Fitness Challenge Day 22 – Fighting to Keep the Dreams Alive

Back to the music inspiration…I mentioned Rocky the other day.  While walking today “The Eye of the Tiger” came on my iPod.  This was the theme song to Rocky.  One of the lines goes as follows:

So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

Well, I am fighting to keep my dreams alive in so many ways.  Work, travel, weight loss.  All of them are a fight and my passion drives me.

Sweat makes it happen! After a good walk.

Today was a good day.  Got up early, wrote a long review of PlantPure Nation, had some good meals, got a walk in.  It was a long, yet productive day.  I also wrote a blog post for the Great American Fitness Challenge, the first of a few periodic ones on my weight loss/fitness challenge journey.

For lunch I had a nice salad with some pears and pecans on it.  And, of course, Julianne’s amazing 3-2-1 dressing. I also had brown rice slathered in Sambal Oelek Ground Fresh Chili Paste, just to spice it up a bit.

Lunch of salad with 3-2-1 dressing and brown rice slathered in Sambal Oelek Ground Fresh Chili Paste

We got home and I walked.  My connectivity was funky, so the walk app’s GPS didn’t get it all right.  But, it was the same route from a day earlier, so I know how far it was.  Once again, after about a mile I struggled with my knee.  In fact, as I got close to home I even felt like I had stability issues…my knees were actually shaking…weird.

MapMyWalk for the day was off – but I walked 1.55 miles

While I was walking Julianne made another AMAZING dinner!  In following the PlantPure Nation ideal, it was all plant-based…mashed potatoes made from real potatoes (which I peeled before my walk), a mushroom brown gravy, whole carrots glazed in organic maple syrup and sauteed bok choy with mushrooms and garlic.  We also had a side of fruit with fresh mango, honeydew and kiwi.  Almost everything was from Bountiful Baskets!

Wonderful dinner of mashed potatoes with brown mushroom gravy, maple syrup glazed carrots and bok choy, with a side of fresh fruit.

I felt good about my day.  Helping me keep those dreams alive!

Please come join Team Sumoflam at the Great American Fitness Challenge in Lexington, KY on June 13. It will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park and features a 5K, a 15K, an Open Steeplechase and an Elite Steeplechase. You can register by clicking the link below. Anyone that participates on Team Sumoflam will get a specially designed t-shirt with artwork by singer/songwriter/artist Antsy McClain.

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Great American Fitness Challenge 2015

KAri - April 23, 2015 - 09:55

Dave, you and the goddess Julianne make the plant-based eating look not only do-able, but really delicious too! I wonder if Julianne might do a cookbook? I wonder about your knees. Do you wrap them at all? What does your doctor say about this? Obviously, you have to keep up the exercise, but how can this be accomplished without messing up those knees?

sumoflam - April 23, 2015 - 13:14

Kari; It can be very delicious and healthy. It’s doing me wonders, that’s for sure!!

Brandon - April 23, 2015 - 18:29


For whatever it is worth, I try to read your posts to see how you are doing. I admire you for taking on this challenge and I truly hope and pray that you can reach your goals.

I have another good friend from high school, who is also working on getting healthy and he has cut his insulin in half and has stopped drinking soda. He hasn’t lost the weight he wants, but he is eating healthier and walking as well. Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone.

I know there isn’t much I can do from Denver, but count me as a fan, cheerleader or assistant coach, ha ha!

I am a sucker for challenges, goals, motivational stories and I just think it is so awesome what you are doing. Keep it up!!!


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