My name is Chris.

This is another attempt at writing this About Page. I have tried several times and each one a failure. I either get interrupted and the program deletes it, or I am unable to finish my thoughts and the program deletes it before I come back to finish. I save it but, alas, none of the first About Pages lived to see the light of an Internet day.
(If they did, they ran away and I am not one to force anyone to stay where they are unhappy. If anyone has adopted them, please take good care of them they are little but have a lot of potential.)

I am a marathon runner since 2006. Endurance has always been my forte but I never got into sports because I had a negative view of ‘jocks’ in high school. That perspective continued in college and was reinforced by a lot of the people I met during that time. I did play racquetball with my partner in crime, Sir Complains-A-Lot-While-Running but when he moved to attend dental school, exercise disappeared. We played softball a few years after he returned but we found that it takes a lot of people and commitment to play softball once a week (who knew?). After we stopped playing because the whole team basically quit, I got it into my head that team sports take too much time and effort from too many people to be able to rely on for fitness.

I started running. It felt good so I decided that I wanted to do marathons. Not just any marathons… Boston. I wanted to qualify. I started researching running and I dug out my books on nutrition so I could do this right. I started training in ernest in June 2005 for a January 2006 marathon. I was doing fairly well and I was even getting up at 4-5 each morning to run before work. My diet did not change much because I rationalized that I was burning off more calories so I should eat more, right? I did not lose much weight as a result. I read the book, Marathon, by Jeff Galloway and was hooked. His method involves walking early in the race to conserve your energy early by walking. Generally through water stations since they are at regular intervals. The problem is, because I was in such poor shape and I was still putting garbage into my body, all this did was give me permission to walk. I ended up with no motivation to run continuously for the final leg of the race. I needed to change my attitude and my paradigm for running. I knew all this at the time but I was not in a place for that kind of change.

I started this blog in 2010 with the intent of chronicling my way through the P90X fitness program. The plan was derailed by my then 6 month old daughter, Her Majesty. My wife, Littl Bit, was also still recovering from having our second child so I was even more busy. Add to the mix our 2.5 year old son (Little Dictator Manipulator) and ‘my’ time was always ‘their’ time. Her Majesty did not sleep more than 4 hours in a row after 6 months like her brother did. My son would often get up shortly after I got her to fall asleep. Neither of these was very conducive to my sanity functioning efficiently and although I tried many times to sell one or both on the Internet, my wife constantly reminded me that we would get caught and go to jail pawn them off on their grandparents, I would miss them and just deal with the lack ofsanity sleep. She did not sleep 4 hours in a row until about 18 months and that was only about 3 days a week. Not until summer 2012 did she finally decide I had enough and she slept through the night most nights.

Two years later… October 2012
I am overweight by 30 pounds. I have not worked out since the first year my son was born. I tried some working out last year because I was running in PF Chang’s Marathon with my friend Louis. That was a disaster for me. We finished in 6.5 hours (walking the whole thing would have been faster). Our longest marathon by a wide margin. Before my son was born we had run marathons for a couple years and we were finally getting into decent shape. My personal best was 4:25 although I lost 30 minutes because I was walked to talk with a man who runs a trail ultramarathon in Utah. I ran a couple more races after that but no workout time means fitness went in the toilet.

I spent those three years raising my beautiful children and I am happy for it. I think they are too.

Now…January 2013
I have lost 20 pounds. I meditate regularly. I have changed to a plant-strong (vegan plus eliminating almost all processed food) diet. I ran a half-marathon without walking at all. I have changed my mentality and my diet and I give my little ones a shot of whiskey every night before putting them to bed. I am now aiming for qualifying for Boston next year, my first Ironman in the fall of 2014, and Ultraman in Hawaii is the next goal after that.

I love my life. I love my family. I love my friends. I love.

This page is dedicated to change, the only constant there is in our physical reality.

Life is good. Come and share my journey. The more the merrier.

42 thoughts on “About

    Irish Katie said:
    March 7, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I wanted to stop by and thank you for visting my blog …and following.

