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Monday, February 29, 2016

[Week 7] No Excuses

"The world meets nobody halfway.  When you want something, you gotta take it."
- Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stalone) - Over the Top


I'm not sure why but I embrace Sylvester Stalone movies when I get heavy into fitness.  Queue up Rocky, Over the Top, Rambo, you name it.  I know when I've hit the height of my motivation when I have a running day and a storm is ripping through our area and I think to myself, "a little rain never hurt anyone."  Despite the formidable cloud formation's approach, Debra and I hit the greenway for a "quick" 5K run.  About half way into the run, the storm dumped gallons of fresh water on our fitness endeavors and the wind pushed us back like a bouncer at a club. Never-the-less we finished our run, met the challenge and felt good about our accomplishments; even if a little soaked.  


Stats:
  • Weight: 292 lbs -- back on track -- 4 lbs of loss this week - woohoo!!!
  • Weight Loss: 24 lbs
  • Accomplishment: Despite the storms that ripped through the south, we managed to lay down 22 miles for the week.  During my long run Saturday, my first-mile pace quickened to 13:36!  Debra is even quicker!  



[Week 6] Plateau

"a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress."




The thing about a plateau is it allows one an opportunity to pause and to appreciate what has been accomplished thus far while seeing that there is still work to be done.  Looking up the mountain is daunting, and just a little bit scary, but there's something invigorating about the prospect of meeting the next challenge.  We got loose with the diet this week, but it was worth the break.  A weight-loss stall was well worth taking a break to enjoy a little Texas Road House Grill and a few tall glasses of sweet tea.  Now back to the regularly scheduled program.



Stats:
  • Weight: 296 lbs -- (no loss)
  • Weight Loss: 21 lbs
  • Accomplishment: Despite the laxity in diet, I still managed a decent running week.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

[Week 5] Achievement!


I'm not sure I'm aware of any other sport that provides me such meaningful achievement as running.  While I enjoy a great many sports, running provides me a sense of accomplishment in the shortest amount of time.  This week I went from a 16-minute mile to a 14:58; and during my 4.5 "long run" none-the-less. As a side, Debra and I enjoyed a Valentine's Day free from the restrictions of diet and I still managed to finish the week 3 lbs down in weight-loss.

Stats:
  • Weight: 296 lbs
  • Weight Loss: 21 lbs
  • Accomplishment: Non-stop 5K Jog in 14:58mm




Thursday, February 11, 2016

[Week 4] Crazy is as Crazy Does


Buried within this chart above is the hidden secret of two "long" runs.  Last week's thrill is of no comparison to this week's.  On Tuesday evening, I managed to muster a 5K non-stop jog (no walking segments) after receiving a small runners high at mile two.  Having this behind me, I had a repeat performance on Saturday.  Two 5Ks in one week is insane.  I have my beloved Debra to thank for the motivate and drive to do better. 

Stats:
  • Weight: 299 lbs
  • Weight Loss: 18 lbs
  • 1 Week Miles: 30
  • Accomplishment: Non-stop 5K Jog - (x2)

Monday, February 1, 2016

[Week 3] The Thrill of Victory!


"Great things are done when men and mountains meet."
― William Blake



I've never been so proud to accomplish so little.  Mountains in my life include high blood pressure, improper diet and moving a 300 lbs body by the mode of walking and jogging.  This weekend, I completed a 6-mile walk/run that included two stretches of continuous running of 1-mile.  Why do I consider this to be so little when many people find it hard to go 1-mile much less six?  It's a feeling relative to my 2014 marathon accomplishment. Make no mistake, this is huge right now and I'm feeling accomplished!

Can I brag on my beloved, Debra? She finished a non-stop 5K jog!  Couch-to-5K in three weeks is very impressive.   Way to go Debra!


January Summary



77 Miles for the month!


Minus 15 pounds for the month!

1-Month Stats:

  • Current weight: 302 lbs
  • 1-Month weight loss: 15 lbs (not typical but awesome)
  • Continuous run: 1-mile (x2)
  • Current BP: 134/72 (62 rhr)