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C25k week 2 start and a Free MP3 player.

Monday, June 08, 2009

This weekend went well and over all I feel great about the coming week, tonight I will run W2D1 of the couch to 5k program and am looking forward to finding out whether I will struggle with it or go right through it. Over all I am pretty happy with how the program went within the first week and am starting to look forward with some things that I think that I will need to continue running including an MP3 player and yesterday during an impromptu visit to the mall with Wify and the animals er, kids I walked past a display with tiny little MP3 players hanging on it in Jcpenny with a sign that said "Fathers day sale $19.99 PLUS a $9.99 rebate" and the price tag that was on the box said $39.99 so I thought "hey I'm a father" what do I have to lose with a $9.99 MP3 player that was originally $40 right? I get up to the counter and wify has a coupon from Jcpenny for $10 off any item regardless of price and long story short I got the player for $0.00, so I am a happy camper. There was one condition set upon this purchase by the Bill and Teds excellent adventureesque cashier whom said, and I quote "The only thing is that you can't return this {insert short pause here} like ever, because you didn't pay for it" No problemo pal! and off I went with my brandy spanking new FREE mini MP3 player and one thing crossed off of my "need to get" list.

I used a quarter so that you can get an idea of scale when I took these photos the SPI is on the left and the shuffle on the right, click on the link to get a full sized picture

Upon returning home I opened the package and followed the directions in the box and was charging it up so that I can use it tonight on my week 2 debut, 4 hours later I loaded the C25K series of podcasts onto it and tested it out, worked perfectly. Obviously I have not yet had a chance to test it out and give a good solid opinion about how it works yet but I will do a full review after I use it a few times. My son has an Ipod shuffle so I will have something to compare it to but on my initial observations I am already liking the SPI MP3 player a bit better purely because it has a display that lets you see the current track playing as well as the elapsed time of that track (which will help with C25K) and this is something that the shuffle lacks. The Ipod is slightly smaller but not so much that this SPI feels big, this thing is tiny and only weighs 20g vs the 16g of the Ipod, hopefully the new toy proves to be reliable, and honestly there is no beating the price that I paid.

My weekend went well where intake and movement were concerned, I did not go over my calorie limits all weekend and Sunday Wify and I got out for a 2 mile walk and some fishing at the lake earlier in the day. my hydration was on par with at least 1 gallon of green tea and 1 gallon of straight H2O each day along with a couple few Fuze Cranrasberry drinks randomly inserted here and there.

A pretty good week all in all besides the fact that my daughter was sick just about all weekend, She started feeling better Sunday afternoon and was inspired to do some "ekersizes" on our living room floor which brought a smile to my face. Knowing that I am effecting my kids in the way that I am (I should say we are because wify is doing the same) is an extra bonus to me getting fit and dropping this weight. With that comes the end to another page of ramblings from the one time quarter ton man, I will leave you with a quote that I heard over the weekend, this one is very special to me so pay attention to who I am quoting.

"When you watch tv then you have to get up and move your body, that's called ekersize"
~My Daughter~

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KEEPITMOVING 6/11/2009 12:42PM

    wow! congrats on that bargin hunting! i have to take you shopping with me (NOT)!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/9/2009 4:45AM

    Congrats on your new free toy!

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LEAVY1213 6/8/2009 8:55PM

    Great blog!!! Great deal on the ipod and great quote from dd!!! You scored this weekend! hehehe :-)

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AINTSKEERD 6/8/2009 6:49PM

    Too bad we couldn't have gleamed some inspiration from her a few years ago, huh? Just goes to show, though, it's never too late.

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AMBERROGUE 6/8/2009 2:59PM

    LOL, how true!
Sounds like you're doing awesome, as always! So happy for you!

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PJDKSMITH 6/8/2009 1:39PM

    ooo man! U r doing soooo great! Can't wait to see how ur week 2 goes.. u'll probably blow right through it... u r a MACHINE!

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SARAHS216 6/8/2009 12:08PM

    That daughter of yours certainly has it right! How great that you and wify are being a real positive influence on her as far as health and fitness goes.

And, you can't beat a deal like that on an MP3 player!

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TELERIE 6/8/2009 12:07PM

    Yay, you ARE a runner now! I've been catching up on your blogs and I'm so proud of you! So glad you and your wife are both doing the C25K! My darling jumped in with me when I started it, and it was such a joy to be two. We are still running together a couple of times every week and this Friday we will run in our very first 5K race!

Hope you have fun with the free mp3-player, and it's great that your kids learn about ekersize at an early age!

