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, July 12, 2013

Blind Weigh-in

Well, tomorrow will be my last regular blog. When this season started, I wanted to blog at least a little each day, and I will have done that. I've enjoyed recording my thoughts and I hope it's been encouraging and helpful to you. If you're thinking about trying something like this, I'll give you a few final pieces of advice ...

1) Go for it. When I applied, I wasn't too sure if I could finish this season. The manly man part of me said, "of course you can." But there was a little voice in the back of my head saying, "what makes you think that? You've never finished anything else like that before. You'll give up." It turns on that the little voice in the back of my head is an idiot. It didn't know what it was talking about. I finished my final "boot camp" workout this morning. I went for it. I finished. You can do it too. I'm willing to bet that the voices in the back of your head are as stupid as mine. Go for it.

2) Follow good instruction. Trainers and nutritionists know what they're talking about, so follow their lead. If you don't, you'll have a much harder path. They will push you and you won't always like what you hear. Tough noogies. Just do what you're qualified instructors tell you to do.

3) Don't cut corners. That includes stuff like rounding off a corner when running laps, or not getting deep enough into a squat, or not doing the full burpie, etc. If you cut corners, you cheat yourself. It's not worth it.

Is there more advice? Sure, but these three things are golden words. If you can get started, listen and focus, then you'll do well. It's going to sound a little cliche, but if I can do it, so can you.

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