Another Month Gone By.

Procrastination seems to be a regular occurrence when posting to the blog. Last post was Valentine’s Day just over a month ago. Wish I could honestly say that I was too busy, but that would be a lie. When I started on this project, I figured that exposing myself to the cyber world would make me be more accountable to both myself and you, the readers. It hasn’t happened like that.

A lot has happened in my life since then, divorce (on my birthday no less), started/joined a gym and lost a job. All had an affect on my life, but none of them reduced the time I had available to post. Part of the reason for putting off posting was a lack of interesting things to say or share.

Since there have been so many big changes in the last month and a half, I am just going to wing it. You will likely see a lot of stuff that is, well…boring. But am honestly going to TRY to post more often and share a lot more. There have been some setbacks, but there are some steps forward. Hope you will stick around for some of them.

Thanks for reading.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Here I sit with coffee in hand contemplating the meal I’ll be cooking for Valentines Day. Knowing that it will blow any reasonable weight losses in the past week. Dreams of Rib Eye steaks and Cream of Crab soup with 9 Grain Sourdough bread from Great Harvest Bread Company in Alexandria, VA compete with whether I am attending church this morning or going to the gym.

Weekends can be dull or full of choices and this one is no exception. At least I am off Monday so that adds a little room to cram in more fun/work/naps. At least I didn’t forget to get you flowers.

I got you some flowers!
I got you some flowers!

 

AM still trying to be consistent with all of this posting, eating and training. The only thing that is consistent is trying.  Hope this doesn’t sound like whining, am actually quite happy and content. Got in 3 hours and twenty minutes of training last week. Posted to the weekly weigh in section and it was down a couple of pounds. Got to see Navy Hockey win the Crabpot Tournament last night. Plus I still have two more days off and the aforementioned delicacies to enjoy. Life is pretty damn good.

Maybe its just because its early. Maybe its because its squat day at the gym. Maybe its because its 9 degrees outside right now, but I am having problems getting my ponderous rear section ready to workout. One more cup of coffee may do it but I really need somebody here to prod me along.

Somebody…..The essence of Valentine’s Day is celebrating that somebody. Hopefully all of you have that somebody. The person behind you success, the person who prods you when you need it. Success doesn’t normally happen in a vacuum, it happens because others were there to cheer you on, to give you a shoulder to cry on, to pick you up when you’ve fallen and to apply one’s foot to your backside when you need it.

Celebrate your somebody today. Tell him or her how important they are. Let them know how they contribute to your success. You don’t need bacon flowers or Steaks and Cream of Crab soup, you just need a few kind words.

Have a great Valentine’s Day.

I’m finishing my coffee and going to the gym.

 

 

 

How Do You Feel About Being Average?

Average. 1. equaling or approximating an arithmetic mean. 2.being about midway between extremes. 3. not out of the ordinary; common.

A 2012 Gallup survey found that most Americans exercise for 30 minutes three times per week. (51 percent) Another 18 percent exercise two days per week and a third doesn’t exercise at all.  Seems that people exercise more in the spring and summer than in winter. Obese people and those with incomes under $36,000 per year tend to exercise the least.

The Maryland Population Research Center funded a study that found that Americans average about two hours per week engaged in sports or fitness activities. They also found that dedicated walking was the most prevalent activity and that 5 percent of Americans spend about 53 minutes daily walking. Two hours may not sound like much, but is way more than what we were getting in 1965 when the first U.S. National Diary was conducted.

Average. Is that that good enough for you? Do you go to see average movies? Spend you weekend seeking out average restaurants with average cuisine? Looking for an average job or and average mate? Do you want just an average body?

Don’t know about you but average? That’s not what I want to put the effort into. (Although an average body is an improvement for me) One of the planks of my 20/18 plan is exercise or training 4 hours or more per week. More than average, faster improvement and some flexibility. That comes out to 18 hours per month. Something every one of us can find the time for.

About four hours per week is what  the U.S. Center for Disease Control  recommends for adults aged 18 to 64.  Four hours of physical activity each week by combining moderate exercise for 2.5 hours per week and a vigorous activity, such as running and muscle strengthening, for an hour and fifteen minutes per week.

Over at Prevention Magazine they have an interesting article that cites an even higher amount of exercise. Seems that the JAMA Oncology magazine published a study that 300 minutes of exercise per week was linked to the greatest weight loss and fat loss.

Was worried about getting behind on exercise because of being snowed in over the weekend. It started to snow when I got home on Friday and 20 inches later I am still home on Sunday as I write this. But I did get in 1 1/2 hours yesterday and two hours today of shoveling snow. My week starts on Sunday so I finished last week with 4.3 hours of exercise and started the current week with two hours.

shoveled driveway

 

Now back to average. Is average really what you want? Obviously it is better than nothing, but it is still average. Can you commit to more and would you? How often do you exercise? Would love to hear from you.

