Monday, February 24, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This woman looked just like someone I used to work with. One day my coworker was doing one of those goofy questionnaires in a magazine and asked me if I wanted to try it. Sure, why not? I only remember one question. Health Club or Club Sandwich? I said health club and she rolled her eyes at me as if to say 'Ya right fat boy...I'm putting you down for a club sandwich.'
I was over 300 pounds then so I understood why she acted that way but it really hurt my feelings and I was pissed about it. Today, as I recalled this memory there was no anger. Only a smile, and the thought of wishing I could reintroduce myself to her and say look at me now.
My 4 year anniversary of maintaining my weight loss is this week. I have learned over this time that losing weight is the easy part. Keeping it off for the rest of your life is a monumental challenge. I am blessed that I have a family that supports me and fortunate to have found a love of running which has helped me maintain my weight over the past 4 years.
Posted by Ryan at 3:25 PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
David McCullough Jr. (Wellesley High School - You are not special commencement speech)
I found this today on a Marius Schwager's blog and it really hits home for me. When I started my weight loss and running I have tried to do it for just one person, me. I often tell people I am nobody special, which I am not. As I prepare for races I am usually fairly quiet and like to let my result be a reflection of all the hard work I put in (or unfortunately did not put in). I realized when I signed up for my first 100 miler that I could not do this for the acceptance of others or the recognition of doing something so crazy. I made a deal with myself before ever signing up I wouldn't do so until I could answer two questions honestly. First, could I look myself in the mirror and genuinely say that I would still sign up even if my friends didn't. Second, would I still have the motivation to train properly every day even if I had to run every training day alone. I signed up for the Bear 100 in July and ran a great majority of my runs alone. There were several friends that did that race but we didn't spend much time on the trail together chatting. I am happy to say that I never had even the smallest thought of quitting or not finishing that day...or any day since.