Another facet of my life is weight control and loss. From late-2015 until mid-2017 I was able to lose 117 pounds reducing my trouser size from a 42 to 34. I have since put some back on, and have just recently begun the process of turning the ship around and getting back on the right side of my wardrobe. So, as of today (8/28/19), I'm down 54.7 pounds from my original weight.
The journey I took really came down to several key ingredients that I used to make everything work. Follow the "Healthy Steps" blog here to see how I essentially do it again. Then, I'll transition to a maintenance plan to ensure the changes stay.
One of the greatest tools I found to assist in my transition was the measuring of food intake. A realization that America has lost its understanding of what serving sizes are, I found myself struggling to keep a balanced diet. As everything boils down to "more out than in", a substantial obstacle that needed to be overcome was understanding the daily caloric intake. The best tool I found for tracking the intake was myfitnesspal by Under Armor, which is an app that runs on my smartphone. The app allows me to scan in barcodes that represent a food item. In addition, many of the cookbook recipes were listed, so I could quickly determine the number of calories. It totaled up the daily calories and could be set up with a physical exercise app Endomondo that would calculate the benefit of daily exercise. Ultimately, these two displayed my daily +/- that I could see clearly. Recently I have included the UnderArmor app "Map My Ride" to the arsenal of tools.
More to come on this, however, I'll try to pick up and post it here on my blog here.
My Quasi- Program
- Ice Hockey games (49 - 75 minutes) 1 or 2 times per week
- Speed walking (3.5 miles) 4 or 5 times per week
Phased Approach to return to previous levels
- Add Cycling (Mountain Biking (Fat Tire Biking when snow arrives))
- Stationary machine (will post upon return)
Phase Three (upon reaching 249 pounds)
- Add running 3.5 miles three times per week (without snow - Otherwise increasing the walking and fat-tire cycling)
All the while, I will be tightly controlling my diet, maintaining a daily caloric intake of fewer than 1600 calories (with exercise adjustments).
Having fun, Seeing Alaska... err Anchorage anyway.