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in·flu·ence

/ˈinflo͝oəns/

noun

  1. 1.
    the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
    the influence of positivity
    synonyms: effect, impact;

 

Had a great moment this week at work when I came in a collegue stops me in the galley and tells me that I am influencing her. Now, a lot of people will them me know that they are amazed by my weight loss or that they are inspired to lose weight themselves, but nobody has ever said that I have influenced them. Read more…

Okay, So I’m Starting Again…

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As anyone that wants to lose weight can tell you… There are a lot of ups and downs. Many obstacles to avoid and hills of motivation to gain.

I say this as I turn 50 and I have that ever present, “It’s now or never!” voice in my head. I know that it is not going to be easy, as it is never easy the older you get, but the motivation is there. Read more…

One Pedal Forward… One Walk Back

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Well, to be honest, I am surprised that the bike lasted this long before breaking down! Carrying my extra weight around for the past month could not have been easy. I am just glad that the chain snapped not far from home.

I have been getting a lot of use out of my bike and with a few minor fixes it will be up and running in no time. This is not a reason to give up the exercise ghost and sit down a watch reality TV for the afternoon.

In fact, it has inspired me to do more!

In a more direct approach to getting myself to move more, I have positioned my treadmill to where my lounge chair used to be in the living room. I don’t necessarily need to do a full workout every single time I watch TV, but just to keep moving while I watch an episode of Mad Men or Ellen, is better than just laying back in the lounger!

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I did not come to this decision easily. In fact, it took about 3 weeks of thinking in my head, “I really should move the treadmill in front of the TV!” And then one day I just stopped procrastinating and did it.

There are many setbacks when you want to exercise… Most of the time, they begin with you. Instead of thinking that you should do something, just do it now and get it over with. Moving the treadmill took a while, but now, to move it away from in front of the TV would take more of an effort and make me realize what I was doing and make me realize that I was giving up.

The process of losing weight and exercising more is a painfully slow process, but with little changes, and not thinking about the setbacks, we can make it!

 

It All Started With A Green Smoothie

In all actuality, I started thinking about getting healthier a few months ago. I was on Pinterest of all places and  I saw a picture of a green smoothie…

Linda, please don’t sue me for stealing your photo!

At first I was disgusted, but as I read about this strange elixir and it’s ingredients, I started to think. “Hey, I could drink that!” I mean, it was mostly fruit and a little bit of spinach. The fruit would have to overpower the taste of spinach so even I could choke it down, right?

I really liked Linda Wagner’s blog where I first saw the green smoothie and started following her. I have to admit, I am not at her healthy level of eating, but a person has to start somewhere. She has great tips and recipes too!

At the time, I did not want to make the commitment of a 200.00 to 300.00 mixer. As we all know in losing weight and getting healthy, commitments are sometimes short lived. I didn’t want to fail and then even worse, have 300.00 juicer mocking me from the kitchen. So I went looking for another option.

My wife and I, have always been a fan of the Magic Bullet; a late-night infomercial staple of how to make milkshakes, smoothies and chopped items. We have had one for a few years and it did its job perfectly, but we wanted something a little stronger that could chop up the fruit and veggies and not lose the vitamins of the skin and fiber.

I was very happy to find the next generation online… The Nutri-Bullet.

Now this is not an advertisement, I am not getting paid…(Nutri-Bullet people, hint, hint) But I am just passing along something that works for me. A compact and inexpensive way to get my daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

As an example, I took some pictures of my breakfast yesterday. I just chopped up a plate of fruit… bananas, kiwi, pineapple, apple, blueberries, grapes and of course the spinach!

Yes, all this will fit it the Nutri-Bullet!

It takes about five minutes to chop it all up and a minute to blend it. A very delicious “Nutri-blast” in under 10 minutes.

Not as green as the original, but I added blueberries that darken it!

Along with being a great health option, the community that have a Nutri-Bullet are very loyal and dedicated. There are recipe books and Facebook pages for recipes. Everything from smoothies to soups etc.

