Just Let Me (Re)Introduce Myself

April 21, 2011

No, my name’s not Humpty… Pronounced with an ‘Umpty’.  🙂

It’s just been a VERY long time since I last wrote and, as I’m sure you can imagine, I haven’t been doing as well as I had wished with everything. It’s been a REAL struggle getting back on the saddle, but I am using the 6 month mark as my re-introduction to taking care of myself so to speak.

(Random side note – did you know Tupac was in Digital Underground? True story – here’s proof:)

<——- look, that’s Tupac!

So here’s what’s been going on since my last post:

I have been running in my Five Fingers more and more… I’m up to a mile running coupled with a half mile of walking. Still trying to ease into it. I run in them 3 days/ week and they are gradually getting more comfortable. I will be doing a future blog about barefoot running and the benefits/ drawbacks because a lot of people have been asking. Lord knows I am no expert, but my average guy insight will hopefully be helpful.

The Mudder – as of today, it is exactly 6 months away!!! Right now, STILL only two other people have definitely signed up (Scotty T and O-Dogg) but I’m hoping that many of you hold up your promises to me and get signed up ASAP. I know my bro hasn’t signed up yet, but he’s gained back his chiseled Adonis/ freak-show body again in preparation so at least he’s getting ready! As for the rest of you… WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? If this were Twitter the hashtag would be #TimeToStepYourGameUp. Also, the rumor is that the Mudder is… wait for it… getting TOUGHER than the original 8-mile, 18 obstacle fun-fest it was originally set up to be. WOO HOO!!!

Speaking of the Mudder… this year, on behalf of my participation in the Tough Mudder, I have agreed to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s really an amazing cause, so I give you fair warning that you will be seeing posts/ emails/ etc. soliciting taxable donations for this truly wonderful cause. You don’t have to raise money to compete in the Mudder… I chose to, because I wouldn’t be doing this type of thing without the men and women this foundation supports fighting for my freedom to do so. Seems like the least I could do.

Hit a little speed bump health-wise – I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia several years ago, and some of the symptoms that I was experiencing years ago started creeping back up recently which helped me decide to get a follow-up. That follow-up led to my 2nd endoscopy (it’s as awesome as it sounds… trust me) and this wonderful diagnosis: No more spicy foods, citrus or alcohol if I want to keep my stomach, my throat… and my teeth. Not ‘in moderation’… Stop it. Period. Another major cause for the symptoms? STRESS. Yup, my stress level causes the hernia to go into overdrive in the acid producing department so I need to learn to CALM THE EFF DOWN AND RELAX!

So this is where you come in… I hope! For the next 6 months (at least) it’s going to FINALLY be all about me. I was there for a while, fell off that wagon… HARD… and am trying to get back on it and stay on it. What does this mean exactly? Simple: Any person, place or thing that gets in the way of me taking care of myself – you’re gone… See ya… A PEEAAACCCCEEEEE OUUUUUUUUUT (always love throwin’ in a DJ Kuba reference). It’s nothing personal… actually, I take that back. It’s 100% personal, and I’m totally OK with admitting it.  I just need to get back to the things that were making me happy a few months ago… Like working out, eating right and not feeling sorry for myself.  And you guys that read this blog were a huge part of that! I loved hearing from you, encouraging you, having you encourage me, etc. and hopefully I haven’t lost you all yet.

So keep on me! You know, like Jess, who asks me weekly about my blog and why in the eff I haven’t been writing, thus making me feel guiltier and guiltier for not writing one. And Jean who messaged me and, because I was so heart-broken that I was letting her down because I was such in a rut and not doing what I had been doing, have been terrified to write back.  From here on out, it’s a blog/ week until the Mudder.  It’s getting back in touch with ALL OF YOU.  Daily workouts, strict eating habits (no cheat days b/c it’s not cheating anymore, it’s normal!)… all of it.  Seventy pounds in 6 months – 12 pounds/ month from here on out!!! 

I said it earlier in this blog about getting people signed up for the Mudder…but this time it’s time to step MY game up… So game on, Bitches. 🙂

And hey, lemme know how YOU have been doing!  Hit me up on Facebook or Twitter!  I missed you guys… I really did.  It’s good to be back.  Talk soon!!!  🙂


  1. loved the hashtag…where'd you come up with that one? Good stuff, bro.

  2. You like that?!?! Hahaha!

  3. Yay!! I don't mean to make you feel bad, it's just you've made such great progress I want you to keep it up!

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