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/8/2009 11:49AM

    Your daughter is one smart cookie! I'm glad she's getting the ekersize message nice and early, before she starts to think like most of us do - that TV is something you sit still in front of, for hours. :D

Great deal on that MP3 player - I agree with you, I've always preferred *any* MP3 player with a readout over the Shuffle!

Enjoy the player and the great workouts you'll be using it on!


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CELTICMOTOCAT 6/8/2009 11:39AM

    best of everything on your journey into w2d1 and your new toy! i've got a zune and love it!

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SWEETZMIX 6/8/2009 10:18AM

    haha loved the quote by the little one. A free MP3 player is a good thing and I think it will help you out that you can see the time elapsed on the screen. I have an IPOD nano with a screen and it helped when I was out there in the rain b/c I looked when to turn back to limit my time in the rain, sO I won't get sick. I am very happy you are pressing on with the C25K program. I can't wait to hear about W2D1.

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C25K week 1 DONE! and I learned some things about myself.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Last night I completed Couch to 5k week one, I was sore, it was raining but I decided that anything worth doing is worth doing 100% so I did not let either of those things stop me. I got dressed and headed out in the rain for my final run of week 1 not knowing whether I would finish it, as I walked out the door I told wify "I will either start and come back in 10 minutes because of the rain and or soreness, or I will run the whole thing, see ya in 10 minutes" once the first interval came around I knew that it was going to be a good run because I was taking long strides and was well ahead of where I have been ending after the first interval. I was far enough ahead of where I have been running by the 4th interval that when I reached the hill that I dread running up I had walked about 1/4 of the way up it before the I had to start running, usually I stop running before the top so again I knew that I was ahead of my pace. I was feeling good, the rain was heavier than a drizzle but not too hard by New England standards and honestly it somehow energized me and by the last interval I was so far ahead of my pace that I started running in the spot where my last interval usually ends.

I learned a couple of things about myself last night, as long as I stay focused and remember that I am choosing to do this I can and will. The second thing that I learned is that I LOVE to run in the rain! this is so odd to me because I was that guy that if it was raining outside would stay indoors and avoid the falling water like I was the wicked witch of the west when I was bigger. Running in the rain is almost like the world is mine at those moments, no one is around and its just me and the wet road and we get to have the rain all to ourselves. The cooling affect that a light rain provides is just enough to make running a bit more comfortable in the being hot department and I am already starting to appreciate this.

My calories for Friday were at 1720 so says my excel sheet but I was up a little later than usual last night and ate two oranges around 10:30pm so I am over by that much, I have the feeling that I will have to raise my caloric intake because of the running and I say that because I have been hungry this whole past week and I can't help but think that its my body letting me know a change is needed because of the extra work that the running is taxing my body for. I drank 1 gallon of green tea, 1.5 gallons of water and a Fuze fruit punch so to say that I am hydrated is an understatement and of course W1D3 was my exercise for the day, I did go my furthest distance last night which was 2.162 miles in the 29:45 that week one takes.

I was going through some comments that were left for me and one of them stood out to me and the simplicity of the statement caught me off guard, and actually gave me a smile. Andrew said "You've got to have the right gear when you're a runner I reckon!" as a response to This Post
where I mentioned buying a compression shirt and the "when you're a runner" part really stopped me for a second and I thought about it, Never in my life has someone referred to me as "a runner" and I realized that I have made substantial changes in my life that will almost certainly mean that I will have that many more years to spend how I wish, doing what I want to with my wife and children.

With that I will end this post, I have a bird house to paint with my daughter so off I go into Daddy duties, make sure to get that H2O down and if someone can refer to me a "a runner" anything is possible.

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AINTSKEERD 6/8/2009 9:58AM

    Exceeding our own expectations is the greatest, ain' it? emoticon

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SNEAKYGREG 6/7/2009 7:15PM

    Awesome job, I remember so well that first week and know that if you made it through that one all the rest is downhill. I mean really 16 months ago who woulda thought I would be well on my way to my first Marathon. Check out for some great tips and articles on eating for runners

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LAURA915 6/7/2009 5:06PM

    Keep up the good work! I started doing the run/walk method in Jan. and now can run 10 miles (without walking). Just take it one step at a time and you'll be amazed at what you can do. I also love running in the rain, as long as it isn't thundering or lightening. You are doing awesome!!!

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VEEJAY3 6/7/2009 3:05PM


Nice to see your real reflection! I felt so weird when someone referred to me as a "cyclist" last summer. Despite my 4-hour rides ... 3 days a week ... I was used to seeing the fat girl in the mirror and thought they must be kidding.

