Monday, June 23, 2014

Why Walking Works For Me

About five months into the start of my blog in 2009, my dreams were big.   Ride the bike, enter races, lose weight, new lifestyle naturally follows...easy.

Then, I realized that weight loss would depend MUCH MORE on what I ate, than how much I sweat.  Bummer...I really wanted to maintain my pizza lifestyle.   

So, I became a big challenge guy.  I figured that if I set big huge challenges or goals for myself, I would HAVE to train more and more and therefore keep my pizza.  It was exciting to think of a half-marathon or riding a century cycling race (okay, even a metric-century cycling event).  

But after a few years of some big events, I could see that my activity AFTER the big race would taper off and I would backslide.  Big time.  Too often.  

So me and many other bloggers would have these seasons of highs and lows, gains and losses...which can be pretty de-motivating.   Makes you want to quit blogging for awhile. 

We've all known that walking is healthy, but also boring and slow and not sexy at all.   There has never been a movie-montage of the main character begginning a daily walking regimen.   No medals or t-shirts for walking events.   Right?

But walking as exercise is practical and does not lend itself to excuses.

I walk every day and so do you.  With FitBit, I still get a fun daily measure of my progress toward 10,000 steps per day.  There is a great website that allows me to playfully measure or compare with others.  And I find myself looking for opportunities to move more everyday and when I am behind on my steps, then I get motivated to jump on the treadmill (or a few trips around the neighborhood) and bang out a few miles in 30 minutes.

I typed this while on a treadmill (more on that later) and I don't know how many miles I have walked in this time (also on a long conference call), but I have not yet gone to the gym today and have logged in well above 10,000 steps (or 5 miles).    No cycling gear, no trip to the gym and no guilt for missing a workout day.   As a husband and father of three, I think this is perfect for me right now.

Big Clyde

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Paleo - Daniel Plan - Smoothie diet

For several months now, my wife and I have been substituting some meals for blended smoothies we make at home.   We watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", bought the juicer and quickly realized how healthy the vegetable juices could be...but what a hassle with all of the produce shopping and prep.

So, we started adding in more smoothies with a very expensive blender.   Handfuls of spinach or baby kale were blended with bananas or blueberries and some chia, nuts or protein powder.   Yummy and pretty easy (though my wife is the one who prepares our smoothies).

Finally, about two weeks ago, a group of friends at our church started a Tuesday night group to begin The Daniel Plan.   Though it pretty much followed along with the same juicing/blending guidelines, there is also a faith and fellowship component added to this plan.  Nice.

Then, today I spoke with Neighbor Ted who now lives across the country.   As we were catching up, he mentioned that he has been pretty successful lately with a "paleo" diet.  

My question to you is this:  Have you followed any of these plans (juice/blend/Daniel/paleo) and what is your assessment?   Please let me know!

Big Clyde

Monday, June 16, 2014

FitBit Friends

The FitBit Flex is a wristband that tracks your daily steps (and a few more things) with a suggested daily goal of 10,000 steps per day (which is approximately 5 miles).   There have been weeks when I have hit that every day, but lately, I have been far below that.

This has been pretty great for me this year for a number of reasons, but they may be pretty obvious (more awareness, daily activity, no excuses due to ease, etc.).

Dan commented on my last post that he would like to join me as a FitBit Friend (or whatever they call it) so that we can see each other's steps, encourage each other, etc.    That would be awesome.   my email is bigclydesdale@gmail.com and my username on FitBit is probably BigClydesdale or BigClyde...something like that (sadly, I can't figure out my own profile name).

I'll write more later this week about how I am choosing to eat better and the results.

Have a great week!

Big Clyde

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Writer's Block?

I'm back to check in with my blogging friends.   I see that several of my favorite bloggers from the past have moved on to other interests, maybe other social media venues or have just been busy.   Me too.

This has been a great year so far for me.   Mrs. Clyde is still doing very well with her work and her ministry as our worship leader at church.   She even lets me play bass or sing when there's a spot open.  My daughter just graduated from high school with a pretty impressive academic performance and has chosen to attend my alma mater in the Fall...a smaller, but well-known liberal arts university.   Makes me feel good that she may be taking classes from some of my old professors.  And my two boys are continuing to work very hard at school and will soon be participating in a community theatre production of Mulan.   If they are happy and healthy, my life is pretty full.

As for me...I'm doing fine, but in pretty much the same shape that I was when I started this thing.   Aside from wearing larger clothes, I am still fortunate to have no other health concerns (bp, cholesterol, etc...but how long can that last?).  In reality, I eat more nutritionally now (our whole family does).  We juice, we blend, we have salads and I have consumed more kale and spinach in the last 6 months than I would have ever predicted.   But those good choices only cover about 1 meal a day and I eat "like an American" the rest of the time...not helpful for weight loss.

 I also frequently attempt to get 10,000 steps in per day as recorded on my FitBit.   By the way, if you any of you want to connect via the FitBit website and be "friends" or whatever, I would love that.   It is fun to encourage each other that way.

And finally, regarding the title of this post...my daughter is over halfway finished with writing her first novel!   It started with our family game called "Made-up Movie", which I wrote about in a few posts a few years back.  She took a fun plot that we generated on a car-ride and will soon have a novel longer than The Great Gatsby!  I will definitely read the book and look forward to seeing the movie someday.

But back to me (!), my daughter and wife have encouraged me to write this summer.   Yes, more blogging, but also writing a novel (or at least starting one).   I am thinking through some ideas now and am pretty excited about pursuing a new challenge.   I'll write about it as I experiment with it.

I have a summer goal of achieving 10,000 steps daily, at least 5 days per week (that is roughly 5 miles per day).   I'll update you on my progress soon.

Have a good weekend!

Big Clyde