Monthly Archives: June 2013

Finding the time…weigh in time

It doesn’t happen often, but I was in the office all week. I have realized when I am not traveling it is harder to get my steps in. I thought it would be the other way around, but now I understand how much I walk in airports and to meetings.

I focus on getting in 7+ miles per day. I knew I’d need to increase my time on the treadmill each morning so I did that. The strategy this week was to make sure I get my steps in during lunch. Each day I took a break and headed over to the galleria across the street and hammered out a few miles. On Friday I switched it up as I needed a break from the galleria so I walked up the parking deck, not using the stairs, from the ground floor to the seventh floor.

I have learned it is harder to find the time than it is to find the spot.  There are lots of places you can walk…you just have to make the time to do it.  It only takes 30-45 each day.  You can fit in a good walk during lunch and still have time to eat.  Don’t let the excuses derail you.

Decide to dominate!

Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 243.5 lbs

Hitting the road…weigh in time

I have noted a number of times when talking to people that I won’t get back on my road bike until I lose enough weight. Most people question me as that seems counter-productive to losing the pounds. My reason for this…fear of failure.

For years getting out on the road and putting in 20, 50 or 100 miles in a day was the norm. My problem was that I was doing a whole lot more bad things to my body that the bike couldn’t overcome. I chalked it up to getting older, but the truth was I was getting fatter. I was losing ground to people ten years older than me. I chalked it up to the fact that they had more time to train. The truth was they were living a healthier life.

I said I was going to wait until I hit 225 lbs to get back on the road bike. I have been on my mountain bike on the road with my kids…it is easy to do 10 mph all day long, but it isn’t the same as averaging 20 mph. I got the itch to ride my road bike this weekend and I decided to see what would happen.

The family did 13 miles on Saturday and we averaged about 9 mph. I pulled Derek in the trailer and the heat was a lot for Kyle on his mountain bike. I decided to test myself on Sunday and ride the same route on my road bike. I was happy with my results as I did the ride averaging 17 mph with a side wind most of the ride.

I could tell I was much stronger than last year.  I still need to build muscle to increase the distance and maintain the averages, but now I feel I am on the right path and not heading down the road of past failures.  Taking my time to set realistic goals and not getting discouraged at small setbacks is really starting to pay off.

Decide to dominate!

Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 243.5 lbs

Milwaukee walking

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Earlier this week I spent the day in Milwaukee.  It was my first time there…it is a great city.  The people are very friendly and the town is easy to get around.  I traveled with a colleague who had an injured foot, but somehow that didn’t stop us from walking all over the place.

We walked all over the Cleveland airport.  We walked all over Milwaukee.  We walked all over the Milwaukee airport.  Not once did my colleague complain about her foot, but we were smart to make sure she took escalators and elevators.  I on the other hand focused on stairs and pacing.  We noted before heading out that it would probably be a small step total day, but I eclipsed over 22,000 steps and she was above her average.  Not a bad day at all.

This trip made me realize that the little things matter.  I went up and down a lot of stairs in Milwaukee.  I paced a lot in the airports.  I also forgot my charge card at lunch and was able to walk back to put in some extra steps (not a practice I recommend doing regularly).  In the end my colleague and I got to the same places at pretty much the same time.  It might have taken me a few seconds more to arrive, but that was okay knowing I got a few more steps in.

After being recombobulated in the Milwaukee airport we knew we had put in a full day.  Thank you Lisa for being so patient with me on my quest to walk all over Milwaukee!

Gone not forgotten…weigh in time

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In my journey to be fit I am constantly reminded that losing is usually good. All the work is paying off and I am getting healthier. On Father’s Day I am reminded I am not just doing this for me. I am doing this for those around me. Being fit means I will get to enjoy more things with my family. I am no longer going to let those chances slip by…time is short and we need to live each day to its fullest.

My Dad didn’t get many chances with me like I have with my boys as he passed before I even really knew him. He didn’t see me play baseball. He didn’t see me move from being a boy to a man. In his absence I was lucky to have a lot of strong people around me to guide me through my early years (Mom, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and more).

Losing my father wasn’t a good thing. I look back at times and wonder how things would have been different. I take pride in knowing I look like my father. Many tell me I also act a lot like him. I have realized that makes people feel good that they can remember my Dad through me. It is a constant reminder to me that I am my fathers son.

I believe I got my will to never quit from my Dad and my Mom. So when I feel like I don’t want to workout or I want to eat that extra cookie I remember those around me that are supporting me to be fit. I remember those that need me. I also remember my Dad and for what I believe he would stand for and that is to never give up.

Decide to dominate!

Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 244.5 lbs

8 before 8

There are days that I feel like I can conquer anything. Today was one of those days.

I set out with a goal to walk 8 miles before 8 am. I rolled out of bed at 5:15 and was on the boardwalk by 5:30. I figured out I had enough time to get it done, but my pace would need to be brisk. It is easy for me to lose track of my pace because I am a multitasker when I walk. I get going on email or the social media sites and next thing I know my pace has dwindled.

Today I was pushed by the walkers around me. I set my pace off the locals and worked to keep up with them. One person could tell what I was doing and he finally jogged about 500 yards to move ahead of me. It is great to know that even in the world of walking there are people as competitive as me to push me along. By the time I reached my turnaround point I had passed everyone…even the person that jogged to get ahead.

I rolled back up to the hotel at 7:57 so I met my goal. It felt great to not only get in the 8 miles, but to meet a goal that early in the day really put me in the right state of mind for the rest of the day. I am going to focus on these types of goals to push me every day going forward.

I have taken my talents to South Beach…weigh in time

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I have taken my talents to South Beach…well at least my walking talents.  I walked on the beach today which wasn’t easy then decided to move to the pavement after I realized there was pavement in South Florida.

As you can tell from the theme or my last few posts I have found some cool places to put in some miles.  Hollywood, Florida has this great boardwalk that is about 1 mile from my hotel and it is 2.5 miles long.  This will make for a nice out and back each morning to log some good miles.

I got back to my room and hammered out the interval part of my workout with push-ups, jumping jacks and leg lifts.  The traveling and working out is becoming easier when I can find places like this to log some miles every day.

I am approaching the 40 pound loss mark from my all time high.  Feeling good about my progress and I am very happy with those around me that are also hitting their own personal fitness goals.

Decide to dominate!

Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 244.5 lbs

Walking the Mall

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I spent a day in DC this week. What did I do with my free time? I decided to take a stroll in the Mall.

This wasn’t the mall with stores, but that is a good place to get some walking done. This was the National Mall. All the times I have been to DC I never walked the National Mall. It was amazing. Not only did I put in the miles, but I got to soak up all that history…I love history.

A friend took me on the tour and we knocked out just over 6 miles. We were both happy to see how far we went and the time flew by as we wound through the different buildings and monuments.

DC is a great place to workout. From people walking to joggers, runners and bikers…we saw lots of calories being burned.

I put in over 31,000 steps in DC (14 miles) so I have some calories and pounds that are also history after all that walking in the nation’s capital.

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