Hiking Into 2017

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On November 5th, 2016, I hiked my first 4,000 foot mountain in New Hampshire. I only have 47 more to go before I complete them all!

It was a really challenging hike for me, even though roundtrip it was only about 6 miles. My friends and I go on one or two hikes a year, often during the colder months, almost always in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire. We’ve traveled to a few of the Appalachian Mount Club’s huts, and I am a huge fan of the AMC’s huts. They’re run by dedicated staff, but some are closed or have limited availability during the winter.  I am partial to the Lonesome Lake Hut, as the hike in the winter is well worn, and you shave off some the hike length when you walk across the lake(when and if it’s safe!).

When we hiked up to Cannon Mountain, we took the Hi-Cannon Trail, which is less traveled than the trail to the Lonesome Lake Hut. At 4,100 feet, Cannon Mountain is the 12th lowest mountain of the 48. However, the weather still changes drastically as you get to the higher elevation. There’s also a ladder that you need to crawl up at one point.

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At the top of this ladder there is a cliff. You need to stand, turn, and continue on the hike. There’s no railing, so you might feel a little vertigo as you turn to keep hiking.

I’m telling this story because I’m hoping to hike more in 2017 than I have in any recent year. As a teenager, I hiked more often with the boy scouts. I’m hoping that 2017 proves to be the kickstarter to a true attempt at reaching the peaks of all 48 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. If I can reach 3 in 2017, that would be a huge accomplishment.

I may go back to this hike again, to talk about preparing for it, and the challenges I’ll face physically.

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I may post again this year, but I’m not sure. If not, happy holidays!

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2017 Goals

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Here I am, again.

2012 2014 2015 2016 2017
Run 2 miles without stopping.
Run 5 miles without stopping.
Sign up and compete in a 5K/10K or something similar.
Bike 50 miles in a single day.
Bike 100 miles in a single day.
Bike to City Island, NY, from home.
Become a semi-regular bicycle commuter.

2016 Goals

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Here I am, again.

2012 2014 2015 2016
Run 2 miles without stopping.
Run 5 miles without stopping.
Sign up and compete in a 5K/10K or something similar.
Bike 50 miles in a single day.
Bike 100 miles in a single day.
Bike to City Island, NY, from home.
Become a semi-regular bicycle commuter.

 

Whole Life Reboot

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I haven’t had a chance to look back at all of my posts from this blog, but I am fairly confident that I didn’t factor in every aspect of life being involved when dedicating myself to losing weight. I might’ve associated other areas, but I had compartmentalized a lot of things.

When I disappeared from blogging, it was mainly because my career took a lot of focus. This isn’t to say that I wasn’t thinking about weight loss. Weight loss has been on my mind every day since roughly 2004. Waking up at 630AM and working until 7PM some nights simply left me with little desire to blog. Heck, it left me with little desire to do a lot of things that required effort. Then I bounced around a few jobs, but my focus wasn’t on anything except work, and improving that lot in life.

Around April of this year I found myself in a fast paced role that continues today. My days can be 10 hours long and really draining, but truthfully I enjoy it. Enjoying my current job has given me the ability to look at other areas of my life a bit more closely. Instead of worrying about the next paycheck or if I even liked what I was doing, I’ve been energized to look at how I can make myself happier in other areas.

About two months ago I took stock in myself, and began looking at what makes me happy. What makes me feel good? The first thing I noticed is maintaining the same attitude all day is key. Choosing to be cognizant of everything and how I react to things has been huge. It takes some effort to stay on the happy side of life. It’s much easier to complain, to see the negative in something, and to harp on the bad stuff that crops up every day.

I’m a happy go lucky guy, but I noticed I had slipped a bit with the energy level of that good feeling. So I’ve been working on changing it. Just because something annoying has interrupted my day, why should that derail anything?

So, I’m looking to bring that to my weight loss as well. I was easily derailed when I tried to be so, so, so rigid in my diet and exercise regiment. When I slipped off, I’d essentially quit. I found myself ignoring the whole blogging idea because I didn’t want to fake it if I wasn’t making it.

