Friday, August 10, 2018

Signing Off

     To those that still follow my blog, I appreciate you holding on with the expectation that I might be able to continue writing with any regularity.  To be frank, I just don't have any time I can devote to it and in my opinion I really don't have anything else to say that I haven't already.  I barely have enough free time to spend with my wife, running or any of my hobbies, let alone sit down and type about it.

I thank you all for the support and the interest in my struggles and triumphs in my running and weight loss journey.  I still hang out on Facebook and Instagram, so feel free to hit me up on either of those if you feel like connecting.

Also, to anyone who comes across this blog in your search for help or inspiration in your weight loss journey, I hope that even though I no longer provide updates on my current situation what I have written here will help you when you may need it most. Lastly, please remember that it takes time and determination.  If you asked me the day that I took my first strides on that track that I would have run multiple marathons I would have told you you are fucking crazy.  Everyday of my journey was a different challenge and while I gave in to temptation once and awhile, I didn't let it ruin all the other days.  Remember Only the Strong Survive!  So be strong and take it day by day!

God Bless

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Even One Dollar Can Help

     With the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon only a couple of months away I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the great charities that benefit from this awesome event.  The best way to help is always to volunteer your time, but when you don't have enough of that to donate the next best thing is a monetary donation.  Below is a short description of all the charities, just click on the description to be taken to their donation page.  If you only have one dollar available to donate, that is a dollar more than they had yesterday.  

Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity — Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity works with low income families in Lucas County, Ohio to provide new or rehabbed housing, critical home repairs, clean-up and exterior maintenance.

Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism — The Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism works within the community to promote awareness of Autism as well as collaborates with community partners to provide programming, services, and support for those affected by autism…

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo — Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo serves more than 41,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds in 19 counties of Northwest Ohio by providing food and shelter, adoption services, pregnancy support, guardianship for the elderly, jail and prison…

Toledo Community Service Center, dba Family House — We provide services and programs to over 267 homeless families every year, at an average cost of $1700 per family served. With $10,000 we will be able to shelter, empower and re-house 6 families who find themselves in a homeless crisis…

Goodwill of NW Ohio — Goodwill Industries, a household name that evokes images of thrift stores, donated goods and workers with disabilities. We improve the lives of people with disabilities or other disadvantages through employment training and job placement…

Girls on the Run — Girls on the Run is an after school program meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls. The program teaches life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. Running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong…

Racing for Recovery — Our mission at Racing for Recovery is to prevent all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health for all those affected by addiction. Racing for Recovery works to save lives and improve the quality of life for addicts and…

Mercy Children’s Hospital — A regional resource for advanced pediatric care located in Toledo, Ohio. Since 1999, Mercy Children’s Hospital has brought together a broad spectrum of physicians, researchers, educators, nurses and allied professionals specializing in the unique needs of children. Mercy Children’s Hospital has become the leading healthcare resource in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Money donated to Mercy Children’s Hospital goes to support the Mercy Autism Program, Mercy Hippotherapy program, Mercy Family Care Team, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Inpatient Child Life program, along with equipment and other needs within the hospital…

Hannah’s Socks — Restoring dignity one pair of socks at a time. It’s a simple premise really. Giving a person a brand new pair of socks. What many take for granted by opening their drawer in the morning to get ready for the day, is not possible for…

Partners for Clean Streams — Striving for abundant open space and a high quality natural environment; adequate floodwater storage capacities and flourishing wildlife; stakeholders who take local ownership in their resources; and rivers, streams and lakes that are clean, clear and safe…

Serenity Farm — Our Mission: A professional team providing growth and learning opportunities through the use of equine-assisted therapy to improve the quality of lives. Our Vision: A nationally-recognized organization giving persons with physical and behavioral disabilities a journey of therapy that enriches their lives through the bond of affection with the respect of horses…

Harvey House — is a drop-in center, community center, and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies…

Veterans Matter — The Mission of Veterans Matter is simple: House as many homeless veterans as we can, as fast as we can today, while preventing even more from becoming homeless tomorrow…

Compassion Health Toledo — The Mission Compassion Health Toledo is to provide Christ-centered, integrated, affordable and quality health care to those who need it most…

National Youth Sports Program — University of Toledo — Mission: A. To expand the opportunities for disadvantaged youth to benefit from sports-skill instruction, engage in sports competition and improve their physical fitness B. To help young people acquire good health practices, to help them become better citizens and to acquaint them with career and educational opportunities by using the personnel and facilities of institutions of higher education C. To enable institutions and their personnel to participate more fully in community life and in the solution of community problems. D. To provide a combination of employment and on-the-job training in sports instruction and administration. E. To serve disadvantaged areas in the major metropolitan centers of the United States and other areas of need, within the limits of program resources…

