James Does Life

Run Run Run to Disney Marathon 2015

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Walking Tall

As I was walking to the bathroom for the 200th time today (all this hydration is tough), I realized that I feel different walking.  Last week, while walking the halls at work, all I could hear were my fatman steps on the raised floor, the lumbering feel of my strides.  This week, whether it’s mental, physical, or both, I feel good.  I don’t feel as flabby as before.  If this is the change from only a couple days of working hard, I can’t wait for what comes next.

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This, I discovered, is the newly renovated gym at my hotel. It’s no longer dingy and gross and it’s also now open 24hrs a day! This makes working out so much easier to get into. 

Photo was from late last night when I came in to do light weights on my weights off-day.

This, I discovered, is the newly renovated gym at my hotel. It’s no longer dingy and gross and it’s also now open 24hrs a day! This makes working out so much easier to get into.

Photo was from late last night when I came in to do light weights on my weights off-day.

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The Email Appeal - Commit to Change + Disney Marathon 2015

I have struggled with my weight and fitness for years and years. Some of you have seen the ups and downs but many of you only know me as the Large Guy I am today. Recent blood tests absolutely screamed, “MAKE A CHANGE TODAY” and I’ve listened. Over the last week, I’ve made more progress in my health than the last 4 years combined - enough was enough.

The paralyzing effect of too many choices has stunted any progress in finding a doctor for over a year but I changed that this week. We’re putting together a clear picture of where I am health-wise but it’s up to me to actually DO something about it. To this end, I’ve Decided to DO LIFE. 

What does it mean to DO LIFE?
It means no more weekend afternoons watching football munching on salty, high-fat snacks that are so incredibly tasty. It means moving more - up and down stairs, at the gym, running around town. It means holding myself accountable personally and with those I care about. This is going to be a tough change for me - I’m stubborn, moody, and I really love food. So, I need your help! 

I’ve taken the first steps towards a healthier tomorrow by joining Thin&Healthy’s Total Solution program at my gym (Kate and I also switched gyms to the one down the road so we have no excuses). The program combines nutritionist designed food plans, life coaching (for the mental battle), and personal training with bi-weekly weigh-ins and checkpoints to stay accountable. If I keep strict adherence to the plan, I have an in-writing guarantee that I’ll weigh 83lbs less by mid-July. That’s the number to hit but what’s the goal?

Part of the total solution’s program is guided visualization and using a BIG goal at the end to leverage as motivation through the tough days in and out of the gym. My BIG goal is to complete the Disney Marathon in January of 2015 (http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/). What better than to combine the happiest place on Earth (something Kate and I both really like) with a major milestone in health? NOTHING!

Transforming my body into a lean mean Disney World running machine is going to be tough and I’m going to need encouragement and support all along the way. I’ll need help keeping me honest about my diet and exercise; allowing me to make healthy choices like having a big salad instead of that juicy brisket when we go out; cheering my successes and helping me recover from setbacks. I want you in my corner as I fight for my health.

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Objectives - Do Life

Summary of objectives for my Do-Life campaign:

  • 199 pounds. I want to get under 200lbs and should place me at a BMI that’s about right for me.
  • Size 36 (34?) waist pants. (currently 44) 
  • Size Large T-shirt. (currently XXL… depressing.) 
  • 8 minute mile. (currently 14+) 
  • Go a full year and stay within 10 pounds of 200. 
  • Complete 2 pull-ups. Haven’t done one since Air Force days. 
  • Touch the rim of a 10-foot basketball goal. 
  • Do 100 pushups without stopping 
  • Don’t die early. (currently on pace to die early)
  • Complete Disney Marathon 2015

What are your goals for health and fitness?

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It Starts Today

We’re gonna go inside, we’re gonna go outside, inside and outside. We’re gonna get ‘em on the run boys and once we get ‘em on the run we’re gonna keep ‘em on the run. And then we’re gonna go go go go go go and we’re not gonna stop til we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is… is good, well I think we’re better than them. They can’t lick us, so what do you say men?
Rudy (1993)
With the help of friends, family, and my determination to live, I will change this life and take all that I want out of it.  Inspiration from BEN and the tools from Thin&Healthy’s Total Solution.
The goal is simple, become the best me that I can be.  This is lifestyle transformation.  Over the next year, you will see this change first hand.  Phase 1 begins today.  I hope you enjoy the ride.

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