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And I wasn’t even being chased!

September 20, 2010 | Life

I started running today. I’m following the Couch to 5K program via an app on my iPhone.

I came to a stark realization recently that my weight was getting out of control. I’m fortunate enough that I carry weight well, but that’s also been a reason why I’ve been able to let it go for so long. At 6′ 1″ the true nature of being 245 lbs. is starting to show. Both in how I look, how I feel and how I now have to wonder if I’ll meet pre-set conditions on activities. My father got a free session at an indoor skydiving joint here in town and he doesn’t want to do it. He gave it to me and I’m pretty stoked about it since it looks like a lot of fun. But I noticed that they have a 250 lb. weight limit. Depending on the scale, I may not qualify right now… that was quite the shock.

So, off I go. I’ve got a little bit of a head start since I bike to work as my primary means of transportation. Not to mention the 5 lb. computer, the 2 lb. camera and ~ 5 lb. of lenses that I schlep with me. So with all that on a 15 minute ride in to work I’ve been able to at least stave off lost cause status.

I’m hoping to be able to do the Denver Gorilla Run in late October. It’ll be tight but I’m hoping that I can accelerate the C25K schedule a little bit to make it. Maybe I can talk a few folks in to doing it with me. (To be honest I’m really just in it for the Gorilla Suit 😉 )

I think I’ll make it. I have good inspiration. The wife started running earlier this year and she’s already run two 5Ks and continues to run at least 3 times a week. I’m super proud of her and just seeing the changes in her body and how she feels is good enough motivation for me to start as well. I’ve definitely got some catching up to do.

So now that I have an exercise plan in place I need to look at my diet. That’s gonna be the hard part for me. I love my food. And your food. And his food. well, you get the idea…

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  • Yo Gip!

    It’s me, skulking around the internet today. Dude, I feel ya on the weight issue. I’m about the same height and I’m a little north of what you are… not good. Fortunately, the weather is getting cooler and I’m NOT going to sluff off hiking season this year! Last winter I did, and it’s showing in a big way…. a basketball under my shirt kind of way!

    Tony Previte, October 12, 2010 5:58 pm | permalink

  • Wow, long time no see. Hope all is well.

    Yeah, not good is right. Fortunately I’m coming along well and I think I’ll be able to do the Gorilla run by alternating walking and running and maybe get a full run 5K in early next year.

    Hiking sounds good too. We haven’t done much over the summer but maybe we can get something going over the winter. Winter hiking is beautiful.

    Shawn, October 12, 2010 6:27 pm | permalink

  • Hey, circling back around to say I’m up for it, as long as it’s in Phoenix! I dunno if I can handle Denver hiking in the winter! :-) What got me started on my current kick was a vacation this summer where I hiked 11 miles above 9,500ft… A little altitude sickness ensued, but I fought trough it and was ok. So far, 15 pounds gone within about 2 months. The right direction for sure.

    Tony Previte, November 3, 2010 3:16 pm | permalink

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