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Sunday, May 15, 2011

GOOD NEWS!!!

I can't even tell you how happy I am about what I am about to tell you, but first let's start with some background.

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I love this pic not only because of my dadio but my mom and MIL are in the back and look so gorgeous.

Being a health teacher and taking many classes in college about chronic disease I have always been very concerned about my Dad.  He has a heart of gold and I want him to be around FOREVER!!

Two weeks ago he went to the hospital and his bp was 196/115 and he was in a lot of pain.

I think this was a major wake up call for him and he has decided to change his life around.  This time it is going to stick because he is doing it for HIMSELF rather than what other people want him to do (aka me and my mom putting him on a meal plan and exercise routine)!!!!

After 2 weeks of 6 meals a day of 400 calories or less, at least 6 hours of sleep a night (lets just say he was getting probably half of that), exercising 40 minutes a day (with a heart rate monitor staying within the range of 121-134) and lots of prayers and hugs from the family his bp is now down to 138/80 and he has lost TWELVE LBS!!!!!

He has gone from 292 lbs to 280 lbs.  PS I asked permission to write all of this and boys really don't care if people know there weight.....um, just a little different from girls:)

We could not be more proud of him and do you wanna know the best part..............

Those 40 minutes of exercise everyday are RUNNING.....he is doing a 12:30 pace and LOVING IT!!! I have NEVER seen my dadio run and the thought of him finding joy in my most favorite thing makes my eyes tear up.

Can't wait until I am back in the game and you better believe I will be running on my recovery days with him!!!

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Now let's talk about food.  PS my dad's favorite meal of the days is his 8 o'clock ginormous salad the size of his head......I think I may be rubbing off on him:)

On Friday night we went to my favorite restaurant Cafe Rio and got our normal salads.  My stomach would not allow the tortilla to enter and so I took it home with the leftover dressing and recreated the salad for lunch today.  I threw in lettuce, salsa, carrots and tuna and loved every bite.  Pretty sure it isn't normal to be looking forward to your leftovers as much as I did with this one.

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Any words of encouragement for my Dad to keep him going on running and healthifying his life?  Any personal stories of how you, friends or family got healthier and into fitness?

Do you get excited about leftovers?  What is your favorite leftover?

-There is nothing like leftover Thanksgiving food and turning into a turkey/cranberry/stuffing sandwich:)

104 Comments:

At May 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Falon said...

Hmm inspiration? Men lose weight so much easier than women! You're so right... it sticks when he is ready to make the change. Couldn't be prouder of your pop! I started at 293 too and it is hard work, but claiming a healthier life is the best thing I ever did for myself and my family. Goooo pops!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Anonymous Jill {i run i eat} said...

Congrats to your dad! That is so awesome.

I've been trying for years to get my family healthier. My little sis has finally started to get into working out & has lost some weight.

My older sister has quit smoking and started running. I even convinced her to come out from Kansas to run the Las Vegas Ragnar with me in October.

It's so hard to see people you love & want the best for not take their health seriously.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Seriously, that is AWESOME news. Not just because it's another person hooked on running and doing healthy things with their life, but because it's your DAD and you're inevitably getting even closer to him by sharing this with him.

So glad to hear he's doing well and that things are working for him. My dad walks, but won't touch a vegetable!

I'm also one of the "guys" as I don't care about my weight. I did, however, have a bit of a weight shock yesterday. Did you check my blog? Fifteen pounds just...gone!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Nik said...

I can't wait to see you guys run a 5k together!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM , Blogger Carrie said...

Aww congrats to your dad! I know you are so proud of him! Tell him that the blog world is rooting for him!
I get excited for leftovers...I really love leftover lasagna...it is just better the next day for some reason!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

That is awesome that hungryrunnerDad is taking his health into his own hands!! Keep it up :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM , Blogger Have Your Way said...

That is so incredibly awesome Janae!!! You should be SOO proud of your daddy :) My dad lost almost 80 pounds in like 6 months, but he was going through radiation and crap when he had his cancer before he lost his life to it. I sometimes like leftovers, but not usually!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM , Blogger XLMIC said...

