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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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Coming to terms with Hashimoto’s

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Okay, that’s a pretty lame way to open a blog post, but I’ve had that stuck in my head for WEEKS. Not only because of the stupid commercials, because I’m constantly reminded every time I say, type, mention or research Hashimoto’s Disease.

Anyways — if I haven’t told you now then you should know now — I have Hashimoto’s Disease. After a couple years — well, probably more like 2.5 – 3 years — of trying to figure out what was going on with my thyroid. We finally figured it out. It’s Hashimoto’s (okay at this point I think I just like to type it?).

It explains a lot. The unresponsive medication. The weight-gain. The fatigue. The lack of endurance. The lameness of it all. But, when I did three months of Whole30 and followed a paleo diet — a lot of those issues were minimized. Because of the elimination of gluten, dairy and a lot of added sugar.

Hashimoto’s and gluten intolerance go hand in hand — among a couple other issues. And, it just all makes sense right now — looking back at it all.

So, here I am.

And, you know what? It kind of sucks. A lot.

When I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism all I had to do was pop a pill, do some moderate exercise and watch what I ate to see results. You really can’t do that with Hashimoto’s — it’s a complete lifestyle change. A fairly strict diet on top of the pills and exercise so you can see results.

And, this runs in the family too. My Mom and sister have Hashimoto’s — and I am sure my other sister probably has it or will have it eventually. That’s what you get when you have generations of relatives with thyroid problems — I mean, my great grandma died from thyroid cancer, so it’s something that shouldn’t be taken lightly in our family.

I won’t lie — I am bummed about the news, because I wish it could be as easy as popping a pill with little maintenance needed. But, it isn’t. And, while I know I can live and maintain a paleo diet — it just feel restrictive KNOWING my body can’t or shouldn’t deviate from that.

And, it’s not like I eat crappy 24/7. I’m not eating Big Macs and Ding Dongs every day or every week. And, in fact, I can’t even remember when the last time I had a Big Mac was? So — there’s that. I live by a 80/20 diet — and I am not sure now how that’s going to fit into everything?

If it sounds like I am kind of whining about this all — I guess I am?

It just sucks.

But, I’ve had a couple of weeks to let myself throw a pity party. I’ve been enjoying things I know I’m cutting out of the diet. Namely bread — and dairy. I mean — I love bread — and that’s going to be REALLY hard to let go of. Sure there’s gluten-free bread, but I’ve tried it already and — um — no. There’s no point in me eating a slice of toasted sadness for breakfast every morning. If I’m eating bread — it’s going to have gluten in it.

I’ve been researching and reading up on a lot of studies and diets for people with Hashimoto’s. It’s pretty much a paleo based diet that’s recommended by most. I don’t mind paleo — so it shouldn’t be that tough of adjustment.

But, besides following paleo — there are also certain foods that are recommended for me to eat to aid in the Hashimoto’s. Everything from grapefruit to iodine salt to Vitamin D enriched foods to copious amounts of veggies. You get the picture.

I am going to blog a bit more about all those particulars later. But, the point and focus this week to get everything in line and a regime in order. I’ve already started following a diet — as I slowly eliminate gluten — because I know that’s the hardest thing for me to give up. But, I am giving myself until Saturday to do that.

Slowly, but surely.

Anyways, I’m coming to terms with what this all entails. And, while I might be slightly depressed about it — now I know how to TRULY fuel my body. And, I have no doubt that over time — I’ll get to where I want to be with my fitness and health.

That’s what’s exciting.

That’s what I have to remember.

So no more moping around and feeling bad bout myself. It is what is. So, here it goes …

#Hypothyroidism runs in my family. So that’s why it’s surprising it took me until 2008 to finally get diagnosed. I think part of the problem was my physician didn’t believe me, because … 1) I was just #fat, 2) I was a guy and 3) I was just a fat guy. I mean, she was right there. I was pushing 400lbs when I finally got diagnosed. Hypothyroidism isn’t just a “woman’s problem.” I’m a good case in point. It’s been an issue even since I’ve been on medication. And, that’s what has lead to the discovery I suffer from #HashimotosDisease. A condition that my mom and sister were recently diagnosed with as well. I’m hoping to reverse the affects through my diet. I’ve lost a lot of my running speed the past couple of years — and I’d like that back. I want my energy levels back. I want my mojo back. And, as frustrating as it’s been to see it gone — I know it’s also coming back. I just gotta take it — step by step.

