As mentioned in my previous blog posting, I’ve taken a serious approach to my health. Much of what I accomplished in losing over 30 pounds was just done by following the Atkins diet and casual exercise. Much of this exercise has been in the form of walking as my wife and I are trying to get in better shape for our trip to Europe. In previous years, we didn’t prepare ourselves in advance for all the walking we end up doing. We suffer for the first week as a result. I believe this year will be different.
My goal of reaching 200 pounds prior to 15 August was in an effort to verify that diet and exercise will help improve my cholesterol levels. I will have a checkup next week and my ultimate goal of those results is just to verify that the needles are moving in the right directions. I know I have more work to do…but I am looking for proof that what I’ve accomplished in the past four months is the right thing.
Part of vacation is enjoying life and I don’t plan to follow the Atkins plan while in Europe. If you are familiar with Atkins or the Low Carb diet, you know that carbs are avoided like the plague. The national dish of Belgium is Belgian Frietjes or Belgian Fries. These are the best fried potatoes (can’t refer to them as French) that I have ever tasted and I’ve enjoyed more than my share of fries. In addition to the Belgian fries, I’ll also enjoy a few Belgian Waffles and many other delicacies which I just can’t get here in the US. I figure many of the carbs I consume while on vacation will be offset with the tremendous amount of walking we do.
Anyway…..10,000 Steps for Health is how I plan to tackle the next phase of my goal. I’ve heard people talk about losing weight just simply making sure they walk 10,000 steps daily. But just how many steps does an average person….or more importantly, how many steps do I take on an average day? A friend of mine has had incredible success with this this program and uses a little device called a Fitbit. A Fitbit is a small electronic gadget (fancy pedometer) which is worn to track the number of steps you take, the number of floors you’ve climbed, distance in miles or kilometers and calories burned. You basically wear this little device and sync the data to a free Fitbit account where you can view your results.
What I found by just wearing the device each day was without even trying I was averaging about ~6000 steps each day. So by adding an additional daily walk to my schedule (and taking the stairs more at work) has proven successful at pushing me over the 10K mark each day.
For now, my focus remains on the final 4.5 pounds which I plan to lose by 15 August, then enjoying a fantastic vacation with my wife. Once I return home and return to work, I will begin working on the next phase of my plan to reach 180 pounds by Christmas. At this point, I really don’t plan to go any lower than 180 pounds. I’m 6 foot tall and at 180 pounds, this places my BMI in the normal weight range. But of course, I’ll consult with my doctor and most importantly perform another blood test to check my overall cholesterol numbers.
Until next time…
P.S. I realize this blog post has nothing to do with amateur radio. However, my getting in better shape, getting healthy and staying healthy will most certainly allow me to continue to enjoy the hobby for many years to come. Plus I just want to share this info with others who might be interested in shedding a few extra pounds. 73 de KD0BIK