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119 days left!

Did some hiking and some exercises at the gym. Didn’t eat all that well but not that bad either. It will be interesting to see what the scale says Wednesday.

Friday and Saturday I spent walking around the woods and then Sunday I hit the gym.

You might notice that the start and end are not at the same location, I took a Lyft back to the my car after I realized I didn’t want to hike anymore. It wasn’t like I couldn’t have turned around I just didn’t want to.

Spatchcocked a turkey! I saw it was on sale at Stop and Shop for $7.50!!! I couldn’t resist. After we make turkey you know what’s next!!! Stock!

Added a few bay leafs, and we had some carrots and celery in the vegetable drawer. The key to stock is to not stir it and let it simmer at 170-175 for at least 3-4 hours, I let mine go overnight. Strained all of it and put it in mason jars and in the fridge, going to make some soup and put the rest in the freezer.

Joining my employer’s biggest loser program to try to help me focus on losing weight, if I lose 27lbs in 12 weeks I get $100 or something like that. Which is basically what I need to do anyway so I figured why not sign up.

Headed back on the road to Florida tomorrow, I think it will be easier to go on the road where I am super busy and there is much less temptation around food. At least it is all made for me and eaten at specific times throughout the day. I need to drink more water though!

Next time I post it will be from Florida!

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123 days left

Worked with the personal trainer last night.

Found a heart rate strap in a drawer thought I would wear it and the personal trainer was all about it. It was pretty interesting to see. Going to try to wear this when I work out from now on to keep it consistent.

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124 days until Long Trail

124 days until I set out on the Long Trail current scheduled for August 6th. I just weighed in at 275.6 lbs. I have been plateauing for the last few months and I need to push through this.

A week ago I pulled a muscle in my lower abdominal which means I can’t use the recumbent bike. I joined planet fitness and fell into a love hate relationship with the Cybex Arc Trainer.

As you can see you burn a lot of calories, I find it kind of like a cross between an elliptical and a stair stepper. I find the motion much more natural feeling than the elliptical. Maybe it is just because things are new and shiny but I really like this cardio machine!

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Off to Orlando!

Weigh in didn’t go as well as I had hoped on Monday, I weighed in after not having a very good day on Sunday. I went to dinner with Liz’s family and then went to a birthday party and had a piece of cake and some drinks. All in all I ended up weighing in at 287 so according to the scale I gained three pounds. I was a little sad about this but then I remembered that this is only one measurement. I have to admit that today I hoped on the scale this morning while Liz was in the shower and it showed me at 285. So I think  it is important to remember that the scale isn’t the end all be all of how healthy you are. I have plateaued but it isn’t as bad as it seems because I have been working a lot. I think it is important to not over react to one number but take note that if it isn’t what you expected there is probably reasons for it. Also if the day before your weight you worked out a lot or went out for a night of drinking your weight could be off by quite a bit. I think it important to keep that in mind.  Now with that being said I do need to tighten up my diet and press through this plateau I have been in the 280’s for a long time now.

I have started trying to do cardio every day and doing weight training every other day. Since the weather is so lousy out right now I have been mainly doing the bike. There are a lot of signs that I am getting healthier though. My back feels so much better than it did before. When stretching I can really feel the difference, I can grab my whole foot when doing stretches. My quads have a little bit of definition, my arms are looking better and slowly the man boobs are tightening up. Just need to stay the course. I am off to Orlando for the rest of the week. They have a 24 hour fitness center here and I am going to try to utilize it as much as possible. I also managed to remember to bring my swim suit so I am definitely going to do some swimming in the pool after the workout. Today’s workout is going to be the first time I have done it. It is as follows

Each exercise for three minutes:

Burpees

Prone Medicine Ball Pass

Cobra’s

Kettlebell Swings

Toe Touches

Air Squats

As many  rounds as you can do, it says 5-6 rounds makes you a hero. I have serious doubts that I will be able to get that done. If the hotel gym doesn’t have a medicine ball or a kettlebell I am going to do the tiger lilly workout which is a body weight only exercise. After I do that I will then try to follow that up with 60 minutes of cardio. I want to do cardio every day from here until August.

Next week Sunday is a big football day, so I am a little concerned about Monday’s weight totals, I am hoping to get so far ahead this week that on Sunday I can’t do too much damage. Going to make hamburgers for the group, with homemade bacon that I will be smoking on Saturday. Anyway I will post how I am doing working out this week.

 

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Snowshoeing and riding the bike

Did some snowshoeing today, it was biter cold. Didn’t take any pictures because as soon as I take my phone out in this level of cold it turns off. Because the temps were so cold Franny (my friends dog) struggled and we had to cut the snow shoeing short. We only did about 45 minutes so when I got home I hopped on the stationary bike and got 60 minutes on level 10 if the interval program. Got a good sweat in before Jay showed up for football with his girlfriend Rachel and Jeff. Jamie arrived as well and it was nice to have a little group over for football.

