|Jamaica Station, Queens, New York (Long Island Railroad)|
I have personally been on my own tracks since last December, 24th, 2014. I have reached my 'Jamaica' and it is time to change tracks. Early this year, my interim destination was to lose something in the neighborhood of 100 pounds. I have arrived at this point. In recent weeks, I have found it personally interesting to revisit some of my earlier posts on this blog. This was my post from last January that was very dryly titled INTERIM & LONG TERM GOALS.
The long term goal is simple. Look healthy and be healthy. My goal is to lose a lot of weight that I don't need to be carting around. So far, I have 'only' lost 15 lbs. My father had an excellent way of explaining just how much that really is. He suggested going to the grocery store and picking up a piece of meat that weighed 15 lbs. Carry that around all day, or all week - and then you can answer the question whether 15 lbs is a big deal or not. I am convinced that my initial success has been dramatic and meaningful. I think my knee does not hurt any more when I wake up in the morning - Is that real? Is it my imagination? My goal is to lose something in the neighborhood of 100 lbs from my position at the starting line on December 24, 2014. In order to lose 100 lbs, I will have to lose one pound at a time. One interim goal would be the ability to shop at COSTCO. This store, and most retail stores don't stock trousers or blue jeans for those with a 50 inch waist. Costco 'only' caters to those 'svelte' individuals with a 44" waistline. Even that goal might be nearly forty pounds away. I will have to get to 44" before I get to 40" or 38." I recently stumbled upon a decade old article on WebMD that explored the seemingly preposterous idea that health secrets could be divined from the members of the Rolling Stones. This article claimed that Mick Jagger has a 28" waist. That is not my goal.
As the new year approaches, now only 18 days away, I will try to change my mindset. I will need to mentally, 'change at Jamaica.' I need to hop aboard a new train. I need a new destination. I need new goals.
1. DO NOT TRAVEL BACKWARDS. Is it inevitable that a person can tack on 5 lbs, 7 lbs? Likely, it is. When that happens. I need to quickly apply the brakes and reverse course.
2. 200 lbs. The next logical stop on my journey is to join my fellow citizens who weigh 200 lbs, not 200+ lbs.
3. 190+ lbs. When I arrive at 200 lbs, I will be eager for the next stop which is the world of 190+ lbs.
4. Know when to quit. I do not aspire to look like Mick Jagger, I am too tall anyway. And way too young!
5. Continue exercising. This is hardly a goal anymore, as its importance has become part of who I am. Now that I have 'recently' discovered walking as exercise, it is re-assuring that I have an effective exercise that I will be able to do for the rest of my life. I may have to adjust my speed, but the option of walking will always be there waiting for me.
After driving my wife and daughter to the Eckhart Park Pool for a swim meet, I drove the car back to the Honda Dealership for a scheduled oil change. After dropping off my car, I walked back to Eckart Park to watch my daughter swim. In order to make this a 3 mile walk, I had to walk a bit in the field before I entered the pool. After the swim meet, I had to walk back to the Honda Dealership. I found a different way to walk. The goal was to make create two three mile walks - I was successful
Your Food Diary For:
Your Exercise Diary for:
|Walking, 5.0 mph||35||700|
|Walking, 5.0 mph||36||659|
|STAR TRAC ELLIPTICAL||15||300|
|MFP iOS calorie adjustment||N/A||310|
|Daily Total / Goal||87 / 30||1,969 / 590|
|Weekly Total / Goal||479 / 210||6,734 / 4,130|
fitbit day 101
This postcard, which was mailed in 1910, depicts Lynbrook Long Island Railroad Station. By the time that I was growing up in Lynbrook, the station had already been renovated a bit!