The Reminder

Last week, my wife said something to me after reading one of my blogs from that day. She reminded me that when I initially lost my job at the end of July and decided to start running, I would probably never have this opportunity again to concentrate on my fitness.

I would never again have the combination of time or opportunity or motivation. If I was going to ever get my body into shape, this would be the time.

It took that bit of a kick in the pants to help me realize that I was beginning to drift and lose focus. I needed that reminder to help me really look at myself and figure out what I wanted to do: regress or continue my forward momentum. 002

Then I received a huge confirmation this past Monday about a 3-month working relationship I’ll be having with GoodLife Fitness. This, as you would expect, includes a gym membership so now I’m even more motivated to get myself in the best shape of my entire life. 

I’ll be blogging about my journey both here and on my fitness blog: I Got Off The Couch. I’ll also be using Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube to document the journey. At the end of the day, the primary lesson will be the yes…the struggle IS real. But if I can do it, anybody can do it. Begin Today

Throwback Thursday – My Mom’s Birthday

Today is my mom’s birthday. It’s been a few years now since she passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, but I never stop thinking about her. In fact, last month my awesome wife made a dessert for me that my mom used to make for me that I’ve never seen before or since…and I almost teared-up because it reminded me so much of her. 

Anyway, I’m not going to spend this opportunity to mourn (again) my mom’s passing. Instead, I’m going to celebrate her birthday by remembering some good times. 

Happy birthday, mom.  Mom

It Was Bound To Happen

Almost four years ago, I first wrote about possibly starting an exercise regimen. I mean, really…that was the original plan. I went on a 5K walk with Sunshine and thought that was the beginning of my “road to walking a half marathon”.

Best laid plansRealistically speaking, taking a year to “get ready” to walk a half marathon probably wasn’t such a realistic idea. Well…it’s not easy, but it’s certainly do-able. Unfortunately, I was on the 2-year plan and wasn’t able to complete my half until 2013. 

WEIGHT LOSS - September 24But still…it’s pretty crazy to look back and realize that I’ve been trying (on and off) to get myself into better shape for four years now. It’s been a continuing battle, but one that I seemed bound to win eventually. Right now, I feel like I’m finally winning my battles against laziness and the couch itself (at least for the most part). In fact, I’ve actually lost 20 pounds in the past two months! GOAL - September 24

Earlier this year I thought that running a half-marathon was easily within reach. As I’ve learned over the past couple of months, that task may be a bit more difficult than I had originally anticipated. Thankfully, I feel like if I continue at the pace I am with my workouts that running a half-marathon will eventually be no problem within the next year or so…which is insane to think about realistically. 

So until I reach that particular goal, I’ll keep chugging along as best I can. Fingers crossed, I can make the most of my opportunities and run that half marathon at some point between now and the end of next year.

Fighting the Frustration

I’ve now been out of work now for about two months.

I’ll be honest…the first month wasn’t too bad at all. It was August and I had a couple of interviews. It was almost like a paid vacation because I ended up getting six weeks’ severance from my previous employer (they liked me…just not THAT much to keep me employed). I was staying positive and confident in my abilities and my skills, something that I always had a tough time dealing with before my ADHD was diagnosed.

This past month, though, has been a little bit tougher. The girls went back to school so I was alone every day. The interviews didn’t result in any job offers and the phone hasn’t been ringing since. That’s been a little tough to handle…as it begins to eat away at your ego after awhile.

So now I’m officially collecting unemployment insurance and that’s even a bigger hit to my ego. I realize that I pay for it while I’m working and so it’s there to help me in situations like this, but it’s not something that I enjoy taking. I don’t want to sit home and collect money from the government…that’s NOT what I want to do with my life.

I really felt as though I was firing on all cylinders at one point, but right now I’m feeling as though my life has all come crashing down on me. At least sometimes.

Most of the time I’m doing my best to make sure that I don’t let negativity creep into my mind. It’s tough, though. All I can do is just keep myself busy and believe that I will come out on the other side of this experience in a much better position than I started two months ago.

Throwback Thursday – The Cabot Trail

Sunshine mentioned to me yesterday that it had been five years this week since we had driven the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The road is widely considered one of the most interesting and fun to drive in the entire country, and even though we’ve lived in Nova Scotia the majority of our lives we had never driven the trail.

