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!"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Working out

Im still working out how to handle things such as potlucks and eating out. This week my son has a wrestling banquet that is the typical Minnesota potluck style. Let me tell you -- its dreadfully hard to eat sensibly at a potluck. My weigh in day is the morning after the potluck. Fun timing!

Can you imagine if everyone made nutrition facts for every entree? Would any of us eat it knowing how much fat and calories are in some of those hot dishes??? So Im trying to think ahead about how I want to handle this. The first part of my plan is to get a workout in tommorrow -- that way I have some extra burn calories. Im going to try and eyeball half cup servings. Then I am going to take a measureing cup with me. I wont measure in line -- that would kinda silly and time consuming. But ill measure back at my table and give the extra to my teenage son. Hes always up for more food!!! Plus, Im supposed to bring a salad. So I think I will be a fresh salad with spinach and fresh veggies. That way, I know there is something that will be less calories and healthy!

On another front -- I managed to get in two workouts today. Go me! I took a run after school in beautiful Minnesota weather. It was 45 degrees and sunny, lovely day to run. I did 3 miles in 33:12, 11:04 pace. I managed to do a negative split as well! Woot! Then after supper, I was realizing there was too much time til bedtime and I wanted to eat. So instead of eating, I went for a bike ride instead. I went 5.75 miles in 28:54, a 5:04 pace. Too bad, it wasnt potluck today, a 600 calorie burn tommorrow would be awesome. Im not sure that I will have time to run and bike tommorrow plus my legs probably need a rest :)

Keep on running,


  1. I always have trouble at potlucks too. One thing that has helped me is to take only the things that I really, really want. I sometimes make the mistake of taking (or finishing) something that isn't my favorite, so if you cut out everything except what you absolutely love, that might help cut down on some "junk" calories.

  2. Thanks for your words of advice. They really helped last night. There were a couple of things I took, that I didnt really enjoy -- so I passed them on to hubster and son! I remembered what you said! I did well at the potluck -- of course the 12.35 mile bike ride before hand helped a lot too!


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