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Its Time to Do Something Different - New Year - New Strategy
Well, when what you are doing is not working you have to try something new. After hitting a new weight loss high of 236. I knew I had to do something.
SIMPLE FASTING APPI am trying a new app at https://simplefastingapp.com which has me documenting what I ate (but not calorie counting). The idea is to put in the data easily, so I can use the app as a mirror and see my bad habits. It's more than a fasting app (even though at its core it is a fasting app).
It works as in addition to fasting, they have articles to read, graphics to show you where are you to keep you focused on how the choices are making could be better. When you make better choices you get better results. I've used it for about a week, and it is holding my attention.
For me fasting 14 hours is a no-brainer. I no longer snack in the evening. Anything I was eating after 7 PM was not helping my goals.
FLEXISPIT SIT2GOI normally sit in a mesh office chair.I saw a product from Flexispot called, The Sit2go has a mesh back, but a wide, well-cushioned bike seat. With a 30 day Guarantee, I pulled the trigger. The first day I thought "No Way." After all, even the most comfortable bike seat is not sat on 8 hours a day. By day 2 it was easier. Not enough for me to sit in it all day, but I could see where over time I might get used to it.
The bike/chair is made of solid construction, and it does make some noise, it wasn't loud (so it's not "whisper quiet"). I just turned up the volume on my speakers and I was good.
On the days I gave it a good trial I road 60-89 minutes a day and burned 300-400 calories. (next time I'll track it on my Apple watch for a better calorie estimate).
For me, I don't see this being the ONLY chair in my office. With this in mind, you'll need a spot for it in your office when you're not using it. For me, that is not an issue (I live alone).
This is a tough one. The Cubbi pro is around $349 and so for me, the Sit2go was in that same price range but looked sturdier. There are smaller models of the Cubii for less money, but when I investigated those I wasn't sure if I would ever break a sweat.
That being said, had I bought a Cubii, I would only have one chair in my office, and the Cubii has a handle making it easy to move. The Sit2go has solid wheels on it, but it also takes up much more room. In regards to workout, I can't really comment.
When I looked at both on YouTube, this isn't meant to give you a workout like the Nordictrack S22i, but in many cases more of a rehab, "keep moving" situation.
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5 Keys to Lisa's 117 Lb. Weight Loss
Today I am joined by Lisa Kahler of the website Big Fat Skinny Dish. She shares some of her tips that have helped her lose 117 lbs.
Weigh In:In my last episode on 10/20 I was at 234.68 and today (11/12) I am down to $233.04. The thing I've been doing is exercising in the morning. It seems to help me get started in the right direction (and keep going in the right direction the rest of the day)
Topics:05:36 Meet Lisa Kahler
06:50 What Was Lisa's Path to Success?
09:50 Consistency Not Intensity
15:59 Self-Love/Self Care
48:51 What Thing Made You Say - ENOUGH!
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Three Questions to Point You Toward Success
It's been a while since we've talked, and I'm up .8 lbs. I've been down a bit and now I'm back up a pinch. I'm resetting and going back to focusing on sleep, water, exercise, and calories. In general, making my health a priority.
FITNESS WATCHES ARE LOOKING CLASSY
I was getting my weight for my weigh-in (I have a Withings scale) and I noticed they have some very cool-looking fitness watches that have a nice classy look. Check them out
THREE QUESTIONS THAT CAN BOOST YOUR SUCCESS
This comes from Elizabeth Benten who is the author of the book stop chasing cupcakes. I interviewed her back in 2020.
She explained these three questions and I wanted to share them with you.
1). What can I eat that is better than what you "typically" eat.
So if you usually eat brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts, you might find something like Kellogs Raisin Bran is actually healthier (not healthy, but healthier) than what you normally eat.
2). How does it make you feel?
There are certain foods I don't eat often (Big Macs, Mr Hero Roman Burgers) and yet when I do I often feel bloated, tired, starving, etc. Feelings that are not good. This can slow us down, and just hinder our success in whatever we are trying to do.
3). Does it work?
In the end you might find healthier things to eat that don't make you feel bad, but when you step on the scale - well, it's not moving. The good news is you are headed in a better direction, but you're still not headed in the best direction. Keep tweaking.
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The Rules of Weight Loss Haven't Changed
Weigh-in: My last weigh-in was 235. My current weight is 235
Shocking Scientific News on Weight LossAccording to this article, you should avoid sugar, get sleep, avoid alcohol, exercise more, and stop smoking.
WHAT REVOLUTIONARY ADVICE
This is what makes this show harder and harder to produce. I started this show in 2008 with the goal being that a weekly show would help me hold myself accountable. It did. Then id didn't. Then it didn't.
