Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oh Hey....I Have a Blog

Sorry for the lack of posting as of late. It's not that I have forgotten I have a blog, but rather a lack of inspiration to write. I'm not very good at this blogging stuff so it's tough for me to just whip up a blog post and make it sound coherent. Also, the stress of being laid off (company closed) and unemployed is starting to wear on me a bit. It's been 4 months now and I'm not only trying to find a job, but I'm trying to change careers to boot. I'm trying my best not to hang around the house all day and get out from in front of the computer and make myself productive.

What's else has been going on....let's see. I am still not under the 300lbs mark yet. I am almost there at 304 and hopefully I can get below it this week. I am still hitting the gym just about everyday and after a few weeks of hitting the elliptical pretty hard, I am back on the treadmill trying to run again. My legs are stronger now so the running is a bit easier for me. I am still not able to run too much yet, but it's definitely better than before. The weight training is going good as well and I can see improvements in that area too.

My biggest challenge still seems to be my food intake. To be honest, my problem is eating out. I don't go through fast food joints, but we do go to sit down restaurants a lot and it is awful hard to eat right and still eat out. It's not impossible I know, but still pretty damn hard. I have to commit to eating home more and planning our meals in advance. Not to mention that it should save me a ton of money in the long run. I do have to say though that buying fresh produce and fruit is not cheap at all.

This brings me to the next thing I want to share. I need more motivation. I figured that the idea of me going back home for a visit this coming December (possibly) would be motivation enough. I mean I have to get on a plane, those are not exactly fat friendly and I really do not want go through all the anxiety I usually go through before a trip arrives. I'm not afraid to fly, but I am afraid of the whole "fat experience" of flying. So with that not being enough, I had to come up another way to make this journey from fat to fit seem more urgent. That is why I did something really crazy....

Yeah...I know....crazy right? I mean, I can not even run a half mile yet. I figured though that now I can start "training" instead of just working out, and that might put a bigger sense of urgency on things for me. The race is Oct 30th so that gives me about 3 and a half months to train. Not only that, but the course is very flat and great for beginners (so they say).

Now I don't plan on being able to run this whole thing in that short a time. I figure I will need to walk some. So my question it ok to have to walk? Will I look like an idiot for having to walk some of it? Also, are these races filled with only extremely fit runners? I don't want to be the only fat guy doing this as I hate to draw attention to myself. So if anyone is in the area on the 30th of October, you are more than welcome to run this with me LOL. 

When I started this I had no desire what so ever to run, not to mention even think about running in a race, but over time the though of doing it has grown on me. Don't get me wrong, I still have no desire to run a marathon or bike across a state, but to get one race under my belt would be a bit satisfying I think.

Well, that is all for tonight. I'll try to keep up with the blogging on a  more consistent basis. Although if you don't hear from here, I'm also always saying stupid stuff on Twitter (@VinnySlavin).


  1. Good to see ya posting and that drive to get under the 300lbs. Signing up for that race seems like a great motivator that will give you purpose over the coming months and will help get you under the 300lbs mark by a good deal. Go gett'em.

  2. That's awesome that you signed up for a 5K. And yes its totally ok that you walk. I have yet to do a 5K but I know Tara has done a few and she says she starts out her runs but actually walking for the first min. Glad you finally posted another blog. I was about to yell at you ;)

  3. @Patrick, I'm hoping it is a big motivator. I need a bit more of a push as I am a bit under target on the year and need a big push these last 5 months.

    @Molly, I wrote this so you wouldn't yell at me :p. I think I may have to walk for more than just the first min LOL. I think my goal may be to finish in under 50 mins LOL.

  4. Hey, we have a 5k in my town on Halloween, so I'll be right on track with you. (No pun intended.) I'm just starting week3 of Couch-to-5k and I also can't run very far yet, but we can do it!

  5. Melissa, Yes we can do it! I'm not looking for a fast time on this one or anything, just to finish.

    Good luck on your 5k!! I picked October for a nice cool day :p

  6. Hey Vinny, I walked my first 5K! It wasn't easy but I finished. Now I love running them. I am super excited to see this race, which I hadn't seen advertised! My mom had lymphoma and I am so signing up!!

  7. Good luck on the 5k if you have not already done it....I just found your blog. Good Luck!


  8. Emily,

    Hi and thanks for stopping by. Really, it means a lot. I have not done my 5k yet, it's in Oct, but thanks for the good luck. I think I will need it. :p