My Story – Part III
Nicole and I married in November 2009 and moved to the greater Sacramento area. We have two awesome dogs, a cat and live close to her parents and my mother.
So my wife and I are in our 40s and are looking to start a family. No easy task by any means when the doctor tells us we are of advanced parenting age. In order to have greater success at conception and being a good dad and be able to keep up, it would help to be in a hell of a lot better shape than I am.
In January of 2012, both my wife and I started Weight Watchers and started walking about a half hour a night. We did this for about 6 months initially and then upped our walking to an hour which came out to about 3 miles. We had some pretty good success and by the time September came around, I was already down to 218 lbs. I had also switched to counting calories in July on MyfitnessPal.com which had helped quite a bit too. Nicole and I also started cooking more. We have been making healthier choices and switched to mostly organic foods.
One day while poking around the interweb, I ran across something that in hindsight was quite life changing. C25K! C25K is essentially a training plan that takes you from sitting on the couch to literally being able to run 3.1 miles (a 5K) without walking. I downloaded an app to follow on my iPhone that takes you through the 9 week program. You start out walking and running incrementally until you build up your stamina. I remember having to run for 90 seconds straight and thinking this was it, I am going to keel over. I was sweating and sucking wind badly. Seems like a long time ago but was only 7 months ago. This was the beginning of turning a walker into a runner.