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C25K Week 1 Day 1 complete and a report!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

C25K week one day one complete! I have started down a path that I hope brings me the ability to run a complete 5 kilometers straight. It has begun, right now as I type this I am still sweaty but feel good, the first 3 intervals I did not feel one bit and was starting to get cocky but then I think it was the 4th interval I hit the spot on the route that I chose that I was hoping would be a walking segment but I was not that lucky. Bamn! the steepest part of the walk/run and Robert (hey I am on a first name basis with him now) says to run! so I started chugging up the hill and about 30 seconds into this interval I glanced over my shoulder and my cockiness was sitting on the side of the road panting and told me to go on without him, so I did. In all honesty I felt good during the entire run and probably could have done a 9th interval but then I did leave Mr.Cocky on the road side so I best close my pie hole about that! Where I have to run is pretty hilly and I think that will work to my advantage because I will have to work harder than if I was on a treadmill, I have 2 different directions that I can go and one is as hilly as the next. The fact that I am running on hills is something that I did not want to deal with but seeing that I did ok on my first time out I am kind of happy that there are hills, I think it will make me a better runner in the long run.

Ok onto some details, I ran/walked 2.049 miles in the 29.45 minutes that week one takes to complete, that's just over 4mph if I did my math right. Like I mentioned the first 3 intervals were very easy but after I hit that steep spot I knew that it was a workout and was sweating pretty good but I felt good throughout the entire process. At one point I thought about how not so long ago when I could not make that quarter mile walk to see a broken bridge and here I am starting a 5k running program @just about 340 pounds, my how times have changed.

Onto the regular stuff, I had 1690 total calories for the day and I drank just under 2 gallons of fluid, 1 gallon of green tea and the rest was straight H2O, I wanted to make sure that I was hydrated because of the start of C25K yesterday. Exercise was the start of C25K and well, I already covered that so I won't go further than that. over all it was a good day and I am actually looking forward to Day 2 of the program, I am very curious to see if I am sore for the next run and I am going to attempt to improve the distance every time I go out so that should be fun.

The above was written almost immediately after I ran last night, from here on is this morning and after a nights sleep I feel good, I can feel that I did something that is not routine with my exercise but I woke up feeling good, no soreness at all. I am planning on doing some calisthenics and light weights today as exercise but the C25K plan calls for no running today so I am going to obey that and go as far as to not walk either, so a weight day it shall be.

With week one day one (W1D1) under my belt I am on my way to running a 5k race, let us hope that my joints and physical hold together for the ride. I have had my oil checked and filled my tires to the proper foot pounds, I am using premium gasoline now and the tune up from the doc should be what I need to keep the miles rolling in so now I will hope that it all holds together as I advance through the program. I have decided that I am going to add up the miles that I run/walk from here on out and create a map to see how long it takes me to run to CA from CT so look for that in the future as well as all of the normal things that I have always posted on this blog.

We will call that the end of the post, so as your reward for reading the whole thing go grab yourself a big ol glass of H2O! if you think that you are too out of shape to do any exercise keep in mind that I am just about 340 pounds currently, I was 534 pounds at the start of my weight loss program and I have just started a running program aimed at getting me running five kilometers straight, still think that you can't exercise? I think that its all a matter of how you look at it, now get up off of your ass!

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_CORTNIE 6/10/2009 10:34PM

    Where can I find info on the C25K stuff?

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JACKLIN11 6/3/2009 9:34PM

    Amazing, you should be so proud of yourself. You are already a success story. Keep on writing that book I am sure you will be an inspiration to many people.

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CECE0330 6/3/2009 9:34AM

    I've been toying with getting back into the C25K program-last year I made it through week 2 ( I hate Robert's music choice for week 2, BTW) and my knees were not entirely pleased with me, so my plan was to keep at week 2 until they stopped screaming so much, then slowly move into week 3. Didn't happen. But I can say that after attempting to jog on the track at the Y and on the treadmill back in April, that the C25K program eases your joints into running WAAAAAY better than you might think. Anyway.....good luck in your journey, I'll be cheering you on from this neck o' the woods!

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PAINTER41 6/2/2009 5:01PM

    Ain't it great when a plan comes together! I love that feeling after any workout that makes you sweat, at the point of the cool down, when you body lets you know that did something wonderful for it. I call that a kiss from my body to me. I didn't hear you say that you took time to do stretches but maybe you did say you were doing that. Stretches will help keep you from getting sore.
I AM PROUD OF YOU AND NOT JUST FOR RUNNING BUT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO MAKE A PLAN AND THE FOLLOW THROUGH. You will for sure run the race if you make the planed workouts. emoticon

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AMBERROGUE 6/2/2009 3:35PM

    emoticon Way to motivate us!!