Thank you and God bless!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Takin' A Look Back At 2017

     2017 was a long stress filled year with A LOT of changes in my life.  I received a promotion at work the led to relocating to a new city.  With that came the stress of finding a place to rent that would accept 3 dogs, selling the house, barely seeing my wife and moving all of our shit to our temporary home.  On top of that putting in long hours at shop, sometimes being there till one in the morning, all while training for and running three marathons.  The hardest part for me really was my eating habits.  There were days and weeks where fast food was my only nutrition choices and despite training for three marathons, my weight has crept up almost 20 fucking pounds and I am not happy about it. 

     The first marathon was the MercyHealth Glass City Marathon that was my first full marathon after my hip surgery, so I had no agenda and just went out and ran it for the fun of it.  That also led me to be interviewed by Matt Fitzgerld for a book he is working on.  

     The second marathon was my return to the Columbus Marathon which was the first marathon I ever ran.  While training, I cut across the yard at our apartment complex and managed to find a rut and twist my ankle with just about a month till race day.  I put myself on crutches for a few days, iced it and even drove two and a half hours to Toledo to have my physical therapist take a look.  Race day I had a plan of what I wanted do that I threw out the window after going out way too fast in the first mile.  I felt like I could do a sub 4 hour marathon again even though I really wasn't ready prepared for it and managed to blow myself up around mile 18.  I did a ton of walking with some running mixed in to grind it out through it to a 4:23:33 finish.  I totally learned a lesson, the hard way, on race nutrition and pacing.

     The third was the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon while I was visiting my parents.  This time I followed my nutrition and pacing plan, which led to a 4:23:40 finish.  Despite finishing seven seconds slower, I felt great throughout the entire race only to be slowed way down in the last two miles because of the scorching sun and heat I had to deal with.  Don't get me wrong, I was tired, but because I paced properly I was able to walk the mile and a half to the car and run the 5K and 1 mile remix challenge races the next day.

     The minute I got back from Savannah, Mandy and I closed on our new home, and began the stress filled process of working 6 days a week while trying to move from our townhouse to the new house.  Add to the mix that we offered to host Christmas for my family a month later, so we had to paint, move in, organize everything, decorate, clean the townhouse and prep for what turned out to be a wonderful family Christmas.  all while we both work full time jobs.  We managed to get it done and had a wonderful time with my family for Christmas.

     The casualty in all this since I got back from Georgia was my running and strength training.  When people say they don't have time to workout, it usually is a bullshit excuse, I know I used to say it myself when I was 300 pounds, however this time it was true.  All that moving and long hours my body just wasn't having it and what little free time I had was used to rest my sore body.  November 5th was the last day I ran until I hopped on the treadmill December 9th.  Since then it has been like pulling teeth to get me to go running, and that has me worried considering my spring marathon training started this week.

     During all this time I was blogging less and less, which I am sure any of my long time readers noticed.  As you read earlier, I really just didn't have the time, however I was also feeling like my posts were getting redundant and boring, so I decided to just take a break from it.

     Now that my time has started to loosen up some I decided I wanted to try getting back into it, but I felt I really needed a change and what better way than a little re-branding.  I wanted a title that was much shorter and that was still running related, but wasn't completely about weight loss.  Don't get me wrong I will still continue to write about my struggles with my weight, but I wanted something that fit more of me and my personality.  I came up with a few ideas, but most of them were garbage or were already taken in one of the social media venues, and after a couple of weeks it finally hit me The Tatted Runner.  I mean I love to run and I love getting and looking at tattoos so the name seemed to just fit.  I know their are other runners out there currently with more tattoos, and I don't claim to be the guy with "the most tattoos" or even the "coolest" tattoos, but tattoos have been a love of mine since I was in grade school drawing on myself with permanent markers.  So with this change I feel like I don't have to concentrate on just running and weight loss, even though I will continue to write about both.

     That was my quick year in review and I look forward to a great 2018 in a lot of areas of my life.  I turn the BIG 40 this year and I have something I am working on that I personally think will be a fun challenge and great way to celebrate 40 years on this planet!

Thanks for reading!   

