Archive for the 'Guest blogs/ Mine and yours' Category

07
Apr
09

Warning: Beautiful wife does guest post. A day in the life of Jason

Many of you have asked me how I get so much done in so little time.  Well, I just go for it I guess.  Here is a post that my wife put up on her blog.

Here he is spraying weeds after his 35 mile long run

Here he is spraying weeds after his 35 mile long run

Wake up at 4 (on day off), go to work and open gate for workers, run 35 miles, come home, mow lawn, spray all emerging weeds, eat lunch with Audrey, go to Costco, visit with family, eat pizza, watch a movie, go to sleep. Wow! Where does he get his energy? This week he worked on the fire pit (you know, in his down time from his 60-70 hour work week). He built the retaining wall surrounding it and the fire pit itself. It is really turning out beautifully. He is currently halfway through placing flagstone pieces around the fire pit. I look forward to sitting around a fire with friends and family on a beautiful summer night eating smores and talking.

30
Mar
09

Deep calling out to deep…. Weight loss inspirations comes from the real side of people!!

image credit: www.mpi.org

image credit: http://www.mpi.org

THIS IS A LONG POST BUT A GOOD ONE!!!!!!!

A great discussion broke out in the comments section of my post on “Going it alone”.  The conversation basically took a turn towards what actually inspires people.  Some readers and myself were somewhat amazed that people would be inspired by us because we know we fall short in so many ways.  This is a guest blog by cool Kimand I am also going to add my thoughts to hers.  This post is itself a dialogue of sorts.  So sit back and enjoy.  You will be moved to new heights in being real about your failures.  I was going to post each comment here but as I read them I realized that more people were in on the same subject of conversation than I had originally realized.  Please take a moment and read through these comments. 

Here are the comments that birthed this post.

Read the guest blog and my post below: Continue reading ‘Deep calling out to deep…. Weight loss inspirations comes from the real side of people!!’

19
Mar
09

Help design a weight loss blog!!!!!

Hi everyone.  Our good buddy Robfitness is re-doing the look of his blog.  He needs some of your fantastic opinions on what the title of his blog should be.  He has a polling post up for all to vote on the title that they like best.  So head on over there for a quick vote.

If you want to be a vicarious blog designer, now is your chance.  Go HERE!

12
Mar
09

If you want to go muffintopless, go to muffintopless. Opportunity for fun and growth.

Hello ladies of run4change.  I thank you so much for coming here and encouraging me the way you do.  One lady who has been coming to my blog for a while now is Carole from muffintopless.com

She is doing a really cool thing that calls for participation in a weight loss challenge/group of sorts.  I think it could be a great opportunity to have more fun with your weight loss journey.  Go to the link below and take sometime to watch her cool video in the kitchen. 

Here is what Carole says:

 I’m looking for 20 women to join me on WW journey:  I’m looking for 20 women who are looking to lose 20 pounds — an experiment I’m launching on Twitter check it out –> HERE

I really enjoyed the vid and it just sounds like a cool thing.

14
Feb
09

Do you do this!

A fellow blogger reminded me of something that I know all to well but had forgotten about.  Maybe you know about it too.  It is those situations where you make fun of your weight to get the first shot in because you think other people want to get a shot in about your weight.  Here is what the blogger said in the comment:

“Its a hard habit to break when there have been so many years of self-deprecating humor and mean comments directed towards myself (by me) in an attempt beat others to the punch and let them know that I’m fully aware of my fat (when in all likelihood, the majority of them weren’t even the least bit concerned with my fat).”

Have you been the victim of your own “fat jokes”.  I certainly have.  I can’t even count the number of times that I joked about my weight just because I felt uncomfortable with it.  I wanted to make people laugh about it and when they did I secretly felt hurt in a way on the inside.  I can’t recall the exact things that I used to, and sometimes still say.  It is odd to me that I still do this even though most of my fat is gone.  But the comment blew me away.  The light bulb went off and I thought, “Oh my God,I did that for so long too.  This is not a healthy thing to do, but I and so many others have or still do it.”

What do you think, can we stop making fun of ourselves and maybe just take things for what they are and move towards health?  What are some of the things you used to say to make yourself the “butt of the joke”?  Did you or do you do this kind of self-depreciating joking?  Let us know!

12
Feb
09

Shin splints anyone? Professional advice on shin pain

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Image credit: http://www.sfkids.org

I found a really cool blog the other day searching through wordpress.  It is a great shoe blog written  by a Doctor of Podiatry.  It’s called Dr. Jenny Sanders Shoe Blog.  She does great writting regarding proper shoes.  Not just running shoes either, but all types of shoes.