You're a runner.
I'm a cyclist.
We are winners.
Yeah us.

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SWEETZMIX 6/7/2009 1:50PM

    Super happy you completed W1. Very cool we are doing this together but in different states. I opted to take 2 days of rest between the runs b/c of all the other exercises I do. So I started last week Tuesday and will be finished tomorrow.

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PUMPKINFACE73 6/6/2009 6:57PM

    you are there, loving the run, I am ALL SMILES for you...I love to run in the snow, that is my favorite, so peaceful and quiet....

Enjoy the weekend!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/6/2009 6:22PM

    I have heard that running in the rain is about the best because of the cooling. I think that you just have to watch for slick spots so you don't twist an ankle.

Great job on the first week down. I'll join you soon.


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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/6/2009 6:02PM

    Dude - this is awesome man!!!! John Bingham says - the miracle isn't that I finished - the miracle is that I had the courage to start.

Running in the rain - I actually like that too. There is something liberating when you do that ....

Way to go my man!!!! my fellow runner.

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BILLALEX70 6/6/2009 5:29PM

    Anyone who is dedicated enough to go out into the rain and get their run in is a runner in my book. I'm sure that much like me you were never considered much of an athlete, but as I change so does that category. Most athletes compete in their high school or college years and then never again. We're doing it in the opposite.

Keep on keepin on!

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LAURIE5658 6/6/2009 1:27PM

I'm tellin ya, Botz...this IS you!!!!!!! emoticon

I envy you so much because of the distance you can run. I am unable to run for a minute without crapping out. You are doing Sparktastically well, my friend.

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SANLONDON 6/6/2009 11:32AM

    Great work Botzzz! I haven't taken a proper run in the rain yet but when I'm occasionall playing a lengthy game of five-a-side football (that's soccer to you yanks!) - there's nothing better than a refreshing light drizzle, when you've worked up a sweat running about.

Heh, keep this up and you'll be doing a marathon at some point.


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GAMEON123 6/6/2009 11:20AM

    Inspiring post! Just what I needed...thanks :)

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/6/2009 10:57AM

    you are a runner you are a runner,now say that every morning instead add an i and erase the you.i love that you love the rain i do too. keep inspiring. wonder if your wife works out also, and what she does. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKWITME 6/6/2009 10:54AM

    I 'm soooo PROUD of You !

and of myself at the same time. we both have a few things in common, I thought I was the only person that felt like I had the world to myself while running in the rain OH NO ! I Love It, no matter who sees me it's me doing my Thang !

and the other is Training for 5K, I never thought I would run nevertheless do a 5K, now on Week-7,Day-6

I'm sure you will do fine at the end. YOU are Doing It

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ANNBELL08 6/6/2009 10:35AM

    Running or walking in the rain is so good I am glad you enjoyed it you have really made a big effort this week and I have waited with anticipation to see how you are going I am really pleased for you. You even inspired me to swim a bit harder to day and out of the blue one of the other ladies gave me a great tip. Your positive attitude helps a lot thanks for the inspiration emoticon

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Weigh in, into the 330's he goes! 200 pounds lost is almost here..

Friday, June 05, 2009

Weighing in has almost become secondary to me because of the C25K program, I have convinced myself that it does not matter whether I lose or not this week and maybe that is what I needed to get me in a downward direction again. Last week I was 341.4 pounds which was up from my lowest weight as well as up from the week before, this morning I woke up and I weighed 339.6 pounds! I am back into the 330's and I must say that it was a pleasant surprise this morning because I was not expecting a loss with all of the soreness. Today I am 1.8 pounds lighter than I was last week, with that I am stronger physically because the soreness in my muscles means that I am building muscle and pushing myself past where I was before I started running which will set the mood for my day quite nicely.

One bag of flour away from 200 pounds lost.

My calories came in at 1725 for Thursday and I drank more than a gallon of green tea along with about a gallon of straight H2O and a Fuze fruit punch man are those things good, and exercise was absent besides all of the stretching that I did. Over all I am feeling good but still seem pretty sore, I am suppose to run W1D3 tonight but I may put it off until tomorrow night just to give myself an extra day rest for the soreness to go down a bit, I haven't decided which I will do and the decision will purely be based on how I feel tonight when the time comes.

