Hello everyone.  It’s been a while now since I last posted and that really is due to quite a few different reasons.  I thought it would be helpful for my own engagement and motivation if I “journal/blog” about what I’ve been faced with lately, and what my struggles and motivation has been.

Back Pain…

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I have better documented the issues I’ve had with my back as of late.  I hurt it in early June, and it really hasn’t been the same since.  It is in pain most of the day, and sometimes is excruciating.  However, over the last 3 weeks or so it has been feeling better.  I have been doing regular stretches and “dangling” from my inversion table to help decompress my vertebrae.  I’m going to keep that up and hope for the best.  I may break down soon however and go to a chiropractor as my wife has been suggesting (she’s usually right).

Burn Out…

I’ve never been a runner and I’ve never really stuck to a real workout routine for very long.  I started running last August and to my own surprise I really stuck with it, running a race each month and running about 3 times a week for about 10 months.  I was losing weight and I was so eager to PR in each race that it really kept me motivated.  I think I went so head first into running that I didn’t “pace” myself, and I burnt myself out a bit.  I’ve been taking it easier with running the last few weeks and have been running about twice a week.

Weight-Loss Plateau…

I’ve been so diligent about eating a low carb diet and losing weight since last December, and I really had great results.  Over that timeframe I had lost over 50 pounds.  This summer with vacations, work-trips, time with family, and diet-fatigue, I haven’t been as strict as I once was.  This has had me gain back about 5 pounds, but otherwise just plateau or maintain.  Which is fine, but I have been back on my diet for the last 3 weeks and have lost ZERO pounds.  It’s ok, and I’ll stay positive, but it is discouraging.

Baby on the way…

As many of you know, my wife and I are eagerly awaiting the birth of our first child.  My wife’s due date is August 2nd, so as of today she is 38 weeks!  Yes, this is a very exciting time in our life, but being our first child it is also quite stressful.  All of the planning, decorating, shopping, and financial concerns, take their toll.  My wife will be a stay at home mom, which we are so happy she’ll be able to do that.  But it really does add an extra layer of stress, as I am now the sole provider.  I also work in an industry that the bulk of my income is commission based.  I know we will be ok, but the stress is there.  Knowing the baby was coming has been a huge motivator for me as I want to be a good healthy role model for my daughter and healthy enough to be active with her.

Tough Mudder…

My next race that I have planned is a Tough Mudder here in Wisconsin in early September.  I have been more focused on weight training than I have been on running.  I did a Tough Mudder 3 years ago when I was about 20 pounds heavier, and I remember how hard it was to complete a lot of the obstacles due to my weight.  My weight is a bit better now, but I know I need to build more strength to complete the obstacles.  I think that muscle gain might also be part of the reason for my weight-loss plateau.  If that is the case, I am ok with that.

Wrap-Up…

Long story short, there is a lot of things going on right now.  Many of those things are speed-bumps or struggles, while there is a couple of really positive things that keep me moving forward.  I will do my best to stay on track and will be posting more here on the Jogger’s Journey blog.  Public accountability has always been the best way to keep myself motivated.

Good luck out there, stay motivated, and stay active…

~ Jogger’s Journey

Jay Cunningham