She is a podiatrist who has been practicing in the Financial District of San Francisco since 1990. Here is what she says about herself, “At some point early in my career, I started to realize that many of the foot problems I encountered were directly related to improperly fitting or excessively worn shoes. So, I did what any shoe loving, problem solving, insatiably curious podiatrist would do – I let my patient’s feet and shoes teach and guide me toward a more comprehensive understanding of shoes, feet, fit and how when ignored, almost certainly leads to pain.”

So I asked her to write a guest blog here at run4change because she is a pro. and a lot of you have asked me about shin splints from running and/or walking.  So here it is: Continue reading ‘Shin splints anyone? Professional advice on shin pain’

31
Jan
09

Tired and vulnerable: After work eating antics

Pic from musiccitybowl.com rib eating contest

Pic from musiccitybowl.com rib eating contest

 

 

There are times when I have a crazy day at work.  I leave work feeling exhausted with a sense of entitlement.  That sense of entitlement tells me that “I deserve to eat whatever I want when I get home.  I worked hard, I want to relax with my friend (food).  I am worth it.”   It’s not  always a conscious thought, sometimes it is just sitting in the back of my mind and I almost don’t notice it.  But then, when I least expect, my resolve flies out the window and I go for it.  It doesn’ t happen all the time, but it does happen.

I am learning to remember this scenario on my way home so that I can assess it and stop the steam train before it starts to pick up speed.  After all, it is only going to take 5 minutes for me to blow my points, it is not even going to be very satisfying, it might bring a gain at the scale, and I will feel guilty for a couple of hours.
So now when that sense of entitlement says, “I am worth it,”  I agree and tell it right back that since I am worth it, I am going to take care of myself, live longer, live happier, and stay thin.  That IS worth it.
 
Everyone has crazy days at work.  Do you ever let your weight loss guard down when you get home from work?  Take the poll.
26
Jan
09

Perseverance: Key in losing weight, attaining goals, and living life!

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Chinese symbol for perseverance

Hi there.  My name is Jason.  I have basically been fat all my life.  Even in times were I was actually not fat, I still felt or thought I was fat.  I am sure that many of you can relate to that.  Between Dec. 13th 2006 and Dec 13th 2007, I lost about 130 lbs.  Not only did I lose the weight then, but have kept it off since and have also been blessed enough to finish 7 marathons and 4 ultra-marathons.  I tell ya, it has been a tremendous journey to get here today.  The journey wasn’t always fun though, it had many ups and downs, it came with joy, it came with discouragement.  Although I am still on the journey, I think things worked out pretty well.  I want to share  with you a little of the journey because I want you to know that a normal, regular, obese or over weight person can accomplish amazing things.  If I could do it, I know you CAN do it.  A key ingredient to weight loss, fitness, health, and life in general is perseverance.

Perseverance: To keep at something in spite of difficulties, opposition, or discouragement (Websters). 

Throughout my journey, I have learned that this simple little trait can bring a person further than ever imaginable.  This word is in every aspect of what we are trying to achieve in our bodies, minds, and emotions.  It may take time to loss the weight and get healthy, but if you can just hold and persevere YOU WILL MAKE IT!

Here are some examples of cross-roads that I reached (we all reach)during my own journey when perseverance took me through.

Continue reading ‘Perseverance: Key in losing weight, attaining goals, and living life!’

25
Jan
09

New look at body image: Good Quote

Good Sunday to all of you.  Here is a very short post just to send you over to a good quote about body image.  My friend at talesofadisorderdeater put it up.  I thought it was a good down to earth qoute that helped me realize that life is to short ot hate my own body.  Thanks and have a great day.

Here is the quote

23
Jan
09

Helpful quote for us and those around us :)

Here is a great quote that is very relevant to how I felt yesterday regarding some “meanines” out there.  Check it out at this wonderful bloggers site.  It is about being positive and how it affects those around us.