With this weeks weigh in I am again within 5 pounds of having lost 200 total pounds and this is something that I have not really focused on for the past month because of the docs orders for me not to run/bike and it seems that as soon as I started back in on the exercise the weight came back down. Will this be the week that I join the ranks of the few that can proclaim losing 200 plus pounds by making healthy choices in food and adding some exercise to their days? I certainly hope so. This week is doubly positive for me with the start of C25K and now dropping back into the 330's bringing be within 5 pounds of that double century mark, this time the difference is that I am cleared for exercise so I'm just going to say it Nothing can stop me now!

A good week for sure, the only thing left to do is duplicate it again this week so that's the plan. Don't forget that big ol glass of H2o for reading all of the way through this post and remember that you are the one that decides what you do with your time, sit on the couch? complain how hard everything is? eat chocolate when you feel sad? or make good food choices and exercise daily, it really is up to you, make the choice.

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PUMPKINFACE73 6/6/2009 7:11AM

    Hey you...I am always smiling when I read your blogs, Congrats to you..almost 200 pounds I am so excited for you..cant wait to go for that walk...rock on!!!

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BILLALEX70 6/5/2009 10:20PM

    You'll get there and then there'll be the next goal. You just have to take it one step at a time.

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SARAHS216 6/5/2009 10:14PM

    Awesome! What a great week! Only one bag of flour to go is amazing. And then I'm sure you'll keep going all the way to your goal.


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RENA1965 6/5/2009 9:59PM

    keep up the solid work!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/5/2009 4:28PM

    Sometimes turning attention to other things will get the losses going. Just do your best to stay healthy.

Have a great weekend.


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KRISTYSMOM 6/5/2009 4:10PM

    Almost at the 200 lb lost... awesome. Keep up the good work.

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AMBERROGUE 6/5/2009 4:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You ROCK!!

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    You are doing amazing. An almost 200lb loss is incredible. You have lost almost one of me, lol. Keep up the good work and keep running. I'm totally tempted to try the couch to 5K. I keep restarting it and never move past week 1.

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LAURIE5658 6/5/2009 1:47PM

    Botz! You are headed in the right direction and you are going to reach that 200 lb. loss...CUZ I SAID SO!!!!!! That dang persistence once again wins the game, baby!

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    Sounds like you have had a great week! Running becomes very addicting, and eventually enjoyable. (So I've been told.) I actually look forward to running everyday, even though some days are tough. How long are your intervals that you are running? When I started I ran for 2 minutes, walked 1. And I've slowly increased that. I know that because I have slowly increased the training time I haven't injured myself. That would be my only piece of advice. Go slow!
Way to go on getting in the 330's! Keep it up!
Hugs, Heidi

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/5/2009 1:17PM

  too minus 200 hundred adn beyond woohoo!

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SURFIE 6/5/2009 10:57AM

    Way to go!! You are doing such an excellent job. I can't even imagine being able to lose almost 200 lbs! Thank you for always posting such motivating blogs and reminding us that we CAN do anything we put our minds (and bodies!) to. I can't wait to hear when you drop that bag of flour and get the bragging rights that go along with earning a 200 pound weight loss. You're awesome!


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SCANJ05 6/5/2009 10:55AM

    that is so wonderful keep up the good work emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 6/5/2009 10:36AM

    Congrats!!!!! I think that having you focus on something else may help the scale move. I noticed for myself the more I stress about the scale is when it doesn't move or goes up :/ I also like to drink Fuze when I am out and about for some low cal flavor. I hope you feel better to get that run in, if not tomorrow will be a better day than today. I skipped my D2 yesterday due to working out everyday since Sunday, I was just tired. Went to bed at 10:30pm and woke up at I am wondering if I can beat this darn rain. If I don't hear from you, enjoy your weekend!!!

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SCHNAUZERLOVER2 6/5/2009 10:36AM

    WOW!! What an accomplishment! I feel very lazy now.... I lost 40 lbs and have 60 lbs more to go (I am over 50). I need to get up off the chair! You are amazing, and a great encouragement, too. Thanks for the dose of reality! emoticon

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D5ENZO 6/5/2009 10:35AM

    I love your bag of flour lost post..its so cool! emoticon

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LEAVY1213 6/5/2009 9:31AM

    Congrats on the weight loss!!

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GIGGLES40 6/5/2009 9:03AM

    Congrats!! on your loss!! I really enjoy your blogs, you're so positive and encouraging. Thanks for helping keep my mind on the right track.

