Bad Andy. Bad Blogger.
Ok, so I missed last Fridays update.
It was a hectic day with a lot crammed into it and I just never got the chance to sit down and put my thoughts down. The holiday weekend was more of the same. I am nothing if not busy (and scheduled to the hilt pretty much all the time), so the post got pushed till today. I will resume my regularly scheduled Friday updates in a few short days.
Ok, so where am I at? 214. Booyaa. Down 10 from when I decided that I needed to make the move to take back control. It gives me hope that I will be meeting my goal of 20 pounds and 205 before the time’s up. Like I said before, I still expect the rate to slow and start dragging out, but I’ll take what I can get until that happens. 9 more to get there, and then to maintain it.
Now, before I break my arm patting myself on the back here, my worst fear actually did become a reality.
A little backstory. To kick this new effort all off, it took a little shove, a little slap in the face to bring me back to reality and realize that my body we bigger than I wanted it to be to the degree I needed to take action. For me, that slap in the face was the end of casual summer at my work. As I was comfy all summer in broken in jeans, totally oblivious. Not TOTALLY oblivious, I did have to pick up 2 new pairs of shorts in the next size up. But I explained that away in my head by saying that various brands of shorts and different styles run differently, so obviously it was the brand that just ran small. And things that used to fit OK started getting tight. Again, just dismissed and stuck to what fit me well. But in the horizon loomed the tragic return to business casual, a return to my dress pants and button downs. When all of a sudden it hit me that there was a very real chance that those pants were not going to fit me.
Those pants did not fit me. Efffffffff.
I’m right there in between sizes, my old pants still button, but they are equal parts passable and (just bordering on) obscene. If I am standing all day I could potentially pull it off (which is not unheard of, I do have one of those standing desks), but to sit down, it gets ugly. I decided to opt for the clothes that actually fit, so I swallowed my pride, took myself to the store and got a few pairs of pants the next size up. It’s one of those situations, where the new ones are just a bit big, I definitely need the belt to keep them in place, but they fit me well and I’m not showing everybody things only my wife needs to see. Jenn actually said to me today “you look good, you look slim and put together”. That may be the brand new clothes talking, or her making me feel good, but it’s amazing how I can look decent while wearing pants 2 inches bigger and with a belt two holes looser than what I used to wear it at.
Ok, so training is going well, I’m staying active and moving my ass as much as possible. I walk twice a day at work, and try to do something every day or two, workout-wise. I’m feeling good right now, which is a plus seeing as I have the first of my two big races of the fall coming up this weekend. It’s a marathon relay, which means that you take the 26.2 miles of the marathon and break it into 5 separate “legs”, then have a member of the team you assemble each run a portion of the whole. Well, I did assemble a team (Team #BlameAndy…not my idea, I swear) and we will be taking it on this Sunday. I’ll be running leg #1 (6 miles) solo, and then running leg 2 with my teammate and friend after that (an additional 5 miles), so 12 miles on the day and I am PUMPED. Ready as I’m going to be and looking forward to this. It’s going to be a damn good time, my team is stocked with some amazing people and great friends and I’ve been looking forward to this since mid-summer when we got the idea to make it happen. This is also a race where I am not leading a pace group or keeping an eye on another runner (which I have taken to doing lately, and I LOVE doing that), but this one is for me. I get to see what I am really still capable of and what I can do in a race when I push myself.
So it’s a week of runs, cross training on the bike and in the gym (I do a little circuit of the elliptical-stationary bike-rowing machine-stepper), stretching and foam rolling for me. Getting ready to go for Sunday.
I’ll check back in on Friday and let you know how I’m doing.
As always, thanks for reading and I’ll catch you later.
Have a good one.