The Shuffle has been Shuffled.

•December 5, 2010 • 6 Comments

Well, after months of preparation, I can officially say that I am a runner. On Saturday, I participated in the 2010 Santa Shuffle in support of the Salvation Army. While some people may not think a simple 5k run is a big deal, it is a huge deal for me. Ten months ago, I was 320+ pounds, horrible unhealthy and ridiculously out of shape. I still have a ways to go, but on Saturday I proved that change is possible. I am creeping ever close to the elusive “100 pounds lost” club, and now that my first run is behind me, I’m already looking for my next challenge: a 10k.

I participated with six friends, so that made the day all that more fun.  We had a surprise when some of our group presented the rest of us with Santa suits to wear for the run.  It added a very fun touch, and we received many compliments from other participants.  The whole event had a great atmosphere, and I will definitely do this run again in the future.

I set four goals for myself. The first was to actually finish the run. The second was to not come in last place. The third was to finish in less than 40 minutes. The fourth was a private goal, and that was to actually finish the run in less than 35 minutes.  Well, I am pleased to say that I accomplished all of those goals.  My 5k times was clocked at 34:58.

The weather was great for the run.  Although the forecast called for about -15C at race time, it had warmed up to about -9C.  Beautiful sunny skies made it feel a bit warmer, and once we all got running, the only part of me that was cold was my nose.  There were about 800 participants, and I heard that over $34,000 was raised for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign.  Thank you to everyone who supported me or someone else who ran in this event.   I was able to raise $1020 by race time, and another $160 has come in since (better late than never, right?).

Wow, I hadn’t even noticed…

•November 27, 2010 • 2 Comments

In preparation for moving (hopefully) soon, I have been cleaning up various locations.  My room in Medicine Hat, my room at camp, my car, etc. My camp room was the latest place to get my attention, and I came to an interesting realisation.

I own a CRAP LOAD of pain killers.  Not prescription ones or anything, just regular and extra-strength Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc etc etc.  Big bottles, little bottles.  I had a bottle or two everywhere… in my car, in my home, in my back pack, in my computer bag.  Then I realized…. I used to use a lot of painkillers.  It seemed I was always sore.  I always ached, sometimes my knees, sometimes my back.  Headaches were frequent.  But I haven’t needed them in months (other than the odd exercise-related injury!)!  I still get aches and pains, but nowhere near the intensity or frequency as before.  I guess that is what losing 90+ pounds can do – and all for the best, because taking painkillers daily can’t be good for the body.

Well, this is odd…

•November 26, 2010 • 4 Comments

Something happened to me today.  I felt a feeling that I have not felt in a long, long time.  It’s been years, literally, since I have felt this.

That feeling is hope.

The reason I have been so down for so long is I had lost any and all hope that things would, or even could get better.  For some reason, today, a faint glimmer of hope returned.  It was brief, but it was good. It was hope that maybe I can actually, somehow, be satisfied, or even happy.  It’s giving me strength to carry on my life renovation.

 

Albert Einstein said

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

Those are some pretty smart words. 

Value Menu

•November 24, 2010 • 2 Comments

No, this isn’t a rant about fast food restaurants  (although speaking of that, I was glancing at the “nutritional value” chart at one today and just about vomitted).

For the past couple of days, the word “Value” has been popping into my head.  Dictonary.com defines value as “relative worth, merit, or importance.” We tend to mostly think of value in terms of monetary worth, like when we get a great deal on a particular product or service.  But value can mean so much more than money.  Take the Weight Watchers program, for instance.  I am currently allotted 34 Points per day.  I can spend the Points however I choose, but the goal is to “spend” them as wisely as possible (get value for my food). Sure, I could eat 4-5 donuts a day and still be within my points, but I’d be horribly unhealthy and hungry all the time.  Healthier foods, like healthier spending, make lasting sense.

I began to wonder why this was coming to my mind so much.  I realised that there is a much deeper level to which “value” can be applied.  With all the talk of making life changes, starting new things, ending old things, etc. etc. etc., I see now that I have to make conscious choices every single day to accomplish those things.  And with each decision comes a certain cost.  Some costs will be minimal, others will be more “expensive.”  I guess I just need to figure out what is the best value, and run with it.

I read a quote today that spoke to me greatly about pressing on when the going gets tough or boring.

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.Thomas A Bennett

 

In other news, running training is going quite well.  I have been able to increase the incline on the treadmill without any issue, which makes it feel more like real running.  I even sped up for parts of my run today and shaved another few seconds off my 5k time.  Only NINE SLEEPS left until the Santa Shuffle.  If anyone would like to sponsor me, it’s not too late.  You can donate securely online by clicking:

https://www.runningroom.com/dashboard/donations/index.php?raceId=5682&eventId=18568&memberId=AGBSYQVjAWYAZQs4VmQ%3D&item=8&guest=1

 

Better days ahead?

•November 22, 2010 • 6 Comments

I apologize, my loyal and dedicated fans, for my lack of blogging since creating this magnificent, amazing blog with the help of the lovely folks at WordPress.  The last few days have been worse than the usual “roller coaster” I have been on over the last few months, and this has prevented me from posting anything.

I have been thinking a lot lately about some of the changes I want to make in my life.  Some of them I have already started.  These include losing weight (93 out of 150 pounds gone), starting a running program (my first running event is December 4th) and getting a new job (details are sketchy at this point, but it appears I will be moving up within my current employer (Compass Group).

But there are so many more.  I know that certain things need to happen before I can truly get my life on track the way I want it.  So 2011 is going to be a year of big changes for me.  Some will be easy, some will be more difficult.  Actually, some will be so difficult they will change my entire world.  The new job, as long as everything works out with it (more details to come), will be a big part.  I plan on moving to Calgary as well.  I have been in Medicine Hat for a few years now, not really sure what I wanted to do,where I wanted to go, etc.  I believe Calgary is the place I want to be (even though I work out of town), and moving there will enable me to do and accomplish certain things which have previously been impossible.  That being said, I expect 2011 to be full of challenges as well.  My third set of “50 pounds” to lose is not going to come off without some serious effort, and I plan on beginning strength and endurance training as well.  I hope to run at least one or two more 5k runs in the first half of the year, and a 10k in the second half (or even in the first half if it works out that way).  Many of the plans I have for 2011 are not authorized for sharing at this point, but will be in the new year.  I need to get my ducks in a row beforehand.

I am excited, scared, hopeful, worried…. this whole “life renovation” is getting serious!

Welcome, world!

•November 18, 2010 • 6 Comments

Welcome to my blog, oh loyal followers.  I make no promises as to the frequency or quality of my posts.  That being said, my goal is to make top-quality posts every single day.  Let’s see how well that works out for me.

Why is the title “Theory of a Fat Man” ??????  It’s because I am still fat.  I realised this weekend that I still think like a fat person.  Although I’ve lost 90 pounds, some of my thinking hasn’t changed.  I still go for seconds when I know I have eaten enough.  I still order fries when I know I should order a salad.  These things need to change.  Once they do, I plan on renaming this blog “Theory of a Fit Man.”  I hope I can make it there quickly!

Oh, and by the way, this picture isn’t of me… I’m much uglier than that.  I like this photo, so here it will stay LOL.