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/2/2009 2:34PM

  woohoo day one of the next goal complete!!

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DBALZER 6/2/2009 1:49PM

    As always, you continue to inspire me. I saw you talking about C25K a week or two ago so I started checking it out. I have not done my W1D1 yet, but I will soon. You give me the courage to conquer the fat man in me.


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PJDKSMITH 6/2/2009 1:26PM

    Hello! What a fantastic start to ur running 5k journey! VERY proud of u!
Just remember with hills u may get more shin splints than those of us who run on a flat surface. Use the c25k group for support, cause u KNOW we are there for u~!
Soooo very proud!

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_RAMONA 6/2/2009 1:21PM

    "I glanced over my shoulder and my cockiness was sitting on the side of the road panting and told me to go on without him, so I did." Brilliant, Tony!

Too often, as my former self, I allowed my cockiness to seduce me into sitting down with her and perhaps even indulging in a little treat to reward my 'best' effort. Thanks to you and others like you, I'm learning to find some way, any way, some tiny little compromised way to get through those 'make it, or break it' moments... and as a result I'm succeeding in my life in ways I never really realized were possible. Thanks for that.

And... WAY TO GO!!!!!

As ever,
Me, too.

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CINCYDORA 6/2/2009 1:19PM

    Where's the emoticon that shows people bowing to a tall stud and saying "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" ??? I guess you'll have to settle for this until the Sparkpowers create it:


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AINTSKEERD 6/2/2009 12:55PM

    You ROCK!

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TWENKY215 6/2/2009 10:30AM

    BRAVO!!!!! what a victory. I am not ready for running but I can just see you doing the darn thing with a smile. Keep on doing those amazing things for yourself. You are just a machine and I know it feels really good. Enjoy this rest of the week, it's raining here in Chicago and we have plans to go to the White Sox game tonight. It's not looking too good and it's turning out to be a cold day. We will not get higher than 66 during the day and around 45 during the night. YUCK!!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/2/2009 10:10AM

    How great! Sweating is great! I wish you loads of successs on C25K

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ELFITZPA 6/2/2009 9:50AM

    Congrats on starting!! And I love the idea of tracking your mileage from CT to CA - I may need to steal that one from you!!

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SWEETZMIX 6/2/2009 9:40AM

    emoticon on rocking that C25K, my friend you are inspiring me. I am going to look into the website!! So you rocked it out and hopefully the soreness doesn't come around, I usually get sore like 2 days later. I can imagine your excitement, b/c I am excited for you!!

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KROLES55 6/2/2009 9:04AM

    Congratulations on a significant accomplishment....

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PARTICLEGIRL22 6/2/2009 8:38AM

    Great job on W1D1! I'm a newbie too (I just did W2D2 this morning) and I love to hear about others experiences! Way to rock the hills too! I live on the coast so any hills I come across are man made! Congrats! I look forward to reading about your progress!

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LAURIE5658 6/2/2009 8:34AM

    Botzzz, I am so honored to have found such a motivational Sparker and it will be "fun" to watch your progress with this particular challenge. Not only am I very interested in your physical betterment, but your emotional also. Have a Sparktastic day, my friend and remember...never look back but always forward.

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C25K start and a lot on my mind.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Today is the day that I am planning on starting the C25K program and I woke up with a sore back but I am running anyways. I am planning on doing my runs in the evening and because of that I will have to post how each run went on the day after the run. I may add a C25K ticker or tracker on the side bar but I have not decided on that just yet and you will see it appear one day if I decide on doing that. Besides tracking my time etc for this program I want to track the distance that I go each day as well as how I felt during the run so that I can see if my pace is getting faster or slower each day, I am sure there will be an excel sheet snapshot posted after I get it made and some data into it.

My plan of attack is that I have no plan, I am just going to start walking and when the guy on the podcast says run I will do it and see how well I fare. a while back just for fun while I was walking I timed out week one and almost completed the whole thing without any real issues but I have not been riding my bike and only walking for exercise so I do not know if that will effect the way I feel tonight when I do day 1 week 1, all I can hope for is that I complete the entire 30 minutes. I did not exercise all weekend, I did not do anything that would even remotely be considered exercise honestly so I should be fresh for this new routine.

