6 hour flight and my Dad has lost 50 lbs!

July 23, 2013

Riddle:  How long does it take to get from San Jose, California to Salt Lake City, Utah via airplane?

Answer:  6 hours:)  We will forgive you Southwest for making us wait on the runway for a year or so, I guess there was bad weather or something silly like that that they didn’t want to fly through.  

At least I packed 3 days worth of food for Brooke.  She was just kicking back with her feet up on the tray eating her cut up grapes.  

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I managed to remember Brooke’s food but somehow forgot to pack mine so I grabbed a burrito at the airport.  This may look like an ordinary burrito but it was not.  I will now only fly out of the San Jose airport so that I can get one of these each time I go.  It had chicken, bbq sauce, so much guacamole I thought they were going to charge me extra, salsa and lettuce.  

I had the apple later on when I got hungry again and I have come to realize that apples somehow make me hungrier than I was before I ate the apple.  They also always get stuck in my permanent bottom retainer (I am sure you really wanted to know that).

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We scored an entire row of seats to ourselves.  It is going to be a very sad day when Brooke turns 2 and I have to pay for her plane ticket.

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Once Brooke fell asleep I brought out a book that I stole from my cousin’s car as she was dropping me off at the airport (I forgot to bring one) and so far I really like it (please note I pretty much love every book/movie/tv show that I read/watch.  I am very easily entertained but so far I am LOVING the main character).

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The best part of the flight was meeting a girl name Katie and her family…she is a runner originally from Utah that moved to California for her husband to go to law school and he now works as a lawyer… we obviously had a few things in common to talk about.

I got home and my dad was waiting there with a fresh bowl of cantaloupe for me.  I have never seen my dad this skinny in my entire life.  He is doing incredible. He has lost 50 lbs in 25 weeks.  It makes me so happy to see him living such a healthy lifestyle!  He walks about 4 miles a day now and tracks everything he eats.  (PS I don’t know why their kitchen looks yellow in this picture, it isn’t)

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They taught me a fancy new corn cooking technique.  Wrap your corn in a paper towel, get it wet and stick it in the microwave for just 4 minutes.  So easy and it tasted amazing, just like if I would have boiled it.

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I had mine with a chicken breast and grapes.

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 Time to get some fartleks done. 


What type of run do you have today on the agenda?  Easy, speed, tempo, hills, long, progression, make it up as you go?

What book are you reading right now?  Do you recommend it?

Green grapes or red grapes?

My dad does read the blog (and comments) every day so feel free to tell him congrats:)

Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness July 23, 2013 at 5:02 am

Congrats to your dad!! thats such an accomplishment! and apples make me hungrier too sometimes! im not sure why that is. i prefer red grapes, typically, and i just finished the Fran Lebowitz Reader. she’s a hoot.


Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl July 23, 2013 at 5:03 am

Way to go to your dad!! What a major accomplishment!! I’ve experienced the same thing with my mom, so I know how proud you are!


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes July 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

Your dad looks amazing!!! Congrats to him! I also did a fartlek this morning :-) Right now I am reading a book called “When the Servant Becomes the Master.” It’s about the struggle with addiction and is super enlightening! I recommend it!


Ashley @ OurPersonalRecords July 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

I am currently reading Fight Club, but it’s been a very slow start. I don’t have a preference as to the color of grapes, it’s more about them being really crunchy.

Papa Hungry Runner Girl: congrats on your weight loss!! You look great!


Mallory @ Mal Smiles July 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

Way to go, Dad! That is FANTASTIC! My father has also lost a significant amount of weight and it’s so awesome to see him slim down when I visit. Green grapes for sure and I totally agree that apples make me hungrier! Have a great trip!


Deb July 23, 2013 at 5:05 am

Go Daddy-O! ;-)


char eats greens July 23, 2013 at 5:06 am

WOOHOO!! Congrats to your dad – he looks ahhhh-mazing!! I think I knew that corn trick but forgot. Thanks for re-reminding me haha

I need a good book to read. Lately I’ve been to computer-screen focused so I need a book to get me off this thing!!


