Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ugh! The Struggle Continues...

In the year and a half prior to my retirement, I managed to lose 60 pounds.
I was eating well and getting daily exercise.
In the year and a half since my retirement, I've managed to put most of the 60 pounds back on!
Ugh!

Several times in the past year I've said that I'm getting back to healthy eating and exercise only to fail after a relatively short period of time. Then I see pictures or video and decide that this time I'm really going to stick to it -- only to fail after a relatively short time.

So today is the day.
I did weigh myself, but I'm not going to focus on weight.
My focus will be on good health.
I'm going to start walking again -- every day.
We have no plans for traveling during the holidays so that won't interfere with a goal of 100 miles by the end of the year. I get all 31 days of December plus 2 bonus days left in November -- 33 days of just over 3 miles/day. I realize that on some days I may have to find an alternative to walking due to weather, but will make daily exercise a priority.

I don't know that I want to go back to counting calories. I might, but really don't want to do that. I would rather just pay closer attention to everything that I am consuming. If I watch what I'm eating, cut out the crap, and keep portion sizes reasonable, I should be okay. Typically, December wouldn't be a great time to start on a diet, but we are not big into the holiday baking and I'm not at work where people are bringing that stuff in. I do plan on boosting my protein intake and keeping an eye on the grains. We're going to do more daily shopping for fresh produce and try to throw away less than we have been in the past.

There is plenty of activity for today -- laundry, getting Christmas stuff down from the attic, dinner prep, and that long walk.
Better get busy.

John <><


Friday, July 15, 2016

July 15, Daily diet and fitness diary

It has been a few days since posting on my daily habits.
I have managed to stay within my caloric allotment everyday at camp. It has been a challenge as some of the food is not exactly what I would eat for my current needs. I am glad that I brought apples and protein bars and will be happy to get back to some better vegetables and produce.

I only managed a walk on two of the three full days here and none on the two end days.
Tonight, I'm hoping for some indoor cycle time during the Cardinals' ball game.

Even though I have been pretty close to my calorie limit, I can't say that I'm looking forward to my Monday morning weigh-in. I think I'll be okay if I just haven't gained any weight this week.

Be well,
John

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12, Daily diet and fitness diary

Yesterday ended up as a good diet day.
Dinner at camp was good and satisfying. I'm sure that I could have had seconds, but was satisfied with a single serving of roast beef, potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. The evening snack was popcorn.

I didn't get  a walk in yesterday, but did have a little activity playing some games with the kids. I'll try for a walk later today.

John

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 11, Daily diet and fitness diary

So I kind of gave myself an off day yesterday.
Or at least it started off that way. I still tracked everything and was still within my daily allotment of calories, and I still managed a decent break down on protein, fats and carbs ... until the late night Reissen binge! No worries, though.
No real exercise, just 45 minutes of mowing the lawn.

I was at home this morning and stepped on the scale for my Monday weigh-in and it was the same as yesterday's 225.0.

Now it's camp week and we'll see how this goes. I have some protein bars and some apples and I brought my own coffee and single cup pour over brew set-up. I was offered a cup of coffee when I arrived this morning, but having already spotted the Folgers canister near the coffee maker, I simply said, "No, thank-you."

They were loading a couple of large briskets into the ovens when I arrived this morning and I saw them peeling potatoes at lunch time, so dinner tonight should be wonderful! I'll just need to watch the portion size.

Until tomorrow --
Be well.

John

Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 10, Daily diet and fitness diary.

Yesterday was a good fitness day with another long walk. Diet wise was also okay.
Over the past two weeks, I have had no soda. I have had some junk food -- occasional potato chips and a few servings of homemade ice cream, but have generally managed to stick to more healthy choices.

As always, portion control seems to be the main thing for me. Eating too much of a healthy food choice is still overeating.

Monday morning is when I usually have my weekly weigh-in, but I will not be home tomorrow morning.
So -- I decided to have my weekly weigh-in a day early.
In thirteen days I have gone from 233.0 to 225.0 pounds.
I do realize that 8 pounds in two weeks is probably not a sustainable rate of weight loss for me, but it is a great start!

I'll be at a kids' camp next week, so diet may be a challenge. I'll probably bring a supply of protein bars and a bag of apples so that I'll have a supply of decent foods. I'll keep up with logging foods as best as I can, and will try to post daily on how it is going.

Be well,
John

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 7, Daily diet and fitness diary

Another good calorie day and another 6 mile walk day.
Protein intake has been good but I think I need to get a bit more fiber in my diet. I had some granola cereal and Greek yogurt for breakfast today and I see a salad later in the day. Apples are a good fiber source. I need to add an apple to my protein shakes.

In any case, I'm moving on.
Probably not going to walk 6 today, but will get some form of exercise in.

John

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 5, Daily diet and fitness diary

So yesterday was the first day in the eight days (since I've started logging diet again) that I've gone over on my daily calories. I was doing okay until we got to the homemade ice cream and some kind of apple crumble dessert.

Today I decided that I was going to get back in the walking mode and went for a long walk -- six miles. I need to get back to daily walking of some kind. I doubt that six miles will be the daily standard.

In any case, the quest for good health continues!

John

Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 3, Daily diet and fitness diary

The closest I've been to my daily max on calories (still -100) but no exercise.
Tomorrow will be the tough day.

John

Saturday, July 2, 2016

July 2, Daily diet and fitness diary

Just a quick update today.
Yesterday turned out to be better than I thought it would be. We went out to eat at Joe's Crab Shack and I was sure that the king crab bucket would put me way over the calorie limit for the day. I didn't use much of the drawn butter and was very pleased when I checked the calories for the meal via My Fitness Pal.
This morning shows me at -5 pounds for this week with the actual on week mark being on Monday morning.
The holiday weekend could be tough!

John