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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