Fight4Fartlek — Gobble, wobble, gobble and probably more wobbling after dinner today

This is a funny week. And, Thanksgiving is kinda messing it all up. Typically, today is my Fight4Phat post and then tomorrow is Fartlek Friday. Since, I am running the Thankful 13 this morning — I figured I’d do my race report tomorrow. I hate for it to wait until Monday when it’s WAY past the race date.

So, I decided to merge Fight4Phat and Fartlek Friday into one jumbled up post. Exciting, huh? But, really, it’s just a very long post with my weekly fitness stats, my Friday rants and whatever else I fancy from this past week. So make sure to come back tomorrow for my Thankful 13 race report in between your Black Friday shopping and leftover turkey sandwiches.

Speaking of leftover turkey sandwiches — not a huge fan. But, have you ever made Leftover Waffles? Now, before you go off thinking this is some gourmet recipes — it’s not. All you do is take your leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and whatever you think sounds good and put it in a waffle iron and cook it. Then top it with cranberry sauce.

Basically, it’s Thanksgiving Dinner with abs.

It’s not that bad.

Anyways, thanks for letting me take that tangent. I take a lot of them, so you really shouldn’t be that surprised. But, where was I?

Oh yeah — come back Friday for my race report.

But, I am getting pretty excited about tomorrow — the running, the family time and, sure, the food. I am making the vegetables for the dinner while helping my Mom with brining the turkey. Since we have a relative small dinner guest list — 14, we’re doing two turkey breasts. One, which we’re brining and the other which we’re smoking.

Though I am brining one, I won’t lie — I’m eating the smoked turkey breast. Along with some yams and corns — and I’m good. Don’t need anything to be satisfied. Well, pumpkin pie, as well.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention pumpkin pie. I’m pretty sure if I didn’t mention it the terrorists would have won?! Soooo — USA! USA! USA! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE!

Anyways — I’m really tangenting it bad today.

Lots of exciting things happening this week besides running and eating turkey carcasses. This past week — well on Tuesday — I started a run streak. The plan right now is to go 40 days. That would get me through the holidays. The plan is to run at least 2-3 miles Monday-Saturday and then walk at least 1-2 miles on Sundays. I know that’s technically not a “run streak” — but, I don’t run on Sunday — for religious purposes.

I am doing the streak running for a number of reasons — mainly, to mentally make me stronger and two to help me in my quest to lose this last 30-35lbs. But, really, I think it would be a fun challenge. So why not?

And, of course, like what I’ve done with my Fight4Phat campaign, I’ve made an Instagram account to keep track of my streak — it’s a pretty straightforward name — @streakingjosh. Original I know. But, it works for what I am doing, right?

Anyways — the StreakingJosh is in addition to my workout plan. My four week plan is over with and I am following a lower carb (most carbs come before working out or my run — I hate calling it a low carb diet) and minimal sugar diet plan along with my running and boot camp circuit training.

With the craziness of the holiday and the amount of “stuff” I have on this post I’ll wait until next week to post about the diet and workout plan with detailed graphics. Give it due spotlight. But, basically it’s just watching my sugar and carbs along with a free meal once a week. Nothing too new and unusual.

But, nonetheless, different.

I think this is a good place to stop — but before I do, have a fun and safe Thanksgiving. If you’re running — have fun. Earn your pie — or whole meal. But, really — be safe and enjoy the holiday. This is really one of my favorite holidays mainly because I get to be around so much family and friends.

Tune in tomorrow for my race report, but until then — gobble, gobble.


HAIR UPDATE: No cutting of the hair since the end of July. So, basically four months. Still at least six more months to go. Not sure when I’ll get to “man bun” status, but I’m still very much in the “wild buffalo man” phase of my hair. I’ve never had my hair this long before. In fact, I’ve hated having long hair in the past. But, this go around I’m loving it. Especially considering why I’m growing it out. This is for my friends @amy_monroy, @girlracer74, my mom @vnannettehansen and all the other fighters out there who have, are or will be fighting the ugly disease we call cancer. Hopefully in the next half year my hair will make someone a nice wig? Who knows? #cancersucks #growingoutmyhair #locksoflove #run4dith #fight4amy A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on

Why hello @adele. #heavenonaplaylist A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on



We’re back! And, rebranded! The Utah Runcast is officially now Runcast USA! We were going to make the move to the new PodBash network in January 2016 with the other shows, but we got a jump start to NOW! This change includes our own iTunes feed, individual page at as well as our own website at Lot’s of fun stuff coming your way in 2016 with the podcast and more. So make sure you stay tuned in!

So for this episode Jorge joins us and explains why he didn’t show up for the last show. Let’s just say — the Mrs. isn’t so happy. We have a special guest — and first female on the Runcast — Shaylee Hurst from Runtastic Events. She shares with us a little bit about what she does with Runtastic along with how she got faster this past year.


Plus, we babble on about our goals, my 50K, Jorge’s injury and Jim’s marathon plan. It’s all good stuff. Catch it all here …




My amazing and talented friend, Elsha Stockseth, is once again selling her Christmas cards this year. Each year for the past several years she designs a Christmas card uses to help raise money for charities in Africa.