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/5/2009 8:56AM

    Wheeee! You're back in sniffing distance of that 200-pounds lost mark! Yay! And soooon, you'll be in the 320s, then the 310s, then ... BELOW 300! That's the one I'm waiting for! You'll be in a completely different "zone" then - there will be SO MUCH new stuff for you to experience and enjoy! :)

And you're right, WE are the ones who make the choices that make us fit or fat - the more healthy choices we make (even if it's something small like drinking an extra cup of water!), the easier we'll find it to be our healthiest selves! Small steps can take us a LONG way - thanks for the reminder!


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ZIRCADIA 6/5/2009 8:51AM

    WOOHOO! :D Congrats on your loss and here's to really rockin those 5lbs OFF FAST! :D hehehe. :D

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C25K week 1 day 2 fini, and some new gear for my running.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Yesterday was time for W1D2 on the C25K program and sore quads and all out into the rain I went to get day two under my belt. Earlier in the day I was out and about and thought that I would look around for a compression shirt to run in, the last time I went out the highest size was a 2xl and I already knew that I was a 3xl so why bother trying one on? I walked in and again looked at all of the 2xl shirts and wify said "are you going to at least try one on?" so I thought about it and decided why not and off I went into the changing room with 3 different shirts. To my surprise a 2xl shirt fit me, in fact it was a bit long on me which was awesome in itself as this was something that I wanted in a compression shirt so I was happy to find a shirt, the shirt that I bought is a Rebok play dry compression shirt. I put the shirt on at home and wify took a look and we both agree that I am a lot smaller with it on, in fact my regular tee shirts that I wear look too big when I have the compression shirt under them. The amazing part about that shirt is that it shows me just how much extra skin that I have on me, if a compression shirt can make me look as small as it does I do think this is just the beginning of my skin issue woes, but that is a bridge yet to be crossed so I will not dedicate too much attention to it just yet.

The run itself last night went well for the most part, I started off and after the first interval the compression shirt rolled up and I thought to myself "this is wonderful, now I get to play with this shirt for the next 30 minutes" so as soon as the first interval was done I pulled the shirt down as I walked and prepared for the roll up again when the next interval came along, but I sort of kept an eye on it and I did not roll up this time and every interval after that it seemed ok because the dampness of my sweat gave it some grip. Along I jogged thinking about how my wife had said that after the 2nd interval when she was on day 2 that she had no more soreness in her legs and I started interval number 3 and still sore. The 4th interval is the hill, you know that steep one that I mentioned in the last C25K post? man did I feel it going up that hill, when I hit the top of the hill I looked back at it and said some profanities at the defeated hill and continued on my way. This is about when I was coming down a longish straight downward sloped section and someone in a car was not considerate enough to turn their high beams off and I was pretty much blinded, the only thing I could see was the lights! it was as if I was in space or something and everything was perfectly black except the lights and I got too close to the edge of the road and twisted my ankle a bit on the edge of a driveway, I felt no pain so off I went and the rest of the run/walk went smooth and nice.

I felt great during this entire run besides the soreness in my quads (which never went away) I found that I was not as winded as the first time out and the difference in this compared to the first run was that my sore legs were my limiting factor where the first run was limited by my being out of breath. I did remember to check my heart rate immediately after 5 of the 9 intervals and it averaged out to 168 beats per minute which as far as I can tell is slightly higher than it should be for my age but maybe I am wrong, chime in with a comment if you know what it should be. I covered more ground on day 2 compared to the first run, the first day I ran 2.049 miles in the 29:45 that the podcast lasts and last night I went 2.095 miles according to Gmaps, so ever so slightly further but further none the less, and there is always room for some inaccuracies but I am pleased either way.

Onto my intake for Wednesday, I consumed a total of 1610 calories and drank just under 1 gallon of green tea, 1 gallon of straight H2O and 2 bottles of Fuze fruit punch. My exercise for the day was the C25K program and other than the slight twisting of the ankle I feel like I am on my way with this program and feel good about it so far. I am less sore this morning than when I went to bed last night, in fact I am less sore this morning than I was before I ran last night as well which I hope means that the soreness will continue to get less and less from here on out, I do have some pain in my ankle but nothing that is even close to real pain, its more like a discomfort that is letting me know that something happened so I am going to keep an eye on how that feels and if it is even slightly sore come time for Fridays run I will skip it until Saturday giving it an extra day worth of rest.

