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Choices.

Life is about choices.

Where we are now is a sum of the choices we have made during our lifetime. The good, the bad, the stupid and even the mundane. But, they’ve been our choices — decided upon for various reasons.

I’ve learned over the years that choices aren’t easily classified. Sure there are good and bad choices, but I also like to look at the easy and difficult as well. But, life is defined these choices we make. Some on a daily basis, others when the necessity arises.

But, ultimately, the choice of direction, selection and action is in our hands — no one else’s hands. When you grasp that reality — it’s life changing. You literally are the master of your own fate.

Eight years ago today — I made a choice.

I made a choice to live — to wake up. I made the decision to be actor in the story of my life and no longer a background extra. Yet — it wasn’t this grand choice I made heralded by trumpet carrying angels and light of inspiration. I didn’t just want a change in my life, I needed one.

Today, eight years ago, I didn’t know where to start. I just knew I needed to start somewhere. I was tired of false starts and redos, so I embraced my imperfection. I didn’t fully see the end from the beginning and it took a lot of faith for me to take those initial steps — but, I took those steps.

I chose to wake up and be present. I chose to be optimistic and to find the best in others — especially myself. I chose to be the author of my story — a story with infinite possibilities of new chapters. No one else was going to write my story.

With these new choices, did change come overnight? No. Far from it. But, it began the process where I had the faith in myself to make better choices in my habits, health, diet, exercise and overall life.

I started my focus on my weight, because that was the easiest thing to tackle first. It was the most obvious needed change from a physical and emotional point of view. Weighing over 400lbs. impacts you in many areas of your life.

When I started having success with the scale, I soon realized that the joy I experienced was fleeting. As great as I felt physically — that did little for the person that I was inside. I knew that I also needed to eventually work on him as well.

And, that was a fight I delayed for as long as I could. But, I knew that when I made the choice to live a better life — that this would eventually have to happen. So, I focused on me — emotionally, socially and spiritually.

This was the hardest part of my journey. It’s not easy looking inward. That’s why dealing with the outward was so much easier. But, I started addressing things in my life that I had neglected.

The change was hard. Especially when you realized the pain you had to go through in order to get to the joy, peace and calm you wanted. But, as difficult as that realization can be, it can also be a driving force behind the daily choices you make.

My change and transformation inward wasn’t overnight and in many instances — is a change that is still ongoing. But, I feel when I made the choice to be a runner, that transformation was expedited.

I found that desired joy, peace and calmness much faster and often. I found a confidence in myself that went unrealized for over 30 years. And, I found a community of likewise people that could relate with me on many levels — physical, spiritual, emotional and social.

I felt at home.

The choices I’ve made as a runner are many, but the root of it all lays in the decision to make my ambitious goal of running 180 races over 13.1 miles before age 40. I made this goal at age 30 shortly after I ran my first half marathon. I made it because I wanted running to be a part of who I was and to see where it would take me.

And, like many journeys — I never quite expected the journey to go as it has up to now. By the end of the day, today, I will have finished my 169th race, that leaves me with just 11 races to my goal — that’s three years earlier than expected.

The early attainment of that goal has a lot to do with how running has changed my life. I have embraced the love of the unknown adventure — and each race has been an adventure. Whether it’s been a new distance, pursuit of a new goal or a race met with a “que sera, sera” attitude due to unforeseen circumstances.

Many of these adventures have led me to some of my most cherished friendships. Along with adventures that are too numerous to count and moments that will never be forgotten.

Whether it was running a half marathon in blue jeans in support of my Mom’s battle with cancer, running alongside Jill for her first marathon or running with wingless angels during the last five miles of my first 50 miler — those memories will never be forgotten, along with many, many others. I wish I could list them all here.

I don’t just feel lucky, I feel blessed, for the many people in my life. They’ve made my affair with running the life changing journey it has been in my life. And, I thank God for them all.

Often when I find myself pondering about this journey and the places I’ve been and people I’ve met — I go back to the beginning to that moment, when I made the simple choice. A choice to wake up and live. Who would have expected that choice to lead me to now? Eight years ago … not me.

