Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Today, four months into my walking habit, I tackled it again.
The last time, I thought my legs were going to revolt and find a new, less abusive body to which to be attached. This time, my legs never made a peep. They quietly went along for the walk.
Here are some shots I took on this trip:
This is at the bottom looking up the hill. I was going to be on that bridge crossing the street soon.
This is looking down the hill back toward the house. Take that, hill!
These are shot entering the cemetery and walking around it.
This is the back row of the left side of the cemetery looking into town (on the left side of the road)
This is from the top of the bridge seen crossing the road in the first picture. This is looking back toward the house.
This is a sign inside the cemetery
It was just a little over 2 miles to, around, and back from the cemetery, but it was a great walk. The air was crisp and clean. It was 16° and sunny. I loved it.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Here are some of the shot I took along my 1.75 mile walk:
About half to three quarter mile from the house
Another shot .. backed away a bit
Along the second half .. probably a half mile from home
Another shot .. looking down the bridge to town
From the bridge .. overlooking the creek
Friday, December 10, 2010
This morning I went for my usual morning walk. I say it is my usual walk except for the fact that my walk changes daily. I try to take different routes each day to keep the walking fresh. I do have several favorite routes that I repeat, but not generally day after day after day. This morning was the Locust St to Queen St, to Camargo Rd, to Locust St at Bank St, to Richmond Ave, turn and come back home route. It covered 2.35 miles and took me 47 minutes.
Then, Tammy had a follow up visit to the doctor to see how surgery helped or didn’t, and to see where to go from here. Afterwards, we went to a consignment shop, and then had lunch at the brand new Waffle House here in town. We had talked about it the day before. It just opened this week.
I had the 5 ounce strip steak, with eggs over medium, hash browns with onions and tomatoes, and toast. I had water to drink. As near as I can tell, by the internet info I gathered and the portions I ate, my lunch was 564 calories. This was in contrast to my usual lunches of 275 to 360 calories. It was somewhere between 200 to 300 calories more than my regular lunch fare.
After lunch, Tammy had to go to the hospital for x-rays. I stayed home and worked on some writing She told me she was going to stop by the library on her way home and wanted to know if I wanted her to come by and get me. I told her I had already planned to walk to the library while she was gone, so I would meet her there.
I decided to walk around the longer way to the library. The direct walk there is a half mile. I put my books to be returned in my backpack and headed out after a while. I walked past the library (truck was not there yet) and on down toward the bypass to a known turning point and back to the library. She was outside when I got there, so my timing was good. I returned my books and checked out a couple more. She was still browsing, so I told her I would walk on home. She pulled into the driveway as I crossed the street to the house.
The entire walk was 1.9 miles and took about 40 minutes of actual walking time. Between the two walk, I covered 4.25 miles and burned 574 calories.
So, I walked off 10 calories more than my lunch added.
Not a bad trade at all.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I decide that enough is enough. I weigh in at 350 pounds. This is not the heaviest I have been (weighed in once at the DR office at 362) but it is heavy enough. I told TJ (Wife) that I wanted to change the way I eat. I realize that I need to change everything about my eating habits. I eat wrong. I eat at the wrong times. I eat the wrong things. I eat the wrong amounts. I eat for the wrong reasons. That changes August 9th, the first full day of my new life.
I plan to lose 130 pounds in 12 months.
August 15, 2010:
After one week on the modified eating plan, I have lost 12 pounds and decide it is time to up the ante. I need to increase my activity. I decide it is time to start walking. Up to this point I have walked for a while with a cane and then only when I deemed walking to be entirely necessary. You know, there is usually someone that will get that for you, or go into the store for you, or do the errand for you. While being helpful, my wife and kids enabled my excuses. I put excuses behind and take a walk around the block. It is one/third of a mile. It took me 20 minutes and I came home breathing hard and sweating.
August, September, October, and November:
The distance I walked on my daily walk increases. I usually do 2 miles but have had days of nearly 4 miles. November 11, I pass the 100 miles walked for exercise mark.
My daily calorie intake has dropped over 70%, from over 3500 to around 1050 calories.
It has been 113 days since I changed my life, literally.
My waist has gone from 58 inches to 47.5 inches.
My hips have gone from 60 inches to 48.5 inches.
My BMI has gone from 53.2 to 43.3.
One hundred thirteen days and my weight has dropped from 350 pounds to 285 pounds. I have lost 65 pounds. That is half of the 130 pounds I plan to lose.
Sixteen weeks and one day and I have lost 22 inches from my waist and hips. Even my wedding ring is nearly too large for my fingers. My face is smaller. My feet are smaller. I can bend over and touch the floor again.
This is the new me.
Today, I am half way to the me I will be again!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
August 17, one week into my new lifestyle, I decided that walking would be good for me. Later that evening (11ish) I took off for a walk around the block. Firstly, I live in a small town (pop. 5600,) so; it was safe to be out walking around that late at night. Secondly, it was just 1/3 of a mile.
It took me 20 minutes. Yes, I was walking at the blazing speed of one mile per hour. Oh yeah, it wore me out as well.
August 18, I did it again, albeit much earlier. August 19, I did it three times that day and reached my first mile walking day.
By the end of August, I had walked one 1.8 mile day and had walked 9.75 miles for exercise. I only count the walking I do specifically for exercise.
By the end of September, I had walked a personal best day of 3.28 miles and had walked 43.78 miles that month and achieved a 53.53 mile total.
