Weekly Weigh-In, Week 3

2018/05/02 at 9:59 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, Motivation, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 3
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Sorry about posting this a day late. I fell asleep early last night and didn’t get around to it. At any rate, here we go.

Weekly Weigh-In for May 1, 2018: 237.6 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: -1.6 lbs.
Total lost: 7.2 lbs.
Weekly average loss: 2.4 lbs.

As anticipated, the weight loss has tapered off from the first few weeks but it was not unexpected. It definitely won’t discourage me.

But with the week I had I’m surprised I lost as much as I did. The weekend was filled with poor choices when it came to eating (read: Big Mac but hey, no fries) and for the first time in months, I took a break from my Saturday run and Sunday bike ride. The family had things to do so I thought I’d better skip my routine. Despite it all, I have to admit that not getting up so early to go out and exercise was a welcome relief — I’ve been doing it so long that I suppose I deserved a break.

The one thing I have been consistent with is the tried-and-true 30-Day Plank Challenge. There are diagrams on how to do it but like everything else, there’s also an app and this is the one I’ve been using.

The app not only gives you diagrams on how to do the exercises (more than just a standard plank), it also keeps track of your progress and sends you reminders to keep it going. I’m sure there are others out there but I tried this one and I’m sticking with it because it just works.

In the past, I’ve completed Beginner Level 1 and 2 so this time around I decided to start with Intermediate 1. It’s been challenging to step it up and at first the new moves were difficult master but as I enter Day 18, they are much easier. The best part: my dreaded love handles are starting to disappear thanks to the hip dips and core twists that the app makes you do on this level. I’m very happy with that.

One more thing. When I first started to change the way I ate 10 years ago, one of the things I decided to ditch was dairy milk. Being lactose intolerant I really should have done that long ago. In its place, I tried every kind of “milk” on the market: rice, soy, and now almond and cashew (with rice being my least favorite). But lately I’ve been buying hemp milk and I’ve got to say that I like it. The only drawback is that it’s mostly only sold in 1-qt. boxes so I usually end up buying two.

The good thing is that it’s shelf-stable, meaning you can store it unrefrigerated until ready for use. I also like that it’s low in fat and packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of Omega 3. Read more about it here. Give it a try if you need something different.

That’s all for this week. At this rate I’ll definitely reach my goal in time and possibly earlier. See you next week!

In Response to Chad Stafko’s “Get Over It” Diatribe

2013/11/14 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, Running, weight loss, weight loss blog | 2 Comments
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A few days ago, Chad Stafko wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled “OK, You’re A Runner. Get Over It” and since then, runners from all over the world have chimed in on what Stafko had to say, much less wonder what the act of running had to do with WSJ.

If you don’t want to read the article, he basically doesn’t get why runners insist on “patting themselves on the back” by showing the world what they’ve done. This can be in the form of wearing a shirt from a recently run event or, in some cases, a 13.1 or 26.2 sticker on their car. He only quotes those two because 70.3 or 140.6 probably would have blown his mind.

But that’s the extent of belittling I’ll do here. In fact I probably shouldn’t have even gone that far because running is something not everybody “gets” and Stafko definitely falls into that category despite how many running friends he says he has.

I’ll quote one part of his article, prove my point, and the game will be over. It really will be that simple.

Why would someone want to get up at 5 a.m. and run 10 miles adorned with fluorescent tape to avoid being struck by someone who has the good sense to use a car for a 10-mile journey?

Easy. Because I can guarantee that this dad (2004)…

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…had a better chance of dying from something health-related than this dad (2013)…

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…who now runs events with his son and will continue to do so until he drops dead.

(By the way, those are indeed the same two people in both pictures: me and my son.)

He will also continue to be the person Stafko despises in the article: he’ll wear shirts from events, put [insert appropriate distance here] stickers on his car, wake up on any given Sunday at 5 a.m. to go for a 10-mile run, and even wear medals the entire day after competing in an event. And it will be done with pride.

Running any distance is indeed an accomplishment and therefore, I believe is worth bragging about. Running has also changed, and possibly saved or extended, my life.

Game over, Chad.

And no, I won’t get over it.

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