Since I mentioned the weekend I want to share how it went, Friday my sheet says 1370 calories but we went to the drive in theater and I had a small apple and a big bowl of pop corn (air popped from home) during the movie so I am slightly over maybe by 150 or so if my estimate is right. Saturday was fine and well where intake was concerned and a quick look at my excel sheet says that I had 1695 calories so I was within the limit and the weekend was off to a good start. Sunday I did not count my calories and I know that I went over, by how much I am unsure, my Father stopped by along with a couple of wifys friends and we cooked chicken and fish out on our grill, we had corn a salad some watermelon and corn tortillas & salsa with dinner out on the picnic table. I decided that I would load up on fruits early in the day because I knew that I was going to eat some fish (it was fried) and ate nothing but apples, oranges and bananas before dinner. I drank enough fluid all weekend and on Sunday I drank more than 2 gallons between my green tea and straight H2O so I stayed hydrated throughout the weekend and all but Sunday was decent on the calories.

Starting C25K is a step into uncharted territory for me and not only since losing the weight, I have run randomly throughout my life but I have never really run further than a mile straight in a row and the thought of running more than 3 miles is a bit daunting to me. A lot of the people that might be reading this right now that run 1/2 marathons or 10k's or even 5k's may be thinking "a 5k daunting?" To that I answer yes! I am the fella that less than a year and a half ago could not walk 200 feet without pain in his back, sweat spraying out of every pour sounding like a heavy breathing prank caller and I can honestly remember having the thought "why would anyone want to walk unless absolutely necessary" Now I am going to try and run 5 kilometers in a row? I recently walked 5k all at one time so the natural thing in my mind is to now run it.

(If I) when I pull this 5k thing off I will be crossing a line that I have never had the privilege of being on the other side of physically, and honestly I think there will be a mental line being crossed at the same time, if it has not already been surpassed. Imagine going from a state of mind where I created an animosity for people who (could) would walk any distance further than me to the mindset that I am in currently where I am actually thinking about running a 5k distance as a stepping stone to distances beyond that, I have not yet run a single mile yet and here I am thinking about going further than 5k already.

Today I leave you with a quote.

"Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be"
~Don Quixote~

As Ever

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D5ENZO 6/4/2009 9:16AM

    Great job, I recently started to run and wanted to know more abuot the Sparkpeople C25K program. I searched for it on sparkpeople and cannot find it anywhere.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/2/2009 7:38AM

    The knee is doing ok. I am popping ibuprofens to get the swelling down so hopefully by the end of the week it will be pretty normal. If it's not doing significantly better by the end of the week, I'll break down and call the doctor.

I think that the mental part of the c25k is going to be the hard part for me. It is still tough to imagine that I am even going to contemplate this, let alone start soon.

Keep on chugging. I'll meet you soon on this part of the trip.

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_RAMONA 6/2/2009 4:05AM

    LOVE THE QUOTE! I was looking everywhere for it, so THANKS! I've been pondering a similar theme in my blogs this past weekend!

If anyone can do this, it is YOU... especially with your wifey at your side. You two are a great team!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
As Ever,
Me, too.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/1/2009 11:03PM

    You may want to supplement your reading with either or both of John Bingham's books. One is 'no need for speed' and the other is 'running for mortals'. I think you will enjoy both.

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PAINTER41 6/1/2009 10:30PM

    My friend.........................IFNY

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JOPAPGH 6/1/2009 10:20PM

    Focus on the elapsed time of the jog, not the speed. I started by jogging at turtle speed, about the same time as my fastest walk. As my body got used to it, I was able to run at a faster speed at the same heart rate.

Many people start out more at a sprint, get winded and discouraged, then quit.

Slow and steady wins the 5K completion race.

Best of luck,


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AROCHFORD 6/1/2009 8:16PM

    Yep its possible. One step in front of the other.

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Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BILLALEX70 6/1/2009 7:21PM

    Brother you CAN do this!

I started out walking with short "bursts" of jogging. You just keep adding "bursts" until you are jogging more than walking.

I enjoy doing interval running now. As I work my way up in speed I bring down the time.

Take this by the plan and you'll be running in no time.

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SUNNY89 6/1/2009 5:13PM

    You seem so well prepared. You are so honest with your comments. I know you will meet this goal of yours. I can only imagine how you will feel when you start your running. Enjoy it.

