Tag: hypothyroid

Living with Hashimoto’s: The Next Phase

It’s hard to believe that we’re in March already. I’m thankful for that. I hate January. And, I’m not too fond of February either. The whole thing February has going for it is that it lingers around for only 28 days or so.

I just hate the winter months. I hate the winter blues. I hate the snow. So much hate. You’d almost think I’m one extra winter month away from joining the Dark Side. Thankfully not. December manages to warm my soul with Christmas.

Anyways, I’m plugging a long with my Hashimoto’s Disease.

Just a short recap of this journey — I was diagnosed back in late November, lived in denial of the diagnosis in December, came to terms with it in January by going gluten and dairy free and then went somewhat militant in February with the diet.

I did an elimination diet and hyper focused my food to a list of 33 things. For the most part I did really well with it. I won’t lie — I didn’t stick to it 100% during February. When I was in Las Vegas I ate foods that weren’t on my list — but, I was 90% gluten-free and dairy-free during the trip (there were a couple times when I ordered food that I forgot to be UBER specific about no dairy or gluten … luckily, I didn’t get too sick, though I felt it).

Anyways — I feel good about the progress I made this past month. It was tough eliminating many of the foods I love and enjoy — namely eggs and bananas. But, I stocked up on plenty of steak and sweet potatoes which I will always love.

Oh, and avocados.

Basically, there was still plenty of food to love and enjoy.

Now that my 33 days are over I have been reassessing my diet. I plan on adding back bananas and eggs slowly and less frequently. But, also being deliberate of when I eat them. Basically, I plan on focusing on eating bananas and most fruits around my workouts and runs to help give me a natural boost so I am not as dependent on caffeine or energy boosters (ie-5 Hour Energy, Preworkout, etc).

As you can see below I have made another list of 33 foods. I like this idea of 33 foods and focusing on them for the next 33 days. Because I know if I stick to those foods I’ll feel good, have the needed energy and stamina for my workouts and runs.

That’s the beauty of this list. If I defer from it — I feel it. That’s both a motivation and fear. A good fear though. Because, I want to feel 100%. I want to lose weight. I want to feel “normal” again.

And, I have felt a difference the past month. I had more energy during a lot of my long runs and races, especially during my ultra. I feel faster. I feel slimmer. And, I feel the difference in my clothes too. I love the feeling.

But, with the progress I’ve made, I have made a few changes I felt during my last month. Stuff, I am either eliminating or adding — because I want to see how my body reacts or acts with it back or in my diet.

For instance, I am swapping out the rice for brown rice. If I am going to eat rice I might as well get some more nutritional benefit from it, right? I am also adding Daiya — or vegan cheese — well, dairy-free cheese on the list. I need that on the list. Sure, it’s processed and I want to keep the food as non-processed as possible, But, I need some semblance to cheese.

Anyways — check out the list below.

In addition to the food list, I am also being more specific on my eating schedule. I’ve been reading a lot lately on intermittent fasting and I am adding that into my diet. No, it’s not an everyday thing, but it’s something I am planning on doing three times a week — Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Basically, I won’t eat or drink calories until 2pm those days. Water, yes. But, no food. This was something I tried doing last fall, but after my diagnosis I just kinda stopped doing it. But, I really like the idea and science behind — especially with how it is suppose to help rev up the metabolism.

There are a number of differing intermittent dieting methods and the one I will be doing is based off the Bulletproof Diet. But, unlike the diet, I am not doing it everyday. I am doing this for a couple of reasons — I hate jumping straight into a strict diet (because I hate the ‘all or nothing’ mentality) and I am planning on exercising in the mornings that I do eat before 2pm. I fear not giving myself enough calories on those days.

In 33 days if I feel better on my fast days — then maybe — MAYBE — I will look into doing more fast days during the week? But, we’ll see after I assess everything next month.

Oh, you will notice I do have one ‘FREE CHOICE’ on the 33 list. That’s basically one dairy and gluten-free food of my choice that I can have — regardless of whether it is on my list or not.

BUT

And, it’s a big but. It’s not something I can freely choose each day. It’s a once a week choice. So, this could be dairy-free sherbet, a Slurpee, a slice of gluten-free banana or whatever tickles my fancy. But, it’s one serving and once a week, that I will consume around my weekend races and long runs.

