Monday, September 3, 2007

Status Update

As you may recall, I took a break from the diet from about mid-July to early August. And, I gained 15 pounds during the leave. This is what got me thinking so much about maintenance. I had really expected it to quickly melt off. But, it didn't come off quickly. I still have seven more pounds to lose before I am back where I was before I took the time off.

This weekend, I have been feeling a bit under the weather. I have a chest cold and quite a bit of congestion. Last night, I was at my in laws house and they had cooked chicken and dumpins'. Since I was feeling a bit ill, I thought that perhaps I could fight it off better if I altered my carb-cycle and made sick days normal carb days rather than low carb days. It makes sense to me that I should provide the nutrients when my body needs it most.

And, there's another dilemma. My wife and I both have birthdays coming up this week. So, I have not yet made up my mind how to time my carb-cycles around everything.

I'm still 80 pounds lighter than I was a year ago. And, I am way too close to my original goal of losing 100 pounds to give up. I think that these last 20 pounds are going to be very difficult to lose. I'm afraid that I might have to actually (gasp!) exercise to lose it. I had been hoping to avoid this...

So, for the next couple of months, I'm going to be studying various exercise plans. I'm not starting with an exercise plan until I feel I have a better understanding of which exercises will work best for my goals and lifestyle. It would seem that weight training would be the ideal for weight loss. But it's the lifestyle part that gets in the way. I travel with work. And, when on the road, I typically work late and have limited access to exercise equipment. I think I may be able to come up with some resistance training that doesn't involve weights (push ups, etc.). For now, I'll keep on studying. And, hopefully within a month or two I'll have a good idea of how to tackle the task.

5 comments:

Porter Family said...

You'd be surprised by how much 20 minutes a day of walking will do for you. I have a friend who is a trainer and she says nothing beats interval walking. 5 minutes comfortable pace 1 minute as fast as you can go, 3 minutes regular, 1 minute fast, etc....

Jason said...

Bet your son would love to go for a walk with you.

Ginni Dee said...

Just walk...no plan needed! It's great for the cardio-vascular system, great for your lungs, and makes your muscles tingle without much over-hard work on your part! Get a camera and take some photos along the way...the time just melts by!

You're doing great....an inspiration to all of us dieters!

Ginni

JJ said...

I just found your site while looking for low carb products in my town. The store I used when belly up. I love your site. It's just what I needed at this time in my life.

I broke my hip a year ago and gained back 22 of the 40 pounds I lost low-carbing. It's very depressing. So when I saw you had gained 15, I knew how you felt.

One resistand exercise you can do that you can carry the equipment with you is the rubber straps. They come in different colors for the tensile strength.

Looking forward to spending a lot of time here.

PJ said...

Lift weights. The more you read on resistance exercise vs aerobic exercise, the more I'm sure you'll come to the same conclusion.