Working Smarter, Not Harder
Just like there are smarter ways to approach healthy eating than simply eating less, it seems that I'm learning that workout intensity matters.
I tend to run too fast every time I go out. That leads to running too hard (and sometimes le... Read more
After losing a bit of motivation and eating a less healthy diet, then getting sick, I have been exhausted. My motivation has been poor. I know I have to get back on track, and since it's a new month and the start of the summer challenge, now i... Read more
Last Day of Busy Season
My simple goal now is to take all of the energy I have been using for work and spend it in a healthy way.
I'll divide it between family time, workout time, focusing on healthy eating habits, and some time for peaceful contemplation.
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My main motivation is that I have a role to play in my family for my wife and daughter. I can't really fulfill my obligations when I'm not living a healthy lifestyle. Weight gain is a symptom that I'm not on the "wellness track" but it is not... Read more
What is 10,000,000 Pounds?
Spark People, as a group, have now lost 10,000,000 pounds (disclaimer - I'm no expert, so the following conversions could be off - please let me know!).
If I am understanding my conversions correctly , then a pound of fat is equal in volu... Read more
Unexpected Benefit: Staying Positive
I spent the past week suffering from a stomach bug. Now that that one is almost over, a cold seems to be starting up.
It's a bad way to start 11 weeks of overtime at work. I had already been dreading it before I got sick. But I am managi... Read more
Five Gallons of Water
I picked up a five gallon water bottle to put it on one of those coolers in the office today. They weigh about 40 pounds. For the first time I had a sense of what the 38 pounds that I have lost felt like. It was very motivating. It was also ... Read more
Things I Can't Change
I need to learn to worry much less about things I can't change. I spend too much energy worrying about, for example, things I don't like about my job or my employer, or government policies that I can't stand.
One of my life goals is to get... Read more
Life on Hold for 87 Days
Tomorrow starts 87 days until April 15th. As a tax CPA, that means soon I'll be working six days a week. Last year I averaged 65 hours a week during this time. I gained 42 pounds from the year before. The worst part is that life goes mostly ... Read more
The Danger of Change
I suppose this is a "hazard" of making changes in your life: I'm thinking about having more time and energy for things that matter the most to me. Time for family. Time and energy to think clearly. Not just earning enough money to support th... Read more
Here's an interesting thing (to me, anyway) about changing motivation. So I am going on this cruise in a couple of days. In the past, I have always let nutrition, diet, and everything else go before vacations, holidays, or any other excuse. T... Read more
For my Christmas present, I'll be going on a seven-day cruise - my first ever, with my wife and daughter. I've always wanted to go on a cruise and I'm super excited to see Belize, Grand Cayman, and the Caribbean. I'm looking forward to time of... Read more
I started very easy strength training on Tuesday, and worked a little harder yesterday. Ouch! What a wake up call. For about 11-12 years fitness for me (if anything at all) equaled going out and running. If I could run easily I was in shape,... Read more
Week 1 - Biggest Loser Team Challenge
Thank you to the biggest loser team challenge and my Purple teammates! I had a major motivation lull in the days (or weeks) leading up to the holiday weekend. This challenge came along at just the right time to get me back on track. I find i... Read more
Running in Races
I managed to run two Thanksgiving 10K races around Sacramento, one on Saturday and one on Thanksgiving. I was proud of myself for managing to run that far for the first time in several years. My times were slow, but I definitely got the most o... Read more