Being honest with yourself is always a good thing;  but, let’s be real, being honest with yourself can really suck. I don’t know anyone who is honest with them-self 100% of the time. I know that haven’t reached that level of self-actualization. Thankfully, I have a strong network of family and friends that willing to be brutally honest with me. I had two experiences this week (one with my brother and one with a long time running friend) where the their honesty let me know that deep down inside,  it is time to really start making a real effort toward weight loss and my running.

The first experience took place exactly a week ago. I was at my brother’s house letting our kids play together. While planning what to do for dinner and, of course, pizza was suggested. Somehow the suggestion of pizza let to someone mentioning how I went a year without pizza in 2014. My brother chuckled when my year without pizza came up and said, “Nick, you may have gone a year without pizza, but all you did was substitute it with other foods that are smothered in pounds of cheese.” I chuckled ad admitted that I hadn’t been truly trying with my diet, but fired back that I was still dang proud of my year without pizza.

The second experience took place on Tuesday. One of my long time running friends asked if I could do lunch with him. I gladly accepted his invitation. Due to my lack of seriousness with my running, I had not seen this friend in 3-4 years. Moments after being seated for our lunch, my buddy looked across the table at me and said, “you know what the problem is with your motivation toward your training? You aren’t scared anymore. If you wanted to, you could run a marathon this weekend. It wouldn’t be fast, but you would have zero doubt that you would finish.” I smiled at him, admitted that his statement was correct, and thanked him for being so blunt.

So, I have decided to use these two conversations as motivation to start making more of an effort toward losing weight and running. I am realist. I will “fall off the wagon” many times as I buckle down, but at least I have made the decision to be more serious in my efforts. My workouts from this week are posted below. You will notice that I lifted weights twice this week. That is a HUGE deal for me! Holy cow, I forgot how sore lifting makes my WEAK upper body! Here’s to staying motivated!

Workouts 2/25 – 3/5

Monday – No workout 

Tuesday – No workout

Wednesday – No Workout

Thursday – I decided to start my new, more dedicated effort

  • Weights (Chest, Triceps, Hip Adductors and Abductors, Core)
  • Running – 3.5 miles

How I felt after…


  • Weights (Back, Biceps, Hip Adductors and Abductors, Core)
  • Running – 3.5 miles

How I Felt After…


  • Running – 6 miles

How I felt after…

Sunday – No Workout

Workout plans for the week of 3/6 – 3/12:

  • Monday to Thursday – Limit my runs to 3.5 miles and lift for 30 minutes,
  • Friday – Rest,
  • Saturday – Long run of 6-8 miles.


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AUNT Nannie! · March 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

I LOVE you!

    Anonymous · March 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks Aunt Nanny!

Percevial Murphy · March 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for posting. I’m sort of in the same boat as you. I’ve never been fast but when I was lighter I ran better and enjoyed it more. Now I have some nagging injuries that keep recurring because I’ve gained about 20 pounds. If you don’t mind I’m gonna tag along with you on your journey. I am a pizza lover too so today, I’m swearing off pizza for the next 30 days if you will too. Man, I need some support because my circle of friends and family is a bit limited. Let’s do this!

    Nick Bernard · March 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you for your comment Percevial! I’d love some company on my journey. I swear to stay off of pizza for at least 30 days. Please reach out to me at anytime if you need moral support. I’m blessed with a strong network of family and friends who are VERY supportive. Add me on FB and I’ll add you to a couple of my friends running groups so you can be connected to a huge amount of motivated runners / athletes.👌👍

Kinyorda · March 8, 2017 at 12:23 am

way to got!!! It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there like this. It’s hard to admit that running doesn’t equal eating whatever you want. keep up the good work.

    Nick Bernard · March 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement! I love running, but I LOVE and am addicted to food. Some people can’t stay away from alcohol, I can’t stay away from pizza. 🙂 😉 \

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