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Very nicely, thank you for asking. I’m really not sure who reads my personal blog site. Perhaps no one…and that’s OK. After all, it’s been over four months since I posted anything on this particular blog site. I had moved some of the diet discussions off my personal blog site when I created 10,000 Steps for Life. I’m really not sure what I’m going to do with that blog. Anyway…
My journey to a more healthy lifestyle continues. Of course, there is no point in time where I can say I’ve reached my goal and then go sit down on the sofa and eat cake. I will always have to remain diligent in this battle to keep from waking up some day and realizing I’ve gained it all back. Because to be honest…that is more or less what happened in the first place…it just took 20+ years for me to wake up and start doing something about it.
At the present time, (mid March 2014) I’ve managed to lose a whopping 47 pounds. I’m just a few weeks away from when I started this journey and I honestly feel great. I’m only a few pounds away from my goal of 180 pounds and should be there in a few weeks. But I’m placing no pressure on myself. I’ll get there…when I get there.
Again, this journey started for me in late April of 2013. It was after an eye-opening visit with my doctor when he told me my cholesterol had reached dangerous levels. He basically gave me three choices. One, return to the statin drug I had been taking for over eight years. Two, attempt to manage my cholesterol through diet and exercise. Or three, be fitted for a coffin. Not wanting to go back to the dangerous side effects of the statin drug, but also not liking option number 3 either…I opted to give the diet and exercise a try.
I won’t lie to you and tell you my journey has been easy. I also won’t lie to you and tell you that your own personal journey (should you decide to start one) will be easy. If you are like me, you just didn’t wake up one day and find yourself overweight and out of shape. It’s a long process to get that way and it’s also a long process to undo it. Then once you manage to get where you want to be, you can say you’ve won the battle…but the war is ongoing.
In just a few weeks I will once again visit my doctor and have blood tests performed to measure my progress on my total cholesterol numbers. You might remember from this blog post, the last blood test I had done was back in August of 2013. The expectation for August was not to come away with text book numbers, but to prove the work I had done between April and August was moving the needles in the right direction. And YES…that was the result in August. My goal for the April test is again further improvement progress. I’m hopeful with the continued exercise and the loss of an additional 20+ pounds, I’ll see improved results.
My final thoughts for today. While none of this is easy…in my opinion, losing the weight has been the easier element for me to grasp than the upcoming process of maintenance. I grasped the concept of weight loss equals burning more calories through exercise than you consume relatively quickly. Using tools such as my Fitbit and the MyFitnessPal website (both I’ve talked about on this blog site) it’s as easy as understanding when you need to exit the freeway to get gas before you end up having to walk. But the maintenance aspect is one that does concern me. But I’m sure I’ll figure it out. I need to go for a walk now.
Until next time…
If you’ve been reading and following the few blog posts I created about my geocaching adventures, I’ve decided to move this content to a blog site dedicated just to the hobby of geocaching.
You can view this new blog site by visiting www.jerrygtaylor.com/geocache. You may also just click the Geocaching link at the top of the page. Finally, if you would like to subscribe via RSS…you may do so via this link.
Until next time…
If anyone has ever heard of the Where’s George website, you know that many people enjoy tracking the journey of dollar bills from state to state. In the world of geocaching, we have something similar with travel bugs. Basically a travel bug can be just about anything which you attach to a medal “dog tag” style ID tag and place it into a geocache for others to find and for others to move along from geocache to geocache.
I decided to give it a try and found a Hot Wheels 1971 Dodge Demon. This little car is not from my childhood collection of Matchbox cars, but one I found laying around. I figured it would make a good travel bug. Again, anything can be a travel bug.
I attached the tracker “dog tag” to the car via the supplied chain and registered the tracker on the Geocaching.com website. I then placed the car and tracker tag into a local cache referred to as a Travel Bug Hotel. A Travel Bug Hotel is basically just a large geocache container which is designed to hold travel bugs. This particular travel bug hotel is visited frequently and I’m sure in a matter of days my 71 Dodge Demon will be cruising on down the geocache highway.
