Monday, July 25, 2022

100 Day Challenge: First Week Complete! (Plus Day 8)

 Today was the start of week 2 of my 100 Day Challenge and I am happy to report that I lost weight. This morning I weighed in at 193, down 4.2 lbs from 197.2 when I started. Here's a summary of how I wrapped up the week and how I started today.

Day 6 - Saturday, July 23rd 

Well, I did not run. I was upset with myself but the day just got away from me. I did mow the lawn and worked up a sweat that way...but I really wanted to run. I actually had to work from 8 a.m. until about 4 p.m., but lets be honest. It was an excuse. 

Food wise, I skipped breakfast which I often do. I used to always skip breakfast, but lately I've been experimenting with eating something small to get the metabolism going. I had a Wendy's grilled chicken sandwich for lunch with a bottle of water. When I got home, I had a piece of Sourdough toast with butter because I was super hungry. For dinner, I had a Chick Fil-A Grilled Chicken Club which is pretty good. I actually added Mr. Stubb's BBQ sauce to give a little something. I love Mr. Stubb's BBQ Sauce because you can actually read all the ingredients. No chemical sounding ingredients at all. I did have a snack before bed of 8 Nilla Wafers which is pretty low calorie and does give me that "I had a cookie" feeling. Sort of. 

Day 7 - Sunday, July 24th (End of Week One)

Sunday was supposed to be a long run but I opted for a 6 mile bike ride at the Biltmore Estate. I skipped breakfast because as I mentioned in an earlier post, I like to exercise in a fasted state. At first, I was thinking I should have maybe eaten something because I felt like was working REALLY hard to keep up with my wife. Turns out, I was riding with a flat front tire. Once I stopped and put air in it, I felt like my old self again. Crazy! 

For Lunch I had a mushroom swiss burger with sweet potato fries. I opted for those over regular fries because sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes. What the heck...every little bit helps, right? For dinner, we went to P.F. Chang's and I had half an order of the pork steamed dumplings and I shared the chicken lettuce wraps with my wife. 

I also saw a movie and had popcorn, a whole box of Raisinets and an Angry Orchard hard cider. I also had a 16oz White Zombie beer in between the movie and dinner. I did however, skip getting ice cream even though my two daughters got some at Cold Stone Creamery. That was very tough to do. I LOVE ICE CREAM. But I decided I had used up my "cheat day" with the Raisinets, cider and beer. I was very curious how that would effect my weigh in on Monday. Maybe I would have broke 193, but who knows. As long as the number is going down, I'm fine with it. 

Day 8 - Monday, July 25th (Start of Week Two)

Today I was on the road. The county I was in had Mellow Mushroom Pizza. I only had one slice, but I caved and drank a can of Coca-Cola despite initially reaching for the water bottle. For dinner, I had 3 Taco Bell crunchy Supreme Tacos and a huge glass of water. 

As I mentioned in the intro, I weighed in today (1 week) at 193 lbs. I suspect my future weigh-ins won't be as great. They say that more than two pounds per week, you are losing muscle. So I suspect it'll slow down. Especially since I plan on actually lifting weights this week. I didn't lift any last week. 

As for exercise, I did not run this morning because I had a two hour drive and had to leave early to get to my county. When I got home, I had laundry, had to go grocery shopping and work on some things. Again, I know what some of you are thinking....excuses. You know what...I'm going to at least do some push ups. Hang on....

OK. Dang! I'm out of shape. I just did 10 push ups, followed by 25 squats, and repeated with no rest. It's something. 

Tomorrow, will be Day 9 and it's Election Day. That means I'll be working from 5:30 a.m. until approx. 9 p.m. at night. Possibly later. I don't plan on exercising tomorrow. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

100 Day Challenge: Days 2-5

 So here is a quick summary of days 2-5. It's amazing how fast things happen when you first start a program. On day one, I went out for a 30 minute run and had to walk four times as you know from my earlier blog. But check this out:

Day 2 - Tuesday, July 19th

On day two, I just went for a hike around Lake Powhatan which is near me. It's about a 1.6 mile loop on what's called the Homestead Trail. 

I did really good with my eating. No sodas. I skipped breakfast like I usually do and had Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch. I had the original recipe breast with mashed potatoes, gravy and a biscuit. It also came with a cookie, which I did eat even though I told myself I wouldn't. I can't recall what I had for dinner, but I know we cooked at home.

Day 3 - Wednesday, July 20th

On day three, I went for another 30 minute run but this time I only had to walk 2 times. However, the course I ran was flat so that probably made a difference. I did jumping jacks, windmills, hallelujahs and lunges for a warm up. 

I did ok with my eating. No sodas but I did have one serving of vanilla wafers which seemed to satisfy a cookie craving I was having. I had Sourdough toast for breakfast with butter, at leftovers for lunch and had Fried Cod and Couscous for dinner. 

Day 4 - Thursday, July 21st

Today, I planned on working out with weights. I did not. In fact, I had zero activity but that's OK. I'm allowed a rest day.

Eating however wasn't the best. I had 3 Mega Stuff Oreos. A serving size is 2 but the rest of the day I was good. No sodas or earlier snacks. I had toast for breakfast and an Arby's Double Roast Beef Sandwich for lunch. No fries and just water to drink. I had 3 slices of frozen pizza for dinner, which wasn't too bad I guess since they were small slices. One was a cauliflower crust with pepperoni. I had one slice. The other was a nicer end frozen pizza with goat cheese and spinach. I had two slices of that. 