20
Jan
09

Get into something: Guest post by a personal trainer

natasha-lintonTime for another opportunity to get your activity in.  This is a guest post by Natasha Linton

When your goal is weight loss it is important that you keep active and move often on a daily basis. You have so many options of activities to get into out there even if you are not a gym member. Also whether or not you live in a hot or cold climate there is something for you. Continue reading ‘Get into something: Guest post by a personal trainer’

20
Jan
09

Want to quit in the middle of your run? Learn how to keep going

Coach Dean

Coach Dean

Warning.  Expert advice in this post.  This is another answer to a question I recievd during the last Q & A session.  It is a topic that we all deal with during our daily exercise and activity.  I am so glad that Coach Dean Hebert agreed to field this question.  He really knows what he is talking about when it comes to running, exercise, and sports psychology.  You may have read my post regarding the awesome encougement I recieved from him at a time when another “coach” really discouraged me.  There will always be those who try and keep us from achieving our dreams.  Coach Dean is one of the people who build us up and help us achieve our personal dreams.  If you need help with designing a good running/exercise program, he can help tremendously.  Here is the question that I recieved during the Q&A session:

“I’d like to know how you keep going during training, and don’t just go ‘that’s enough, I’m stopping now'”

Here is Coach Dean’s aswer

This is actually a more profound question than it appears on the surface. Certainly, physically there are certain limits depending on our general present condition. To push slightly beyond them is in fact how we improve conditioning and not just maintain our condition. That is good. On the other hand, reading our bodies and knowing when to back off because we don’t want to overdo it and get injured is quite another thing. My experience though is more often that people do not push themselves. We are accustomed to being comfortable. Discomfort is not something most of us seek out.

Which brings me to what is usually at issue: the mental aspect. As a Mental Game Coaching Professional I work with people constantly on this and related issues. The first point has to be that exercise itself has to become a value of the individual and not merely something being done out of guilt, or being done for someone else. These yield very short term motivation. So, what makes someone keep going is a deep down knowledge that they are better for sticking it out – physically and mentally.  Related to a “value” for working out is doing the type of workout that best suits the personality of the individual. Not everyone should be running (I know, that seems like heresy for a running coach to say.) But, waning interest and burnout are highest with individuals not matched personality-wise to their workout of choice.

So, with all that, let me also introduce that sometimes it’s OK not to push through. Illness, stress and general fatigue can greatly affect one’s motivation to complete a workout on any given day. If it is a random once in awhile thing, I would not worry much about it and just chalk it up to a bad day. Your goal is to just have the best bad day possible – as I tell my athletes. Do not succumb to the no pain no gain approach to training.

Now, perhaps more to the meat of your question: what specifically can be done to get through workouts? Continue reading ‘Want to quit in the middle of your run? Learn how to keep going’

17
Jan
09

She got her weight loss miracle, but she is a miracle in the making too!

rock_n_roll_marathon_startHello everyone.  This is a very special post today.  I recently came into contact with an absolutely wonderful woman named Cheryl.  She lost an amazing 240 lbs on WW.  She also starting running and has finished half-marathons.  I asked her to tell me her story.  I was so blessed and moved by it because I saw myself in the story.  I was encouraged very much.  She has had a bit of a struggle of late, but we will all be privileged to see her rebound even stronger than before.  Let her story teach you and inspire you in your pursuit of health and weight loss.  This is what it is all about guys.  Coming together, helping each other, learning from each other, and growing strong and healthy.  Check it out and make sure to leave some of your awesome comments.  You guys know how to lift people up.  Here it is in letter form:

Hey Jason:
 
I wouldn’t mind you telling my story at all. I remember when I was losing the weight how many people told me I inspired them and not only did it help me along, but I was so happy I was able to help them as well. So here is my story in a nutshell. 
The beginning
 
I am 6’1″ tall and my highest weight was 410 pounds. I don’t know what the actual reason for me starting to lose the weight was though. I think it was a bunch of little things adding up that led to it. I remember at one point that to pick something up off the floor, I couldn’t bend down to get it. I had to get on my hands and knees, that was a huge sign to me that my size was not serving me at all. The first thing I did was quit drinking pop. At my peak of pop drinking, I drank approx 3 litres of Pepsi a day. Quitting the pop led to a 40 pound loss in about 3 months right there. I then decided to join a gym and began working out in the mornings;  I also joined Weight Watchers. At first I could barely do anything, at 370 pounds, walking was a workout on it’s own. I did as many minutes as I could on cardio machines, then moved onto weight lifting. I loved the weights! There was no cardio involved, and the weight lifting made me feel so strong. I slowly built up over the next few months. 
Now she’s running

When I got to approximately 310 pounds a few friends and I joined a learn to run clinic. After the first session I wanted to quit – it was so hard! One of my friends and I made a pact to stick to it no matter what. We were always in the back of the pack, but we were there pushing through. I was never a fast runner. I was amazed that after 10 weeks that I could run for 10 minutes straight. I eventually started entering races and loved it. My personal best for a 10k is 1:01:23 – darn, I really wanted to get under an hour. That will be a goal for this year. My best half marathon time is 2:48. I love the accomplishment of finishing a race.
 
