Category Archives: Milestone

Racing time – Updated — Accomplishment!

Last night my son and I finally got to a race.  It’s a dirt track in Grand Forks and was pretty fun and loud.  We were prepared with our earphones and had a good time.  My son, Kade, got tired out and we left halfway through the last race.  He liked it but hasn’t been talking up a storm.  There’s been more talk about the salamander I caught this morning and that the kids are taking care of.  I love the little things in life.

Yesterday was a good day regarding my eating.  There were some snacks available late in the day at work so I had a little bit and skipped dinner.  It took til about lunch to get my stomach to feel better after the fiasco from Thursday night.  At the race Kade had a small box of popcorn that I had a few handfulls of and then a small bag of store bought pretzels, the good stuff.

I also got some chance to work on my mp3 player at work.  During my run on Thursday my mp3 player started losing sound and when I looked closer, the headphone jack was loose.  After taking it apart yesterday I saw that the headphone jack had a crack in one of the solder joints so I touched it up and it’s as good as new.  I love being able to do that.

Today is a new day.  I ran on the treadmill this morning at 6mph for 40 minutes and tonight I plan to follow that up with a good circuit training.  In the meantime I’m watching the kids as my wife gets ready for Kade’s birthday party tomorrow.  I’m going to try to install Linux Mint on my laptop.  I’m really getting tired of this laptop and can’t wait for the 3 – 4 months it’s going to take to get to my goal and be able to purchase my reward.  My laptop keeps ‘sneezing’, getting caught up with some process and hesitating in doing what I want it to do.  Maybe the Linux Mint will work better.  I don’t need this thing to do that much.

Oh, I almost forgot.  After my run this morning, I went to church to set up audio/video for a 50 year wedding anniversary.  As I was waiting for the person to show up with a laptop I ran into someone that is a mother of a healthy family.  Not that she’s a fanatic.  She doesn’t preach or anything, she has always been nice to me.  Everyone in their family is athletic and carry on a healthy lifestyle.  But today she mentioned about noticing the new me and asked me how I got there.  After I explained it, she asked follow-up questions and getting a feel if this is a temporary thing or if I’m changing my lifestyle.  I loved that line of questioning.   She brought up the word ‘program’ and I mentioned that I’m not on any.  This is a new mindset based on knowledge that I found, not that someone has given me.  It was a great conversation and I have to make sure to thank her tomorrow if I see her for asking me those questions.  I would love for her to feel comfortable to keep asking me those tough/probing questions.  Bring em on!!!


Just got done with my evening workout.  I did not want to do this one at all.  I had a sore on the back of my leg and I was distracted by things inside and outside the house.  But I put a band-aid on and got to work.  When I do my circuit training, I reverse the order of things halfway through to mix it up and keep my body guessing a little bit.  This means at halfway I do sprints back to back.  I get done with one, mark down that the circuit is done, take a drink and 5 deep breaths and get back into it.  Tonight was different.  Tonight I stayed on the treadmill and did 2 minute, 2 MINUTES, at 9mph!!!  I was screaming which probably helped my breathing but my body was burning inside and out.  But I did it.  I didn’t quit.  I didn’t die.  My body is strong enough to do run 9mph for 2 minutes.  By no means does that mean I’m going to EVER do that again but it is good to know that if I’m in a situation with Jason Bourne where I need to run fast, I won’t embarrass myself.  Although I may have just done that with that comment…….


Lessons Learned – Update – Accomplishment

I made a mistake yesterday.  Not with bad food or not exercising, it was a timing thing.  First of all, I had a strong day yesterday.  Someone had brought in my favorite snack, chips and a homemade cheesy salsa dip with veggies on top and it was across the cube from me all morning.  But right now I’m on a mission to get to 60 in 6 which is next week so I didn’t have any.  That moment pushed me through the rest of the day and I was determined to do a 6 miler last night.  Here is where I learned my lesson.