Karien @ Running the Race July 23, 2013 at 5:07 am

Enjoy your time with your family!! :)


Sarah @pickyrunner July 23, 2013 at 5:07 am

Woooo that’s awesome for your dad! I need to try that corn trick- I’m the laziest person ever when it comes to waiting for food o cook! Meeting interesting people is one of my favorite things about flying I think.


Kari @ Running Ricig July 23, 2013 at 5:10 am

I’m reading the Game of Thrones books right now. So far I’m on book three and love them!

I’m not sure what my run will be today. I still don’t actually feel like I’m awake, so I’m not sure when I’ll get my run in.

Your dad is doing awesome!!


Victoria @ My Bright Pink Runners July 23, 2013 at 5:10 am

Congratulations to your dad! He looks great! I hate the apple in the permanent retainer problem. I greatly dislike corn and ribs for the very same reason! I’m the same with books/movies/shows. I like everything I read or see. I have a nice easy 5k scheduled. Almost went at 6 am since the baby had me up at 5:30 but I managed to fall back to sleep so it’ll be after dinner!


Emily @ Running for Boston July 23, 2013 at 5:12 am

I have a tempo run on my schedule today with miles 3-6 at marathon pace (obviously, I will do it faster as I always do). I now need to kick it up a notch as I ran a half this past weekend at a 7:55 average and I was chatting the entire way with runners around me. My BQ pace needs to be 8:01….I really think I can blow that out of the water!

Congrat’s Janae’s Dad! You look great!


Gabby @ Marathons and Macarons July 23, 2013 at 5:13 am

Easy run today! Just finished “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami and I loved it.

Congrats Janae’s dad! You look fantastic!


Brooke @ Running In Heels July 23, 2013 at 5:15 am

Congrats to your dad!! What an amazing accomplishment!


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats July 23, 2013 at 5:18 am

Your dad is doing such a great job! Maybe you will have a new running partner soon?! ;) I am reading Broken Harbour. It gives me nightmares (because I am a wimp) but a great mystery book!


Katie July 23, 2013 at 5:19 am

Congrat’s HRG’s Dad! That’s such an accomplishment!


Molly@ There Goes Molly Rose July 23, 2013 at 5:20 am

I a, reading Handle With Care by Jodi Piccoult…it’s very good! She always writes about uneasy topics,and I love it.

Green grapes, halved, and thrown in a chicken salad.

CONGRATS to HRG dad!! That is some dedication right there, and your body is so thankful. Don’t let janea talk you into a marathon though…. ;)


Corrine @ Eat Run WIne July 23, 2013 at 5:21 am

I had a 4 mile progression run this morning before work. After work, I’m doing 5 miles. That will be more of a “make it up as I go” type run because it will be a sunny, 90 degrees and 65% humidity kind of afternoon and all plans just kind of go out the window. I’ll try and make it a tempo run, but who knows?

I’m reading A Cuckoo’s Calling- the new J.K. Rowling book that she wrote under the pen-name Robert Gailbreath or something. It’s good so far! I’d recommend every book I read though. Almost. I read 3 James Patterson books this weekend, and I’d recommend those too!

Eww. No grapes. Unless they are frozen and in my daily green smoothies. I don’t like the texture of grapes. Or cherries.

Good job, Janae’s dad!! :) 50 pounds in 25 weeks is DEFINITELY something to be excited/impressed/proud of! :)


Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy July 23, 2013 at 5:21 am

Congrats to your dad! That is so awesome!
I am a green grape girl. And on todays agenda is a tempo run. I did my first run under 9 minutes yesterday! 5 miles at 8:57. I want to keep it under 9 and only go down here there! Soon I will be at a 7. Soon.
P.S. I hope to meet you one day too! not in a creepy way just a runner, bloggy friend way.


Deana July 23, 2013 at 5:27 am

Way to go Daddio!! So great!!

Green Grapes all the way!

Have a speed workout planned tonight – fingers crossed that I actually get to do it.


margo July 23, 2013 at 5:27 am

Way to go to your dad! He is such an inspiration of losing weight the healthy way! Could you ask him for some of his tips and post them for us? I know you did that a while back, but now that he is six months in, maybe has some more ideas? Have fun with your family!