But, here I am.

And, the great thing about my journey, is that you can take a similar journey too.

The choice is yours.


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Fight4Phat — Streaking and Reaching for New Goals now and in 2016

fight4phatThere are a few things I love in life — well quite a bit actually — my mom, bananas, a warm shower, Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter and hypoallergenic kittens. Just to name a few. But, for me life is good when I am busy, undertaking a new project and involved in something I believe in.

And, right now — I am in the middle of a number of projects

So I have to apologize for the “lack” of effort I put into this week’s post. I had big plans for it. I wanted to show off and talk about my exercise regime and share a couple stories. But, that’s going to have to wait until next week.

Depressing, I know.

I could share my exercise regime, but I wanted to put it on a lovely snazzy graphic with color and bling — so I am holding off on it. Just know it’s basically a lot of running and body weight training. Little to do with weights. I can’t wait to delve into it more.

But, there is one thing about my busy week that I think is good to talk about here — keeping active and sane while EXTREMELY busy. It happens to pretty much to all of us.

It’s a mixture of being extremely busy and stress. I don’t mind being busy — in fact I love it. But, during these times fitness is probably more important than ever, because it’s pretty easy to push it aside.

But, from my experience that’s a bad idea. The stress builds up and effects your whole body. From the way you function throughout the day, sleep at night and what your body craves as nourishment.

And, it’s proven when the body is stressed from a lack of sleep and other triggers — it craves the fats, sugars and carbs that will — well — make you fat. Interesting how it’s all intertwined, eh?

One thing I’ve loved about doing my run streak this past week is that it is kinda forcing me to confront the stress in a healthy manner. I can easily dismiss myself from a run — but I can’t. For the sake of my streak and overall health. This is the season of sickness and I know I am more susceptible to colds during this time of the year when I don’t workout and feed my body right. I think we’re all kinda like that, right?

Besides keeping my running up — I am also focusing on staying hydrated, my sugar intake and making sure I get my steps in on the FitBit. I have a goal of 10,000 steps — or 5 miles a day. I just make it happen. Doesn’t matter how I get it in — walking or running — I just gotta do it.

But, I promise I will have more next week and share more in depth details. But, make sure to check out the items below including the fundraising gala tomorrow night in Bountiful. This is a really cool organization I am involved with — and I know you will all love it.

Anyways — I’m out like a scout.


O.U.R. FUNDRAISING GALA — THIS FRIDAY!

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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.


RUN UNITED 5K BENEFITTING O.U.R.

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As part of our fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad we’re also holding a 5K this Saturday at 9am. If you are familiar with the Bountiful area — we’re basically starting where the Five Points Mall once stood. The 5K is $30 for 18 and over, $15 for 18 and under and FREE for kids under the age of 5 — and the proceeds will go to O.U.R. to help fund their rescue missions. So bring your kids, strollers, bikes or — even rollerblades.

Just come!

You can register HERE via Active.com — registration does include a Run United t-shirt. Pretty nifty, eh?

If you would like more information and up to the minute updates about the race there is a Facebook event page for your convenience. Make sure to check it regularly. So far the forecast looks good. It’ll be cold, but no snow!

So please come run with us!


12 WEEK STATISTICS

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.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
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
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 12)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK SIX (NOVEMBER 19)
WEIGHT – 270.6
BODY FAT % – 23.2
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.75″
ARMS – 16.25″
THIGHS – 26.3″
WEEK SEVEN (NOVEMBER 26)
WEIGHT – 271.4
BODY FAT % – 23.8
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 45.9″
ARMS – 16.3″
THIGHS – 26.2″
WEEK EIGHT (DECEMBER 3)
WEIGHT – 271.0
BODY FAT % – 23.5
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.4″
ARMS – 16.2″
THIGHS – 26.3″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

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 – 271.0 (-07.0)
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)

FAT JOSH PICTURES

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 — including one from that fateful photo shoot I took back in 2009 for my graduation announcements — oy!

