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").

Friday, May 3, 2013

Birthday party

Something cool from work: one of my coworkers turned forty this week (he is so old!) and his wife planned a surprise party for him at work. She wasn't there, but prepared the whole thing by recruiting various folks to help with all the details. There was cake, party favors, decorations, etc., and he had no idea what was going on. It was a brilliantly executed plan.

I wasn't too worried about being tempted by the goodies and was going to take an apple to the party. It turns out that I didn't need to do that. His wife knew I was in FWSW and she went the extra step to include a special low cal snack just for me. It had my name on it! How cool is that?

One obstacle people face when trying to get in shape is that they're afraid other people will make it difficult for them. I certainly was. I was always making fat jokes about myself and "bragging" about my junk food diet and no-exercise lifestyle. Early on in FWSW, I wondered what people were going to think when I claim to be making good fitness choices? Would they make fun of me or call me out as a hypocrite?

That certainly has not been my experience so far. Maybe I'm just crazily, exceptionally blessed, but everyone I know has been really helpful. Not only have my friends been great, but as I've got to know my teammates, they've been great too. If this is your fear too, remember my coworker's wife. You'll find many wonderful, thoughtful and amazing people just like her coming out of the woodwork to help you succeed. We don't have to do this alone.

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