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Day 32: Hitting My Stride

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner.
H.S. Leigh

Weight 274.8

What I’m doing is working.  The biggest thing is no very little bread and no snacking.  It’s now February 1st and I”m thinking about my plans for the year.

I’ve talked about my interest into getting back to cycling big time.  I’m lucky that even though I’m overweight I’m still in pretty good shape.  Due to my job (from which I recently retired) I kept up a certain level of fitness.

I’ve had a very odd life as my father died when all the children (7 of us) were young and my mother was extremely agoraphobic.  That essentially means that she had severe panic attacks and couldn’t leave home.  Basically it meant that we didn’t travel more than a block or two from our house.  I’ve lead a very sheltered life.

With the bike, once I build up a base, I can ride to all of the small towns around Ohio.  I plan to combine that with my interest in photography.  I’d like to get up in the morning, cycle twenty-five miles or more to a small town.  Have a light breakfast, take some pictures and ride home. Who knows?  I might even take my banjo.

Eventually I’d love to cycle places like The Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  One of my other interests are megaliths.  In this video a couple of guys cycle around the islands playing banjo and making ice cream.

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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 001: And So It Begins

The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself. Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man and without this all other education is good for nothing.  R. D. Hitchcock

Weight 292.8  Calorie Intake 1330


Ok, so my goal in 2013 is to lose 100 pounds.  That means I have to lose, on average, 0.27 pounds a day, or 1.9 pounds a week or a little over 8 pounds a month.  That doesn’t seem that hard.

Online calculators say I can eat up to 2600 calories and still lose two pounds a week but MyFitnesPal say I need to eat 1930 calories.  I’m going to go with MyFitnessPal and go with that.  As time goes on I’ll make adjustments.

Today I ate 1330 calories.  I was at a poker tournament most of the day (I came in second) and it occupied me. So I have an additional deficit of 600 calories.

One thing I’ve learned from past weight loss failures (and there have been many) is that I will drop a bunch of pounds quickly, then plateau, then get frustrated and give up.  This time I will not give up.  I am giving it an entire year.  I will be mindful and keep at it.

Meanwhile, back in 2012 I attended a fantastic banjo camp, yes I play banjo, and five of us took a picture together (I’m second from the left).  Looking at it I am stunned at my absolute porkiness.


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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Photos


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