Tell Dadio he really needs to be around to see his sweet girl (and his other kids) realize their dreams and grow families of their own! I know some of your sibs already have done this…but he needs to be around to see not only your sub 3 but the little Billsters and Janaebabies running around one day :) That is the saddest thing for me is that my dad didn't get to see me as a 'real' adult and my kids never got to meet such an awesome grandpa. Your Dadio NEEDS to be around for that … for you, for them and for HIM! Keep up the good work, Mr. Janae's Dad! You are doing it! You are making it happen :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM , Blogger Lisa@The Daily RUNdown said...

So happy for hungry runner dad! Keep up the good work.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Blogger EBURNS said...

Go Janea's Dad!!!

My mom, 10 years ago was an active person, who prided herself on being the sporty sister between her other two, found out she had such high blood pressure she needed medication. She thought how can this be?.......she wouldn't let it stop her and instead of just being active got competitive and last year made it to the Kona Ironman championship. She's amazing!

Favorite leftover: I think spaghetti tastes even better day 2.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Missy said...

That is so amazing about your Dad! Good for him! My dad went through something similar a few years ago, he had to have heart surgery and change his diet and start exercising, he's not running, but him and my mom walk every day. I'm just glad to see them get out and about. Tell your Dad to keep up the good work and maybe he should strive to run a 5k to keep him motivated!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Elle said...

So nice that your Dad is working so hard to get healthy and fit - he should be proud. You ALL should be proud. And how great that you are paying this lovely tribute to him.

Cheers!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Penny said...

That is great new about your dad. It's cool that he is running . Just goes to show that you are never to old to start running. That is awesome.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Meghan said...

Congratulations to your dad!!

Only words of advice: When i was losing weight I also did it for myself, not because anyone else told me to, AND I had to keep reminding myself that I am THE ONLY PERSON who can make the decisions to keep myself healthy. I can't blame anyone else, or look to anyone else to make me do the things I need to do. It is only ME who can get myself healthy. Others can encourage us or compliment us, but it is only up to ME alone.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Meghan said...

Oh yeah - and tell him to keep at it, because it only gets better :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous Chad @ thebreakupnote said...

Men can drop weight pretty rapidly - when I first decided to live a healthy lifestyle I practically evaporated (50 in three months, I was a little concerned but it ended up being fine). Sounds like he's on the right track and that's always exciting.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Congrats to your dad! Running with him is something to definitely look forward to. :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Allison said...

That's awesome. Go Hungry Runner Dad!

Hey, I just hired a running coach... and he's 72. And he just ran Boston in 3:29!!! At age 72!!!! So age is just a number!!

http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=18128

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Anna Walker said...

Yay Congrats to your dad! I wish my would do that! He had a stroke and has diabetes and everything but still smokes, it kills me! I bet he's doing so well! You guys are going to have such a great time running together! :D

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM , Anonymous Bess@Bess Be Fit said...

so glad for your daddy Janae!! That is great. You two will love to go on runs together!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:15 PM , Anonymous Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) said...

wow!!!! your dad rocks! That is really, really awesome! Running is SO difficult to get into...and I could imagine even more difficult when you are older. At the end of the summer last year my Dad and Mom both tried to work out more and eat healthier in an attempt to drop some weight. My Dad began running too and worked his way up to a mile which was huge for him ! Seeing my Dad running brought a smile to my face and tears in my eye so I know how you feel about your Dad running. Maybe you guys can train together for a 5K or something (once you're healed up!). so glad his BP is down and he is doing well!! :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:15 PM , Anonymous Keri said...

I know the feeling of worrying about a family member. This is such GREAT news. Good job to your dad! Keep it up! You are a great inspiration for him...

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Lara @ six times the yum said...

What your dad is doing is amazing. He is amazing! I am glad that he is doing what is best for him and doing it for himself. I wish him the best of luck with his journey!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Congrats to your dad and for him taking immediate steps to remedy his situation!! great news!! I'm sure you have remained a positive force and example on his life!! Wishing him the best on this journey!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Laura said...

That is AMAZING news and I can't wait to hear about you two running together either!! Heal femur, HEAL!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Emily said...

So happy for you and send warm wishes to your dad. Me and my daddy are the same way. What great news!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Katie @ Healthy Heddleston said...

Ohh Janae this is so awesome! Way to go Daddio!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:28 PM , Anonymous Allison @ Happy Tales said...

