Monday, August 31, 2015

100 Days of Happy 2015 (31-40)

100 Days of Happy 2015 (31-40)

Is it just me, or does it seem like this summer is flying by? It's already been another ten days!

Exchanging funny faces via text messages, because 

there's nothing he won't do to make me laugh and 

smile.

#100HappyDays Day31


My training continues to pay off with dropped pounds,

faster miles, and longer distances. 

#100HappyDays Day32


I'm enjoying all of the back to school photos. Moms 

and Dads and Grandparents, thanks for sharing your

proud moments with me. 

#100HappyDaysDay33


When people in my social circle say "I've got your

back," they mean it. That matters. And it makes a 

difference.

#100HappyDays Day34


Thirty-seven days ago I weighed 235lbs. Today I'm

at 218.6. Working my plan and seeing results makes

me feel great! 

#100HappyDays Day35


Yes I did enjoy a Turkey Burger and a BBQ Chicken 

Sandwich. Because I earned them. 

#100HappyDaysDay36


Hello, unexpected Kiwi prezzie! Thanks to the McCafferty

Clan for thinking of me. I LOVE this candy!

#100HappyDays Day37


It's a big world, and it's nice to see the moon and 

remember that it still manages to shine down on all 

of my friends around the globe. 

#100HappyDays Day38


It's a lazy new-music-morning watching the sun peek 

its way in through the curtains. 

#100HappyDaysDay39


Sunday Fun Day with great friends. Bring on the 

sunshine and pool time. 

#100HappyDays Day40


Friday, August 28, 2015

It's Fan Boy Friday! Meet "The Hellcat."

As if Fridays weren't already wonderful enough, they are now even better for me because they give me the opportunity to celebrate another wonderful person in my life.

Today, it's all about The Hellcat.

Yep. Seriously.

This lovely lady is The Hellcat.


She's also known as Lorrie Bamford. And today, she's the object of my Fan Boy Friday attention.

She first crashed into entered my life back in May 2012, when we crossed paths through the From Fat To Finish Line documentary and the group of friends and fans on Facebook. She was an early supporter of the film and all of the runners, and she and I bonded over our shared sense of (inappropriate) humor.

In late 2013, I learned that her young brother was going to be graduating from Marine Corps Boot Camp here in San Diego, and it was the perfect opportunity to meet her (and many of her crazy fun family members). They came out in January 2014 and we had an amazing time. She brought along her husband and a couple of wild sisters, and it was a non-stop party of laughs and fun!

Lorrie and her equally amazing husband, Reg.


"But, John," you're saying, "you know lots of people and lots of people come stay at your house. What is so special about this person that she deserves Fan Boy Friday status?!"

A fair question. And here's the answer. Lorrie is one of those ladies that wrangles every bit of fun, joy, and excitement out of life. She laughs... loudly and often. She says inappropriate things to strangers. She blunders and stumbles and somehow makes it all work out just fine. And she drags all of the rest of along with her and makes our lives a delightful cross between a reality show, a comedy act, and (occasionally) a police drama.

Describing her in one sentence is actually pretty easy: 

"That lady lives life out loud!"

But she is so much more than just that. She is also a quitter and she's proud of it. So proud, in fact, that she is also an American Lung Association Lung Champion. Yep, she quit smoking. And then she decided that she would be a mentor and supporter of anyone else who made the decision to quit, too.


And there's more. She has a ridiculously big heart, which comes in handy when someone like me constantly finds people in need. No matter how many times I share a story and ask, "anyone think they can help so-and-so?", the answer is always the same. "What can I do and what do you need?"

I absolutely adore this woman. And I am so proud of the way she sets goals and works like a fiend until she reaches them that I have invited myself along to be there for one of her biggest challenges.

On April 24, 2016, I will have the honor of running the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and crossing the finish line with Lorrie. She is training now to run the full 26.2 miles, and I can think of no better way to celebrate her accomplishment than to get to run it right alongside her.



Lorrie "Hellcat" Bamford, hear me when I say this. I am a fan. I adore your heart, your spirit, your passion, and your full-on, take-no-prisoners, go-for-it attitude. Thank you for your friendship and for making my life better just for having you in my corner.

And hey, having a Hawt Hubby doesn't hurt, right?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Revel Canyon City Marathon Training - Five Weeks Done, Eleven Weeks To Go

It's been two weeks since I shared an update on my marathon training, so here's the good and the bad.

The results so far are good. As of Saturday, the end of Week 5, I had dropped nearly sixteen pounds.


And my weight dropped from 235 to 219.2.



While the results were good and I'm happy with them, I know they could have been better. And I say that knowing full well that I was inconsistent over the last two weeks. I ran every scheduled mile during Week 4 but I missed three training runs in Week 5. That hurt my overall performance numbers for the Five Week Total:



Worse than missing a run, though, I also made some poor eating choices over the last week. I let my laziness bleed over from the exercise to the nutrition, and that also had a negative affect on my results.

Am I happy with the additional weight loss? Sure, of course I am. But I'm also honest and know that I can't expect results from work I didn't do.

So going into Week 6, I know what to do. Commit to the training plan and make good food choices. It's as basic as it gets.

And I can do this.



100 Days of Happy 2015 (21-30)

Another ten days of Happy have already come and gone, and this challenge is really making me stop and focus on all of the great things that cross my path each day. Good stuff, indeed.