Day 5 - Friday, July 22nd

Got up this morning and ran for 30 minutes without stopping! I was very happy as this was a pretty hilly route. Like Wednesday, I did jumping jacks, windmills, hallelujahs and lunges for a warm up. 

Food wise, I had a piece of sourdough bread with butter and an egg for breakfast. For lunch, I had a Hardee's grilled chicken BBQ sandwich. No fries, bottle of water. For dinner, I had a cheeseburger and grilled veggies consisting of zucchini, peppers and a portobello mushroom. 

I've already dropped two pounds and it hasn't even been a full week yet. I feel better believe it or not although I do have cravings. I heard the ice cream truck in the neighborhood tonight and got some ice cream sandwiches which are awesome! My plan is that I can only eat one when I break 190.

I started this 100 Day Challenge on July 18th after getting on the scale and realizing I was 197.2. The heaviest I've ever weighed. On July 22nd, I weighed in at 194.2. Again, not even a full week has passed. I've been running but have not yet started the weight training I wanted to start. Goal for next week or maybe this weekend.

Upcoming Challenges for this Weekend and Next Week

I have to work early on Saturday and it's supposed to be really hot so I doubt I'll run tomorrow. We'll see. However, since I ran today, tomorrow should be a rest day. I will aim to do weights at night if I don't run.

Sunday should be OK so I plan on running early and doing a long run of some sort. I'll try for 3 or 4 miles and I plan to run/walk as needed. 

Monday, I have to travel and get on the road early, but we'll see what happens. I really think a rest day will be ok...but I know I won't get to run on Tuesday because of my job. 

On Tuesday, it's Election Day and I have 3 counties with elections so that will be a super long day for me. 5:30 a.m. until probably 9 of 10 p.m. so I don't think I'll get a workout in. 

Wednesday, I have to travel again for work but I think I can squeeze in a run before I have to get on the road. 

I'll keep posting. Not everyday I don't think but probably like I did today. with 4 days worth. I will do better tracking my food intake. Again, I'm not doing a diet per se...just trying to eat better and cut down on sweets and sodas. 

Monday, July 18, 2022

100 Day Challenge: Day 100

100 Day Fitness Challenge

Today is 100 days until my birthday. It also happens to coincide with the heaviest I've ever weighed. Needless to say, I was not happy when I stepped on the scale today! I feel like it wasn't just a coincidence though. I swear it's a wake up call so I start running again. 

My work has been crazy lately. I'm either sitting at a desk or sitting in the car driving to a county where I will then sit at a desk. I feel like my stress levels are OK though as I can manage the work. You'll see why that's important in a minute.

So...It's a few months until my birthday. I weigh more than I ever have in my life. So what am I going to do about it? Five things make up my 100 Challenge.


I will start running again. My goal in the beginning is to get out there at least 3 times per week for an easy run. I also want to do speedwork or hills at least once per week. Eventually over the 100 days, I will start having a long run once per week. 

I plan to run/workout in a fasted state so my body burns fat since it won't have a ready supply of carbs from eating. 

For example, this morning I ran/walked for 30 minutes which was about 2.03 miles. I had to walk 4 times which was upsetting to me in and of itself. I had not eaten anything but felt totally fine otherwise. In fact, in all the years I've run, I prefer to run in a fasted state. Even in my long runs believe it or not. I just don't do well with food in my system. Side aches,'s just not good for me. 


I will start doing my daily dozen - or least some of them along with some dumbbell workouts like curls, squat thrusters and other strength exercises like push ups. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat so if I can add muscle, I will increase my metabolism.

What is the daily dozen you ask? It's actually a routine I used to do in high school on the Cross Country team. It's both a strength and stretching warm up. Exercises include: Jumping Jacks, Windmills, Hallelujahs, Mountain Climbers, Cross Overs, Bicycles, Wall Push, Miss Americas, Butterfly stretch, Lunges, High Jumps & Burpees. 

I'm really out of shape, so this morning, I only did the jumping jacks, windmills, hallelujahs, lunges and wall push exercises/stretches. 


I mentioned I don't feel stressed, but adding in the exercise will be taxing on my body. Therefore, I will take rest days. This will do two things: First, it will give my body a break and time to relax. Secondly, it will allow down time for my body to make the adaptations to the exercises I'll be doing so that I get stronger and faster. 

It will be tough, but if I'm in bed by 11 p.m. and up by 6:30, that's 7.5 hours of sleep...pretty close to 8 and definitely more than the 6 hours I typically get. 


I will try to eat as clean as possible. What do I mean by clean eating? Mainly, I mean I will cut out/drastically reduce sodas and sweets. Anyone that knows me, knows that I love my Coca-Cola and desserts. Cookies, ice cream, cake, candy....if it has sugar, I'm a huge fan. But it also means I will focus on whole wheat breads and pastas in an effort to cut out/cut down on refined sugars. If I just stick to whole foods like meats, fruits and vegetables, and stay away from the inner aisles at the grocery store, I should achieve that goal. 

I do like to eat out. In fact, sometimes, it's necessary since I'm on the road so much. For example, today, I had a grilled chicken sandwich at Wendys. No fries and a bottle of water to drink. Dinner was the same. I went to Chick Fil-A and had a grilled chicken sandwich (forgot to ask for wheat bread) but I skipped the waffle fries and skipped the soda. I only drank water. For breakfast this morning, I was hungry after my run so I had a banana. So, I will still eat out, but I will choose the healthier options on the menu. 


I will blog each day and let the world know what I did that day. This will keep me motivated knowing I have an audience watching. So check in from time to time and follow my progress. Hopefully you'll be rooting for me. But I know people love to see a train wreck too so here's hoping I prove them all wrong. 

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