3 Things I’ve Learned From Running With My 5 Year Old

Dadhood, Wellness

She started preaching to me, “people need to do this so they aren’t just watching TV. “

We have a runner.

This represents not only my 2.5 mile journey yesterday. I was joined by a very enthusiastic 5-year-old. I’m pretty sure she was looking forward to this run more than I was. Which is saying a lot. As soon as she hit the trail, she burst out in her distinct style of maniacal laughter.

More of the family was with me, but I think we all were entertained and enlightened by her approach. This may just be the thing that helps to keep us all healthy. This little 5-year-old thing running through the forest barefoot. She partly encourages us by her enthusiasm and partly shames us for our lack of enthusiasm at times.

This is what my cross country has taught me so far.

1. Revisit my running form.

She runs with her arms down at her side with hands wide open. I’m literally trying her primitive style to see if it has any benefits.

2. Enjoy enjoy.

I am reminded to smile and enjoy the process.

3. Know when I need a piggy back ride.

When she’s out of steam, she slows down or accepts a piggy back ride for a couple minutes. Then… She jumps back into attack mode.

One thing I’m NOT doing. Running barefoot. If I hit an acorn with my heel, I will cry like a little girl.

I’m glad she has discovered it early. I’m glad anyone who enjoys trail running discovers it when they discover it. Are you smiling when you exercise?

My 21 Days Of Intermittent Fasting


I just wrapped up my personal experiment of intermittent fasting for 21 days. I can report that I was faithful to the end.

How do I feel? Really good.

Do I miss having that early breakfast? Not anymore.

What were three main benefits that I experienced from intermittent fasting?

Number one: I lost weight. I weighed around 185 going in. And this morning I jumped up on the scale with fear and trembling. 175. A 10 lb weight loss in 3 weeks. I would prefer 20 lb of weight loss but when you compare it to not losing any weight, or gaining weight. Well, you see where I’m going with that. I’m happy with the results.

Number two: I feel good. Like James Brown, I’m thinking I’m going to do one of those little Twistee ankle slidy kind of dances. I know, I’ve got you picturing it. But I’m not doing it for video unless I have the wig. So if you can find me Good James Brown wig I’m going for it.

Number three: My stomach is not as flabby. Yeah even though I run on a regular basis, my fifty-three-year-old self has been over the legal weight limit for my hobby. Not that there is a legal weight limit, but if there was, I’m sure I would screeched over it.

But yesterday, just yesterday, on day 21, I realized my stretchy jeans we’re feeling a little bit on the loose side. So, I gave it a try and I tighten my belt loop one sweet notch.

Lake Dallas Holmes once said, “Hey I’m a Believer now.” I think he was talking about something else, However, I am a believer in the intermittent fast.

As a matter of fact, I am at the point now where I would recommend the intermittent fast. Being that I am not a licensed Healthcare professional, or dietitian, I guess I would not suggest that you do this thing unless you have spoken with your personal doctor of Chiropractic but if I were such a professional, I would give you a recommendation of such.

I do want to say that you might be interested in reading up on the intermittent fast.

What did I do for my 21 days?

That’s a good question. I’m glad I asked. I simply tapped into a 16-hour fast everyday. So if I was done eating by 6:30 p.m. my next meal would come at around 10:30 or so in the morning. Most days I did not get finished with dinner until around 7 or 7:30. And lately I have been running after work. I also pick up our daughter from dance class so, sometimes we don’t get home until after 7:30. That’s where the fun came in. It takes a little bit of planning for this scheme.

Any good system has a plan.

As a matter of fact the scriptures say that the people perish without a plan. So I made sure that I had some gluten free bread and peanut butter and jelly in the office. And that is a treat for me. No offense to any casserole makers in the bass household. But PB&J is one item which I believe, would be my items to bring on the island for Survivor, the (yes, it’s still on the air) TV show.

So what now?

Where do we go from here, not that all of the children are grown. (Ours aren’t) Games people play, diets people do? Right now, I am going to continue intermittent fasting. Why would I not? When I feel this good and I believe I have cracked my metabolism code.

Soon, I might go back to a Keto lifestyle, because I do enjoy the convenience of being able to pick up a slab of meat and enjoy the savory niceness. But, for now I shall intermittent-ize my fasting.

One note about the term diet.

Many people, diet gurus, like to say that diets are a bad thing. And that we need a lifestyle instead. I disagree with that. Because we all are on a diet. No matter what kind of Count Chocula or Pop-Tarts you have throughout the day and as a midnight snack. You are on a diet.

The question – is will you be on a healthy diet? Which is, yes a lifestyle. When we speak of the lion in the zoo, the zookeeper with the little Britney Spears microphone speaks out the items in the Lion’s “diet.” Sometimes they may even mention what their diet consists of in the wild. So what is your diet? We are all on a diet? Is yours healthy? How do you feel? Do you have a plan?

Have you ever tried intermittent fasting? And if so what version of the fast have you implemented? Leave your comments and suggestions in the comment area below.

Be blessed and keep smiling.