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ZIRCADIA 6/1/2009 4:41PM

    OOH I LOVE BIGGIRL208's comment!!! In that case, I've mentally run my marathon already. :) I just have to make it there physically. hehehe. Anyway -- that is so cool that since you went to the drive in you brought your airpopped popcorn from home. :D

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/1/2009 4:05PM

    I beg to differ. You *have* run the miles already! In your head, in your heart, you've been running for a few weeks now. Putting your sneakers to the asphalt at a faster pace is simply going to be the physical realization of what you've already done in your head!

So, we have a runner now. Heh. I kinda suspect, once you really get into this running thing, that the pounds will start to come off even faster! And if you're going to amp up the strength training as well, then wheee - you'll be building up a great body for when the rest of the layers melt off! :)

Can't wait to see you *under* that 300 mark - soon, soon!


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PJDKSMITH 6/1/2009 3:29PM

    Its TOUGH.. don't kid urself.. but I found that truly it IS mind over body for this one. Yes, it takes time to condition.. but the program REALLY works. Take it from a girl who could not run 10 seconds without having shortness of breath and thighs that were burning.. I have been a graduate for almost a month I guess and NOW have participated in TWO races!
Keep on the c25k boards and check out week by week status.. and even some of the 'i did it" threads.. they are inspirational. Some of us have blogged about our time like I really hope u do; looking back LATER and reading it is really emotional for me. It puts me in a great frame of mind though to see what I've accomplished.
There is little in life that is as satisfying as doing something YOURSELF. True grit and nothing else.
I suppose support of our sparkies really helps!
Best of luck, will be waiting for ur post!

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AINTSKEERD 6/1/2009 12:55PM

    Crossing the mental barrier will be the REAL challenge. And you may not actually cross it until the day you realize that you physically did it. But that day will come, you'll see to that!

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DENACARPER 6/1/2009 12:46PM

on your 5K. Set your mind to it and you can do anything - way to go!!!

keep up the great work!

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SWEETZMIX 6/1/2009 12:45PM

    You got this my friend. I am really excited for you to start running. Even thought of it myself this weekend, once I realized I stepped off the wagon for most of May. (No excuses, I didn't fall off, I stepped off.) Sometimes we just need a goal, u know and this can be it since it has nothing to do with weight. Also I hope you got your compression shirt and maybe some compression shorts will help you out as well, for comfort reasons. And you are right about the scale, we all have had many ups and downs throughout our journey, but we are still here right?!?!

Take Care and I will be looking forward to your blog tomorrow :)

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LAURIE5658 6/1/2009 12:42PM

    I am here ready and very willing to be your cheerleader. Lets git r done!

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The Scale...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Today is Friday and we know what that means, its time to see what the scale says and just as suspected I did not see a loss this week, I did in fact see a small gain. Last week I was at 340.2 pounds and this week I was 341.4 so just over a 1 pound gain for me this week but I am ok with that because it is what it is and this is not an over night process. I have seen ups and obviously seen downs since starting but the over all vibe has been and will remain me getting healthier and stronger.

The scale, this inanimate object becomes the bane of so many people trying to drop a few pounds, it also becomes the light in the dark to many others when a lower number flashes across the display on that magical day of the week that is chosen to record progress. The scale has no feelings, it has no care about what the display says, it merely records what it feels step onto it at that magical hour. We as people losing weight rely on our scale to tell us how we are doing, we rely on that cold piece of metal and plastic with a bit of electronics tossed in to tell us "ya done good" and sometimes when is doesn't we feel like killing the messenger. It is important to see the scale move down BUT it is not the only thing that is important, in the last couple weeks my weight seems to have stalled (I am sure that this week will be different) but in those same weeks I have walked more on average than I have since starting on this weight loss regimen, so I could say that my walking has improved instead of saying that I did not lose any weight this week, its all how you look at it.

My calories for yesterday came in at 1660 and I got in 2 gallons of fluids, 1 gallon of Green tea and 1 gallon of straight H2O. It did rain all day so I did not get out for a walk because I had my daughter all day and I won't make her walk in the rain with me so I did not get any exercise into yesterday. Have a look at yesterdays menu, I think it was decently balanced if a little light on protein.