Wow wow WOW!!!! I have to comment on this post because I work as a health educator at the Y and work with people who have health scares just like this every single week... this is AMAZING!!!!!!!! And gives me chills!!! I'm so happy for your dad... that's so awesome that he is making this change for HIMSELF rather than because he is being told to do so. I truly think y'all are in for a new type of lifestyle coming from him!!! BTW, I absolutely LOVE you blog and have been reading backposts and i seriously think we were meant to be friends!!! You are such an awesome girl and sooo freakin' hilarious!! I see so much of myself in you (except, the whole being a fast-runner part... i'm more in pace with your pops!!but I did just run my first marathon the other week, woo! Maybe your daddy will, too :) )

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM , Anonymous Dorry said...

This gave me chills! I'm so happy for your dad, and for all of your family because I know how important you are to each other! Tell him to read all of these comments so he knows he has a bunch of cheerleaders supporting him. I love leftovers in the winter! Making a big pot of chili and eating the leftovers all week....mmm.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Rachelle Wardle said...

That is such fabulous news about your Dad. He is about the cutest guy ever and I am so proud of him. Thank you for sharing his story I think it is a wonderful example to all of us.

I love leftovers and espcially cafe rio leftovers. Yummy! Enjoy the rest of your night girl.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM , Blogger SweetsQueen said...

That is absolutely WONDERFUL news. :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM , Blogger Manderz said...

I was one 276 lbs. I lost over 100lbs through weight Watchers and my love of running. Keep up the great work daddio!!! You can do it!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Blogger Wealth is Health said...

That is amazing news about your dad! I struggle with that same issue with my dad, I hope that some day he gets to the point where he will do it for himself... preferably without a big scare. Keep it up dad!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:42 PM , Blogger J. L. said...

Inspiration for your dad? Seeing you and all of your family. My dad's been gone 12+ years. Didn't get to see my wedding (which he would have LOVED) and didn't get to see me in my "grown up life." And I miss him like crazy every day. Heart attack. Encourage him daily. And tell him you love him often. Now I need some kleenex :-)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Kiley said...

That's awesome your dad is running & getting healthier - his bp before was a scary number. You definitely don't want to lose your dad early...I can tell you from experience. It sucks! Keep him running!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Congrats to your Dad! That's amazing success!
Tell him to think of every healthy decision adding up to pay off in the long run for him. Each step of exercise, bite of healthy food, and positive thought will be like a future hug for his grandchildren!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:46 PM , OpenID marathonmaiden said...

wow! what amazing news!!!! i am so happy for you, your dad and the rest of your family :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM , OpenID pumpedforpumpkin said...

congrats to your dad the success is awesome! tell him to keep it up and don't worry about the numbers but to get healthy! Maybe you guys could work together on a goal of a 5k and run/walk together!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM , OpenID stoppingfordaisies.com said...

That IS such great news, way to go dad! :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM , OpenID fitchocoholic said...

Congrats to your Dad!!! How awesome for him! :D I'll definitely be praying for ya'll!!!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM , Blogger LawGirl said...

This is absolutely wonderful news. When I ran my first 5k I was 30 lbs heavier and ran it in just over a 12:30 min/mile. A year and a half later my 5k PR is an 8:03 min/mile. Tell him to stick with it! The weight will come off easily and he'll get speedier without even trying!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Zaneta said...

oh, that is seriously wonderful news Janae!! :) I'm so excited for your dad! I will be praying for him, you, and the rest of your family! :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Natalie said...

congrats to your dad--that is awesome and inspiring! i bet he will keep it up when he realizes how much better he feels! :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM , Blogger Running Ricig said...

That's so freaking awesome for your dad and how cool that he's running now??? Amazing.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:13 PM , OpenID cleaneatingchelsey.com said...

I am SO happy for your dad! You hit the nail right on the head when you said that he is only doing it because of his own wanting. You can't force people to do something they don't want to!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Abbie said...

Ditto on the turkey/cranberry/stuffing sandwich -- better than the actual Thanksgiving meal.

Great news about your dad!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM , Blogger Erin@gosupermamago said...

I am so proud of your dad, that is great! And you have just inspired me to have a talk with my mom that I have been wanting to have about her health. You are so right though, she needs to do it for herself and no one else, although I think being around for her two little granddaughters should be a great inspiration. Thank you!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:48 PM , Blogger Ani said...

