Original Ramping My Health Post

What a difference a week makes!

Quick Recap – My goals when this started on March 22nd was to be down to 200 pounds and running a full 5K by May 30th. Well, I am getting close! I am within 4 pounds within a few minutes of both goals.

The weird part of this week was that I didn’t feel like I had made any major changes. Following Teacher Appreciation Week’s onslaught of sweet treats I went back to my previous routine and it didn’t feel like a burden.

I have been thinking about this RAMPing mission and the notion of Fat Shaming. I’ve seen some conversation recently about a post-Pandemic weight loss narrative being pushed as a way to shame people for putting on weight during the Pandemic. If that’s the way these posts are coming off then I certainly apologize. Everyone’s ideal weight is different and I’ve never intended to body shame.

My goal in these posts is to become healthier and feel more active again. I was not at my ideal size or athleticism and my medical screenings came back with poor results. Since high school the lowest weight I have ever been at was 195 pounds and I was barely eating and exercising regularly. In spite of any additional behaviour changes I couldn’t lose more weight and I couldn’t get any faster on my 5K time. In the end it was unsustainable because I was miserable. Then for about 2 years I settled in at 200 pounds with a reasonably healthy diet and a good amount of exercise. When the Pandemic hit I was eating unhealthy foods at an unhealthy rate, drinking way too much, and not exercising at all. The stress of teaching in a Pandemic was leading to way too many unhealthy choices and it was affecting me and my family. At nearly 220 points I was lethargic, didn’t want to play with my kids, and was constantly irritable. Over the last few weeks I am feeling better physically which is improving my mood. This isn’t about Fat Shaming or Body Shaming it is completely my effort to become a healthier me, a better husband, and more active dad.

DateWeight5K Time
3/22 (M)216.1n/a – Week 2 Day 1
of Couch to 5K
3/26 (F)214.3n/a – Week 3 Day 1
of Couch to 5K
4/2 (F)210.1n/a – Week 3 Day 3
of Couch to 5K
4/11 (Sun)210.3n/a – We were
4/17 (Sat)207.9n/a – Week 5 Day 1
of Couch to 5K
4/24 (Sat)207.9Week 5 Day 3
of Couch to 5K
4/30 (F)206.8Week 6 Da1 1 of Couch
to 5K (20 mins consecutive)
5/9 (Sun)208.3Finished week 6
of Couch to 5K
5/14 (F)203.5Finished Week 7 Day 1
(25 Consecutive minutes)