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June 23, 2008

Taking Stock

Every now and then you reach a point in your diet where you need to stop and say, "What am I doing?"  That's me right now.

I've changed and tweaked my workouts so much in the last two years, I really need to figure out what I should be continuing and what needs to go by the wayside.

Walking - Oh, I loved to walk.  Mostly because its easy and I could do it anywhere.  No matter what I did for my morning workout, I'd always try to get in an hour of walking in the afternoon or evening. 

When I first started to walk, I could do it on my lunch hour.  I had a track workout in our business park that took me about 15 minutes to do...so I'd do it 4 times.  According to my Body Bugg, I was burning about 400 calories in that hour.

I haven't been walking much lately since my running has taken more and more time from my other fitness efforts.  Last Saturday I was feeling a bit nostalgic.  So I did my old walk to burn off some extra calories.  At the end of the walk, I checked my Body Bugg to see how I did.  The same hour walk that used to burn 400 calories now only burns 250 calories.  Hardly worth the effort, really.

Why the change?  Well, its fitness.  My body has been in training for the last two years (nearly two years) and has gotten good at what I'm doing.  So I what I used to have to put real effort into can now be done with casual strength.  Also, I'm just plain lighter now.  So there is a massive difference between keeping my new 200 pound body in motion and the Herculean effort needed to push 292 pounds of Robert through his paces.

Definition: Herculean - a. Of unusual size, power or difficulty. b. Of or relating to Hercules. One of my favorite words.

 hercules  <---Hercules! Hercules!

So I say good-bye to walking for now.  I'll probably still do it from time to time but it won't be part of my 'work out time' any longer. 

Progress Report

I'm kind of stuck at 200 pounds for now as my body gets accustom to being this weight.  I'd like to get to drop just one more pound and be done with the 200s...but it will come in time. 

Last week I increased my long run to 4 miles.

That's it...keeping it short this week.  I'd like to that all the people that keep up with my blog.  Your words of encouragement keep me going....

Now I need to get this posted before the storm knocks out the power again.

Spider-Pug says, "Get out and get in some exercise!"


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Blogger The Diva on a Diet said...

I'm gonna take Spider Pug's advice and head to the gym. Thanks for the inspiration. ;)

I got here from Spark People and enjoyed reading your blog. Congrats on your Herculean success!

June 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have come to the same conclusion about my plateau. I don't get my heart rate up in the same way that I did when I began. I have learned so much from your posts, thanks for taking the time to share what you have learned. Juggler 101

June 24, 2008 at 3:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI I just read your blog. It a very good one. I am very interested in the body bug. I looked into it but decided not to get myself one...mostly because of the expense, also because I am at goal weight so knowing exactly how many calorie I burn isn't as important as it was when I was losing my weight.

I found it very interesting - the amount of calories you burned when you first started walking to what you are burning now. That is a huge progress in fitness and health.

In a way it's a shame that you can't still be burning the 400 calories. :-)

best of luck getting out of the 200s. I know you will get there.

you have a very positive outlook and and very uplifting blog. thanks.

gail (rhynic - from the road runners)

June 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the encouraging blog. I'm where you were (well...a little more at 297) down from 345. I've wondered if I can lose weight after all. Your blog has encouraged me to keep at it. Thanks!

June 25, 2008 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

Spider pug is A-dorable! You know you just have to keep living healthily for the rest of your life. So if you do that some day you will see 199. I can't imagine how any other alternative is possible. If the plateau hangs out check into calorie cycling. It fools the metabolism!


June 27, 2008 at 5:55 AM  

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