Thoughts on fitness, health, good nutrition ... and running.

Welcome to Bald Man Running, a blog launched by Frank Murphy on January 1, 2015.

In March, 2013 I was selected as a contestant for the sixth season of Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner. Through this amazing program, I learned about good nutrition, sound exercise and accountability. By October, I would lose over 88 pounds (almost 37% of my original weight)! One of the many things I acquired through FWSW was a love for running. You can retrace my weight loss journey and discover how I became a runner by reading those entries labeled "fwsw" ...

Note: Many of the blog entries on this website predate 1/1/2015. Prior to launching BMR, I had written articles for various projects, and I have imported many of them into this blog (labeled "retro").

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Gallon Guy

I just realized that I have went over one month without a soft drink. Somehow, Pepsi's stock has actually went up almost $3.00 since then (I checked). I don't understand how that's possible. When such a stalwart, faithful customer as myself quits cold turkey, I thought they'd have to eliminate an entire department or something like that.

I was one of those "gallon" guys. Seriously, I drank at least that much Pepsi per day, and often a lot more. I'd start my day with a 32 oz. I don't like coffee so that was my morning caffeine. Then I'd get at least a 32 oz for lunch (I'll get to how often I ate out another day) and finish it with my meal, so I'd refill on my way out the door. I'd then have another 32 oz with dinner. That right there is a gallon. Sometimes I'd have more with dinner, if I was watching a ball game, if I was driving around much, etc. If you pricked with my finger a month ago, I'm pretty sure carbonated blood would have come out.

Going without soft drinks has been a bigger challenge for me than changing what I eat. I love the taste of Pepsi. One of my favorite snacks was grabbing a bag of Doritos or Cheetos and a two liter ... I could finish them both over the course of one's Lions game. Well, guys ... this season is going to be different. I'll have carrot sticks and water at my Super Bowl party! Don't feel bad for me though, because I'll be fine ... Matthew Stafford's MVP performance (six TDs and 500+ yards) will keep me plenty happy.

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