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Weight Loss Challenge – April 2010

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Weekend Warrior ChallengeWell, it was Weekend Warriors Challenge again this past weekend. Even though Easter in my part of world often has included chocolate bunnies and eggs, baskets and too many pastel colors, this year was none of that. I am glad to say that the desire for sweets is easily handled at my house. My son has type 2 diabetes and years ago, we learned how to curb the glucose parade.

He is 20 years old now and is in control of his own eating.  Luckily his father also almost knows how to control his eating. The April 2010 challenge was challenging. But I did not rise to the challenge. I sort of coasted well through it. I sort of let my eating, drink and exercise inclinations “seek their own level.” The result?

Challenge #1 – Eat Less Than 2,000 Calories.

I was 2 for 3 this weekend. I ate 2,103 calories Friday, 2, 310 Saturday and 1,989 calories on Sunday. The biggest offense in this category was that I drank wine. I drank Cabernet on a night out on Saturday to the tune of 4 glasses. In my prior article on drinking beer and losing weight on friday, I guess I did not mention wine much. Oops.

Challenge #2 – Walk 4 Miles Each Day This Weekend

Big win. The weather was beautiful this weekend and I also avoided whatever rain there was. I have transitioned from a runner to a walker in this last year due to arthro on the left knee. It is amazing how much I really enjoy walking. I bring  my IC recorder and either 1) listen to podcasts of spiritual stuff or 2) write articles by dictation into the mic. Very relaxing and creative.

Challenge #3 – Drink A Gallon Of Water Everyday

I am not sure why I set this goal. Obviously by that last sentence, you can tell I blew this one. I did drink about 60 oz of water everyday. I think I need to investigate the truth about how much water I need. I will write a well-researched article on this.

As you can tell, I am happy with my results even though on paper, I blew it.  I am OK with that because I know how to lose weight. I had dropped over 20 pounds since February 1, 2010. I had a goal of 200 pounds by March 31, 2010. I reached 203 pounds by April 2, 2010. No problem. Today, it is back to healthy habits, and feeling great.

Here’s a list of everyone who’s signed up for this weekend’s challenge:

Weekend Warrior Challenge – Results Are In

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Weekend Warrior ChallengeThe results are in from the Weekend Warrior Challenge. This challenge is about achieving specific fitness and health goals during the time of the week that are usually the weakest for me – the Weekend. This is usually when the baddest habits show themselves as a sort of reward for the best habits of the week. Odd isn’t it?

Here were my goals and the results:

  • Walk 20 miles during the week – completed the 20th mile by 10:30 am on a sunny Saturday morning. I walk 4 miles either outside (my preferred method) or on the treadmill depending on the weather. Last week I walked 12 miles outside and 8 miles inside. The legs are strong!
  • 5 Strength Workouts during the week - completed all 5. This consists of 2 alternating routines that I have been doing for many years.
  • Eat less than 2,000 Calories Per Day – done.  This was the biggie for me. I usually stay pretty close to the refrigerator on the weekend -  looking for a little calorie-lovin’  on the weekends. But I stuck to the plan. Being hungry a lot sucks and I am getting tired of the look of the  baby carrot bag.

Here are all the other people from around the world that have also done the Challenge for the weekend. I am thinking that we need to do this every weekend. Thanks to all of these people for making this as much as fun as I could have by not enjoying myself.

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Take The Weekend Warrior Challenge

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Frank_HeadshotIf you think that you eat and drink  too much or exercise too little on the weekend, you aren’t the only one. Worldwide, there are many fat men (and women) hanging their heads at the end of the weekend, after marathon eating bouts. This is especially apt for those of us living in the frozen north where snow still covers the ground. We frequently eat for sport here. Some guys even know in advance, despite their quixotic weight-reduced vision for themselves, that they will be heavier at the end of the weekend.

Here is a chance to kick that lame habit. This coming weekend, I am participating in a world wide event called the “Weekend Warrior Challenge.” The weekend is the time of the week, when habits soften and discipline wains. The goal of the challenge is to band together and encourage each other to maintain strong habits.

As part of this event, each of us are creating 2 or 3 measurable and specific fitness or health goals that we will adhere to this weekend. For example, here are mine:

  1. Maintain calorie intake below 2,000 calories on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Complete 5 complete gym work outs this week (already at 1 on Monday)
  3. Walk a total of 20 miles this week

Since I keep my daily calories well  below 2,000 calories during the week, I am just extending that practice to the weekend. Since I am an active male, my calorie requirements are between 2,400 and 2,600 calories per day. So you can see the above food intake keeps me at a calorie deficit. So my goals this weekend are to complete a week long goal of exercise, and maintain low food intake that I had already started earlier in the week – actually Sunday.

The details for the event are at Weekend Warrior Challenge . This event is just a bunch of nice people helping each other out and having some fun. Check it out and see if this works for you.  Everyone is welcomed.

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