Enjoy … ?!?

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I miss my Aunt Diane dearly — but this picture of me is #totesawks
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So much effort, so little (meaning none) gains. The face says it all — right?
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I’m so gangster, I’m so thug — how come I don’t have my rap video yet? THANKS OBAMA!
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I think I am trying to suck in? Is it working — like — at all?
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Yes, Big Josh had great influences on small children — they’re called NIGHTMARES.

 


A LITTLE FITNESS MOTIVATION

Fight4Phat: Climbing up metaphorical and real-life mountains

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This past week has been rather life changing — not to mention very rewarding. Completing my first ultra marathon has been something that has not only given me a tremendous amount of accomplishment, but a lot of retrospective and excitement for the future.

I’ve gone back to my FitBit occasionally to last Saturday and just stared at my numbers — 33.33 miles, 65,155 steps, 590 minutes of activity and 8,344 calories burned. Associating all of that with my experience is just — surreal. The numbers are just crazy. But, I did it. I actually ran an ULTRA marathon!

I’m an ultra marathoner!

And, the thing is — I’m still on somewhat of a high. I remember after my first half and full marathons feeling I really didn’t have that feeling. It was kinda like — I did that — meh. And, I know I am not the only one to experience that same feeling.

Having gone through a lot of ups and downs with my thyroid/testosterone this past year — year and half — I needed this. I needed this moment — this race — to give me the reassurance and feeling that I am still moving forward despite the setbacks.

It’s been tough.

But, despite the setbacks and problems that I’ve ran into — I have to keep fighting. The only other option is regression by doing nothing. And, that’s something I am not willing or going to do. I’ve fought for over six years to reclaim my health.

Saturday’s race was a fight — and in many ways it was the “physical” fight I need between me and my body. My body wanted to die numerous times during the race — especially on that $%#* hill towards the second aid station. But, no matter what the body told me to do — I yelled back what it was going to do.

And, that was to move one step at a time — until I got to the aid station. I knew the moment would pass — especially once I refueled and rested for a bit. And, I won. I beat that $%^# hill!

Moving forward there are going to be many more mountains and hills for me to conquer. I mean, my thyroid and testosterone is definitely one of those mountains. Step by step I will conquer it — I cannot stop, nor regress and go the other way.

And, I won’t.

I can’t.

So I just take it one step at a step, because I know I’ll get past this $&*# mountain.


SPECIAL OFFER: FREEDOM2MOVE

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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!

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Use code OUR10 to get 10% off your order. Additionally 10% of your order will be donated by Freedom2Move to Operation Undergound Railroad.

12 WEEK STATISTICS

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.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
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
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 12)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 19)
WEIGHT – 270.6
BODY FAT % – 23.2
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.75″
ARMS – 16.25″
THIGHS – 26.3″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

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 – 000.0 (-00.0)
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)

FAT PICTURES OF JOSH

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, especially first one of me doing a — jumping jack? Oy vey! Why did I think that was a good picture to take?

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THURSDAY’S FITNESS MOTIVATION

Fight4Phat: Looking back while fighting forward

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It’s been a slow week on purpose — well — for a couple of reasons. And, it’s all been on purpose actually. One, I needed to give my body a rest from the strict diet. Don’t worry I am not binge eating Skittles and Rockstars instead — I’m just following a less strict version of last month’s diet plan.

Then, secondly, I am preparing for my run this weekend. I am running my first ultra marathon — the Antelope Island 50K — here in Utah. I want my legs to be fresh come Saturday morning — and I don’t want my body going into the run starved or too calorie deficient. I’ve got a freaking 50K to run!

But, that doesn’t mean it’s been a bad week. Actually, it’s been pretty good. This past week marked the sixth anniversary of me starting this little journey of mine. It’s hard calling it JUST a weight-loss or running journey — it’s a journey about life.

It’s also been a week of reflection — setting new goals — and looking toward the future. Both near and distant. Both running goals — life goals — spiritual goals — financial goals — etc., etc., etc.