    I have now read your about page …. yahhhh for the attitude shift (on exercising and eating) … and for keeping the attitude with regards to the family.

      genext13 responded:
      March 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks for crawling around in my head for a bit. I love your blog!

    callyc86 said:
    March 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you for following me Chris! Looking forward to your posts!

    ramanda429 said:
    March 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Very inspiring. I am serverly over weight and am trying to come up with a solution as to change that. I have tried so many things and none have worked. I was thinking about picking up meditation. I recently stopped smoking (Dec 26 2012) so that is a start

      genext13 responded:
      March 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Anything you want to know, ask. Or if you want advice, a shoulder to cry on, or a pep talk, just shoot me a message. Genext13@gmail.com Meditation is probably the best place to start. I am impressed that you stopped smoking. Addictions are real difficult to deal with much less stop. Keep going strong!

        ramanda429 said:
        March 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        I may do that. My boyfriend tries to be supportive but he doesn’t understand what it is like to be severely overweight and not being able to lose the weight even when trying. I guess I never succeeded so far because I haven’t been willing to go out of my comfort zone. Yeah quitting was super hard. I had smoked since I was 14. I quit when I was pregnant and then started back up and quit a few months ago. I still have cravings almost daily. I think quitting a second time is harder than the first. Any who thank you for the encouragement and the offer. You might be getting some emails. If you have any tips for me I’d be wiling to learn. My email is ramanda429@yahoo.com

    Jennwith2ns said:
    March 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

    This may well be the longest “about” I have ever seen . . . πŸ™‚ but it’s funny! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us–and thanks for following my blog!

      genext13 responded:
      March 20, 2013 at 12:43 am

      I was planning on putting the information on my About page into another page called Bio and shortening the About page.

        Jennwith2ns said:
        March 20, 2013 at 12:51 am

        Haha–yeah, you could do that, I guess. I don’t think you NEED to. Since, you know, you claim to have trouble with about pages. πŸ™‚

    MommyVerbs said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m kinda in love with your about page…Wanna be friends?! πŸ™‚

      genext13 responded:
      April 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Lol. Actually, the feeling is mutual. You are pretty awesome yourself. I can always use more friends. Particularly ones with the same strange quirky outlook on life.

    meditatingmummy said:
    April 17, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Oh my gosh, I have so much to ask, to say… firstly, thank you for following my blog, for taking the time to stop by and for being so generous with your lovely comments. I love this page. You inspired me. I am not a runner, but my friend and I want to start slowly by training for a 5k in October. We thought we didn’t have the stamina and had low expectations but we surprised ourselves. Fantastic stuff!

      genext13 responded:
      April 17, 2013 at 5:21 am

      Ask away! I am more than happy to help. A 5K is easy to train for. Are you thinking competitive or just for fun?

    meditatingmummy said:
    April 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I am thinking of running for charity. Maybe Susan G Komen or do team in training. We run once a week so far and I do yoga three times a week. Is this enough training, or do I need to add more? We are going to aim for a 10 k next and move up from there. We feel good but our bodies are still getting used to the running. Hopefully, it will only get better as we go longer and faster.

    I too have given up most processed food, I am vegan at least 3 days a week ( sadly I love cheese, although, i try goat cheese more often)and feel much better from being mostly gluten free too.

      genext13 responded:
      April 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Yoga is fantastic! Team In Training is great for motivation and getting a good idea for how to train. A great resource for mentors. You might want to look at running 2 or 3 times a week with a few different types of runs. Long run, increase distance by no more than 10% each week. Tempo run, run at a specific pace, like race pace (a pace that maxes you out). Intervals, running at a comfortable pace with short bursts of race pace mixed in. Competitor.com and runnersworld.com both have articles on this and several other types of runs if you want to know more. Variation in workouts increases the change in your body and forces you to adapt faster. You also keep yourself from getting bored and burned out. There are lots of other benefits but these are the basic ones.
      I love cheese too. I even add honey (I never really thought of this as an animal product before) to my smoothies at times. I do not avoid animal products for political reasons. That is why I try not using the term ‘vegan,’ I prefer ‘plant-strong.’ The origin of vegan was intended to mean a certain political stand and even though people are changing it, it still carries that meaning and does not even include processed foods. ‘Plant-strong’ is better and does not necessarily exclude animal products. I would suggest just being sure that your plate is 3/4 plant at each meal. I avoid animal products because they increase acidity in the body. Dairy, in particular, increases calcium loss in the bones. Cheese is not the main culprit but the casein, whey, and lactose are not necessary when I get better sources of sugar and protein from plants. Sorry, I am sure you know these things since you mentioned you are vegan too, I ramble sometimes.
      Soundalike you are doing things the right way, keep going! Ask anything at any time, I enjoy chatting with you!

    sugarreporter said:
    April 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Its always nice to hear people that are happy with their lives. Thanks for the following once again.

    Sheslosingit.net said:
    April 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Hey there! Just nominated you for a blogger award. Congrats!

