Doing It Again

2011/03/16 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Health | 2 Comments
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It may not be until October but I’m getting the word out now.

Last year, I rode in the Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour and raised about $300 for Special Olympics of Southern California. It was my first ride and I had a great time doing it and knowing that it was for a great cause.

I’ve already registered for this year’s event and I’m am also doing it for charity: Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA. As a father, if there is anything that makes me melt, it’s seeing the little ones in this hospital bravely battle whatever ails them–most with smiles on their faces. I wish I could be as strong as they.

But I can never be, which is why I’m doing the next best thing by raising money to help the hospital care for these courageous children. If you would like to support me, you can donate by going to this page.

Thanks in advance for your support. The kids will appreciate it.

My Major Award!

2010/11/10 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, Motivation, Photos, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on My Major Award!
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Finisher’s Medal

Note: This was posted on my personal blog the day I completed the event. Read on to find out more and let this be an inspiration to you if you’ve been putting off events like this. You can do it–no excuses!

Also, I will be running (or walking, depending on how I feel) in my first 5k on Sunday!

Done and done! 1:48 finish time or so. Fantastic day for a ride ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE: As if you couldn’t already tell, today was the Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour. The picture you see to the left is a self-portrait I managed to take with my phone since I didn’t bring a camera with me. I did think about it for a bit but realized that once I was off and running, carrying one more thing around (along with my phone) wouldn’t have been the wisest thing to do and that there wouldn’t be too much else to take pictures of. I was right.

It was an early day, too. I woke up at 3 am so that I wouldn’t have to fight the parking situation in downtown Long Beach which, marathon aside, is pretty bad to begin with. I left about 3:45, parked around 4:15 after a stop at Carl’s Jr. for some French Toast Sticks, and then stretched and roamed down to the event.

Then I had to wait until 6 am for the start but oh, what a start it was.

I was near the front of the group and right at 6 am (after the usual introduction of local dignitaries and Grand Marshals), we were off and running. If you’re interested, here’s a map of the course so you can see how crazy it was.

It was a drizzly, dark morning here in Long Beach but the course was absolutely magnificent: riding along the beach and hearing the waves crash while taking in the smell of the ocean, riding through neighborhoods and having residents cheer us on, being in the middle of streets I only normally see while behind the wheel. Just a great time all around.

I managed to finish the tour–it was anything but a race–at a time of 1:45 or so. And while I was feeling pretty good most of the ride, right at about 17 miles (and uphill, I might add) I really started to feel it but it was at times like that when I looked at my handlebars and saw Anthony’s stickers:

“Go Dad!” and “I hope you win!”

I also felt as if the spirit of Dad was with me the whole ride. Just before we started the race, I closed my eyes and sort of channeled him and let him know that he’d be proud of me for doing this. I also threw a kiss upward to the sky, then kissed Anthony’s “Go Dad!” sticker and we were off.

Me and My Ride

I think it helped. Not long into the race, there were countless cyclists with flats, dropping water bottles or other items, breaking chains, etc. Whether this is the norm is beyond me since this was my first race but I know that I wasn’t afflicted with any of those things and kept on going. It was almost as if he was riding with me and making sure everything went right.

Upon crossing the finish line I raised my fist in victory, which then turned into me pointing to the sky and smiling. Dad, you’re amazing. I was then given my finisher’s medal and a bag of post-tour fruit for refueling.I then walked around the booths for a little bit and realizing there was nothing but overpriced food, I decided to head out and get a meal cheaper elsewhere. That was, unless, King Taco would have been there because then it would have so been on!

So yeah, it was a great day all around and the Trek 7100 held up brilliantly. I’m now tired and need some sleep badly. I held on as long as I could but man, I’m feeling it now.

And yes, I’m looking forward to doing it all again next year ๐Ÿ™‚

The Unofficial Results!

Doing for Others

2010/09/04 at 11:21 am | Posted in Exercise, Inspiration, Life | Comments Off on Doing for Others
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Long Beach, California at night

Image via Wikipedia

Note: This is a post from my personal blog but considering it’s for a good cause, I figured I’d post it here as well so as to get the word out. Read on!

Let’s face it: things have been pretty crappy on the job front for a long time now.

And aside from doing the acting thing now and then, something I chose to do just to put a smile on my face (and the extra money helps) , there’s been little else to celebrate. It’s just been that kind of year.

So rather than sit and sulk about it even more, I’ve decided that if employers don’t want to do anything for me in order to help me out, I’m going to do something in October that will help bring a smile to the faces of others.

Riding my bike in theย Long Beach Marathon was something I had planned on doing a long time ago but like my attempt to run the Disneyland 5k, it never came to fruition. The reason for not running was simple: unlike the treadmill and despite losing 100 pounds, concrete does not play well with my knees. It’s a lethal combination.

That leaves the Marathon which I have decided I will definitely participate in this time. I’ll be 26.2 miles riding around the street of Long Beach starting at 6 am and while I’m definitely ready for it, here’s what’ll be different. Continue Reading Doing for Others…

Reminder: Fat2Fit Meetup Today

2009/07/14 at 10:59 pm | Posted in Food, Health, Life, lifestyle change, weight loss, weight watchers | 2 Comments
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Just a quick reminder to all that the guys from the Fat2Fit podcast will be hosting a meet-and-greet for their listeners today, July 15 at Islands in the Long Beach (CA) Towne Center. I will be attending along with my family so that we can meet the hosts and chat weight loss with them a little bit.

If you’re in the area, stop on by and say hi! There will be appetizers!

More info can be seen at the Fat2Fit Web site. Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: I went down to the Long Beach Town Center, found a parking spot a mile away (as is usually the case there), went into Islands, asked the girl about the group and she had no idea what I was talking about. I then walked around the place a few times to see if I could find Jeff or Russ or a group of people. All I saw was a few baseball teams–and neither host. So at this point I gave up and went home.

This is really, really disappointing! I’ve been looking forward to this event since the day it was announced and now that it’s here, I couldn’t seem to take advantage of it. I even braved the parking lot of that awful shopping center and came home empty-handed.

Too bad…

Milestone #6

2008/04/19 at 8:27 am | Posted in Exercise, Food, Health, Life, Milestone, Motivation, weight loss | Comments Off on Milestone #6
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At a weight of 239.6, I have officially reached the 230s and that’s after having a Portillo’s hot dog for dinner last night (sans the fries–those are what get ya).

We did a lot of walking yesterday around downtown Long Beach as it’s Grad Prix Weekend around these parts. It was a tad hot so we ate (a very overpriced) lunch in the shade of a giant Tecate inflatable beer can. A fun time was had by all.

So it looks like I may reach my goal for my next weigh-in but I know how weekends can be. I feel great, the belly and love handles are disappearing, and I’m feeling confident with what I’m doing. Now that I’m in the 230s I’ve found the motivation I needed to keep going.

Here’s hoping everything goes well this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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