Training Update

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but here’s what’s going on:
Nutrition is getting back on track. My meals are getting smaller (to eat until satisfied) and I am choosing better options. Although, the pizza I ate today doesn’t help in my goals. 
Half Marathon Training – on going. Saturday’s are my long run days and this past one my bride and I did nearly 5.5 miles even with the ice and snow. 
This next long run I am shooting for 6.5 miles. 
I have figured out that the best pattern for me is patter of 3 minute run/1.5 minute walk. 
Am I going to break any land speed records? 
But it keeps injury down and recovery quick and that’s what is important! My ability to build endurance over time and to keep going is what matters. 
March feels far off and right around the corner all at the same time! 
I’ll keep going and you do the same. 
Remember, we are ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives. 

You what…? 

I want to quit.

I want to throw in the towel.

I don’t, but I want to.

It would be so easy! Just stop.

That would be the end of it. No more discomfort. No more EFBM. No more pushing past my comfort zone. Give up on my dream of being back at my Navy weight and size. I’d only be hurting myself, right?


My bride is watching.

I have watched her journey mimic mine. At the beginning I was trying to keep up with my her. She was killing it on her running, body comp changes, activity level and then I became her motivation. I was dropping fat like crazy, my endurance was going through the roof and I had more energy than I knew what to do with. Together we were getting healthy. She helped to push me through my P90X workouts and I helped encouraged her and helped make it possible for her to do 2 half marathons.

We were (and still are) a dynamic team!

Then P90X ended, her races were over and we just kind lost our motivation. I made excuses and compromised on my food choices and then she did to (she followed my led and I became an enabler).

My choices didn’t impact just me.

I can’t give up!

I have to keep going. If not for me, then to see my bride healthy and happy. I hate seeing her struggle, sore, and discouraged. So I press on. I keep going.

Yeah its tough, but she is worth it.

She will always be worth it.

Thanks baby for being my drive and my reason to push.


*Remember, we are ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives!*


Friday debrief…

I’ll be the first to tell you that not every workout, run, or whatever is going to be a PR (personal record). Not every trip out is going to be one that you are proud of. 

Frustrating I know! 

What you can be proud of is that fact that you did it. 

Let that sink in… You did it.

Repeat after me: 




With all the child like wonder you can muster I want you to revel in knowing that you didn’t give up. 

Your workout was planned. You started it and as bad as it may have been you saw it through to its completion. 

The amazing and wonder of it all is that as badly as you wanted to quick, as much as you may have thought, “let me just stop before I hurt myself or make things worse” you pushed on. Maybe you lessened the weight or slowed your pace. Maybe you just decided to walk it out I don’t know, but what I do know is that you did it. 

This is what I am telling myself tonight. You see my run tonight sucked! 

My list of couldn’ts: 

1. Get my breathing right

2. Find a comfortable pace

3. Get my mind focused

My legs got tight and sore 10 minutes in. I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. 


I’ve given up too much this year. My won’t has become can’t. 

That’s difficult to acknowledge. 

Will I get back to my love/hate with running? Sure will! 

Will it be soon? Probably not! Ha! 

But I press on. 

I gave up on doing a Spartan Race and I am ashamed of that. I’m not giving up on this half marathon! It’s not because I already paid the money, it’s that in my head and heart I’ve already crossed the finish line. I’ve already seen the signs my kids will make and how they will cheer me on! I’ve already seen the pride in my bride’s eyes as she waits for me at the finish line (she’s faster than me)! 

Already, but not yet…

I have to keep going. I have to keep making choices each day that will support me physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Choices that will get me over the finish line. 

Today, I did it. 

What about you?

Remember, we are just ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives. 

Erik “the Fat Boy”

Think Big Tuesday

There is a place where dreams and real life collide. This place can either make or break your journey. How you handle each day, each circumstance, and each moment can be the difference between pushing forward or giving up. 

When these moments get to be overwhelming I have found it best to remind myself, “It’s Going to be Ok!” 

Have fun with, try to let it roll off your back and do your best to not let obstacles or odds keep you from chasing your dreams! 

Remember, we are ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives! 


Hello Monday! 

Restarting my fitness was not something I ever planned on. I thought I would forever be motivated. I thought I would forever be dedicated.

I wasn’t. 

Instead, I am enjoying my humble pie. 

EFBM started as a way to keep me motivated in losing weight and getting healthy. Each day I would post a saying, a picture, a write-up, or a video. Now I find myself rewatching it. 

I’m thankful. 

I’m thankful that go-getter me did those things so now I can approach my wellness journey with wisdom and lessons learned. 

I am excited about starting over? No. 

I am excited I can? Yes! 

So as I sit here sore from this weekends workouts and running through this week’s in my head let me leave you with this: if you are reading this, it’s not too late. Be honest with where you are, forgive yourself, and get started. 

If the getting started is what scares you, do what I’m doing and go back to the first posts of this blog from Jan 2014. Let 320lbs me influence and motivate you as much as he is motivating 270lbs me today. 

Until next time, remember we are ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives. 


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Non-scale Victory! 

This morning I posted about a scale victory which is great, but what has me even more stoked is the notched I just moved into on my belt!!! Not even a week back at it and 1 notch in on my belt! Only 1 notch left before I need a new belt! 

Here’s to healthy, sustainable lifestyle change!!!