Sunday, March 03, 2013
What have you got to lose?
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Today, they say, is the last day to sign up for a team of your choice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
After that, may God have mercy on your undecided soul.
I've been doing these challenges for a while and to me it's even better than blogging. To look back over the years and see the weigh-ins from all those challenges of yesteryear is inspirational. It reminds me of where I started from and it's reassuring to see that what once was a big deal isn't so much any more.
I've gone from my highest of 260 pounds in 2007 to 180 as of this morning. So why am I coming back for another 2 months of Dawgie (hoping) fun? Because yesterday for lunch I ate a piece fried chicken, 2 pkgs of coconut cookies and washed it down with a Bud Light. Not the end of the world, especially considering I walked 3.6 miles to brings that tastiness home. But this journey requires consistency and when I look at last week's weigh-in of 177 and compare how I feel this weekend to last I know my journey isn't over. And big shocker: it never will be. Not if I want to keep enjoying all the things I presently enjoy. To me I liken exercise/becoming healthier to going to work: somewhat enjoyable but the benefits are why most of us keep showing up. These benefits make this thing called life more vibrant and pleasurable. Speaking of pleasure (WARNING: TMI), sweating on your partner after only a few minutes of "sensual massage" ain't cool. Doesn't happen anymore, or at least... Anyway, that's just one of those benefits I want to keep like going on long walks and only needing one aspirin instead of 2 Aleve or beating my son up and down the stairs when he rides the elevator and I take the stairs or taking back pants recently purchased for me for the next smaller size. The reasons are numerous and I'm not giving them up or back. Selfish? Hell yeah! But some things need to be selfishly protected, for our own well being and those we care about. And by selfish I mean making time for your exercise or eating what you know is the better choice more often than not, despite what others say.
GOALS for This Winter 5% Challenge:
1. Run 2 Miles (doesn't need to be all at once) every other day,
2. Walk at least 35 minutes at least 5 days a week (gotta make my GymPact, I'm now wagering $20 bucks per missed workout!),
3. Continue to drink plenty of water/fluids,
4. Eat at least 2 pieces/servings of veg and fruit per day and post it.
5. Lift weights or myself.
Some of these are easier than the others but for the 2 months of this challenge I'll make them happen because one of the most important gems I've learned in my 40 years is that happiness is a process and rarely a destination.
to everyone doing the 2013 Winter 5% Challenge!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Are you constantly missing opportunities to exercise, only to regret them later? Well, if you join Gympact www.gym-pact.com/ those days will be over! Or you'll be parting with cold hard cash. Or at least more than you currently are if you gym membership is like mine and covered with so much dust you're tempted to scribble "wash me" on it.
Simple concept: Download the FREE app for either your Android device or iPhone, sign up, link a credit card and then tell GymPact how many days you want to hit the gym and how much you're willing to wager on you not missing a workout, from $5 all the way to $50 bucks! Don't have a gym membership? That's cool. You can use Runkeeper to track a run, bike ride or walk - outside activities can be tracked with Runkeeper via GPS! Simply link your Runkeeper account www.runkeeper.com from within the GymPact app. Then lace 'em up and get moving.
Rules: Whether you checked in at the gym or are tracking with Runkeeper you have to be active at least 30 minutes for that session to count, max of 3 hours. Only one counted session per day. Example: You walked 35 minutes in the morning and then hit the gym for 45 minutes after work. You'll see both activities under your "Profile" tab on the app and online but only the morning walk counts as it was the first to fulfill that day's requirement. Oh yeah, if using Runkeeper/GPS you have to be moving faster than 2 mph but slower than driving.
The Good News - Fulfill your week's GymPact (you can always change the next week's Pact at any time, just not the current week's) and you stand to EARN cash. All those that missed hitting their Pacts money goes into a pool and everyone that did meet their Pacts gets a piece of the pie. Hmmm...Pie
The Bad News - Miss hitting your Pact for the week and you'll be regretful AND a little poorer, or a lot depending on how much you wagered. I'm currently putting $10 bucks on the line for every day I miss not hitting my pact. And for one working on debt freedom trust me when I say it keeps me focused.
Check out this 1 minute video that describes how GymPact works.
Not me. Example of the app.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Happy new year to you all.
Son and me taking a 3 mile walk at Foster Park on New Year's Day.
Taking a moment to reflect on 2012 and set some goals for 2013.
Overall, not a bad year. Ended better than it started, thanks mainly to the new job. The transition could have been better but lessons were learned and I'm thankful for this opportunity. Peace of mind helps reaching any goal.
Walked for Exercise: 638 miles (good to know but wasn't really tracking)
Ran/jogged: 152 miles (half of 300 mile goal),
Biked: 1,198 miles (achieved goal of at least 1000 miles!)
Got Runkeeper maps to back it all up :)
Start weight: 202.5
End weight: 178.5 (-24 lbs)
Meatloaf said it best, "two out of three ain't bad."
Goals for 2013. More of the same:
Bike: At least 1000 miles,
Run: At least 300 miles (and increase to a 9 min/mi pace),
And walk when I don't feel like doing the first two,
Eat more veg and fruit,
Keep up on the water/fluids,
Add in more consistent weight training (min 2x per week)
Get good rest whenever possible. Like this weekend was just what I needed. Netflix documentaries & movies and a couple of pints of beer.
Keep moving towards goal of around 165 and maintain.
After all this time, that old fable's title keeps ringing in my ears. "The Tortoise and the Hare." I am happier to finally start seeing the benefits of the latter.
What are some of your goals for 2013? reaching them all or at least the ones most important.
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