Over the last few months I’ve thought about my situation with food, and I’ve begun to make changes mentally. Asking if I really need the extra snacks, or if the fast food joint is really my best option. On top of that, I think about the prospect of having kids, and how I don’t want to be a fat dad. A fat dad would be a dead dad soon enough. I’m not going to be a father for a while, but now seems to be the time to make the changes.

My weight is on the sidebar. It’s about 20 pounds less than my highest weight. My goal is to dabble at 199 for at least a few days. I see myself comfortably at 220, but man, 199 would be amazing. I know saying 220 is defeatist, but I’ve been talking this up for so long, it seems like a pipedream. It’s just a matter of changing the course.

So that’s where I’m at. I’m not sure if I’ll blog daily or weekly, but I’ll pick one sooner than later. I’ll be using Twitter regularly for random thoughts and discussions.

Thanks for reading.

The Numbers Game

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Growing up, my dad would occasionally play The Numbers Game. Usually when the prize money was huge. The lottery held the numbers drawing during the last commercial break during Jeopardy, right before the 8 O’clock hour. I think the best he’s ever done was come up with 2 numbers, or whatever is necessary to win a free quick pick for the next lottery drawing.

I feel like I’m playing the numbers game on a daily basis, and I’m not seeing my number come up. The number is going up.

However, I know how this works. I know I ate late on Sunday night. I know I ate late on Tuesday night. I know I ate late last night. I ate dinner before 830PM tonight, and lunch and breakfast all week has been awesome.

I’m thinking tomorrow morning might be a bit better. Maybe not, though. If not, then we’ll take a closer look at what I’m eating.

No worries yet, I still have this!

Weigh In Musings

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Start date: 1/4
Start Weight: 265
Current weight: 261.5
Lost this week: 4.5
First Goal: 250

Technically the scale said 261.5 this morning, but it has fluctuated up & down all week,..but trending downward, which is the mission. I’m sure tomorrow’s weigh in will be 262.5 or 262, Sunday’s may be 261.5 again, Monday could be 260.5 or 261. During my last weight loss, the fluctuations were similar until I had gotten myself into a better schedule of eating. Late dinners are not uncommon for me, so it’s a matter of pushing those up earlier in the evening. I attribute this initial weight loss to simply cutting out trips to the candy machine, making breakfast at home, & bagging my lunch every day since 1/4. In my head, bagged lunch = portion control = less caloric intake than ordering lunch or stopping by the deli.

I’m also aware that 4.5 is more than double the recommended healthy weight loss per week, but I think that can be attributed to the initial change of diet. The bagged lunches I eat are maybe 500 calories, and the lunches I’d order out probably exceeded 1,000 when you factor in the soda and whatnot.

I’ve biked 40 miles or so since 1/4, and hope to bust out another long(20+ miles,or 2 10+ miles) ride this weekend to keep my body moving. I’ve also read about a bunch of home workouts with dumb bells that I’d like to give a whirl. One that seemed right up my alley was the dumb bell push up row(?), but I think I have the wrong name for it. It was in the most recent Men’s Health. A gym is opening near by workplace in mid February, offering $10/month deals, which I may take up on its offer. By then, construction in the office should be done, and the shower should be available..thus biking to work would be available.

Between maintaining the newly establish eating habits and getting on my bike, I’m hoping for a continued loss into next week.

Hunger, or Habit?

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I got really hungry at 10:30am today. The thing is, I’m not sure if it was hunger, or if I was just craving a snack that I would otherwise have. Candy, or chips, or something else shitty.

As I’m rededicating my efforts, I’m forgetting how it’s easy to want to revert to the easy way out. Strong cravings to junk food? Just answer it. That’s what I would normally say to myself.

What do you eat for snacks? Fresh fruit? Yogurt? Something entirely different? This is an area I need to build on. I’m a snacker, and until I can stop fully being a snacker, I need to substitute the act of snacking with stuff that doesn’t totally ruin my day.

I biked yesterday, and I’m going to go either biking or running tonight. Possibly running..just to get a sense for it. It would just be the 2.18 mile route I do for short bike rides, but it’ll take twice as long. Maybe three times as long.

Also shooting to hit the sack earlier than I’ve been going the last few nights.

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