This is When I Quit!

This is a critical point in my health and fitness journey, a real risk point. The risk is not intuitive. The risk is not that I will fail by missing a day of 10,000 steps, running my next 5K race (3.1 miles) in too long of a time, etc. The risk is not that I’ll make too slow of progress and give up. The risk is that I become satisfied,…

Only Crap Flows from a Butthole

At a recent meeting, the participants were involved in small talk while waiting for the meeting to start. I was pacing on the side of the large room, working to get in my 10,000 steps for the day. One of the meeting participants (Person-A) asked what I was doing? I stated the obvious … walking. One of the other participants (Person-B) laughed and asked … how many steps? I was at…

I Ran My First 5K Race Today

Success! I set a goal of running two 5K (5 kilometers ~ 3.1 miles ~ 6200 steps for me) races. I completed the first race today. I really couldn’t be happier. It was just four months ago, in December 2015, that I started training. My first outing was sad. I ran 0.2 miles on the treadmill and my legs and lungs burned after! However, I kept at it. I added…

Thinking About Next Week

This is going to be a tough week: I’ll be traveling Sunday night, returning Saturday morning. I’ll be working long hours, with no consistent work pattern. I’ll be attending (work related) meetings during the day and overseeing a major (work related) launch at night. The fact is, this week, I’ll need to find time to sleep in whenever I can, which may mean finding a quiet place at work to…

Are you a Zoo Animal?

I am re-reading the The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health Paperback by John Durant. In the book, Durant argues for an evolutionary approach to health and fitness. Here is his key point: All animals, human or otherwise, thrive when they mimic key elements of life in their natural habitat. The corollary, and maybe obvious point, is when animals and humans deviate from their natural habitat they often suffer degraded health…

Reasons are Bullshit

I had every reason to fail this week. And by some measures, I did fail. At last week’s Weight Watchers weigh-in, I was up 0.5 pounds. I bailed mid-day (Tuesday) on a fasting day (no food allowed … water, black coffee and unsweetened ice tea only). On Thursday, I nearly tripled my Weight Watchers PointsPlus allotment. My right knee was very sore on Sunday. I skipped my mid-week run. I…

Cheerleaders and Vampires

Outside of my immediate family, I don’t talk much about my health and fitness goals, that is, unless I am asked about them. Two situations generally prompt questions: I fast at least one day per week. This means no food, only water, coffee (black) and tea for the day. Life doesn’t stop on these days. Other people go to lunch, so I either need to pass or go and not eat anything….

Training for My First 5K … from the Treadmill to the Street

Hooray! Today, I just completed 183 days in a row of walking 10,000 steps a day. I am halfway done with my most important goal. I will supply a report out in a future post. If you are new to this blog, for context … I’ve been focused on my most important goal, walking 10,000 steps a day every day for 1-year. I track my steps with my Fitbit One, reporting my progress…

Training for My First 5K Race

I’ve discussed my health and fitness goals at length. In fact, I’ve been obsessively focused on my most important goal, walking 10,000 steps a day every day for 1-year. I track my steps with my Fitbit One, reporting my progress daily on Twitter. Today, I just completed 176 days in a row of 10,000 steps a day (yes … every day). I credit my success to what I learned from The…

Happy Valentine’s Day to My Wife

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Love, my Wife. Please know that the boys and I love you very much. And even though we don’t show it enough, know that we appreciate everything you do. You are detailed orientated and probably want to know specifics. Here are 14 things we appreciate about you. You are a great Wife. You are my best Friend. You are a great Mom. You are cute…