Pam July 23, 2013 at 5:28 am

Your father really looks great Janae!! So awesome!! :) :)

Happy that you arrived in UT safe & sound. Brooke really is a tropper! She’s surely earned her wings by now.

Corn is the best right now. You should try it with butter, lemon, garlic salt, parmesan cheese & garlic powder & if you’re feeling a little crazy add tapatio! So good!! :)

Red grapes for me & double-digit run with strides mixed in. luv ya!! xo


Sarah July 23, 2013 at 5:29 am

Hooray for your dad! What an awesome accomplishment. I am not running today. Instead, I’m doing a spin class. A good book that I just finished is “The Unlikely Disciple” by Kevin Roose. He was a sophomore at Brown and decided to attend Liberty University (Jerry Falwell’s college) for a semester. Roose is a really great writer!


Alana July 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

Congrats to your dad!! I’m reading “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” which is really great, but quite serious. Not my usual summer reading. Given that I also just finished “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” I’m going to opt for something much fluffier and easier to read after this, but it feels good to be reading substantive books in my free time. Normally I do so much reading at work that I don’t want to read when I’m done working for the day, but then that means I’m missing out on great books. I’m trying to change that.


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More July 23, 2013 at 5:33 am

Yeah for your dad! Sounds like he is losing weight the right way. Always exciting to see!

Today will be a treadmill run for me. I had a trail run scheduled, but younger daughter is sick and I felt bad running without her since she really wanted to go.

Seedless red grapes are the only grapes I buy.


Jan J July 23, 2013 at 5:34 am

Hey! Congrats, Janae’s dad! Way to go.
I like both green & red… Green have to look just so, though. Hate those sour batches that come along once in awhile.


Samantha @ 24to30 July 23, 2013 at 5:36 am

I always think that about apples too! Your dad looks great! Congrats on his weight loss!


Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona July 23, 2013 at 5:48 am

Right now I’m reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. It’s pretty good so far.


Jody, RD July 23, 2013 at 5:50 am

Congrats to your Dad! Has he ever looked into something like Healthywage.com? You pay into it but you can double your money in 6 months if you lose 10% of your weight. I signed up for it a month ago to help lose the rest of the baby weight… I plan on posting about it soon, just haven’t gotten around to it. Just curious – I figure, if you’re going to lose the weight anyway, might as well make some money out of the deal!!

And, red grapes, all the way.


Jessi July 23, 2013 at 5:52 am

Another person here who thinks that apples make you hungrier (incidentally, I find porridge to be the same if anything vaguely delicious (e.g. golden syrup) is added to it… I think it’s probably the sugar crash). I’m mainly reading things about books are marketed in translation for my thesis at the moment, but I think there’s a half-finished John Green book somewhere on my Kindle.

Your daughter is SUCH a cutie pie. Although my boyfriend is called Brooke, too (I’m British, and Brooke, for a girl or a boy, is a very unusual name), which confused me a bit at first. :)

And well done, Hungry Runner Girl’s Dad (even if I did have to work out how many stone 50lb is!). Awesome achievement.


Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution July 23, 2013 at 5:52 am

I love every book/tv show/movie I watch too. I would NOT make a good critic! Your dad looks amazing! Congrats!


Mark Matthews July 23, 2013 at 5:52 am

I just read “Honey, Do You Need A Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner” by Jennifer Graham. http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1891369806

The book is incredible, and I guarantee that if you like this blog, you will love this book. Yeah, I’m a dude runner, so not in the primary target for both that book (and this blog) but I still loved it. Review coming from my blog soon.


kristi@runkwrun.blogspot.com July 23, 2013 at 5:59 am

Congrats to your dad. My mom just lost 20lbs and my stepdad is around that, too. They are both obsessed with My Fitness Pal (which I use, too).

I’m reading Running Like a Girl about a British girl becoming a runner. It’s funny. So far, I like it. I plan to have a full review later.


Lindsey July 23, 2013 at 5:59 am

That is SO awesome for your Dad, way to go!!
No run today probably the elliptical for cardio.
Happiest Baby on the Block :) And yes I do!
Either as long as they are seedless.


