Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blew Out A Flip Flop

@#$% another pair of walking shows relegated to the circular file.  Its weird to throw away something that looks great on the topside.  But once you turn them over and look at the soles you understand whats going as they look like a set of 50,000 mile radial tires going on 80,000 miles... no tread and a couple of holes to boot! 

Now being the cheap skate that I am, I resist buying new shows until the last possible moment and even then it takes a fair degree of extra motivation, usually in some form of physical discomfort to get me to do it.  Such was the case this time around as I had developed a serious case of shin splints, making it miserable to go more than a few miles at a time.  Not good for maintaining my daily pace. 

I know by now, that shin pain is the first indication that my shoes have reached the end of their usable life.  Looking at the soles, I can see that there is a lot more wear on the outside edges than the inside edges.  Obviously, when I walk I am putting more pressure in those areas of the my shoes.  As they wear down, my feet become angled to the ground instead of parallel to it, which puts extra stress on the tendons, muscles, etc that run up through my shins, which in turn causes the pain.

So, a new pair of shoes is the key, as much as I hate to admit it. Keep this in mind if you are having a lot of foot or leg pain.  There is a good chance its the shoes.  This is one of the easiest excuses NOT to exercise, but in most cases there is a simple remedy.  If you want to be successful losing weight, you have to find solutions to challenges, not excuses to avoid them.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Why Is It So Hard To Lose Weight?

Why is it so hard to lose weight?  I think I have a simple answer: because people choose methods that aren't fun.  Bottomline, if it ain't fun, you won't do it for very long.  Thus, the average person HATES losing weight and doesn't stick with it.

I figured out a long time ago, that you have to use methods that you can live with forever if you want to have any real chance of losing weight. (Read my book!) Weight loss comes in small increments over a long period of time.  Only with weight loss, you never finish, as its something that you have to commit to forever.  The day you quit your weight loss program is the day you start gaining it all back.  Thus, its needs to be FUN, easy and doable!

The average person has no concept of what it takes to lose weight outside of TV commercials (usually worthless products) and poor quality advice which translates to heavy duty exercise and icky diets.

Listen, I still eat what I want, though in much smaller quantities.  Yes, I did cut out some of the really unhealthy stuff, but I did not force mself into some kind of unsustainable diet composed of foods I hated.  I also did NOT join a health club - ick and I don't run - doesn't turn me on.  I walk and walk really fast.  Plus I choose locations with great views to make the time enjoyable and then throw in some fast moving music with a great beat to keep my feet moving at high speed.

Thats they key! Making it fun so you can stick with it forever.  Weight Loss is not a short term thing, its a life changing decision. 

I successfully lost the weight and have kept it off without a lot of trouble.  Sure, I see a few fluctuations here and there, but I am confident enough in myself and my methods that I can burn off any unwanted pounds that try to sneek back up on me.

I'm here to help and hope that my experiences can help you reach your goals.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weight Management - It's More Than Just Losing Pounds

The C word can be kind of scary - cancer that is. 

In September I had a strange growth pop up on my face.    Naturally it showed up only a couple of weeks AFTER my annual skin exam.  I thought it was a wart - on my face - the worst possible place - how embarassing.  So rather than being a normal guy and ignoring it, I went back to the Dermatologist to have it removed.  Only it wasn't a wart, it was a squamous cell

At the time, I didn't know much about it and the Doctor didn't shed any additional light on the situation, other than the "speciman" was going to the lab.  Nothing new there, I have had quite a few skin "things" removed and sent to the lab and of course the results were always negative (a good thing).

But this time was different.  Two weeks later I got a phone call saying the results were positive (a bad thing) and I was being referred to a MOHS (skin) Surgeon for further treatment.  Very little details, but obviously that little facial thing was turning out to be a big deal.  Though no one used the "C" word or the "M" word (malignant) I knew the truth of the matter.

Squamous cells are the second most common form of skin cancer, right behind basil cells. However, the danger with squamous cells is that they have a tendency to spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.


Long story short, the MOHS Surgeon was able to easily remove all of the cancer cells while only leaving behind a huge hole in my face.  Okay, it was pretty small, but seemed huge to me. 

When it was all done and over (well the hole is still healing) two things stood out in my mind: 1) We caught it early  and 2) They commented that my excellent physical condition was a bonus in dealing with it. 

So my message to you is that you need to be very vigilant in regards to any strange growths on your skin and you need to focus on being healthy and energetic, as it will go a long way in helping you to fight off serious health risks. 

Losing weight is really about improving and managing your health, so if you haven't started a program yet, here is one more compelling reason to get cracking.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Walking In Central Park

I am in New York City for a couple of days, which means the opportunity to walk in Central Park, which ranks as one of my favorite spots in the country for burning off calories. 

Since I am with one of my daughters, I didn't want to subject her to my idea of a great walk (high speed).  Instead, I decided to make it more of an enjoyable stroll. 

We took the subway from our hotel on 35th to the Museum of Natural History Station and entered the park there.  The first phase was a walk up to Belvedere Castle, which meant a nice uphill climb.  From there, we went down to the Boat House, then around the Model Boat Pond, before ending up at the Zoo.  My pedometer showed five miles. 

Exiting the park at the southeast corner, we decided to walk back to the hotel - 24 street blocks and 2 avenue blocks.  No problem!  Great walk - great calorie burn.  New York City is best seen on foot, and this was just the first of many opportunities to do just that.  This is also a great example of how to maintain your weight management program when traveling, as pretty much every city offers possibilities if you take the time to look.

Here is a link for learning more about walking in Central Park - http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-do/sports/walking.html