2015 Week 25 Weigh-In!

My week 25 weigh in will conclude the first half of 2015.  Based on the average monthly weight I have posted under my Running Log tab, I started January at 278 and am concluding June at 248 so, an even 30 pounds lighter 🙂

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Another thing you might notice for my average monthly body weight is that May and June are BOTH at 248 lbs so ….. we may conclude that I didn’t lose bubkis – zip, zilch & nada since last month.  well….LOL

What can I say?  I didn’t gain anything either!  🙂  I did a lot of traveling over these past two months …glancing at my calendar I see trips to…..

  1. Springfield, Illinois
  2. Ottawa, Illinois
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. Lake Ozark, Missouri
  5. New Jersey
  6. New York
  7. Minnesota
  8. West Virginia
  9. Kentucky

For running races (I’m curious now….)  I had

  1. Law Day 5K (Belleville, IL)
  2. Moonlight Marathon (Springfield, IL)
  3. Starved Rock Marathon (Ottawa, IL)
  4. Chicago 13.1 where I was a Back of the Pack pacer
  5. Hatfield McCoy Marathon (started in KY, ended in WVa)
  6. GO! St Louis All American 5K – took 5 min 25 seconds off my time from last year!
    still due in June ….
  7. Macklind Mile (St Louis, MO)
  8. Pride 5K (St Louis, MO)

It was actually fairly slow in terms of running compared to the previous 2 months.  I have won 24 straight Diet Bets on DietBet.com which is pretty cool but, getting tougher.   I have three more rounds of weigh ins for a 6 month diet bet I’m in which will require upcoming weigh ins of

  • 239.8 on July 1
  • 237.1 on Aug 1
  • 234.5 on Sept 1
  • 234.5 on Oct 1 ….just gotta maintain the final weight for the 6th month….

I’ve had to do some extra thinking with regards to these weights in the 230s.

On July 10th & 11th I have two bike rides scheduled.  A Tour de Belleville (15 miles) and the following morning the Tour de Donut (kind of a blast and 34 miles long).  Then, there’s the Loonies Midnight Marathon on July 18th.  These marathons create a bit of a challenge because I eat pretty healthy leading up to the runs – extra carbs/pasta and so forth as well as extreme hydration but, that’s pretty much it for the month, a couple bike rides and one really long run from midnight until the sun comes up….should be VERY interesting.

I did manage to get in 3 lifting workouts in over the past week.  I noticed in the week after my Hatfield McCoy marathon that I got kinda light – very low 240s and my chest looked kinda flat.  I’m no Arnold Schwarzenegger or anything but I am used to seeing some muscle on me and that had really gone away.  Generally speaking, if I haven’t been lifting for a while I usually will put on about 4-6 lbs in the first week of lifting and that’s part of what’s going on weight-wise.

Looking forward…..
I’ve been away from karate for the first 6 months of the year and will probably be getting back into that for the 2nd half of the year.  There’s still only one belt between me and black so, there’s a decent chance I could notch up another belt by 2016.

There’s plenty more to share but …I have about 35 minutes of battery left on my laptop and find myself without electricity again for the 2nd time today due to storms.   But, I am working on a map…. 🙂


Week 24 Weigh-in of 2015

I first touched the 240s in week 16 (April) with a weight of 248.  May was my first month with an monthly average weight in the 240s.  I only have two weigh-ins this month and they average 248.5 lbs.  However, today’s 245.0 is the lowest recorded weekly weigh in I’ve had all year.

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My lowest weekly recorded weight since the beginning of 2014 occurred on April 10th of last year with a very manipulated weight of 244.2 – one week later (after my 12 week contest was over) I weighed 260 and strived to maintain that weight for the remainder of the year.

I’ve got a few ways to win here –

If I maintain and weigh the same next Thursday, ie 245 then I’ll have an average weight for the month of 247.  If I drop another 0.8 lbs or more then i can equal or better my lowest weight since I started recorded my weekly weigh ins – and that started 76 weeks ago.

I think lower mileage runs could help a lot and mainly because they will be very low stress to my body relative to the nutty 26.2 miles done this past Saturday.  I’m not exactly sure what my normal or relaxed weight is right now but I’m guessing it may be a bit less than 245.  Kind of have to wait & see.

