Well, my official last weigh in was - 16.5 lbs since we started this. My race time today was 42:02 unofficially. I did not get a tag since I was a walker but oh, well. I ran a good bit too and it felt great! It is so much easier, or it feels that way, now. I plan to keep moving forward with my weight loss, my eating habits, my lifestyle and try to better at running. Congrats to all who worked so hard to accomplish their goals right along beside me. God bless and have a great day!
The time is here in 2 days! Packet pick up here in Houston tomorrow. The international festival is going on, I did not know if these were tied together but it's pretty cool anyhow. Congratulations to all! Especially "Team walk it off", ya'll rock! Have a great day!
I accomplished my goals yesterday. I had fun, I ran part, I beat last years time of 3:12:00, and I did sub 3 hrs, 2:58:54, 13:35 mile. I am stoked! Yeah, I am not fast but I am out there trying. I can't wait until this weekend! I am trying to decide on my next event and find one next year out of state so we can also take a vacation. Rock on folks!
Well, tomorrow is my half marathon. Been going through all of the steps to prepare mentally and get all of my gear in line to head out the door at 4:45am. I signed up for this event right when I first read about the "Who wants to get active". I thought we just had to be willing to do a race. But, it all worked out to where the events are in back to back weekends. I went by the schedule for active and then did extra on my long days. The incorporation worked great! This is my first time to have total silence here in the house due to my wife and boys went to the grocery store. So, it's blog time. I look forward to getting tomorrow past and on to next weekend to where I can enjoy it more.
To all of the Teams, "Good luck" next weekend and have fun! I have really enjoyed being a part of this event. I have been inspired by your stories and motivated by your kind words. Thanks to all of the Active team who put this together. I know we still have another week on this but while I had the time to think, I wanted to say it.
Team Walk it off rocks! What else can I say? This has to be a continued life style that I know works. It has definitely made me feel better all around. Keep on keeping on and have a great day!
Totally pumped about the next two weekends! All of the work comes down to this team. Great job everybody on working so hard and giving me feed back and motivation to keep on keeping on! I am feeling great and I hope you are too! 13.1 Sunday, Angies Half Crazy Half Marathon! Hope everyone's weekend rocks!!!
Oh, the things we take for granted. Or should I say "I" take for granted. Take walking for example. People do it everyday. Here and there and everywhere. I did not miss it until the privilege was taken away and I was told it would never be given back. I never thought about how good it was for me. I just complained when I did not have a ride somewhere. I did not look at it as a gift. Until I was told I would never walk again, sitting down never was more terrifying to me. But, the man up stairs had different plans for me. And boy am I thankful for that. Now I walk for many reasons but the main reason is because I can! I still have aches and pains but I contribute that to getting older and my fat butt. I am glad to be rid of the "FAT denial" I was in. I love living a healthier life style and the friends that come with it. Thank you everyone here who has given us support. People do not realize how much one kind word can make a difference! Rock on Team Walk it off! Have a great day!
This time of year always brings a lot of reflections for me but it is also the time of "Fresh starts" and new beginnings! We all have the same goals of losing weight, looking better and feeling better. And we are all taking the right steps in making at least one part of our life better. This usually makes our general well being better. I love where I am at right now but want to continue and strive to do better. I hope all have a Happy Easter and a great day!!
As I was getting out of bed I felt pain shooting from my lower back down my hip. My first thoughts were "Awe, not again". That is part of the reason I am losing weight. I do not want to have back surgery and I want to be able to do more with my family. My youngest son, Jack, woke up so I got him a bottle made. I gave it to him and started doing some core exercises on the floor next to him. Then I heard my two year old hollering for "Pappa" to come. I went and got him and we ate breakfast. I looked out side and saw the beautiful sunrise. Beautiful day! Now as I write the boys are playing here next to me and my pain has subsided. Funny, how the power of laughter, joy and a child's radiant smile can ease pain and heal.
I walked 8.7 miles saturday. It felt good but I have decided this next half marathon might be my last one. I can still stay healthy and get plenty of exercise and satisfaction doing something other than walking and running half marathons. Besides, who am I kidding, I am not even built for running! Before my accident happened I was a fairly big muscular guy who was big and strong from working. Not working out in the gym. But, I have been enjoying myself none the less. Gotta go for now, duty calls!! Keep on keeping on!
I am past the point of the where I was at last week. Whew! I still have not lost any more weight but I have had some wonderful food for thought and motivation given to me. I forget to relax and enjoy the ride. Instead I want to focus on the rear view mirror. I have been having some great workouts! I have been having fun too! Sometimes, being my own worst critic, I set my goals high and if I don't attain them then I am let down instead of seeing what I did accomplish. I may have not lost 55 lbs at one time but I have lost almost 55 over the last year and maintained. I just have to keep on keeping on.
Oh the peace and quiet for just a short time. All of my sons are sleeping. I can blog for a second. Saturday, I went a different route cutting across parking lots, the highway, and made it to a small but nice little wild life refuge. I live in a fairly new division so I don't get to hear the birds sing much or enjoy the sounds of the crickets or frogs. But saturday was so gorgeous here and life was in motion! It's the little things that can make the world seem care-free if only for a moment. The sky was panoramic with the cloud flowing as far as I could see in all directions. So beautiful! To think that everyday we have a different painting in the sky to look at. Then I walk back home, it was a nice 3.5 mile walk. Sunday was nice as well but that also meant yard work! So after I worked outside for about six hours I still went for my walk and went at a fairly good pace or so I thought. 4.1 miles in 1 hour 3 mins. Hmmm. I thought I was moving faster than that but it go to show that I have lowed down and need to keep on! It has made a difference losing some weight though but I still have 35 more pounds to go. Yesterday, I walked down to the park pushing my boys in the stroller and I was feeling it. I only walked about 2 miles with resistance. I am looking outside watching it rain and hoping it will stop before tonight when I walk. Dreary day but still awesome. Uh oh, youngest woke. Diaper change and now he is on my shoulder. Gotago.
Lately I have strayed away from my true reason for wanting to get in shape, my family. Yesterday was a fun reminder of just why I have to stay active and non-complacent. I took my boys down to the park in the morning and that was fun. And then in the afternoon we took a walk down to the soccer fields so that my two year old kick his soccer ball around. He had a blast! And for the first time I could go back and forth, up and down the field with greater ease. I was pushing my 9 month old around in the BOB and the laughter was flowing though the air. My reminder of how important it is to get fit so that I can do those types of things. I had gotten caught up in the," I got to look good!" thought process. That will come along in good time if I keep on keeping on. My wife and children are going to love me no matter what way I look and the people who truly care aren't going to mind if I don't have a chiseled chest. It' Jason who has to be happy in his skin and remember what really counts. Have a great day all!