I’ll provide updates in additional blog posts as this travel bug moves from place to place.
With my renewed interest in geocaching and how it’s giving me more purpose to my daily walks, I decided I would add some new geocache hides to the area. These are all within about a mile or two from my home and will be easy for me to manage. If you are interested in seeking out these cache locations you will find them listed on geocaching.com as Super Chenago (GC4PE12), Francis…Don’t call me Francis (GC4PE1N), and Hoffman Hide (GC4PE1X). I also went out and inspected my old cache location to find it has been removed and restored the container. This location is called “Let the Games Begin” (GC2N87E). By the way, the containers hidden at all the above locations are camouflaged 35mm film canisters.
I also managed to get out and discover two new caches in my local area. This brings my total found count up to 23. I plan to return to the same area today on my walk an attempt one DNF from Monday along with two new cache locations. With any luck I’ll add to my total found count today.
Finally, I also ordered a couple of new cache containers with the hopes of deploying them in the next few weeks. These are in the “devious” category. To be honest I’ve not had the best luck with these as they either tend to get stolen, removed or somehow vanish in thin air. We’ll see….perhaps I just need to pick better locations.
I started geocaching a few years ago. I believe spring of 2009 (at least that is what geocaching.com states). It was something I had heard of a few years prior, but never tried it. My first find was a small cache concealed in a chap stick tube. I think my first year I managed 11 finds and then I took a year off and managed 4 more and took another year off. Anyway, geocaching has been something I have been thinking about since I figure it might give me more purpose to my daily walks.
Anyway, I also am the owner of one hidden cache and I received a suggestion this morning that I should archive it or disable it due to many back to back DNF’s. As a result of logging into Geocaching.com I decided to see just how many new caches were in my neighborhood. Much to my surprise, the main path I walk had six new (new to me) caches and I set out to find all six.
Success? Yep, I managed to locate all six and have mapped out new walks for the coming weeks. I’m currently sitting at 21 finds and will try to add to that count before the cold of winter sets in. To be honest, I do prefer the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. I guess I’m not a big fan of the possibilities of spiders and especially snakes. Anyway, it was a fun afternoon of walking and caching.
I do plan to drive over to the park where my owned cache resides and attempt to locate it. The issue (and this is not the first time I’ve had to replace it) is the park is heavily used. In addition, the park management seems to re-landscape it each year or so and when they do….bye bye cache.
Until next time…
If you are reading this blog post on the day it was written/published and you look at the little MyFitnessPal badge to the right, you’ll see it shows 30 pounds lost. My journey started with a weight of 231.0 pounds. As of this morning (Friday 27 September) my weigh in registered as 200.7. So roughly I’m 0.8 pounds away from dropping below 200 and achieving less than 200 pounds was my initial goal I established for myself back in April.
Now allow me to briefly talk about that < 200 pound goal. When I began my lifestyle change (diet and exercise) I had set the goal of < 200 pounds to be achieved prior to starting vacation. I had managed to reach 203.9 on the morning of 8 August (essentially 4 pounds go go). However, later that morning my world turned slightly upside down with the news that my grandmother had passed away. The very next day I was in a car headed to Texas on a 2000 mile round-trip journey in about four days. The drive and the difficulty of sticking to a low carb diet sort of stalled my progress. A week later my wife and I began our European vacation.
Once back from vacation and a trip to Red Lobster for all you can eat shrimp, I began settling back into my normal routines and lifestyle. Within days the additional weight accumulated from vacation eating began to fall off gradually. Just about a week or so ago I had manage to reach the pre-vacation weight of 203.9 and the past two weeks I’ve focused on the remaining 4 pounds I wanted to shed. With a goal of achieving this prior to 4 October or my 47th birthday.
I’m in the homestretch, rounding third base, in the red zone etc. and I feel great and I’m ready to see the 31.1 pounds complete disappear. My next goal and where I plan to remain is 180. More about this in a minute.
