If you’re coming to this blog since I’ve reached my goal weight, this gallery will provide you with the Coles/Cliff Notes version of how I got there and how I’m staying there.
A long, long time ago, on an island far, far away
From the Cape Breton Post. Coxheath Elementary School’s Field Day. Documented proof of my athletic inabilities.
The competitive spark was there, but the abilities were not. Despite my parents’ best efforts, at some point the frustration of not being as athletic as my friends led to a childhood as a coach potato.
June 2010 with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.
September 2010, Size 52 suit, probably 250 lbs. Don’t I look happy I’m working on Labour Day Weekend?
Late November 2010, a few weeks before I discovered I was down a suit size.
December 2010 – Royal Assent Reception with Rt. Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. New suit is extra roomy, but I still haven’t figured it out yet.
December 10, 2010, I try on a size 52 suit, the same size I had bought two months earlier. It’s too big!
December 15, 2010, chatting with a friend over dinner about the sudden weight loss, she suggests a personal trainer.
January 6, 2011, my first appointment at Free Form Fitness, a consultation. I clock in at 236 lbs.
Robbie Burns Day at the Highlander Pub in Ottawa, January 2011. Celebrating losing my first ten pounds.
April 2011, first 30 lbs gone. Pants are from the one pair of pants off a size 52 suit that I didn’t have taken in.
April 2011, about 2 months into my Learn to Run clinic. Running debate what movie I look like a reject from more: X-Men or Logan’s Run
End of April 2011, first new suit since my weight loss.
May 16, 2011, graduating with my PhD in Politics from the Catholic University of America. 198 lbs
May 2011, final Learn to Run Clinic before Ottawa Race Weekend 5K
Ottawa Race Weekend – Running the 5K with best friends Mike and Christian
First 5K finish – 32min, 35sec
June 2011, with the Honourable Noel A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate
July 16, 2011 – Chris and Brittany’s wedding. 183 lbs and a size 38 tux.
July 23, 2011 – toasting my father (2nd from right) on his 60th birthday party
August 6th, 2011 – Depositing the last of the fat clothes in a charity bin, 178 lbs.
Fresenius Alive to Strive 5K – Chip time 28:44.5, 177 lbs.
August 2011 with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and his wife Laureen. When the PM recognized me, he said, “Weren’t you bigger last year?”
What a difference a year makes.
Army Run 5K, Sept. 18, 173 lbs. Time: 27:25
Those pants from my old size 52 suit again. The week I reached my goal weight.
In fighting shape, literally. Skeet shooting in Arnprior, ON.
With the Honourable Noel A. Kinsella and Mrs. Ann Kinsella at the 2011 Diplomatic Community Christmas Reception on Parliament Hill
January 1, 2012 – Fredericton Running Room Resolution Run. Time 27min, 30sec (unofficial)
Rideau Canal, January 26th, 2012
St. Patrick’s Day 5K, March 17, 2012. Chip time: 25:27. New personal best.
May 11, 2012 – With Lou Ferrigno, the Incredible Hulk, at Ottawa ComicCon 2012. Lou’s story about how he took up body building to combat bullying is inspiring.
May 27, 2012 – My second appearance at Ottawa Race Weekend and my first as half-marathoner. Coming into the finish line for a 1:57:39 chip time.
September 23 – My second Army Run and my second half marathon. Another personal best of 1:53:14
December 1st. Santa Shuffle 5k. Kalin and I pre-race with our 5K clinic.
January 27th. Hypothermic Half Marathon at the Marshes Golf Course. Unofficial time 2:36. Fell on the ice three times and almost called it quits after the first lap. A true lesson in JFDI. Finishing this race gave me a sense of accomplishment that rivaled my first 5K.
May 26th. My first marathon. Ottawa Race Weekend. Chip time: 4:11
Fall 2013 – the photo that accompanied the advertisement announcing I had joined the firm. Pretty good final “after” photo.