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Weight Loss the Hard Way, part 4

As promised, I’m going to talk to you about the things that have helped me get to where I am and where I want to go.

The first thing I needed when I got started was to throw away some of my old thought processes about how to eat properly. I used to think calories in, versus calories was the only thing that mattered if you broke it down to the core. I learned the hard way that, though it was correct in a sense, it was incomplete. It’s kind of like the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” On the surface, it makes sense. However, if you really think about it, practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect–permanently.

With eating, you only get the results you want if you learn the best way to do it correctly. The calories you take in need to be the right kind of calories. They need to be consumed in a manner that makes the most sense to your body. The intake needs to be spread out over the course of the day so that you don’t get the highs and lows that mess up your mind and so that your metabolism doesn’t get out of whack. It sounds difficult, but it isn’t. So look at it this way; Think of your body as a garden hose. Think of the food you consume as the water you need for your garden to grow properly. And remember that all the water you have for a given day to water those plants the proper amount is dependent on how you transfer that water through the hose.

Now in order for the analogy to work, the connection between the hose (your body) and the water (the calories you consume), the connection has to fit properly. You are responsible for how that water flows through the hose. You are responsible for how the hose is connected to the supply. There are no screws to hold it in place. The only thing putting it together is your ability to hold the hose against the water supply and hope that nothing leaks out.

Your body can only absorb so many nutrients at any given time. Just like a water hose can only take so much water through it at a given time. If you try to force too much water through the hose, it will spring a leak and you will lose nutrients needed for growth. If you apply too much pressure, you will lose water. The trick of getting everything you consume to work for you is to do it slowly over an extended period of time.

Figure out how many calories you need to take in during the day to remain healthy and productive and how many calories you need to burn in order for weight loss to happen. Then spread the food out over many meals. Don’t skip meals. If anything, increase the number of meals you have. If you only eat two meals a day because they are big meals, then eat four times a day and spread the nutritional intake at a rate your body can absorb. What you will find is that when you start doing this, your body will start telling you that you don’t need to eat as much because it’s getting what it needs from all of the smaller meals. You will actually slow down your intake because the extra food that has been wasted and not absorbed won’t be needed anymore.

Maybe look at it this way; If you are eating 4,000 calories a day, but your body is only absorbing 2,000 calories of nutrients, then your absorption rate is 50% of consumption. All the rest you take in is either turned to fat or passed through. (The technical term is poop.) Now, spread the meals into smaller meals several times a day, reduce the intake to 2,200 calories and your absorption rate sky rockets to 90% or more, you will have a lot less fat building or waste to work out. Add to that, an hour of exercise. Blow off 400-500 calories and low and behold, you’re losing weight.

It took me forever to get this idea into my thick brain. I knew for a fact that if I cut down my calories like Connie wanted me to that I would starve to death. I’m a big guy, and I needed big meals. It was simple physics. I was wrong. I didn’t need big meals. I needed a lot of little meals of the right kind of food. I know I’m spending a lot of time on this point and you’re probably starting to nod off. Just keep this in mind; I’m not telling you this so you can lose weight. I’m recording this so that you can lead a healthy life and live a lot longer and happier. I don’t yet have a six pack I desire, but I no longer have a keg either. And that’s progress.

Next week I want to talk to you about some of the meals I’m consuming and how to eat REAL food that you don’t have to pay a fortune for and cook it so that that it is healthy and tasty.

Lannie

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Weight Loss the Hard Way, part 3

Sticking with the exercise theme, my first week, back in January 2017, was a disaster. I was supposed to spend an hour on my bike every day. I believe by the end of the week I had actually ridden the damn thing four days and only two of them for an hour. How the hell was I supposed to make any progress that way? I was disappointed with myself and I was mad at the world. I knew, deep down, that I was slowly killing myself the way I was going and there didn’t seem to be anything I could do about it. I was a failure in the worst sense of the word. Once again, I wanted to quit. What’s the use, right?

