I’ll have to admit, it is very strange hearing those words – Hey, there skinny! For the first time in my life I’ve heard those words to describe me. In fact, there are those who are concerned about my loss of weight. This picture was taken early last week at FLAME and posted on Facebook and immediately there were comments – many of them were complimentary (for which I am grateful.) I have always considered myself chubby. I was as a kid – the only time that I felt that I wasn’t was during my junior and senior year of high school, when I was working at Jandl’s Turkey Farm. I looked good when I graduated. But from that time on, I gradually gained weight until two and 1/2 years ago. Starting from 265 pounds and progressing slowly downward (primarily through running – and now lately from a combination of both running and watching calories) yesterday morning I weighed in at 189 pounds.
Here’s where it gets interesting though. While I have lost 76 pounds – I don’t consider myself skinny. When I check what weight I should be for my height, I’m about 20 pounds from my goal. I really don’t want people to be concerned for me, because I really am feeling really good and I still eat – that’s how I got so big in the first place 🙂 I still enjoy good food (which means food that isn’t good for you 🙂 (i.e. Krispy Kremes, Cheese steaks, hot dogs and and Pam’s great baking (if you didn’t know, she is an awesome cookie maker – just ask the recruiters in Roanoke and Staunton.) Anyway, it’s weird getting all the attention – I’ve worked hard over these past 2-1/2 years and even harder over the last 6 months and what you see is a result of that hard work.
Today, I am looking forward to going out and getting a 10 mile run in. The half-marathon is just 6 weeks away. I had several good one-hour runs in this week. In fact all my runs were under a 9 minute mile pace. If I could be close to that for 10 miles I would really be happy, but I will take a 9:15 to 9:30 pace for tomorrow. As always — I’m pressing on!