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 9, 2012

The first goal met!

As I stated before, one of my best friends and I are trying to lose weight. The final reward is a trip to disney together. We have been friends since the 4th grade and live many states apart. This makes this kind of trip extra motivating. Time together having fun -- you betcha!

So we sent some goals along the way to help us reach the long term end goal. The first 10 lbs lost earns us a manicure and a pedicure. At 20 lbs lost -- we each earn a massage. And then for the 30 lbs lost -- disney here we come.

So today I weighed in and I have lost 10 lbs exactly! Im so pumped!!!! I was looking for my official start date, I think it was around feb 1. So thats 10 lbs gone in aboutr 6 weeks -- Ill take that!~ This weekend, im going in for my manicure and pedicure -- Im excited. Its not something that I really do. Thats why its a special treat for me.

The weight came off easier this week. I lost a total of two lbs and 3.6 after a weekend of overeating. Im not sure if its the switch to straight running in couch to 5k or just simply eating less. Ill take it either way!

Next week though, is where the metal hits the fan. I start my college classes on Monday. I will have to be much more deliberate in planning my running time, watching my snacking while studying and time management. I know I can do this! Its just gonna take some adjusting!

Keep on running
Mrs. F

Thursday, March 8, 2012

100 Pushups - W3D1

Well, when I posted last night, I said I was pushing off my 100 Pushups workout to today.  As it turns out, a little bit of compulsion and habit can be a good thing.  I completed the workout last night, as originally scheduled.

The workout was five sets of reps: 14 - 18 - 14 - 14 - 20.  During the final set, you're encouraged to do as many as you can.  With a bit of grunting and a reasonable amount of discomfort, I did 40! during the final set.  When I looked at the total number, it was 100.

Now, that's not the 100 the program is pushing toward.  That was simply 100 reps between all the sets.  The end goal is being able to do 100 in one set, at the end of six weeks.  I'm just over a third of the way there.

Since I'm doing my pushups on an angle, I plan to go through the program again after I'm done, hopefully on the floor.  If not, must closer to the floor (e.g., coffee table height).

Anyway, I'm glad to be making progress that I can see and feel.  My next doctor visit is scheduled for two weeks from today.  I'm guessing she's going to be quite surprised by my progress.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Couch to 5k Once Again

Well, I officially started Couch to 5k for the second time tonight.  For any who've started reading recently, it's not that I didn't finish before (I did!). I've just not been running much over the past 18 months, so felt starting over would be a good way to ease back into things.

Wow! What a difference.  I'm amazed that my body has retained as much as it has since I first went through the program.  Day one that first time through left me thinking I just might die right there, out on the trail.  Tonight, on the treadmill and watching CSI, I got through the whole thing without even wanting to throw in the towel. What an amazing residual effect!

Should I really be surprised? Looking back on my Day One entry from back in 2009, I was 30 lbs. heavier (300 lbs.).  That weight surely makes a difference.

Yet that wasn't the only difference.  That first day, my running was pretty pitiful, especially near the end.  I was probably lucky to have made it over 4 mph.  Tonight, I ran flat fives for the first seven running segments, and I started at 6 mph and pushed it up to 8 mph during the final minute.  Sure, I was spent at the end of the workout, but nothing like I was back then. As a point of reference, W5D3 (week five, run day three) on my first time through still had me running slower than four miles per hour during my 20 minute run. That, alone, gives me some hope.

One interesting thing to note: I ran tonight's workout in my Keen sandals.  One of my boys used my running shoes a while back and he wore them down a bit, and lost the clip used for my elastic laces.  I found the Keens to be surprisingly well suited for running.  They are light and they flex very well with my feet.

I've also noticed that I'm really starting to favor a fore-foot strike.  In part, I attribute it to all the stairs I've been doing lately, since I do the stairs on the balls of my feet, and to standing while at work (rather than sitting in a chair).  When at the water park this past weekend, I found myself walking on the balls of my feet most of the time.  When standing there, I also found myself favoring the balls of my feet.  No complaints here, or from Mrs. F.--my calves look really good!

Because I started my C25K redux tonight, I'm delaying my next 100 pushups workout until tomorrow.

Well, goodnight, all!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Almost forgot: 100 Pushups (plus team status)

With all the excitement over my current weight loss, I forgot to post my progress on the 100 Pushups challenge.

I completed week two of the challenge last night, with a total of 87 repetitions.  My neck and shoulders were sore last night (I woke up with a headache). I'm now on to week three--further than I made it last time.

Here are some additional details on where I fall in with my other workplace losers (I'm on Team 5):

Only Week 2 Ranking

Total Weight Loss Ranking

Top 5 Individual Ranking for Week 2:
Andrew Riemer (ME!)

Top 5 Total Individual Ranking:
Andrew Riemer (ME!)

The one benefit I have, going forward, is that I have a lot more to lose than the rest.  That gives me the potential to keep losing (though I know it will get harder) even when the others start bottoming out.

Anyway, that's all for now.

BWL Weigh-in for Week Three

I had a welcome surprise on the scale this morning: 269.6!

This is the first time I've been below 270 since high school!

I can't explain how good it feels to see some real progress.  I finally broke the 270 barrier!

I hated yogurt when I was a kid.  I'm sure glad I love it now!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Almost another bad weekend (almost!)

We had another one of those weekends.  We had an event to attend on Sunday, so we ended up taking the kids to an area favorite, Pizza Ranch.  My original plan was salad bar only, but their salad bar was pathetic (sorry, Pizza Ranch).  No green peppers, no onions, and no vinaigrette.  I opted for the regular buffet, which included the almost-a-salad bar, and had good intentions.

Epic fail!

During that meal, I consumed 1,600 calories--more than my daily goal of 1,592.

It was very good, and I did stop myself from having more, so I'll take the small victory.

After the meal, we went on to our activity, which was at the Waterpark of America.  I got in a lot of walking, and quite a few sets of stairs.  Nowhere near enough to counter my lunch calories, but I was glad to be moving.

Well, this morning, I decided to check the scale to see how bad things were looking. I'm down 1.6 lbs. for the week, with my official weigh in tomorrow morning. I won't need to starve myself today just to show a loss, and that's a good thing (on more than one level).

In other news, I got to the end of last week without working on 100 pushups, so I got my week two day one and two workouts in on Friday and Satruday.  I definitely felt it during that Saturday workout.  Tonight I'll finish up day three of week two, and then will start week three on Wednesday.

I have yet to restart Couch to 5k, but I'm getting closer to being ready to do so.  Being on my feet all day (except last week--I was in a class) has really helped my mood and leaves me feeling better overall.  I'm hoping that, between my standing and my hall-stairs laps, I'll be up to the challenge again.

I've not lost a lot of size, but things are fitting better and, overall, pulling in.  The sides of my belly have really receded. I'm wearing suspenders today with pants I normally could wear without.  Fat along the sides of my chest and under my arms is loosening.  It looks worse than before, but that's because the muscle is changing and accentuating the difference between the two.  I wonder how long before those two areas start to shrink noticeably.

Anyway, I'll be back tomorrow with the official weigh-in results.  For now, I have an appointment with a yogurt container.