First, I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. I must not have had the reply email checked. Anyway, to answer your questions...
No, I don't take a dog with me. Mostly because I mainly run on my treadmill in the basement at oh-dark thirty in the morning. 5am is my normal gym time. I've been running every day this week, but next week goes back to my regular MWF lifting, Tues/Thurs running schedule.
What I've really learned on my quest is that, shocking as this might seem to people, "diets" don't work. I tried one when I first started and all it did was cost me time and money. Sure, I lost weight, but it was extremely involved - had to spend a lot of time preparing my meals for the week... plus my wife and kids didn't want to eat what I was eating so it resulted in multiple dinners being cooked... you get the picture I'm sure.
What I've found is that the only thing that really works for me is counting calories. I eat anything I want, but it's done in moderation and I try and stay as close to my daily calorie goal as possible. So if I know that my kids want to go out to eat one day, I'll eat my normal breakfast (2 hardboiled eggs with some Franks Red Hot sauce and a glass of 1% milk). When I enter my calories (I was using myfitnesspal.com before I found SPARKPEOPLE), I would also enter in my planned dinner. That way I knew what I could eat the rest of the day and still meet my goals. Yes, I know it's shocking to learn that I will eat at McDonalds for example and still lose weight. But that's it in a nutshell. Watch your calories and expend more than you eat.
I hate to run. I admit it! But I also found that running gives me the extra caloric expense I need to lose weight. I found motiontraxx and downloaded some mixes to run to. I usually use one that is 175 beats per minute. That's enough for me to keep my heart rate up and sweat! Now I kind of look forward to my morning runs. I feel great after them.
I try and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Doesn't always happen, but you need at least that much. I also drink at least 10-12 glasses of water most days and stay away from soda. I'll have a diet coke now and again, but I really don't like the taste of it.
Hope that answers your questions. If you want to know more let me know. I have workout plans and am willing to share them if anyone is interested. Have a great day!!!
Hey, AMMJR71, I just read your letter again. You ran a 5K race last month? That is awesome! I need to start running again. Do you ever take one of your dogs running with you? I think my dog is going to be my running partner. With the diagnosis of a medical condition as you have told us about, you have your mind on the right track for losing the weight it has caused you to gain. Your 50 pound weight loss, with 22 more to go, (which is less than half of which you have already lost), how did you do it or what did you learn by losing it? Can you give us any tips on diet, exercise, time relaxing, sleeping?..... or even hobbies that possibly contribute to your activity and resting levels.
Hi there! 40s aren't so bad! I am glad to see you joined us. I hope you meet all your goals and be healthier for it . I am well on my way to meeting my goals I feel better already and it just keeps getting better! I hope you have a great day!
Mostly that's because I'll be 42 in two months. But seriously, I was diagnosed with a medical condition a couple of years ago. I gained ALL kinds of weight because of it. I started what will ultimately become a life-long course of treatment. Along with that, I got back in the gym and started running again. I've already dropped 50lbs and want to lose another 22. I know, 22lbs? That's an odd number... that'll put me back at the weight I was when I got out of the Marines 20 years ago.
I ran the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge 5K last month. 3.5 miles in 30:06 a pace of 8:36. The last physical fitness test I ran in the Corps, my 3 mile time was 24 minutes. So I was very proud of myself for being so close to that time at "my age."
Anyway, I'm happily married with an 8 year old son, a 7 year old daughter and two St. Bernards. Good luck to all of you with your goals. I look forward to the coming couple of months!
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