Briefly, let me talk about goals. I personally believe setting goals around diet and exercise is a good thing to do. But I also believe the world doesn’t abruptly stop just because you fail to meet a goal. If you have this mentality it can lead to a dangerous lifestyle. Weight loss through diet and exercise is different from one person to the next. While my initial goal of getting below 200 pounds in roughly four months actually is looking more like six months, the important thing to remember is I will reach the goal.
Now once I lose the remaining ounces to drop below 200 pounds, I will set my target to 180. I plan to reach 180 and actually begin to maintain that weight. Maintaining weight will be a completely new experience for me as I’ve just been focused on losing. I honestly do not have a date/time goal set for this next 20 pounds. I’m simply going to adopt the philosophy of keeping the needles moving in the right direction and go from there. Yes, from time to time I will stop along the journey and enjoy some additional food items which are not part of my new daily lifestyle. I believe I’ve earned it.
By the way, if you are reading this and interested in how I’m losing weight. Yes, I’m on a low-carb diet…but I’m also walking 10,000 Steps each day (roughly 5 miles). I recently created another blog site called 10,000 Steps for Life and a companion Facebook group. It is my hope to inspire others to add walking to their daily lifestyle. The benefits are truly amazing.
Until next time…
A few weeks ago I began blogging about my fitness journey on my personal blog site. In addition, I’ve also blogged about and mentioned my journey on my amateur radio blog and podcast. The emails I’ve received with questions and encouragement have been overwhelming. I’m extremely proud of what I’ve accomplished and most importantly, I’ve been successful at proving to my doctor and to myself that I can lower cholesterol through diet and exercise.
Of course, there is no shortage of information regarding the subject of fitness and diet. Most days I receive multiple pieces of SPAM which promise I can lose weight the lazy way. More about this topic later in the week. Bottom line is I’ve always had a passion for helping and encouraging others by just simply sharing knowledge I learn along the way. Trust me also when I say that I’m still a student at understanding everything I need to know related to diet and exercise.
So what exactly will make 10,000 Steps for Life different? After all, I’m not a doctor, I’m not a dietitian and I’m not a health/fitness/exercise coach. However, I am just a regular guy who has struggled with weight and spent too many hours just sitting on the sofa. I think it is this element that will make my new blog interesting.
Along with the fact that I’m not a doctor, I’m not a dietitian and I’m not a fitness coach…I must emphasize the importance of talking to your primary care or family doctor before starting any exercise or diet program. In most cases your doctor will know what is best for you.
10,000 Steps for Life will more or less mirror what I’m doing to gain better health, more energy, feel better, sleep better etc. So with that said, it won’t be an all-inclusive, one-stop shop for diet and exercise. However, it will serve as a blog to educate, encourage and inspire others.
10,000 Steps for Life will deliver content through its new WordPress Blog site located at http://10000stepsforlife.com Perhaps the easiest way to automatically receive the content is to subscribe to the RSS feed. In addition, because the power of social media is very strong…I have also started a Facebook group to help support the site.
There is no cost and absolutely no obligation. I’m not doing this to earn a living. I’m simply wanting to share my thoughts, ideas, experiences with the hope it will encourage others to choose 10,000 Steps for Life.
Thank you for your time.
I hope you’ll join me in focusing our attention, thoughts and prayers to our heroes who lost their lives 12 years ago and also to those who lost their lives 12 months ago today. In addition, we should also honor all who have given their lives to defend freedom around the world. We must never forget those who died on September 11th and we must never forget that freedom is not free.
May God continue to bless this great nation…and may freedom ring around the world.
The Last Summer Walk? While the calendar still shows another few weeks of summer, the weather forecast for the Denver, Colorado area is shaping up to be more like fall. On Sunday, 8 September the temperature during my afternoon walk was a blistering 90 degrees. We’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures for this time of the year. However, as I look at the 10 day weather forecast, we have some nice cool temperatures which should top out in the mid 70’s headed our way. I’m ready!
But don’t worry…I’ll soon share ideas to help you ensure you can keep your steps going even through the cold winter months. Of course, if you are reading this from the southern hemisphere…then you are gearing up for Spring and I’m sure looking forward to putting winter behind you.
Until next time…Go for a walk!