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This past Sunday I went on a 5-mike walk with James. We had originally planned to take a 40-mile bike ride but it’s been raining quite a bit in Orlando lately so we decided to keep our feet planted on the ground.

James and I walked around Crane’s Roost lake. I was decked out in full gear with a drybag for my iPhone and a Camel Bak filled with water. If I’d only known that we would have NO shortage of water that day…

We got about a 1/4 mile and it started to pour.

I’m not talking about some light drizzle. We were completely soaked in a matter of moments but we continued to press on with a smile.

In an effort to start preparing for the Walt Disney 1/2 Marathon, we started adding some jogging intervals. I haven’t jogged since dropping below 300 pounds and noticed the difference right away. My legs are stronger from all the biking and squats. Since my weight is lighter, I felt like I had a better bounce and speed. Maintaining the speed for more than 13 miles will be the real issue.

Going back to our walk/jog. About half way in and I looked down to see that my legs were covered in soap suds. It was all over my shorts and legs. I guess my washing machine could use a tune-up for the rinse cycle.

It was a fun day in the end. We managed over 5.2 miles and I know where I need work before January.

I wound up very tired and sore but still laughing from all the soap suds still coming out of my shorts.

Stay with me for the next few months and let’s see if I can complete this half marathon without getting picked up by the sag wagon!

I never set a goal to lose 100 pounds. I set my first goal to get under 300 pounds. My second goal is to get under 380.

That doesn’t mean today isn’t special for me. In less than one year, I’ve lost 100 pounds and I’m overjoyed! I didn’t use pills or popular diets. I just adapted a lifestyle that required more exercise and eating whole foods while reducing my grain intake. It worked.

As of this morning, I’ve lost 101 pounds total since October 2010! It’s a very exciting day for me!


It’s Hard for me to Say I’m Sorry

It’s really not. I apologize for not blogging much. Matt had to send me a text the other day just to see if I was okay. Our conversation went like this:

I guess it’s true I’m kind of talkative on Facebook. Over the last few months I’ve tweeted, blogged and given status updates pretty regularly. Lately I guess I’m just starting to taper off a little. I experienced more frustration last week when I saw my weight back up at 300.2. I was so angry. I don’t ever want to go back to the 300s again. I knew where the mistakes had been made and I knew what I had to do to get back on the ball. Last Saturday morning I went on a 16+ mile bike ride with friends. I was determined to start jogging more this week. Then…it happened…

Welcome BACK!

On Monday I was sick and that lasted until Tuesday. Tuesday I went to Cocoa Beach to see my father and we loaded up my paddle board and brought it back to Orlando on Wednesday morning. On Thursday morning I took the paddle board down to dinky dock in Winter Park and went out for a nice, quiet morning paddle around the lakes. It was very calming and I had no stress. I took the board back home, went to apply for some jobs and then an old friend came to visit. The only problem is that this friend is kind of unwanted. My back started acting up on me. I’ve got a herniated disc between L4 and L5. The two discs immediately above and below that disc are bulging. This all stems from a car accident I had in 1997. I never had surgery to correct it and so it comes and goes from time to time without warning. I’ve got a plan this time. I will go back to walking, cycling and paddle boarding combined with Primal Blueprint fitness. I need to give jogging a break for now and hope that my body will heal enough as the weight falls off that I can jog that Disney 1/2 Marathon in 2012 that I’m registered for. I’m going to attack the weight very aggressively over the next several months with the following goals:

  • Reduce my grain intake to 0%
  • Get back on a 5-6 day exercise routine
  • Incorporate intermittent fasting once per week on alternating days
  • Stay within my maximum caloric range each day
  • See if my friends and I can stick our middle fingers in the face of the Florida summer weather and get out for more group fitness on the weekends. I miss that very much.
  • Keep a positive attitude and get back out of the funk I’ve been in

If I can do those things, I feel like I’ll see results like I used to. Even though I went up to 300.2 last Friday, I did what I needed to in order to concentrate and get the weight back down. That’s why I am happy to report today’s…

Weekly Weigh-In

There you have it! I know it only appears to be one pound since my last weigh-in report of 294 but I’ve actually lost seven pounds in the last week in order to get back to where I was and still lose a pound more than my most recent public weight announcement. I’m feeling positive this morning. I’ve got 5 pounds left to reach a 100 pound total loss and 14 pounds to my next goal of 280 pounds. Keep reading. Leave a comment and let me know how it’s going with your personal eating/fitness goals. What have been your frustrations?

Talk to you later!