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Friday Matters: Cranking up the miles, getting prep’d and mourning a loss on my race schedule …

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Every year as the calendar and seasons go into spring — I am always reminded how much I love this weather. There’s something wonderfully renewing about Spring that rejuvenates my goals and resolutions better than New Years.

But, for someone who loathes the snow — spring weather — is simply the best. Whether it’s the cool morning weather, spring showers or small glimpses of summer … I love it all (I feel like I just wrote a commercial for Irish Spring soap?).

And, with each passing day — I am getting closer to the race schedule. I am less than a month away from the Provo City Half (May 7) and I feel ready. I’m working the hills of Bountiful to my benefit — basically earning my downhill. It’s just a matter of my stamina and getting the weight off that I want/need.

But, I am looking further than just May 7th. As much as I am preparing myself for Provo City — I have my eye on the goal of the whole racing season — my 50 miler on October. That’s my goal — that’s what all my effort is leading towards — and I’m getting there.

I am trying not to let the frustration of now distract or deter me from the goal of tomorrow. I know, and trust, the process of my training. I have a plan and I am working towards it.

I am extremely excited — I feel like the challenge to prepare myself for this ultra, is not just desired, but needed. I need this challenge. I need this obstacle — especially — the obstacles I’ll encounter from here until the finish line.

The same feeling I had building up to my first marathon is back. I’ve gotten this feeling a couple times since my first marathon some four years ago. It’s a good sign that I am needing and ready for a challenge. A challenge both physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Anyways — I am looking forward to my weekend. Not only is it going to be spent preparing for PrepperCon next Friday and Saturday, but I am looking forward to my therapeutic training run. The weather looks ideal for a long run.

I was wanting to run down a canyon — but, I am going to stay close to home again. I want to get about 9 miles — so I am going to run my Bountiful Temple Loop again. But, this time, I am NOT going UP 400 North. I think I’ve earned the right to down it, right?

FUN TIMES! GOOD RUNS! HOORAY FOR THE WEEKEND!


GOODBYE VIGOR MY OLD FRIEND …

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So my best friend is getting married in May — initially — it was pitted for May 20th. A Friday — no problem. But, recently, he informed me the date was changed to May 14th — a week earlier. In the normal world this wouldn’t be a problem. But, as runner — yeaaaaaaaah — big problem. I was already registered for the Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon that day.

For most races — this wouldn’t be THAT big of a deal — but, this is one of my favorite races, down one of my favorite canyons. And, the wedding begins at 11am. So there would be no way I could run it, get home, change and then get to the temple.

Well, unless I was an elite runner. Or sub-two half marathoner. But, that’s a post for another day.

There’s no question where my priorities lay — I am going to wedding. I am the best man after all — and we’ve been friends pretty much since we were toddlers.

But, I won’t lie — I am bummed to have to miss out on this race. It really, really, really is one of my favorites. But, it’s not a total loss — I am running the Big Cottonwood Marathon (September 10) and the Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (June 11) … so I’ll get plenty of time with the canyon.

But, still.

I am lucky that I am able to transfer my bib — and I am selling it. Sooooo — if you’re interested in running the Vigor BC Half on May 14th … let me know. I’m interested in getting an Ogden bib — so if you have one or want to buy me one — let’s talk! I might even throw in some wedding cake as part of the trade?

Don’t worry though — I will be back in 2017! And, if I’m the one getting married next May — I’ll protect that date with my life!


ST. GEORGE OR BUST!

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Well, to counter the disappointment of having to drop Vigor BC Half — I did register for the St. George Marathon (October 1) on Tuesday! I have a guaranteed entry since I did the Runner Series — so no lottery for me this year.

This will be my third St. George Marathon and 10th life-time marathon. It will also be one of three ultra training races leading up to the Pony 50 (October 21-22). I’ll also be sweeping the Big Cottonwood Marathon (September 10) and running the Huntsville Marathon (September 24).

So — a marathon every other week. That both frightens and excites me a bit. I know I can do it as long as I put my trust in training and being consistent. Luckily, I am sweeping Big Cottonwood — and I am not planning on racing hard at Huntsville. It’s all about getting time on my feet.

St. George is one of my favorite marathons. There’s nothing better than running amongst all the red rocks — it’s heaven to me.

ST. GEORGE OR BUST, BABY! 


PREPPERCON 2016

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PREPPERCOOOOOOOON!!! I’m getting really excited for next week’s PrepperCon. Not just because I have a hand in the weekend, but because it’s really, really fun. AND — this year — it’s going to be much more epic.

