April 26th, 2018

Addiction and Success1

Twitters 128 character limit wasn’t going to be enough for this one…

Today for the month of August I logged my 100th mile. This was accomplished over 20 runs during the month… What’s the significance you ask…

May 16th I went to the Dr. against my will for an appointment my Fiancé setup to get my blood pressure checked. It has been high since about Thanksgiving so eventually I gave her my doctors information and she, being the wonderful woman she is, set the appointment up. My blood pressure at the time was 185/145. Not good. I weighed in at about 240 lbs on a good day. He put me on medication. At that point in my life, I was determined to change my diet and start to exercise.

From May 16th through June 30th I focused on my diet. For those that know me, there are two funny and accurate jokes around my eating. My buddy from High School Shawn  always used to say you need to set two limits on Scheldberg around food. Either a quantity limit or a time limit. The other one is a quote and it goes “I got a weight problem can’t wait to eat!”. I can put it away. This is a guy that in high school put away 24 cheeseburgers. Buffets fear me. I truly realized, finally after 33 years that I have an addiction to food. All food. So for me in the beginning it was about 4 things:

1. Portion size
2. Track calories and sugar
3. Drink water
4. Eat Breakfast

So that’s what I did and have continued to do from May 16th to now.

June 30th, my buddy Tim and I went for a run at Highland Park in Bloomington. I went 2.5 miles in 31 minutes. I sucked. It was 100+ degrees, I wanted to quit. My feet hurt, my head hurt, my legs hurt, everything hurt. But I guess it had to start somewhere. Without Tim getting me out for my first run, I don’t know how successful I would have been over the last 2.5 month. I could have used the heat as an excuse as I have had many of them over the past 13 years… but I didn’t. In July I logged 14 runs totaling about 55 miles. Lots of small runs and runs that were not at rock star pace. But I was doing it and more importantly I was sticking with it.

Aug 1 through today… I’ve lost 40 lbs, my blood pressure is now normal or slightly below without medication and just today as I mentioned above I logged my 100th mile in just one month. I’m not going to lie to you, after I stopped my Google Tracks app on my phone I walked down the street and cried. I don’t know exactly what set me off… joy, sense of accomplishment, fatigue… the tears just starting flowing. For the first time in 13 years I did not quit a diet and exercise program that I started. I did it.

Reasons for Success, there are 4.

1. Technology and Social Networking
I work with numbers for a living. Love em. I live in Excel and BI analytical tools. I knew I wouldn’t stick with exercise if I couldn’t track my runs. Google Tracks on my HTC EVO phone has allowed me to use GPS to log all my runs. Google Docs and Maps have allow me to upload all runs to a spreadsheet for analysis and to Maps to plot my exact courses. Twitter. Love the Twitter. Many people use it for many different reasons. My buddy Damon would randomly post runs on Twitter and I thought to myself, I’m going post some runs. Then my other buddies Joel, Greg and Ryan started posting their runs and all of a sudden we had motivation and support from one another to continue to bang out the runs. One of us would see a 5 mile run posted and we would think to ourselves, “shit, I gots to go 6 miles now!”.. and we did. What a powerful way to exercise and stay motivated.

2. Support of Friends
I have the greatest friends on the planet. I called two of them right away when I knew I was going to start eating better and exercising. That be Damon Bilitz and Ryan Payne. Damon talked to me for about 30 minutes regarding nutrition, what to eat, what not to eat, what meals not to skip, how to run, where to run, etc. Ryan, same deal. These are two guys that have succeeded in their lives to be fit and I knew whatever knowledge I could gain from them would be invaluable. I’m not going to list the rest of the crew or other friends because I don’t want to miss anyone, but just know that you ALL contributed even if you didn’t realize it.

3. My Kids
I won’t allow my food addiction and laziness increase their chances of not having me around. I’m gonna be here, for a long, long time.

4. My Wonderful Fiancé
Where to start with this one… without the loving support of my fiancé I’d still be over weight, unhappy and closer to death with my blood pressure. She scheduled my appointment for me. It must have been extremely uncomfortable to do that. “Ummm, yeah, hi, my boyfriend has high blood pressure and I need to set an appointment for him.” Wowee. I bet she thinks I’m the biggest dork in the world with all this running. Even so, she’s still supported me. Even something little like one morning laying in bed and her saying, “Aren’t you going running?” motivated me. She asks me periodically about my runs and listens to me talk on and on about them. She must get sick of me but her kind heart and ability to listen to me are 2 reasons I love her so much. She loves to bake. Mmmm, she can bake some good shiz. When I started my journey she stopped baking. She started buying oatmeal for me to eat at breakfast, fruits and veggies to snack on and would spend Sunday nights cooking a big as pot of healthy goodness for me to take for lunches at work. God, I love this woman. Baby, Thank you, THANK YOU for being my rock. I love you.

This is not an ending to my journey, only a brief pause to acknowledge a milestone. There is still work to be done ahead and I know I will succeed. Love you all!

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