Taking strides to a better me


Shared on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 22:25

So with some health issues hitting the family and some drama as well, I have decided to make some chnages for the better. I am focusing on myself, my wife and my kids and making sure I am around for the long term.

I have started watching what i eat and started walking around 4km a day. I mainly walk on my lunch hour at work. It is a great way to get away from the my PC and SQL for a bit. Before I started doing this I would mainly just stay and work through my lunches. Taking the walk is not only good for me but also helps to break up the day. 

Here are the stats so far:

In terms of what I am eating, I am monitoring my intake via MyFItnessPal (blackberry app). Pretty simple and really makes you think and pay attention to what you are eating, even down to the little things like condiments. You input your stats and your goal and the app lets you know how many calories,etc you should be taking. 

Would love to get some tips and advice from others in the same boat. Like i said, this is something I need to do for myself, my wife, my 2 kids and a the new one on the way. 




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Submitted by wamam87 on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 20:27

that's great to hear!


though i don't have any advice for you, as i'm just now trying to improve things in my life.


good luck!

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Submitted by cdn_bacon on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 22:12

You too!

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Submitted by T3muJin on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 22:02

Awesome.  My tips would be make sure you eat every couple of hours 5 times a day.  Protein really does make you feel full, so foods with that help and water.  My biggest meal of the day is breakfast while my smallest is dinner.  Stick with your workout and over time add more to it.  You're eventually going to have to start some strength training with weights, but you don't want to bulk up you want to burn, so light weights with high reps.  Strength training will actually help you burn more calories.  A 4k walk is great but you're going to have to increase your cardio.  Talk to your doctor about what your target heart rate should be and start finding something you can do to work out at that rate.  A steady workout at that target is good to get back in shape but then you're going to want to add some interval training in there.  I'll ride as fast as I can for 1 minute and then coast for 1 minute and some days I'll do 20 seconds fast with a 40 second coast after I do a warmup.


It has to become habit, eating and working out.  You should feel bad if you don't work out.  It is something you must do on the days you designate and you can't skip for any reason unless you're hurt.  Maybe you can't do it at the same time you normally do, but make it happen some time during the day.

To get back into shape I started working out 5 minutes a day for 3 days a week a year ago.  Today I work out 6 days a week.  Cardio every day for about 37 minutes and weights 3 days a week.  Just add a little bit every couple of weeks.

There will be times where you hit a wall.  Adjust.  Are you burning more calories than you're taking in?  Do you need to change your work out a bit or did you eat a little extra of something?  Stay away from fast food and soda.

Everybody is different though, you just gotta find something that works for you and commit.

Edit:  don't skip meals.  It might work for a bit, but eventually your body will think it is starving and actually store fat.

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Submitted by cdn_bacon on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 22:12

Thanks for all the info! Def agree on not skipping meals. I am eating smaller amounts but also more frequently. I agree that I will need to increase the workout over time. just working on building the habits and taking advantage of the time I have available at work versus home life right now. 

I want to get back into riding my bike as well....just picking a poor time of year to start that back up. Been looking for a used trainer that I can use over the winter indoors. 

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Submitted by CiaranORian on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 08:45

Buy your snacks for the week at the weekend (on a full stomach) rather than each day when you're hungry. Buy things like fruit, nuts, bottled water.  Nuts are a great way to fill up on protein. You can always get the yogurt covered ones to make them more palatable.  I would agree with the others, don't starve yourself just eat the right things when you're hungry.

I wouldn't worry so much about big workouts for now just do a little bit every day. It all helps and you don't want to burn yourself out. Find something you enjoy doing like cycling!

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