You might be throwing some shade at that choice and I get that. But, I need some variance. And, I do much better on diet and food plans when there is some kind of variance. Plus, I made up this diet regime — so I am kinda making the rules as we go here.

So, if you are going to judge me, please judge me more on my inability to properly match my shirts and pants. Because that is probably the biggest problem I have with my life at this very moment.

Anyways, here is the food list and my workout routine for the next 33 days …

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Anyways — if you have questions or suggestions — I am always open to them. This journey is still very much brand new to me and while there is a guideline on what works for people in my same shoes — everyone doesn’t fit in my shoes.

So a lot of this is trail and error, success and failure and everything in between.

Fun stuff.

Figuring this Hashimoto’s thing out …

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for me. Besides figuring out this whole Hashimoto’s Disease out — I’ve been dealing with a beastly bout of bronchitis. I feel lucky it hasn’t been the flu, but that hasn’t stopped the fatigue of restless nights from coughing up a lung and a half.

I thought I was turning a corner after sleeping most all day on Sunday, but I ended up coughing all night Monday night and skipped work. It’s been frustrating, because I’ve wanted to get into a good rhythm with my workouts and runs. But, I don’t have the stamina or lungs for it — yet. And, I just need to be patient.

But, while I’m somewhat impatient to get back into my groove — I’ve really been focused on the adoption of my gluten and dairy free diet. It’s been tough. I won’t lie. I haven’t been as aware of labels and food content under any diet. But, this isn’t just a diet — this is my new lifestyle.

I wouldn’t say I have a specific diet down at this moment. To be honest with you I’m kind of trying things out to see what works best for me. I’ve been trying gluten-free breads and other foods to kind of see what I like. And, I won’t lie — not a huge fan of gluten-free bread — or at least what I’ve tried.

I’ve been sticking to a lot of what I ate while doing Whole 30 — and I think that’s where my focus will be mostly on my diet. Meaning, a lot of salad, steak and sweet potatoes — not to mention fresh fruit and veggies.

But, for now, I really want to see what I like and don’t like within the realm of gluten and dairy free foods.

One of the biggest omissions in this new lifestyle is that of cheese. I love cheese. I love it. And, I miss it. I’ve had some tips on vegan cheese that’s a good substitute. I haven’t tried those yet — but, I am sure I will get around to it. Especially when it comes to nachos.

Anyways — this is transition isn’t easy,

But, this week being sick and not able to get a whole blown workout regime in, I’ve had to focus on my diet. Which I think is a blessing in disguise, because focusing on just the food has helped me kind of further — process — what I am going through. Mainly, that this is a new lifestyle and my decision for food need to be precise.

Plus, I need to find that rhythm that works for me and I think I am getting that down a bit better. Not to mention changing my thought process so I’m not focusing on what I CAN’T eat and what I can or should so I can feel better.

I guess in a way, I’m approaching this like any other race or new distance. I’m starting it in slowly — learning, experimenting and doing — while mentally and physically preparing myself for the long haul. While there is no finish line to all of this, the mentality and approach is the same. This journey just happens to be longer than any race I’ve run before.

Anyways — I’ll keep updating you on all of this throughout the next few weeks and months. But, while my focus has been acclimating myself to the new diet, I’m also focusing on my training and fitness. I’ve got a few looooong runs and races coming up that I want/need to be ready to tackle.

This weekend I am running the Olympic Oval for 5-6 hours, hoping to get in a good 20-25 miles. I have the Jackpot Running Festival in about a month I want to get a couple more looooong runs in before I tackle the 12 hour race. And, since you won’t find me running outside right now with the air and weather — I’m taking it inside.

There is a group of runners meeting tomorrow morning at the Oval at 6am and — well — just running. We’re running circles around the ice sheet. It should be a lot of fun. There is quite a group gathering that should make it fun. It won’t be as big as the New Year’s Run Resolution, but it’ll be a party.

Besides Jackpot, I also have my self-supported 50 miler in March and the Salt Flats 50K in April. So, I’ve got some training to do. And, not that I am getting past this stupid cold and bronchitis — I’m feeling up for the challenge. Not to mention now that I am fueling myself even better.