The fact was, and it took me a while to realize it, that four partially successful days for the week was better than what I had done the week before. It came down to what I was measuring it against. Initially, I was comparing my results to the standards of perfection I had set. When I did that, I was an abject failure. And with that attitude, I knew that I wasn’t going to make it very far. Then I realized something that I’ve known all my life, everything is relative. For example; I stand 6’4″ and people tell me I’m tall. However, I have a brother who’s 6’8″ and I’m not so tall anymore. In this situation, I needed to re-establish my paradigm. Instead of comparing my efforts to perfection, I decided that I needed to compare my efforts to what I had been doing previously. With that in mind, I was a bloody success and able to start week two with a much better attitude.

None of us are perfect, however, if you have the right frame of reference, you can be successful. If you decide to start doing something about your weight, please keep that in mind. Do better this week than you did the week before.

When it came to eating (my diet if you will) I was a complete moron. I didn’t understand calories. I didn’t understand portions. I didn’t know about different ways to cook a meal. Or salt and sugar added. I was at a loss. When my nutritionist (Connie) brought out examples of the proportions I was supposed to use for different food items, I said, “Oh, hell no.” A pigmy would lose weight on what she was telling me. There was no way a big guy like me would last on that crap. I needed sustenance. I needed to feel like I had actually eaten something. What she suggested was downright crazy. Once again, I was stuck.

Are you starting to catch on to a trend here?

I didn’t know what I was doing and the strict rules of a diet were not going to get me there. I needed something else. I needed to find something I could live with and not feel like I was starving myself along the way. There was a solution out there, there had to be. I just didn’t know what it was. So Connie, the nutritionist, and I had a long conversation. We needed to come up with a system that would work for me. We needed me to try things that would accomplish the goals without making me crazy along the way. On my next blog post, I will tell you what I did and what I was able to accomplish. Maybe some of the results will help you too.

Lannie

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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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Warriors Rant

It’s not often that I bother to take the time to stand on a soapbox in order to share my views on current events. However, today I make an exception.

I’m a Golden State Warriors fan and have been for close to twenty years. I’ve seen their really bad years. I’ve witnessed their “We believe” years. And I’ve elated their championship year. Now this year I’ve immersed myself in what should be considered one of the greatest shows of basketball supremacy in the history of the NBA. Records are falling almost on a daily basis and a sane person can’t help but be amazed. I think I’m in the majority.

On the other hand, there are the haters. They are the ones who for some reason can’t understand the magnitude of what they are seeing. They are the ones who need to justify something that is explainable. They are the ones who choose to find the negative even if they have to make something up in order to distract from the good that is happening. Let’s take the Warriors / Thunder game that happened recently. During the course of the game, records were either broke or tied on multiple fronts. There was a magnificent comeback, clutch free-throws, overtime and a shot from near half-court that won the game. It was fun and it was great entertainment. And even though the Thunder fans were disappointed by the outcome, I believe, the majority of them had to understand the magnitude of what happened that night.

However, the focus seems to be elsewhere. Before the game, ex or retired players of historic fame claimed that these Warriors were impostors. Oscar Robinson said that Steph Curry was nobody special and the current NBA teams didn’t know how to play defense. And though I could continue with what the naysayers were spouting, I’m sure that most of you have heard it already.

Then, and this is the one I really want to rant about, ABC’a Lisa Salters reported that during halftime, one of the Warriors player was using profanity in the locker room and saying them in a loud voice. OMG, can you believe it? A professional ball player said some bad words behind closed doors and she is was somehow offended? Where did she come from? How in the world can she believe that this is something new? Is she really naive enough to think that this doesn’t happen in EVERY locker room in the world during halftime with the trailing teams? Does she not understand that players, professional and amateur alike, are out there fighting for their lives? Has she never competed?

Also, this phenomenon is not limited to just the players. Can you believe it? Coaches have even used profanity when a competition ensues. But wait…there’s more. Did you know that coaches and players in women’s sports also use profanity when they are angry or frustrated about how something they care about is going awry? That’s right. Women, of the fairer sex, curse when things are going bad. And though I have no concrete proof, I can assure you that someone in Ms. Salters’ life has heard her use the occasional profane word. Was it news worthy? Probably not. I would imagine that nobody cared or maybe the people she said them to didn’t think it would be responsible reporting to tell the world or maybe maybe she simply needed a story big enough to get the haters’ attention so that she would look big in their eyes and it would give the haters something to focus on while they continued to lose when playing the Warriors. In my opinion, it was a blatant attempt to distract from the good that is the Golden State Warriors and nothing else. It certainly wasn’t important enough to report.