Another Three Miles, Another Milestone

This July 4th weekend saw me finish another 5k event. Take a look at my banner up there and you’ll see another check mark added to the events I’ve planned to complete. That Disney 1/2 Marathon is still six months away so I’m taking suggestions on more events to work toward before January 2012.

The 20th Annual Watermelon 5k

Just one day after my first 5k with Ben Davis from, I signed up for another 5k. I had six days to get ready and I was feeling pretty good. I thought I’d figured out how to complete the 5k in 40-45 minutes this time. Then…then I got lined up to start and my plan changed dramatically.

Yeah…so you’re looking at a picture of the starting line from where I stood. You can’t see it. I couldn’t see it either but it’s up there. The highest numbered race bib I saw was 3549. By the time I made it over to the starting area, I was crammed in with the walkers. I wanted to get into the 10+ minute mile group but we were packed in and there was no moving up. I thought I might make my way through the walkers at the start and get to jogging.

So the run starts and it takes more than three minutes just to get from the point of this picture to the actual starting line. I was wrong about making my way through the walkers to start jogging for several reasons:

  1. When you’ve got more than 3500 people around you, it takes about 1.5 miles of walking for the crowd to thin out unless you’re one of the front runners.
  2. Many of the walkers were walking as fast or faster than I can jog.

Not As Fast As I’d Hoped

I finally got to a point where I could jog but I was already sore and tired from walking fast enough to be able to get around the “walkers”. At this point, I may as well have given in to being a walker. I devised a plan. I hydrated well before the event so as I approached the first water station, I took off to the left and started to jog. While others moved right to grab water, I took off past them. I did not get water, I did not pass GO, I did not collect $200. I jogged off and continued to jog for about 1.25 miles (same as the Do Life 5k). That’s about as far as I could go and I had to go back to walking. It’s okay. I was at the second water station when I stopped and I did grab some water this time. After passing the second mile I was about 45 minutes in to the event. I finished up the third mile and approached the gate to enter back into Mead Garden for my final approach to the finish line.

Making My Attack Run

As I got close to the gate, I realized my RunKeeper app said I was at 55 minutes and I wanted to finish this thing in under an hour. I took off at the fastest walking pace I could muster up and got through the park entrance. Right around this time, my friend Alyson came walking up beside me and said “I wanted to meet you here and finish with you so I could say I did a 5k with Pat”. To me, it was the equivalent of Han pulling the Falcon up behind Luke’s X-Wing and shouting “You’re all clear, kid, now let’s blow this thing and go home!”.

So I finished. According to the event clock in this picture, I did it in 1:02:43. Keep in mind that it took over three minutes for me to get from my start point to the actual starting line. I started RunKeeper just as I passed the start line so I could have an accurate finish time at the end. According to RunKeeper, I finished this 5k in 59 minutes and 56 seconds. 4 seconds short of an hour. I still did it under an hour. Not by much but within the time range I wanted. Here are some finish line pictures of me and Alyson crossing over. The last one is me reaching out to take my daughter’s hand since she waited patiently for an hour to see her daddy finish.





What’s Next

If you’ll take another look at the banner up top, you’ll notice a new log. As I complete the writing of this post, I have just signed up for the Track Shack Celebration of Running 5k presented by Florida Hospital. I’m ready to do it again! It takes place on Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 a.m. Who wants to join me?

Talk to you later!

I’d hoped to bike a quick 14 miles tonight but the awesome summer weather had other plans. I hitched the bike to my car and tried to bike in Altamonte then the storm started. I drove back to Oviedo and the storm followed me there too. No biking tonight. I’m going early tomorrow.

I accomplished two things today. I stayed 100% primal and I stayed off the scale. My weight keeps fluctuating down to 301 and back up to 305…I can’t seem to get under 300. I put the scale away for a while. I’ve realized I lost my focus. I was doing great when I concentrated on primal eating and staying within my calorie range.

Lately as I’m close to getting under 300, I’ve been checking the scale daily for that goal. I’m going to stop. It will only frustrate me more and I don’t want that disappointment back in my life.

I’ll check on Fridays only. Wish me luck. I’m attempting a month with no grains at all. Primal Blueprint allows for an 80/20 ratio on occasion. I’m planning to go 100% no grains until August. So when my friends come to visit in July I’ll have no Italian dinners out!

Weekly Weigh-In

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Frustrations, Weekly Weigh-In


Some plateaus are really cool!


Some plateaus are not!


I’m so excited to get under that 300 pound mark. This week I went up to 308 and back down to 305. I’m not unhappy but I’m not entirely pleased.

Better luck next week!