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Month: August 2017

Weight Loss the Hard Way, part 2

I need to make something clear before I start the main text of this blog. I am NOT a weight loss guru. I am not a dietician. I am not a health freak or a weight trainer. I’m a 64-year-old fat man who has had to deal with a lot of discomforts from which my weight can be greatly attributed. As such, what I am sharing has to do with my issues and MAY help some other people dealing with similar problems. I hope it helps you or maybe you know someone else who needs a helping hand. Either way, this is for me for which I am willing to share.

Now…stepping gingerly off my soap box, I will continue.

When I realized that I was too fat and too out of shape for my own good, I did what most people do; I bitched about it to those close to me and made jokes about to everybody else. I didn’t want to be fat and I didn’t really think that it was funny. I just didn’t know what to do about it. It’s true, I did a few diet programs. I started and stopped dozens of exercise rituals. I even succeeded in losing a few pounds here and there. But just like Indiana Jones, I was able to find the lost weight and gained it back with a few of its friends.

It wasn’t until the end of last year when I started losing sleep and hurting all of the time that I knew I had to do something. I was miserable and so was everybody else who got close to me. So I went to my doctor who did my blood work. He sent me to an orthopedic doctor to see what I could do about my knees, back, ankles and shoulders and he sent me to a nutritionist.

The results were in. Collectively, they concluded that I was old and fat too. They said that I eat the wrong stuff (I won’t even dignify what I ate as food). I had injuries that they could only help with for small periods of time. And finally, they said that I sat on my ass too much. To which I replied with a dignified…duh! The only good news out of the entire ordeal was that my cholesterol was within normal limits. How the hell I managed that I will never know.

Anyway, here’s what I had to figure out: I had to decide whether I wanted to lose the weight enough to overcome my internal laziness. Please don’t take that as a joke. It’s a real thing. Trust me when I tell you that being lazy is an art form. I know more ways to procrastinate than the average person. I’m smart and creative and I’ve managed to figure out what it takes for me to put shit off for, “One more day”. I know that sometimes that all I have to do is come up with an excuse to just put something off for an hour, or even a few minutes, is enough to screw up a whole day. It takes practice, but by God, I was good at it. I had to realize that if I put it off any longer, there may not be a tomorrow to put it off too. And that’s when I realized my problem. I only had so many tomorrows and if I wanted to bank more, I had to start NOW! Not tomorrow.

Regarding exercise, my orthopedic doctor told me that I couldn’t run, jog or even walk for long distances. My knees couldn’t tolerate the extra pressure. He didn’t even want me to ride a bicycle for the same reasons. He informed me that I basically had two options; either I swim or get a recumbent bicycle. For those who don’t know like I didn’t know, a recumbent bicycle is one where you are leaning back on the seat and your feet are in front of you instead of under you. And since I didn’t have a pool handy, I splurged and got the bike. Unfortunately, even though I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, I had to get a stationary bike. The scenery is beautiful, but the drivers are nuts. I wanted to live long enough to enjoy my, hopefully, new healthy self.

The rules for riding were made simple for me: Ride an hour a day. If you have to, break it up into two half hour segments or even 3 20 minute segments. But if possible, ride the one hour straight. The next part was even stranger, start off on slow and with the least resistance. For now, it wasn’t the exercise that was most important, it was the habit of doing the exercise. So this is where I’m going to impart my first ‘ah ha’ moment.

When I first tried to lose weight, I would do some really stupid things. I didn’t know it was stupid, but it was. I would test my limits. I would see how fast I could go. I would see how steep I could climb a hill. I would do a lot of crazy shit that would make me feel better about myself. The problem was, and I didn’t realize it, was that I was setting myself up to lose. I never had a chance to succeed. You see, I thought I had to be good at it. What I really needed was to be consistent with it. I had to get my priorities straight. Your body was made to move. It requires a person to be active. It helps your heart. It helps your digestive tract. It reduces your blood pressure. Movement isn’t just a good idea. It helps us live. That’s the point right? Now you can place other adjectives and adverbs behind the live word, like longer, healthier, better, and happier, but I prefer to just leave the sentence as it is. Movement helps us live. Now once you get in the habit of moving, you can start doing other things. Better things. Things that you haven’t done since you were a kid. But first, just get moving.