Then again I do that a lot. It keeps things fresh and I feel like I am progressing forward. The last thing I want to do is feel like I am stagnant. I’ve done that too much in my life. That’s one reason why I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions and goals — well except counting my bananas for the year — I am at 824 as of today — I digress.

Goals and resolutions should be a year long practice. Every month, week and day brings something new — a new opportunity, a new challenge or a new adventure. How do you prepare and tackle those without resolution and goals?

Anyways — I feel like I am writing a post I should probably save until the first of the new year. So I should stop there.

But, right now, I am just excited about Saturday. That’s been the focus and understanding what I am about to do. I have some of the same thoughts and feelings I had when I ran my first marathon. There’s a lot of excitement going on — while a considerable amount of fear as well.

But, honestly, I love the mixture of both of those feelings. I miss it. I used to get that feeling before my races early on into my journey. Especially the marathons. Sadly, race starts have become somewhat routine so it’s harder for that feeling to manifest itself.

Don’t worry though — I’ll be feeling it a lot come Saturday. Hopefully it just won’t make me hurl.

I joke. But, not really.

Anyways — looking forward and excited for Saturday and beyond!


ANNIVERSARY OF MY FIRST STEPS

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If case you missed it — yesterday was the sixth year anniversary of the beginning of my weight-loss journey. But, as I wrote yesterday the journey — really — hasn’t really been about the weight — as it’s been more about living life.

The weight has been a bi-product about how I’ve learned to love and respect myself.

Still, though, hard to believe it was six years ago that I made the decision to live MY life! Time flies!


12 WEEK STATISTICS

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.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
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
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 12)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

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 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/19/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/26/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
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)

FAT PICTURES OF JOSH

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 —

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If you’re wondering — yes, this is a funeral I had for my parakeet. I was lucky enough to get a service in, mainly because my Mom wanted me to hurry and get it into the garbage before I stunk up the house. I promise my Mom has a heart.
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Me and my sister, Jess, on our birthday back in 2008. This actually might have been the highest I’ve ever weighed. Well beyond the 400lbs. threshold I reached in November 2009.
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My roommate and great friend — Jon — and I on graduation day at SUU. Don’t let my smile fool you — I wasn’t happy. It was actually one of the worst days of my life.

THURSDAY’S FITNESS MOTIVATION

Yes, this is my quote. I won’t lie — I hate quoting myself — it seems a tad narcissistic, but I had a lot of positive comments about the quote from my post yesterday that I thought I’d make it into a meme.

It’s the best way to live life, right?

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Fight4Phat: Looking torward the bigger picture

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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since I started my 12 week program. It’s been empowering, enriching and needed on one hand — but frustrating and hella tough on the other. But, more frustrating then anything.

I’ve given 100% of my effort to the program and seen little progress over the past four weeks.It’s not like I am working out and then refueling with cheeseburgers and milkshakes. I’m putting forth the effort, eating what my diet calls for and — nothing to show for it.

Well, I shouldn’t say nothing — but minimal results. This has been the case pretty much for the past year — year and a half — with my health. It’s something I wish I had a clear cut answer for — because what should be a very simple solution (calories in + calories out = results) has turned into a complicated algebra equation. And, of course the variable is an unknown invisible number.

I hate those invisible unknown numbers. And, I was a “C” average math student — so that doesn’t help either.

Despite all of that — I am trying to stay positive. I am doing what I need to do — or know what I should be doing. And, hopefully, that will get me to where I want to be physically with my health and running.

While talking all of this out with a friend the other day — I got hit by an epiphany. Okay with an epiphany — when I say “hit” it makes it sound like I got injured or something. Sorry, I divert my point (something way to frequent). But, I got an epiphany that I need to look at the bigger picture. Not just the 12 week picture, but beyond those 12 weeks — to 4-6 months.

Why?

Well, for one — my body has been proving to be a stubborn S.O.B. and it could very well mean the 35-40lbs. I want to lose will take about six months.