8:00 AM
2 multigrain english muffins 200
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow 70
tomato/pickle 20

11:00 AM
small apple 80

12:15 PM
1 lavash bread 100
4.5 oz Capicola 225
1 T Miracle whip 35
lettuce/tomato 35

2:00 PM
1 orange 65

5:45 PM
4 slices whole wheat bread 280
6 slices turkey bacon 210
lettuce/tomato 40
miracle whip 50
1 pretzel rod 35

8:15 PM
small apple 80
1 orange 65

Over all I am ok with how the week went besides breaking my stationary bike anyways and I am planning on starting the C25K program come Monday I am also thinking about maybe making a section on the side bar to record progress etc but that will be decided later. I am up one pound this week from last and up three pounds from my lowest 2 weeks ago, the plan is to get below where I was at my lowest for this week and I have a feeling that as long as I start C25K on Monday that I will be able to get there. I am going to make a push for that 200 pounds lost this week but honestly most of my focus will be on the C25K program for the next couple of weeks and I think that the second part of the equation will happen as a result.

With that the plan is in place and the post comes to an end, make sure you get that H2O into your day, that's all I got for this morning.

As Ever

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/1/2009 11:31AM

    So, any plans to replace that bike? :)

I'm wondering if this is just a natural step in progress of workouts. We start with a bike 'cause it's easiest. And then move on to green pastures (literally) with walking, jogging, swimming, etc. ... Maybe you DON'T need the bike any more! What a thought! :)

So, another weekend down, and then it'll be Friday again really soon - how's it GOING? :)


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GAMBLINGQUEEN 5/31/2009 2:09AM

    It's good to see that you remain to have a good attitude despite the small gains. You are doing a fantastic job and you continue inpiring the masses. Thanks.

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CALIFCAS 5/30/2009 11:04PM

  I love the picture! I know you didn't right this blog about me, but it sure felt like it. When I don't see the numbers I want to see on the scale it can be very discouraging. But I keep trusting that if I do the work, I will see the results. The results just might not be in lower number on the scale. I forget that sometimes.
Keep up the great work! Achieving all your goals is just around the corner!

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TRECECOOKS 5/30/2009 10:26AM

    I am so impressed by you going for the C25K!! Hooray for you!!

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GIGGLES40 5/30/2009 8:19AM

    You're doing great!! Try measuring yourself, you'll be surprised to notice that even if the scale doesn't move there are inches lost.

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BILLALEX70 5/29/2009 10:07PM

    You'll get there soon and then move onto your next goal. It took me 3 weeks to finally break 50% lost. But, now that it happened I've set my sights on the next goal.

Onward and upward.

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HONEYBEAR1461 5/29/2009 8:17PM

    Hi there, yes you have gained a pound, so did I this week. Not good but then as you said other things were better, your walking.

I have no idea what a C25K program is but if it allows you to become fitter and healthier then it must be a good thing.

Take care,

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_RAMONA 5/29/2009 2:54PM

    As usual, it's your attitude that keeps me cmng back here, and which keeps me putting one foot in front of the other! Way to go, Tony!

As Ever,
Me, too.

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AINTSKEERD 5/29/2009 1:32PM

    Great attitude. The scale is just one indicator of our progress on this journey. Clothing fit, naked reflections, loose wedding rings and greater endurance are just a few of the others. You're doing fabulous!

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AMBERROGUE 5/29/2009 11:39AM

    emoticon You're right on with your attitude towards the scale! It will go up and it will go down, but as long as it averages more down than up, you're doing great. And finding other ways to measure your success is important. You talked about your walks. I think it's awesome that you've come so far and can see a difference with your walking.

You're doing great! Keep up the good work!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/29/2009 11:37AM

    As ever, a level head prevails. Keep up the good work. We are here for you.

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CINCYDORA 5/29/2009 11:21AM

    Give yourself another two weeks to see the scale drop. I've noticed when I start a new exercise regimen or increase the difficulty that my body will retain water for a week or two then I'll have a sudden weight drop.

I wish I had your dedication. If I could keep my backsliding to a couple of pounds, I'd be in better shape. I tend to disappear from my quest for weeks on end, only to return 10 or more pounds heavier. You really are an inspiration, proof that it can be done.

Thank you.

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LORIELP 5/29/2009 11:02AM

    Hey If I could make a suggestion... Pump up your protein and veggies and less on the carbs and processed meat. I see a little too much carbs and salt. These changes could make all the difference in your progress. Feel free to sparkmail me any time. Lorraine

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ANNBELL08 5/29/2009 10:34AM

    Hi have you tried measuring yourself as well its always good to get a bit of positive feedback with the measurements going down I have stalled but my measurements are going down the extra exercise will probably make that happen good luck with the new exercise regime the 200 is not fat off Ann

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/29/2009 10:04AM

  Hey you have been losing like on the biggest loser show the lose 100 in 5 months , Your efforts have been consistant and large numbers off regularly your body is probably needing a little vacation! Great attitude and the fact that you can do more physically is awesome that is huge results! I am doing better with the scale as of late I used to think it was the spawn of satan some weeks but, now over a year in I am seeing its a process it all adds up slow and steady wins the race!

