Month: June 2016

Do What You Can

I met Mike on a plane ride back from New Jersey. Mike initiated the conversation by asking about the Fitbit One clipped to my shirt. He asked how I liked it. The usual Fitbit chitchat ensued – which tends to be a mishmash conversation about devices, why you purchased the device, comparisons of distances walked per day and working in a brag about the “most I’ve ever done”.  A host of…

What’s It Like to Run 4 Miles?

If you’ve been reading this website or following me on Twitter, you probably know that I’ve been running 5K (3.1 miles) races. I ran a race in March 2016 (42 minutes) and another in May 2016 (36 minutes). My next race is in ~3 weeks. I want to improve my time. I’m thinking 32 to 34 minutes is possible. So I altered my training for the next race. I am running 1…

Progress

I recently wrote a post on goals vs. systems. Here is a short recap of the short post: Goals tend to be very specific. For example, you’d like to drop 10 pounds. Generally, until the day you hit your goal, you are in a continual state of failure. Say you hit your goal … now what? Have you developed habits that will keep the weight off? Probably not. Systems tend…

Height and Weight Charts

I found a height and weight chart on this website: https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/quick-guides/what-is-a-healthy-weight. I highlighted in yellow the line that is applicable to me. I am 6 feet 2 inches tall. At my most recent Weight Watchers weigh-in, I was 234.8 pounds. The lower end of the obese  range (from the chart) is 233 pounds. I am close to going from obese to merely overweight. That’s a milestone worth celebrating. I started this…

Watch Your Ego

Ego – The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity. That’s a really great definition of ego. Being Fat When I was at my heaviest, I rarely thought of myself as fat. I didn’t think of myself as skinny either. I’d probably have categorized myself as just “not fat”. Not a flattering self…

40 Weeks of 10,000 Steps a Day

On Friday, I completed 280 days in a row of 10,000 steps a day. I’m 12 weeks from reaching one full year of 10,000 steps a day. I included screen shots (at the bottom) from my Fitbit APP as proof. Good Fitbit Better Fitbit Best Fitbit As I think back, I mostly recall the hardest days and the close calls. In January (2016), I woke up for at 3 AM…