But, it was also pointed out to me that this would allow me to break up my goal into smaller — more manageable goals. Now — this hasn’t been the first time this dawned on me as a good idea, but when I heard my friend talk about it — I was like — duh! It made total sense.

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And, the thing is — I’ve done it before. I did it when I first lost my weight. But, I think I kind of forgot about that aspect of my weight loss, because I want the stuff I gained to be gone — quickly.

Science doesn’t work that way — well unless you staple your stomach, swallow a water balloon or go on a hunger strike. All not your best option in getting healthy the right way — for long term results.

So — I’ve decided to take that approach — my plan is two fold actually. First, I want to finish out my 12 week program. Realistically, my goal is to lose 10-15lbs. — well, as of today 12lbs. I just want to be under 260.

But, beyond that — I want to give myself six months to hit my goal of 230lbs. Well, specifically — June 11th. Why June 11th — because that’s the day of the Drop 13 Half down Big Cottonwood Canyon. And, to help with that goal — I want to also run that race sub-2:30.

Doable goals, right?

That basically means — that I would need to loose 5lbs. a month. VERY DOABLE. And, in fact, I might hit that goal of 230 much earlier. If I do — good on me. But, I’m not going to over do it — and expect more than that 5lbs. per month.

But, again — if it’s more — I’ll run with (quite literally).

I think stretching out the goal onto a bigger picture does a couple other things for me. One, it allows to me to continue to figure out what’s going on with my testosterone, thyroid, etc. — and — two, it takes the stress and anxiety that I’ve felt in getting it off.

I need to know that it takes time — by doing it that way. I am not a spring chicken anymore. I’m a mid-30 something that’s graying and starting to yell at kids from my front porch — so the aging process is in full affect.

So, yeah, that’s my mentality at this moment.

And, by next week I’ll make this into a graph and spread sheet — because I’m kinda OCD like that.

Also, next week I’ll be sharing my revised program now that my first four weeks are done of the 12 week program. It’ll be similar with a few changes.

Anyways — happy fitness!


12 WEEK STATISTICS

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.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
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
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

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 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/19/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/26/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
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)

FAT PICTURES OF JOSH

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 —

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FAT JOSH STORIES:
BEING HEALTHY IS RELATIVE

When I hit my highest weight in college — I knew I had to make a change. I knew I had to make a change even before the scale hit 400lbs. I had been rapidly gaining weight for over two years and I needed it to stop.

I felt like crap — emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically.

Basically, every aspect of my life sucked. I really don’t think there’s another way to say that?

Since I had lost nearly 60lbs. while on my mission, I knew I could do it. I had to put in less than what I was putting out. I knew I had to change my eating habits. This included trading in my Arby’s 5 for $5 meal for something more sensible — like a salad or a homemade meal.

So, mid-way through my senior year of college I started making those changes. I swapped perceived non-diet foods for diet foods. This included fruits and vegetables I liked, Healthy Choice TV dinners and more homemade meals.

Problem was — I wasn’t really controlling what I ate.

I ate grapes and berries — but, I could eat a whole bag of grapes within a day. No joke — let’s not talk about what this did to my digestive system. Sure, it was fruit, but loaded with (natural) sugar.

Healthy Choice TV dinners NEVER filled me up (and for the record — they still don’t). So I would either eat two or supplement it with something else from the kitchen. Sometimes Ramen or a couple of eggs.

And, well, homemade meals really was just a way for me to save money compared to eating fastfood. In fact, when of my go to meals was a Ramen noodle omelet “thing” I would make with loads of cheese and Ranch dressing — for taste.

Oh and my workouts were basically 30 minutes on the elliptical at a pace that would disturb my TV watching. Not ideal — or effective. Certainly not enough to burn of a Ramen noodle omelet with Ranch and cheese.

Though I convinced myself that I was BEING healthy — I really wasn’t. If anything I maybe neutralized my weight — but not by much.

