Thursday, August 1, 2013

My Motivation

Check this video out to see one of my main motivations for getting healthy!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Training for the Charleston Distance Run

I am about 6 weeks in to my training for the 15-mile race on August 31st. I do one long run each weekend and then 2-4 small runs throughout the week. The runs are definitely getting harder and harder, especially when I incorporate the Corridor Climb - a 2 mile stretch that starts at the river and climbs 500 feet to the high school.

Here is the schedule for my long runs:

June 29th - 6 miles
July 6th - 8 miles
July 13th - 9 miles
July 20th - 10 miles
July 27th - 10 miles
August 3rd - 12 miles
August 10th - 10 miles
August 17th - 13 miles
August 24th - 6 miles
August 31st - 15 Mile Race

When I first started running in January, I hoped to run the 15-miler at a 12-min/mile pace - which would have taken 3 hours. Then, I started to get a little faster and thought I might be able to do it at a 10 min/mile pace - a total of 2 hrs and 30 minutes. Now, I think I can do the 15-mile run in 2 hours and 15 minutes, a 9 min/mile pace.

I am so thankful for losing all the weight that I did! This race would be a lot tougher if I had to carry an extra 60 pounds.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Biggest Loser Run/Walk and Update

I've now spent a month in the "maintenance stage". I took a couple weeks off from running and have been much more lenient on my diet. I've also, obviously, taken the month off from blogging. Unsurprisingly my weight has fluctuated a lot, but surprisingly it hasn't really increased too much. At one point through the month I was actually at 169. But, for the most part I've hovered around 175.

At first I was dreading the challenge of keeping up this new lifestyle - but I'm coming to realize it is much more fun in comparison to the previous 5 months of strict diet and rigorous exercise schedule.

One of the exciting things that has come up came from my front page article in the newspaper.

I've been approached by some folks from the actual Biggest Loser who are hosting a Run/Walk this weekend in Charleston, WV.

On Friday at 3:30 I'll be speaking with folks from Robert's Running at the Biggest Loser Expo in Charleston. Then, Saturday morning they are paying me to run the race as well as host an "inspiration station" to encourage all the contestants throughout the race.

Should be a great time. Come out to any of the events on Friday or the race on Saturday! Here's some more info.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Final Weigh In

Today is the end of the Biggest Loser: Charleston and so here is my final weigh in.


In just under 5 months, I've lost 57.5 pounds - exactly 25% of my original body weight.

This morning I'm going out to breakfast with the rest of the guys from the competition with our final weigh-ins to see who won the Biggest Loser. This will kickoff "Fat Friday" - a day where I get to eat whatever I want.  

I hope I won the competition! Regardless, today is a celebration

It's not just a celebration of the success in losing weight, but today is also my 4th wedding anniversary with my beautiful wife, Bethany. Can't wait to celebrate with you! Thanks for helping me this first half of the year - I definitely COULD NOT have done it without you. 

It's no coincidence that the catch phrase of my blog ("so my wife will love me...") also corresponds with our anniversary being on the final day of the competition. I'm nervous and excited to see what the rest of our life looks like in this new healthy lifestyle. Either way, I'm thankful to live it with you.

Happy Anniversary, babe!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Big Boy Riding and Weekly Weigh In

174.5 - I went up, but I'm not worried about it. Only 2 more weigh-ins!

A big thank you to Meredith Isaacs for setting me up at Red Barn Stables in Smith Creek, WV.

And as always, I'd like to thank my sponsors.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Weekly Weigh In


I've been in Colorado since last Thursday. I've been visiting my brother in Boulder and now I'm at the Young Life Camp, Trail West, in Buena Vista. I was able to weigh my self on Saturday, but I don't have a scale here at camp. I put an asterisk on it, because this is not today's weight, just the last known weight. Without a scale, I'm going blind this week. Hope it's a good week!

Here are some pics of Colorado!

At the foothills of the Flatirons...

Bike Tour with my brother..

The Chalet - my home for the next at Trail West...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In

175.5 - I lost 4 pounds in my "OFF" week! I splurged on food and ran only once. Pretty pleased that rest is a good thing.

One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes is The Summer of George. George is given a severance package and he decides to spend the entire summer doing what he's always wanted to do - like read a book and playing frolf, golf with a frisbee.

Starting this month, I'm declaring this summer, The Summer of Ward. I've reached my second goal (176) and I've been given a nice little severance package - a 4% lead over second place. I also don't have an assignment of working at YL camp for a month. I don't need to lose any more weight and I'm very comfortable with my size right now.

Your opinions have been heard - "JB needs to stop losing weight. He's getting TOO skinny." While some of you have said this to encourage/flatter me, I know others have said it in actual concern. As I have alluded in almost everyone one of my earlier posts - my goal is not skinny; my goal is healthy.

So, too ease myself into the Summer of Ward, I'm going to finish this competition strong and on my terms! I will not let myself go. I want to WIN and do it convincingly.

My consistent goal has been to lose 2 lbs a week. I'm going to cut that in half. Lose just a pound a week which will put me just over 170 by the end of the competition - nearly 60 lbs lost! Woah.

All of that being said, I'm going to eat what I want and drink what I want. My biggest fear has been the maintenance phase. Sure, I've been successful getting healthy over 4 months. Let's see if I can do it the rest of my life. The most noticeable thing about this past life-changing season is that my "wants" have totally altered. I know longer want to eat as much as I can as often as I can. I use to be a "quantity over quality" eater. I have now flipped that and look forward to a lifestyle of quality.

If all else fails, there is one thing I know for sure. The Summer of Ward will definitely contain Frolf!