Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Slowing Us Down

February 24, 2010

On Monday, as I was struggling to continue my run around and around the track, it occurred to me that running was easier when I weighed less.  I know, you would think with all the exercise that I do, my weight would be where it should be, but I like to eat. On Monday, I was up ten pounds from last summer, and up twenty pounds from a couple of years ago.  I have been half-heartedly trying to lose weight since last spring.  It goes up, it goes down.

I have decided that I need to get serious about losing the weight that I had regained.  I would like to trim off some of this excess weight before my next long run in a couple of weeks.  I just think that it would have to be easier to run if I wasn’t carrying the weight belt (fat) around my waist.

These thoughts reminded me of something far more important.  Hebrews 12:1 says “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

If our Christian race needs improvement, we can look at two things.  First, are we stubbornly remaining in a sinful practice?  Or are we making a half-hearted attempt at change?  Let us get serious about removing sinful thoughts, words, and actions from our lives.  Second, are we doing those things that we know are good for our spiritual health?  Are we consistently reading our Bible, spending time in prayer, and attending church?  Or do we claim that we do not have enough time?  We should examine our schedules to see if the activities that occupy our time are the right things.  If we are too busy, then we need to cut out something other than our spiritual disciplines. 

Most of us could stand to lose some weight.

I think it is slowing us down.

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A Simple Weight Loss Plan

June 16, 2009

A few years ago, I went from 197 to 155.  I had never really thought of myself as overweight, but when I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, I needed to make some changes.  I did not want to immediately go on medication and thought that I would try diet and exercise first. 

The basic premise of weight loss is simple.  Burn more calories than you consume.  I already exercised a fair amount.  I utilize a cross training technique that employs aerobic and strength training.  So, I needed to make changes in my diet.    I looked over the list given to me by my doctor, of recommended and not recommended foods and decided to allow myself two “checks” in a day.  (Previously, I was consuming ten to fifteen “checks” in a day!)  A check is a food that contains something on the “not recommended list”.   I would increase the consumption of recommended foods.  I also decided to eat only twice a day, no snacks. 

This plan worked like a charm.  I lost weight and lowered my cholesterol.

Once I achieved my goal weight of 155 (which was what I weighed when I came home on leave after Marine Corps boot camp over twenty five years ago) I went back to three meals a day.  And snacks.  My weight crept back on a few pounds here and there until I found myself again at 187.  I recognized that a change was needed.  (The suits that I had tailered at 155 didn’t fit at 187!)  The problem was, I did not want to go back to two meals a day.  I tried adjusting what I eat, and managed to lose 10lbs but I was stuck in the mid 170s. 

Then a simple plan occurred to me.  I will continue to eat three meals a day, but there are some rules.

Breakfast is either oatmeal, or a heart healthy cereal… and not a large bowl.

One meal will be only fruit, or a small salad, and a glass of milk.

The third meal is a sensible, balanced,  meal.

There are a few rules.  No buffets until goal weight is achieved.  No snacks,  no sweets, except one miniature dark chocolate a day.

This is a diet.  When my goal weight is achieved then I can again eat normally.  The plan is to keep my weight between 155 and 160. ( I check my weight every morning.)  When I hit 160, I will diet until I hit 155 again.  I suspect that I will strive to stay within the desired range by adjusting the amounts that I eat so that I don’t have to diet. 

As each 5lbs benchmark is achieved, I will allow myself one treat.

I don’t like to diet.  I like to eat, but I also want to fit my suits. 

I have been on this plan for a little over a week.  This morning I weighed 169.  Fourteen pounds to go.

Why Exercise?

April 7, 2009

I  exercise regularly.  Lately, I have been finding it more difficult to be motivated to go through my workouts.  I groan and sigh as I approach the gym.   The other day as I was stretching before starting a run, I asked a person who was nearby, why we bother to exercise.  Their response was stated almost as a a question.

Boredom?

I haven’t been bored in twenty five years.  That is not the answer.

Health, loose weight, look better, feel better, come on, I needed some motivation and boredom was definitely not the problem.

As I began to run my laps, (Kind’ve like a gerbil on a wheel, oh wait, that is the people on the treadmills!) it struck me why I exercise.  It is not because I want to lose weight, although I do.  It is not simply so that my heart will stay healthy, although that certainly is a good thing.  It is definitely not because I am bored, have nothing else to do, or that I think it is fun.

I exercise so that I can enjoy a better quality of life. 

I like the fact that as I approach fifty, I can still do almost any activity that I want to participate in, without fear of having a heart attack, or other physical problems.  (I say almost, because my sons, who are young adults,  tried to talk me into going to a mixed martial arts class with them.  I thought about it, and decided that it was probably not a good idea.) 

I enjoy good health and that contributes to being better able to enjoy life.    

That is why I exercise, for quality of life.