That’s why today — over six years later, I make sure I am accountable about what’s going into my body. I don’t drink soda and rarely do I eat something that is labeled “fat-free” or “diet.” I go for what’s real. And, if I want a treat — I go for the real thing.

All within reason.

And, with view of a larger picture. A picture that shows my overall health and direction. One that isn’t just a bunch of smokes and screens giving me the illusion that I am “healthy.”

Because, really, health is relative in our approach and if we’re going to make real change — we have to be honest with ourselves. Something now — more than ever — I ask myself continually.


THURSDAY’S FITNESS MOTIVATION

Fight4Phat: Three weeks in, three weeks fighting

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If you have noticed — I have moved my Fight4Phat posts to Thursdays. Really, it’s because Thursdays give me an extra day to put more effort into the posts. And, I’ve been fairly busy as of late and blogging three times a week is a little tough right now. So that extra day helps — tons.

I am on week three of week four of my fat flush. It’s been kinda tough. I’m putting the work in, but the results are slowly coming. This is the part of the hypothyroidism and low testosterone that I hate. I really need to find a solution if I am not where I want to be by December. But, I am not trying to focus on that right now. The focus right now is really to just be healthy — I want the weight to drop, but if it’s not then I have something to go to the doctor with about my efforts.

And hopefully my new doctor wouldn’t just tell me to join Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig like the last one.

I am trying to stay positive, active and on spot with the diet. So far, so good. The positivity is probably the hardest thing at the moment. I just want to see quicker results like I have had in the past. But, I HAVE to be patient. I know I’ll find the solution sooner or later. I just have to be the change I want, right?

The focus is week has been steps and cardio. I’ve made sure I am walking and running nearly everyday. I’m walking to the bus stop, walking during lunch and running my errands around campus — plus doing at least 30-40 minutes on the treadmill in the evening. That’s on top of my burpees, weights and circuit training — which I’ve had to move to home (long story, I’ll tell you when you’re older).

But, I do wonder if I need to be doing more or else? Like I said though — I am not changing my course now. I’ll reassess in a couple of weeks when the Fat Flush ends and adapt.

At least I am going in the right direction, right? After all … that’s a good thing.


12 WEEK STATISTICS

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.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
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
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2 (not sure if reading was correct based off subsequent readings)
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

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)
11/04/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/11/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/18/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/25/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/02/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/09/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/16/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/23/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/30/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)

FAT PICTURES OF JOSH

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

But, can we also talk about that awkward running picture of Fat Josh? How in the world did I think that was a good idea? Seriously?!

Either way, at least I look MUCH better running, right?

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WEDNESDAY’S FITNESS MOTIVATION

Fight4Phat: So far, so good … so I’m just going to keep fightin’!

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It’s been an interesting past couple of weeks. I won’t lie, I haven’t felt this motivated, excited and optimistic about my weight loss in a while. I’ve always worried about being TOO fanatical with it to the point that it is over consuming and not healthy. But, I feel more optimism than anything, mainly because I am starting to see results.

Small, but results nonetheless.

And, I have to learn to be patient about that, because my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. When I first started my weight-loss journey I pretty much melted. I’d love to once again melt, but I know that’s not going to be happening. Of course unless I put myself on the water and bread diet for a couple months.

One thing that I have been really focusing on this past week is water consumption. I drink 15oz. of cold water first thing when I wake up and then 15oz. before I go to bed. Then I drink anywhere from 72-96oz. of water during the day. This isn’t including what I am drinking at home in the evening or my workouts.

Water is the fuel of life and if I am going to give my metabolism a fighting chance I’ve got to keep it well fueled. Especially in the morning when my metabolism needs a jump start, there is nothing better than cold water to do the trick. There are even studies out there that state that — examples here, here, here and here.

But, really, the key is being consistent to my plan. Consistency really is THE SECRET to weight-loss — or health in general. You’re either consistently making good or bad decisions. Consistency becomes habit and based off your consistent decisions … so you will be.

