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.

Week 74 – Weighing-in one day early

I am doing my weigh-in early this week due to my vacation starting tomorrow. This morning the scale said 215.8 pounds. That is a loss of 0.4 pounds from last week, and puts me at 129.2 pounds total that I have lost. I am now 86.1% of the way to my final goal weight!

My progress chart, with goals is the featured image for this post. You can also see a version on my Progress Chart page.

I have been diligently tracking my points over the past few weeks. Here is my progress report for this week so far:

trackerStarting tonight, until August 10, I will be on vacation. I plan to stick to my points, but tracking on the app may be a bit more difficult due to signal coverage. I’ll keep you posted along the way, but I won’t be posting pictures of the tracker until I return.

One more thing, I am going to challenge myself to walk 100 miles in August. I had been dealing with a tweaked knee since June, and that has had me slowing my walking pace. I went to see the Orthopedic Surgeon last week. He confirmed that I DO NOT have any damage in the knee, and that it is just inflammation. Therefore, I will be back to my walking routine. A friend in a weight loss group created this logo for the August walking challenge:

august challengeLike the May Movement Challenge, this one is about all kinds of movement. I will be doing walking for mine, but maybe yours will be different. Will you take up the challenge with me? I am starting the month on a vacation that will include daily walks, and some hiking, so I should get myself off to a good start. Why not join me?

Week 64 Weigh-in – I did it!!!!!!!!!

Good morning. No..that lacked the excitement I am feeling, let me try that again. GOOD MORNING!!!!!

It is Thursday, which is not my regular weigh-in day, but my wife and I are planning a long weekend trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this weekend, so I weighed-in one day early. And to say I am excited would be to understate how I feel.

Today I tipped the scale at 220.8 pounds. That represents a 1.0 pound loss from last week. My new total weight loss is 124.2 pounds or 36.0% of my original weight. And, most importantly….


As of this morning my BMI is 29.95.

When I started all this, back on March 1, 2014, my BMI was 46.79. I considered myself morbidly obese (BMI over 40), and later found out I actually nearing the point of being considered super morbidly obese (BMI over 50). But today, 446 days later, I am no longer obese.

Let’s be clear, I am actually about 1/2 pound under the mark, and certainly not anywhere near my goal of being not over weight, but I am taking a moment for a personal celebration here!

If you are reading this blog for the first time, or the 100th time, and you think you can’t do it, let me tell you that you can! I was where you are once. I lost weight in 2000-2001, and then put it all back on, plus 55 pounds.  In 2009 through 2014, I knew that I needed to lose weight, but never really believed that I could. I saw it as too hard, and that I wouldn’t have the resolve. I promise to write more about that struggle, and how I had to get my head right before I could get my waistline right. For today I want to just offer this. You CAN do it. You might have challenges along the way, you will have to be patient, you’ll need to change how you eat, and maybe even WHAT you eat. You’ll have to dedicate yourself to moving more and getting more exercise. But you CAN DO all those things.

When I was a couch potato lamenting the fact that I had food stains on all my shirts, and too many chip crumbs around me to count, I didn’t believe. It took one day, then another, then another, until finally I had a pattern going.

100 Mile May Movement Update

may movementAbove is my chart, including this morning’s trip to the gym. I had a hard time getting up for the gym today because I was a bit tired from taking my first Zumba class last night. I haven’t decided how sore I am from that workout yet, time will tell. I will say I had a great time, and I will be there again in the future. I lurked in the back and had no idea what I was doing much of the time. I told my wife this morning that someone should have recorded it. They could have sped it up and put it to the music from the old Benny Hill show, and it would have looked hilarious.

For the week ahead, more tracking, more walking, and maybe a Zumba class.

This is the Memorial Day weekend in the US. Many people kick off their summer with yummy barbecues. What is your strategy to stay on track with all that great food in front of you? Plan now for a great weekend, and get your summer of to a great start.

100 Mile May Movement Challenge Update

Happy Hump Day to you all. It is Wednesday, May 20th. We are nearly 3 weeks into the 100 Mile May Movement Challenge, and it is time for an update from me.

This week I haven’t quite been the rock star on walking that I was last week. Here is my chart:

may movement

excusesThis past weekend there was a lot going on, and I wasn’t able to make it to the gym.Yesterday my schedule also got away from me after sleeping in. I know, EXCUSES! And you know how I feel about those!

So, with that in mind I was up promptly at 4:00am today, and have put in 5.00 miles on the treadmill. I have a normal day at work, with some time in for walking (I did get to have 1 mile at work yesterday, so I wasn’t a complete slug).

After work I am trying to connect with a friend to walk her neighborhood. Then, tonight will be the much-awaited first time for me going to Zumba!

This time tomorrow I will either be exhilarated or exhausted.Either way it should be a good time tonight.

challenge logo

How are you doing on your fitness this week? If you are working on the 100 Mile May Movement Challenge, then you should be at about 64.5 miles by the end of the day today. If you’re ahead of that, then accept my high 5. If you are behind it, also take a high 5 from me, and keep on moving.

I was talking to someone over the weekend who didn’t think she’d be able to accomplish the challenge. She is a couple of years older than I am, and is very active, but she knew that 100 miles would be tough. At the beginning of the month I told her to just do her best, and stretch herself a little. If that added up to 100 miles, then great. And if not, she’d have a lot of fun getting some exercise. Well, on Saturday, the 16th, she informed me that she was at 50 miles. That is half way there in half the month. I gave her a hug and told her how proud I was of her.

Happy trails!