Why do I do this...

Why? To be better...

1. I promised (only a few people will know what this means, and if you don't, you will).
2. I am better than this.

Personal Bests

Santa Race November 25, 2012
5k 30:51 min/sec 6:11 pace per km

Boxing Day 10 Miler December 26, 2012
16.09 k 1:42:22 hr/min/sec 6:23 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Half Marathon November 4, 2012
21.1k 2:16:41 hr/min/sec 6:27 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Marathon November 5, 2011
5k 34:18 min/sec 6:52 pace per km

Around the Bay March 25, 2012
5k 32:07 min/sec 6:26 pace per km

Burlington Runners Good Friday 5k April 6, 2012
5k 31:22 min/sec 6:22 pace per km
(Garmin Race Time 5k 31:12 min/sec 6:14 pace per km)

Imperial Glass 4/8K Grey Cup Run November 26th, 2011
4K 26:55 min/sec 6:44 pace per km

Non Race Personal Bests

2.4km 13:19 min/sec 5:31 pace per km
July 17, 2012

5k 28:13 min/sec 5:40 pace per km
Nov 15, 2012

10k 1:02:25 hour/min/sec 6:15 pace Aug/29/2012

Challenge Start: July 18, 2011
Start Weight: 286 lbs
Current Weight: 208 lbs as at November 11, 2012
Total lost: 78 lbs
Goal Weight: 197
Last Cigarette: June, 2011

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A One Year Summary

So most of you likely thought I was gone, but you are not so lucky! Changing ones lifestyle is difficult, and over the last 6 months I have also had a career change, which has been challenging for many reasons, but to keep it simple because of both of those being very important; (lifestyle and work) I have had very little time to blog. I have missed it as blogging is a great tool to build a journal of success and set backs for review.

During my hiatus I can say I have stayed on track most of the time. I can admit that I am mostly better at getting my exercise in, than always making the right or amount of food choice. Because of exercise, I have gotten away with it and thank goodness! Obviously this needs to stop, and after some reflection I am going to call it a vaction rather than a deviation from the prize (prize=me at a healthy weight).

Because I felt food was starting to get the better of me, I started a FB page called the 60 Day Summer Weight Challenge. About 6-7 friends have joined along in the journey and I hope it helps them as much as their company helps me. Its helping me get refocused and ultimately achieve the weight goal that I promised for myself at the beginning of the year.

Really because its been such a great year, I wanted to list my achievements and the goals that are still not done. This list reminds me of what I have done and what still needs to get done. I am proud of it, but I know with success comes confidence and sometimes confidence leads to laziness thus me reminding myself; Iam not done!


A Year In Review

  1. Went smoke free June 2011
  2. July 18 2011....Started my "Fat Fight"
  3. No longer require cholesterol medication (huge pay off here)
  4. No longer require hypertension medication (huge pay off here)
  5. A typical resting heart rate of 60 or less (pre challenge 90-105)
  6. Ran my first organized 5km Race--Road to Hope--November 2012
  7. To date have lost 71 pounds.
  8. Ran a sub 30min 5k
  9. Ran 12k without stopping
  10. Ran a sub 13:25min 2.4k
  11. Can do 20 + pushups in one set
  12. Can do 17+ situps in one set (old school)
  13. Can do 2 unassisted pull ups (goal is 4)
  14. Eat a minimum of three meals every day--usually 6 small ones
  15. DO NOT EAT anything deep fried or from a fast food place unless its a salad
  16. I am aware of whats in my food and the consequences of eating it
  17. I always eat breakfast (never did)

Remaining Goals for 2012

1. Run a half marathon
2. Run in two 10k races
3. Complete 4 unassited pull ups
4. Lose an additional 18 pounds (for a grand total of 90)

Beacuse of my work schedule it will be difficult to run in two 10k races, so instead I will race myself and set two different race days. The half marathon is something I am going to have to see if I can get the time off work for but I think I can swing it because its not something I abuse or have done often.

All in all I am proud of myself to this point but I must admit I was getting comfortable with where I had gotten too, thus the 60 day challenge. My focus has shifted to my last few reamining goals for 2012. Although I will be focusing on these goals, it has to be said that I will not let my other physical achievments fade. As with everything..its balance, and thats my lifelong sucess formula; keep it all together and maintain what I have done.