It’s been a week since my last post and all I have to show for my efforts is an extra pound. I actually gained weight this week. What? Like, what’s it going to take to get things movin’ in the right direction? (hit “read more” if you’re not bothered by swear words) Read More
Yeah, we’re going to try this again. At 372.8 lbs I am at my heaviest ever and am physically miserable. My kid is four and I gotta keep this meat suit of mine goin’ for at least 14 more years.
I’ve been listening to Ethan Suplee’s podcast American Glutton in which in which he frequently stresses the need for a plan. Now, there have been plans in the past, but this time I’m taking a different approach.
Past plans have been long ones spanning months. Now we’re going to take it a week at a time. Another part of Op: PYA is daily blog posts with my meal plan, the day’s weight, and the prior day’s fitness tracker stats. Daily posts of this detail are a challenge so there may be some missing here or there. The main thing is finishing each week strong and entering the next week with a new plan.
I do have one long term goal which is a 5K on May 23rd 2020. That’s a ways away though and there’s some basic fitness stuff I gotta work on first.
Today is day one/week one. Let’s do it.
So I have this problem where my anxiety levels are at 100% one hundred percent of the time. I’ve always carried a ton of anxiety and frequently turn to food to temporarily make me feel less shitty. This is a huge part of why I weigh over 300 lbs. I either eat my feelings or they’ll eat me from the inside out.
I’ve tried other coping tools such as prayer and meditation. The problem is when someone’s fuckin’ with my situation I can either burry my feelings under a pile of pizza, look like a psycho when I immediately start praying in front of the very person stressing me out, or I can throat chop the fool. Throat chopping someone might seem worth it at the time, but being locked up might just make shit worse.
To be honest, I don’t have a solution. This anxiety is rotting my insides. It always demands more of me and sticks to my soul like tar. Maybe I can run from it by upping my weekly mileage. I have got to find a way to kick anxiety in the metaphorical dick.
In January I’ll be taking on the runDisney Star Wars Rebel Challenge. That’s a 10k and 13.1 all in one weekend. Finishers of both get an extra piece of bling. runDisney bling doesn’t disappoint. I figure as long as I train for the longer of the two I’ll be okay.
My training plan comes from womensrunning.com. Here’s the link to the original article: http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2013/09/training-tips/couch-to-half-marathon-training-plan_15065. I’m not a woman, but I’m pretty sure this plan will work for me just fine. For a little brevity I’ve recreated the plan in a table.
My running partner and I had a good laugh at the idea of a 11 mile easy run. Plan starts October 10th. Until then I’m just working on getting back in the habit of running before sunrise. May the force be with me.
I’ve been hearing a lot about folks baking eggs in avocado and since I’m always looking for easy and healthy fuel ideas I decided to give it a shot. The recipe I chose can be found here.
A couple deviations from the original recipe; I used a toaster oven and made only a single serving. Being one person I only needed one serving.
So , I took my avocado half, scraped some of its insides out and dumped an egg in it. I really should have scooped out more. Egg went everywhere. Also, they want you to dump the egg yoke first. Haven’t figured out how to do that yet. Then I shoved the thing into a toaster oven preheated to 425F.
20 minutes later this I what I had.
Add a little pepper and there you go.
A couple of notes:
1) The egg white that spilled over turned into a plastic feeling substance. Maybe wipe that up before baking.
2) I didn’t use chive because I didn’t have it on hand. What am I? Wolfgang Puck?
3) The avocado you scoop out can be spread on toast.
Final verdict? This was delish! And with the healthy fats it was satisfying. It was also a breeze to make. I’m definitely putting it in the healthy meal rotation.
I’ve started running again and decided to resurrect my blog. First thing I noticed after cracking open WordPress was that I haven’t posted since September of last year. The whole point of this blog was to document the road to the Avengers 5k at Disneyland, but I stopped blogging months before.
So, I guess some questions a person may have are:
1) Did I get to the Avengers 5k?
I did! And I had an amazing time. My running partner Melissa and I competed the run in about 45 minutes. There’s so many things to experience in a runDisney race and so many runners that it took a bit longer than usual to finish the thing.
2) Why am I starting over?
This one is easy; I just quit. There’s more to than that and I learned a lot about my body, short days, and the cold, but at the end of the day I just stopped running. Also, my wife and I kind of had a baby, too. After five months off though I’m back at it!
3) What’s my next goal?
The runDisney Rebel Challenge January 2017. That’s a 10k followed by a half marathon in one weekend. Two races, but you get three medals.
I plan on writing more detailed posts about what winter has taught me, my new training plan and the Avengers 5k (what I can remember at least).
Man, I’m so happy to be back!
Six months ago I started training for the runDisney Avengers 5K in November. I decided I needed a race midway to a) learn how a race worked and b) measure my progress. That first race ended up being the Color the Skies 5k in Ripon California this last Saturday.
File this under “Hella Inspiring.”
Life is tough, and there are constant obstacles that block our paths. But the outcome is all in how you see things. Having Scoliosis makes things much harder for me but I choose to see things from a different perspective. It’s much easier to cry all day, stay in bed, and live off of medications. But that is NOT the life I want, nor have. I have yet to have a full 24 hour day that I don’t experience pain.
Anyone who suffers from Scoliosis can tell you that the smallest tasks can be difficult to manage. Getting out of bed is tough, sitting, standing and forget about bending over. I just had a conversation with a friend, explaining to her that eating has become pretty challenging for me. Sometimes just raising the fork up to my mouth is a lot of work on my troubled back muscles. I sometimes…
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I really feel like I’ve been half-assing it on the running front. My progress has been positive, but I really don’t feel like I’ve been pushing myself hard enough.
To change that I’m setting, what would be for me, a ridiculous mileage goal.
10 miles total by 11:59 PM Saturday.
Not sure if I’m gonna run 2 miles a day for 5 days straight or run a couple 3 mile days. Look for daily progress updates.
Anybody else up to the challenge?