Friday, October 1, 2010

Fatherhood Friday: Run, Fatboy, Run...

At the end of June 2010, my pants were too tight, I had to buy a larger size shirts, my knee started bothering me again, and I was tired...Too tired. I knew I had been gaining weight for sometime but I sort of ignored it because I was in the throws of my first year as a father. It was a very good year, I've had so much fun watching my daughter grow and going on adventures with her and my wife. That said, I got fat and I had to do something about it.


Me before...
The plan was simple lose about 40-45lbs by the holiday season, get back into those smaller pants, and work on getting my fitness back up. The only way that I have ever been successful losing weight in the past was on Weight Watchers. Now, when I followed the program before, my wife would go to the meetings and I would steal her books and tips so that I didn't have to pay. But this time, I thought maybe I could actually stick to it better if I my wallet were held accountable too. So off to the meetings I went.

I started following the program religiously, I tracked my points, I exercised, and I the weight started to come off. I've done really well and I am 34lbs lighter now than I was when I started. Sure watching what I eat has helped (my problem has always been portion control), but the biggest thing that I've done is become a full time runner.

For the first month I hated every minute I was out there plodding along my neighborhood streets. However, one morning in late August, as I pushed my daughter in her stroller around town, I actually have begun to enjoy the runs. It's fun to watch my daughter look at all the trees, talking and pointing along the way. She does get a little bored on longer runs, but generally we have a good time out there...We've put a lot of miles on that stroller.
Me so far...

My running started out as a slow 2 mile loop, but in the last month I've worked my way up to 5 miles at a decent pace. I'm working full time again so I really only get to run with my daughter on the weekends, but I've come to enjoy running at night after she's asleep.

My main goal in all of this is to be healthier for my family. It's hard to set a good example when you never leave the couch or eat food that are terrible for you (I save all the junk until after my daughter is in bed). I hope this time I can keep the weight off, not just for me, but for my wife and little girl. I want to be strong and healthy if it means I never eat at McDonald's again, I can live with that.


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8 comments:

A Daddy Blog said...

Hi. I'm working on losing about the same amount of weight. I have a two year old and I want to be healthy so I can take care of her and my wife, but also, as you say, set a good example. Great blog. A pleasure to meet you!

-Michael (aka: adaddyblog.com)

leebodenmiller said...

I want to lose my gut, not for my family's sake, just because I'm turning 30 soon and I think if I was in the best shape of my life it might make that day a little easier to swallow...but I hope it doesn't come down to running!

Denny P 3 said...

That is awesome man. Great job. I wish I could get my butt to do what you've done. I want so bad to get in shape so that I'm healthy and around for my family. I just can't get out of the cycle of eating bad, not working out and still being tire. Good for you.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Good for you doug. I need to lose a few pounds, but more importantly to get into better shape. You serve as a great example.

BellaDaddy said...

WOW, so darn proud of you! Will let u know how I do, soon...will even post a before and after, as you did

Way to go Man!

wahdaholic said...

Eating a balanced diet and exercise or workout will maintain you fit.

OMP-Dan said...

Great Job, Doug. As a fellow 'foodie' I can sympathize with your struggles. I do WW, also, and was down to 202 lbs at one point (think I weighed that in 8th grade) but I'm back up around 215 right now.

My wife had great success on WW and has maintained her weight for years. You'd think with a role model like her I would be able to stay on the 'band wagon'. Keep up the good work and you should post more often about your struggles, definitely helps to know I'm not the only one...

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