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").

Monday, May 27, 2013

Open it up

Weigh-in today ... 3.2 lbs lost since last weigh-in. That puts me at 34.8 lbs lost overall, which is 14.55% of my original weight. I'd have loved to seen another pound or two, but this is a good loss.

I think I've figured out how to describe the mental/emotional roller coaster I've been riding for the past few weeks. It's like I've just bought a really cool sports car and I want to take it out on a long country road to open it up and "see what it can really do." The difference is that the new car is my own body.

I chose to go for a run yesterday ... a real run. I've never done that before. I was curious how far I could go without taking a walk break. Last week, I went a full mile for the first time. Surely, I could top that ... and I did. I hit the one mile marker and thought, "maybe I can keep this up till 1.5 mi" ... and then I got there and thought, "maybe I can keep this up till 2.0 mi" ... and then I got there and thought, "dang, Sherman! I can do all 3.1 mi" ... and I did.

The comparisons to a new car continue: I need premium fuel, I have my own "new car"-like aroma (from both sweat and diet), and ... well, I am a machine. I look forward to finding out what other surprises I've got under the hood. I suspect I'm pretty much the human equivalent of a 1969 Chevy Corvette Stingray (7.0 L V8, 435 bhp and zero to sixty in 6.0 sec).

(Two brief disclaimers: 1. I'm not sure why I called myself "Sherman" ... I've never done that before. 2. I'm not a gearhead. I googled the stats on the car.)

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