Saturday, September 11, 2010
While Sparkin today I saw an email come in from a group I belong to, Patriot Guard Riders (PGR). We are are motorcycle group, including cars, Our main goal is to attend funerals for Veterans and stand a flag line in their honor and to protect the family from protesters of the war. We are also ask to attend other various tributes and parades.
This morning the email I received reported one of my brother PGR members, Fred, was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to a PGR mission at the Portland Oregon Willemette National Cemetery. He was hit by a car while his wife witnessed the accident unfold in front of her. It must have been horrifying for her. My initial thoughts were of the last time I saw my friend, how his wife is doing what she must be going through and the rest of the family. The family has had so much grief in the last 5 months. His brother died in April, his son died in June and now he died this morning.
My friend Fred and I have rode our motorcycles thousands of miles over the past 3 years. Our last trip was over 4500 miles when we went on the Run For The Wall starting in Portland heading for the start of the run in Los Angeles then all the way to Washington DC to the Vietnam Memorial. We had a special bond. We are both Navy Vietnam Veterans and had our share of Sea Stories. We had our jokes since he was "Tin Can Navy" or destroyers and I was a "Flat Top Navy", or aircraft carrier.
This has taken the wind out of my sails all day. I have cancelled my workouts, activities with my motorcycle group, doctor appointment...etc. I really feel depressed right now. I know I need to look after myself with my nutrition and fitness program. I need to pull out of this depression. It may help to get to the gym to remind me I have a purpose and reason to move onward. Oregon will definitely miss this patriot. He was well loved by all who knew him.
I miss my friend. I am fortunate to of had a friend like Fred.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I have seen my goal-weight reached on several past occasions over the years, just to see it wane away. It is much harder to maintain goal-weight once the "goal" is met. Easy to let your guard down and allow the pizzas, ice cream,....etc, creep back into my food groups and the weight comes back little by little. Switching to larger belts, larger pant sizes...etc. (you get the idea) I have been in this situation to many times, only to let my guard down and ballooned back up "PLUS" added pounds. Each time, and there has been several, it is a longer period between diets.
I have concluded over the years that keeping my weight down is very tough and I have proved I cannot adhere to a maintenance plan. I had never set a plan before, hence my problem. When I hit my goal it was like "hooray party time"!!! Where is my Costco pizza?
I have about 40 lbs more I want to lose. I need my plan in place for when I reach goal, so I need to start one now. My habits are good now.... but like any addiction if I let my good habits slide bad things will happen. Food is like a drug and alcohol addiction. Fitness programs are easy to go on the wayside and hello couch. I need to figure this maintenance thing out quickly and have it in place, because by Dec.2010 is when I hope to be at goal weight. I need to continuously keep building and shoring up my foundation if I am to succeed. This has to be a lifelong commitment. I think SparkPeople will help me tremendously in keeping my plan in place. I need to be held accountable with my food and fitness program until the day the casket door slam shut.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I came across this BMI chart this morning while collecting my SparkPoints while reading articles. (Worth 3 points you know and gotta have them!) For about 2 hours afterwards, I did a lot of negative self-talking. Discouragement hit big time. I have been on a Nutrition and Fitness program for 8 months. I have lost 54 lbs and still considered by the chart to be "Obese!!!" I concluded this chart has no heart and ruined my morning!
I decided to leave the computer and get busy doing something else, in order to ease the stress of "trash-talking" myself. (I was not easy on myself with the verbal abuse) I was almost ready to call the police on myself for domestic violence. (just kidding) While I was keeping my mind busy doing other things this damn chart was sneaking into my thoughts. When it appeared the chart wouldn't go away, I decided to revisit the computer, again, and brought up the BMI chart, again, and tried to look at it from a different, but more positive perspective. I took another look at my stats when I started this journey on Jan. 2010 up to the current date 08/24/10.
Start Height: 5"9" (I don't think I did any shrinking)
Start Weight: 01/01/10 277 lbs BMI 43= Morbid Obese (According to BMI Chart)
Today's Weight: 08/24/10 223 lbs BMI 31= Obese (2 points away from Overweight)
I have concluded that this "Chart" tells the truth and has afforded me to take a look at how far I have come on this journey.
I have lost 54 lbs to date.
BMI down from 43 to 31 (That is a whole 12 points!!)
I only have 30 lbs to go to hit "Overweight" and get down to a BMI of 28.
It has been a long journey and still more to go. To hit my ultimate goal I still need to lose 43 lbs. (no problem) The chart tells me I need weigh in at 160 lbs for a healthy range, but for my frame size it would put me in an unhealthy range.
Underweight: Losing too much weight can be unhealthy as well.
Healthy: Not much risk of obesity health problems, but stay your healthy habits.
Overweight: Losing some weight can still improve your overall health and risk factors.
Obese: Now's the time to take care of it before problems develop and it's too late.
Morbidly Obese: You are at very high risk for heart and blood pressure problems, and diabetes.
The BMI Chart:
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