As I mentioned in my bio, I'm a big fan of the Detroit Lions. I love that team. I've been a crazy fan since the Lions drafted Billy Sims (the Heisman winning RB from Oklahoma in 1980). At the time, I was eleven and didn't have a favorite pro team. Sims was my favorite player and where he went, my loyalties followed. There have been a lot of great Lions players since then ... Bubba Baker, Lomas Brown, Kevin Glover, Chris Spielman, Herman Moore, Robert Porcher, Luther Elliss, Jason Hanson, Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. I've personally collected over 350 autographed items of Lions memorabilia, including a signed Barry Sander jersey (booyah me).
Unfortunately, the Lions haven't had a lot of success on the field since 1957. Other than a stray playoff appearance here and there, the Lions have had a dry spell. They're kind of like the Chicago Cubs of football. However, despite their win-loss record, they somehow continue to maintain their fan base. We are among the most passionate and dedicated fans in any sport. We may grouse and complain, but we're hardcore loyal.
I'm betting that my experience as Lions fan is going to help me in FWSW. I have stuck with my team for 33 years (and counting). When it's been tough, I've stayed the course. When they win the Super Bowl this year (seriously), it will be oh so sweet.
I also realize that the decisions I'm making now to become healthy are a lifetime commitment. I'm not giving up on my health. It's going to be painful and hard. But when I hit my weight loss goals this year (seriously) it will be oh so sweet.
Welcome to Bald Man Running, a blog launched by Frank Murphy on January 1, 2015.
Many of the blog entries on this website predate 1/1/2015. Prior to BMR, I had written articles for various projects, and I have imported many of them into this blog (labeled "retro"). I will continue to add articles as I find them, polish them up and import them.
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" ...