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“I Got $20 That Says You Can’t Lose Weight!”

December 31, 2012

Seriously, how many times have you thought/ heard/ said something like that?  Well,  now that exact concept has been brought to life, via my favorite invention ever…

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It’s called DietBet and it’s a pretty simple concept – you put a pre-established amount of money into a pot and, in 1 month are required to lose 4% of your body weight.  Whoever does it splits the pot.

Yeah, that’s it.  Really.

Think about it – in order to not lose your money, lose weight!  Plus, if you stick to it, you’re more than likely gonna make more than your money back!

So I’m putting this up today for y’all – it’s group I was invited to join – and joined :).  Several of my friends have already joined also, and the pot is over $4,400 at this point.

diet-betDietBet | Roni’s New Year’s DietBet (#4764) | $20 Bet | Jan 2 – Jan 29.

Lose weight & win money… besides playing a slot machine on a treadmill or winning The Biggest Loser, how else can you do both?

(PS – No, I will not take a picture of myself running on a treadmill playing the Hamburger Girl slot at The Borgata…)

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Tops for 2012

December 31, 2012

Not gonna lie… 2012 was a pretty damn fantastic year.  There are so many highlights for me, so I wanted to wrap up my year and just kinda highlight a few of them:

(In no particular order)

IMG_20120624_101253*  Transition To Minimalist Running – this is a big deal for me, being someone who had so many problems finding running shoes that fit my feet (quadruple E width) and didn’t get ruined prematurely (by my toes puncturing the roof of the sneaker due to constantly rubbing it when I run.)  When I started running at close to 350 pounds, I would have NEVER envisioned myself running 18-miles in zero drop shoes… OK, I never even heard of FiveFingers, zero drop, barefoot running or anything of the sort before I started running so the fact I am now a minimalist runner is awesome to me.  I say it to everyone that asks… it’s not for everyone but it’s 100% for me.  It’s comfortable and it rocks.

*  40,000 + Pageviews – I know that doesn’t mean that 40,000 people read my blog… but still, to even think that many people have been directed to it, have seen it, and possibly read about my story has me completely in awe.  This is pretty much directed at anyone reading this right now, so if I haven’t said it enough “THANK YOU” for continuing to read and follow along my journey. 🙂

*  Seventeen Total Events in 2012 – yeah… SEVEN-FREAKIN’-TEEN!  That includes 2 obstacles races, 2 half-marathons, an 18-mile race, a 115-mile bike ride, 10K’s,  8K’s, 5K’s and even a four-miler in my hometown as well.  I hadn’t run a race at all in 2011 and fell completely off the wagon.  In 2012, I ran a race in 10 of the 12 months, including 5 races in 4 weeks in June & July.  WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES.

532377_4232741264597_1514719017_n*  I Met My Person – This blog has had a positive impact in many aspects of my life.  I can honestly say that I NEVER expected it to yield a significant other.  I don’t like to get into too much detail here regarding my private life, however there’s no way a blog like this can not recognize the positive impact Jennifer has had on me not only as a man, but as an athlete as well as someone who has struggled in areas such as eating, motivation, spirituality and love.  We both have similar strengths, struggles & goals and will continue to push each other to get the best from each other… and I couldn’t be happier to now have someone to do it with.  I love you, ML.  🙂

*  Two 5K’s In One Day – Looking to challenge myself in a different way (and, I’ll be honest, trying to impress Jennifer in the infancy of our relationship) she threw out the idea of running 2 5K’s in one day, since I had already signed up for 1 at Giants Stadium on the same day she had one she wanted to do by her house.

* 90 Pounds Lost – this one pretty much speaks for itself… I mean, I LOST 90 POUNDS.  Don’t really think I need to say much more about that!

223370_10151199990374030_1557573663_n*  I Ran An 18-Mile Race – It was raining.  It was freezing. And it was 18 miles straight down 1 road.  No twists and turns giving you some new things to look at etc.  Just straight.  For 18 miles.  When it was done I talked about how I would never run this race again – it was from 1 end of Long Beach Island (on the Jersey shore) to the other.  Now, after the Supestorm Sandy and the devastation LBI was hit with, I’m not sure I’ll be able to turn away from it – if it’s even able to happen again.

