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Staying Accountable with Exercise

April 29, 2010 6 comments

Okay – so since my 5K on Saturday, I’ve been slack with my cardio/running.  I don’t know if it was the idea that I’d achieved the goal I’d put before myself, and felt like I was finished, or if it’s just the craziness that is my life of late keeping me busy and not planning well, but either way, I haven’t been up to snuff with running this week.

So why mention it here?  Because I need to get in a run on both Thursday and Friday.  I run my weeks Saturday to Friday, and including my 5K on Saturday, I need to get in at least two more runs to be happy with myself (four a week is what I shoot for, but I’ll settle for three).  So I’m here to ask you Read more…

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Nutrition Monday: My New Favorite Place, Trader Joe's!

April 26, 2010 14 comments

Image by Petr Kratochvil, in the Public Domain

Occasionally on this blog, I’ll mention products or services, and I should make pretty clear that the makers of those products haven’t provided me with compensation of any sort.  Unless you count the enjoyment or benefit I’ve gotten from discovering the product or store itself!  And that’s definitely case with my new favorite place, Trader Joe’s.

I’ve heard friends and colleagues rave about Trader Joe’s for years, and I had successfully avoided setting foot in one until about a month ago.  I’m the type who if everyone in my world seems to be doing something, it makes it kind of not so interesting to me.  Not that I want to be different, because my alternative is shopping at the regular, old-fashioned supermarket, but more that I’m not one to get caught up in trends and more often than not, I find things that get rave reviews to almost always fall short of the hype.  So I’d drive by the Trader Joe’s stores in the city and almost purposely avoid them.

Then some of my blogger friends began tweeting and blogging about Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter, and it sounded really good.  So one evening after work, I decided to drop in and pick some up.  If you haven’t been to Trader Joe’s before, their philosophy is Read more…

My First 5K: Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt!

April 24, 2010 28 comments

Me at the finish - and no that's not sweat or my typical hairstyle - it poured rain through most of the race!

I DID IT!!! This morning I ran my first real 5K race, and I posted my best time for 5K yet!

The race: the 5K Water for The World Run in Johns Creek, Georgia – just north of Atlanta. The contender: me, Chad, a thirty year old who weighed in this morning at 248.5 (broke 250 this week!) and is down almost exactly 60 pounds from an all time highest weight of 308 on my 30th birthday in October of 2009. The weather: sixty degrees, THUNDERSTORMS and driving wind and rain (this is NOT what I meant when I signed up for the Water for the World Run).

My day started with the alarm going off at 6:00 am, and as soon as it woke me up, I heard the thunder, followed by the pouring rain. Unfazed, but a little concerned about whether the race would be canceled, I got dressed and drove over to the office building where the start/finish line and staging area was at 7:00 am. By the time I arrived, the rain had let up a little, but it was still lightning, so they held the start of the race for 10 minutes. We ended up starting at 7:40 instead of 7:30. And I have to say, that extra 10 minutes of roaming around the staging area and vendor tents was intimidating. All the little fit people (and I mean little literally, not as a diminutive) were prancing around, stretching, wearing sleeveless shirts, laughing, and seeming way to chipper for 7:00 in the morning on a Saturday.

At the start - that's me in the royal blue t-shirt in the middle of the frame - thinking I'd lost my ever-lovin' mind at this point.

But then I realized that noticing them first was my own insecurity kicking in, because there were plenty of other people there who were a bit out of shape, didn’t have form fitting clothes, and were standing around like normal people waiting on something to start. As I started chatting with some of them as we lined up at the starting line, I found out it was quite a few of our first 5K, even for some of the runners whom I would have assumed had done this before!

At 7:30 am they
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My First 5K: The Night Before

April 23, 2010 11 comments

It is spectacularly beautiful here in Atlanta today.  I mean perfect.  I wish my 5K were this evening, because tomorrow has a bit of a crazy weather forecast with spring storms.  Hopefully they’ll hold off until after about 9:30 tomorrow morning.  Anyhow, I am remarkably calm.  I picked up my race number (left), time chip, and other goodies this afternoon.  I thought by now I’d be nervous, but I’m not in the least.  Maybe something’s wrong with me, but it’s just another Friday night – I just happen to have a race in the morning.

