Checking Back In

I’ll start with the good news first: when I weighed in yesterday, I was at 338.2 lbs! I haven’t weighed in at that since this time last year, and I’m feeling pretty good about that! Particularly since I was braced for a weight gain, and got a pleasant surprise instead. I guess the Taekwando practice is paying off?

And, yes, Taekwando is still a thing my son and I are doing. We do an hour class on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and we try to put in about half an hour of practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Every session, I walk away noticing muscles I’ve never noticed before. Trying to get all those stances right is hard work.

Oh, and then there was yesterday. We went as a family to the Cincinnati Nature Center, because my wife was (at the time) three trails away from hiking all of the trails they have. It was a cool but pleasant November day, and it seemed like a fun family outing So we hit the Fernwood trail, which was described as “difficult”. It actually turned out to be the most difficult trail they had. But we all finished it – me, my wife, and our eight-year-old son! Our son was actually ready to run around by the time we got home. Me? I was ready to sit.

So. A good few weeks. From here on out I’m going to work on getting back on the daily update cycle (for real), so I’ll talk to all of you tomorrow!

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Slow And Steady

Yesterday was, in terms of my goals, a repeat of Monday. I didn’t get all my walking in (only managing 4.8 miles), but I hit everything else. So, pretty good in the grand scheme of things. I’m certainly not going to complain about being mostly successful.

I also started adding in some exercises. It’s been a while, so I’m trying out the Foundation Light program from Darebee.com, a 30-day program designed to ease you back into regular exercise. Each day has 4-5 different exercises, and I’m doing three reps of each one. When I finish, I may go back though it again at five reps. Or try a different routine, if I find this one tedious.

Also, my son declared a dance party last night – he got my wife to give him her phone, cranked up some music, and started seven-year-old dancing. He’s… well, he’s got better moves than I do, to tell the truth. But hey, we had fun.

What Did You See?

“What did you see?” asked my wife when I got back from my walk last night. Before I could answer, though, we were distracted by my highly energetic seven year old son. So the question slipped my mind until this morning.

I drove myself over to the Anderson Township Government Center, which looks like this:

It’s pretty over there, and there’s a nice walking trail, and there are also Pokestops to amuse the (large) part of me that lives playing video games. And there’s that pond there in the picture, which is nice.

You can’t see it well in the picture (maybe I’ll take some of my own and post them sometime), but there’s two ways to cross the pond. One is a bridge, and the other is a set of stairs that leads down to the water’s edge and a series of blocks in the water that you can walk on. Whenever possible, I use the latter.

Yesterday, as I’m walking down the stairs, I see a goose. Not really surprising, I see them all the time there. But usually, they’re swimming. This one, though, was about six inches above the water, neck chained upwards, flapping and slowly gaining altitude as it soared above the surface of the pond. I stopped walking and watched it go, clear mining above the grass and into the sky.

I also got my walking in. But that is what stuck with me.

Oh? Well…

In case you missed it, I updated yesterday’s post with a picture of an ice cream sundae and my significant doubts that I was going to stay within my calorie budget.

It turns out that I managed it. Barely, but I managed it. Partly thanks to this dinner:

That is the shredded pork I mentioned yesterday, made into tacos with baby spinach and home-grown Roma tomatoes (I have two pots in my back porch). They were tasty, filling, and came in at 480 calories in total.

On top of that, I got all my walking in and managed half an hour of swimming with my son. (Swimming always ends up being so much ch more exercise than I expect.). So now I feel really good about having managed to beat the Wednesday curse.

Now to keep going!

Finding Cool Stuff

It would be super easy to get (back) down on myself for letting my physical condition deteriorate. I know it would be, because I’ve done it before. Quite recently, even. Like, three days ago?

Here’s what brought this to mind. Yesterday I made my 5.5 mile walking goal. The last 0.75 of a mile was made by, after dinner, taking my son to a park (my wife took herself to a movie). We walked around a bit, and had to head up a gentle slope to get back to my car, and my legs were a little sore and I was feeling a touch winded by the time we did.

That’s when my brain kicked in. “We’ve walked miles in this park,” it said. “On the tough trail.! Why are you such a…”

Then my son pointed out some balancing rocks someone had stacked, and we went and checked them out. And both me and my nagging, self-critical voice remembered something. My son doesn’t see “fat dad” or “out of shape dad” or anything like that. He just sees that dad is out at a park with him, and we’re both exploring things and playing (we chased each other around an outdoor amphitheater for a bit) and finding cool stuff.

I felt better.

Celebratory Failure

This weekend did not go as planned.

See, after a week of really trying hard on my goals, I’d intended to keep going. Get momentum on my side and really put some work out n on getting my goals a little closer to become my a habit. I had the best of intentions, really. And then we made the final payment on our student loans, and we descended into a three day celebratory frenzy that cast those goals by the wayside.

Perhaps I exaggerate a little. I mean, “celebratory frenzy” is really overstating what happened. We went out to dinner, and visited friends, and generally had a little party. I didn’t track any calories, though, so I don’t really know how I did.

Ah, well. If I’m going to drop the ball on my goals, it’s nice to do it for a good reason. And now I just need to get back to it.

Oh, yes: WE’VE PAID OFF OUR STUDENT LOANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Nothing.Well, all right. That’s not exactly true. I mean, I went to a cool Fourth of July party with friends I caught up with a good friend I haven’t seen in about a year. I played with my son, and went on a date with my wife, and played Pokémon Go with my family. I spent a lot of time building things in Minecraft.What I didn’t do was stress about my goals. Any of them. I turned off Habitica and didn’t even look at my daily tasks for a week. I ate what I wanted, walked when I wanted, and generally let myself relax.I feel great. Heck, for the first time in months I even feel motivated. Not a “I have to get myself back on track” sort of motivation, either. I feel like I was able to reset my “whys” and remember the reason I’m doing all of this.And now? To work!