ON2VICTORY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ON2VICTORY ON2VICTORY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ So when do you become a runner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196772 <BR> I wish I had a dollar for every post I've ever read where someone is all aglow with some personally fantastic running experience then completely negates it with some self deprecating comment about not being a runner or something else that takes away from their moment of personal achievement. <BR> <BR> Why is that? <BR> <BR> So let pick this apart with stone cold logic. <BR> <BR> If you are NOT a runner then in your own heart then at what point DO you become one? Where is the line of ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 01:31:11 EST Huge non-scale victory today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152524 I have no words to describe how I feel at this moment. I would have never imagined that I would have ever fit into my uniform 26 years later. The picture on the left is me about 26 years ago and the other is me today wearing the exact same uniform. I knew I was close to my military weight but this makes it really real. Sometimes I have a hard time "seeing" the new me but this really brought it home. I am going to savor this moment... I am currently 161 lbs down and happy! <img src="ht... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:10:56 EST Bumped into my old trainer, marathon training has begun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152043 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/227faeec-e55d-478c-b913-dd4b066e8c4d.jpeg"> It's been far too long since I have last posted and I apologize for that. Life happens. Currently I am about 14 lbs from my military weight and I'm very excited about that. Last weekend I did a local race and bumped into my original trainer, the one that started it all in introducing me to running. It's a long story but the short version is that the pic on the left is of us before my very first race... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:33:14 EST Small goals make you strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100942 Simply put, seeing small goals to completion builds the emotional capital necessary to be able to purchase larger achievements down the road. Please allow me to define what I am suggesting with a real world analogy. Elephants are incredibly powerful and possess amazing intelligence. In spite of these advantages, that does not prevent them from being conditioned to accept restraint. When they are babies, they are tied to an immovable stake. As much as they may struggle, it is inevitable that a... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:44:46 EST I am finally overweight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097821 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8609c611-55cd-4cbe-9106-82549befeec2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is my first day as an officially overweight person. When I started my journey, my BMI was 50.79, today, I have finally crossed the line from obese to over weight. I am now a 29.95. <BR> <BR> This has been a LONG time in the making and now that it is here, its kinda surreal. My last big milestone is when I broke the 100lbs lost mark. <BR> <BR> Happy :D <BR> <BR> Look me up on Faceboo... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:44:46 EST Take Up Your Sword http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096958 This is a long read but to those who will slog through this unfiltered brain dump, I think you will come away with something that will help you on your journey toward long term weight loss success. <BR> <BR> When I was morbidly obese, my life was defined by can't. The more I gained, the more I lost. Simply climbing a set of stairs left me looking for a place to let my heart rate recover and dry off the sweat. I was constantly trying to cover up the embarrassment and compensate for the limita... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:07:48 EST Goal dates are pointless.. let me explain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089443 This is a really long post, another book brain dump after I woke up. One of the things that I would consider to be an eye opening revelation about what it takes to lose weight is the concept that setting goal dates is pointless. I know that flies in the face of conventional wisdom about weight loss and goal setting but after much observation of others as well as my own experience I will stick my neck out and state that the conventional wisdom is WRONG. <BR> <BR> Disagree if you will but hear... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:14:47 EST 20 lbs from goal weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087315 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8109b58c-2e51-43c3-b1c6-a7f4a6f83fb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so close!!! I feel so much better and I have more energy than ever. <BR> <BR> last week I was able to put on large shirt (rather than a 4x as pictured here) and slid into size 36 jeans :) <BR> <BR> life is good! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the maintenance side of this journey. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:59:56 EST Change your thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086107 I sat down and started "brain dumping" on a subject for my book. I thought it would make for a good share though it is unpolished but some times the the best writing is when it flows unfiltered from the heart. <BR> <BR> <BR> "The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them" - Albert Einstein. <BR> <BR> One thing I have observed throughout my journey is that often times we start a fitness or weight loss effort because something negative... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:11:35 EST 5 1/2 post bariatric surgery update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083737 So far, things have gone really well. After about month 5, things have pretty much gone back to "normal" as far as most foods that I enjoy so I hardly lived what would be considered a deprived life. I've lost a total of 154 pounds. About 75 lbs on my own ( 118lbs but I regained) and the rest as a result of the surgery. I am about 25 lbs away from what I would consider "goal weight" which is what I weighed in the military. In my mind, that is my ideal weight BUT one thing to consider is that p... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:57:34 EST Current progress photo 145 lbs lost so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050635 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f0f791b-6213-49c4-a180-0103463a00f6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> So far I am down a total of 145 lbs. I've lost around 118 on my own, regained around 30 then had gastric bypass to help me finish the job after 7 years of hard work on my own. Right now, I am about 30+ pounds away from being at my military weight. <BR> <BR> I have some pretty big goals. The biggest one is making and maintaining a healthy life after such a huge change. <BR> <BR> The physi... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:02:00 EST Losing weight alone will not make me happy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042508 I am especially grateful for my past experience in weight loss and more importantly, life style change. It has served me very well in this Bariatric experience. <BR> <BR> One thing I have learned is that there is a phenomena that is very common where the image you see in the mirror does not match what you really are. I don't know the official term for it but is a fascinating bit of human psychology. <BR> <BR> When I became morbidly obese, I wore "skinny goggles" because the image of that fi... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 22:40:33 EST 4 months post RNY surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040991 It's almost my 4 month "surgiversary". On August 11th I had a RNY Gastric Bypass procedure done as part of my ongoing effort to reclaim a life that I lost to morbid obesity. I can honestly say that after 4 months, I have zero regrets about having this done. My decision to do this was largely sparked by a condition called Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and Sinus tarsi syndrome. <BR> <BR> Those are big nerdy words that basically means my ankle is screwed up. <BR> <BR> Having been stuck... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 03:07:01 EST 3 1/2 month post surgical update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037326 3 1/2 month update. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23b14568-8237-4e6b-9980-47d05462d601.jpg"> <BR> 137 pounds total loss so far between diet, exercise then ultimately surgery <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I've blogged about my progress after surgery. Most of that can be blamed on life just being life. There have been some big changes that have happened since the last update. So far, since my procedure on August 11th, I've lost almost 72 lbs and a total ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:58:47 EST I Passed My Kettlebell Coaching Exam :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006198 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff961254-8e19-4f5d-a8e2-46c9dc0d9748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a quick note before I head off to work, I got notification today that I passed my Level 1 AKA Coaching test and am now certified. <BR> <BR> Onward to Kettlebell competition! Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:31:46 EST Current Progress Photo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004891 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91a23d5e-0c41-4949-9b18-0a69c3a299da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is the day I have finally lost all that I have regained. Now, every pound lost is breaking new ground and moving forward. <BR> <BR> I WILL make my way back to being a marathoner and triathlete. <BR> <BR> I am coming back better than before and a whole lot smarter :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Me at the finish line of my 70.3 in 2013. I am lighter now that I was in that picture :) <BR> <... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:11:20 EST Kettlebell Clinic and short workout video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999848 In the video I am lifting two 16kg competition kettlebells (35lbs each) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f9ca6f6-1e87-4485-a83d-5651209a36e9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I posted earlier about going downstate and participating in the American Kettlebell Alliance two day kettlebell coaching and competition clinic for my certification. I had a chance to be trained by one of the best competitive kettlebell lifters in the US, John Lesko. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:03:57 EST What did I give up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998632 My answer to those who are afraid to embark on a fitness journey because of what they feel they have to give up.... <BR> <BR> What did I give up to start living a healthy lifestyle and start training? <BR> <BR> I had to give up feeling like crap all the time <BR> I had to give up hating myself when I looked in the mirror <BR> I had to give up feeling like I was going to have a heart attack after climbing stairs <BR> I had to give up wondering if I was going to live to see 50 <BR> I had ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:57:52 EST Kettlebell Certification Clinic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994926 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b021b03-a6a7-4f71-a5a7-a5f668a3e2e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leaving tomorrow morning for an American Kettlebell Alliance Level 1 coaching and competition preparation clinic tomorrow morning. This was a total surprise to have an opening while I was off and have it within driving distance. Normally these workshops are usually on the East Coast or somewhere equally inaccessible to me. This is a big opportunity for me to get some hands on tra... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:37:08 EST A proud moment - I was featured... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993720 You never know how good things will come your way and this was certainly no exception. Shortly after I had made a post in a runners forum on Facebook, I was contacted by a member who wanted to do a phone interview for a runners blog but I never asked which one. I didn't think anything of it and said of course and after a really good conversation about running and answering some questions, it was over. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks later I get a link in my inbox and a thank you from the writer. Bo... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 22:09:48 EST Week 3 post op update.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990997 A lot has happened since the last progress update so I will try to condense it as much as possible. <BR> <BR> Recovery - I am well on my way to being able to work out again with no restrictions. The weight restriction was lifted about a week ago but I have waited longer since i was still feeling some discomfort. This is my big chance to remake my life and get strong, I can afford to wait a week or two to ensure safety. A misstep this early in the game can cost me precious time that I don't h... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:25:59 EST My post bariatric goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986045 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57794d73-297d-4407-96ea-fa5bfc8a58f6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just realized that EVERY goal for the outcome of my surgery I have is in some way fitness based. <BR> 1) To be able to run again and IF able to run... <BR> a) Do short distance at a competitive pace- win age group <BR> b) Half marathon distance minimum. If I can- a 70.3 is in my future <BR> c) A marathon would be a complete WIN- it would mean I have a shot at being able to train for ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:59:59 EST Day 14 Post Bariatric Surgery: update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984669 Day 14 Post Bariatric Surgery: <BR> <BR> So far everything has really improved rapidly. It seems like every day is better and less discomfort. Tomorrow is the big day where I go in for my first check up and dietary appointment. I should be allowed to move to the next dietary stage where I can take in more real food. This is a really big deal when you have been living out of a box with shakes, protein jello, and bouillons. I do have a confession to make though.... I did cheat. I regret nothin... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:43:38 EST Shaking hands with my inner athlete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982039 Last night was nothing but pure excitement. The only way I can describe it is something like a post surgery power surge. I had all of this energy and I wanted to run as hard as I could. Back when I was running, I called that having "the runners twitch". It's where everything is just plain right. Your legs are coiled and ready, you feel totally in tune, the weather is perfect for a hard effort, and mentally you are on top of your game. <BR> <BR> Those are the moments runners live for. Being 9... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:13:41 EST Post bariatric recovery tips... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981556 Post bariatric recovery tips... <BR> <BR> Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the PM's and encouragement you sent on my personal FB and here. You folks are awesome! My recovery has been improving by leaps and bounds where everyday I am getting stronger and feeling like my old self again. <BR> Feeling better to the point that the events of last week are starting to get fuzzy because I am really looking to the future and excited about the possibilities in training as I get healed up. I ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:13:17 EST WEEK 1, post surgery update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979767 WEEK 1, post surgery update <BR> <BR> This has been an interesting week for sure. I am finally feeling more like my normal self and can think without falling asleep. The bouts with fatigue have been challenging. I'll feel fine for a little while then it's like someone flipped a switch and I'll just lie down and sleep for a few hours. That has a way of making the days melt together where time really loses definition. <BR> <BR> The first 72 hours were awful. For me, it was a much needed desce... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:31:47 EST Recovering and doing well now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978696 I have finally recovered enough that I can keep my thoughts together for more than a few minutes at a time. In short, I wouldn't wish the first 72 hours post op on anyone. I'll probably put together a "top 10" list for a later blog about those things that I did or wish I did that would have made post op life easier to deal with but that is for another time. <BR> <BR> I have finally gotten to the point that I am starting to be able to think clearly again and feel normal. I haven't needed my p... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:37:47 EST Tomorrow is the big day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975602 Just a quick entry. I am headed in for my surgery tomorrow morning. I have jumped through so many hoops to get here and it's kinda hard to believe that the day has come. <BR> <BR> Yup, I'm nervous. <BR> <BR> This really feels like the night before my marathon. It's a real heart pounder. <BR> <BR> Here we go. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:06:26 EST Day 3 - The food funerals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974218 Day 3 - The food funerals <BR> <BR> I've done my part, I've educated myself, I've kept myself realistic. My expectations are right in line with science and the experience of others who have gone before me. However, being head-smart, realistic, and educated has not prevented the overwhelming feelings of dread and apprehension about food. At the clinic, they call this the "Last Supper" syndrome. Almost like someone on death row having their last meal on this earth. I heard a term that is much ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:30:33 EST Day 6 - surgery countdown (actually day 4 now..) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973125 Day 6 - this is actually a day or so old now.. originally posted on Facebook.. I've been afternoon shift and have been a little late getting things out there. <BR> <BR> The time is slowly winding down. I work today and tomorrow and that's it. The anticipations and anxieties are slowly building. <BR> <BR> One thing that has been on my mind quite a bit is life afterward. Life after goal weight. That's one of the biggest problems with the battle to get your life back is that your mind is so co... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 11:58:04 EST Day 9.... Countdown to surgery.