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MYVANNSMAMA 5/29/2009 10:01AM

    Good Luck! I hope that all goes well with the training. Keep on keeping on. We all know the fable the turtle and the rabbit but its so true in all we do. emoticon good luck to you!!

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LGLANDT 5/29/2009 9:20AM

    Good luck on the C25K program! I did it a year ago and I've been running ever since!

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LAURIE5658 5/29/2009 9:17AM

    THANK YOU for your perspective on the scale and it is very timely for me. I don't even want to get on mine for pete's sake.

What is so telling with your blog entries is that you are taking this journey one day at a time. After 50 years on this Earth, I can tell you its the only way to approach weight loss. I also take how I actually feel into consideration of my Spark progress and like you, always keep a gameplan in your head.

WE can do this and WE will!

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SKYEFYR 5/29/2009 8:52AM

  Congrats on not letting the scale get you down!

Good luck on the C25K program!

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ZIRCADIA 5/29/2009 8:39AM

    Good luck this upcoming week!! Stay strong this weekend to give yourself a good start! :)

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C25K start date and some random fat dude stuff.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This week flew by and I am pretty sure there will be no change in my weight, unless its up and last week I said that I was going to bust arse and get under that 200 pound lost mark but a few things happened that have hindered that push. This weekend was not the best in the world where eating was concerned which was my fault, and my back injury was acting up a bit, then there is the fact that the pedal came off of my bike again so I was without that as a tool. I did get in a few good solid 2-3 mile walks which I feel good about and I am planning on starting the C25K program on Monday and the docks seem to be clearing up the last two days so in the right direction we are headed but where tomorrows weigh in is concerned I just don't think I will be at a negative number.

My wife started C25K a few weeks ago and has been doing a great job with it, seeing her stick to it the way she has makes me want to do the program even more. The plan for me will be to do week one twice and then try and stick with each week once unless I am struggling more than I think that I will, I am going to try and catch up to Wify and where she is in the program and hope that we can run together at some point. One thing that is bothering me a bit with this running idea is the fact that I have some loose skin and it does move around when I run, I am planning on getting a compression shirt to wear under my tee shirt while running because its a bit uncomfortable the way it is currently, both physically and just knowing that its whipping around under my shirt like a couple of puppies fighting over a bone, a lovely visual I know but hey! I tell it like it is.

All of the walking that I have been doing over the past weeks I believe will help me complete the C25K program with success. Once upon a time I bought a pair of running shoes to walk in and after about a mile the balls of my feet would hurt thus ending the walk, then the old feets started realizing that I was not going to stop any time soon so they submitted and I could make it 1.5 miles with no worry about my feet hurting, and now a 3 mile walk has no ill effect on my dogs at all. Leaps and bounds ahead of where I once was I am going to begin running, I fully expect to hit some bumps but then what fun is anything that's a given right? a challenge is more rewarding than something that is handed to you on a platter, and when I run a continuous 5k distance I can think back to the days when walking upstairs to go to bed winded me and smile.

Whatever the scale tells me tomorrow will be fine by me, I do have a strong feeling that I won't be lighter than last week but then that doesn't matter so much to me anymore, I feel like I have hit a point where being able to do more physically is as important as the raw number of my weight and as long as that advances the weight will keep coming down.

That will bring us to the end of another post by the rambling fat dude, check me out tomorrow to see what the scale says to me, as I said I don't expect it to be lower but it is what it is.

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TRACYZABELLE 5/29/2009 6:36AM


I am looking forward to seeing your WI!! I hope you accomplish what you expect.. but the numbers do not always tell the story!


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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/28/2009 10:32PM

    DUDE, you are friggin' amazing. I just read this entry - and what an inspiration this is to read.

I don't have the same issue with excess skin, but I still use compression stuff. I have an Under Armor long sleeve tee shirt - I just love it. I actually have started to use compression socks as well.

I hear what you are saying about the scale, and I agree with Bill, it will come around. Now there are so many other benefits to what you have done to your body and how you have improved your health. The scale is just one of the parameters.

Keep up the good work.

