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 31, 2013


One of the cool things about being two months into the program is all of the weird compliments you get. Here's two I've received just today:

1) Someone told me I was working hard and looking good, which was nice. Then it got a little weird ... she said that if I ever dared to put the weight back on, she would be so angry that she would have to hunt me down, butcher me, put an apple in my mouth and barbecue me. That might qualify as one of the strangest nice things I've ever heard.

2) A friend at work told me that someone in his department had asked him if I had cancer. She had noticed that I had lost a lot of weight in a short time frame, and didn't want to congratulate me if the circumstances were unpleasant. Having put my foot in my mouth many times, I really appreciated her sensitivity and tact.

Today was also my "one on one" with CeCe. I'll let you in on a little secret about her ... she's just a big ol' teddy bear. Of course, the villain in Toy Story 3 was also a teddy bear (Lotso). He ruled the toy room with an iron fist and made the others obey his every whim. CeCe is also demanding and she wore me out. It was the single most demanding hour I've had in FWSW to date. It also felt really good to finish it and know that I did it. As hard as CeCe can be, she is also quick to praise a job well done, and her "attaboy" at the end meant a lot to me.

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