Friday, September 7, 2012

The Jump Start

I've received a couple of e-mails from blogging friends who are in a plateau or dark space.   I get it...I just returned from several months of "don't care" and had to get back on plan.  Clearly, I am no expert given that I have been inconsistent.   But I will offer up the best ideas that seem to work for me.

Here is a link to the original post that I still use to help me climb out of the hole.

At one time, I called it my "Lowered Expectations Plan".  But if you are a glass is half-full person, I suppose it is a "Jump Start Plan".  Also, I know that some of the tough people out there just double-down on their exercise plan and go hardcore.  Pick whatever plan will get you back in the groove.

Finally, I was asked about my goal weight and calorie levels.   I'm 6'4" and weighed 217 when I was 22 years old and living in Japan.  I rode a bicycle everywhere and basically consumed only noodles, chicken, fish and beer.   I was broke and starving.  I think I will never see that number again.  Fine with me.

I was 235 on my wedding day in 1990.  I may never see that number again.

I'll be very pleased with 250.  That is my current goal weight.

I intend to stay at approx 1200-1300 calories per day for another few weeks.  As I increase my walking/jogging and cycling, I will allow myself to go up to 1,500.   I know that these will be weekly averages.  On occasion, I may slip or indulge and get around 2,000 cals in a day.   That means I will be firm at 1200 for the next two days.     I also choose NOT to off-set my exercise-burned calories into this equation.   I only count what I eat.   Any exercise, is just going to be a bonus.  My goal is a 3 pound loss per week.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Big Clyde


Sarah said...

Cheering you on! That's a decent loss per week & do-able on those calories (although I wonder if that will be enough for soebody so tall...) Either way, all the support in the world goes to you!


Michelle Ulysse said...

My goal is to lose 2-3 pounds a week as well. I'm hoping by the end of December to drop 20 pounds with strong determination and a constant workout routine. Living in the hot desert (AZ) doesn't help much, though. Running outside is out of the question for me. ;)

Lynn said...

Just found your blog. I look forward to following your progress!

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

I'm not in a dark place, but am on a plateau. I like how you're agressive in trying to bust out of it. Keep it going.