Betsy July 23, 2013 at 6:00 am

apples always make me so much hungrier too! People think I’m crazy when I tell them that – I’m glad I’m not the only one!


JJ July 23, 2013 at 6:01 am

Even EASIER way to cook corn on the cob: Do NOT shuck the corn. Put corn and a glass of water in the microwave. Cook for 3-4 minutes. The water steams the corn and makes the shuck and the silk come off in one piece instead of pulling off all those nasty strings one at a time!


Jen @ milesandblessings July 23, 2013 at 6:02 am

I am doing an easy run today and I am so happy about it. I do speed on Mon so Tues is always nice to do an easy run knowing I finished Mondays harder one.
I like green and red. I pick depending on which are bigger and better looking :).
50 lbs is AMAZING!!! Congrats to the dad of hungry runner girl!!!!


Sara July 23, 2013 at 6:08 am

You can tell just by looking at your Pa’s face how much he’s slimmed down! Awesome!!! Have a fantastic trip :)


Jen July 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

Your dad looks amazing! Good for him!!


Heather @ Run Like a G! July 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

CONGRATS to your dad!! That is amazing!!! :)

No run today…I accidentally ran 9 miles yesterday…oops!
I had a 6.5 mile run scheduled and then I ran an easy 2.5 mile run with my sister! I thought we were only going to run 1 mile but oh well :)


Ashley July 23, 2013 at 6:11 am

Awesome job, HRGDad!!

Did 10mi with 8x30second sprints this morning…so fartleks here too!


lacy July 23, 2013 at 6:11 am

Congratulations Janae’s Dad! That is awesome! Cantaloupe is one of my favorites along with red seedless grapes and srawberries. I could literally eat strawberries every day. Reading My Life On The Run by Bart Yasso right now and I really like it so far. He’s really am incredible person. No run today still trying to heal this stupid shin/calf injury. Is been two weeks sinc last run and I’m literally going crazy.


YogaBritta July 23, 2013 at 6:11 am

Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do. Your dad is amazing and looks fantastic!


Katie @ msfitrunner July 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

Ha! I did a fartlek for the first time EVER today! So funny. I don’t like fartleks mostly because I don’t like that name…and I don’t like the randomness of the workout. But, mine was a tempo fartlek, so it was very distance oriented instead of time based, which works for me:) It wasn’t so bad! I hope you had a great workout! And, CONGRATS to your dad – I am in awe of people that have such huge weight loss accomplishments, it’s amazing.


Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad July 23, 2013 at 6:13 am

Wow! Go Dad! I just finished The maze Runner series and am working through Divergent. Both are great. If you like books like The hunger Games you will like these books. They are super easy, fast reads.


Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now July 23, 2013 at 6:13 am

I have a tempo run on the agenda (a 40 minute one) – I really strongly dislike them, I honestly would rather do a track workout, which I missed last week because I was at camp

I’m actually waiting for 2 books to come from the library – both of them are by Dean Karzanes (I know, I butchered his name)

I am a red grapes person all the way – they taste really sweet

Congrats, Janae’s Dad!


Meagan July 23, 2013 at 6:16 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels hungrier after eating an apple! I like to make apples my morning snack so that when I get hungry one hour later, its lunch time. Oh and I have one of those permanent bottom retainers and I also get apple stuck in it! Such a hard life :)

Your dad looks great!


Beth @ Running with the Sunrise July 23, 2013 at 6:18 am

Three cheers for your dad! It’s awesome that he’s been able to really commit to a healthy lifestyle and lose all of that weight. I think I prefer red grapes to green grapes and I’m not sure why that is…but I definitely wouldn’t turn down green grapes. I think my official answer to that question would be “whatever’s on sale at the grocery store.” :) Today’s run should be a speed workout, but my legs are super sore from the weekend, so I might go easy today and try the speed intervals tomorrow.


Amy @ Long Drive Journey July 23, 2013 at 6:21 am

I just read The American Wife which was really good!! Today I’m going to run 4 miles, still pretty easy because I’m still getting back into the swing of things. I hope your fartleks went well. I’ve never done anything like that, but been curious about them.

