walking challenge

Week 106 – A bump up

After 3 straight weeks of weight loss, this week my weight bumped up a bit. For week 106 I weighed in at 215.4 pounds, an increase of 1.8 pounds from last week.

I am not really sure why I gained, but I have a few hints:

  • For the week I only did 18.23 miles of intentional walking. That is down from 25.3 miles the week before.
  • I only got up for the gym once all week, and that was on weigh-in day. When I don’t get to the gym in the morning, I don’t get that metabolism boost through the day
  • My Weight Watchers app was neglected all week. I ate mindfully, but without tracking it is easy to eat more

When all is said and done, it is only a 1.8 pound change. The disappointing thing is that I was on a roll. So, this week it is back to what works. The weather will be better, so lunchtime walking outside should be in play, and I will rededicate myself to getting up in the morning.

The challenge this week is that it is my 30th work anniversary, and St. Patrick’s day is ahead.Both of those would ordinarily be reasons to enjoy a few treats. I will have to work out a strategy of eating to take both into account. I already know there is a good chance my weekly weigh-in will be Thursday morning rather than Friday (to minimize any short term St. Patrick’s day effects).

Below is my mileage chart for the week:

mile chart 2016

I am up to 168.7 miles for the year (through Friday). I should be at 194 by now. I am still behind from when I was ill in January and missed 2 weeks of walking. As I said above, with the weather improving lunchtime walks are in play, and with the blessed return of Daylight Savings Time, evening walks with my wife will be possible as well.

Since last July 4th, with only a couple of outliers, I have been between 215 and 220 pounds every week. Here is my weight chart in that time:

since july 4

I have two thoughts fighting in my mind about this.

First, maybe my natural weight is meant to be between 210 and 220. Consider the situation. For the majority of the time in this time frame, I have eaten well, exercised often, and been very healthily. All of my health numbers (BP, Lipids, A1C, etc.), have been in the normal / healthy range and have improved over that time. the evidence would say I am as healthy now as I have ever been in my adult life.

The second thought is that my BMI is still at 29.2, dangerously close to obese (30). My recommended weight range tops out at 183.6 pounds. My original goal was to get below 200 pounds, into the 190s.

So, I am conflicted. On the one hand I love my life as it is today. I sometimes tire of worrying about what food I eat, but I quickly get over that, as being mindful about eating is what will keep me at a healthy weight for the rest of my life. But, I also get frustrated, because I have been tantalizingly close to going below 210, and even reaching my goal, but I feel stalled.

I have no intention of giving up on this. I will, likely for the rest of my life, continue to watch what I eat and drink. I will also continue to exercise and increase my overall health. If I am meant to be a person who weighs between 210 and 220, then I will embrace that – BMI be damned.

I just needed to vent that a little today. Thanks for reading.


Week 100 Weigh-in

When I started this on March 1,2014 I wasn’t sure if I would sustain the effort for 10 weeks. This morning I conclude the 100th week. There is a part of me that is surprised that I have stuck to it this long. This is, by far, the longest I have sustained a health program.

Today I weigh 217 pounds. That is down 2.0 pounds from last week. My total loss to date is 128 pounds, or 37.1% of my original weight. For January of 2016, I was down 8.0 pounds.

This was a good week on the walking front as well. Here are my numbers:

mile chart 2016

Right now my yearly pace is 446 miles. That is largely because of missing the first two weeks. Over the last 7 days I have been on a pace that would be 907 miles for a full year. That is still below 1,000 miles, and I am still behind the pace I need for the year. But, it was a good week. Tuesday I elected to do my treadmill time after work, but later decided to come home to await a package delivery. Had I either gotten up in the morning, or worked out after work, I’d have logged over 20 miles for the week.

On Wednesday a friend and I checked a walking path within our building. We each used a pedometer and independently arrived at a distances of about 1/5 of a mile for the path. This coming week I intend to use that path to log some miles at work. Until I find a more definitive way to measure the distance, I will consider it to be 1/6 of a mile.

For the week ahead the plan is to keep up with my walking, track my food accurately, and avoid after-dinner snacks.


Week 99 Weigh-in (a little late)

On Friday, January 22, I weighed in at 219.0 pounds. That represented a 1.6 pound gain from the week before. Several factors contributed to the gain, any of which I could use as an excuse, but the bottom line is I didn’t track my eating, I snacked more than I should have, and I ate some high-sodium foods.

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday with my family. I made the conscious choice not to track my food for the weekend. This morning I am back on track, with no excuses, and with no mulligans.

Last week I announced that I have challenged myself to walk 1,000 miles in 2016. Due to being ill the first week or two of the year, I let myself get behind the pace necessary. I have time to make it up, so there isn’t a huge concern.

The first few days of walking at my previous pace (3.8 MPH), made me really sore. I regretted not walking since Thanksgiving. Now that I am a bit more than a week back into the routine, that soreness has gone down dramatically. I am still behind the pace, but I am committed to catching up and surpassing the goal. Here is my chart of miles since Friday the 15th:

mile chart 2016

The spreadsheet for the chart above keeps track of other things as well. It tells me that right now I am 46 miles behind the target of averaging 2.73 miles per day.