 

 

Motivation To Post.

You’d think that a lack of posting means that somebody may have given up. Its not like it takes that much time to post a few words here and there. Doesn’t have to always be prolific posts. (not that any of mine have been so far). But, life gets in the way. Still fighting the waist, still working out, but at the end of the day a post seems to get lost in the shuffle. Life gets in the way.

The holidays, daughter going away to college (tried to spend as much time with her as possible), work and any other excuse keeps me away from the keyboard. Did formulate a new battle plan. Have read and studied some exciting (to me) books on the psychology of habit specifically and weight loss in general. And have applied some of those finding to the battle plan. Hope to elaborate more soon.

Surf a few other weight loss blogs and will occasionally link to them. Kenlie’s All The Weigh site is entertaining. Check it out.

Supposed to snow this weekend. Like…..lots of snow for this area. (12 plus inches)  Am sure being trapped in the house will cause a prolific posting or two and already have a couple of drafts in the works.

Thanksgiving And Thankfulness.

Holidays are a great time to spend with families and friends and its hard to resist one that centers around good food. Food has always been an expression of love in my family. Mom was one of those welcoming type of her generation who greeted you, invited you to sit down and then offered to make you something to eat. That has rubbed off on me.

Starting on Wednesday I spent most of two days cooking. Went over to my ex-wife’s house (yes, we get along great) and started on the feast. Everybody had one dish they wanted in addition to the usual Thanksgiving fare, plus I cooked dinner for Wednesday night, Panera Bread potato cream cheese soup. Wednesday was mostly prep so Thursday cooking would go smoothly. Made up two kinds of dressing, pies, soup for dinner, cleaned the smoker for the turkey and shopped for last minute items.

Spent that day hanging out with my daughter and the dogs. She helped some, but I was in my glory in the kitchen. Cooking is something I really enjoy, its that combination of creativity, art and the rewards of satisfied friends and family heaping compliments on you afterwards.

Did a Turkey on the smoker, its always a hit with the family and makes fantastic turkey soup. (the smoke adds a depth of flavor to the soup) One of the nice things about using the smoker is it frees up the oven for all the other things we tend to make for Thanksgiving. And with sweet potato pies, two kinds of stuffing, pumpkin spice corn bread all having to be cooked the extra space was needed.

Could ramble on about the cooking and the food but the important thing was having a great time with people we love. Am blessed to be able to enjoy that smidgen of time together before life gets back in the way and we all join our daily routines of work and school.

Yeah, I put on a few pounds. Yes, this blog is about my battle with the ever expanding waistline. But love makes the war worth fighting. Losing one battle is not going to lose the war. The hour plus long drive gave me time to reflect on what and whom is really important. The love of the people in all of our lives is important. Becoming healthy so we can spend more time wrapping that love around us is the goal.

I hope you too had a Thanksgiving full of love.

What’s Going On Now!

When things get tough, its easy to lose focus on goals. Been focusing on some of life’s obstacles so posting and writing have taken a back seat. In the last moth I’ve:

1. Hurt myself in the gym.
2. Taken one of my dogs to the 24 hour emergency veterinarian, two weekends in a row.
3. Totaled my car. (not my fault)

Throughout this ordeal I’ve stayed positive but have slacked on both exercise and to a lesser degree eating. Exercise because of being hurt both in the gym, then several weeks later in the car accident. My dogs only kept me from exercising on the weekends but was kind of emotionally (and financially) draining.

This week was the first week back to something that resembles running. (YAY!) Also in the down time I have been listening to a couple of books on tape. Two on habits and willpower and one on the actual mindset of doing. The books have been eye opening to the mental approach of goal attainment. Am ordering the print versions and will do a future write up on them.

You will notice that there have posts and pictures of food over the last week. Studies prove that those who keep a food journal tend to do better at both losing weight and maintain that loss. So I volunteered myself as a lab rat and have decided to see if it works for me. So far I have not been consistent. There is a food journal on the front seat of the work truck and of course the pictures you see on this blog.

As far as weight loss goes, it has been fairly static but I am confident that following the process will lead to long term losses.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

The Waistline Warrior!

Online Food Journal

I will not be posting a picture of this morning’s breakfast. I forgot to take one but I did have a bowl of steel cut organic oatmeal with craisins, agave nectar, a little bit of vanilla flavoring and cinnamon it was yummy.
The purpose of posting what I eat is a personal experiment lifted from 2 books I recently read on habit and willpower. Will write more about all of it later on as things progress but both books were intellectually stimulating and I opening as far as diet lifestyle and how we tackle self control.