Week 1 day 2 is fini and I look forward to completing week 1, I have not decided whether I will do week one twice or if I will move right onto week 2 when the time comes and I will decide on Monday when I actually head out for that run, it will all depend on how day 3 goes. Tomorrow I weigh in and even with the new exercise this week I am not expecting a big drop if any mostly because of the soreness and I know that I have to be retaining a bit of water because of it but it honestly does not matter if the scale shows progress this week because the running IS showing progress and as long as progress is being made in some aspect of my new healthier life I am happy with that, which is not to say that I am not looking for losses but I am pleased with myself this week to say the least.

Check out tomorrows post to see if the fat man has lost some weight and of course keep on keepin on and all that.

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PJDKSMITH 6/5/2009 8:39AM

    Hey Botzzz.. I'm sooo happy about ur unexpected, but well-deserved weight loss!
If u haven't read it anywhere, I think there's info on it all over spark and fitness magazines is add protein to ur diet after ur workouts *ie runs* and this will help heal the muscles more quickly, decreases recovery time and also helps removal of lactic acid.. AND I'm going to try that rolling pin idea.. oh.. that sounds LOVELY.. I have a tight IT band *right hip* and I'm picturing being 'rolled flat' right about now and I'm in heaven!
I'm back on track on Sat, taking an extra day off too cause the bones just feel tired... Keep up the great work, I'm right beside u step by step.
Have a great weekend!

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BILLALEX70 6/4/2009 9:18PM

    Glad you got your shirt situation solved. It is amazing how they do their job compressing all of the "extra" us.

I can relate with the sore quads. I did sprint intervals on Tuesday followed by an hour of yoga; I'm still feeling that.

Best wishes for tomorrow! I don't believe in luck; the hard work will show in the results.

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    I'm wondering if you are in a plateau to give your body time to "catch up" and get used to the weight loss. Could be also a time to give the extra skin time to shrink up some too? IDK. Just guessing.

You are doing so great I'm hoping to start doing a more extensive workout this next week. Hubby is going to get a gym membership for us. He wants to pass me in the weight loss department. To him it doesn't matter about being healthy. He just wants to lose more and quicker.

Have a great day--I'm off to drink that water!!


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SWEETZMIX 6/4/2009 2:20PM

    Glad to hear you got out there and didn't let no stinkin' rain hold you back!!

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VTMAUREEN 6/4/2009 1:38PM

    Way to go on the running! Want a secret for massaging those sore quads? Use a rolling pin! Sounds funny, but it feels fantastic. Just roll it over the sore muscle, as light or as hard as you desire. Helps move that lactic acid out, and promote blood flow to the muscle for faster healing.

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AINTSKEERD 6/4/2009 12:50PM

    Have you thought about a pair of compression shorts? They help immensely with the shorts (or sweats) and keep them from sticking and weighing you down. Plus, if you need to you can tuck the shirt into them to prevent roll up.
You are doing fantastic and I am fortunate to have come across your page. tam

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/4/2009 12:13PM

    What, no picture you you in your new clothes . . . .

Sounds good. Hadn't thought about the compression shirt. Might have to look at that.


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GLORYTOGLORY 6/4/2009 11:21AM

  oh yeah you definatly have seen progress that is huge!!! But that old scale might surprize you tommorow! love your blogs makes me want to go work out woohoo!

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VEEJAY3 6/4/2009 11:21AM

    To strengthen an ankle that's been sprained, strained, twisted, etc:

Put yourself in the corner of the room (you can face out -- you haven't been naughty) so that both your hands can touch a wall. Now balance on the weak foot.
That's it. Just stand on one foot at a time. You'll feel your body slightly sway from time to time, and all those muscles around your ankle tweak and adjust to keep you balanced, and it strengthens the joint.

I've sprained my right ankle so many times, and try to do this whenever I think to.
Smooches out there on the wily wooded paths, friend!


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LAURIE5658 6/4/2009 11:13AM

    Hey Botzzz, is the compression shirt taking care of your extra skin issues while running? I hope it does and personally I had not thought of this being a problem and it is very interesting getting your take on it. I have a real good friend that just had gastric bypass surgery and I am trying like all get-out to get her to join Spark, but I know I cannot force her to unless she really wants to. I do not know exactly what she weighs but I do know that she is morbidly obese. I am learning through you how to understand the unique everyday problems you have in dealing with your weight. For that, I thank you


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CINCYDORA 6/4/2009 11:03AM

    I think PJDKSMITH is on the mark about the heart rate. The trick is to get it to bounce back quickly. I'm just shy of 35 and when I exercise, I know that a heart rate over 170 means it's time to slow down and catch my breath, but I usually hang around 160 when doing heavy cardio. I think when you are just getting started the key is just not to over do it. Once you get closer to expert level you can start worrying about aerobic v anaerobic.