For me, it was the recumbent stationary bike. For you, it could be walking, or a treadmill. Don’t even bother jogging. That’s not what’s important. Just commit to one hour a day. Every day. To give yourself one hour to make your life better, happier and to feel better than you could imagine. I haven’t talked about eating yet. Would you like to know why? Okay. It’s not important…yet.

So get moving. Your life may just be on the line.

Lannie

btw…Don’t forget to look to the right and check out those books. Soon, you’ll need something to occupy your mind while you are doing that boring workout. LOL

Weight Loss the Hard Way

I know that the title of this post is contradictory to what every other weight loss program is about. And frankly, I’m not doing this for the purpose of teaching you how to lose weight or to even trying to talk you into losing weight. My main purpose is to share with people who are interested what I am doing to lose weight, my successes and failures and what it means to me as a result. Let’s be reasonable my friends, losing weight is hard. It’s boring and frankly, it’s a pain in the ass. I don’t like it. There are times when I want to pull my hair out. (To be truthful, I want to pull out other people’s hair.) And it seems almost daily that something happens that seems to be a REAL good excuse not to continue or at the very least, take a break. So if any of this sounds familiar and something you are interested in reading, please feel free to join me in my walk on the wild side of cutting a bunch of ugly fat off without it being my head.

First things first: When I started this process, I was a 63 years old, male 6’4″ tall and weighed in at 264.8 pounds. That’s the heaviest I have ever been in my life and I was uncomfortable as hell. I sat around during the day at my job and then I sat around in the evening either writing or reading a book. Of course, at night I lay in bed, but as you might presume, at that weight, I wasn’t very active there either. Please don’t get me wrong, I know there are a lot of people that have bigger problems than the ones I’m sharing. I know that. But, I’m not here to flop things on the table to see who has the bigger one. This is my blog and I think that if you can stop feeling sorry for yourself and hear what I’m saying that maybe you can benefit from it as much as I am.

Anyway, all things considered, I was on the road to several issues that could end in a serious fashion. And frankly, I’m not ready to die…or worse. Not now or anytime soon. Also, I’m not ready to end up sucking through a tube to breathe because I had a heart attack and placed on life support. But, all of that seems too far down the road to worry about. For me, anyway, the thing that bothered me the most was the pain that I’ve been dealing with every day and night because of the stress that extra weight added to my joints. I hurt folks. A lot. During the day I could barely walk or climb stairs and during the night I hardly slept. I needed to make it go away. And to do that, I needed to drop about 50 pounds.

Back in January of this year (2017), I went to see my doctor to get a physical and blood work just to see what limits I had if I was going to attempt this little venture. I knew that I would have to change what I ate. I knew that I was going to have to exercise, I just wanted to know my limitations. We all have them, by the way. I knew before I started that running a marathon wasn’t in the cards. I knew that with a knee injury I sustained a couple years ago that hasn’t fully healed that couldn’t even jog. I hurt too much. Those were my issues and I’m sure you have your own. But like me, you need to know what your limitations are. Well, I found out. Like expected, I was pretty much screwed. There wasn’t much I could do, but there were some things that I would just have to focus on.

Because of time constraints, I can’t write about everything all at once. It’s going to take time and I would certainly appreciate your input as I go forth. If you have issues you would like to discuss, please write about them. What I can tell you for now is that over the last six months, I have lost 29 pounds and have gained a lot of strength. I have a lot less pain than when I started and intend to lose another 15 lbs by the end of the year and hope to get myself a lot healthier by the time I am at the weight I want to be. On my next posting, I will explain what I have done so far and what I look out for on a regular basis. Please let me know if there is something I can do to help you with your journey as well. I am not selling any of this information and will share it freely. I might, in time, promote some of my murder mysteries along the way, but don’t hate me for it. (Hint: look to your right. They are right there…;-)) Remember, just because someone is selling, it doesn’t mean you have to buy. So please let me know what you think.

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LC Wright

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