Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dec 11: On the road again

I was back to walking yesterday -- three miles. It was a slow three miles -- 57 minutes, but it felt good to be out. The temperature was around 40f (4.5c) and sunny so it was comfortable in sweats.
I did not hit 10,000 steps for the day. No big deal.

I did well on the diet front except for the maple kisses that came in a Christmas package from our Canadian friend. I will be both happy and sad when they are finished!
We had a light, healthy supper of tuna salad.



It's another sunny day so I'll be out on the road again today. Maybe I'll add a mile in order to get to 10,000 steps.
Maybe not.

Did not weigh today.

John

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dec 10

This morning's weight was 252 again, so I'll go with -6 pounds for week one.
I did take the day off from exercise since I was feeling a little unusual tightness in one hamstring. I'll be back at it today. It is supposed to be 40f today, so I'll take a nice walk this afternoon.
I had a donut and a couple of donut holes at church yesterday. Other than that, diet was pretty good.

John

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Dec 9: Still going

I ended up not taking the day off and managed a little stationary cycle time while watching the fights last night (32 min). I didn't reach my 10,000 steps for the day, but no worries.
My weight this morning was at 252. I expect that's just a part of the normal daily fluctuations.

When I was losing weight a few years ago, I always waited until I registered a weight three times before I claimed it. The main thing for now is to keep a steady downward trend.

John

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dec 8: Week 1 summary

I did manage some exercise every day this week -- walking or riding the stationary cycle.
I hit 10,000 steps 4 of the 7 days.
I ate healthy foods and (for the most part) in healthy portions.
I slept well.

I mentioned that I am a typically fast starter when it comes to weight loss so 250 (-8 pounds) wasn't a big surprise today. Now the serious work begins.

Looking forward will be more of the same. I'll step up the exercise game in a week or so as motivation, fitness level, and weight loss permit. I may start counting calories if weight loss seems to slow down or I may just be more restrictive of foods.

Although I plan to keep up the daily diary, I won't be sharing it on Facebook every day; maybe just weekly. If you're interested, you can follow the blog or follow me on Twitter where I will share the daily posts for as long as they last. I'm @magicianary.

I've earned the day off, but I probably won't take it ... today. We'll see.

Be well,
John

250 lbs
32.1 bmi (obese)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Dec 7

Yesterday I rode the stationary cycle for 30 minutes.
Yesterday evening I intentionally parked about 2/3 of a mile from Downtown Venues midweek service so I would get some walking in. I did manage my 60 active minutes for the day.

Nothing crazy on the food consumption.
Tomorrow morning is weigh-in day.

John

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dec 6

Yesterday was a light day -- 20 minutes on the stationary bike. I didn't get to the afternoon walk like I was planning but ran a few errands and at least I was active.
Chicken breast for lunch, cheese and crackers for snacks, one piece of dark chocolate with orange, and meatball sandwich and salad for dinner.



John

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dec 5: Still going

I know it's only Day 5, but a four day streak is a big deal for the fat guy!
I didn't get out and walk yesterday, but I did put in 40 minutes on the indoor cycle. It's nothing like actually riding a bicycle, but it is better than doing nothing.



In addition to the daily exercise, I've been doing well on eating better foods and fewer calories. I'm pretty much eating two meals a day -- a late breakfast and early supper (brunch and lupper). I try to stick to healthier snacks in between. I'm fortunate to be one of those people that can get a great start on weight loss and start shedding pounds as soon as I make a few healthy changes.



Today will be a good day to get outside. It's only 27f (-3c) this morning, but it is sunny and forecast to be 47f (8c) this afternoon. I should be able to walk and do some yard work (raking to prevent forest fires). Or I may just hit the indoor cycle while it's cold and take care of the yard when it's warmer.
It's good to have options.

Be well,
John

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Dec 4: Planning ahead

The month is off to a good start!
I've managed to walk 8 miles in the first 3 days (2,3,3) and I topped 10,000 steps on two of those days. My plan is to walk (or something) six days per week. "Or something" is for days when the weather is prohibitive and I will probably be using the indoor cycle. I realize that means I probably won't hit my 10,000 steps on those days, but that's not a really big deal.

I have to admit that even something as simple as walking can cause a little stiffness of the muscles and soreness in the joints for a fat guy that hasn't been out for quite a few months. Some yoga will probably find its way into my day to help with that. I've also been including some free squats for the legs and a little dumbbell work for the arms. I really need some good core work, too, but I'm going to be happy to walk daily for now.

I've also decided to move my weekly weigh-in day from Monday morning to Saturday morning.
Weekend indulgence shows up on a Monday weigh-in and can be a little discouraging at times.

We've finished the caramel chocolate holiday candy that Chris made, so that particular dietary temptation in gone (for now). I think I may make cookies from a recipe I posted on this blog some time ago. You can find it here if you care to try it.

Be well,
John


Monday, December 3, 2018

Dec 3: Is three days a streak?

I managed to walk each of the past two days (2 miles and 3 miles) and hit 10,000 steps yesterday.
After today's walk (it will be colder than yesterdays "feels like 28f") I'll have a three day streak!

Food wise I ate healthy foods, added a little homemade Christmas candy, but probably consumed more calories than I should for weight loss. I haven't started logging food yet (and really don't want to) and will see how it goes for a couple of weeks before I make that call.

Be well,
John <><

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dec 2: Looking back

I did step on the scale this morning and I am right where I was in June of 2013 -- a whopping 258 pounds! It was (and is) the most I've ever weighed.
At that time I set a goal to lose 54 pounds in my 54th year. I did it (and then some), but now here I am -- again.
Ugh!

I'm not looking to take a year this time. I just want to be steady about eating better and getting some exercise. Regular posting here will help. I doubt that I'll post daily, but a weekly update will help. Feel free to journey with me.

I managed a two mile walk yesterday and just over 5300 steps.
Yeah, I need to move more.
I guess I'll also go back to food logging. It's a pain, but it's amazing how much you can eat and be unaware of really eating. Making healthy habits takes time. Losing the unhealthy habits is even harder.

This was last night's dinner:



Bacon wrapped chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella cheese and asparagus, baked potato with butter, sour cream and cheese.
Probably could have done without the bacon and sour cream on the calorie count, but it was pretty tasty!

John <><