So lovely! So happy for your dad! Prayer really does work wonders and I'm sure it will help as he continues his journey. Perhaps in terms of encouragement, other than his feeling much better, is not to think how much "easier" life will be, but how much more vibrant. Yes, pain will still be there, but without health concerns or physical discomfort, joy will be so much greater too. Other than that - the fact that there really is only one life to live and that he has such a wonderful family to live for - I really can't see any better reason to continue pressing on. Go Dad! <3

 
At May 15, 2011 at 5:49 PM , Blogger MelPeabody @ Green Mountain Runner said...

Congratulations to your dad!!!! That is very exciting!!!! For inspiration, you should definitely check out this amazing woman's blog. http://paulatraynor.blogspot.com/ She has lost over 130lbs and has been documenting her journey. Best part, she ran her first 1/2 marathon last month!!!! Who knows, maybe you and your dad will be running 1/2's or fulls together in the future!!!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:01 PM , Blogger Pam said...

That is so fabulous about your dad!!!! Good for him!

I get way too excited about leftovers. I had some leftover Chinese today that I seriously thought about from the time I got up today until I finally ate it :) It was SO GOOD.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Lizzi said...

Aww, well done Big Poppa Janae! I am really really hoping my dad will do something similar as he has a lot of health problems, mostly related to being overweight, his diet, no exercise, high blood pressure, and scarily high cholesterol =( i worry a lot because i LOVEEEE HIMMMM like a crazy person.

My lil story... I was overweight my whole life. I was probably close to 200 pounds at my highest (when I was about 16). When I was 17, I began losing weight by changing my diet. Sadly, it ended up spiraling into an eating disorder that went on for years.
Then i changed my focus to FITNESS, and I now eat and train like an athlete. I'm about 125-130 pounds, run marathons, and generally kick booty ;)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:17 PM , OpenID laurenruns.com said...

Great job to your Dad! It's awesome! I just bought the book "The Courage to Start" by John Bingham for my father, and we have made plans to run the Las Vegas R'n'R half marathon together! Picking out a race (whether a big milestone 6 months from now) or a more reachable race in 4-6 weeks (maybe a 5K) is a great way to also make running a family activity! Run with yo' dad!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Samantha said...

Congrats to your Dad! I'm sure that knowing he is on a path to a long healthy life which will include playing with Janae Juniors one day will encourage him to keep it up :)

I can tell you are very proud of him.

My dad just agreed to have the fam meet up in Vegas to watch me run the 1/2 instead of meeting up for Christmas so I'm super proud of him too. Haha.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Runeatrepeat said...

Your dad is awesome!!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Nicole Wagner said...

Janae that is the BEST news!!!! And I would be elated too!!!! My dad said he wanted to run a 5k this weekend after watching me run my first marathon and I just about burst! I pray your dad continues his healthy journey!!! Love u girl!!! What a blessing!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM , Blogger jham said...

That is so great! He has hit his rock bottom health wise and is digging himself out for HIMSELF! THere is nothing better!

And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches complete with the cranberry jelly.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Kerrie T. said...

That is amazing! Good for him! ...and you girls!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Heather Kent said...

That is awesome! I've been trying to get my parents into fitness because they aren't so healthy, but it's hard to give someone the "bug". So glad your dad caught it though!!! That's great. He'll be in my prayers!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Jenn & Kev said...

This one brought tears, I am so happy your dad is getting healthy... Wish my papa would have had the chance too. Its never too late to turn it around and your probably the best motivator for him.
Tell him you need him to be around for a long time, cause life wouldnt be the same without him. I will keep him in my prayers and send lots of good thoughts his way.
Lots of love to you and your papa!
Jenn

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:36 PM , Anonymous Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife said...

YAH for your dad <---such great news!!!

I love leftovers, especially chicken or Cafe Rio leftovers!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

SO good for him. I'm proud of him! I always think it's so brave when overweight people are at the park, running or walking. I want to go high five them for making smart choices!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM , Blogger chacha said...

12:30 pace and he's 280 lbs!? That's speedy - I can't imagine how fast he'd be if he got down to like 220-230.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM , Blogger tiare said...