I’ll have to hit a weight of 242 next week for an average of 246 (rounded).

I added my two marathon medals to the lower left corner of my weigh-in wallpaper.  That’s 2/3rds of the initiation needed to join the Marathon Maniacs club.  🙂  July 18th will be my third and final marathon needed to join the maniacs.

On July 1st I have a Round 3 weigh-in for the most challenging of my 6 month, 10% weight loss challenges ….I’ll need to weigh in at 239.8 lbs or less.

Mentally, I think I can benefit from some time in the gym.  There is a decent chance of getting in 6 gym workouts during the remaining days of this month.  I’ve been at zero for the preceding two months for gym attendance.

Gym time and shorter runs may help a great deal with my mental recovery.

I have two 5K runs and a single 1 mile run before June is over.

For right now – i need to keep patient as well as keeping up some light pressure towards my goals.  I should have greater clarity of vision in the next 2 weeks.


Week 23 Weigh-In

I’m not exactly sure what I weighed last week.  I only had one day back at home between my trips to New York and then to Minnesota.  I was at my parents house on Thursday morning and didn’t get home until 3:30 a.m. looking for last minute pictures for a video I was putting together with my brother for my parents anniversary.  Staying up late wasn’t hard but, getting up an hour and a half later at 5 a.m. was a bit of a challenge.

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So, I’m at 252.0 right now which is the same as my average weight for April.  I think, with some of the DietBets I have coming up that I may still be able to end up with an average weight in the 240s, especially since on the first of next month I need to weigh around 239 for Round 3 of a DietBet.

Biggest thing on my mind right now is West Virginia.  In about 20 hours I’ll be heading out for that state and I’ve got plenty to do before then.


I’m on to Plan B with my Marathon Maniac (MM) pursuits since I was yanked from the Starved Rock marathon at mile 12 due to thunderstorms.  Plan B is completing 3 full marathons in 90 days and the Hatfield-McCoy marathon will be #2 of 3 necessary for joining the MM’s.

Lately, I’ve become enamoured with runs offered by a website called mainlymarathons.com  They help people knock out series of either 5 or 7 marathons or half marathons in 5 or 7 days, respectively.  There is one 7 day series in the New England states next year –  May 15-May 21 which cover the states of Main, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.  I’m already signed up and registered for a half marathon in Fisher, Indiana on the 21st but, I won’t need to run in New York anyway since I’ll be checking off that state with the upcoming Brooklyn run later this year.

For now, it’s been fun to plan out.  It would consist of 2,818 miles of driving to knock out 91.7 miles of running in 7 days.  That’s the New England Series.

The month before there’s a Riverboat series and I would probably only partake in the first three so I could knock out states Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi and would be from April 17th to April 19th.  Currently, i’m already signed up for the GO! St Louis half on April 10th and the Country Music full marathon in Nashville, TN on April 30th and… I imagine I might add the Lincoln Presidential half mary on Saturday, April 2nd just because 🙂

Running 30 half marathons in 365 days in 30 different states qualifies one for the Sun level in the Half Fanatics group and that is the highest level obtainable.  🙂

I haven’t done any planning for 30 states but doing the series and ones I’m already signed up for would give me 13 states in two months.

I currently have one night booked in West Virginia prior to the run on Saturday morning but, there is a Double Agent (HF and MM) who is the president of the local runners club as well as a fireman and I’ve shot an email out to him to see about maybe getting a cot to sleep on Saturday night at the firehouse in either Williamson or Belfry Kentucky.

Even the night before the marathon there is a bon fire at a local park in West Virginia until 10 p.m. as well as a pasta dinner that same evening from 5 to 7 p.m.  There is a meal ticket for after the race and then a pig roast Saturday evening as well.

running short on time here but, it looks like I’ll be shooting for another 240s month as my average weigh in for June then either a low 240s or upper 230s month for July.

Those full marathons are such a different kind of beast with so many physiological and mental aspects to them that it’s a bit difficult for me to make super accurate predictions and isn’t really a time for any new extreme weight losses to occur.  I just don’t have sufficient knowledge or experience to know with any high degree of confidence exactly how things will go.

After Hatfield/McCoy and God willing that I make it through that one, I am already signed up and hotels booked for my third full marathon on July 18th.  A nice cool Summer’s day 🙂