So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Days 56-59: Three days away

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Me with my stepsons.

Me with my stepsons.

So we’ve gone from a daily blog to every three or four days. What can I say, I’ve been busy. Putting together a wedding is a lot of work, especially when balanced with work, family and two hours a day exercising. And, of course, there’s the whole reaching your goal two weeks early thing.

I took my first day off in two weeks on Father’s Day, partly because I spent the day with dad traveling to our hometown in Joplin (it’s become a tradition to visit there since the 2011 tornado) and partly because my body clearly needed it.

It’s probably the best Father’s Day I’ve experienced. For those who don’t know, I do not have biological children. But I do have three soon-to-be stepkids, and I’ve embraced the role of “dad.” What I wasn’t expecting Sunday was a ton of Happy Fathers Days from so many people, including a card from my stepdaughter, a gift from my fiancee, a card from my soon-to-be in-laws and wishes from my family.

I went right back to work on my fitness journey after the rare day off, burning more than 1,200 the last three days, including more than 1,600 today after running more than 6 miles in 90-degree heat. I’ve been under my calorie goal all three days.

You can read my diary at My Fitness Pal.

Wedding Project Days 52-55 blog (Father’s Day edition)

Wedding Project Days 49-51 blog

Wedding Project Days 46-48 blog

Wedding Project Days 44-45 blog

Wedding Project Days 42-43 blog

Wedding Project Days 39-41 blog

Wedding Project Day 38 blog

Wedding Project Day 37 blog

Wedding Project Day 36 blog

Wedding Project Day 34 and 35 blog

Wedding Project Day 33 blog

Wedding Project Day 32 blog

So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Days 52-55: Thanks to my dad on Father’s Day

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My father, Ernie Jr., and I at a Royals game. Dad helped me set the foundation as I began my fitness journey. I've lost 123 pounds in the three years since we started.

My father, Ernie Jr., and I at a Royals game. Dad helped me set the foundation as I began my fitness journey. I’ve lost 123 pounds in the three years since we started.

Losing weight is hard, no doubt about it. But losing weight without support is impossible.

I’m reminded of that on Father’s Day, as one of the biggest supporters in my journey from 315 pounds to 192 pounds has been my dad.

When I moved back home in 2010, he took me in rent- and bill-free. I’d just left my career, partly to be closer to family and partly because I saw the writing on the wall in the newspaper business.

Dad only had one rule when I moved in: That I had to work out and try to be healthy.

After working nearly full-time as a free-lance reporter for the first three weeks after I’d moved back, I finally started a routine in June 2010.

Dad and I played one-on-one basketball most of the summer, walking/running several days a week and lifting weights every other day. Keep in mind this was a 65-year-old man.

He also did most of the cooking, which meant I was eating a ton of fresh vegetables out of our garden.

I lived with dad for about four months before I moved into my own apartment in Topeka. Those were not easy times, to say the least. I was in a terrible relationship that consumed my life. Combined with the stress of working 30 hours a week as a contract employee and having no clue of what I was going to do for a living, times were trying.

But I had my father and family, and that really gave me hope. I lost about 50 to 60 pounds in the first five or six months after I’d moved back to Kansas. I couldn’t have done that without my father, who often says the rigorous workout routine likely added several years to his life (he’s 68 going on 50 now).

More importantly, the support I had from family and friends, notably my dad, helped me get my life back. In the three years since I moved back home, I’ve lost 123 pounds, settled into a new, rewarding career at Washburn University, will be starting graduate school in August and met my soulmate (we’re a week away from the wedding!).

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you. And happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, biological and non-biological. As I’ve discovered during the last two years, the latter can be every bit as important as the former.

As far as my fitness project over the last four days, I’ve averaged burning more than 1,000 calories and have been under my calorie goal. I tried on my wedding pants (the motivation for these blogs), and they fit great today.

You can read my fitness diary at My Fitness Pal.

