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Strongest Dad in the World by Rick Reilly

Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars – all in the same day.

Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much – except save his life.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

“He’ll be a vegetable the rest of his life,” Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. “Put him in an institution.”

But the Hoyts weren’t buying it. They noticed the way Rick’s eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. “No way,” Dick says he was told. “There’s nothing going on in his brain.”

“Tell him a joke,” Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? “Go Bruins!” And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, “Dad, I want to do that.”

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described “porker” who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried. “Then it was me who was handicapped,” Dick says. “I was sore for two weeks.”

That day changed Rick’s life. “Dad,” he typed, “when we were running, it felt like I wasn’t disabled anymore!”

And that sentence changed Dick’s life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

“No way,” Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren’t quite a single runner, and they weren’t quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway. Then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, “Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?”

How’s a guy who never learned to swim and hadn’t ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.

Now they’ve done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don’t you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you’d do on your own? “No way,” he says. Dick does it purely for “the awesome feeling” he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992 – only 35 minutes off the world record, which, in case you don’t keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.

“No question about it,” Rick types. “My dad is the Father of the Century.”

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. “If you hadn’t been in such great shape,” one doctor told him, “you probably would’ve died 15 years ago.”

So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other’s life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father’s Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy. “The thing I’d most like,” Rick types, “is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.”

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING…Have a great life.

WOW so amazing. I know a couple like this with a disabled son who are super fit and take him with them in a modified pram on epic runs through sand dunes and everything. We really don’t have any excuse when there are people like this out there.

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I RAN!!! Finally, and of course it starting raining really heavy half way through. So I had to stop cause I got a really bad stitch but I’m almost as fast as I was last year.

As I have been pretty sick the past month (stupid sinuses) I think this was a really good effort, even with my little walk.

Next run is due on saturday, might try and do a 12k. I’m no longer doing the Canberra Marathon in April so I registered for the Sydney Half on 18 May.

Are oats sugar free?

They contain a tiny amount of glucose which is fine. However, if you by the flavoured packets you will find a lot of sugar has been added. Look at the packet and the only ingredient that should appear is oats. They should also only cost $1.20 for 750 grams.

Add your own flavours:

Peanut butter
Raw cacao powder
Rice malt syrup
Frozen berries
Greek yoghurt
Coco nutty granolai
Vanilla, peppermint, almond, etc essence

I have it every morning and it takes no time at all to add flavours.

Also check out my shopping list in case I forgot anything:

Hope that helps :)

Such an easy but highly delicious meal for lunch or dinner. Contains:

Protein: eggs, omelette style (with tumeric powder, it’s anti inflammatory did you know)

Fat: butter, yummmm

Carbs: frozen veggies, sourdough toast

I would have crumbled feta cheese on top, if my GP had not asked my to quit dairy for a couple of weeks. Trying to fix these sinuses so I don’t have to go on antibiotics again.

The last of my “Get better ASAP soup”

It has:
- Lots of veggies including lots of garlic and onion
- tumeric paste
- coconut cream

So, so easy and a big pot provided you with seemingly endless meals.

What I’ve been up to since Christmas.

The Dutchies came and went. They came for my Great Aunts 100th Birthday.

The one with the hat is a colourful character.

I enrolled in my uni degree in Food and Nutrition. So this is now happening:

Hopefully I will finish in 6 years and then get into the Masters program.

My lovely little white Macbook finally gave up on me after 5 years, so this happened:

I hope it lasts 5 years as it was $700 more expensive than the last one.

I did a lot of this last week but this week I have been very sick. I went to the GP and she said that my constant hay fever could be due to bacteria in my gut? and that I should go off dairy for 3 weeks and then come back and see her. In the meantime I have yet another prescription nasal spray and I need to take probiotics and a high strength fish oil. It doesn’t seem fair that I have the healthiest diet of anyone I know and I have to quit dairy now. Life is just not fair sometimes.

So I bought this Freya Cha Cha bikini on Asos. If you have a large cup size I highly recommend.

That is all for now as I don’t seem to be in a talkative mood, therefore all the photos.

My boyfriend. Humpf.

