The Born Again Runner

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In his book, Pete Magill, talks about how developing a running habit transformed his life.  The book is interesting, because it is filling with personal/inspirational stories and has a lot of great technical information on running.

Here are a few of my favorite points from the book:

  • The act of running is a learned skill, not an innate one, and endurance is earned through weeks and months of training, not through birthright.
  • Success in a running program demands patience and planning.
  • Run first.  Then buy gear and gadgets as your training requires.  It’s a mental thing.  You’re either starting your running program, or you’re delaying it.
  • By starting a running program, you are exercising your power to become the person you want to be.  Don’t relinquish that power-not for a second-to the infrequent negative comment.
  • The fastest way to become a successful runner is to take your time.  Slower gets you there faster.  Faster seldom gets you there at all.
  • To expect change in the future without instigating that change today is like expecting a flower to blossom from a seed that was never planted.  The time to implement change is the present.  It’s right now.

The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw

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This book discusses seven key areas in the weigh loss journey.

  1. How to develop self-control
  2. How to control emotional eating 
  3. How to control external pressures
  4. How to develop new habits
  5. How to pick better foods
  6. How to develop an exercise program 
  7. How to develop a support system 

I enjoyed reading this book.  I also found the information to be helpful in my quest to loss weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

Dealing with Binge Eating

Dealing with binge eating disorder is not easy, but there are things you can do to help with your urges to binge.

  • Therapy 
  • Take time to relax 
  • Take time to have fun
  • Forgive yourself 
  • Exercise 
  • Read self-help books
  • Find a support group 
  • Talk to a nutritionist 
  • Stay away from fad diets 
  • Avoid temptation 
  • Focus on why you are eating 
  • Focus on what you are eating 
  • Get enough sleep 
  • Ask for help

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Unexpected Consequences of Weight Loss

Since I started my weight loss journey, I have lost a little over 100 pounds.  In that time I ran into a few unexpected consequences.  Here are two that happened to me recently.

  1. I had to move the seat up in my Jeep, because there is less fat on my back and I was struggling to reach the pedals.
  2. My bike helmet needed to be adjusted, because there is less fat on my chin and face.  This is obvious when you think about it, but I never thought about it being a problem until it happened.

My journey has not been smooth sailing the whole time.  I still struggle with overeating and don’t always want to exercise.  However, all the difficulties have been worth it.  My life is so much better now.

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