Note: This post is from November 2012. Read more of my weight journey here.
It finally happened. We went pumpkin picking over the weekend, happily enjoying the day, until I got home and looked through the photos while munching on some Doritos. “Who’s the fat guy with the double chin (and too short hair-cut) holding my son?” Oh no…oh no oh no oh no! It’s finally happened. A year off of running, coupled with sympathy pregnancy eating (though my wife will probably tell you that I was just eating…had nothing to do with sympathy) and a terrible commute, has turned me into something I never wanted to be. Overweight and out of shape. I mentioned it in my first post (My New Mantra), but sometimes you have to see it in a photo to believe it.
The double (unshaven) chin. The WIDE girth of the belly area. The tightness of the shirt. This is not who I once was. Who was I once? I was the guy who weighed 135lbs in high school when running Cross Country. I was the guy that continued running after high school, competing in multiple 5Ks. I was the guy who went on to run not one but multiple half marathons (best time 1:50:27) and one full marathon. I was the guy who
didn’t mind actually enjoyed running without a shirt in the summer. I was the guy who was running 30-40 miles in a weekend while training for an ultra marathon. I was the guy whose legs you see in the header photo and whose photo you see below, happy crossing the finish line after a half marathon with Team in Training:
So it’s time to take my own advice and follow my own mantra and get it together before this really spirals out of control. It’s gonna take a lot of hard work, dedication, time, courage, a good reason, and support from all of you reading this to help me get back on track. Help me become that Happy Skinny Runner Dad once again!