Red grapes!!

And CONGRATS to your dad!! He looks great!


Sue July 23, 2013 at 6:25 am

Your dad looks great!!!!! What dedication!!! Congratulations to him. Have a fun visit with your family. Take care.


Danielle @ Dani Cakes July 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

Yaye for your dad! That is awesome!


Eileen July 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

That’s awesome for your Dad!!

I’m reading The Passage by Justin Cronin and I can’t put it down! I did an easy 3 miles with my dog this morning and red grapes all the way!

I also am like you in that I pretty much like every tv show/movie/book etc! Easily entertained!


Mark Matthews July 23, 2013 at 6:36 am

Loved the Passage. Movie version is coming soon.


Rebecca Jo July 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

I’m reading Ellen’s latest biography – but I’m the same way – I pretty much love everything I read & watch :)

I have said the same thing for years about apples… they make me HUNGRY! What’s up with that?


Rebecca P. July 23, 2013 at 6:31 am

That is such a great idea for the corn! I will definitely be trying it! Congrats to your Dad, that’s great!


Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots July 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

your dad looks great!! I am glad he is getting his health on track!


P.J. Murphy July 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

I remember plane flights with kids younger than 2 well. We definitely used that advantage as much as we could. One thing we learned the hard way is that the airlines won’t mess around if there is any question how old your kid is. We were asked for proof of our kids’ ages a ton once they got close to 2.

Major props to you dad. It’s always fun to see someone you love go through such a positive transformation!


Becky Przy July 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

Your dad looks amazing! Way to go! I love how you have updated us on his progress! So inspiring!

I ran 7.35–I was planning on 7, but wasn’t paying attn when to turn around, I have gotten slightly less neurotic about ending on an even #;-)


Kristin July 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

Way to go, Dad!!!!! :) :) He looks GREAT!! That is so fantastic and such a difficult feat. MAJOR kudos to him!


Liz July 23, 2013 at 6:53 am

Yay Dad, Congrats! Seeing your pic and reading this post almost made me cry, so happy for you!
I did a 9 mile progression run this morning. Loved it! Red or green grapes, as long as they’re sweet!
Not reading anything right now except blogs, and yours is one of my favorites.
Thanks for the book recommendation Elizabeth @ myneonrunningshoes.


Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns July 23, 2013 at 6:57 am

Congrats to your dad!!!! That’s a huge accomplishment. Usually my speed runs are today, but I won’t have time for it on Thursday, so I switched them, long run for me today :) 11 miles!! Green grapes all the way!! They just have a better crunch, especially when you freeze them. I’m reading Burned from the House of Night series. If you love long series, then yes I recommend it lol.


Danica @ It's Progression July 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

Congratulations to your Dad!! That’s so awesome that he’s making healthier choices and you can really see them paying off!


Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

Congrats to your dad!! He’s looking seriously awesome.
Right now, I’m reading a book on Alexander the Great. Which I do recommend if you’re interested in Ancient History. ;-)


Amanda July 23, 2013 at 7:07 am

Your dad looks amazing! Congrats Janae’s dad!!


mary (sisters running the kitchen) July 23, 2013 at 7:11 am

1) apples make me hungrier too….very strange.
2) Congrats to your Dad…that is an amazing accomplishment and takes lots of hard work. He looks great!
3) my workout today was a medium-long 11 mile run at an easy pace
4) I am reading a book called “All the Presidents’ Pastries: 25 years in the White House”….a book about a man’s life who started his career as a pastry chef in France and eventually worked his way into the White House. It is fantastic so far!
5) hard to decide, but I think I’d have to say red grapes!


Tony K July 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

run today? Easy, just jogging with kids XC team

reading now? “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. Really like it. Good for people working in creative fields but also relevant to anyone trying to make something happen in their life.

Green grapes or red grapes? Both, but only in fermented juice.

Congrats to your dad, want my kids to be proud of me too. Great job.


CatieB July 23, 2013 at 7:17 am

Your dad is looking great!!!! 50 pounds is amazing!

I’m a green grape fan :)

Mile 3 run and a Pure Barre class for me tonight!