LET’S DO THIS THING!

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Friday Matters: The week that was … or wasn’t … I think I might just need a nap?!

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I am not going to lie — it’s been a tough week. I’ve just been drained. Not sure, why? Or what’s going on? I just don’t have much energy.

It could be allergies? It could be my hangover from PrepperCon last weekend? Heck, it could just be my time of the month? I don’t know?

My two runs so far this week have been slow and steady (well, okay, that’s most of my runs). It was tough to get the motivation to go and do them — but — I did them. And, I am happy I did. It’s just been a weird week. I’m hoping to find some mojo soon.

I do have a fun weekend in the works. I’m planning just a six mile run — since my half marathon is in a couple of weeks. Gotta taper, right?

I won’t lie — sounds funny saying that I am tapering for a half marathon. But, I want to train for this right. I am not going for PR. I am not going for speed. I am just going to run. I am going to not tank. I am going not to have sore legs for weeks upon weeks. I am going for the love of running without dying.

That’s a goal, right?

I’ve really just wanted to build my base back up after losing a lot of that the past couple years. It’s been a process. Difficult more than easy. It’s definitely been a humbling experience. But, that’s all another post for another day.

But, of course the end result of all this training is the Pony Express 50 in October. I’ve got six months to the day that I tackle that beast. I’ve got to not just be methodical about it, but I’ve also got to enjoy it — and I am looking for that balance. I think starting from ground zero is a good way to go about that.

It’s just hard to believe that racing season starts in two short weeks for me! I have a number of races throughout May, June and July — and then August is race free for me. That’s when most of my 20 mile runs are planned for my fall marathons and 50.

There’s a good chance I might do a marathon on August 27th — just depends on whether or not I want to run 20 miles alone? But, odds are I will stick to just the 20 as tempting as it to get a medal and t-shirts. I just want to be deliberately smart about my 50 training.

Anyways.

Like I mentioned earlier — I have a good weekend in store. I’m going shooting tomorrow morning, have a 5-6 mile run planned around Bountiful and my friend Dave wants to go get nachos with me in the evening.

Plus, we might hit up a movie as well? Just not sure which one? I am the worst movie goer there is. I hate superhero movies, not a fan of rom-coms and would much rather watch a Disney flick than anything else — I am pretty much an eight year old girl. But, that’s a post for another day.

But, make it a great weekend! Whether you’re racing, running or just doing your thing — enjoy it!


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After a month or so break — we’re back! We weren’t planning on such a loooong break since our last podcast. But, we were suppose to record the day Jorge had his heart attack. Instead, we’re podcasting about his heart attack.

Well, his story — and of course, we’re talking Boston! It’s a great show! Plus, there’s a small cameo from Jimmy Chunga. Upload the episode on your iPod, go for a run and give it a listen …


PHATGRAMS

This is why I run in the evening. #sunset #runutah #ilove2run

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My feet probably have a STD by now … #imakebaddecisions

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Big Sister Maya. #sweetcheeks #teegee #prouduncle

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If I ate these I’m not sure if I should first go for a run or go see my bishop?! #mormonprobs

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This kid wins. Now if it was just socially acceptable for me to do likewise. #peopleonthebus

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LAST WEEK’S NUMBERS

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COMMENTARY: As I had mentioned previously — strange week for me. Just felt — BLAH. But, I pushed through it and had a pretty good week. I am about 8lbs from the goal I want to hit in two weeks. I’m hopeful to get under 270 by Provo City Half (May 7).

The goal next week is to keep doing what I am doing. I am hoping the allergies back off a bit. These bloomin’ trees are killing me. But, that won’t stop me from getting where I want to be. Still focused, still moving forward.

WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.6%
BMI: 31.6
WAIST: 45.2″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (4/8/16)

WEIGHT: 278.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.6%
BMI: 31.8
WAIST: 45.25″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (4/15/16)

WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.6%
BMI: 31.6
WAIST: 45.2″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: – 0.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: +0.1
WAIST: – 0.15″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″


THE SOUND OF SILENCE

I am sharing this mainly because I am currently obsessed with it. The original has been one of my favorites — well, pretty much anything by Simon and Garfunkel, I love. Anyways — this rendition of “The Sound Of Silence” is perfection. Give it a listen and try NOT to be hooked.


