And So It Begins – Again :-)

Happy New Year.

Hi peeps.

Well, it’s been a while since I tapped some letters on the keyboard to create a new blog post and I couldn’t think of a better time to begin again than January 1st 2013.

Time to get back on track. Get the ‘healthier lifestyle’ going again, lose the weight I’ve regained – don’t worry it’s not all back, just a wee bit 😉 – and get accountable again to the blogosphere.

I’ll fill you all in tomorrow, but for now, I just wanted to say…

I’m back…!!!

Adios amigos.

Paul ‘Kracker’

I Can Do It…!!!

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328 lbs

Okay, so it’s not 297.5 lbs like September 2011, but, it’s also not 391 lbs like April 2011 either.

The bottom line is this, I weigh 30.5 lbs more than my lowest weight and 63 lbs less than my heaviest weight. I’m still on the winning side!

It was good to get back to my gym tonight. I don’t consider the gym near work my gym (even though it also is). Lakeside is my gym. I love that place so much. It’s been ages since I’ve been able (or made the time) to go there.

As I pulled in the car park, the sky was blue and there was a gentle breeze – lovely! I decided to go for a run by the beach, but, when I actually got to the beach, I just had to stop and enjoy the view for a few minutes. Plus, I’d eaten my tea just before going and consequently running was sooo hard. My guts were killing. When will I learn not to eat before exercise. Don’t tell her I said it, but, I blame Jan (the wonderfully wonderful much better half). She forced me to eat her amazing curry prior to leaving. I knew I’d regret it. It was amazing though 🙂

Right, got to go, but before I do, how are we all doing? Are we still winning too? Great, glad to hear it.

Adios amigos,

Paul (Kracker)

“I Can Do It…!”

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This time last year I…

…did my first jog.

Well actually I called it a ‘joddle’ as it was more of a cross between a jog and a waddle. Come to think of it, not much has changed on that front – I still waddle 🙂

Anyway, it got me a thunking. That was a really significant day for me, a breakthrough day, a day I never thought I would ever see. Go have a read and look at the pictures I uploaded. I am one happy bunny.

That was a year ago today. It’s been just over a year since I started my blog. Just over a year since I started my ‘healthier’ lifestyle.

In the last couple of months I’ve had a few false starts at getting consistant again, plus one major achievement. Let’s face it, it’s not everyday you run your first half marathon, but, if running a half marathon is the pinnacle of my lifestyle change, I think I’ve missed the point don’t you?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all gone belly up (or should I say belly out:-)), but, I’ve not gone the gym nearly as much as I’d like too (or could do) and the control of my eating has gone, well, out of control really. I kinda eat what I want when I want it, with a lot of food beginnig with the letter ‘J’ and sounds like dunk.

Accountability has played a major part in my successes to date, so I need to get you all back on board with me. Will you come? Will you help me get things moving again? Thanks, I was hoping you would say yes!

Well, it’s Sunday morning and I’m off to church soon. I’ll post a 2012 starting weight tomorrow, which I reckon will be about 340 lbs *gulp*. No need for me to be too disappointed, it’s not going to be anywhere near 391 lbs, but neither is it going to be anywhere near 297.5 lbs which was my lowest last year prior to the winter kicking in, me getting a job and the struggles beginning.

I’m so pleased I’ve posted today 😀

Adios amigos.

Paul (Kracker)

“I Am Still Doing It…!”

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I Did It

Well guys, I may have missed nearly six weeks of training because of a calf problem, but, today I ran the Liverpool Half Marathon in 2:49:57.

This is my first official run at this kind of distance and as you can imagine I’m thrilled to bits.

Crossing the line was actually quite emotional for me and I really had to stop myself from openly crying in front of everyone.

When I think about where I was this time last year. I was nearly 28st, jobless and I was full on depressed. I thought my life was over. What a difference a year makes.

Here’s a picture.

Btw. Sorry for the radio silence. Its been tough not being able to train and my head has been a bit up the wall.

Adios amigos,


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Half Marathon Training – Week #5 Stats

Well guys, unfortunately things have gone from bad to worse.

As you know, I decided I needed to completely rest during week #4 of my training schedule. All because of a really innocuous injury to my right calf whilst running home from church. During my rest week (6th – 12th Feb) I undertook no exercise at all and well, rested.

Last week (week #5) I did nothing on Monday and had a 1.5 mile walk with Jan on Tuesday around the Marina. It was okay, but, there was still a twinge, so, I decided to give it a few more days. On Friday, I decided to do the same walk and see how things went – Disaster. Half way round, the pain started to slowly increase until I ended up limping back to the car – Devastated!

The bottom line is this, it’s looking like there is no way on God’s green earth (with the exception of divine miraculous intervention) that I will be running a half marathon in less than three weeks. I say again – Devastated.

I’m trying hard to look on the bright side and be positive, but alas, not only has my event training been shot to pieces, most (if not all) of my ‘healthier’ lifestyle exercise, consisted of leg based cardio and that’s just not possible. Oh, and my eating has gone down hill as a result of my realisation that this half marathon is probably not going to happen. Quite pathetic really, but true non-the-less. *picks up bottom lip*

Pretty poo all round really.