Not only will a lot of the same vendors, booths and entertainment be back — but, it will be bigger (we’re taking up two halls, not just one) and more fun. There will be a hurricane simulator there that will let you experience the 100+ mph winds you would encounter in a hurricane.

Trust me, it’s pretty dang cool.

Not only will I be there all weekend long like a chicken with it’s head chopped off — but, I also will be helping to man the Bugout Run booth again. It’s going to be a lot of fun — celebrities, classes, entertainment, etc., etc., etc.

PrepperCon is next Friday and Saturday (April 15-16) at the South Towne Expo Center and you can buy tickets now — here.


ARE WE PREPARED, YET?

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This episode Schwendy and I interview Scott Stallings — CEO of PrepperCon (and my brother-in-law). We talk about the convention, what got him into prepping, the stigmas that come with prepping and everything in between.

Basically, get excited for PrepperCon happening next weekend at the South Towne Expo Center (April 15-16)!

Give it a listen here …


PHATGRAMS

Someone is treating my lap like a five-star hotel mattress. #thaliagrace #prouduncle

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During my walk at lunch today I came across this banana. If I didn’t know better … it looks like a trap. #bananatrap

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

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COMMENTARY: I feel really good about this week’s numbers — I had a couple really good workouts and an awesome run on Tuesday night. I would have liked to get another run yesterday, but had a pretty long 7am-11pm day. Either way, I am going in the right direction.

My current goal right now is to get under 270 by Provo City on May 7 — so basically a month to lose another 7-8lbs (or more). Doable and attainable. I am not sure what to expect next week with PrepperCon — I am going to have to do my long run mid-week since I will be running around Thursday through Saturday. 

I am going to squeeze it in somewhere, but next week won’t be a normal week for me — the goal will be to maintain or lose, not necessarily lose big. But, who knows? If that happens — I’d be surprisingly happy with it.

Anyways — good numbers heading into the weekend! 

WEIGHT: 276.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.4%
BMI: 31.7
WAIST: 45.4″
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 (4/1/16)

WEIGHT: 279.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
BMI: 32.0
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (4/8/16)

WEIGHT: 276.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.4%
BMI: 31.7
WAIST: 45.4″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: – 2.5 LBS.
BODY FAT%: – 0.3%
BMI: – 0.3
WAIST: – 0.2″
ARMS: -0.2″
THIGHS: 0.0″



Daily Shorts.fw


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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: Just searching for that ‘key to success’ in a sea of discarded keys

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Kind of an odd week. It’s (luckily) been a fast week for me. But, it’s just been kind of odd. Probably because I’ve been uber busy with a number of projects — recording podcasts, working on PrepperCon, the Bugout Run and running stuff — among other things.

I’m not complaining, but it’s just been a tad crazy. And, I am ready for a weekend. A fun weekend.

This past week I’ve been really focusing on my runs, workouts and food — and the frustrating part of all that? I gained like half a pound. My weight-loss efforts are really testing my patience here. It wasn’t more than 2-3 years ago that the formula to lose was fairly simple — and whenever I was consistent with my workouts I saw results.

There’s a part of me that wants to say, “well you are in your mid-30s” … but, I know there is so much to play with my testosterone and thyroid. I just wish it was balanced. I wish I had done my own homework when my doctor tried medicating both without considering how the one would effect the other.

I wish, I wish, I wish … but, that won’t change the past. Which I understand. I am where, where I am and that’s the only thing I can work on and change.

Anyways, I don’t want to rehash my frustrations. I feel like I do that enough. But, I feel the need to share some of those frustrations, because I know I am not the only one who deals with them. It’s also nice to know you’re not alone in these frustrations too. That’s why I do it.

But, anyways — I just keep searching for a way to work through it. I keep looking for the key to success — albeit while standing in a landfill of lost keys. But, I have enough faith I’ll eventually find the needed key. It’s just a matter of NEVER giving up.

Anyways — onto other things.

I’m excited for this weekend — since I’ve been spot on with my diet, my cheat meal this week is NACHOS! I’m going to Penny Ann’s Cafe in Downtown SLC for BREAKFAST NACHOS! Totally excited for that.

Probably more excited for the company — I’m going to breakfast with Cousin Em. It’s been a while since I’ve last seen her. What better way to come together over nachos, right?

Also, I’ve got a run planned — a movie night with Dave — and a few family birthdays as well. Oh, and my sister-in-law is having her baby shower tomorrow as well.

Lots going on — but, lots of fun.

And, the end of February is approaching — where is time going? My next half is May 7th — while that’s far enough away to get some better training in — it’s a couple months away now! I’m terrified and excited.

