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Why I Haven’t Blogged in 2 Weeks (and how it affects my weight loss)


What a crazy week and a half it’s been.

Sorry, dear readers, for keeping you out in the cold for the last little while. But I have some big news.

I intended to blog three or maybe even four times last week, but it’s funny how life can get in the way of all your big plans.

So what happened?

The long and short of it is that, after much discussion, prayer, hand-wringing and Microsoft Excel spreadsheet budgeting, I accepted a job last week all the way across the country in Washington, D.C.

We’re moving!

In so many ways I’m incredibly excited. I’m excited to go back to D.C. (my wife and I lived there before our two kids were born and we absolutely love the area). Not to mention that the weather overall is better (you can actually run outside in the winter in decent temperatures).

But I’ll admit I’m a bit perplexed on how all of this is going to affect the goals I’ve set and the vision I had in my head for the next seven months.

See, when I started out on this latest weight-loss and running journey, I had a pretty clear set of goals in mind: get down to my goal weight of 177 by August 30, and set a PR in the Pocatello Half Marathon the next day.

Now, those plans have been a bit blown up.

I’ll admit quite a bit of concern over how this new transition will affect my weight loss. Luckily, we have three months to get our affairs in order (ie, sell the house, pack and move…no small feat in 90 days). The bad news is that I’ll actually be starting in a few weeks, meaning I’ll be flying back and forth from DC from the middle of February until (hopefully) the middle of May or so.

Let me just say me, healthy eating and traveling all don’t get along very well. It’s going to be a challenge.

But that’s what this is all about, right? Challenging ourselves to do big things we haven’t done very well at in the past. I was on the treadmill a week or so ago, going through the latest in my Couch to 5K training. During a particularly tough segment in which I wasn’t sure I could finish, I kept telling myself “You can do hard things! You can do hard things!”

I think that’s part of this whole jumbled mess that is the inside of my head: sometimes I don’t allow myself to realize that I can do hard things.

The next three months will be a challenge. Will I mess up? Most certainly? But I have two choices. I can either bemoan my current state of affairs as it relates to my weight loss, or I can see it as a blessing, an opportunity, and a challenge.

And so, my new mantra is: This is Gonna Be Fun.

One bit of housekeeping, in my absence I did neglect to publish my weigh-in last week. While I’m disappointed in myself for not getting to the gym on a consistent basis last week, I did do a rather good job of eating well (I attribute that to a nervous stomach caused by having to make life-changing decisions within the matter of just a few days).

Here are the results:

Week 5 Results

Starting weight: 232.4

Ending weight: 229.4

Weight loss this week: 3 pounds

Total weight loss: 15.1 pounds

Another 3 pound weight loss! I’m happy to have hit the 15-pound mark. And I’m happy to be noticing some of my clothes fitting better.

Just this morning, I put on a pair of work pants that I bought several months ago. When I tried them on at the store, I told myself I would get them, and they would fit in a few months when I’d lost 10 pounds.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told myself that.

But this time is different.

And it’s gonna be fun.


Week 4 Weigh-In

What a week!

It’s interesting, because this week featured both my least disciplined and most disciplined periods over the last 4 weeks.

We headed out of town last weekend for a trip with some friends to their parents’ cabin up in the mountains.

This picture doesn't do it justice.

This picture doesn’t do it justice.

Gosh, but it was beautiful up there. We spent the weekend playing games, riding snowmobiles (my first time on one) and hanging out in the hot tub. Or as the kids called it, the “hot pool.”

I challenged my 4-year-old to an impromptu “polar bear challenge,” to jump out of the hot tub and roll around in the snow (of course thinking he’d look at me with his usual “whatever, Dad” look), and he actually did it! It was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend.

carter snow

I think it was literally 0 degrees outside at the time.

Note to self: be careful what you dare your son to do.

He’ll probably do it.

Anyhoo, it was a fun weekend, but I didn’t do a great job tracking my calories.

Ok, I confess, I didn’t track them at all. While I didn’t gain a ton of weight over the weekend (maybe a pound and a half), I felt like that weight just stuck to my ribs at the beginning of the week.

I told myself when we got back on Sunday night that I had a lot of fun, but now it was time to get the work.

And I hit it hard this week with my workouts.

  • Mon – Couch to 5k Week 1, Day 1 and leg weights, a little elliptical thrown in to keep heart rate up (521 total calories burned)
  • Tue – Couch to 5k Week 3, Day 2 and arm weights, a little elliptical thrown in (513 calories)
  • Wed – 45 min on elliptical (intervals) and leg weights (728 calories)
  • Thu – Couch to 5k Week 3, Day 3 and arm weights, more elliptical, then an hour and a half of pickup basketball at night (969 calories total burned)

Not only were my workouts disciplined this week, my eating during the week was as well. I stayed on track for calories, and even avoided the dreaded “mid-week spoiler” meal on Tuesday night, when my boss took me out for dinner. I really wasn’t in the mood for salad, and a burger sounded so good.

So I ordered one.

But I ordered the “junior”, with no mayo. And I ate half of it. And maybe a third of the fries.

For me? That’s a huge win.

And the results?

Week 4 Results

Starting weight: 235.4

Ending weight: 232.4

Weight loss this week: 3 pounds

Total weight loss: 12.1 pounds

I’m stoked! 12 pounds lost in 23 days. It’s working!

And why is it working? Because I’m putting in the work.