Not too hot. Not too cold. I love this town. 

#NoFilter #NoBadDays 

#100HappyDays Day21


I'm a fan of a fun super hero film, and seeing this 

"coming soon" list makes me very happy! 

#100HappyDaysDay22

2.4 miles and eight minutes door-to-door. No complaints 

from this guy on the daily office commute.

#100HappyDays Day23


It's a treat to be spontaneous and see a summer action 

film with my favorite movie date. 

#100HappyDaysDay24 

After a long run, it's nice to come home to a bacon, 

egg, and cheese sandwich for breakfast! 

#100HappyDaysDay25


Dinner at the neighborhood pizza place with friends is a 

great way to wind down the weekend. 

#100HappyDaysDay26 

I watched this video and this guy's new glasses allowed

him to see colors for the first time. It reminds me of the 

simple things I take for granted.

#100HappyDays Day27


It's always nice to hear that people respect you, especially 

when you disagree on something that is important to them. 

#100HappyDays Day28

Staying in bed just a little longer makes for a much 

needed lazy start to the day. 

#100HappyDays Day29


Dog is my co-pilot. #OneDayDogTaxi
#100HappyDays Day30


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Revel Canyon City Marathon Training - Let's Talk Weight.

I'm now four weeks into my training program to prepare for the Revel Canyon City Marathon in November. And so far, it's great. Not only am I running farther and faster each week, but there's also a very tangible benefit.

As of this morning, twenty-eight days after starting my training program, I am no longer carrying the equivalent of these three things:


Each of these - the bag of sugar, the sack of potatoes, and the two-liter bottle of soda - weigh approximately five pounds each. Combined, that's a total of fifteen pounds. And that is the same amount of weight that I have dropped since hitting my high of 235 pounds on July 19th.

Think about that for a moment. Every single day, all day long, lugging these things around with me. Running with them. Walking with them. Heck, just carrying that weight as I try to sit comfortably.

And now, those fifteen pounds are gone. In case you're wondering, yes, I feel pretty great about it!

Now, let's take a look at how they came off. Because weight loss works like a science but shows itself much less specifically. I have been doing the right things each day, being more active and reducing my overall calorie intake. You would think that my weight would drop a little bit every day. But that's not how it works.

Here's the chart showing the number of pounds I've lost over the the last four weeks. First thing you notice is that there is a lot of give and take. I weigh myself the same time each day, so all things in my control are the same from day to day. And yet, I lose a little, gain a little, lose a lot, gain a little, lose a little, etc.



Why am I showing all of this detail? Because I think it's important to be honest with myself AND because I think it can help others who may be discouraged on the days they gain a pound or two. I am proof that weight fluctuates even when a person does all the right things. That's no reason to give up or to feel like a failure.

I still have eighty-three days before my marathon and nearly eleven months before my self-imposed one year weight-loss deadline, and I have already dropped 20% of my overall goal of seventy-five pounds.

Think about that, too. In four weeks, I've dropped fifteen pounds. I only have sixty pound to go and I have forty-eight more weeks to do it.

Does that mean I will lose it all faster? Perhaps. But I know there will be plateaus. There will be setbacks. There will be days when I am doing all the right things and the weight stubbornly hangs on.

When those things happen, I will look back on these early blogs and find comfort. They will remind me that weight loss comes in waves, not necessarily equal measures.

And I will press on. I will not give up. I will have faith in my training and nutrition plan and I will push on.

Because I didn't put the weight on overnight and it won't come off that way, either. But I am worth all the effort it will take. My health is worth it.

Right now, though, I'm going to just enjoy the moment.

Because this:












makes this guy very happy.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Revel With A Cause - Semper Fi Injured Marine Fund

For those of you in a hurry and brought here through a friend's shared link, here's the short version:
  1.  I'm running a marathon.
  2. Semper Fi Fund is an amazing charity.
  3. Friends are donating money.
  4. You can click here to donate.
  5. Consider yourself thanked!

For the rest of you, here's the longer blog post:

As most of my friends know by now, I'm training for my seventh full marathon, the Revel Canyon City Marathon. Nearly four weeks into it and I'm doing great. I've dropped more than ten pounds already and my running is stronger every day. So far, all systems are go.

"Gosh, John. This sounds awesome."
(It is.)

"I'm so proud of you."
(Thank you.)

"I wish I could get involved with something like this."
(Oh, really?)


Three years ago, as part of my training for the Pasadena Marathon, I made the decision to raise $1,775 for Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Through the generosity of so many friends, we raised that and more. And unlike other wounded veteran charities, Semper Fi Fund has an outstanding track record of spending 94.6% of every dollar donated directly on program services. So the money raised really did do some amazing things for our injured veterans.

Now, I'm back for another round of fundraising. Thanks to the amazing folks at Revel Events, I will be running with Bib No. 1775 to honor the Marine Corps and our veterans and to highlight the money that we are going to raise.

Click here to donate.

Now, as always, I am so grateful to each and every one of you able and willing to donate to such a worthy cause. Your support means the world to me.

And as I've written before, knowing that people are donating money really changes my mindset about my training. Instead of just doing it to do it, I consider each of your donations a paycheck and my training runs are my job.

I will work even harder to honor your faith in me and your support for these amazing veterans.

Canyon City, here we come!