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Last Days for Early Bird Pricing

     You only have today and tomorrow to save some serious coin if you want to run one of the MercyHealth Glass City Marathon weekend events.  Choose from the Glass City 5K, the 10th anniversary Owens Corning Half Marathon, the Yark Subaru 5 Person Marathon Relay, or join me and run the MercyHealth Glass City Marathon.  This race weekend is a blast and caters to the first timer all the way to the Boston qualifiers and everyone in between.  This will be my 6th straight year participating in one of the events and I keep coming back because of the big city race feel with a small hometown feel.  

Let me know if you are going to participate and which event you are signing up for! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Change Is Coming

Running in the Fat Lane is now
The Tatted Runner

     I have thought long and hard (#) about this and I have come to the conclusion that my time as Running in the Fat Lane, has come to an end.  It is a bitter sweet feeling because it has been such a big part of my life the last 2-3 years, but I have decided to close this chapter of my life and look towards the future.  I was looking for a new moniker that easily expressed who I am in as few words as possible.  I have tattoos, I plan on getting quite a lot more and I run, so it was a no brainier.  To be honest, I was really surprised that The Tatted Runner was available in all social media aspects.

     I am not sure yet what or how this blog will change, I may get more active then I've been or I might just post as I feel like it, but either way, it has been a great sharing my weight loss struggles and triumphs with you all.

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 3 Update

     I am two weeks in with my journey back to 173 pounds and I am doing pretty well so far.  I have managed to stay on track for 12 of the first 14 days.  Thursday I a day trip to Indianapolis for a work meeting where they provided lunch, and I dug in a little more than I should have.  They served chicken, roast beef, red skin mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.  I left the steam veggies off the plate and went back for seconds on the rest.

     Yesterday for Mother's Day, Mandy and I ended up at the Melt Bar & Grill, which originated in Cleveland, Ohio and has spread like wild fire around the state.  Basically they are known for making some tasty huge grilled cheese sandwiches with all kinds of cheese and various other ingredients.  I ended up getting the Parma, Italy which was a fried chicken parmesan with marinara, garlic texas toast, mozzarella and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.  I was a bit of a good boy, I only got a half a sandwich, but it still was a calorie filled lunch.  

     Later in the evening when dinner time rolled around, I made things even worse when we made homemade tacos and nachos.  I could have been a good boy and had one or two tacos and that was it, but I ended up having two plates of nachos and two tacos.  I basically killed almost a whole bag of shredded cheese on my own.  Sad I know!

As a reminder here is my starting point
     Here is my weeks one and two weigh in photos.  To be honest I was a little shocked and how much change happened in these two weeks, but I am not going to complain one bit.  I just hope its body fat that is leaving and no muscle mass.

     Well today is a new day and I am back on the horse.  Long run pace is on tap for today with an estimated distance of 8 to 10 miles.  I'll let how I am feeling determine that once I get out there.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Movin' To The 614

     I know I keep saying I am going to write more then I don't do anything about it.  Well this time I had a pretty damn good excuse.  Just over two months ago I received a promotion at work that required me to relocate to Columbus, Ohio.  While the move is only a little more than two hours from my previous location, the last couple months have been crazy trying to get the house ready to sell, find an apartment, move stuff down and start my new job.

     First the job, as I have stated before in my blog, I work for a Harley-Davidson dealership and the people I work for have added a third dealership to their group and promoted me to manage the entire store and run the day to day operations.  It was something I have been working towards for a long time and Mandy and I were psyched when we got the news that it was in Columbus.  There is a ton to do there and I already know a couple people that live down there, so it made the decision pretty easy.

     Once we had an idea this was going to happen we kicked things into high gear to get the house ready to sell.  Painting, cleaning, fixing some minor things and finding a realtor.  Then I had to drive around Columbus looking for a place to live.  This was no easy feet, as Mandy and I are not ready to buy another house and trying to find a apartment complex that will allow 3 dogs proved to be a challenge.  Thanks to one of my good friends that lives in Columbus, he new someone that manages a complex that bent the rules for us.  For at least the next year our home will be a two bedroom town house that we got with a garage so we had room for storage.  It was pretty damn hard to fit a three bedroom 1.5 bathroom house and a three car garage worth of stuff that has accumulated over 14 years into a 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhouse with a tiny single car garage.  We did have to get a pretty good sized roll away dumpster and clear out a lot of shit, but in the end we managed to do it.

     The biggest challenge for us now is not having a fenced in back yard for the dogs.  We have to harness them up every time they need to go outside.  What use to take us just a couple minutes to let them out on their own, now requires a solid 10-15 minutes.

     Once we get a our house sold, we can concentrate on finding or new home, but until then we are making due with what we got.