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Finally got my Xmas bake on.

Two recipes from David Gillespie’s Sweet Poison Quit Plan Cookbook:
• Spiced Christmas Cake - the batter was so delicious and a mousse consistency. It was so hard for me to put it in the oven because it tasted so good. I’ve never liked Christmas Cakes/Pudding with all the dried fruit, so this one is perfect for me. The dried fruit is replaced by lemon and orange zest. Plus this cake is much lighter than traditional northern hemisphere inspired cakes/puddings, which is perfect for the hot Australian summer. I made 4 mini cakes to give as presents.
• Gingerbread - love this recipe so much (why don’t I just make it all year round). They had full spice flavour and just the right amount of sweetness. The recipe said makes 24 but I got over 40 from the mixture.

Both of the recipes used just half a cup of dextrose (glucose) and some rice malt syrup.

The third recipe was from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook:
• Pumpkin Ginger Spice Granola - it’s a twist on her Coco-nutty Granola. The extra spices (instead of just cinnamon) give it a real kick but I think I made a big mistake by adding the oats straight to the hot wet mixture, it started to look like a cookie mix at one stage.

Anyway, that is work baking done. Sunday will be spent baking for family Christmas presents.

A Christmas bomb went off in my office and the best (and of course healthiest) French toast.

They told at work that the team who decorates their little Christmas tree the best wins, but no, we had to go completely over the top and decorate our little office from Santa chimney full of snow on the roof, to snow capped mountains on the desks, to all the shredded paper (a lot) we could find to completely cover the floor to a foot depth. Craziness.

Recipe for the best French Toast

• 1 loaf of unsliced soft Wholemeal bread (or bread if choice)
• Egg and milk wash
• Rice malt syrup
• Frozen berries that have been heated up slightly in microwave and are a chunky syrupy consistence.
• Chobani 2% Greek yoghurt or other full fat no sugar added yogurt like

So yummy, so low in fructose, a real luxury on a Sunday morning but without the luxury price tag.

Also, new mini iPad with my marathon training schedule, and that’s all I can afford for ages.

Say hi to Roger……my new love.

Healthy easy homemade Burritos

Delicious Friday night meal and so easy to make.

I used:

• swiss brown mushrooms
• lots of olive oil
• old El Paso burrito spice mix
• eggs
• mushed up red kidney beans
• salad
• grated cheese
• old El Paso wraps
• Greek yoghurt because I didn’t have sour cream

and now I have lots of leftovers yaaaay.

I didn’t go running, to many rumbles of thunder. I did do Ripped in 30 which I haven’t done since May last year. The top pic was taken then and the bottom yesterday. There is definitely a lot more definition and I can feel a rock hard muscle in there too. I also did the advanced program where last year I struggled with beginners. The 1kg weights I used in each hand were 5kgs too light lol and felt like I didn’t have any weights at all.

Having a PT has completely changed my body in the last year and a half. I have the Michelle Obama peanut arm going on lol, my abs are always sticking out looking defined and the Brazilian butt lift is definitely coming along as well as the muscles in my thighs. The thighs have been my problem area ever since I was a teenager but I now feel confident in skin tight dresses and skirts with no help from undergarment support. This is what I have wanted for so long. To fit into almost any type of clothing and look decent.

Of course diet has played a massive part in all this. If I was still eating the way I was last year, I would still have the bloating and definitely not be able to fit the waste line of my very tight jeggings and skirts. So giving up sugar was definitely the best thing I did for my waist. No more inflammation (or plumbers crack) for me.

Thanks so much for your comments, they’re very helpful. I still haven’t spoken to him and I’m still not sure what to do but have loved the time I’ve spent so far alone.

I am very excited about starting the Nutrition degree and can’t wait to get feedback on all this research I’m doing.

I am taking a little break from nutrition reading and have finally started reading The Hunger Games which I’m loving. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish the second book next week and go see the movie in Gold Class.

I went to the gym last night to do a session with my trainer but it didn’t go so well as I was still recovering from food poisoning. I full good now though and will go for a run tonight and post a sweaty pic to prove it.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day :)