Mar 14, 2011

The BIG race ...

Holy crap do I feel the love! Thank you to everyone for the comments on my 100 pound post. What a response. Who knew I would find my best weight loss support group on the interwebs?

I HAVE to tell you the most hilarious thing from yesterday (sorry Shelley, it's too good not to share).

We all got together for a little family birthday party for my baby girl yesterday. After dinner we went for a walk down to the school park so the kids could swing and play on the slides. While the walk was nice it was more of a stroll than an exercise outing.

You have to know my sister, she is one of my best friends and makes me laugh more than just about anyone. I don't know if it was the excitement of me hitting my 100 pound mark or just the need for speed, but she got it into her head to challenge me to a foot race. The thought of me and her sprinting about 50 yards made me laugh ... but she was SERIOUS. We both started laughing at the idea but she kept pushing. How could I not accept the challenge.

So there we were, at the elementary school playground, lined at the fence, stretching out for the BIG RACE. In any foot race you have to have a finish line.

"Dad! Go over there and put your hands out. Me and Mike are going to have a race. No, further." My sister, yelling across the park.

As dumb as it was, I wanted to win destroy her.

Dad raises his hands ... " On your mark, get set, GO!" and slams his hands to his sides.

I take off like I am a a pork chop running from a pack of rottweilers. I knew it was just for fun but I couldn't help but push my limits as if I was in some Olympic event. In my mind, I might as well been a professional marathon runner from Kenya in the few seconds the race took to complete. I slapped my Dad's hand well before Shelley.

"I'm not as fast as I thought I was" Shelley says.

As I regain my breath the image I had during the race melted away and reality set in. I start to laugh so hard I almost fall over.

I think to myself, "I can't believe I just did that." both because I probably looked like a bounding blob of lard and because I knew there was no way I could have even ran the entire distance 4 months ago. I think more than the 100 pounds lost, I am most proud the effect my choice has made on people around me. Coworkers are starting to track calories and make better food choices, family is getting into the fitness war and friends are starting to go back to the gym. Why did I wait my whole life to do this?


  1. See, I told you you are an inspiration. I found that out too, once you start something and people see it working they too want to try and succeed. My daycare mama has lost quite a bit because of me. My best friend started back up on her journey. It is awesome.
    Keep up the great work Mike. Have a blessed week.

  2. Wow...two posts in a row to help get my energy up. Thanks for reminding me that it can be done. It is tough to think in those terms when you are at the very beginning like I am, and then I get to read two GREAT stories like yours.

  3. This is such a phenomenal story! I love it! You've come so far, and you're headed in the right direction. Keep winning the race Mike! =)

  4. I can't believe I missed the 100 pound post! Awesome job!!! Discovering new things you can do is the best part of this journey!!!!! I look forward to cheering you on.

  5. This post made me laugh and cry. Boy how true it is that we affect people with our good (and old) habits. So much better to think about the good. Glad you smoked your sister too *smile*.

  6. Megan Vawdrey Strong commented on your link.
    Megan wrote: "Nice job Mike! I'm so excited for you . Congrats on the 1st 100 pounds, can't wait to see you loose another 100!"

  7. Mike, this is Jill (aka Jill Fenton). I don't even know how I found this blog, someone had told me about it. It has been amazing to see your commitment, determination, and success. The Biggest Loser is my favorite show and it definitely missed out in not having you! I could watch you and your sister all day, because you both are hilarious, so they should have recruited you because you would have made the show great for several reasons. In short, congrats on your many accomplishments! I appreciate your example! Thank you!