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Fight4Phat: Fightin’ and actually seeing some results!

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What a great week — especially leading into a great weekend! I am very excited for this weekend for a number of reasons. I think the exciting news is that I am actually starting to see progress with my weight-loss.

It’s been a month or so of tweaking diets, workout regimes and runs to come up with something that works with my body. Thyroids are tricky things — but the more I’ve read and learned — and tried — I am starting to see results (this week’s progress numbers are below).

In addition to the scaled success — I am just excited Daylight Savings Time is in full-swing. This is one of my favorite weeks of the whole year — the extra hour of sunlight after work does wonders for me. Especially when I get outside and run. I need the sun.

On the contrary — my least favorite week of the year is when Daylight Savings Time ends. It does a number on me. Doesn’t help the anxiety losing that hour of sunlight. In fact, more often than not — I’ll have at least one panic attack the following week after the change. But, that’s a story for another time.

Tomorrow — I am excited about my long run — I am heading out to Antelope Island and running the causeway. Which will be about a 7-8 mile run (depending on where I start). It’s also the Antelope Island Buffalo Run and I have a number of friends running the 50 miler and 50K — odds are I’ll go say hello at some of the aid stations.

Running and friends is always a great combination.

My sister-in-law should be popping any day now with child — so I should be an uncle once again here soon! I love being an uncle — it’s great practice for my future kids. But, then again — I don’t plan on sugaring and riling up my own kids. That’s only a task an uncle can do.

Anyways — for her own good — I hope she has this kid soon.

But, it’s been a great week — spring is here and I am in the full swing of my half marathon training for Provo in May. I am feeling much better about my progress, especially as some of this weight drops — it’s been such a worry for me lately just to find a solution. I am very optimistic this is a good path.

Welp, I think that’s it for me! Have a great weekend! Go for a run — have some fun! And, enjoy it!

PROVO OR BUST! 


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With the passing of Jimmy Chunga’s father this past week — all of the Pod Bash shows have been postponed until next week. This includes Are We Prepared, Yet?, Runcast USA and the new Addict II Athlete.

Next Friday a new Addict II Athlete will debut — then on April 1st the latest Are We Prepared, Yet? episode will run. A new Runcast USA will debut on April 8th. Sorry for the delays, but please be understanding of the situation.

Best wishes and sympathies to Chunga and his family.

Tune in next week!


PHATGRAMS

Getting some snuggle time with this lil’ dinosaur! #babytrex #uncletime

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually — this has been a good week. I made my diet and workout regime change. Well, the workout regime didn’t change … much. But, the diet did.

I mainly switched my protein shakes, am watching my added sugar intake and have added a few supplements to my diet plan. Mainly garcinia cambogia, forskolin and magnesium. And, I am starting to see some results!

The goal is to aid the thyroid and promote fat burning and weight-loss. It’s pretty well documented that the combination of garcinia cambogia and forskolin are great for weight-loss. The magnesium is mainly for the thyroid — I am not sure if I am getting ENOUGH — and I want to make sure that I am. So I am taking an magnesium only supplement.

The plan is to stick with this for about six weeks — so until about … um … the end of April, early May. Just in time for the Provo City Half. I am hoping to drop a good 15lbs. between now and then.

We shall see … we’re going in the right direction … so that’s good!

WEIGHT: 278.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.8%
BMI: 32.9
WAIST: 45.8″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (3/11/16)

WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (3/18/16)

WEIGHT: 278.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.8%
BMI: 32.9
WAIST: 45.8″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: -3.1 LBS.
BODY FAT%: -0.3%
BMI: -0.2
WAIST: -0.2″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″



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Since I made of list of ‘shorts’ yesterday in celebration of March Madness — I’m not posting a Daily Shorts here — you can read the list of 68 shorts … HERE.

Enjoy.