*  My 1st Obstacle Race – and my second obstacle race!  I did a 5K (Warrior Dash) and a 10K (Merrell Down & Dirty) and they made me realize how much fun you can have while running – and gave me whole new perspective on how I want to begin training from here on out.

*  My 1st Half-Marathon – and my second half-marathon!  From an athletic standpoint this was my crowning achievement by far.  It still stuns me today to say I’m a half-marathon finisher.  I definitely put the 13.1 sticker my parents bought me on my car.  And the fact that I went out and did ANOTHER one this year (albeit a bit more difficult in the August heat) was even crazier to me… because I know how hard that January 1st run was for me.

Image 26* MS Bike Ride – In yet another attempt to impress the triathlete girlfriend, I got on a bike for the first time in probably close to 20 years and, in 2 months of training, completed a 2-day, 115-mile ride.  Now, it wasn’t pretty… I’ve never had cramps so bad that they locked my legs up… but I did it.  115 miles is approximately the distance between Wilmington, DE and New York City… and I rode a bike the entire time.  Well, most of the time… you know, when my legs didn’t lock up.  And when I had to walk up the hills.  But yeah, 115 miles. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this li’l trip down Memory Lane with me… thanks for comin’ along!  I have some really cool things in store for 2013… and that post is comin’ REAL soon, so stay tuned!

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Beat The Winter Blues 10K

December 30, 2012

If you’re new to Blubber To Runner, a few months ago we had a very successful ‘virtual run’ (ie: we all trained to do a run together and completed the run on the same day – just not necessarily in the same place.)  That was a lot of fun – we had a bunch of great participants from Missouri, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia and many other states.  Well, at the suggestion of one of our loyal B2R readers – and a friend of mine – Maria, I set up a run to try and help everyone get through the cold weather/ holiday seasons together and help us ALL stay on track for the warmer weather.

Here’s the link to ‘join’ us – The Blubber To Runner Beat The Winter Blues 10K

Be sure to like the FB page as well… I’ll be putting up training plans and other things to help anyone out that I can, plus you can meet/ interact with others who are training to run with you – many of them doing their 1st 10K’s this way! (I learned from experience that 10K’s are actually a hard distance to find in a race format)

We’d love for you to join us… so why don’t you:

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Breathing New Life Into An Old Idea

December 30, 2012

Hey everyone!  Been a while, right?!?!  🙂

I’m gonna keep this kinda brief.  This is gonna be the last post on this blog.  This isn’t about drama… it’s not about resolutions… it’s much cooler.  I decided as I was sitting with Jennifer and evaluating the last year or so how much I enjoyed doing this blog – not just for myself, but for the opportunities it has afforded me.

I’ve taken my life back because of this blog. I met Jennifer because of this blog.  I’ve made friends because of it… lost 90 pounds because of it… hell – I got FREE SPACE UNDERWEAR because of this blog!  But, most importantly, I learned that I LOVE DOING THIS BLOG – and not dedicating more time to it is a detriment to me.

So, with that being said… ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you:

BlubberToRunner.com!!!!

I have been putting this move off for a while – buying the URL and moving to a new site – but I feel like that this is the time to do it.  A lot of things have changed for the better in my life, and will continue to, so I think it’s only natural that my blog does the same.

Be on the lookout at the NEW site for my ‘Tops of 2012’ and ‘Focus for 2013’ posts… as well as A LOT more content coming your way.  I’m not gonna post 100 times a day or nothin’… :)… but I have a plan for Blubber To Runner and I wanna see it through.

And I hope y’all hop over to the NEW SITE and come along for the ride.  Thanks for the support – and Happy New Year!

~Gach

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TA-DA!!!

December 30, 2012

ImageWELL HELLO!  You found it – THE NEW BLUBBERTORUNNER.COM!!!  

I did it… I finally bought the URL and made the move to WordPress.  I’ve been putting this off for a while, but I finally decided that I was gonna start off 2013 the way I wanted to.  I hope you enjoy the NEW BlubberToRunner.com… I have a LOT of plans not just for me, but for EVERYONE who follows my journey.

Thanks in advance… I’ll be back real soon!  🙂

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