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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!

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:

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

(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 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!

Tonight was a good night. In case you didn’t know, I’ve been battling IT band syndrome. Tonight I felt like I was back in the groove for the first time in a while.

I was out under the stars, pavement under my feet, theTightwad Tech podcast in my ears, and the wind in my face. I put in a couple of miles and felt pretty good when I was done. Sometimes going back to the beginning is the best way to move forward.