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BILLALEX70 5/28/2009 10:09PM

    Dude I had the same issue when I started running. I thought it was somebody clapping for me and it was actually my stomach slapping around. emoticon Not a pretty sight. I bought some Under Armour compression shirts and 'shorts'. They seem to do the trick and now I won't workout without them.

Don't sweat the scale tomorrow it'll come around eventually.

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SUNNY89 5/28/2009 6:15PM

    You are doing great. You have such determination. It is super that your wifey is joining you on your journey. I am sure you will find what works in regards to the loose skin. Keep at it and you will make it.

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ZIRCADIA 5/28/2009 4:09PM

    YAY WIFEY!!!! Also regarind C25K -- if you plan to start with Week 1 twice that's fine, but I would also like to suggest the recommendation that I read when doing the program -- try the next workout and if you can't do it, THEN go back. It will help you not to have a mental block as an excuse not to move forward because you may find that if you try it, you can do it. :) But if you need to repeat a week, then DO IT. No problems there. Anyway there's my 2 cents.

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AMBERROGUE 5/28/2009 1:52PM

    I know you can do it!

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AINTSKEERD 5/28/2009 1:08PM

    No matter what, your positive attitude will keep you going. I agree, the non-scale successes are equally, and possibly more, rewarding than the # between your toes!
I think you will LOVE the compression shirt; I know I love my compression shorts (they keep the loose tummy skin in place).
You'll catch up to wifey in no time at all. Keep up the great work! tam

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/28/2009 12:46PM

  love your honesty geez your real about stuff. My Dreams of being americas or Canadas next top model were shot when my arms went . I want to take a pic to show off my muscles from st but the top looks nice the bottom like a old lady. what the heck its still better than being morbidly obese. Do what you gotta do to make your dreams reality and support the lovely wife of yours and vs. versa

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ELFITZPA 5/28/2009 12:12PM

    I'm excited that you're going to get to start the C25K and I'm glad to hear that your wife is doing it too. That should be fun - not to mention easier - to tackle together. And I love that you referred to your feet as "dogs" - it reminds me of an old high school friend I haven't seen in ages!

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BOTZZZ 5/28/2009 11:47AM

    Welp Maya, THAT'S not what I meant but sure lol, its more the ol gut that has the skin issue, and yes I think a compression shirt will be the way to least I hope it will help anyways :)

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/28/2009 11:19AM

    Well, DUDE! You've got to be one of the FEW men who'd REALLY understand the joy a GOOD sports bra gives to a full-chested woman. :) Seriously - it's the SAME feeling you're describing - all that puppy-fighting can get painful! :)

Okay, TMI, I know. But you kinda asked for it! :) So, yeah, the compression shirt should help.

And I know you and your wife will soon be running together - even if she finishes the entire program first, you'll catch up in a few weeks after, and then you'll both be C25K-certified. :) Can't wait till the kiddies get old enough and have enough stamina to keep up with the two of you - then we'll hear of the Botzzzz family at all the major running events, maybe at the triathlons! :)

(Yeah, I tend to be an optimist, could you tell?)

Keep up the great work - the weight is so much a secondary consideration now - your health and attitude are SO much more important! And those are absolutely FAB!


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LAURIE5658 5/28/2009 10:30AM

    Come on...YOU CAN DO THIS! Whatever the scale says tomorrow PLEASE keep that motivation going that you have. You need to do this for you AND your wife and you are well on your way. You are an inspiration to me and I subscribed to your blog.

Don't make me come and slap you with my flip flop.


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VTMAUREEN 5/28/2009 10:30AM

    I've been thinking about doing the c25k myself, but I am a little concerned about my joints and my bod holding together. I don't want to destroy my knees, or end up with shin splints. Still, I have a hankering to be able to run... so I may be joining you on that program very soon...

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Walk, Run, Bike, whatever Just do it!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday was a good day where diet and exercise were concerned, I ate a total of 1635 calories and I walked 2 miles in 32 minutes so my pace is improving, in addition to the walk I rode my stationary bike for 17 minutes. Why would I take a mere 17 minute ride on my bike you ask? well because that's when the pedal broke off..Again! I think that it is time for me to either upgrade to a bike that was made within the last 10 years or join a gym so that I can stop playing games with an old bike. I did take a slam on the wrist with the handle bar when the pedal sheered off, it is bruised and hurts this morning so I will skip my push ups and weights today as a precaution but I plan on a 3 mile walk this afternoon as long as the rain holds off, here is a look at yesterdays menu.