I also agree about being carful with that ankle. I turn mine all the time and used to try to tough it out only to have pain and weakness linger for weeks. Then I decided to be proactive and ice it down whenever I give it a good tweak. That's shortened my recovering greatly. So if you tweak and ankle or knee again, use the ice pack for 15-20 minutes. It'll help the healing.

Thanks as always for sharing your journey and inspiring the rest of us!

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/4/2009 11:03AM

    Love it. You were sore and YET you ran. That's the Botzzz we all know and love! :)

The heart-rate range? Ummm. Yeah. Well. Okay, I'll be honest. I don't "believe" in them at all! Like horoscopes, you know? I figure there have to be SO many variations, depending on your fitness level, your weight, your age, your height, your resting heart rate, and, quite simply, how hard your body is *used* to working! :)

Mine, for example, is supposed to be 125 to 152 bpm for my age, if I'm doing vigorous exercise. However, I *know* I usually get to 144 for moderate exercise and into the 168 to 175 range when I'm exercising vigorously! And my resting heart rate is only 57 beats per minute.

In fact, here's a quote from the Target Heart Rate calculator at the Mayo Clinic website: "These numbers are estimates that provide an average value. Many people have a higher or lower MHR, sometimes by as much as 15 to 20 beats per minute. Disagreement exists on how to most accurately estimate your MHR and what percentage range to target."

So, there's lots of room for variation. If *your* body does this on a regular basis when you're doing REALLY hard work, then it's okay for *you*, I'd suspect. Of course, sanity also says you'd mention it to your doc and ask for his/her input ... :)


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LUCKY-13 6/4/2009 10:01AM

    Love your compression shirt! I'm going to have to get my husband one. He saw it and said the same thing about it making a person look smaller. He's been exercising in large stretched-out t-shirts so it's almost impossible to see that he's lost weight too. Great idea!

Looks like you're making great progress on your running and I'll bet you post a loss tomorrow!!

"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." ~~ Satchel Paige

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JUSTAGURL2335 6/4/2009 9:59AM

    Great job!! :) Re quads: I'm not a runner, but I skate on a roller derby team and for the first month or so my quads were SCREAMIN...I thought the soreness was gonna be there forever! But it did go away eventually, leaving seriously rock hard muscles behind :). Yay!! So just keep pushing through! You're awesome.

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PJDKSMITH 6/4/2009 9:29AM

    Hey Darlin', first of all... emoticonjob!
As for the heart rate thing I think it depends on ur baseline. My baseline heart rate is 72, slightly less when at rest, rest. When I'm running mine's up to about 150's.. but I did hit a whopping 175 on Tuesday and didn't even know it. *from my Polar HRM*. There's aerobic exercise vs. anaerobic-something to do with going beyond 80% of ur max.. turns it into anaerobic.. there's posts all over the place on that one. I think the most important is how quickly u can return to ur baseline. I think it takes me about 2 min to get back to 100'ish... maybe less. I think THAT's what the important stuff is.
As for repeating week 1.. how come?
For the posters from week to week we would only repeat if we FAILED. As in being unable to continue a 2nd or 3rd interval. If we had to walk more than what the c25k program suggests.
IF u complete the week, day 1-3 and u complete all the intervals I say GO FOR IT!
You are doing awesome!
As for the shirt thing, well, I've not been as big as u were, or are even, but I do know a few things about extra skin.
Here in Canada if u loose a hundred pounds the tummy tuck is free!
I don't need to lose that much so I'll have to pay.. but lifting weights has helped A LOT for added skin to arms/legs.
I'm really looking forward to all ur posts of ur journey along the way... its a great ride.
Be careful of that ankle. Cause us people with additional weight? While running our joints are more.. uh... tender than those of a lesser weight.. all that 'pounding' is really hard being so much heavier than those marathoners...
My joints have taken a pounding and I'm about 200 pounds.. so just be careful.
Take rest days if u need them, besides EVERY OTHER... never two in a row, I've made that mistake more than once.. NOT AGAIN!
Anyways, sorry so long.
You intrigue me.
Have a great day.

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Sore quads and its time to run again.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Today I woke up and man are my legs sore! talk about a delayed reaction, I was talking to wify about the C25K program and she said that when she started it that the second day was the worse for pain but that it went away after she started running so hopefully my quads follow her lead. Over all I feel good about this running program and look forward to completing it with my wife so that we can run together at some point in the hopefully near future.

