Monday, May 24, 2010
I believe that the first 2 weeks were critical to seeing myself as at a point where the slow accumulation over about 30 years needed to be reversed. Rapidly approaching the medicare age, beginning to receive correspondence about the options available, with a son to be married in september and the tape measure saying I needed not XL but XXL or XXXL sizes. For the first time, it was clear to me just how far I had slipped and accepted it over the decades.
My initial commitment was to an exercise program including walking and weight lifting-6 days per week, ballroom dancing 2 days a week plus modifying my diet.
So those were the two immediate driving forces for me-to be presentable at my son's upcoming wedding and to be able to dance for the next 20 years.
Although my commitment was strong, I did not initially commit to losing 35 pounds. I expected to drop into the 220's, fit into my existing overstuffed wardrobe and continue on.
Based on the daily exercise increase and a slight diet modification, I began dropping about a pound a week.
The second trigger point, for me, was the discovery of the iphone sparkpeople app which led to the nutrition tracker and immersion into the sparkpeople community. Even though my wife is a lifetime weightwatchers follower, it never really made the difference for me. I could lose a few pounds by dieting along with her, but then gain a few plus back over time, always trending higher.
Using the nutrition tracker, it became abundantly clear that simple substitutes could make all the difference.
Reading a few articles, being inspired by the success of others, all contributed to my continuing commitment and a goal of 210 pounds instead of stopping at 225 or so.
For me, there are the two critical 2 week periods that have led to a lifestyle change, not simply a diet to lose a few pounds. The first 2 weeks in june that was my recognition of where I was and that it was time for a course correction. The second 2 week period was in september when I began seriously using the nutrition tracker and the sparkpeople website.
I reached my goal of 210 in january and have stayed in a range between 212-216 since. I continue to track daily and accumulate sparkpoints.
This is the weight range I enjoyed in my 30's when I was playing basketball, tennis and raising kids.
My next goal is to drop below this plateau on the way to a BMI around 25-26.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
In July, as my several year old Treo phone was disintegrating, leading to multiple conversations about replacing it with a Blackberry, Android or Iphone, I settled on the new iphone 3Gs.
That purchase led to the Apple APP Store and an Ifitness app. Without the App Store, the Iphone would be just another phone. By chance, the first app I found that seemed to be what I needed in the quest to drop weight appeared.
The IFitness App makes it possible to chart weight and BMI daily in addition to providing a plethora of information about various exercises, weights and so forth. With the Ifitness app, I believe it was 99 cents, it's possible to instantly create and update daily a graph of your weight history.
You can with the swipe of your finger view graphs of 7 days, 14 days, 28 days, 56 days, 112 days and 224 days.
That is an awesome visual display of my successes, not so successes and setbacks that I can tap into anytime the phone is in my hand. Plateaus are displayed clearly. Rising and falling become clear with the different time periods. Easy to do and the second step in my tracking progress visually, seeing the results before my eyes and instantly informed when the progress was interrupted or accelerated.
Powerful as the Ifitness App was and is, the next big step, for me, was the discovery of the Sparkpeople App on September 7, 2009-The Day I became one of the Sparkpeople.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Let's just say there was a bit over 90 days between the Day of Awakening June 1 and the Day of Reckoning September 5 when final measurements for the tuxedo were to be cast.
Plan? What Plan?. How to get from a fast approaching 250 pounds to some presentable number, perhaps 230 a number I felt was achievable based on previous decades practice.
Clearly, the approach that had always worked before, at least for about 10 pounds or so, was regular visits, at least 5 days a week, to Ballys. Of course eating right could also contribute to that. You know, things like not having the 3rd supersize Dr. Pepper. Making do with only 2 refills. Downsizing from the supersize french fries to the McD's Dollar menu, both an economic and a weight loss sensible concession to the need for speed. After all, 90 days goes by quickly. No sacrifice would be too small.
As June rolled into July, there was some progress not so visible, but the scale was beginning to trend in the right direction-down not up. The first tool I employed at this point was a self inflicted, self designed microsoft excel spreadsheet chart. Being somewhat visual, that seemed to set some goals since I started with a range of 246 pounds down to a hoped for 210 pounds in the far distant future. At least a beginning with a means to measure progress. All the gurus say that is important.
My goal- to turn all the red squares to white squares and when there are no white squares left I will be within 5 pounds of my basketball playing weight of 205 pounds that for some unknown reason I remember from 1971 weighed in on the island of Guam. Oh, yeah, now I remember, that was a high back then. Nonetheless, it was a solid, youthful 205 that worked well enough when mixed with lots of exercise, sunshine and island cooking.
By early July, I was down in the 237 range from a June high of 243 (I confess that is the highest official recorded weight, it may or may not have been the actual highest weight). That was when the next tool appeared to aid in the journey. Tomorrow the source of the next push.
Friday, January 01, 2010
Way back in June 2009, my son and his fiance insisted that I get measured for the tuxedo to wear at their upcoming september wedding. The measurements that came back startled me awake. It seemed that the tape meaure must have stretched in the measuring process. The second measurement ( I insisted), even with a different tape, came back the same outrageous numbers. Even worse, actual try- ons proved the tape was not stretched. It was the contents that were.
Somehow, some way over the past 30 years or so, the scale (which apparently does not lie) states that I had gained about a pound a year. The old 35" waist and 42L had jumped to 40" stuffed and 52" wide. It was a fairly innocuous climb that seemed to have plenty of explanations. I do recall occasional efforts to trim down with great effort dropping 10 pounds or so, but never falling below a new higher set point.
The next day, I swore to exercise back to trim and fit.
Tomorrow, more about the june 1 to january 1 journey from 243 down to 210 and to begin a promising new decade with significantly less to haul around.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This is blog initiation-first entry without much content.
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