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Old 06-02-2020, 03:34 AM   #1
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Walking my way to a new me...

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I stepped on the scale two days ago and noted my weight has dropped below another milestone; The good news is my specially bought smaller shorts fit loosely validating that I continue to shrink. Best of all my sugar is down and continues to drop. It is better for me all around - less stress on those metal knees etc.

Iíve got a target of another 20 pounds off. How is all this happening? No booze, Oreos or anything sweet and limiting high carb stuff. No diet anything. I eat normal meals but thatís it. I donít feel deprived. Oh the doc says itís the exercise. Was I really being that bad before the walking? I guess the undeniable proof is in the numbers. What can I say?

Iíve noticed my 1 hour walk has become more than just exercise. I have come to crave the hour of solidarity and podcasts. This American life, the Moth, choose FI, a Entrepreneur on fire, How I Built this and some website Wordpress stuff. Maybe itís all that is going on in the world? I judiciously choose to avoid episodes focused on the virus. IMHO it is bad for the soul.

Two days ago I had a pretty good workout tearing out the old potato bed in the morning. My new full sun garden made it redundant. It was a mess and needed attention. I yanked out the fencing, used the rototiller, raked it all smooth and removed the all the debris. It was a 2 hour workout. The Mrs was kind enough to seed it after I was done. It looks good.

Still I felt the need to walk. The call of the open road? No I need to do this.
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Old 06-02-2020, 05:31 AM   #2
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Congratulations! Keep up the good work!
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Way to go Ray!
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Keep up the good work Ray!! I have been walking 3-4 times a week for about 30-40 minutes at a local park. It is more about getting out of the house than the weight loss. I have found that my body craves that exercise time and I feel much better after getting a little work done at the park.
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Congrats on small life changes that make a big mental, and physical difference.

I completely agree with keeping up on the latest Covid 19, race riots news is truly bad for the soul. I have distanced myself from talking about, or even thinking about the implications.
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That is great and wish you continued success.
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Ray, congrats to you! I was able to lose weight the same way: Cut out carbs, increase protein (and believe it or not, "good" fats like nuts). I walk almost every day, sometimes as little as 1.5 miles, but usually 3-5+. Just doing these things has me almost back to what my weight was when I was running marathons and qualified for the Boston Marathon (men's, 35-40 bracket). No, I am not that person by any stretch - I can't run a half mile at what my marathon pace used to be. But it feels GOOD to walk, breathe, be away from it all, and to still be able to manage a resting heart rate that dips into the 40's.
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Congrats! If I don't get my 10,000 steps in every day, I notice it.

I've been using the Vivofit2 fitness device for about 4 years to keep track of how much I walk. It's nice because it never needs a recharge, and I've only had to change the the battery once. I work at an office in a cubicle, so it is great to keep track on a daily basis.
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Ray, congrats to you! I was able to lose weight the same way: ......But it feels GOOD to walk, breathe, be away from it all, and to still be able to manage a resting heart rate that dips into the 40's.


Thanks

I doubt my heart rate is anywhere near yours thatís awesome.
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Ray, congrats to you! I was able to lose weight the same way: Cut out carbs, increase protein (and believe it or not, "good" fats like nuts). I walk almost every day, sometimes as little as 1.5 miles, but usually 3-5+. ...... But it feels GOOD to walk, breathe, be away from it all, and to still be able to manage a resting heart rate that dips into the 40's.
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Minimal carbs, lots of fat. No keto. I've read several times that weight loss is typically 80/20. The 80% being food, 20% the exercise.

Congrats Ray!
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Congratulations ! Routine exercise has kept me sane during the shutdown.
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Congrats, keep it going!

The last time I dipped under 10K steps in a day was April 19th. I am trying to see how long a streak I can keep going. Golf reopening certainly helps, but I also enjoy just plain walking in the neighborhood or nearby parks. I have about over 1,000 songs on my phone or mp3 player that I shuffle play and often "bop" to as I walk or sync any "walking exercises" I do to them.. At times I get some amusing (but nice) reactions from others out and about.
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way to go ray. with the gyms closed, i need that exercise. DW and i do an exercise video in the morning and a 1 hour walk in the afternoon. great to be outside. i love those radio shows, this american life, the moth radio hour and how i built this along with wait, wait, don't tell me. keep up the good work.
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Way to go, Ray. I need to get back into an exercise routine.
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Nice work Ray!

After my second hip replacement last November, it took me about two to three weeks to get back to 10,000 steps per day. But now that we have been "locked up" for the last couple of months, and not going to the gym frequently, I have managed to gain 10 pounds even with the 10K per day walking!

I need to get back to the rowing machine! (and lay off the carbs)
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