As I said before, I am not making any money from the company, I am just telling you what has worked for me. As I have said in previous postings, I am on the Weight Watchers program and a fruit shake like this is ZERO points and is very filling. And also, I am down another 2 pounds this week!

So go do whatever keeps you on the path to better health. I have found mine. Good luck to you as well!

And let me know if you have a juicer or even a Nutri-Bullet. I would love to hear about your experiences too!

Big “Weight” For An Update

 

Alright, I was waiting to see if I could mange to totally screw up this weight-loss thing within the first two weeks, so that is why I held off on posting. I usually get so hyped up. Get all my food ready, plan my exercise routine and then after about three days, I’m like, “Screw this, Let’s go get a cheesecake!”

It didn’t happen that way, this time. I have actually stayed on the Weight Watchers plan and at the end of my second week, I have lost an incredible 14.2 pounds!

So far, I have been eating pretty much what I have wanted to and I have gone out to eat… a lot. This is sounding like a commercial for WW, but it’s not. I will leave the paid endorsements to Charles Barkley and Jennifer Hudson.

My exercise routine started out great, but then by the third day, I realized that I had a heel spur on my left foot, which was making it difficult to walk…my main form of exercise. I know I will have to get back to it, but for now, my doctor has given me exercises and orthopedic devices to help alleviate some of the pain.

I will go into detail about what I am eating in later posts, but for now, for me, the biggest change in starting to lose weight was my mind. That I felt like now was the time to do something. I could not stay the same shape. If you are trying to lose weight, your mindset cannot be, “I should lose weight.” I has to be, “I have to lose weight.” And I know that people lose weight for many different reasons: family, health, fitting into a new bathing suit. When it comes down to it, losing weight has to be for you. That was the trigger that went off in my mind and hopefully it will for you too.

Have a great week!

 

Tomorrow Is Today

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It has been almost two years since my last post…

Life as we get older seems to move so quickly now. When we say, “Oh, I’ll get to that tomorrow” may turn out to be a month before we get around to doing it. Sometime, if the thing we are putting off is something we don’t like, it could take almost two years! That is the main reason why this posting has taken so long… I haven’t wanted to write it. Let me explain…

Once again, as we get older, not only does time move quickly, but it does terrible things to our bodies. In not paying attention to what has been going into my body and saying, “Oh, I’ll get around to losing weight tomorrow” Tomorrow has become today.

This past weekend I went into a local supermarket called Publix that happens to have a scale in their entryway. It is one of the larger scales that goes up to 300, so I thought I would take a look at what my status was… And not the Facebook kind! And this is what slapped me in the face!

 

I thought that the scale was broken. I thought that the needle hadn’t moved… I thought that an elephant had placed his foot on the back of the scale while I wasn’t looking… No, the scale was calibrated correctly and the needle had gone past the 300 lb. mark and I was well on the way to breaking it myself!

After the initial shock wore off, I knew that getting on that scale was the way the  universe was telling me to get off my couch and do something. It was more than past time.

I signed up for Weight Watchers immediately… Not ready to go to the meetings yet, just signed up for the online program. I also purchased a Nutri-Bullet(more on that in future posts), so I could start eating more fruits and veggies… Something my body was also lacking.

The biggest step that I am doing that I have never done before is this. Telling people! I want everyone to know what I am going through so I can be held responsible. No hiding my diet in the closet. If I am out to dinner with friends, I want them to know, why I am not getting the biggest thing on the menu or having an excess of alcohol or why I am passing on dessert. I want you my reader to know my struggles as well and in doing so, if you have had to lose weight in the past , can share your stories with me. I look forward to the challenge and I look forward to my health and my longer life with my wife an loved ones.

Just please don’t wait for tomorrow to do things… Whether it is to lose weight, go on a trip, or tell someone you love them…do it today.

As the Billy Joel song goes… Tomorrow is Today

 

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