Saturday, January 8, 2011

Week One Fitness Update-Walkin' My Butt Off

I've established my personal motto for this fitness adventure this year: I am attempting to walk my butt off this year...literally.

As of this writing, here are the details of my performance so far:

Miles completed: 15.1 (12. 5 since my first day update.)  1995.9 to go.

Weight: 262.4 lbs (Down 7.6 lbs!!!!)

It has been stinkin' cold the last several days!  Today, it was 18 F with a windchill in the single digits.  I really considered not walking, but I haven't missed a day since the first of the year, and I didn't want to miss one today.  Consequently, I put on my coat, hat, and gloves, and went out into the partly sunny cold air.  It really wasn't that bad overall.  I had on my long underwear for extra insulation, and three layers over my upper body.  The only bad spot was my face, and especially my cheeks.  My face is all red from being in the cold this week.  I look like I either have a sunburn or a bad alcohol program.  My face has already seen more sun this January than it usually sees all winter.

It is pretty awesome to lose 7.6 pounds in the first week, but I really expected a large number the first week.  It usually works that way, and then I slow it down in the following weeks.  The discouraging thing is that losing that much only brought me down to my previous HIGH weight.  I've got a long way to go.  As I was walking, I was thinking about the weight thing, and I decided that I need to NOT think about how far I've got to go, but instead I'm going to set short-term goals.  My current short-term goal is to get under 260.  After that, I'll set my sights on 255.

Lastly, I'm contemplating some ways to make these reports more interesting as the year goes on.  One idea: photos of stuff I see along the road.  It would kind of be like 'pieces of Americana.'

Enough for now.  If you're working on your fitness too, keep going.  Don't let life get in the way, and keep going.

See you on the road.  


  1. Mike--It's great that you can get down to your previous "high" in the first week! Wish I could do that but it's going to take a few ... months. Can't take the same pledge you have, but I have my own thing going. Hang in there!

  2. Dad. Seriously? 7.6 isn't high? Are you on crack. You could be like me... I lost only 8 pounds all summer after running 3-5 days a week and meticulously watching food intake.

    Boys are ridiculous.

  3. Dearest Angela....No, I'm not on crack. Me thinks you may have misinterpreted my comment. In losing 7.6 pounds the first week (which is a great number) I only got back to what had previously been my highest weight prior to hitting the 270 mark.

    Otherwise, I have no idea what you're talking about.