Several factors need to be known.  Yesterday was my oldest’s birthday and we were going to have family over in the evening so I had to run right after I got home.  Second, my wife made pizza which I love and I got the mind-set that I had to eat that pizza last night.  That is where I really messed up.  I should have forgotten about the pizza last night and had a couple of slices with me for lunch today.   I should have had a peanut butter sandwich before the run and waited a half hour to have energy.  I did none of that.  I had 3 cashews and took off.  The whole run was a struggle.  It was warm and humid out and I couldn’t get my heart rate up to where I wanted it to be.  It averaged around 132/133, not good.  Then my pace was off and it added 5 minutes to my time I had last time.  Just yuck all over.  So then I get home, eat 2 squares of pizza, a half of chicken breast and washed both down with 2 glasses of water.  I could feel right away that this was not a good idea.  It kept me up until 11:30 and I’m still feeling it.  Never again will I set myself up for that.  Not worth it.

That being said, it’s Weigh day and I am down 3lbs this week.  Need to lose 2 more lbs to reach 60lbs in 6 months.  I feel good about it but we’ll see.  I feel my focus and determination turning up a notch and hopefully that will carry me through.


Finally had time and good sleep this morning and was able to run, RUN an entire 6 miles!  I think Tuesday was a break-through day as far as my distance running goes.  That felt like a more difficult run than this one today and for sure my soreness was not as extreme today as it was on Tuesday.  It rained pretty good last night so the gravel roads were a little soft and the humidity was really high.  So great sweat and a good heart rate for the whole run and it took me just over an hour.  Love it.  Ready for more.  I think in a couple of weeks I’ll push it again if it’s a good morning if I have the time.  One moment that happened today was when I was listening to an old song and there was an instance where I thought the battery was dying on my MP3 player.  Why.  I thought I heard the pitch change like when I used to listen to that song about 20 years ago on a cassette player.  I laughed at myself but kept running….

Stomach is still having some issue.  Today has been better and I think I need to cut out a trail mix out of my diet.  I was using it for energy but I just might go back to raw almonds.

We didn’t go to the race last night because of the rain.  Good thing.  My son has a coupon for a free ice cream cone at Dairy Queen and I was getting a taste for something from the menu.  First I looked at a Peanut Buster Parfeit, 750 calories!  Buster Bar, 500 calories.  Cotton Pickin’ tiny Dilly Bar, 220 calories.   I don’t want a cone (230 calories) and the saturated fat and sugar is just incredible.  I’m done with DQ.  DONE.  I bought my ice cream and had a responsible serving and enjoyed every moment of it.

Starting to toss around the idea of giving my evening exercises a break and just concentrating on running in the morning.  I’m starting to wonder if I’m getting a little burned out with all the exercising.  I’ll continue to run 6 times a week and maybe when I bring the other exercises back it will give me the kick I need.  Or maybe I’ll still do one circuit training on the weekend.  Just tossing some ideas around.  Any thoughts?


This heading is a new category I’m going to set up to mark weight milestones or fitness milestones.  Today I had a fitness milestone.  I’ve been doing 4 milers for a while now – walking some of the time, running most of the time.  Today I ran for all of the time.  I had an idea that this is what I wanted to do today and it felt good all the way around.  I set a slower pace and just kept focused on mini goals.  The next post, the next road sign, to the end of the woods.  At one point a skunk crossed the road 200 feet in front of me.  OF ALL DAYS FOR A SKUNK TO DO THAT!!  I kept on going.  I knew I had pushed myself pretty good by the time it was for me to slow and cool down.  It was probably my best sweat for being outside and I could feel it in my legs.  I ran 4 miles today.  I still can’t believe it.  I still hate running but I might be addicted to it.  Not my last milestone but a big one for my mind.

Tonight was another night for a walk with the dog but this time the whole family came with.  My wife took some pictures of me to show how my progress has been.  I don’t like the progress pics of me standing in front of a wall.  I like action shots which also gives everyone a taste of what the country life up here looks like and also how flat it is.  Flat as a pancake which makes for beautiful sunsets.  Another thing about the pics.  I hate them.  I know I look better, much healthier and slimmer but it still doesn’t match the mental picture I have of myself.  I’ve made a lot of progress but I’m not done yet.

My dad's farm is in the background

My dad's farm is in the background

Me and the puppy.  Can you see what I'm dealing with?

Me and the puppy. Can you see what I'm dealing with?

Notice the relaxed boy in the back

Notice the relaxed boy in the back