WAY 2 GO HRG'S DAD!!!!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT YOUR AMAZING TRANSFORMATION.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Anonymous Jess said...

That is such an incredible decision! I'm sure you are beyond proud--love that he loves his 8 o'clock salads!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

That is amazing news! : ) Tell him to keep up the great work!!
My husband and I are really concerned about my FIL. He has absolutely no interest in exercise and eating healthy isn't his first priority. It's really difficult. We keep trying and hope that maybe someday he'll change his ways.
I love leftovers. I think leftover lasagna is one of my favorites. It seems like it tastes better to me the second day. Mmmmmm. :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 7:24 PM , Anonymous Run. Learn. Repeat. said...

Tell your dad that all your readers are anxiously waiting for more good news on his health, running, and weight loss and he wouldn't want to let 1500 + people down would he? That's good motivation! He has a fan club now! Good for him with his success! I might have told you before, but my sis-in-law told me about your blog, so I'm a new follower. Your blog is so fun to read!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

I'm sorry your Dad was in such a position, but it is wonderful news that he's doing so well and making such big changes so quickly! I always worry about my parents. I love them so much and can't imagine life without them. Congrats to your Dad, and you and your family for being so supportive!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM , Blogger Neon Blonde Runner said...

This makes me SO SO happy!

At work at the hospital, I see people everyday who have bad health situations but who choose to do NOTHING about it to make themselves healthier. That's why I'm so happy and SO PROUD of your dad for choosing to make life changes that will impact him in a positive way. That is way harder to do than I can imagine.

And I LOVE leftovers. Anything as a leftover. It's all the deliciousness of a meal without any of the work of making it!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM , Blogger RoseRunner said...

I totally share your excitement. My dad is an exercise nut, but he still put on a lot of weight over the last 10 years.

Since January, he went from 305 pounds to 235 pounds!!! that is 70 pounds. He has been doing nutrisystem, and walking 1.5 hours a day. I'm so happy, he looks like a new man

 
At May 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

so happy for you dad! thats awesome! I'm sure you have been a HUGE influence on him. He is lucky to have you and vice versa. You will get to run with him soon!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

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At May 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

Yay for your dad! That is more than just good news, that is GREAT news. :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Erin @ UntilYouTri said...

Aw, that's so exciting about your dad! When I was a little kid I used to run with my dad (of course it was around the block and then he would drop me off back at the house and go to "cool down," which in reality was his real run;). But sadly, as I got older and he moved up in the ranks at work, with more responsibility came longer hours and longer commutes, and he stopped being active. I worry about him now, and hope he will get back into it at some point. He keeps saying he will "when the weather is nicer" or "when his knee is feeling better" etc, but like you said, I think they need to get to that point on their own!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Running Mama said...

That's so fabulous! Way to go Dad!!

My friend just lost 130 lbs!! I'm beyond proud of her and I can't even tell you the difference I see in her confidence level. She's a different person, but still the same in all the good ways.

runningtobeskinny.com

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Jill @ Run for the Hills said...

That is awesome. I wish I knew a way to help my dad exercise and get his health back! I'm happy for you. :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:14 PM , Blogger trisha*n said...

I was just talking to my mom yesterday about getting my dad to focus on his health more. He exercises and tries to eat well, but I worry that his health isn't as good as it should be. So proud of your dad! I hope I can talk to my dad about it soon too.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

You can do it Dad! Keep going!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:24 PM , Blogger Mrs. JM said...

that's wonderful news janae! you're so right, he needs to do it for himself and i'm so glad he's finally choosing HIM over some of the unhealthy habits he's developed. it's hard to watch people you care about not put themselves at the top of their priority list. i'm rooting for him to keep up the HARD work! he can do it.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:24 PM , Anonymous Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet said...

Congrats to your dad!!! That's such an awesome accomplishment to turn eating, exercise and life habits around :)))

My dad quit smoking when I was little, and I know that that was a struggle for him. He tried multiple times to quit, and it probably took him at least three tries before he fully quit. He also stopped drinking any soda, and he used to drink a liter a day!!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Becca said...

Wow, congratulations! I can totally relate with trying to get a loved one to start exercising b/c you are worried about their health...until they decide for themselves, it can be a worrisome and frustrating time for the loved ones! Way to go on taking those first steps!