Each one of her cards has a story and design that is unique to her. It almost always includes some reference to Bono, U2 and herself. I even had a shoutout in her card last year. See if you can find it on the design. To say that I was beyond honored is an understatement. I am so glad that Elsha and my paths have crossed, her friendship has enriched my life tremendously.

I have already ordered by cards for this year from her (this year’s design is above) and each card is just a $1. Yep — pretty cheap when you compare it to what you’ll find at the card aisle at the store. And, like I mentioned previously each card sold helps charities in Africa. So it’s all a win, win, win, win — right?

You can order your cards here. This includes this year’s design along with some other available designs from year’s past. They’re all pretty awesome. So make your Christmas cards as personal as your gifts and share the talents of my friend Miss Elsha!



I have posted a few things about this event on my Facebook, but I need to spread it more, especially here on the blog. I am involved with helping to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad aka O.U.R. — here in Bountiful.

There is a FREE event on Friday, December 4th at the Bountiful High auditorium featuring O.U.R. founder Tim Ballard, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and the One Voice Children’s Choir. It’s going to be a HUGE event!

Our little team (though growing every week) in Bountiful is trying to raise $75,000 for O.U.R. That money will help fund three rescue missions. That includes any administration costs needed, the operation and rehabilitation for the children as well.

I am involved in this for many, many reasons. But, the number one reason — is that it sickens me. It sickens me these children are sold or kidnapped into the sex slave industry — no freedom, no safety and absolutely no life.

For what? Someone else’s perversion.

It’s gotta stop and it will — and, I love that O.U.R. has set out to do just that.

If you are interested in coming to the event there is a Facebook event pageyou can get updates and information on. There will also be a 5K the following morning in Bountiful that any one and everyone is welcome to come and support. The price is $30 and that includes a t-shirt that you will receive along with some other swag.

Oh, plus, the Waffle Wagon will be there selling — well — waffles. And, I’m sure they’ll also be selling some hot chocolate as well. There is a Facebook event page for that as well — and if you want to register you can do so here.



This past summer, your’s truly, made his cinematic debut. Well, okay — I was once an extra in a film and I’ve photobombed news camera numerous of times — so I don’t know if I can count it as my “DEBUT.”

But, it was definitely my debut as a fitness model. Yes, you read that right — fitness model. It’s just one of the many titles of man of my prestige holds (I kid, I kid).

I was a fitness model for a fitness video called, “Freedom2Move” — it’s a locally owned DVD series of workouts that are tailored towards every and any fitness ability. This includes ability levels because of age, mobility or fitness level. It’s tailored to YOU.

There are three volumes to the workout series — and I’m in the third volume which focuses on the abs, back and pecs. Intrigued aren’t you?

Now, here’s the deal — I have a discount code for you. When you buy any of the volumes — or the complete set you can use code OUR10 to get 10% off your order. Just make sure you apply the code at checkout (and not in the non-profit purchase code field on the product page)

That’s not all though — Freedom2Move will also donate 10% from each order to the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)They are an organization that helps rescue, free and rehabilitate children that have been kidnapped into the sex trade industry. A very worthy cause and non-profit organization.

So what are you waiting for? Get fit, make a difference and see me in my fitness model acting debut — and if you’re lucky I’ll even sign it for you!


The following is the progress of my 12 week program. During weeks 1-4 I am following my ‘fat flush’ plan that I wrote about earlier. I will discuss my plans for the remaining weeks in a couple of weeks. I am still formulating the plan with my trainer.

WEIGHT – 273.8 / 272.00 = -1.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2 / 24.0 = -6.2
BMI – 32.7 / 32.2 = -0.5
WAIST – 47.25″ / 46.5″ = 0.75″
ARMS – 18″ / 16.75″ = -1.25″
THIGHS – 27″ / 27″ = 0.00
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEIGHT – 270.6
BODY FAT % – 23.2
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.75″
ARMS – 16.25″
THIGHS – 26.3″
WEIGHT – 271.4
BODY FAT % – 23.8
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 45.9″
ARMS – 16.3″
THIGHS – 26.2″


There are LOTS of numbers above, for me I like the simplicity of just seeing the progressive simply from week to week.

Here’s my weight-loss from week to week …

10/12/15 – 277.8 (N/A)
10/14/15 – 273.8 (-04.0)
10/21/15 – 272.0 (-05.8)
10/28/15 – 272.8 (-05.0)
11/05/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/12/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/19/15 – 270.6 (-07.2)
11/26/15 – 271.4 (-06.6)
12/03/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/10/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/17/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/24/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/31/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)


No matter how far you are in the journey, it’s always good/fun/inspiring to look back at how far you’ve come.

Here are some classic pictures of Fat Josh from the past around the holiday season — enjoy.

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It might be Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean that’s all that’s been on my mind this past week. Here are some thoughts, ideas and things that caught my limited attention span this past week —



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