Weekly Accountability 11-30-2013

One of the main reasons I put up this site was to help keep myself accountable. I figure the best way to do that is to share my successes and my failures. From now on, I will be posting a weekly accountability report of my workouts and dietary shortcomings. I promised to be real about failures with my diet on my about page, and boy did I ever fall short this week. I blame Thanksgiving and the whole lazy holiday weekend mindset. Blaming my lack of will power would be ridiculous. 🙂

Workout Log

Monday = No workout

Tuesday = 6.25 miles (running)

Wednesday = No workout

Thursday = 5 miles (running)

Friday = 5 miles (running)

Saturday = 6.25 miles (elliptical)

Sunday = Rest

November Totals

Running = 44.65 miles

Elliptical = 12.72 miles

Cross Training = I need to cross train

Dietary Shortcomings

  • Thanksgiving dinner (I had at least 10 rolls. I should have gone for the full dozen. Saying I ate a dozen rolls by myself sounds way better than 10) 🙂
  • Bucket of candy at post Thanksgiving movie
  • Top Ramen on Saturday afternoon (no, I still have not outgrown those noodles)
  • A large pizza and an order of breadsticks on Saturday night

As you can see, I still have a long way to go if I am going to hit my goal. To start cleaning up my diet, I am going to make a public announcement right now that I will not consume any pizza next week. Those that know me know that this is a HUGE declaration for me. Pizza and I have a very healthy and loving relationship. In fact, I live by the motto, “every pizza is a personal pizza if you work hard and believe in yourself.” The image below really should be framed and hanging in my dining room.


Goals for next week = 25 miles (running or elliptical), 3 days of core work, NO PIZZA.


Taking The 25 Days Of Christmas Cardio Challenge

Now that I just ate my weight at Thanksgiving dinner, I need to start getting more serious about my challenge to get my weight under 20o pounds. Fortunately, I think I have found just the thing I need to get started. The folks over at Run Like A Clydesdale are hosting a 25 days of Christmas cardio challenge. Details of the challenge directly from Run Like A Clydesdale are below…

The idea is simple … “POST” at least 25 mins of cardio activity a day, here on the Facebook event page! Your post can include pictures, videos, smart phone app stats, Garmin uploads etc. Be as creative as you like & inspire!

From December 1st until December 25th be inspired & inspire others by interacting and staying accountable and committed to at least 25 mins of cardio a day!! (Walking, jogging, running, biking, hiking, swimming, spinning anything to get your heart pumping and your body sweating). 

Be accountable by “Sharing” that have taken on the challenge by posting it to your Facebook network and invite others to the challenge. You will be challenging yourself against 100’s of others from around the world!

Head over to Run Like A Clydesdale and sign up to participate in the challenge. Good luck staying active and keeping your weight in check over the rest of the holidays!

Challenge Accepted!

Let me start by saying what everyone already knows, getting into shape sucks! The results that come from hard work don’t suck, but the process itself is HARD! Sadly, I am speaking from experience. When I was 15 years old, I worked my way from 230 pounds to 160 pounds. The transformation took a year and I swore I would never go back to being heavy again. I was able to maintain my fitness for a couple of years by participating in high school cross country and track and by completing three marathons by age 18. Eventually, life got in the way and I fell into my old unhealthy habits. At the age of 22, I reached 262 pounds.

I hovered between 230-260 pounds until I was 27. A weight loss contest at work is what finally helped me get serious about my health and fitness again. During our 12 week contest, I lost 40 pounds and over the course of the next year I lost 30 more. I used the momentum gained during this time to return to the marathon distance. I completed seven marathons from 2008 – 2013, including the Boston Marathon. Once again, I swore I would never fall back into my old habits and regain the weight I had worked so hard to loose. Unfortunately, the old saying “promises are made to be broken” applies to me and maintaining weight loss.

I am currently two months away from turning 34 and I weigh nearly 230 pounds. The past three years have been some of the best in my life. I got married, had my first child, and have been pursuing my career.  While all of these things are great, they have doubled as my excuses for not being as diligent as I should be about my health and fitness. I have given myself the challenge to get my weight back under 200 pounds. I hope that getting my weight back under 200 pounds will be the start I need to get back down between 170-180 pounds and to achieve my biggest running goal, a sub three hour marathon.

I am excited to start this journey. It is going to be hard, but I hope to have some fun along the way. As Barney Stinson would say… “challenge accepted”!