan will be bringing it to the race. I know he'll snap some photos. He can also use the camera to record video.

  3. Mr & Mrs F,
    It has been a pleasure reading your blog as you get ready for the big reveal. Wishing both of you the best of luck tomoorrow having everything fall into place that needs to and get you to the race to suprise your family. The weather looks like it will cooperate too. It was 45 degrees when I ran my fist 5K just 2 weeks ago and I was very comfortable. Looking forward to the next entry after the race.

  4. Good luck tomorow! I can't wait to hear how it goes :-) Also, what did you think of Aliens in the Attic?

  5. You are going to be fantastic. Day 3 of week 9 is tomorrow and I am finishing my C25K with a 5K at 10am! I will be thinking of both of you when I run and sending great vibes your way!

  6. @Staci
    Aliens in the Attic was one of the best and funniest movies I've seen in a while. It had just enough over-the-top stunts to make it out and out silly at times, but balanced it well enough with other elements to keep it engaging, too. The fight scene with Nana had me laughing out loud!

  7. Big cheers from Pennsylvania!!! I'll be thinking of you and hope the race goes well.

  8. I thought of you on my run this morning. Looking forward to hearing about the reaction of your children! I think it is awesome what you are doing.


  9. Good wishes to Mr. & Mrs. F on your first 5K. I'm looking forward to hearing how everything plays out! Way to go on all your hard work. Keep up the pace! You rock!


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