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, March 4, 2011

The Weight Train

I reached my first goal of 150 lbs on August 27th, 2010. It took me a year to lose 32.8 lbs. I was estactic and very proud of myself. I had a 2nd goal of losing an additional 10 lbs but that proved to be very elusive. I found myself being okay with staying where I was at.

That slowly led to being okay with 2 more lbs and pretty soon, I discovered I had gained back almost 10 lbs. It didnt happen overnight, it went up and down and all around. Mostly though after Christmas, it stayed up and up and up.

I think I can describe it in one word:complacent. I wasnt as motivated as I was last winter to run. Last winter, I had weight to lose to hit that goal. This winter, I was already there. It was much easier to say, "oh its too cold", "oh im too tired", "im too busy". It just wasnt a priority. I wasnt completely inactive. I did rhythm boxing on the wii fit, some running on the treadmill,and some biggest loser workouts. The main thing though was I ate and ate and ate. I quickly fell into my old habits of I want this and I dont care mode. Id portion a snack(carrots and dip, popcorn or some almonds) and then proceed to eat 3 different snacks in one night. Is it any wonder the scale is going up?

Dont even get me started on girl scout cookies. I have found my willpower in that department is zilch.

That brings me to today -- Im starting over today. Its not going to be pretty, its not going to be easy and its most certainely going to be painful.

As for what I am doing -- Im trying to think through what IM eating, so that I can keep myself full longer. For example, when I was losing weight before, i had been eating 2 slices of bacon with my oatmeal. I cut that out along the way, as the price of bacon went up. So im going back to eating that protein again. Im attempting to my dessert coffee consumption from 4 cups to 2 or 3. Water, water and more water! The last thing I want to try to do better is planning out meals and snacks. Thinking ahead at the grocery store and buying foods that will help me reach my goals and not sabatage them.

I need to get back to running asap -- no more pussyfooting around -- I need to run a mininum of 3 days a week, no excuses. I ran in subzero last year, I can do it again. Besides spring is coming! One of my goals for this year is to run a half marathon. So I need to get my base mileage up enough, so that i can begin a training program for that. Im also hoping to replace my bike in the next month, so Im really looking forward to that bit of crosstraining. I miss biking!

It was challenging lately to get myself to write here. This was always something Mr. F and I did together. I miss his posts! Hes not currently running -- I hope someday he will get back to it.

Thats all for now folks, keep on running
Mrs. F


  1. Good luck!! I've let things go for to long too. I just bought some new running shoes (vibram 5 fingers!!) everyone makes fun of them but I love them. Can't wait to try them outside when it gets warmer. Keep us updated. You guys had been such an inspiration form me when we all began the C25K. I look forward to hearing your progress and wish Mr F all the best as well.

  2. It takes a lot of courage to get back in to it! I know, because I did C25K along with you two and proceeded to do a half marathon last April. I got lazy during the summer and wimpy during the winter and now I'm up 12 pounds and back to huffing and puffing just to finish 3.1 miles! You can do it though--you have a plan, which is the first start and you just have to put it in to action. Hang in there!

  3. Thanks for checking in Mickey and Jenlo. Its good to know that people are still following after all this time.

    Keep me updated on yoru progress as well, I love hearing how people are facing the challenges of keeping up with the running, and eating and life!

  4. Oh no Mr. F was my sole motivation for wanting to run!!!! I was so inspired by your and his excitement at wanting to surprise your son. I started the C25k a few weeks behind you guys then an abdominal hernia put my little dream on the back burner. I am going to try it again. Hopefully this time I will be successful. Good luck to you and tell Mr. H that he still inspires me!!!!


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