I never thought this would happen. This evening, I was able to jog/walk my first 10K for the first time. I clocked at about 1 hour 34 minutes. It’s not that good. But it’s a start. And I feel great.
Alright, everyone can say it. I’ve been a nerd all my life, and I’ve allowed myself to be an overweight couch potato foodie. Here’s me in December 2006:
Warning – fatso alert after the jump!
At my heaviest, I was 186 lbs (and I’m not tall enough)! My blood pressure was up, I was easily getting winded, despite the vast amounts of walking that I do because of my daily commute (subways, buses, etc.). I had bought a pedometer, and started on a 10,000 step / 2000 calorie regimen. And over the course of the past 4 years, my weight has see-sawed from 165 to 180. Usually, I pack on the pounds during holidays.
Last May 2010, I decided to start getting serious in trying to lose weight. It’s been really tough because as I mentioned earlier, I’ve never really been the fit or athletic type.
It all started during the long summer days while I was out doing an audit for a client in Raleigh, NC. I started walking the trails near the hotel after work – Capitol Area Greenway (Crabtree Valley Trail, Ironwood Trail, and Shelley Lake Trail), and get up to 21K steps during the weekend that I spent there (about 4 miles). Though this is mostly walking. But the view was great. Here’s a picture of Shelley Lake that I took from my phone during one of my walks:
I saw people of all types running the trails. But the common denominator was that most of the people I encountered seemed healthy and happy. And young and old, male and female – most of them ran circles around me.
In my walks I really got to thinking – I inherit a lot of potential ailments in my genes. Hypertension and heart problems on my mom’s side, and Diabetes on my dad’s side of the family. My Dad passed away when he was 50. That doesn’t really bode well for me. I figured I owe it to myself to be healthier for my own good. I’ve since graduated to a bit of jogging. Hopefully soon, I’ll be running. I purchased the Nike+GPS app on my phone, and have logged quite a bit of miles. I’m tracking my progress in the Nike Running website. As mentioned at the start of this post, I just logged my first 10K (that’s 6.21 miles). Now my target is to try to shave off the time – run more, walk less.
Here’s a quick update. I’m currently trying to eat healthier, and bit by bit, I’m trying to incorporate more exercise into my life. When I weighed in this morning – 156 lbs! Woohoo! About 10 more lbs to go!
A more recent picture – taken October 24, 2010 at Harriman State Park. Quick confession, though. One hour before this picture, I ate a pulled pork sandwich from Stew Leonard’s, which was great – I do allow myself some indulgences):
Losing that weight (about 30 lbs), I feel much lighter. And it does makes me want to jog some more. 🙂
Here’s an inspirational video – something that really affected my outlook toward exercise:
I hope this video reaches and inspires more people. Thanks to Chico Garcia’s blog for this video link. This guy’s name is Ben Davis. And he rocks. Check out the dude’s website. (opens in a new window)
Makes me really cross my fingers that I can sustain this. I think it’s no longer really a matter of willpower or discipline. I really need to learn to enjoy the activity. At this point, I’m still awash with euphoria from my workout. Must be the endorphins.
The holidays are coming. And so is winter. Some discipline would really come in handy.