Look, there will be more half marathons and marathons – that there is me looking on the bright side 🙂 – so I’m going to go to the gym in the morning and see what I can do as an alternative to leg based cardio. a friend of mine said I have to try and train around the injury. I could do upper body weights or I’m thinking of core strength work. I’ll see how I go. Maybe I can row and it won’t hurt my leg.

As far as the event is concerned, for now, I’m not going to pull out or ask for a refund. After all, there are still nearly three weeks for that miracle. I was heavier than what I am now, the last time I ran a similar distance, so theoretically, I could still do it even if I can’t train up to it 🙂 Don’t tell my mate Neil I said that though. He predicted I wouldn’t be able to take part when I first hurt my leg. Naively, I said, “No way man. I’ve still got four or five weeks, I’ll be fine.” You think – Doh. Haha. I suppose I didn’t want to listen.

Pointless me putting up an image of my little schedule chart, but, here it is anyway. This will be the last though. Shame really, I was doing so well 😦

That’s it for now peeps.

Catch you soon.

Adios amigos,

Paul (Kracker)

“I Can Do It…!!!”

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Half Marathon Training – Week #4 Stats

The injury to my calf has pretty much meant I’ve not been able to run. My expired gym membership (thankfully I’m sorting the gym membership tomorrow) has pretty much meant I’ve not been able to do any alternative training. All in all, a non-week week – pretty much 😦

Anyhoo, here’s the chart (for what it’s worth)

Hey, look on the bright side, I’ve got four weeks left until the race *Aaaaaarrrgghhhhhh* No seriously, I’m gonna be fine. Okay, I did get a bit fed up about being grounded and that has negatively impacted my food choices. I’ve eaten a lot of crap the past few days, but, tomorrow is another day and the start of another week. I can start making right choices again and move forward.

As far as the run is concerned, I’m still lighter now than when I last ran over 13 miles, so, even if I still need to rest my leg for a few more days, I should be okay. The big test is not getting fed up about it and eating crap. Why do I do that? It makes no sense.

Mentally and emotionally, things are tough at the minute. I can still do this though!

And finally…

This next chart is for my man J from 52weeks52pounds

J, are these colours any better 😀








Adios amigos,

Paul (Kracker)

“I Can Do It…!!!”

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The 100 Club Challenge

So here I am with 5 weeks (well nearly four *gulp*) to go until the Liverpool Half Marathon, then, last night, I decided to do myself a liddle weight change chart (see yesterday’s post). Suddenly I realise I’ve only got about six or eight weeks until I’ve been on my ‘healthier’ lifestyle for 12 months. 12 months. 12. One whole year. One year. Wow.

My first ‘weigh in’ was two weeks into May 2011. Theoretically, this means I’ve got until two weeks into April 2012 before it’s a year since I started. Why am I bothered?

Being honest with you… When I looked at yesterday’s change chart, I was kind of disappointed. Why? Well, I was disappointed because I hadn’t maintained a strong (weight loss) focus beyond six months. When I looked at the numbers, it irked me. I began with such great progress, then, I messed up and slammed the gears in reverse. I really wish I could have just stayed in the zone. Not for the sake of big losses (although that would have been good), no, I just wish I’d have stayed as discipled as the latter months of the year continued to pass. I could have looked back and been proud of every month, not just April – September. Because let’s face it, I’ve got a lot to be proud of in those months 😀

In real terms, it’s not a big issue, it’s a moot point. I have ‘changed’ my lifestyle (to a greater or lesser degree) and that is the most important thing. Plus, I’ve lost a hell of a lot of weight (nearly 80 lbs to date). It just frustrates me that four and a half months a go, I was so close to having lost 100 lbs.

Well, I’ve decided I want to do a big push to the end of the 12 month period. A big weight loss push that is.

“But Paul, you keep banging on about weight loss not being your focus…” Yes I know. And yes, I know I periodically write stuff like this in the blog which seems to suggest the opposite, but, I know you all understand the dilemmas and the frustrations involved, so you will forgive me I’m sure.

Here is my reasoning…

I want to push to become a member of the 100 Club in a 12 month period. That being, a person who has lost over 100 lbs in weight. It’s going to mean losing just over 20 lbs in – yes you guessed it – six to eight weeks. Can I do it?

It’s going to be hard. Especially as I’m training for the Half Marathon. Who knows. I may or may not achieve it. It’s just an itch I have to try and scratch.

Things aren’t helping this week, as I’ve still got a bad calf from last Sunday’s run (exacerbated by a long walk today – idiot), but hopefully next week, I can get back with it. Hopefully, I can run to train for the 18th of March and take a few extra steps to drop some serious weight bombs 😀

Who knows. If nothing else, it’s one more goal, aim – whatever you want to call it – to take me further.

What do you think? Go for it? Just focus on the run cos you’ve already done great losing weight? Comment and let me know.

Adios amigos,

Paul (Kracker)


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