Holidays are BEHIND US!

January 12, 2010

I managed to get through the holidays with only minimal damage to my fitness efforts. I gained about two pounds, which I expect to lose again quickly. Reading a fascinating book called BORN TO RUN, about, among other things, ultramarathons, nutrition, and the Turajumara.

Where I live in sunny Colorado, autumn weather is usually sunny with cold nights and warm days, broken by an occasional winter storm that blows through in a day or two. This year is shaping up to be a little different. We had our first real snow in September and we have had a couple of whoppers since then, along with several periods of gloomy drippy weather that I would expect in Seattle, but not here.

The point of this rambling is that you can’t let the weather get you off track on your personal weight loss and fitness program. This past Saturday was cold and wet, sandwiched in between a Friday night snow storm and a Saturday/Sunday blizzard, but I went out with a friend and we walked about twelve miles despite the weather.

Of course, exercise alone does not really burn all that many calories. But, it does change your metabolism so that you have more energy, burn more calories all day long, and generally feel better while not eating as much.

So, find ways to stay active even if the weather makes staying in bed reading a book all day look like a better choice.

Still Coasting

November 3, 2009

I’ve had a lot of distractions and opportunities to overeat lately, but my weight has been holding steady in a┬árange of a couple of pounds. I am still on track to reach my goals in less than a year, but I also understand that it is not a linear path. I will hold my own through the holiday season and then get back to┬ásteady weight loss behavior.

Short answer: Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup are really, really bad for you.

If you want good supporting evidence, watch this YouTube video titled “Sugar: the Bitter Truth”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

The video runs an hour and a half, which is why I gave you the short answer, but it is very well worth watching.

Coasting

September 25, 2009

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately, among other distractions, but my weight is staying stable with a loss of five or six pounds. I will get back to a more rigorous program soon . . .

Slipped a Little

August 31, 2009

I gained about a pound in the past two weeks, which is not as bad as I feared, given our road trip last weekend and the fact that my exercise hasn’t been as regular as it should be lately — the sun coming up later every morning is interfering with my early walks/runs. I enjoy walking in the dark, except for the morons in their steel beasts heading to work who might not see me on the side of the road. So, I will start exercising later in the day and make sure I stick to a regular schedule, along with continuing to trim my calories here and there.

Missed My Weekly Weigh-In

August 26, 2009

My wife and I were on a three day road trip Sunday through Tuesday, so I missed my Monday morning weigh-in. I’m going to wait until next Monday, because I know my weight will appear high right now. Driving long hours in a car does all kinds of bad things to your weight loss program — short term water retention is probably the most aggravating, but it dissipates quickly after you are no longer sitting still 24 hours a day — both in terms of lack of exercise and poor nutrition. When I am driving, I tend to engage in constant calorie consumption in order to keep myself awake. There is nothing as effective for me as a cold Dr. Pepper and caramel popcorn for keeping myself alert. Then there is the difficulty in finding high quality food to eat at restaurants. We try to avoid the fast food joints at the interstate exits, but drive a little farther into each town looking for the unique family owned cafes that are still hanging on. In places like that, you can find real food for a good price and leave not feeling bloated from too many french fries.

If you happen to be in North Platte, Nebraska around meal time, take the exit off I-80 at the west end of town and drive north past all the ticky-tacky chain restaurants until you see an obscure little glass-fronted building on your left called “Come and Get It Bar-B-Q.” Excellent meal at an excellent price.

So, I will weigh in next Monday and see if I suffered a setback in my personal weight loss program.

My official weight this morning was 150.5 pounds, which is six and a half pounds lower than my starting weight of 157. Losing slightly less than a pound a week may not seem very fast, but I am confident that slow, steady weight loss is the healthiest kind and also the easiest kind to maintain and not gain back like a boomerang. By using the guidance in the Become Your Own Personal Weight Loss Coach program, I think almost anyone can achieve similar results.

I weighed in at 152 pounds yesterday morning, six weeks after I became my own weight loss and fitness coach using the guidance of the Become Your Own Personal Weight Loss Coach program. So, I have lost five pounds in six weeks. If I maintain this rate of progress, I will reach my maximum weight loss goal after only six months. Exercise has been a key part of my personal program, and I can feel a dramatic difference in my fitness level. This morning I ran (slowly) over a half mile in the midst of my pre-sunup walk. It feels good to stretch my normal limits. I have to admit I have become a lazy slug over the past couple of decades, but I am steadily getting back into healthy shape.

Walked Five Miles

August 9, 2009

I walked about five miles this morning, climbing into the Flatirons, which are remnants of the Ancestral Rockies, estimated to be 250 million years old. Great views, good walk, excellent way to burn excess calories!

Tomorrow is my six week weigh-in. We will see if I lost any weight during the past week, during which I was distracted by a lot of things and not really paying attention to my program.