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Today, in spite of still being woefully out of shape, I felt like my old self again.

I take that back.

I actually felt like my NEW self again. My old self was slow and lazy. My new self, post 2010, likes to get out and explore on foot.

The other day, while checking out a house for sale for a friend, as I drove through the neighborhood in question, I noticed a stone path. It led up between two houses, heading back towards the back of the neighborhood. It got my curiosity stirred up.

So today, when I went out for my rualk, I headed towards that neighborhood. I ran over and followed the path up between the two houses and into the woods. It wound around behind the neighborhood and eventually started to dump me out onto some private property.

At this point, if I were to cut through the woods, I was only a few yards from the major thoroughfare of the area. So I cut through the woods, scampered down the embankment, and headed back to the house. That’s right. I said it. I scampered.

Did I discover the lost city of Atlantis in my exploration? Nope. Did my wanderings unearth El Dorado? Not at all. How about the Fountain of Youth? If only.

But it was fun! And it made the run into a bit of an adventure.

Week 8 complete. Yes, in fact, I am STILL trying to get in the groove on my exercise. I did manage to squeeze in a short, but decent, resistance workout. Today the family and I went over to the school across from our neighborhood. Nathanael rode his bike around the track, and just generally played. Cheryl and I walked about 2 miles and did some short hills sprints. It was a lot of fun “working out” together.

I’ve just finished re-reading Born to Run. If you like to read, I highly recommend this book. If you are interested at ALL in running, then read this book. If you’re not interested in running and don’t like to read, I recommend you read this book.

Total loss to date: 12.6 lbs
Loss this week: 1.2 lbs
Avg daily calories: 1,745
Exercise: 20 min resistance training, 1 hr walking
Food log: here

Eight weeks down, 5 to go!

Tonight I decided that I’m just working too hard.  Well, not really…that’s an overstatement.  But I am making choices that are causing me to work harder than necessary.

Food. I still love it. I have to be vigilant with my eating or I easily slide back to a lifetime of bad eating habits. 

My son wanted some cookies tonight. When I opened the package I also grabbed myself some. Just a few…okay, five. They were very good.

Serving size? 3 cookies

Calories per serving? 140

If I do the math right, those 5 cookies were about 233 calories. It took me about 2 minutes to eat them. (I’ve always been a fast eater – another bad habit.) 

Tonight I ran 3 miles. Fancy-net-calorie-burn-calculators on the web say that at my current weight that burns around 500 calories.

In two minutes of weakness, I “wasted” half of my workout tonight. Was that a good choice? Nope.

That’s a mistake I’m going to try not to make again.

Every week Aaron gets some of the same questions about his fitness success.  Here are the questions…and the answers! And as a bonus, some great discussion about healthy eating choices. Click HERE to start listening!

In the news:
Esquire: Best Athletes of 2012 – Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man, makes the list!

Recipe/Cooking Tip: Cooking Is Fun! - Brought to you by Elizabeth Knecht of the CaveMomChronicles.com!

This week we talk with fellow blogger and podcaster Heather Robertson, who has literally lost HALF of herself in her journey to fitness. Click HERE to start listening!

Heather’s website and podcast:  www.HalfSizeMe.com

Recipe/Cooking Tip: Caramelizing Vegetables - Brought to you by Elizabeth Knecht of the CaveMomChronicles.com!

(Originally posted on my personal blog July 10th, 2010 – exactly two years ago today!)

In case you haven’t been keeping up, I’ve commandeered the empty sub-division next door as my personal walking track. The other night I took it our for a one lap test spin. Today I hit it a little harder.

I did three full laps (in addition to walking to and from), which equated to about 40 minutes of hard walking. If you were to look at the map, you would see that the track is a modified figure 8. The “straightaway” in the middle is about 100 yards long. Here comes the exciting part.

As I was starting the second half of my second lap, and I came up to the straightaway…I started running. Almost without making the decision. I don’t know whether I just wasn’t working hard enough walking or what, but I took off in a brisk trot. That’s right…a BRISK trot.

(Please realize, the only “running” I’ve done in the past eight years has been to McDonald’s. I wasn’t even really sure if I could run without hurting myself. We’ll find out in the morning about that.)

Now, the strangest part. I ran the straightaway, and when I slowed back to a walk, I felt great! I had a rush of adrenaline, my heart rate was up, and I felt great! I actually got chill bumps and I think I might have teared up a little. Why did I tear up? Do you know how long it has been since I have equated working out with feeling GOOD?

So, my challenge to you today is get out, get active, and make your body feel good!

For the first time EVER, Mark, Don and Aaron were in the same room at the same time…and just like that, podcast history was made! The guys discuss where they are in their own fitness journeys, the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, Don’s new shoes, and more! Click HERE to start listening!

In the news:
MSNBC: Working out too much?

Healthy Recipe Tip: Don’t eat two serving of ice cream at Baskin Robbins.

Today is “National Running Day”, which is a day dedicated to promote and encourage running!

If you’re a runner, or even if you’re not, get out there and run a bit!  And why not take someone with you?

Let’s get moving!!

What’s a “running nerd?” Ever wonder why some people love to run and others hate it? Can’t seem to get your “running mojo” going? We chat with Tes Sobomehin, founder of RunningNerds to find out how to get over the hump. Click HERE to start listening!

Find RunningNerds on Facebook!

Run with nerds!! 2012 RunningNerds 5K – register now!

In the news:
Need some motivation? How about ZOMBIES! Check out this smart phone app highlighted by LifeHacker.com: Zombies, Run!

(The Android app that is currently in the market is not the same app as in the article.)

Healthy Recipe Tip:  Check it out!  Recommended by Tes!
Bragg Organic Sprinkle Seasoning

(Purchasing via this link will give a small portion of the price to Element Opie Productions…at no additional cost to you!)

Tonight it’s 56 degrees and drizzling raining. I had a little discussion with myself on the way home from work, and I decided that instead of using it for an EXCUSE, I would use it for MOTIVATION! I made it into a challenge. Stay home because “it’s raining”? How wimpy is that! 

So I put a fresh podcast on my MP3 player, threw on my Road ID, Tough Mudder headband, headlamp, gloves, and Legion of Superheroes t-shirt, and headed out the door to put in a few miles.

I didn’t run a marathon tonight. I didn’t even run a half marathon…just 2.5 miles…but I felt like I had climbed a mountain!