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 23, 2013 at 7:18 am

Congrats to your dad! He looks awesome!

Great corn on the cob trick! I love corn on the cob so can’t wait to try it out!


Ashlee@HisnHers July 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

Way to go Brooke’s Dad!
I use that method for nuking sweet potatoes and it works perfectly!


Jenn July 23, 2013 at 7:23 am

That is SO funny that you say apples make you hungrier. They make me sooo hungry I can’t eat them as snacks anymore!!


Kay July 23, 2013 at 7:24 am

I’m glad you made it there eventually, your dad looks great!


Megan D July 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

It is most definitely a sad day when your baby turns 2 – for many reasons and plane tickets are one of those reasons.

I am so glad I am not the only person who thinks apples make you MORE hungry. Yet I still eat one almost every day. Maybe apples are to blame for my over eating ;)

Your dad looks fantastic and that is so awesome. Congrats!

I hope your run at altitude went well this morning. It actually isn’t too humid out this morning, so that is good. It has been so gross lately. No run for me today. I did body pump and the stairs.


Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama July 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

Congrats to your dad! I’m going to forward this to my dad, so he feels so peer pressure to start walking & tracking his food. Isn’t infant-in-arms great, especially when you snag an extra seat? We’re planning a big trip before our youngest turns two next spring so we can take advantage of infant-in-arms. Fingers crossed we can get some extra seats on our upcoming trip in August!


Danielle July 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

i have a permanent bottom retainer too! (apples and corn always get stuck in it – annoying!) and your dad looks fantastic!!!


court! July 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

okay, first thing: i TOTALLY agree with you about apples! i’m always hungrier after! they say to gauge your hunger by whether or not you could eat an apple, but after i do, i just want mooooore!

second thing: way to go, pops! lookin’ foxy!

third: you look extra gorgeous in the first photo with brooke!


Megan July 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

SO happy for your dad!! When my dad hit 60 a few years ago he did the same thing and still uses the elliptical and lifts weight 5 – 6 days a week! He uses his cardio time to catch up on TV shows in the basement. He is definitely living up this part of his retirement and looks great!! My parents also just got bikes and bike all the time now. Apparently since my parents got married (26 years ago) my mom has packed on about a lb a year and so she is doing something about it to and already lost 10+ lbs! I can’t wait to see her next week!


Kelly in Canada July 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

Congrats to your dad on changing his lifestyle! It’s a hard thing to do!

Today is a rest day/walk day. I did a long run on Sunday and speedwork at the track yesterday, so my body needs some recovery time.

Green grapes, but only when they are chilled.

I’m [re]reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I often re-read the series during a holiday such as summer. Speaking of which…I think I’ll go make breakfast and read it on the patio! :)


candice@hungrymotherrunner July 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

Yea!! Your home! There is a huge Parade and fair with fireworks in bountiful tonight! Bring your whole fam! We can totally save you a spot!! Text me!


Laura July 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

Congrats to your dad, my husband is trying to lose weight right now and it can be such a struggle!


Amy @ Run Mom Run July 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

Congratulations to your Dad! That’s so exciting.

My workout was a spin on the trainer, runners core and 8 minute arms crammed in before I leave for girls camp in a few minutes. It made me very grateful that I don’t have to wake up this early to get my workout in every day!


Laura July 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

Today is an 11 miler, easy paced! Excited for it actually!

Congrats Papa HRG! That’s so awesome, my parents have been starting to run and cycle and do things to get healthier. It makes me so happy. They came to watch me do my first 70.3 a week and a half ago and the next day my dad made me go with him to the bike shop to help him buy a road bike so he could cycle with me sometimes!


Jen July 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

I have 4 miles with the local run club tonight. Will end up being speed work for me since the pace is a good 1.5 min faster than what I’m comfortable with.

Congrats to your Dad. It’s hard to be drop pounds and be healthy about it. Sounds like he is making a lifestyle change and not a diet change which is the way to make it last! Good Job!!!


Alyssa @ See This Girl Run July 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

Speed workout on my old high school track today. Turns out I hate running on the track. I’d much rather do speed work on the treadmill. Who knew?!
Congrats to your dad!! He looks awesome!!!