Wedding Project Days 49-51 blog

Wedding Project Days 46-48 blog

Wedding Project Days 44-45 blog

Wedding Project Days 42-43 blog

Wedding Project Days 39-41 blog

Wedding Project Day 38 blog

Wedding Project Day 37 blog

Wedding Project Day 36 blog

Wedding Project Day 34 and 35 blog

Wedding Project Day 33 blog

Wedding Project Day 32 blog

So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Days 49-51: Speeding up

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Another one for the weight loss files, taking by Shana on Saturday.

Another one for the weight loss files, taken by Shana on Saturday.

Long time, no blog (three days). I’ve had three pretty good days since the last blog, under my calorie goal on each. Unfortunately, I’ve been extremely busy at work and haven’t kept a complete log of everything I’ve eaten.

Nonetheless, I’m still in the low 190s on the scale, and I noticed today that the dress pants I wore are looser than they were when I wore them a few weeks ago.

As for my workouts the past three days: I ran 5.5 miles on Sunday, a little more than 5 miles on Monday (4 miles in intervals) and about 4.5 miles today.  I ran my fastest times in 3 and 4 miles today, clocking the last three miles in 27 minutes and four in 38 minutes.

You can read my fitness diary at My Fitness Pal.

Wedding Project Days 46-48 blog

Wedding Project Days 44-45 blog

Wedding Project Days 42-43 blog

Wedding Project Days 39-41 blog

Wedding Project Day 38 blog

Wedding Project Day 37 blog

Wedding Project Day 36 blog

Wedding Project Day 34 and 35 blog

Wedding Project Day 33 blog

Wedding Project Day 32 blog

So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Days 46-48: Mission accomplished

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Forty-eight days into a two-month project, I hit my goal today: the pants for my wedding fit. I'm at 123 pounds lost.

Forty-eight days into a two-month project, I hit my goal today: the pants for my wedding fit. I’m at 123 pounds lost.

Mission accomplished. About seven weeks into this nine-week project, the pants for my wedding fit.

When I started, the goal was to lose about 10 pounds, which I figured would be enough to get into my pants, which were extremely tight when I purchased them.

I’ve discovered a few things along the way. One, the wellness coordinator at the gym knew what she was talking about when she said my ideal weight was between 188 and 199 pounds.

I know this because I’ve been that weight for the better part of a year now. However, the 192 pounds I weigh right now is a much more fit and muscular 192 pounds than I’ve ever weighed.

Something else I’ve discovered (I’ve known this for a long time, but this project has been a good reminder) is that the scale doesn’t tell a complete story.

It has been frustrating to be “stuck” at this weight for so long, but I’ve had a few people this week alone tell me I look quite a bit smaller than I did even a few months ago.

It's a been a long, rewarding journey.

It’s a been a long, rewarding journey from 315 pounds to 192.

MORE NSV

I’ve had a few NSVs (non-scale victories) in the three days since my last blog. First, I realized Friday that I no longer have flab on the bottom of my arms when I flex. This is one of my favorite NSVs, and one that has taken, literally, years to accomplish.

Second, I ran my fastest outdoor 10K today. I’ve broken an hour in a 10K at the gym, but there’s a significant difference in running on the treadmill and outside, particularly when I’m running in Overland Park, which has more than its fair share of steep hills and gusty winds (20 mph from the south today).

Despite the hills and wind, I ran 10k in about 59 minutes today, including a first mile under 10 minutes, something I never do, and the following two miles in about 9 minutes.

Third, I lost another pound and am down to 192 pounds, so I’ve lost 123 pounds since the end of 2009/beginning of 2010. As I’ve written and said many times, if I can do this, anybody can.

AT THE TABLE AND GYM

I’ve been under every day since my last blog. Counting today’s burn (1,100 calories), I’ve burned about 3,600 calories during the last three days, running a combined 18 miles, with some lifting, rowing and abs mixed in.

You can read my diary at My Fitness Pal.

Wedding Project Days 44-45 blog

Wedding Project Days 42-43 blog

Wedding Project Days 39-41 blog

Wedding Project Day 38 blog

Wedding Project Day 37 blog

Wedding Project Day 36 blog

Wedding Project Day 34 and 35 blog

Wedding Project Day 33 blog

Wedding Project Day 32 blog

So I’m into fitness, Wedding Fitness Project Days 44-45

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Back in a large shirt for the first time since 2001. No moobs, actually looking fit. The three years of hard work is paying off!