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Fight4Phat Friday: Time to double down on this fight …

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I won’t lie — kinda bummed that I don’t have a race this weekend. I was so excited about my half marathon last weekend that the excitement has kinda carried over into this week — with nothing to give it.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

I have no race and it’s going to get tricky getting a long run in tomorrow — because, I am attending the UCAP (Utah Coalition Against Pornograpy) Conference at the Salt Palace tomorrow. Pretty much all day tomorrow — 8am-5pm basically.

My sister and brother-in-law got involved in UCAP this past year and invited me along to the conference. It’s a cause I strongly believe in — for many reasons. Plus, Elder Holland from the LDS Church is speaking — and well, Elder Holland just speaks to my soul. So how could I bypass the opportunity to listen to him speak?

In addition to Elder Holland’s keynote speech, there are a number of other workshops and speakers. It should be really good — I am looking forward to it.

Since it is taking up most of my day — odds are my long run will be in the evening. Either that or I am going to have to break it up into a morning/evening run. I have to be down at the Salt Palace by 7am, so I’ll have to get crafty.

If I was going for pace — I’d do all of my miles together. But, since I am really just worried about miles, I don’t care how they come — as long as I get them in. So a 2-3 morning run at 5am and 3-4 miles in the evening might be what I’m doing?

Stay tuned.

Really, anything that furthers my weight-loss and running further is what I’m after. I’d love to run outside if I can — but, odds are — it’ll be on the treadmill. Which is fine since I have a few stories to catch up on, on Netflix.

But, next week — I’m running outside! With the switch of the clock on Sunday, I am using that extra hour of sunlight to my advantage. I’m tempted to run every day next week just out of sheer excitement. I love Daylight Savings Time.

Anyways — I’m still trucking along and focused towards the Provo City Half on May 7th. I’ve got a lot of training miles before then — so really, it’s just one foot in front of the other while fighting to get my body prepared — legs, weight and heart.

PROVO OR BUST!


ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST

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I am SO excited about this podcast — it’s been a month or so in the making, but it’s here! I am firm believer in the mission and purpose of Addict II Athlete — I am in awe of the athletes and, especially, their stories.

When we interviewed them on the Runcast in January — I was taken aback, by the power and serenity of their message and stories. It was raw, it was real. This podcast will provide those same elements.

This is the kind of podcast that’s perfect to listen to while on the treadmill or out on a run. It will change your relationship with running as well — because, it changed mine.

Give it a listen …


ARE WE PREPARED, YET?

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Spencer and I talk about disaster movies! We present a list of movies we want our audience to select a few movies they want us to review and critique. But, not in your typical review style — we want to know how TRULY prepared the characters and communities were for these disasters. And, of course — how you can survive a likewise disaster.

Give it a listen and let us know what movies you want us to review on our Facebook page

[LINK COMING SOON]

PHATGRAMS

These newborn baby things aren’t very entertaining 12-18 hours of the day. #babytrex #dosomething

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It’s always a treat having lunch with friends, especially when they come from Cedar to do so! #friendsarefamilyyouchoose

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Well, this was a very productive trip to Kohl’s don’t you think? #nachosocks #pizzacat #purrito

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Progress will come. I am hoping my doctor’s appointment will help answer some of the questions I’ve had with my thyroid. It was a fight to just STAY at 282 this week — and, I am fine with that. I know the effort I put into it.

My goal next week is two fold — I want to run more (naturally with DST starting on Sunday) and I am ramping up my supplements. Mainly magnesium and zinc. I don’t know if I am getting enough — so I want to increase that, just to see if there is a change.

But, the goal is to keep the weight training going — along with the running — and then just stick to the diet. Especially since next weekend is a nacho weekend. Gotta stick to it — or no nachos. That’s the rule.

Anyways — trying to stay positive — but, more than anything just anxious to get where I want to be.

WEIGHT: 282.0 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (3/4/16)

WEIGHT: 282.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.3″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (3/11/16)

WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +0.1 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: 0.0″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″


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

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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.

Seriously.

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! 


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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!


PHATGRAMS

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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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

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″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (2/12/16)

WEIGHT: 278.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.2
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.4″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (2/19/16)

WEIGHT: 281.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +2.9 LBS.
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.
  • ONE WEEK LEFT UNTIL FULLER HOUSE!!! ONE WEEK! ONE WEEK! ONE WEEK!
  • 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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Fight4Phat: A week of suck …

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I started this week off rather awesomely — like epically awesomely. So much so I forgot how to properly use english. And, then Tuesday came … and it all went downhill from there.

