Thursday, March 31, 2011
Despite an 8-day cruise (on which Ruth and I managed to work out everyday and avoid ridiculous overeating) and a little battle with seasonal allergies/sinusitis, I'm creeping up to the halfway point of my 40 pound weight loss goal.
A couple of things are REALLY working well for me. In no particular order:
I've pretty much thrown it out there to the people I talk to what I'm up to, and everyone (family, friends, coworkers) have been incredibly supportive. My whole motivation for throwing this journey out in front of everyone is to shine a brighter light on the path, plus force myself to adhere to making good decisions.
3 well-monitored smaller meals, and two substantial snacks each day, equally spaced over the waking hours. It hasn't been too terribly scientific. I've been taking a good multivitamin, along with Omega 3s & Vitamin C (shown in studies to reduce levels of the bad hormone Cortisol which appears to lead to belly-fat), small dose of DHEA, and Glucosamine. It's been pretty normal to get to the end of the day and still need a couple hundred calories just to make my minimum, and I'm not hungry.
Laugh all you want, but this online community and database is working well for me as a tracking system for all things caloric. The food database is incredible, including thousands of user-entered food selections. The fitness tracker keeps track of all of my workouts and my caloric burn. If you're into the use of blogs and communities, there are user groups for all kinds of things (Cancer survivors, Wilmington Delaware, Yankees fans, etc).
- Polar Heart Rate Monitor
I spent about $100 at Dicks for a chest strap sensor and wristwatch combo, and it's been worth its weight in Doritos. I've found that (a) cardio machines at the gym LIE and (b) running and working out outside require something to track if you want some level of exactness.
My wife had a chance to meet Shawn Phillips at a writing workshop a couple of years ago. We are both big fans of the work that he and his brother did at EAS, and his brother Bill's book "Body For Life" helped us both lose almost 100 pounds combines prior to our wedding in 2000. Shawn's newest project is FullStrength, and this nutritional supplement is a game changer. It's not a body-building type of food, but it's nutritionally-balanced and very tasty. Shawn is an incredible writer and his book"Strength for Life" is very much in line with the goals I've set for myself on this journey.
I've kept it very VERY simple - I'm burning more than I'm taking in, but still eating enough real whole food to stoke the fire. I'm heavy on the cardio, and while my strength is not what it once was, I'm leaner, lighter, and able to go longer. I'm running a minimum of 3 miles at a clip, and with my history of a bad back (thank you drum and bugle corps) I'm surprised at my endurance and my energy. I'm planning on going to a more cross training workout as the weather warms, and I'd love to get into more rigorous forms of exercise later in the summer. Right now, I'm taking it workout to workout and making sure I don't overdo it.
My notes here will be infrequent, but I'll probably throw myself a party once I get to the halfway point (down 20 lbs).
Your invitations will be in the mail :-)