That’s why and how a fitness journey is more so the reprogramming of the individual. What do you think they’re doing on The Biggest Loser or Extreme Weight Loss? It’s reprogramming habits. It’s reprogramming identity. It’s reprogramming anxieties, fears and doubts. And, more or less, that’s what I am doing again. It’s not as extreme as it was over 5 years ago, but I’m reprogramming myself into making better decision based on my current situation.

And, I feel it’s working, thus fueling that progressive and reprogram even more.

Anyways, I could write more and more and more about all of that. Heck, I should probably write a book. But, know this, I’m fighting. Because with a good fight all of the reprogramming, consistency and focus would be for naught.

GO! FIGHT! WIN! 


12 WEEKLY STATISTICS 

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.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
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
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
(I am going to retest my Body Fat % because a 6% drop seems a TAD too high. More than likely is has to do with my level of hydration at the time of testing).

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

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 …

10/14/15 – 273.8
10/21/15 – 272.0 (-01.8)
10/28/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/04/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/11/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/18/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/25/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/02/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/09/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/16/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/23/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/30/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)

FAT PICTURES OF JOSH

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

But, can we also talk about that awkward running picture of Fat Josh? How in the world did I think that was a good idea? Seriously?!

Either way, at least I look MUCH better running, right?

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FAT STORIES FROM JOSH:
BE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR LIFE

I’m a complex creature. My mother has always told me that. I don’t know how different that really makes me? I’d like to think there is more to people then meets the eye, despite what some people fail to do.

I went through “a lot” in my developing years to turn out where I am today. I was born blind. I didn’t regain my vision until I was ready to start Kindergarten. Throughout my toddlerhood I was that kid on the playground wearing Coke-shaped glasses playing alone. I don’t know if that had more to do with my enormous glasses or fact that I was quite yet potty trained. But, that’s a whole other story.

Because of my sight this set me back developmentally. I didn’t start walking until I was over 18 months. I wasn’t diagnosed with autism, but my mother is convinced it explains a lot of my irrational behaviors. This included a diagnosed auditory processing disorder that I still work with today. Again a whole other story that’s WAY too long to explain right now.

I was placed in special education during my elementary years and remained there for about eight years. By my senior year of high school I had had enough and removed myself from the program. If there was any turning point that spurred my weight-loss and running journey it would have been this decision. A decision that came over 10 years before I ever wore running shoes.

I knew there was more to life than being a part of a system that pretty much told me who I was. I knew I was much more than that. I wanted to do what I wanted to do. So when I took myself out of special ed, I took classes that interested me — journalism, art history, art theory and a communication graphics class.

And you know what? I thrived.

I got my first 4.0 GPA during my Senior year. In fact, my four highest GPAs in high school were in my senior year — and I didn’t have ONE special ed class. I think there are a few reasons for that change. One, I was doing what I wanted and had a passion for and, two, I was author of my destiny. I was writing MY book. No one else … just me.

This mentality carried me throughout my mission and college. I found my passions and I followed where they went. I wrote my story and defined who I was.

I believe this is one reason why when I made the decision to lose weight it was kinda easy for me. I knew what to do. I knew I could do it. I had lost over 50lbs. once before — on my mission. Plus, I knew if I wanted to bad enough I had to be the one to put in the work, make the changes and go where I wanted and needed to go. Just like I had nearly a decade before in high school.

Sure there were setbacks and difficulties along the way. It’s foolish to think the road to here has been paved in gold and puppies. It’s been hard and it continues to be. Which is good. Opposition is needed.

But, the pathway was easier to bare because I had realized earlier that my happiness, my future, my successes, my failures and my life is up to — me. And, just me. I am the author of my life and it’s up to me to write the book. I think this is one reason why I love to write so much?

So when you are frustrating at the hand dealed you in life. You have a choice. Do you let those circumstances define you or do you go ahead and rewrite the story? Everyone loves a plot twist, a comeback and an underdog.

So really, what’s stopping you from writing your story?


WEDNESDAY’S FITNESS MOTIVATION