Yesterdays menu ended up at 1710 total calories so just about perfect and I did drink 1 gallon of green tea, 3/4 gallon straight H2O and a Fuze fruit punch which for a mere 10 calories is an awesome substitute for water or tea. For exercise I did push ups and some light weight lifting and I have to admit that because of the running that the push ups hurt my legs a bit and I am wondering if that's why they are more sore today than they were yesterday or if it is just a delayed burn, either way they are done and tonight I run W1D2.

Looking ahead at the rest of the week, with any luck and the new exercise I am expecting a drop in weight this week. its been a couple weeks since I have seen a drop in weight and mostly because of the halt to any vigorous exercise by my doctor. Now that I am cleared to get my heart rate up again and have started running I expect that I will get to that 200 pounds lost mark decently fast and this just reinforces just how important exercise is to a successful weight loss regimen. I feel better when I exercise, I look forward to being able to feel that slight out of breath feeling and the burn in my muscles and the sweat on my head, imagine that, the guy that just 17 months ago despised anything that would make a single bead of sweat appear on his doughy skin welcoming a solid workout.

All in all I am pretty pumped about starting C25K and look forward to my burning Quads tonight when I run day 2 of the program, if a once 534 pound guy can start a running program (I won't say do it because we will have to see if I am able to complete it!) you owe it to yourself to at least start in on a weight loss plan. You can accomplish anything that you put your heart into and you owe it to yourself to at least start, start running, start walking, start losing weight, start eating better foods, start thinking about making that leap into better health but whatever you do head into a positive direction and what you can do is limitless, go ahead, surprise yourself...I did.

Again I leave you with a quote, this quote was left as a comment for me more than once in the last week or so as well as in an email from someone reading my blog and I like it, so I thought I would use it here.

"The miracle isn't that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start"
~John Bingham~

As Ever

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/3/2009 10:18PM

    Life has taught me that the first week or two of anything is about the worst. I really think that you are going to b fine after the first few days you are going to be just fine on this.

You might want to bump up the hydration by a little bit to help flush the extra waste out of your system.

Keep on, my friend.


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BILLALEX70 6/3/2009 6:40PM

    That's the exact quote on the back of our 5K shirts from my company this year.

My legs are sore today as well. I was doing interval running yesterday and hope to do the same tomorrow.

Keep up the good work!

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ZIRCADIA 6/3/2009 3:37PM

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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SWEETZMIX 6/3/2009 2:14PM

    Hey my friend. Way to go on today's run, hopefully you can get it in before any rain hits. So I knew it will be second day soreness like me. Everything that I read says to push through the soreness, when you don't you end up being sore longer. And that is what you are doing. I must tell you this, I am inspired by you doing this C25K. So here is a story for you, when I got home from work yesterday, I got stuck cooking dinner (not apart of my plan), so as I was sitting there waiting for the food to cook, i looked into the C25K programo online & downloaded week 1 (and then realized it was on itunes and got the rest of the weeks there). Since my original workout got screwed, I went out there last night and did D1! It was gorgeous, a great way to get out of the house and get some fresh air. I am going to do all the weeks to freshen up my workouts aka help with being bored some days with cardio. I did this all after reading your blog about D1..sO for that I thank you!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/3/2009 12:13PM

    Sounds like a classic case of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Your wife is right, the soreness will ease as you get into the run/walk. And the good news is, the more you do this C25K thing, the less sore you'll be! :)

Now pushups making your legs sore is intersting - I've usually heard chest/biceps/triceps/back/abs ... I was *really* surprised when I started doing the 100 pushups challenge and discovered that for me, too, initially it was more the abs than anything else that got sore!

Keep going - the soreness will soon be just a memory of "the early days" ... I note that Andrew ( has just completed his first full marathon - it was not that long ago that he, too, was a beginner at the C25K program! So, it's ALL in your head. As long as YOU believe you'll do this, you WILL.

It will definitely be interesting to see if the scale cooperates on Friday!


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LAURIE5658 6/3/2009 11:06AM

    Botzzz, I think all of us have a tendancy to look at a small portion of time like the present. For instance, just what you said about the fact 17 months ago C25K would not have even been on your radar screen. Look at you now! Keep it up! *place humor warning here* I can just see that inner stud coming out!!!

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JADEDINVASION 6/3/2009 10:45AM

    I'm with you in the sore quads boat. I'm just starting pilates and oh-my-goodness does it work the legs. Don't you hate it when you go to sit down or stand up your look like your 60 years old?

But the pain means muslces are building, so YAY for stronger quads! Good luck with your C25k challenge!

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