April 30 2017 Raccoon Run

Great weather and very fun. I really enjoy doing this run!
Lots of people from my gym there and nice sunny weather.

My running buddy from Stow and me:

Plus with only 8 people in my age group, I came in second.

No one else stuck around long enough to get their photo… I think all the fast people in my age group were running the HOF (Canton Hall of Fame half/full marathon.)

Even with a 12:02 pace!


Half way thru the 8 week challenge

It’s going pretty well.

Did 5 miles on Sunday – run 4 walk one… then rode 20 miles. That wore me out, but I still got 5 miles of steps done on Monday.

Preparing for June 3rd. Rowing, Lifting, Pushing up and pushing a weight.

Today weighed 158.0 so I’m 4 pounds down or so in a month. Not going to hit 147 by May 28, but maybe 154 or thereabouts. We’ll see.

My favorite food right now: chopped veggie salad with cider vinegar/olive oil/lemon and pepper dressing.

Second Quarter 2017 Goals

First quarter 2017 was a big success. I participated in my gym’s challenge and nailed it.  Even lost 4 pounds in the process, even though that wasn’t the point of the challenge.  It was going to the gym EVERY DAY for 66 DAYS.  I made 62 of the days.

Met lots of new people. Even joined a Facebook running group and have been running 2 times with them. Did lots of new classes. Hit my fitbit step, stair, calorie burn and active minute goals like no tomorrow!

Now for 2nd quarter 2017 goals:  Nutrition challenge!  I’m going to nail this one too. My eyes are on the 147 mark so I can be 25 on the BMI scale.  162.2 when I weighed in last Thursday on my 60th birthday.  This morning: 159.2.  Whoot! In a week.

Not an April Fools Day joke!

I was actually surprised how strong and fit I look. It is still in my head that I am heavy and out of shape.  When I look at this photo I am reminded how hard I have worked over the past 10 years to lose it and keep it off.

What did I do differently this past week? Not much, except to actually log everything I ate in MyFitnessPal.  So weird how it actually makes you lose weight when you log it.  Only thing I think I did differently so far was not eat a bunch of peanut butter with my granny smith apple at 3 pm each day.  And drank more water for sure. Crazy!!

Some of my strategy:  Each morning I follow a few key individuals who have set what I consider Big Hairy Audacious Goals (by getting and staying fit) and they help me to stay focused: David Garcia – an LA TV producer who runs up skyscrapers for fun, Sean Anderson – a radio personality in Oklahoma who focuses on taking care of himself (what a concept!), and  Lori Kimble a graphic designer in New York state turned soap business owner. All of them have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for years.  My 70 pound loss (with 50-60 pounds of it staying off since 2012) seems insignificant compared to them, but I am inspired by their strategies.

And that’s the who point of this blog is to keep my healthy diet motivation. I can’t give up, gotta keep working it.

Love listening to Sean’s podcast! It’s awesome.

I’ve been following Jason Fitzgerald’s strength running too and making a chart for staying injury free so I do my therapy moves first thing: right glute, right calf and left shoulder. Of course I work both sides, but I’m trying to not re injure myself.

My other 2nd quarter 2017 challenge: The Ultimate Fitness challenge as a partner for my running buddy. Lots to work on there. More later about this in another post.

Also. Made the commitment to run the half marathon for the Akron marathon! Whew. I’m running a 13:30 minute mile right now due to the weight I gained (5-10 pounds in the last 2 years) and want to get back down to keep my joints from hurting. And maybe I can get back to my 12:30 pace too!

Big year this 6.0!



Welcome 2017!

Looking forward to a very good year.

But – Sigh – Why don’t I feel like I did okay in 2016?
When I did the counts, it looks pretty good:

151.5 miles running.  873 miles biking. Weight 165 (up 5 pounds), could be better, but could be much worse too! Ha ha.

Will do a full results in the goals/results tab on the navigation.

Big goal for the next 12 weeks: lose one pound a week so I hit my 60th birthday feeling like I’m starting the new decade in good shape!

Twinsburg Turkey Trot

Saturday was the Twinsburg Turkey Trot and the weather was perfect! 47 degrees and sunny skies!

Just over 100 runners, many local cross country teens and people from every age group.

Just before the race, I got rattled when my iPod took a dive into the toilet. So I ran with Pandora pop fitness channel on my phone.

Using the heart rate monitor was a good idea, or I would have burnt out early. It was a “hilly” race with 219 of climbing. (Can I compare it to the 50 miles of sweet corn of 2500 feet of climbing?)

First 3 miles I kept it under 155 bpm, trying to stay aerobic by breathing in my nose and out my mouth, at 145 to 150. The second mile was the toughest, all uphill thru the woods. I had to walk at one very steep spot.

I was amazed that they cleared all the leaves out for us. Middle of the woods and the trail was spotless.

At the 2.5 mile point we got out of the woods and the neighborhood to turn the corner back and had our first down hill. Just before 3 was the water station.

Funny by the first half mile I had settled in to where I was going to where I was going to finish, passing only one person before the end.
The 4th mile I kicked my heart rate to 160-165. And the last mile into the one 170’s. I went under the finish bubble at 175 bpm, after coming up the hill from the road and running the community center drive at 171 or so.

I finished at 1:04 and something seconds with a pace of 12:58. I was “hoping” for 13 min mile so, yeah me.turkey-trot-resutls-2016

Last year was 12:12… but I’m much slower than last year.  That banana tasted so good, I think I should have had a shot block or Larabar at mile 2.5. Especially since the race started at 10 and breakfast was a long time ago.

Very fun to go with my friend.


I’m going to keep up my distance running up and  even add a couple miles over the holidays to get up to 5 to 7 at this slow pace.

I signed up for the frosty five on Christmas Eve day, 6 weeks out… and am thinking about New Year’s Day run.

Tools for Getting Back and Staying on Track

Lost a little this morning when I hopped on the scale. Because I stayed on TRACK yesterday! Drank water. Ate reasonable qtys.  Tracked (a little) but still need more work here!

My current favorites of other weight maintenance bloggers: Keep it up David, Transformation Planet podcasts, Totally Kathy, Runs for Cookies, and My Journey to Fit. More detail and links about these later!

Water: 64 ounces minimum

10K steps: got 14.5K  (6 miles)  tread mill early for email and blogging!

Food: eggs/toast, apple/peanut butter, potluck after workout (mostly the proteins! lite on the carbs.)

27 minutes of body weight workouts: pushups, sit ups, squats, burpees, jump rope, lunges, heismans, planks, worlds greatest stretch…. followed by 15 minutes of yoga type stretch after.  pigeon, forward fold with crossed legs, arms up behind head/across front, hamstring, hydrants.


Up 2 pounds overnite!

Last night I ate salted popcorn and this morning the scale shocked me with a two pound gain.

I know better. I know not to eat salted popcorn. And I know not to freak out and overreact to a salted popcorn scale. Why did I even step on it this morning!?!

As I write this, I’m on the treadmill. Already determined to get my steps in.  To eat the right bslance of fat, protein and carbs. To drink all my glasses of water. And not to use food as an emotional crutch.

And stay away from salted popcorn!

Meanwhile I promised my exercise buddy to sign up for the 5 mile turkey trot again. It’s almost a month since the marathon relay and I haven’t been keeping up with my running.

Saturday did the HIIT workout. Kicked my butt!
Sunday rode 17.5 on the bike.

Better start putting those miles on the shoes!!


Perfect weather for the Akron Marathon Relay on September 24 2016