I was able to setup the GoFundme page for the fundraiser here —->  Vermont Food Bank Fundraiser I have a lot of updating but I got a basic setup, I am going to add a link to this that will have a map, so people can track me while I am on my journey. Getting pretty excited about this, I wish I was leaving much sooner than I am but it will be here before I know it!

Chris the personal trainer has setup a website of his own to show exercises that I will be able to do from home or in a hotel room which I am pretty excited about. Going to do a exercise routine called “Going the distance” tomorrow we will see how it goes. I am going to go to the planet fitness and cancel my membership tomorrow. I can then use the place there to do my burpees. I am not sure how it will work doing the burpees in my bedroom, I am pretty sure the whole floor will shake. Luckily I have to get the membership cancelled anyway. I am going to make sure that I take a picture of the end gym membership so that I have proof that I have cancelled it. I have heard horror stories and experienced horror stories in the past trying to cancel my membership!

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2018 Here we come!

2017 is basically in the books, I have one more batch of Kielbasa to make and I am going to finish the Sous Vide Pork Belly. I think my two goals for 2018 are going to do be keeping a paper notebook/to do list with me at all times and to post to this website as a journal. I think this is going to be an exciting year, in August I am going to hike The Long Trail. That is from Canada to Massachusetts, the entire length of Vermont 275 miles. I am going to raise money for the Vermont/Boston Food banks with the trip.

I am currently sitting at 280 lbs and want to be 230 by August 1st, that means I have 214 days to lose 50 lbs! Which if I do my calculations correctly I have to eat at a 817 calorie deficit every day to get there. I burn 2650 calories completely sedentary according to a test I had done through the Harvard Vanguard weight loss management program. I would be interested to see if my calories burned has gone up or down, I have lost weight but I have also started working out a lot more and am much more fit than I have been in a long time. So I will need to make sure I burn 350 calories from exercise every day. Which should not be hard.

So I have been writing this post over a few days, over the Christmas break I have done a pretty good job of going through most of the things I have, getting rid of a lot of things that I no longer have a need for. Mostly donating them, and then utilizing things that I have forgotten that I have! My favorite find was a sleeveless workout shirt I found that I never knew I had!

So I found my FitBit and it has been using that in order to track my exercise, I have the FitBit Charge that has a continuous heart rate monitoring, I think it does a pretty good job. according to the FitBit algorithm I need to eat about 1900 calories a day to meet my goal of being 230 lbs by August 1st.

 

Last 4 years and 11 months of weight, long strange trip it has been.

Training for the Long Trail has really helped me focus, I have plateaued a little bit over the holidays but I have not gained more than a few lbs. Having the personal trainer has really helped my accountability. I know it is expensive but it is 100% worth it, I was very lucky in that I had a great personal trainer fall right into my lap due to winning a raffle at a charity event. Anyway I am rambling so I am going to wrap this post up. I am going to write more, I think it is good to write. I am going to carry a notebook in 2018 everywhere in my back pocket and consult it for things, and stop writing them in my phone. I am going to be more productive by maintaining more lists while traveling so that when I arrive home I can just check things off the list.

This is going to be the year of keeping things simple, lose weight, gain strength and mobility, save money, enjoy nature, cook and eat good food and spend time with friends and loved ones.

 

 

 

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Mount Major Trail

Mount Major is a fantastic hike! Their are two options there is a steeper option that I would recommend only if you are comfortable climbing up bald rock that is often found all over New England. The blue trail is much steeper but this is the path that we took to the top. It was a steep climb but not too bad. Make sure as you are climbing to look behind you and see the amazing view of Lake Winipesakee. The hike took us about 2.5 hours and it is about 1.5 miles. The climb down was about 2.5 miles and took 2 hours. The climb down on the yellow trail was amazing a nice gentle slope most of the way down. 

If you are just starting out hiking please do not go down the blue trail it will be challenging. As you can see above it was almost twice as long and took us less time. 

The trip is about 2 hours north of Boston, I use the AllTrails app to navigate to the trail head. The trip did take most of the day after stopping for a post hike burger and a beer. Total hike took us 4.5 hours, we brought a salad for lunch and ate it at the summit. This is the first time we brought a full meal with us and I think it was a great success. It allowed us to spend more time at the summit, usually if I cram a few cliff bars in my stomach it gives me indigestion on the hike down the mountain. That didn’t happen after eating the grilled chicken salad.

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Off to Seattle

So there will not be any weigh ins this week, I will be in Seattle for the week. I didn’t weigh myself before I left mostly because it is 5:00am and I am not thinking clearly. The airport is super busy I was surprised when it was packed! 

Had a lot of fun with my Mom we saw some wildlife. I saw a turtle sunning himself on a stump that was floating down the river.  Only was able to grab one shot.

 
Anyway next post hopefully will be how great Seattle is.

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Photography and more

I wanted to start this blog to have a place to post my photography.  So prepare for lots of nature pictures, and food I have cooked.  I am starting now from beginner so don’t expect amazing this right off the start.  I hope to do a lot more hiking this summer and snow shoeing this winter.    I will slowly be posting some pictures that I have taken and talk about some hiking and exploring around Somerville I have done.

 

 

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