Back in a large shirt for the first time since 2001. No moobs, actually looking fit. The three years of hard work is paying off!

Two more up, two more down. Two more days under my calorie goal. We’re 17 days from the wedding.

I had another great non-scale victory (NSV) today. About a year ago, a co-worker gave me three Nike golf shirts, all size large. At the time, they didn’t fit. But I took them because, well, we’re talking Nike golf shirts, at $50 a pop – brand new, never worn.

They’ve been hanging in my closet since, but Wednesday night I put it on a hanger to take with me to wear to work. When I put the shirt on the gym, it fit perfectly! I haven’t worn a large since 2001. Hell, I’m probably never going to wear a medium on this frame.

That’s also another lesson about the scale: It’s not the be-all. Though I’ve weighed 193 to 198 pounds for months now, clearly I’m getting smaller/more firm.

As for my workouts the last two days, I’ve burned more than 2,400 calories. Tuesday’s workout included rowing, weights and a 6-mile run. Wednesday’s workout included abs, rowing, weights and more than 4 miles of intervals.

You can read my food and exercise diaries at My Fitness Pal.

Wedding Projects Days 42-43 blog

Wedding Project Days 39-41 blog

Wedding Project Day 38 blog

Wedding Project Day 37 blog

Wedding Project Day 36 blog

Wedding Project Day 34 and 35 blog

Wedding Project Day 33 blog

Wedding Project Day 32 blog

So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Days 42-43

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A personal best in intervals, ranging from 5.0 to 8.0 mph.

A personal best in intervals, ranging from 5.0 to 8.0 mph.

Sorry I missed you, again. We’re on Day 43 of the Wedding Fitness Project. Another day, another NSV (non-scale victory).

Today’s NSV: My wedding pants fit pretty well. Finally. But, I’m not finished. This project will extend well beyond the wedding, as it’s a lifestyle now.

I was well under today, nearly 500 calories. I had another great day at the gym, burning a little more than 1,300 calories.

My morning workout consisted of the P90X ab ripper, 30 minutes of weight lifting and a 2.5-mile run. In the afternoon, I had a personal best in intervals, scaling to 8.0 mph and burning 632 calories in the first 40 minutes.

My only vice at the table was a cherry Pepsi at lunch. Not a good thing. I’ve done a pretty good job not drinking soda.

One other NSV today: My turkey arms are gone. THANK GOD. Only took three years of lifting!

You can read my food and workout diaries at My Fitness Pal.

Wedding Project Days 39-41 blog

Wedding Project Day 38 blog

Wedding Project Day 37 blog

Wedding Project Day 36 blog

Wedding Project Day 34 and 35 blog

Wedding Project Day 33 blog

Wedding Project Day 32 blog

So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Days 39-41

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Well, I apologize (again) for slacking off a bit on this blog. It’s not because I haven’t continued the fitness project.

In fact, I’ve been under each of the last three days on my calorie count, had some great non-scale victories and am back in the low 190s on the scale.

Highlights from each of the last three days:

Thursday: A combined 7 miles of running (3 jogging in the morning, more than 4 on intervals in the afternoon).

Friday: Five miles running in the morning, and an extended lift for me (40 minutes) in the afternoon.

Saturday: A 7-mile run.

Now, as for the NSVs: Both came while lifting Friday. While I do not do a lot of lifts for my legs, I do run a ton. That’s why I can calf/toe press 750 pounds. It’s pretty cool having college students stop to watch that, not going to lie.

But the other NSV might be my favorite in 2013. For the first time, I can do bench dips without using the machine. That’s right, no more machine for bench dips. There’s no question this new routine the wellness coordinator designed is working!

As for missing my blog the last few days, you can always check out my diaries on My Fitness Pal.

Wedding Project Day 38 blog

Wedding Project Day 37 blog

Wedding Project Day 36 blog

Wedding Project Day 34 and 35 blog

Wedding Project Day 33 blog

Wedding Project Day 32 blog