By the end of October, I had walked a personal best day of 3.9 miles and had walked 41.25 miles that month and achieved a 95.05 mile total.
November started out badly for walking. As you may have read in the previous post, I didn’t walk but one day in the first week. Yesterday, I was determined to get back into the flow of walking. I walked 1.4 miles on Wednesday. Today, I walked 2.4 miles. This brought my total miles, in one week shy of three months, to 100.67 miles walked.
Now, my brother is a runner. He runs 5 to 7 miles a day. Some days he runs 10 or more. He is preparing for a marathon. 100 miles is a couple weeks to him. But, for me, it is a major thing. I was not a walker or runner. Now, I did run in high school, but that was decades ago. (35 years to be exact.)
So, just endure me while I celebrate reaching the 100 mile walking milestone.
Yip yip yippeeeeee !
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This morning started out trying to be busy (son-in-law issues) but I was determined. I walked 1.66 miles, including a stop at the courthouse to file the marriage license from last nights wedding.
I hate when I don't get to walk.
I never thought I would be one of those. You know who they are. You see them out all hours of the morning, throughout the day, and even late in the evenings. You see them in their walking suits or jogging suits. You see them walking, oblivious to the weather and other distractions. you see their headphones in as they go along. They are the 'walkers'. I never thought I would be inducted into their tribe.
Yet, there I am, in the morning, putting on my walking pants and tightening up my walking shoes. I am checking the battery in my mp3 player (I listen to the Bible as I walk.) I am checking the time to know how long it took me to walk my walk. I am making sure I have my phone for emergencies. I am checking off the list.
Phone ............... check
So far, my longest walks have been in the 3 to 4 mile ranges, which takes me 60 to 80 minutes. No extra hydration needed on my walks. I am, however, on the lookout for the dreaded 'fanny-pack' for the time when my walks grow to longer distances and times that might require some additional H2O.
So, today, determination in hand, I got back to the walks.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
I have gone from my starting point of 350 pounds (not my heaviest) to today's weight of 291 pounds.
The next wall to fall:
I was in my closet looking for clothes to wear a couple days ago. All my jeans and slacks fit me if I don't mind holding the extra 6 inches of waist material while I walk. Or, if I don't mind 6 inches or more of material bunched up under my belt. I did find one pair of khaki's that looked (in my eyes estimation) to be way too small. I checked the size and the tag read '50 waist'. "There is no way these will fit," I told myself.
So, I put them on, and to my amazement, they fit and fit right. A 50 !! No freaking way !!
So, the next wall to fall (since the 300 pound wall fell) is the 50 inch waist wall. I am looking forward to the day when my pants waist size will be in the 40's.
I am leaning against that wall now.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Now, the local joint doesn't cut their pizza's very well. This is fine as we re-cut them at home and make them a 10 slice pizza instead of an 8 slice pizza. This makes them about 200 calories a slice. The 1/8th slice is still only around 250 calories, which isn't terrible, either.
Well, when I went in to pick up some hot and ready's, I found a large line and an empty pizza holder thingie. Their hot and ready's were neither hot nor ready. The worker told me it was going to be 25 minutes until pizza's were ready. I wasn't in the mood to wait, nor go home and come back, so we went to the Pizza Hut which was about a half block away.
We decided to eat in at the Pizza hut. We ordered the large meat lovers for the three of us. I drank water (I hate paying $2 for a soft drink at restaurants.) Normally, knowing I would be going to a restaurant, I will research the calorie contents to make sure my choices are good, but this was a spur of the moment choice. I assumed the calories would be similar since it was still bread, meat, cheese, and sauce.
The difference was staggering, as I discovered after eating. I had three slices of pizza, thinking I would be in the 600 to 800 calorie range. I had less than 400 calories in the first two meals of the day and figured 800 would be fine. It would put me a little above my average, but still within what i consider acceptable.
1 slice of Pizza Hut's Meat Lovers Pizza is 480 calories !!!
Oh My Gosh !!
In that one meal, I had taken in more calories (1440) than I had taken in on any day (total) in the past three months. The total for the day was 1859 calories.
Sigh .. It is just a one day thing, I tell myself. It was just the result of carelessness. It will not change the fact that I have lost over 50 pounds. It will not change the fact that I am more active and feel better than I have in years. It will not change the fact that I have lost 9 inches in both my waist and my hips.
It will change how I eat in restaurants. I will ask for a nutrition guide before I order if I do not already know the calories and such.
This is much too important to get careless after 12 weeks of hard work.
Viva la revolucion !
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
If, by inattention
I allowed you to become my life
And then you walked away
If, even by design
I made you my whole life
And then you weren’t there
If, foolishly I guess
I lost myself in the wraps of you
And suddenly you slipped through
If, of late
I took you for granted and leaned too hard
And then you were gone
If, I only saw
The things about you I loved
And then there was something I disliked
If, by some twist of chance
You became my foundation
But you left, in the storm
If, I unwittingly
Became completely dependent
Then you did something unexpected
If, you became my rock
But turned out to be
A rolling stone
If, I made you my comfort
In the darkest of nights
And then couldn't find you in the blackness
If, my laugh
Became tied to your laugh
And then I couldn't hear it
If, my tears
Knew your wiping hand
But then, it wasn't there to stop them
Did you know
How much I let you become
And did it chase you away
Did my life
So entwined with yours
Begin to choke a little
Too far away
Trust to love again
Find another heart
Will I even look
There is no one
To hear my heart
As it continues
To ask the questions
Ron Simpson, Jr.
September 13, 2010