That is it for today, just a belated update. Hope you all are doing well!

Week 98 Weigh-in, and a WALKING CHALLENGE

Good Friday morning to you! I hope your day is of to a good start. Mine is, thanks to the fact that I finally have worked out for the first time in 2016. My ear problems appear to be history, and I Feel great. I have either set out, or taken my workout gear with me to work every day this week. Today my desire to better myself exceeded my desire to sleep. It was NOT easy, and I nearly went back to bed several times. But I pushed myself and got to the gym. I ended up going about 63 minutes on the treadmill at 3.8 miles per hour for a total of 4.0 miles. Not since the 10K on Thanksgiving have I walked that much in a single day, and I feel great!!

This morning I also weighed in. The scale showed me at 217.4 pounds, down 1.4 from last week. My total loss to date is now at 127.6 pounds. I am still about 5.6 pounds up from my all-time lowest of 212.0 back on October 23, but I will get there. Getting back to a workout routine helps.

This morning I also began a new challenge. For calendar year 2016 I plan to walk 1,000 miles. These will all be intentional miles, not including any incidental walking that happens as part of my normal routine. So, workouts on the treadmill, walk in the neighborhood or lunch time, and hikes will all count. I won’t be logging miles while I shop at stores, or other more ordinary walking. If I had started this back on January 1, I would have needed only 2.73 miles per day for the 366 day year. As it is, I am starting on January 15, so my pace will need to be closer to 2.83 miles per hour. Here is the progress table I created for myself:

mile chart 2016

With this morning’s 4.0 miles, I am 36.98 miles behind target. But, I have a LONG way to go. This challenge will not be easy, and starting 2 weeks late will not make it any more so, but I am determined to get this done. Along the way I will post pictures from more interesting walks, share how I am faring with it and so on. I am going to use the accountability of the blog to help motivate me to continue when I want to pack it in.

Who will join me?

A mid-week update, and a throw back to my childhood

When I was around 7 or 8 years old, I suffered from a few nasty ear infections. I recall one in particular when my Godfather picked my mom and I up to take us to my doctor’s office. I was in a considerable amount of pain in my right ear. On the way to the doctor, I felt a trickle of moisture on the right side of my head. My mom got one of her ubiquitous kleenex from her sleeve and wiped up what was draining from my ear.

The night before that incident I woke up in so much pain that I was crying. My mother got a kitchen towel, put a pile of table salt on it, and heated it in the oven. Then she put that wrapped towel under my pillow and had me lay on my right side. It soothed my painful ear, and allowed me to get back to sleep.

This past Sunday, at 3:00am, I was awakened with the worst ear pain I have had since back in those days. At first I tried to ignore it and go back to sleep. When that didn’t work, I got up and took some ibuprofen, then pulled out the heating pad. With it on the lowest setting I put it inside my pillow case and laid on my right side.

A Monday morning trip to see the Nurse Practitioner at my Doctor’s office confirmed that I do, indeed, have an ear infection She put me on antibiotics, and as of this writing I feel better than I have for about a week.

As a result of all this, I’ve been set back on my goal to walk 200 miles by Christmas Eve. Right now my priority is to get back to 100% health. I elected to take the extra rest today, with an eye to getting back to my routine beginning tomorrow.

Just wanted to give you all an update. By this time tomorrow I should be back to my walking routine, and scheming how to make up those missing miles to still reach my goal. Until then, good health to you all!

Week 88 Weigh-in and update on my Christmas walking challenge

Today is November 6, 2015. It’s a Friday and that means it is weigh in day. Today I weighed in at 213.0 pounds. For the week I am don 0.4 pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 132.0 pounds.

This week I battled a cold. I worked at being more diligent on my tracking, and saw some benefit. Last week I decided to challenge myself to walk 200 miles by Christmas Eve (56 days from the day I started). Here is my current chart toward that progress:

christmas 1As you can see, between slacking a bit last weekend, and taking a day off this week due to my cold, I am a little off of the goal in terms of my pace. Presently my pace would get me about 5.6 miles short of the goal. Not to worry, I am feeling better and plan to step up my walking (literally), in the coming week. I even plan to hit the treadmill this weekend!

For the week ahead I am about my walking and tracking my Weight Watchers points. On to good things!

Week 87 Weigh-in and update on the Christmas 200 challenge

Last Friday marked the end of week 87 for me. My weight was 213.4 pounds, or a 1.4 pound increase from the week before. Since the start I am down 131.6 pounds, or 38.1% of my original body weight. I was disappointed with the loss, but not really surprised. I haven’t been updating my Weight Watchers tracker and I know that while I am mostly good, I am not as diligent as I should be.

Here is my chart for the Christmas 200 challenge:

christmas 1I was battling a cold this weekend, and didn’t get to walk or go to the gym. This morning I felt better and did an extended session on the treadmill. My intent is to either walk at lunch today (weather permitting), or do a second session on the treadmill. Either way I plan to be up around 6 miles at least, more if I go to the gym.

For the week ahead I am all about Weight Watchers tracking, and getting my walking in.

Later today I will update my progress page with new graphs.