So we decided to do a weekend drive around the trail (due to it’s location, it was going to take more than a full day to drive around it). It was one of the first long road trips we had ever taken together, and helped to cement the fact that we’re GREAT on long road trips. 

Sigh…we’d love to do this again sometime.028029

Running Through The Pain – September 23

Canadian Bald Guy:

From the running diary…

Originally posted on I Got Off The Couch:

On Monday I went out and decided to do something a little different. I made sure my music had only “running tunes” and I set-up the voice cues on my FitBit tracking app to only give me the distance and NOT give me any times. 

Y’see, I’ve been finding that I’ve been thinking more about the split times and the average pace times than concentrating on my running. So I don’t want to worry about times or whether or not I’m faster today than I was yesterday. 

The bottom line is that I want to just get out there and run. THAT’S the only important thing right now. Times and distances really don’t matter. I need to listen to my body and see what the end result is.

Monday saw my body really respond well and I ended up with the fastest times I can remember having! 09-21-2015 6-58 AMI can’t remember…

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My Birthday Recap

I turned 43 last week, which really isn’t that big of a deal. Because of my recent employment troubles, money is at a minimum right now so I insisted that I didn’t need anything in terms of gifts from my wife or kids. All I wanted was to be able to sit around and hang out with them. I have spent too many birthdays alone during my life to worry about getting gifts. Family is THE most important thing to me.

My awesome wife, though, decided to make it a “birthday weekend” with a few special dates. On Friday night, we had a date where she made shrimp scampi and got me some Garrison Red to sip on. We then watched one of our favourite movies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and had a really great evening.

Birthday Weekend 1On Saturday morning we went to the Halifax Farmers Seaport Market (i.e. the place where we got married two years ago) and I had one of my favourite breakfast guilty pleasures, a Humble Pie. What is a Humble Pie, you ask? It’s a homemade meat pie that is unlike any other I’ve ever had. There are various different types to choose from (some include Steak & Cheese, Beef & Bacon Stroganoff, Chicken Cranberry Camembert, Feta & Spinach Roll), so I picked the Steak & Cheese and enjoyed every second of my breakfast. 052Sunshine and I then spent the rest of the day together, walking and enjoying each other’s company. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my wife. She really is awesome.

That evening she set-up another date night with me. She wanted it to be a themed date based upon one of our favourite movies, so she based it upon 50 First Dates. Get this…she dressed-up in a flowered sarong, put leis around both of our necks, then made a meal of fried Spam and eggs!! We even had Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups for dessert!! If you don’t understand the references, you need to re-watch the movie. For me, this was incredibly thoughtful and so much better than any purchased gift she could get me. 118We decided to have a relaxing day on Sunday doing nothing at all. We did go out for an ice cream date, though, which was awesome. It’s a shame that ice cream is so unhealthy. I mean, I could eat this every day… 009On my birthday, Sunshine took the day off so we could spend it together. The first order of business was her taking me out to lunch. I had a peanut-butter burger (which was AWESOME) and she wore a KISS t-shirt just for me. It was a great date.  Birthday date 2That evening, my birthday dinner was do-it-yourself pizza, cupcakes made by Lil’ Mo (with Nutella frosting and Reece’s Pieces), and some cinnamon ice cream. What made things even better were the home-made birthday cards that my stepdaughters made for me. It was unbelievably sweet and brought a tear to my eye. It really was a fantastic night all-around. 027
Sunshine even went so far as to make a recipe that I hadn’t seen in years. Y’see, my mom had two recipe boxes that she left behind when she passed away. One of the items was a dessert that she made for me from the time I was a young boy all the way to being a young adult. They were called “Tweed Squares” and were basically a cake, an icing, and a chocolate layer on top. I never thought I would be able to enjoy one again until Sunshine made the recipe for my birthday. 

I almost broke down in tears…legitimately. Seeing the dessert brought me as close to my mom as I have been since she passed away. It’s hard to believe that something so small and insignificant could mean so much to me. Tweed SquaresAll-in-all, my birthday only went to prove that it’s not how much you spend on gifts but what you actually give (and why) that really counts. Is it a cheesy saying? Sure, but it’s totally true: it’s the thought that counts.

My wife is incredibly amazing…and I am truly the luckiest man in the world to have her by my side.058 


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