Monday, December 26, 2011


December 26, 2011 --

I have to say that a big worry of mine was how I would make it through the holidays with so much food and desserts in front of me, calling my name.  Like I said in my last post, I myself baked over 350 cookies.  Well, I have succeeded! Succeeded not only in making it through the holidays, but I have also accomplished my goal to lose 23 pounds before my twenty-fourth birthday.  When I stepped on the scale this morning, I weighed 210 pounds with 7 weeks still to go before my birthday.

I have also decided that as a reward for meeting this goal, I am giving myself the week between Christmas and New Year's Day to not worry about my weight, enjoy some snacks and desserts in moderation, and enjoy myself this holiday season.  If i spend 51 weeks watching everything i put into my body, I figure I can be a little reckless one week.

This also marks 50 pounds of recorded weight loss and the possibility of as much as 65 pounds of unrecorded weight loss.  The most i had seen on the scale was 261 lbs, but I feel that at my heaviest I was likely around 275 pounds, but have no record of this.  Definitely a huge accomplishment for me considering that for the last 5 years I have been trying to get back to 215 pounds, and now I am even five pounds past that.  I would ultimately like to be somewhere in the 190s and just make sure I am healthy.

I promised myself I would get another tattoo when I hit 215 pounds, so for my birthday i think I will be getting another tattoo.  Not quite sure yet what I will be getting or where, but I am definitely excited.

That's all for now.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Here's how I spent Christmas Eve...
7 Hours of Baking...somewhere between 300 and 350 cookies!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Amy

Blog etiquette says that you gotta have a post for your girlfriend's birthday!!

Happy Birthday Amy, my training partner and biggest supporter! Hope you have an amazing day!  Had it not been for your encouragement, I would not be where I am today! I love you!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mid December Updates

December 15, 2011--

Okay it's about time for an update.  Here goes...

1) Marathon Training is going great!  Rock'n'Roll USA is only 13 weeks away which means I have been in training for 11 weeks now.  I just got to the point in my training where I am beginning to increase the mileage of the long runs past 8 miles, and my weekly runs are now a minimum of 5 miles.  All of the training runs have been going great! I just recently purchased a Garmin Forerunner 405, and I post all of my activities on twitter so feel free to check them out here...!/vecchi1.  

2) Operation 23 by Twenty-Four is really going well! I have been dropping an average of one pound a week, and most recently weighed in at 213.2 lbs, only 3.2 pounds away from my goal weight of 210 pounds before my twenty-fourth birthday.  I know that I have not yet accomplished this goal, but my next goal will be to run the marathon on St. Patrick's Day at 200 pounds.  Again, if I can lose just one pound a week, I will hit this goal.  

3) Out of nowhere lately, I have found some extra speed running.  On most of my training runs I have been running at a pace of 9:35 or better, and on a few runs lately I paced under 9:00.  

I think that is it for now...More to come in the near future!  Tomorrow is Friday! Weekend is finally here!

Friday, December 2, 2011


December 2, 2011 --

Here are some updates on everything...

-- Operation 23 by twenty-four is well underway and going great!  Last time i stepped on the scale, I weighed 217 pounds, leaving only 7 pounds to lose before my birthday.  Being that my birthday is just over 10 weeks away, I am feeling very good about reaching this goal.

-- Amy and I have also begun round two of our own 'biggest loser' competition.  We started the first round in May and ran it to september.  Now we are just finishing the first week, and plan to go until the second week of March.  Since it is just the two of us, we decided that whoever has the lowest percentage of weight lost will have to buy dinner that weekend.  At the end, there will be a grand prize for the overall biggest loser, but we haven't decided on that yet.  If anyone has any ideas, feel free to comment here!

-- I registered for three races.  TriRock NY in June, the Mighty Hamptons in September, and the Amica Half Marathon in October.

-- I get an email that I was one of the first 25 people to sign up for a TriRock Series race, and that I would be getting my entry fee reimbursed! Gotta love free races!

-- Marathon training is going great! I have added a countdown to the left side of my blog which is keeping a countdown to the gun time of the marathon in March.  I am still very excited and nervous.  This week begins progressively adding more and more mileage.

-- I ran 4 miles today in 34:18 at a pace of 8:34/mile.  Prior to this, my best pace was 9:10.  Im not sure where the extra speed came from, but I'll take it. It felt great!

Thats all for now.  Hope everyone is enjoying December so far.