Also, I am new to your blog, so I apologize if this has already been covered, but I have a question about your sister. The one you weight lift with (I don't know if you have other sisters or not) - is she also the mother of some of those cute little nieces and nephew that feature on your blog sometimes? Because if so....dang, she looks amazing! As in, would she be willing to guest post on getting in shape after babies? You are both so amazing, I love your blog!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Allison Marie said...

Firstly, i'm sooo proud of your dad!!! 6 years ago this past week my dad suffered from a massive heart attack (strictly from genetic factors alone-he has a blood clotting gene) and since his near death experience he has been 110% committed to living the most healthy lifestyle possible and works out every single day and recently has started to jog (with his heart rate monitor on of course to make sure he stays in his healthy zone) and the most exciting news is that this upcoming Sunday we are jogging his first 5k together sponsored by the American Heart Association. Jogging side by side with him at such an event is going to be such an amazing feeling and I can't wait for this upcoming weekend!!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:31 PM , Anonymous Pam said...

Janae, I'm soooo happy to hear the great news about your "DADDIO!!" Power of Prayer!! :)

The only inspiration your wonderful father needs is to look at his beautiful wife, children, grandbabies and think about how blessed he is and how sad everyone would be if he wasn't around!! He needs to stay healthy so he can be around for many more weddings and celebrations!!

You are a wonderful daughter, sister, friend and teacher...thanks to your wonderful parents!! :)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Christina @ The Athletarian said...

AMAZING! I'm so proud and happy for your dad! It's makes it so much easier when your whole family is on board with the healthy lifestyle. He has a great support system to help him stick with it and he is going to continue to do amazing :) Yay for running and salads!

Leftover cheesecake and pizza. yum in my tum.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:40 PM , Anonymous Alaina said...

That is such great news!!!! All the best to your dad!!!

I get excited for leftovers as soon as the doggy bag is put on my table. And yes, thanksgiving leftovers are the BEST! :-)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Niki said...

I love you my Provo Dad! I know you can keep this up, especially with Janae and Rachelle helping you along the way! I am sending lots of love your way! Love, your St. George Daughter

 
At May 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Heather P. said...

Pass along my congrats and good wishes to your Dad too- I'm so happy for your whole family because taking care of yourself is a gift to everyone who loves you and I can tell there's lotsa love in your clan :)

Hard to narrow down the leftover favorite but I'm gonna say chili because the seasonings just have that much more time to come together, mmmmm!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM , Blogger my little celebration said...

I'm so sorry to hear that he had been struggling with health issues. But it's so awesome that he's feeling better in such a short time. I pray that his recovery continues and he stays on the healthy track! I'm sure you're such a sweet inspiration and encouragement to him.

Hugs! Dana.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM , Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

Congratulations to your dad!!

 
At May 15, 2011 at 11:55 PM , Blogger Bikini Runner said...

Oh, that was a wonderful post! Congratulations to your dad! I have been trying for a little while to get my Pops on board with a healthier lifestyle as well, and it's tough, but it's so rewarding when it all goes right.

I think his inspiration should be that he IS an inspiration! Twelve pounds in two weeks?! He's doing so great! He deserves a pat on the back (and probably has already gotten some big hugs, which totally help too!).

 
At May 16, 2011 at 12:06 AM , Anonymous Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily said...

That is so amazing to hear about your dad. Well done!!! My favorite leftover is pizza and I don't know what it is but I love cold pizza.

 
At May 16, 2011 at 3:29 AM , Blogger Ginnis said...

Great news!! Thanks for the motivation! He should take it one day at a time...and he should celebrate each small victory. Here's to making it happen!!

http://menshealth.coverleaf.com/menshealth/201004?pg=54#pg54

 
At May 16, 2011 at 3:50 AM , Blogger MrsQ318 said...

Wow... your Dad's pace is the same that my pace was last spring. And it kicked my butt then! LOL So he is definitely starting out strong.
I am so excited for you Dad.

My mom just started running too (she is doing the Couch to 5K), and told me that she is going to quit smoking too. (She has smoked since she was a teenager, with the exception of a few breaks during pregnancies and such).