Anyways — HAPPY FRIDAY! HAPPY WEEKEND! And, of course — HAPPY RUNNING!


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This week — Schwendy and I talk about bugging back home when a disaster strikes while you’re at work or school. We ask — do you know how you’re going to get home? Are you prepared to hoof it back home? Do you have a bugout bug in your car? Office?

Do you know the best route home? What to avoid and what to prepare for? We touch on this and much, much more!


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Some of you may have seen my running memes on Instagram and Facebook this past week under the handle @my.run. This is a little project of mine — I want to celebrate running especially my friends and local running. So I am making running memes and posting them online.

Kind of as simple as that.

I am going to share them here as well throughout the week. Ideally, I’d love to share running pictures of my friends, but I’ve also grabbed some stock images and other fairly popular running pictures as well.

I hope you draw inspiration and motivation from the memes, that’s the intent. And, if you have some awesome running or even scenery pictures that you’d like to let me use — please shoot them my way!


THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Workout and mileage wise — this has been a great week. I’ve been watching my sugar and food intake. While I haven’t seen much change — like at all (welcome to my frustration the past two years). I am just keeping at it.

Right now the fight seems stationary. Because, well, it is. The fight is basically to stand still and not gain weight. Which is VERY counterproductive. And, very difficult to actually do. Luckily, I have an appointment to an endocrinologist in a couple weeks — and it can’t come soon enough. 

I just wish weight-loss/fitness was an equation as easy as x+y/z=SEXY JOSH. But, right now in my life — it’s pretty much trigonometry or some other kind of math that I don’t understand.

Anyways — I keep fighting and doing what I can, right? Answers will come. 

WEIGHT: 282.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.3″
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 (2/19/16)

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

THIS WEEK (2/26/16)

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

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +0.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: +0.1″
ARMS: +0.5″
THIGHS: 0.0″


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  • It’s a nacho weekend for me again — tomorrow I am trying out the breakfast nachos at Penny Ann’s Cafe. I am going with Cousin Em — my objective is to be non-objective mainly because her husband’s family owns the joint. But, if the hotcakes are any indication of what I get to look forward to — I’m in for a treat!
  • Running is such a mental sport — in fact, it’s really about 90% mental. If you believe you can do it … you can do it. The remaining 10% is usually ability, but honestly that 90% and some ingenuity can make up for that 10% — anyways, this is a great read from Runners World.
  • I signed up for the 13 Miles of Freedom Half Marathon this past weekend — it’s actually not on the 4th of July, but close enough — July 2nd. Since Canada Day is the day before I’m going to be carbloading for the race on pancakes with maple syrup. I would also add poutine — but, that’s probably advisable before a race.
  • The biggest thing to hit social media since George Takei — the new emotion buttons on Facebook were launched this past week. I like them. I know lots of people complained about the change (as they always do) — but it works. The only thing that need to add is a “rolled eyes” emoji reaction. There needs to be more of that on Facebook.
  • What is it about these “Damn Daniel” memes that I love so much? I mean really, it’s the stupidest thing ever, but yet — so endearing. Still — damn Daniel!
  • Oh geez, of course this would happen in minor league baseball — and in Albuquerque. Is it bad to admit that I might a Better Call Sal jersey?
  • What the what, what? Really? A bluegrass band of Natalie Portman look-a-likes? HA!
  • I love running/weight-loss stories like this — gives me the motivation to keep doing what I am doing, especially when my health prevents me to give everything. Every running/weight-loss story is awesome to me anyways — it takes A LOT to get to that finish line.
  • If you are going to get a new identity — why do so as a high school student? So bizarre.
  • Oh my heavens, this doesn’t help me NOT want a running dog — at all. I love, love, love this piece and feel like I would have a similar experience if I had a running dog.
  • The Everything Bagel Donut? Really? Good thing I’m on a diet. Okay, let’s be honest — I probably wouldn’t try it even if I wasn’t on a diet. It just sounds gross.
  • You gotta love Kayne rants — even when he’s remotely right. It’s the only reason why I follow him on Twitter. The guy is completely delusional — and full of himself.
  • And, then of course there are the Kardashian sisters who always make you feel better about how normal you are.
  • I am going on a ‘Man Date’ with Dave this weekend — and we’re going to a movie … Kung Fu Panda 3. I’m not ashamed to say that I am looking forward to seeing it. I love Kung Fu Panda.
  • FULLER HOUSE IS OUT TODAY ON NETFLIX!!! — but, I’m scared to watch it after reading this. Still, I am going to watch it out of pure excitement!