I think this has to do with a couple of things.  One is the progress I’ve made with my fitness and weight loss.  I’ve done 5K’s plenty of times now, they just weren’t races.  And I’ve built an incredible amount of confidence around my own abilities to be able to complete something like this.  The other thing is my age.  That’s right, my age.

Why my age, you may ask?  Well, for me, thirty has Read more…

My First 5K: Three Days and Counting!

April 21, 2010 13 comments

Water for the World Run 2010 from Don Felice on Vimeo.

Yowzahs!!!  My first 5K is just three days away!  It’s still amazing that I’m starting to become, dare I say it, a runner!  That just boggles my mind.  I am by my very nature, sedentary, and I have to force myself to exercise – you know, in the same way you have to force yourself to do your taxes.  I still look at runners and think, what the hell is wrong with you?  But I guess I gotta change that mindset, because I’m joining their “running-for-the-heck-of-it-without-even-having-just-been-mugged” club!  This is really insane.

This week has been busy, and tonight was my first run since Saturday (!) – but I did really well, so I’m still confident that Saturday will come and go with me finishing the race and not checking myself into the hospital across the street from the finish line (good strategy by the race planners, by the way).  This reconstruction thing is really starting to show results, I’ve lost over Read more…

Hello 240's!!!

April 20, 2010 14 comments

Okay, so I know all the experts in my life, whom I respect hugely, tell me I should only weigh once a week, but I just can’t do that.  Weighing every morning is just part of my makeup.  And this morning, I had a great surprise…  I left the 250’s behind and hit the 240’s!!!!!!  249.3 this morning – hell to the yeah!!!!  After my weekend at MaMa’s, I wasn’t expecting the loss to come this early in the week, but I’ll certainly take it.  Alright – that’s it – just a short post tonight.  I’m getting nervous about my first 5K on Saturday because I have a ton going on both at work and personally, and I have plenty to do tonight in addition to trying to get in a run.  Ugh.  But 240’s – that feels good regardless!!!

Nutrition Monday: Grandmother's Goodies

April 19, 2010 13 comments

This past weekend was a bit of a nutritional challenge for me, but man was it good.  I went to visit my Grandmother – and being a good Southern family, we call her MaMa instead of Grandma or whatever other more generic grandmotherly names you might imagine.  Though in the South, MaMa is a pretty common term for grandmother.  It’s a little more casual and down home than the more formal “Grandmother” (though my other Grandmother, was always, well, “Grandmother,” and she was the warmest, most casual person you’d ever meet – a far cry from the steely soap opera “Grandmother”), but not straight up country like Mee-Maw.  Please.  We do have a little class.  😉

Anyhow, MaMa is an AMAZING Southern cook.  She measures nothing, even when baking cornbread and biscuits, but everything comes out perfectly.  This woman’s cornbread is to die for.  I actually imagine that when I do die, I’ll pass through the Pearly Gates and someone will hand me a pan of MaMa’s cornbread and tell me the calories no longer matter!  When we used to go visit when I was a kid, MaMa always had a huge meal waiting for us on the kitchen table of the farmhouse she and my PaPa lived in until I was a teenager.  They weren’t actually on a farm, but their property backed up to one, and my summers consisted of feeding the cows next door, helping PaPa in the garden, and helping MaMa shuck peas.  This was quite the adventure for the city kid, and I still long for it every now and then, even though I’m a dyed in the wool East Coast city type.  Anyway, the meal on that farmhouse kitchen table usually had anywhere from 5-7 vegetables, cooked with bacon fat, and always including fried okra, mashed potatoes, biscuits, cornbread, fresh sliced tomatoes, and 1-2 meats (either fried chicken, ham, or roast beef).  Did I mention the woman weighs all of maybe 120 pounds?  Further proof that life is not fair. Read more…