Any way you look at it, haters hate. I just hope that when it’s all said and done, people that care about what truly matters can see through what the haters spew and see that the Warriors are miles ahead of the competition.

L.C. Wright is an author of mystery/suspense novels and a fan of the Golden State Warriors.

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Through the Eyes of Death

Connections – The Devil’s Door

Castle Grey – A Katt and Mouse Mystery

Long Shot – A Katt and Mouse Mystery

Writing As An Art

For the last 15 years I have been writing for the pleasure of sharing my thoughts in the form of mystery/suspense novels. During that time, I have learned a thing or two that I hope will help me continue that work for years to come. Now, I want to share these thoughts with other writers that are interested in learning from my mistakes and successes. Soon, I will be putting together a newsletter that will be exclusive to those that are interested in what it takes to be a writer and what is new in the world of L.C. Wright the author.

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Doing the Traditional – vs- Self-Publishing Dance

I just recently published my fifth murder book, Through the Eyes of Death. As such, I got to thinking about all of the people out there that are now where I was several years ago when I tried to decide whether I should work with an agent and go the traditional route of getting published or should I self-publish and get my work out there sooner.

From a personal perspective, I wanted to do things the old fashion way. I’m an old fashion kinda guy. Actually, I’m just an old guy and don’t like dealing with computers. Anyway, that’s what I did. I went for the traditional method and got an education not soon to be forgotten.

Here’s the deal. If I had the choice and could get what I wanted out of it, I would more than likely have stayed the course with my agent. I would prefer having people looking out for my best interest, making sure that the editing of my work was done to perfection and gladly given up the lion’s share of the earnings to get published through the traditional method of publishing.

The truth is, at least from my perspective, agents are too busy to focus on me. I’m a great story teller and write great mysteries. I didn’t want to be the person that wrote my books, edited (or paid to have edited) my books, find an artist to do the covers, format my books, publish my books and then after everything else, market my books. I didn’t want that. I just want to write, tell my stories and then move on to the next one.

I worked five years getting an agent and then waiting for my agent to get my books in the hands of the publishers. Five years that I could have been working toward getting more of my stories out to the public.
It was a learning experience that I’m grateful for, but wouldn’t recommend.

There are very few James Patterson’s and Dean Koontz’s in the world. You may be one of them and for that I will say, go for it. For the rest of us, I say, take care of yourself and get busy writing and creating something for the world to see.

L.C. Wright is an author of mystery/suspense/thriller novels. His focus is writing his Katt and Mouse Mystery series and his Connections series. Below is a list of his work.

Through the Eyes of Death

Connections – The Devil’s Door

Castle Grey – A Katt and Mouse Mystery

Long Shot – A Katt and Mouse Mystery

Monterey Madness – Mr. One Pocket

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First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch by Samuel Ben White

“What if history didn’t happen that way … the first time?”

Garison Fitch was a scientist and something of a celebrity in the Soviet Americas in the early 21st century until dropping off the map to pursue his theories in the remote La Plata Canyon. Living in a log home he built himself (which was too close to the Empire of Japan (30 miles to the west) and the Republic of Texas (15 miles to the south), Garison began to experiment with interdimensional travel.

An experiment with such travel surprised him when he landed him in 1744. There he discovered a primitive world of somewhat suspicious people, but a freedom he had never experienced before–which may have been most frightening of all. As he was trying to discover how to return to the future, he met and fell in love with Sarah, a beautiful young woman who is an outcast due to the fact that it was never known who her father was. They married and had three children and he decided to stay in the past and raise his children with the woman he loved.

When he tried to rid himself of his time machine by sending it into the future, however, it took him with it. Now, he finds himself back in the twenty-first century where a woman (Heather) he has never met claims to be his wife and the country he grew up in is gone, replaced by something called “The United States of America”. He quickly realizes that something he did in the past has changed the future but he doesn’t know what until he stumbles across a strange item in Heather’s purse.

Should he live in this new world, or try to travel once more through time and return the world to “normal”? As he becomes convinced he can’t return to Sarah, he’s not really sure if he can live in this new world he created, either.

One man’s travel through time accidentally created the reality we’re used to.

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