THE POINTS NAZI

With Weight Watchers I was a “Points Nazi”. I never used any activity points, and had one cheat meal a week. I also was over exercising. I worked out for 1:15 in the am at my gym and was doing a one hour boot camp after work. All this lead to rapid weight loss. I started my weight loss at 410 pounds and after two years was 169 pounds. I was too skinny, and a lot of people started to tell me so. I never wanted to be skinny – I wanted to be fit! So as a result, I quit going to Weight Watchers meetings as soon as I knew I would have a gain for the week (I was around 240 pounds at the time). I was able to continue my weight loss myself at home, but when I got to where I wanted to gain a few pounds and maintain because I didn’t want to be skinny, I went the wrong way. Instead of eating more “healthy points”, I started having more cheat meals each week and stopped exercising consistently.  I should have stuck with the WW meetings and learned maintenance properly. Hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it (sigh). Over the past two years I have put back on approximately 80 of the lost pounds and have felt very frustrated, embarrassed and guilty. My aerobic capacity feels like it is at zero. I hate the hold that food has over me. I spend way too much time in a day thinking about it. There is a happy balance between being over board on track and totally off track. I think that the trick is to find that place where you can do it for the rest of your life and still enjoy your life.
 
After all that…you have inspired me. Thank you so much for your inspiring words. Tomorrow is always a new day, and it will be a much better day. I will get on the treadmill and start again to build back what I once had. But this time I will be better, maybe even faster. I will break the 1:00 10k, and be fit – not skinny. I am going to set a goal to do a trail run this year. Here’s to continuing the journey and never giving up!
 
Thanks for letting me share my story with you Jason.
This awesome lady also got a tummy tuck.  She left a great comment with specific details regarding the loose skin and the abdominoplasty surgery.  Make sure you read her comment on that post
16
Jan
09

Guest post: Letter to the editor, exercise changes your life.

Just wanted everyone to have a chance to visit another great blogger on wordpress.  Her name is Angela and she is doing totally awesome on her journey towards health.  Check it out.  There is a guest post that I did for her.  It is a letter of encouragement that I wrote her and she posted it up on her blog.  She is a lovely and encouraging person.  Lets show her some encouragement.  Thanks guys.

http://angelasolis.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/dear-angela/

10
Jan
09

More on body image, fat, and weight loss

Caped Max

Still feeling bad about you body.  Take a look at these two blogs for more post on body image.  I just wanted to put this tiny little post up so that you could have the opportunity to check out a couple more posts on body image.  They are great ladies, post a comment and give support.  Good blogging to you.

fat-perception

and also

http://katschisfitcetera.blogspot.com/

09
Jan
09

Honored again to have a guest post/interview

I have been humbled by the response to my little story of losing 130 lbs.  I thank all of you for your support.  I did an interview about my journey with Peter at http://www.quicktofit.com.  He is a great guy and he is on this journey with us.  Check it out if you want to, it should be on the front page.

08
Jan
09

“Weight Isn’t the Problem; It’s A Symptom of Something Else”

Here is a great guest post written by a great woman, Melissa.  She is a fellow journeyer.  She has a wonderful blog at talesofadisorderedeater.  It is a very encouraging and informational blog.  Make sure you check it out.  It is there helping lots of people on their journey.

.You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard about Oprah’s recent confessional: how much weight she’s gained the past few years and how unhappy she is about it.

This past Tuesday night on his show, Larry King interviewed Oprah’s team of advisors: her doctor (Dr. Oz), her spiritual advisor (Michael Bernard Beckwith) and her personal trainer (Bob Greene), to see what was going on with the mega-star.

During the segment, Bob Greene nailed the issue of weight on the head: (I’m paraphrasing here): “Weight isn’t the problem; it’s a symptom of something else.”

It hit me like a ton of bricks, just how spot-on he was. Even with all her success, even with her team of experts, Oprah still hasn’t found peace with her body.

Continue reading ‘“Weight Isn’t the Problem; It’s A Symptom of Something Else”’

07
Jan
09

A wonderful woman on the journey

I got encouraged by a reader today.  She gave some great comments.  I feel blessed to have so many people lifting each other up in this crazy thing.  We all move on, losing the weight, realizing our dreams.  Check out her blog. http://www.mommymeepa.blogspot.com/