Fight4Phat: Everybody loves a comeback … and nachos. And, maybe even a burrito or two, but mostly comebacks


This has been a week long ride of many emotions — personal mental emotions. It started on Tuesday when I jumped on the scale to see the damage of two weeks of sickness. I have such a love/hate relationship with the scale — like I’ve mentioned many times — it’s an aide in weight loss, not a tell all. But, that’s hard for Phat Josh to convince Fat Josh that’s the case sometimes.

So this past week I’ve been working hard to extricate that mentality and work off what I gained. Not only extricating it, but building it back up — and making it a tool in my fitness journey and not a liability. It’s amazing how mental fitness journeys are.


People put so much emphasis on the work — which is important, don’t get me wrong — but if you’re not mentally focused on that work, what’s the point? You’re either not going to stick to it long term … or you are going to hate life. And, it’s usually both.

I’ve put myself in a good place this week. I’m focusing on the things that I can do — and letting the things I can’t control pass. Namely, my thyroid and testosterone — I’ll get answers, eventually. But, I am not going to put other things on hold waiting for a solutions. I’ve got to be a very active part in that solution.

But, I am just excited I am past my illness — that was seriously a drag. I am not coughing or dying anymore — and it’s a relief. I am going to have gain back some (a lot) of my stamina, but it’s a work in progress I have to just take step by step.

I am excited about this weekend — I have a Bugout Run tomorrow. I am not running it — I am actually helping facilitate it. So I am actually going to get my training run (4 miles) in tonight. Unfortunately that’ll be on the treadmill, but fortunately — not much longer.

I am also going to be reviewing my first nacho place tomorrow as well. I am going to Milagros in Orem. Yum, yum, yum. Remember if you want to go with me on one of my nacho adventures you can reserve and pick a spot here.

Besides that I’ve got a couple birthday parties, a podcast to record and, obviously, some fun to be had.

Here’s to a fun weekend! HAPPY RUNNING! 


Josh is joined by Physical Therapist, Dr. Matt Hansen — his brother — and owner of the “Freedom2Move” fitness videos.

The Hansen brothers talk about the seven most common running injuries from Runner’s Knee to stress fractures … and everything in between.

If you are wanting a healthy and injury free 2016 … you DON’T want to miss this episode!


I feel so gangsta … if I was 80 and drank prune juice by the six pack. #gangstaparadise #time4anap

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SLEEVE UP WEATHER!!! #braceyourselfspringiscoming

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There’s no sibling rivalry here … none whatsoever. Miss Koko LOVES being a big sister! #butreallyshedoes #toddlermoment

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I’m fascinated by Joshua Trees, not just because it bears my name, but because it’s very metaphorical of life. The roots of the Joshua Tree are very short and in order for it to take root in the desert ground around it — it must endure the adversity of the unforgiving desert wind through its adolescence. Through the adversity of the wind it helps strengthen the shallow roots so that it can grow into the large mature tree that we’re all familiar with. Much is like our lives. It’s through adversity and opposition that we grow. If we do not take root during this adversity — we cannot grow stronger. We should also not shirk from adversity because we will not grow to our full potential. Oh and the other reason I love the Joshua Tree … U2 of course. #joshuatree #metaphor

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Um, looks like #utahweather forgot to take its’ meds. #crazyweather #comebacksunshine

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COMMENTARY: I won’t lie — the start of this week was MUCH worst than the end of the week. After being sick and a long weekend — I wasn’t happy with the scale on Tuesday morning. But, I’ve worked hard to get that off and while I am not where I was last week … mentally and physically I am in a much better place.

Mentally, I feel like where I was 3-4 years ago — I know what I need to do, eat and run to get where I want to be. It’s a slightly obsessive mentality — but a healthy one. I’m basically zoned in and focused on my goals.

This is a fight … and I am excited to see my numbers come this time next week!

WEIGHT: 281.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″


BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″

LAST WEEK (2/12/16)

WEIGHT: 278.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.2
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.4″

THIS WEEK (2/19/16)

WEIGHT: 281.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″


BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: -0.1
WAIST: 0.0″
ARMS: -0.15″
THIGHS: 0.0″

Daily Shorts.fw

  • I love running for so many reasons … many, many, many … reasons. But, one overall theme that I love the most about the sport is the conquering of once perceived limitations. This is one reason why I am an ultra marathoner and training now for a 50 miler in October. But, I also LOVE see these triumphs in other runners — and friends. My dear friend Jill reminisced the other day about her marathon in 2014 — which I ran with her — and it brought back so many memories. I love this video from the finish line.
  • I found this little diddy on MentalFloss this past week about Utah … I am sure they could find more than 25 UNUSUAL facts about the state. Heck, all you have to do is look down in Provo. #ohsnap #yeahiwentthere #totallyusedhashtagsinablogpost
  • Sure I am on a diet — but, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy LOOKING at awesome food like these Macaroni & Cheese Sliders, right?
  • This is interesting … who’s responsible for knowing the course at a race? The runner or race itself? I haven’t had a lot of issues with getting lost — maybe once or twice (nothing major) — but, personally, I pay for a closed safe course (for my road races) and it is the responsibility of the race director to mark and staff it for my safety and to make sure I get what I paid for.
  • Oh man, this brings me back to my childhood — I LOVED Ecto Cooler. As tempted as I am to buy some upon its’ return — 41 grams of sugar — is a bit too much to swallow. YIKES! Ok, maybe ONE can … after a long run or workout where I can actually justify it.
  • Speaking of sugar overload — check this out from Starbucks.
  • While we’re on the subject of Netflix releases — the new Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday trailer was released this past week. That’s being released only on Netflix on March 18th. Don’t worry, I’ve already marked my calendar for that.
  • Man, I am finding all of the emotional stories this week — running is awesome, but running for a purpose brings a depth to the sport that is hard to describe or understand unless you do it yourself. This story of a husband who ran — AND WON — The National Marathon to Beat Breast Cancer — is very touching. I hate cancer … hate, hate, hate it. And, it’s races and people like these that will help end this ugly disease.
  • This is almost as bad as that stupid homemade Twinkie maker I saw a couple years ago. If I want a spoon — I’m grabbing a spoon — I don’t have time to make one. Though I wouldn’t have to do dishes after I eat — hmmmmmm. Still, stupid.
  • Posts like these make me feel much, much, much less awkward. Though I totally am pretty awkward.
  • This is basically my thoughts and feelings about hills as well. Spot on.
  • What the what? I can’t even begin to explain this .. funny though. After a long run I always get the munchies … I wonder what his are like?





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