Laps

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Last week I swam laps for the first time in maybe 10 years. I might have swam a bit at some point during the last decade, but not once was it more than just swimming around in a leisurely way.

There’s a public pool nearby, and they offer adult lap swim in the mornings and evenings. So far I’ve participated twice in 7 possible days. Twice in 14 possible sessions. That’s obviously not ideal, but between employer obligations and summer fun, I’ll take it.

Swimming was a big part of my life in high school and a bit through college. I wasn’t on a swim team or anything, but I loved swimming. I loved laps. I never figured out how to do the barrel roll flip that so many lap swimmers do, but I never really wanted to. There’s something gratifying about reaching the other side of the pool and slapping your hand on that wet concrete slab. Sure, faster, more graceful swimmers flip back and forth with ease, wracking up the lap totals. I like to count in lengths. I like to stop at each end, if I feel like it. I like the idea that as I build up my strength, I’ll eventually get to the point where I’m gracefully whizzing back and forth, I guess. It’s not about getting to the point of swimming like an olympian, for me. It’s maximizing my body workout when I probably wouldn’t otherwise.

As you can see from the sidebar, I’m maintaining a loss. I’m not going to announce it to the world, but people have commented on the weight loss. It’s primarily been through eating better, drinking more water, and getting more sleep(or trying to).

The next step, as always, is increasing the physical activity aspect of things. Getting a move on with the ol’ bod.

Hopefully I’ll have some more blogging in me as well.

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Quit Now! Taking Over A Non-Smoker’s App

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Last night I was having a beer with a friend who is 45 days into his new life as a non-smoker. He decided that smoking really wasn’t worth it to him, and he made the commitment to change.He showed me an app he has on his phone, and it blew me away. Every time he thinks about smoking, he pulls up the app to see how much he’s saved to date. It’s so simple, it’s amazing. Being that the app is free hammered the point home.

The app has the last day smoked, days without smoking, cigarettes not smoked, money saved, and time saved. The app allows you to set preferences such as daily amount of cigarettes, cigarettes per pack, and pack price. It also includes a section with health benefits according to those numbers you set. So, the longer you go without cigarettes, the more your body appreciates it.

I didn’t mention it at the time, but this app gave me an amazing idea.

Why isn’t there an app like this for people with poor eating habits? I downloaded the Quit Now app, and punched in 1 cigarette, 1 cigarette per pack, and the amount of money I typically spend on a given day on food that’s crappy. I’m a creature of habit, so it wasn’t very difficult to know what that number is. It might be harder for people who simply overeat everything or don’t have a specific fast food joint they frequent. However, I’m willing to bet money most people with eating problems know exactly where they’d go every single time when they’re going to eat poorly. That’s a topic for another day.

I don’t really know if this will work, but come Monday when I’m at work thinking about that lunch distraction, I’m going to use this app to fight the good fight. I think it might actually help!

Blogging In The Mind

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It’s been nearly two months since I’ve blogged here. Normally, that kind of hiatus would imply that I’ve gone off the deep end and I’ve gorged myself on food and shitty habits.

That’s only partly true.

I’m very much aware of what’s going on. Every day I’ve been in a mental battle. I’m locked in this fight, and I’m trying to sort my way through it.

I never really considered food addiction or eating disorders as something that could be related to me, but it’s something I’m thinking about these days.  I previously blogged to flesh ideas out. A lot of that is happening just in every day life. I can’t remember the last time I ate something crappy without knowing full well it was crappy.

I’m thinking of ways I can make blogging here easier for me. Hopefully next week I’ll have something more interesting to say.

Riding & Dinnering

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I busted out the bike for more than 20 miles today. I was still a little sore from my 40 mile ride 2 days ago, but with rain over the next 3-4 days expected, I figured I’d push myself a little too far because I’ll have a few days to rest. I’m actually interested in doing some exercises at home during the rain delay.

I didn’t bring my camera on this ride, so I just have this photo as the representative of the 21.5ish mile ride.

Dinner was left over chicken breast from last night, tossed on the pan with broccoli from last night as well. I heated them up, added some BBQ sauce, and included a cup(or so) of long grain rice.  I also had a pint of Anchor Steam Summer Ale, which is a delicious beer.

Progress In The No Zone, Checkin’ In #64

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I haven’t had a ‘checkin’ in’ in a while, so here I am.

The No Zone is going well. I think the biggest thing is to understand that it’s an every day battle. Just because one day wasn’t great, doesn’t mean today can’t be great.

My sister has really taken to this challenge, and that has reinforced my plan to stay with it.

I haven’t added any photos, but maybe you’ll get some this week.  Thanksgiving is this week. It’s a week of typical over-indulgence.  Overweight people usually take the next month off.

People are making cookies and cakes and other unbelievably awesome food. I think it’s okay to taste these things.  The problem is eating stuff excessively.  This is the hardest time of the year. This is the time where good habits so far go to die.

I may post again later..time to go read up on some bloggin’ friends.

SLEEP IS GOOD!

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The last week or so has been great.

Getting enough sleep has a lot to do with making great decisions with food.

I’m actually a bit tired, so might hit the sack early tonight.

Will be back at it tomorrow.

HELLO TWOTHIRTYLAND! Checkin’ In #60

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I am at 239 pounds.

I cannot recall when I last saw 239 on the scale. I don’t think I was weighing myself at all during the time in my life when I went from the 220’s to the 240’s.  I vividly remember being 222, 227 maybe, in high school. It might have even been during the first year of college. The point is, however, that I haven’t been this low since probably 2004. Perhaps even 2002.

A few things have come into my mind during the last few weeks, and they’re all connected to this recent success.

I’m not thinking about 239 as a victory. I’m thinking of it as an expected result of all the hard work I’ve put in over the last several  months.

I’m looking at 239 as the second hill of a collection of hills I need to reach before I get excited about anything.

I’m realizing that my body isn’t going to look like it did when I previously weighed 239, or 222 or 210. I wonder if that’s something some people who lose a lot of weight are disappointed about. I don’t have loose skin yet, but I can tell that there are other fitness related things I’ll need to do to not look sloppy and lose weight.  ‘Toning up’ with various muscles seems like the best way to describe it.

I’ve accepted that this journey isn’t just to lose weight. It’s going to be a constant battle. Early on(July-ish), I had a few episodes of binge eating. Terrible choices, made on impulse. Over the last month and a bit, I’ve taken a lot of control over that.  I’m recognizing moments where I’d just eat something until it was gone. Eat three or four servings instead of one.

I’ve learned to taste things. Eating slower and with smaller portions, and at reasonable hours has done amazing things.   I haven’t talked about my diet much, but that’s really because I’ve been blogging about biking for a month. I hope to touch upon food in October.

230s. Great to be here, looking for a short stay before entering the land of Twotwenty. Haven’t been there in a LONG time…so, this will be a great challenge that I am ready for.

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