I’m most excited about how I’m starting to really take control of my portions, even when I’m staring temptation in the face. And I’m varying up my workouts. Not just spending time running on the treadmill, but doing elliptical, weights, throwing in a little basketball for fun (and really good cardio).

Today, I’m giving my body a rest day. Then it’s back at it on Saturday.

How did you do on your goals this week?

Week 3 Weigh-In: Baby Steps


Baby steps walk to the dock….baby steps get on a boat….

There are few movies I find more hilarious that What About Bob.

Probably because I can relate to Bob’s manic but innocent new approach to life he takes during the movie: Baby Steps.

I’ve learned that Baby Steps are the key to not getting totally freaked out by trying to accomplish big things.

Losing 65 pounds is a big thing.

And I have to lose 65 pounds. I need to lose 65 pounds. I want to be able to race…to really race again. To get new PRs in the 5K, to run a 10K for the first time ever. And this summer, I want to PR in the half marathon.

To get there, I need to lose weight.

So, here’s the results of this week’s weigh-in.

Week 3 Results

Starting weight: 237

Ending weight: 235.4

Weight loss this week: 1.6 pounds

Total weight loss: 9.1 pounds

This was the look on my face when I stepped on the scale this morning.



1.6 pounds…really?.

But then I thought about it. And that’s a decent loss. Especially for Week 3. And, in 2 1/2 weeks (I started on January 1) I’m almost down 10 pounds.

The point is, I’m taking baby steps. But they’re still steps. Steps in the right direction. And I’m sticking with it.

I also know that my loss this week could have been a bit lower had I gone to play basketball last night. Usually on Thursdays (the day before my weekly weigh-in) I work out in the morning or afternoon, then spend about an hour and a half burning extra calories by playing pick up basketball.

Last night…well, I just wasn’t in the mood. And I overdid it a tad at dinner (didn’t go over my daily calories, though).

So all in all, I’m really happy with my loss.

This week I finished Week 2 of Couch to 5k and I’m happy with the results. I’m still gasping for air at the finish of a few of the segments, but I remember from last time that it kind of just clicks somewhere in Week 5 or 6, so I’m looking forward to that.

I feel good...I feel great...I feel wonderful

I feel good…I feel great…I feel wonderful

So it’s all about baby steps! Baby steps cut down on calories…baby steps go to the gym….baby steps lose the weight.

And before I know it, I’ll be back to my old self, crossing the finish line with the biggest smile on my face.

Can’t wait to get there!

How did you do on your goals this week? Let me know in the comments below, or visit me on Twitter or Facebook!

Week 2 Weigh-In: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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What a week. Between the great Famous Dave’s disaster of last Saturday (mindless eating/not counting my calories), a mix-up with my gym that kept me out until just this last Monday, it’s been a rough go. Here’s the results:

Week 2 Results

Starting weight: 238.5

Ending weight: 237

Weight loss this week: 1.5 pounds

Total weight loss: 7.5 pounds

So I tried to get to the gym last Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, but my key fob wasn’t working (I go to Anytime Fitness). I called the “help” line several times, left a few voicemails, but no luck. Then it finally occurred to me to check my bank account and, lo and behold, I discovered I hadn’t been charged in two months. A quick trip to my home gym on Monday, and my account was re-activated and I started back Tuesday morning.

So, for only three days of gym time, and a complete fiasco at Famous Dave’s on Saturday where I went absolutely overboard and at more than a day’s worth of calories in one sitting, and I’ll take a 1.5 pound weight loss.

I’m almost one week into Couch to 5k training, and I’m feeling good. The soreness in my heels is starting to go down, and I’m feeling more confident on the treadmill. I did one day of leg weights, and today at the gym I’ll do another. I start upper body tomorrow at the gym, and next week I’ll hopefully settle into a nice gym routine.

Today, I’m focused on the fact that this is a marathon, not a sprint. I may not have hit my goal this week, but there’s a lot of time to keep working hard and keep at it.

How about you? How did you do on your goals this week? Leave a comment below!

Week 1 Weigh-In: Measured Success

Friday is my weigh-in day. It’s always been a day that works good for me. It allows me to “cheat” a little on the weekend, and have Monday through Thursday (which have always been my most disciplined days) to make up for it.

This week was a little unusual, as it wasn’t a full week. Technically, I started on New Year’s Day.

Week 1 Results

Starting weight: 244.5

Ending weight: 238.5

Weight loss this week: 6 pounds

Total weight loss: 6 pounds

Am I happy? Of course I am.

But I’ve also been down this road before.

I guarantee most, if not all of that, is water weight. I drank a ton of soda over the holidays. I mean literally, probably almost a ton.

Between that and some binge eating that went on over the holidays, my initial weigh-in was a bit elevated. Not by much, because I had been weighing in consistently between 242 and 245 for the past month or so.

Still, I’m giving myself a small pat on the back this morning, then getting back to work. My goal is to be down to 236 by next Friday, and if you’ve ever watched the Biggest Loser, you know that Week 2 can be the toughest…it’s true, I’ve been through it myself.

The bottom line? It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

And this isn’t even the first half mile. Have to stay focused, have to stay hungry (a different kind of hungry).

Tonight is dinner out with some friends, so this will be the first real test of my willpower when it comes to food.

The plan? Order what I want to order, but eat about a quarter of what I would usually eat. And eat 100% “clean” on Saturday and Sunday.

How about you? How did you do with your fitness goals this week? Any successes or struggles you want to share? Leave a comment and tell me about them!

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