And So the Running Begins…

Ever cognizant of the ultimate goal I have set, its time to get serious about my physical pursuits.  I like external motivation so I signed up for two events: Subaru Try a Tri at Guelph Lake ( September 1 and the Epic Tour ( to do a 100k ride on September 9.  I’m not sure I have fully wrapped my head around completing the events, in both cases, I told my wife that I thought I should of do them, so she signed me up. Go big or go home, I guess…

Back up two weeks ago, Christine and I started the conditioning phase of a learn to run 5k developed by Louise Green and published in her book Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have (Greystone Books, 2017).  The first week of conditioning, we dutifully completed our run/walk sequences as prescribed, but thought that another week of conditioning was in order. Last week was more challenging as we finished one of three workouts.

Conditioning Week(s)

5 minute warm-up walk

30 seconds run, 2 minutes walk x8

5 minute cool down walk


Nevertheless, we started Week 1 of the program this week:

Week 1

5 minute warm-up walk

45 second run, 2 minutes walk x6

5 minute cool down walk


We chose this program because I have never run before and we thought it was a gentle way to start out.  While the conditioning phase is gentle, that doesn’t mean that I found it easy to do; to be honest, I found it difficult but manageable.  So here’s to starting Week 1 – 45 second runs, I’m coming for you.

We would love to have a virtual group completing the program with us!  If you have ever thought of running, here’s your chance to start out with a gentle program and some online accountability and moral support.  Drop me a line if you are thinking of taking the plunge.


Photo by Jenny Hill on Unsplash

The Chiropractor

Two weeks ago, after an hour long indoor walk in my dress shoes with a board member, my left leg started to ache.  Two painful weeks later it turns out I have sciatica pain probably coming from my back.  (Sciatica)

I am rather broken. 🙂 I have had frozen shoulders, lots of back issues, knee issues and lots of achiness (seeing if egg avoidance helps that)

Before Christmas, I had an email from Dr. Shareen Kangarloo from Complete Chiropractic and Sports Therapy.  She had heard about the FAT Project and wanted to do something to assist.  We met and yesterday was my first visit.  I am totally impressed by their attitude and service so if you are looking for support, I would recommend.  We will be bringing in RoadWest pictures to shoot a full session too!

I received acupuncture and even have tape on my back for a few days, I am back on Monday to try to keep tacking this sciatica symptom.  Thankfully it is only sitting down that really hurts – walking and standing are just fine.

CCST Video


Fat Positive Friday #6

I can leg press over 400 lbs and can push pretty much anything with my body mass.  I didn’t realize until I saw a women who lost weight and lost her ability to move heavy things that I will most likely lose it as well as I get smaller.

As I walk around at 400 lbs, my body adapts and builds muscle to accommodate this extra mass.  I have always been greater than 325 lbs as an adult so my muscles are used to carrying and moving a heavy mass.  Imagine if you walked around with a Fat suit that doubled your body weight.  You would probably get very strong quite quickly!

I will miss this.