Lauren July 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

Your dad looks so good! Congratulations on a healthier lifestyle, Hungry Runner Papa!


Liz @ I Heart Vegetables July 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

Congrats to your dad! And I’m going to try that corn trick, haha


Karen July 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

Go Dad! He’s lucky to have you as an example of healthy living.
Run – nursing a foot I sprained on Sunday, should be able to do an easy run tomorrow. No races anytime soon = allowing it to heal (although it’s killing me not to wear flip flops when it’s 90 degrees!).
Book – “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult…so good!


Katie @ Bevo Loves an Aggie July 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

I’m reading The Fault in Our Stars and it’s fabulous! Your dad looks GREAT! That is so awesome that he is doing so great with his weight loss!


april July 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

i have a permanent bottom retainer, too! i usually cut up my apples because it makes them 1000 times easier for me to eat.

wow, congrats to hungry runner dad! that’s so awesome :)

i’m currently reading “the next best thing” by jennifer weiner. it’s a really great book and i highly recommend it!


Dean Anderson July 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

I am HRG’s daddio. Thank you all for so many kind words. It is hard to not be motivated by the HRG blog. Janae makes living healthy sound so fun. It finally got to me. Thank you all!


MILF Runner July 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

Very impressed! You look great! Keep up the awesome work :)


Michelle @ 3cheaprunners July 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

Your dad is looking great!!! Good job on keeping up the newfound healthy lifestyle


Annette@FitnessPerks July 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

CONGRATS to your dad!!

Ummmm coolest corn trick ever. Thank you!


lena July 23, 2013 at 9:11 am

WOw! congrats!!! am so happy for you and your dad! He is really looking good and doing well!!!! yay for you both!!! (((: Please tell him, he’s such an inspiration!!!! (((:


Corrie Anne July 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

Woohooo!!!! Congrats to your dad! That’s incredible and so inspiring!


Sarah G. July 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

Yay for your dad! He looks amazing! Tracknig my food has been a huge help to me with weight loss, as well. It is amazing how little I knew about portion sizes before I started doing that!

I had an easy 4-miler at zero-dark-thirty before work this morning. :)


Debbie @ DebRuns July 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

Yes, congrats to your dad!!! He must feel so much better, too! Have fun visiting with your family!

My runs are all hilly this week while I’m visiting my parents. This flat-lander isn’t used to it, and it’s kicking my butt!


Fizz @fizzsbizz July 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

Your dad is awesome!! Great Job hungry runner dad!

Green grapes forever.


Fiona Boger July 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

Congratulations to your Dad!!! He is noticeably thinner since the last time you put a picture of him on your blog! That’s great news!


Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby July 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

YAY HRG’s DAD!! You are lookin good!

You are so lucky Brookie just sits still with you – Max would be all over the place and not sitting down on the plane :-(


Megan July 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I agree with this! I could not see my youngest just falling asleep on my lap on a plane let alone just sitting still! Good job mama!


Doni July 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

Congratulations Dad! That’s such a huge accomplishment.


Irene July 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

Congratulations to your Dad! What a huge accomplishment!

I totally agree with you about apples – unless I eat them with cheddar cheese, which I think is a 100x better combo than peanut butter.


Courtney July 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

Congrats to your dad! That’s awesome. I myself have lost 37 lbs in about a year. Slowly going…but it’s going! It’s a rest day for me today, because tomorrow I’m running the Deseret News 1/2 marathon here in Salt Lake down Emigration Canyon. Wooo!


Dean Anderson July 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

Atta girl! -HRG daddio…


Katie July 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

CONGRATS TO YOUR DAD!!! He looks amazing!! Wow! That is really awesome :)



Natalie @ Free Range Human July 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

Congratulations to your dad! That is so exciting and inspiring! Good for you, sir! P.S. I cannot believe how much Brooke has flown in her short little life. She’s already a traveler ;)


Miranda @ Miranda Runs July 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

I hatttttttteeeeeeee when food gets stuck in that retainer! I have it too- SO annoying! It’s like, just let me EAT! ;)


Jenny @ simply be me July 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

Ha! That last picture of Brooke attempting to steal a grape made me chuckle :)


Lora July 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

Congrats hungry runner Dad!! :) 50 pounds is an amazing accomplishment — awesome!!