7:45 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

12:15 PM
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T Jam 50

3:30 PM
1 can progresso soup 160
1/2 cup white rice 100

6:15 PM
8oz grilled chicken 400
3/4 cup white rice 200
1 cup green beans 40
1 T sour cream 20
pueblo sauce 15

7:45 PM
1 orange 65

I mentioned joining a gym, my daughter starts school in August and I do believe that I will be joining a gym at that time because it will be the perfect time for me to drop her off at school and go to the gym for a few hours. I have been thinking about joining a gym for a while now and now that some time is freeing up its looking like a better idea than ever. Lately I have this feeling of actually being somewhat able to do more than I have been able to in a long while, what I mean is that I do not feel limited by my weight any more in the way that being 500 plus pounds can make a person feel. The feeling lately is more like I can do anything that I want to instead of "no way men I need my knees for a few more years" The weight that I am at now is the weight that I have been comfortable at for most of my life, or should I say my life from about 19 to 28 or so, just before I blew up so lately I have been getting this feeling that I am coming around to new ground where my physical ability comes into play which brings me to my next point.

I am planning on starting the C25K program on June 1st, me running? me? the fella that was 534 pounds not so long ago? Yes! Me running. Now I did run a bit in my mid 20's but it was more like when I had some thinking to do (which back then there was lots of that!) and at about 300 pounds or so (an estimate for my weight as I don't know what I was) which is about what I weigh now, I was running 3 times per week about 2 miles but never 2 whole miles in a row, I do believe that one mile was the limit before I walked back then and now I have it in my head to run 5 kilometers continuously. Will my back hold out? (the injury) will my knees hold out? after all I was 500 plus pounds at one point and am still 300 plus, will I be able to run continuously for that long without passing out? I do not know the answers to any of these questions but if I don't try how will I find out? I do know the answer to that one and it's I won't know until I try, so its all I can do.

I am heading out for a walk before the rain starts again so this post has come to an end, thanks for following along! tune in tomorrow for the next mind riddling episode of as the fat guy turns, and don't forget that H2O because it is one of the most important parts of a successful weight loss plan.

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WENDYSPARKS 5/28/2009 6:28AM

    Hey Botzzz, you are doing really well...and I am very proud of you!!! I give you a big pat on the back!! I know it is not easy but you are making alot of progress!!! Good luck on the weigh in and will read more of your blogs soon!. Good Luck, wendy

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LEAVY1213 5/27/2009 11:02PM

    Hey I have no idea how I got unsubscribed to your blog. I think it deleted all my subscriptions a bit ago and I am just now realizing it. I guess I have been too busy with life and working double hours that I just needed a break or something! lol Well I am feeling a bit more in control things and hope to be a frequent visitor again! :-) Looks like you are still generally moving in the right direction and making progress in all kinds of ways. Good luck on your weigh in Friday! Have a great day!

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VALMR2 5/27/2009 3:46PM

    You can do it Botzzz! I am planning on running a 5K next year in May. People look at me funny when I say it but I don't care! I have a friend who runs and she is confident I can do it and is going to train me in Chi running/walking. I did walk the 5K this year again with a 1 hour 10 minute time.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/27/2009 1:40PM

    I'm thinking that June 1 might be the start day for me as well . . . The knee has been feeling pretty good for a few weeks.

Something you might want to take a peek at is your calorie intake vs. burn. You might want to bump up the calories by about 100 when you start the c25k. Just a suggestion.

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/27/2009 11:01AM

    Just keep going, Botzzz, no matter what. Maybe you won't run all 5k at a stretch on day 1, and maybe you will. If you do, YAY. If you don't, you'll keep running longer and longer bits of the route, and one day you'll find that you can easily run a 10k, not just a 5k. :)

It's all habit!

Hey, I have to ask, have you taken your resting heart rate measurement? You know, where you take your pulse for a whole minute immediately upon waking up (before you get out of bed, even), several days in a row, and average the results? I suspect you'll find that number is now a LOT lower than it used to be 200 pounds ago! :) Being more active has SO many healthy side-effects! :)


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CALICAVEGIRL 5/27/2009 10:52AM

    If you're worried about running and the effect on your knees then consider running on grass or dirt as oppose to running on sidewalks or on the road. Just my two cents =)

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LAURIE5658 5/27/2009 10:32AM

    Chuck the stationary bike cuz you are just asking for trouble with a potentially serious injury. I think the gym idea is great and it opens up so many more fitness possibilities for you. JUST DO IT! *place Nike swish here*

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