I drifted too, for a long time, but after writing posts for this blog for four years, I have gotten good at it. One of my tools is the Lose It! App (iPhone, iPad, Touch) a calorie counter that also breaks down nutrients and gives you a daily weight chart to demonstrate your progress. It’s not the only tool like this around, but it’s a good one.
Using that tool and practicing some self discipline I now have complete confidence in my ability to maintain a healthy body weight. I still need to work on the lean muscle mass thing, though. I love riding my bicycle and have no problem logging lots of miles and putting calories into the bank to free up my eating. In 2012 I rode 8433 miles. A personal best. That covers a multitude of sins at the table. Biking is a wonderful cardio workout few people realize, however, it is also very stimulating for the brain. It’s a lot more fun than working with weights, but ya gotta do that, too. I write about the benefits of cardio exercise on the brain often in this blog as it is usually misunderstood and/or completely overlooked in most fitness writing. I had an aunt who died of Alzheimer’s and a mother who suffered from dementia in her final years, so I am dead serious about protecting myself from mental decline. Check out my Page – Important facts about your brain – and exercise to read more about it.
The National Institutes on Health considers me one of its Success Stories.
I retired 12 years ago. I spent 20 years as a Reuter Correspondent after being a men’s magazine editor to start my career. Now that I am retired, I have complete control over what I eat. My heart goes out to you folks who go to work every day. It is much harder to control your caloric intake. There are business lunches and dinners to attend, late days at the office, working through lunch as well as traveling. It is easier for a retired guy to control his weight. I think if I were still working I would seriously consider bringing lunch from home a day or two each week to keep a handle on my intake. With a fridge and microwave where you work, you are good to go.
When I started writing for this blog in March of 2010 I weighed 165 pounds, the lowest I had been in 15 years. I thought I had arrived at fitness and health. Now, in 2014 I weigh 150 pounds. That’s right, I have melted off 15 pounds from my best weight in years. My resting heart rate is under 50 beats per minute (bpm), a result of my cycling, but significantly under the ‘normal’ of 65 to 80 bpm. I have less than 16 percent body fat and a 31 inch waist (the first time since high school). I have reached this state of fitness and health following the ideas and techniques I write about in this blog.
When the blog started, I was talking the talk, four years later I am walking the walk. You can do the same. I am just a regular guy. If I can do it you can too. Check out my page How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off for a start. Lots of excellent, practical principles there that I have learned and apply to my daily life.
About 10 years ago my weight got out of control and I ballooned over 220 pounds. I took off 50 pounds in a year, but that only got me down to the mid-170′s. You can read How I lost 50 pounds in 52 weeks.
When I retired, I started taking courses from The Great Courses. They include “Nutrition Made Clear” by Professor Roberta Anding. She has an MS in Nutrition and is a registered Dietitian and a certified specialist in sports dietetics. Another superb course is “Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at any Age” by Doctor Anthony Goodman. He also teaches “The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness.” By now, in 2014, I have probably taken at least a dozen on mental and physical health and wellness as well as healthy aging.
I have about 40 games of backgammon going on the web. My birthday is January 26. I am an Aquarius and a senior citizen.
As a senior citizen who presently is winning the waist line war, I am also grappling with the experience of aging. As part of this blog’s focus on good health I look seriously into aging and what can be done about it. I know there is no fountain of youth, but there are techniques for aging gracefully and retaining our mental powers. I promise to share with you everything I can find out about it. I also write a personal “favorite things” blog which you are invited to check out @ Willingwheeling. I show and tell about the things that make me happy. Lots of beautiful photos.
The masthead photo is a shot of me taken 35 years ago by a girlfriend when we were bike riding by the lakefront in Chicago. I had a lot more hair then.