Our parents are pretty cool. :)

 
At May 16, 2011 at 6:06 AM , Blogger ashley & sundance said...

This is awesome!!!! I bet you guys are so excited for your dad!!! I can't believe what a difference 2 weeks can make. Just imagine what another 2 weeks will do. Or 2 months. :)

 
At May 16, 2011 at 6:36 AM , OpenID runbakerace.com said...

That's awesome for your Dad!!! I always say one day at a time...that's how I got thru dieting.

 
At May 16, 2011 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Chunky Monkey said...

Yay Daddio! So happy and proud of his commitment. That is a fab pic of the two of you.

My fav leftover...meatloaf. (not so healthy huh?) You could put it on a salad ;-)

 
At May 16, 2011 at 7:25 AM , Blogger ash said...

I think a great way to reinforce his achievements is to remind him that being healthier will keep him around so much longer, and that you want him there to see his future grand kids and go on family vacations, and make so many more memories! :)

Both of my parents really worry me, as neither of them is healthy at all. My dad kind of makes half-hearted attempts, but doesn't really get anywhere. I'm really glad that yours finally got that wake-up call he needed and is on the road to a healthier life!

 
At May 16, 2011 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Cara said...

my favorite leftover has to be chili! it only gets better with time!

i bet if you made him a mix cd every two weeks he would get super pumped about running! that is my favorite part! new music to pump me up!

 
At May 16, 2011 at 3:10 PM , Anonymous Jenny @ loveeatrun said...

This is so exciting and great to hear about your Dad. I wish my Dad would take a lesson from him and start eating better and exercising...he's FAR from healthy and way over weight...one of my biggest fears is that he won't be around to see me get married one day :(

 
At May 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM , Anonymous Holly said...

This is such AWESOME news! I am SO SO SO happy to hear this about your Dad :)
GO Dadio, GO!! :)
I think it's great that he is doing it for HIMSELF too- I don't think people will stick to it if it is for someone else..but it's fantastic that it's something he wants to do! Congrats to him on such great running pace- for just starting out- that is fantastic :)

 
At May 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Emily @ eat.drink.run. said...

SO HAPPY to hear about the great changes your dad is making and how much progress he's already made in such a short time! Good for him!! Its hard to break habits that you've had your whole life, but I'm sure that he feels so much better now that he's running and eating better foods. I wish I could get my dad to run! He used to run sub-6 min miles in college but hasn't run in years. Maybe I can use your story to motivate him! :)

 
At May 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM , Blogger Big Daddy Diesel said...

That is freaking awesome!!!!!

 
At May 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Beccarigg said...

That is so awesome about your dad! My mom has had a lot of weight related health issues and she finally got a gym membership and is paying for a personal trainer and a nutritionist to get her life back. She quit her job and spends 3 hours at the gym every day, kind of biggest loser style, slowly working her way back to a healthier body. Before she started she was told she had 42% body fat!! That's almost half of her body that was all fat. I don't know her stats now but I know that she lost 12 pounds in the first 3 weeks and has more energy now that ever. I'm so happy for my mom because I want her to be around to watch my kids grow up. She's always done so much for everyone else so I'm glad she's finally doing something for herself.

 
At May 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM , Blogger Sara said...

Oh, Awesome! I have tears in my eyes just reading about your father. I went through a similar situation with my mother. Running changed her life too. She got healthy late in life, lost weight and started running with me and my sister. After a scare several years ago, running and getting healthy prolonged her life 5-6 years, at least.

This is wonderful news about your father - props to him for taking care of himself and to you for supporting him! You are a beautiful person. He is more than lucky to have you, but I am sure he knows that!

I, very sadly and unexpectedly, lost my mother three weeks ago. I'm still reeling from it and the heartbreak that she was not there to run her first 1/4, witness my sister's first 1/2 or my fist full on Sunday. It has been a long long three weeks. She died while on a 4.5 mile training run a week before her goal race. We buried her in her running shoes the Monday after Easter.

I find joy in this post and the fact that someone else can do what my mom did and will be with you for many more years to come. Thank you for sharing.

I look forward to hearing more about the journey you and your dad are on together!!!!!!!

 
At May 18, 2011 at 3:57 PM , Blogger Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said...

such good news! way to go for your dad! i can't believe he is running... best thing ever.

 

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