Logan @ Mountains and Miles July 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

Congrats to your Dad!!! That’s an amazing accomplishment!!

I started my morning off right with hill repeats – long 1 mile killer hill repeats.

I just finished reading “Ultramarathon Man” by Dean Karnazes and really enjoyed it. He actually came into my work TODAY to give a presentation on his next grand adventure (a marathon in EVERY country in 1 year) and he was incredibly nice and approachable.


Carson July 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

Congrats to your dad! So awesome!

I went to the thrift store and found Lauren Conrad’s “LA Candy” for $1.50 along with the other two books in the series so I started reading it yesterday (I only read free or thrift store cheap books).


Christina July 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

Good job to your dad he looks amazing!!


Diana Amy July 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

YAY Hungry Runner Dad!! He looks great – 50 lbs is an incredible amount of weight to lose & keep off!!


Sara July 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

Your dad looks so good! My dad has always been the thinnest member of our family and obsesses over his weight as my mom says “like he is a girl” lol. Right now I have my dog on a diet/exercise plan hopefully she is as successful as your dad :)


Sall-E July 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

That is awesome your dad has lost so much weight! 6 hour flights with little ones can be frightening, glad you made it out ok!


Marie July 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Congrats to your dad! He looks awesome! I need to lose some myself…I could use some pointers. ;)


Lace @ FamilyFitnessandFoodery July 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Brooke is getting so big! She’s precious!
1.) Easy Long Run today
2.) About to start a new book called “Same Kind of Different as Me.” It’s supposed to be amazing.
3.) Green. Green all the way.
4.) Congrats HRGs Dad!!!


Running Rosa July 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Your dad looks fantastic! Good for him for sticking with it!

I’m so using that corn on the cob trick. It’s always a pain to boil them (and I always tend to overcook them. Thanks for the tip!


Dorothy July 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

so happy for your dad, he looks AWESOME!


Amy July 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I loved that book!

And congrats to your dad! That’s a great accomplishment!


Rachel July 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Congratulations to your dad!! That is amazing, and he looks fantastic.

I did a progression run this morning and definitely green grapes!


LosingLindy July 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Your dad looks amazing! Keep up with good work Dad!


Melissa July 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I’m reading that book right now, too! I chose it because the uncle’s name is Finn and that is my daughter’s name. I have a weird feeling that I already read it, but I don’t remember how it ends so I am sticking with it. :)


Monica July 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Wow HRG dad-that’s amazing! 50# is a HUGE number! I know that’s a lot of hard work too! Congrats!


Amy @ crazysweatymommy July 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Definitely red grapes. I always ate green grapes as a kid, but my own kids will only eat red. Thank goodness for Costco grapes!

Great work, Dad!


Sierra @ Always, Sierra July 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Congrats to your Dad! Potentially a guest poster soon?!


Azzurra July 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Congrats Jeanne’s dad!!!


Courtney July 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

Wow, that’s amazing and commendable. Way to go Dad! 4miles is quite the distance for anyone, of any age, of any fitness level. I hope there’s still time to enjoy life with a few treats, while getting used to the new you!


Jen July 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Your dad looks great!!

That’s a smart way to cook your corn. We do it kind if the same way just don’t take the husk off and microwave it for 3 min husk it rinse and enjoy

Brooke is so darn cute :-)


Angela @ Honey, I Shrunk the Mom July 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Janae’s dad, Woohoo! Way to go! :)


Kay July 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Congrats hungrunnerDAD !


Amanda July 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

I read that book too! It is a really good one. I like how it is set in a slightly different time period. I think it makes it more interesting. I just finished The Engagements and it was so good! I am a huge fan of the author anyways, and she did an excellent job on this one.

Congrats to your Dad!


Meg July 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Your dad looks amazing!! Good for him!


Marilyn July 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

HRG dad is rocking it! Truly, it’s awesome.


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