No I didn’t binge eat a whole “5 for $5 Arby’s Deal” — far from it. I got sick. Again.

Two weeks ago I went through a nasty little cold that I thought I was past. Last week was great and I was looking forward to build upon that momentum. But, yeah, no.

The cold isn’t necessarily back — but, my lungs are full of crap. On Tuesday it started with sore lungs, Wednesday came along a fever and a deep cough and then yesterday — I pretty much was dead.

I took work off yesterday and today — because it was just too much for me. Not only didn’t I sleep at all during the night because of the coughing, but when I would go outside the beautiful Utah air got the best of me.

So, yeah — I was in bed all day yesterday and am planning on doing again today as well.

But, I have a very busy weekend as well. The Endurance Sports Show is today and tomorrow — where I am suppose to work a booth. And, then my sister is having her baby tomorrow and I am suppose to babysit my niece. I guess you can say all of that is … TBA.

This same cough has gone through the whole family so I am hoping it’s a quick rebound. I’m hopeful, but … yeah … we’ll see.

The sucky part of all of this has been the running — or the lack thereof. I was planning on doing 3 miles on Tuesday and Thursday and then a 5 mile run on Saturday. But, that didn’t happen.

Usually I would push through my sickness to run it out, but since this was in my lungs it was impossible for me get anything going. So, I’ll have to pick up the miles again come next week.

But, with all of that … I say … blah, blah, blah, blah.


RUNCAST USA

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After a couple month long break — Runcast USA is BACK!!! And, we’re back with a pretty awesome episode as we talk with Blu Robinson, Heath Thurston and Jed Jensen from Addict II Athlete. Probably the most powerful episode you’ll find of the Runcast.

Give it a listen …


Nacho Búsqueda

If you’ve been following my Facebook page as of late — you’ll know that I am looking for the best nachos here in Utah. This conversation began about two weeks ago when a coworker of mine and I started talking about nachos.

Everyone has their FAVORITE place to get nachos — Costa Vida, The Green Pig, Union Grill, etc., etc., etc. But, really, where’s the BEST place for nachos? Everyone’s opinion is very subjective and I wanted to put it to a test.

So I came up with a scoring system — THIN and came up with a bucket list of places to eat nachos in Utah. Then I’ll keep track of the leaders on a blog I started earlier this week — Nacho Búsqueda

I’ve had a couple people ask me why I am doing this when I am trying to lose weight. And, well, my response is always — it’s my cheat/free meal for the week. In my diet plan I always have at least one meal per week that is guilt-free — and I’ve done this for years.

But, I am not eating nachos every week either. As much as I love nachos — I don’t want to get burnt out, so I am doing nachos as my cheat/free meal twice a month. Fairly simple concept.

I am also wanting to go to these places with friends, family and dates. This is also a way to get more social — outside of running.

I am excited about this blog. I was going to be going to my first place this weekend, but since I m sick I am pushing that back to tomorrow. I’m thinking of hitting up this new place in North Salt Lake — Cafe Armor.

But, more on that later — check out the new blog — and if you want to go eat nachos with me sometime … hit me up!

EDIT: Oh, and I have an Instagram account for all the pretty pictures of my nachos.


THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Tough week. I worked out on Monday and Tuesday, but that was about it. No running. Thus, sucky numbers. I walked between 5.5-7 miles between Monday and Wednesday — so I was still somewhat active. And, I watched what I ate, but without much exercise — not much change.

I won’t lie — numbers like these are hard to swallow. I just want to get a rhythm and get some good numbers dropping. It’s mentally tough to have week’s like this — because you just want to move forward, but the body says no. Blah!

WEIGHT: 280.2 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.3
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (1/29/16)

WEIGHT: 278.2 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.2
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.3″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (2/5/16)

WEIGHT: 280.2 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.3
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +2.0 LBS.
BODY FAT%: +0.1%
BMI: +0.1
WAIST: +0.1″
ARMS: -0.05″
THIGHS: 0.0″


Daily Shorts.fw