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971031 Day 9 The countdown continues... <BR> <BR> From my highest weight when I entered the program, I am now down 21 lbs. 14 of which has been from the last week and a half. This hasn't been easy, not by a long shot but if anything, it has reinforced the fact that I CAN lose weight if I really set my mind to the task. <BR> <BR> So far I haven't received my insurance confirmation that the procedure has been authorized. I know it's covered but the doctors have to send in a package with supporting d... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:14:13 EST Day 13... countdown to surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968863 Day 13 <BR> <BR> This begins my countdown to surgery, my big day. I want to document the days leading up to and the days post op. So much really isn't known about Bariatric surgery, especially in the health and fitness industry. In the articles and forums, I have read everything from praise and celebration for those that have taken the big step to try to move on with their lives all the way down to outright hostility because we "cheated" and we are only posing as those that were successful. ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:22:34 EST It's good to recall the victories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956955 In sharing memories, I encourage myself because I am recalling some of the great moments and the lessons learned from those moments. <BR> <BR> One of the most emotional moments hands down was on the bike course of my 70.3. Never have so many deep, meaningful life lessons have ever been learned in a single day and if you will allow me to, I want to share them now. If you don't have time to read, that's ok... This is more for me than any one else... sometimes I need a gentle reminder of the aw... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:06:09 EST Let me share a running memory... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956120 I have been sitting here fondling my medals and trying to stir up some memories. Each medal has a story and no event is ever without significance. If you will indulge me, I want to share a memory with you. My first race. I'll try to be succinct. <BR> <BR> My trainer was really trying to get me to step up and do a 5k. I loved to jog by myself. I loved challenging myself but I was extremely self conscious and the thought of me out there trying to run with...gulp... people. Someone might see me... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:23:41 EST It's been a while.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954355 It's been a while since I have checked in and i know there have been several that have inquired as to my whereabouts and how i'm doing. The biggest reason i haven't been around is that I can no longer blog from my phone due to the format changes on this website. the only way i can blog is to actually get in front of a computer which has been really tough these days. To illustrate my point, I am writing this from a public computer at a hospital while I am waiting for my wife to finish having a... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:25:38 EST Getting to the root cause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904558 I have been doing some deep thinking to try to understand just exactly what the heck happened to me that caused my weight regain and fitness meltdown. Basic cause and effect, fault analysis if you will. If you don't take the time to understand why something failed, you will never truly be able to prevent a subsequent failure. <BR> <BR> I think that what happened to me was a perfect storm of ongoing physical problems that stopped me from what I was the most emotionally invested in, forced dow... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 02:13:02 EST Motivation Defined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902918 I woke up with this on my mind: <BR> <BR> One thing I have learned early in my journey is that it is a mistake to to think that motivation is some feeling that comes after the woo hoo fairy sprinkles pixie dust on you and somehow the feel good overrides all internal resistance and you find yourself propelled through workouts and past temptations by a tidal wave of positive feelings. <BR> <BR> Nonsense.. Hell will freeze over first. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, one of the things I loved to d... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:48:58 EST Today I Was Inspired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901637 Today I was inspired to go to the gym. I got on the elliptical and just simply plodded along. At about 2 miles I was pretty much ready to quit. Mentally I was losing my focus and it was starting to get late. <BR> <BR> ....Then I popped in my ear buds.... <BR> <BR> As some of my favorite running tunes played my mind began to drift. Nothing new there except I began to reminisce about my past races and all the memories. Man, it was a long list. As each one paraded by, I was reminded of how muc... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:19:57 EST Today I choose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879169 Today I am thankful. I am thankful I have a job that pays my bills and then some (not my jobs fault my eyes get bigger than my wallet). <BR> <BR> I am thankful that I have a new day to make things right instead of continuing on in my usual self inflicted stupidity. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that I can try something new and improve my habits. <BR> <BR> I am thankful I can choose not to be enslaved to my old addictions and downfalls. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that I can choose to move on and le... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:18:15 EST On my way back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875678 This period that I have been going through is by far the most difficult I have ever experienced on my journey. It has been a real eye opener. It's one thing when you are living in the promised land, it is quite another when you have seen it but then find yourself wandering in the wilderness. This, I believe, is what you rarely ever hear discussed. All you ever hear is how this one or that one was successful, lost a bazillion pounds and their life is punctuated with a happily ever after. Meanw... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:48:03 EST If I had a client... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869185 It is easy to have faith for someone else. It is especially easy when you have been in the storm that someone else is experiencing. It is quite another when you are sitting in the drivers seat. When you are feeling the deep inner panic of knowing you are in trouble, when you are feeling the fears that come from losing your way when you were once so solid in your resolve. That feeling that comes over you when clothes that used to be loose are now starting to be uncomfortably tight. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:45:08 EST Keep it simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846648 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21765347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Consistency and awareness is the key to successful eating. I admit that I am simply starting over in life as far as my lifestyle journey goes. I took a really hard tumble over the last 6 months. Even using an app like Lose It of MFP is too complicated since much of what I have eaten cant be easily quantified where the nutrient contents can be accounted (read- mystery dishes at parties etc..) So I wouldn't log ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:29:20 EST Just a quick reminder to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833377 I am going to re-post these as a reminder to myself. These pictures represent one of the greatest moments of my life...ever, a monumental accomplishment. Just because I currently can't run doesn't take away from how epic that moment really was.... and yes, I'd like to re-live it a little if for no other reason than to remind myself how capable I really am sometimes we all need a little reminder. <BR> <BR> I have come a long way and just because I have issues now does not change the fact that... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:54:14 EST An open letter to runners... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831921 I posted this in a runners group forum on FB but felt it was worth sharing here... if you are a runner, read this and think... <BR> <BR> "It's been a long time since I posted here. In short, I miss running. For now, I have had to hang it up and follow other fitness paths. There is nothing more I would love to do than to re-live the feeling of finishing a marathon or 70.3. I am still looking for answers concerning my ankle and the issues surrounding it but after a grieving process I have fina... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:08:29 EST What true recovery is all about.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831425 I am doing much better. If anything I am learning what true recovery is all about. It is about slowly rebuilding and taking small steps. Those things that drew me in close to a fitness lifestyle are those things that will bring me back. One of the first lessons I learned early on is to develop an emotional connection with exercise. One reason a persons exercise commitment fails is because they are doing it for the wrong reason. Generally, when one embarks on some effort to establish / re-esta... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:35:11 EST Picking Myself Back Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824102 Well it finally happened. I crashed. After 5 years of success and doing cool things, I thought I had the whole mental game pretty well figured out. It's a long explanation so I won't go into it because I don't have time to explain. I was in post-op rehab for my shoulder and at the same time I was rehabbing my left ankle and trying to strengthen my stability so I might be able to run again. I had held out some hope that my ankle was fixable to I soldiered through the exercises with an upbeat s... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:34:49 EST Metabolic Testing Results And Findings- Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782913 The purpose of these last two blogs is to raise awareness among the weight loss community about this test and the benefits as well as to share what I have learned both through my own trial and error experiences and what has been finally confirmed by science. THIS WILL BE A LENGTHY BLOG.. be forewarned. If you want to educate yourself, read on. If you have been stuck forever like I have, read on. If you are looking for a quick woo-hoo-you-can-do-it, then move on, this post is not for you. I am... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:04:37 EST Metabolic Testing Results And Findings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780995 Ever since I have been on this journey I have been using various online calculators to get some sort of a number to base my caloric intake on. For those new to this, we are talking about BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) or RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). The idea is to determine what our approximate caloric intake should be. The concept is that this is the base caloric need of your body at rest, just existing, breathing, and little else except powering the processes within to support your metabolic ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:31:15 EST How do we define success anyway? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779978 I was going to write a blog about my experience at the Indianapolis Spark Rally on August 23rd, post pics, and how much fun we had but this is more important. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Beth Donovan (~Indygirl) and something came out of our conversations that really made my blood boil. (I did ask permission to share some of this story first) <BR> <BR> Well ok, here is one pic... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1615966104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anyway....... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:04:51 EST 30 day challenge Day 31 -Results And Findings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770578 Well here we are at the end of 31 days of my personal challenge. For those just tuning in, I am off work recovering from a surgical procedure on my shoulder. I have no competition for my time while I recover and decided to challenge myself to see what I can do in 30 days if I had NO interference from life and the stresses that go with it. <BR> <BR> Two Primary Observations: <BR> <BR> 1) Sleep and stress- <BR> <BR> The biggest benefit has been sleep and stress. Without question this has be... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:23:16 EST