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Back to the Basics: Week # 3 wrap up

Well week # 3 is a wrap and over all I must say I’m a bit surprised at the results. Given the challenges I’ve faced over the last week I’m extremely happy with my progress. I’ve identified changes I’d like to make and I’m currently working on implementing them. I’ve got to learn to stick to the diet better and not give in to temptation

Gym:

I’ve found motivation in changing it up. My wife has been saying that she’s wanted to start working out again and with us having 2 crazy Australian Shepherds she finds herself up at the crack of dawn. I’ve taken the cardio out of the gym and out in nature. Yes, my wife and I have been walking in the mornings (5:00am to be exact). While it’s harder to walk outside in the mornings on days due to weather not cooperating, I find having someone there to keep up the competitiveness has helped improve my times and amount of cardio I’ve been doing. We’ve committed to walking the equivalent of a 5k every morning we walk.

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Diet:

The diet kind of hit a brick wall this week as work had me all kinds of messed up. See we have monthly engineering meetings and they tend to have my weakness “sweets” and I found myself caving. I didn’t just eat one or even two. I found once I started I didn’t want to stop as my sweet tooth had taken over. While I accept responsibility, I also realize that I can’t always deny this craving but need to deal with moderation or find a way to reward myself. Saturday night also proved to be difficult as it was our 11th wedding anniversary so we planned a date night. The place of choice for us was the Outback Steakhouse. My meal was steak and shrimp and of course you can’t go to Outback without getting a blooming onion. While we chose to skip dessert I did partake in an adult beverage and now I feel a tad bit guilt, but not too guilty.

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Bloomin OnionResults:

Well the scale has been utilized and with all being said I was up 0.2 lbs. I know it’s not a lot, but it’s still a gain. I consider myself very lucky as it could have very easily been worse, but a gain is a gain. I plan on trying to do better on controlling the cravings and also I’ve committed to doing a 5k walk at least 4 days a week or more for my cardio in the am. I’m trying to find my happy medium still for everything and find myself tweaking things as I go.

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What’s the worst week you’ve ever had? How did you handle it? How did you recover?

Back to the Basics: Week # 1 wrap up

Well week #1 is done and progress has been made. Many changes have occurred both physically and mentally. The mental part has been the most challenging part as I tend to put things off. The wife has been a big help as she’s supporting my “No Sweets” policy in the house. Today we actually went grocery shopping to stock up on healthy foods. Who know it would be so expensive to eat healthy.

Gym:

Week one also brought me back in to the gym. This was a long time in the making as I’ve been lacking motivation for so long that it just became that much harder. I’ve decided 3 times a week is a pretty modest goal to start with and I’ll go from there and see what happens. On top of that I plan to do cardio on my off days (in the form of walking the trails at our local park…… which is literally walking distance from our house).

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Diet:

When many people hear the dreaded “D” word they cringe as they automatically think the worst. The diet part by far has been the hardest part as I have a sweet tooth and I love my sugary sweets. If you would visit out house earlier on you’d find it stocked with peanut butter cups, coke and anything else sweet I can get my hands on. Now if you walk into the kitchen you’ll find peanut butter in the form of the individual cups, 100 calorie packs and powerade or water. We’ve chosen to make our house a “sweet free” zone and I get my fixes thru other means. I’ve found I love the weight watchers chocolate raspberry ices cream. It’s the perfect portion size to give me my fix but not make me have to put in 3 hours at the gym to negate it.

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Results:

The week one result is in and I’m officially down 8 pounds. This was a combination of the gym and going back to eating healthy. As I continue my journey to lead a healthier life I’m sure I’ll have to make sacrifices. While it’s hard to do it’ll be worth it in the end. I’ve been receiving motivation and support from others whom I have never even met and it’s definitely one of the driving forces behind what I hope if my continued success.

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What would be the first thing you’d do or have done to get back the basics? Now choose one thing you’d love to take back to the basics and make it happen.