While I've loved inspiring people to keep trying to lose weight, my audience has had more weight loss success than I have.
It's Not You - It's MeConsequently, I'm starting to lose my passion for producing the show. I'm running out of things to talk about. This doesn't mean I don't appreciate you listening, but I'm just bring honest, that some of the thrills of doing the show are depleting.
New Hosts on the HorizonI'm looking into some new people to co-host and eventually take over the show. It's very early, and admittedly for a guy who is saying "it's taking too much time" to produce the podcast, it doesn't make much sense to turn this into "logical idol." I mean, let's state the obvious. This isn't Jeopardy looking for a new host.
I'll keep you in the loop as I move forward.
The Mental Reason Why Weight Loss is Hard
In my last episode, I was up to 235. This episode as I end July, I'm at 232.96. Part of this success was based on a few simple practices.
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Why Weight Loss is Hard
In listening to Mel Robbins, Who is the author of the book The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage (get the audiobook for free) she brought up something that is so simple, and yet makes so much sense.
Why is doing all the things that lead to weight loss hard? You know things liked:
Giving up SweetsAlcoholExercisingGetting up earlyTrying new foodsGiving up soft drinks
We all know this stuff. We know we need to make lifestyle changes and not just jump on the latest fad diet.
Are you ready?
WE DON'T WANT TO DO THOSE THINGS.
Does that make sense doesn't it? We want to be healthy. We want to love longer and avoid pain as long as we don't have to do anything we don't want to do.
Do You Rember When Your Parents Were a Pain In Your Butt?
They said things like:
Put your dishes in the dishwasherClean your roomMake your bedBe home at a certain timeGo to bed (little ones love this)Take out the trashSave Your money
Why did they tell us these things over and over and over?
BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT TO DO THEM
The Mel Robbins 5 Minute Rule
Mel says our brain has two sides. One is autopilot and the other is an emergency brake. We go through life doing those same things over and over. When we try something new, our brain gives us about 5 seconds to take action before it will slam on the emergency brake and stop us from trying something new.
Mel suggests we do a countdown as we say out loud 5, 4, 3 ,2, 1 and then we take action. For me, while it doesn't work 100% of the time, it does work the majority of the time.
I have also identified the lie is, "I don't have time." I started walking 2 miles a night. I didn't think I had time. I started taking different paths around the neighborhood until I found one that was mainly flat with a few hills.
I do it somewhere between 7-8 pm to start. If I'm enjoying myself I might take a different path. The hardest part? Putting on my shoes. For me, walking isn't hard.
GETTING OUT OF BED
In the morning this is one thing I struggle with. Doing the countdown, or just being my own parent, I've been getting out of bed and riding my exercise bike. I don't always use one of their built in programs, but I continuing to build that habit of getting out of bed and exercising. Something I plan on doing as I now return to the road for my job.
Little Changes Lead To Big Weight Loss
I'm up a touch (235.9). What is upsetting is before the July 4th holiday I was actually down to 233. Time to refocus, and for me, I'm being "active" but not "exercising."
AMAZON HALO GETS A NEW FEATURE
The Amazon Halo (their version of a fitbit) has announced a new feature where using your camera on your it puts you through a test and provides you with a movement score. If you do "not so good" it provides exercises for you to get back in shape. I plan on doing this as I realize the older I get the more putting on my shoes feels like an Olympic event.
The Halo is $99, and comes with six months of membership. Then it's only $4/month (much cheaper than apple). More information
GRANDMA IS BUSTEDI was watching (I think) 90-day fiance. A woman who was overweight said she didn't know why she was fat. She told her grandchildren she was going to go get weight loss surgery. The children then let the camera crew know Grandma eats LOTS AND LOTS of sweets. If you're not sure why you're gaining weight and you have a six-year-old in the house, ask them. They will tell you with no filter.
SMALL CHANGES LEAD TO BIG WEIGHT LOSSI was a story about Dan who had started a business, got married and had two children in a short amount of time. He had also moved (in case he needed more stress).
With the birth of his children, Dan knew he had to make some changes. He cut down on carbs and sugary snacks. He looked and added food that was nutritional. He got used to being slightly hungry and if he needed a snack he made it a healthy won.
He focused both on strength training and cardio. It took some time to lose the weight, but in the end, his health helps him handle the stress better. He was sleeping better.
He did this without ALL OR NOTHING thinking, and just started heating healthy choices and exercising more. He lost 75 lbs and looks and feels much better.
Keep in mind, it takes time to start reversing the years of abuse we have put into our bodies, but we can do it.
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