    Lisa πŸ™‚

    P.S. – Please “like” my FB page. I feel much more confident asking you to do this now that I’ve nominated you for an award. I’m all about bribery.


      genext13 responded:
      May 1, 2013 at 12:44 am

      I would have “liked” it anyway. I love all things “you.”

    sarah9188 said:
    May 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Hey, I love your blog! I should have followed you sooner. πŸ™‚ I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please go and check it out: http://sarahsbrandnewchapter.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-post-where-i-receive-the-liebster-awards-and-quote-movies/

      genext13 responded:
      May 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thank you Sarah! I love your page! Thanks for the award. I will get to it shortly! Thanks for following me! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I thought I needed a few more !s!)

        sarah9188 said:
        May 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        !!!!!!!! And I decided to add a few more for good measure. Because I can. πŸ™‚

        Can’t wait to see your post. πŸ™‚

    Becki Duckworth said:
    May 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Chris , I think you have now nailed the about page. i love the humor πŸ™‚ Best of luck with your journey.

    Gwen said:
    May 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Hi Drew – Thank you for your visit and follow at the 4 AM Writer! ~Gwen

    Becoming the Best Me said:
    June 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    You’re family sounds adorable. I have started working out after having my daughter (started when she was 6 months. Now she’s 7 1/2). I look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

      genext13 responded:
      June 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Your blog is inspiring! I look forward to reading more about you too!

    proudsinglemama said:
    June 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Hello, thanks for stopping by and for following my blog. I read your “About” page and I must say that your style of writing/expressing is very intriguing and entertaining. I look forward to reading more.

    ksbeth said:
    June 7, 2013 at 2:34 am

    this is a fantastic journey and it sounds like you’ve finally found a happy and comfortable place in life, i wish you well as you continue on and look forward to reading more from you, thanks for reading my words too. peace, beth

    glutenfreeforlunchboxes said:
    June 9, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Hi Chris! Thanks for mentioning me on your blog roll, and good luck with the training. Can’t wait to see how you go!

    Luv What You Do said:
    June 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    One of the best ABOUT ME pages that I’ve read. It just took a few practice rounds I guess. I’m looking forward to hearing about your marathon and Ironman training!

      genext13 responded:
      June 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you for commenting and visiting!

    Kevin Gillespie said:
    June 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Chris,

    It’s Kevin Gillespie (The Creator of ‘Kevs’ Blog’ here. :). Pleased to meet you. :).

    Thank You SO MUCH for considering my Blog to be one of your favourites, MUCH Appreciated. :).

    I live in Wales, & am also getting in touch to let you know that I am now Following your Blog back. :).

    Thank You once again Chris. :).

    Best Wishes
    Kev. :).

      genext13 responded:
      June 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks! I appreciate you reading my verbal meanderings. I enjoy what I have read so far on your blog and look forward to reading more!

    Marpay Fitness said:
    June 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you for following our blog. We sincerely appreciate your support.

    -Marpay Fitness

    katty gee said:
    July 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Your about page is one of the most interesting I ever read. πŸ™‚ Thanks for liking my post.^^

      genext13 responded:
      July 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you. I appreciate your comments. I really enjoy your blog!

    Irish Katie said:
    July 6, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Once more I stop by to thank you for the kind words you have left for me. I do appreciate it very much. I do not get to as many blogs posts as I wish to these days….but look for me to make an effort to stop by your way again *s* … I believe you were on vacation yes?

    I also see from your about page, that we have many blog friends in common *S* … I would say what a coincidence…but in reality, that fits in too I think. Like-minded people, find like-minded people … whether their view on politics, religion, or movies differ … their values appear similar. *smiles* Again, thank you.

      genext13 responded:
      July 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

      I would like your permission to send you healing energy. There is nothing religions about this. I am studying to be an energy healer. Distance healing is part and parcel of the process. I would not take it personally (or actually, in any way) if you say no. This would be your decision and nothing you would have to do but give me permission. Regardles of your beliefs, synchronicity is something that does happen a lot. I think that there are many reasons for the things that happen and sometimes those things are fortuituous like this one. I believe that I stumbled across your blog for a reason and this is part of it.
      Regardless of your answer, I said it before, you are wonderful and it sounds like your daughter is right on track like her mom. I enjoy your mind. Thank you for being you and for being here.
      Sweet Katie

        Irish Katie said:
        July 6, 2013 at 3:50 am

        aye…you have it of course..how could I not give it *Smile*…and again…thank you…that is a kind thing you do.

    Noah Matthews said:
    August 31, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Just started reading. I’vr got a lot of catching up to do.

      genext13 responded:
      August 31, 2013 at 4:39 am

      Thanks for reading. I hope you comment and enjoy! I have slowed recently so it should be easy to catch up!

    ironwaffle said:
    December 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    thanks for following my blog.. cheers to a more active 2014!

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