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Weight Loss Challenge On

My Healthy Midlife buddy, Kathy, threw down the gauntlet last Monday and I’m in the challenge for my life. Not to be overly dramatic, but the outcome of this challenge goes well beyond the massage the winner gets on the cruise to celebrate our mutual 50th birthday.

Our challenge is to lose 15 lbs within 90 days (starting last Monday, May 21). The aforementioned cruise massage is the enticing reward. However, for me, the big reward is the outcome (if I succeed) gets me within striking distance of my ideal weight for my height and age.

The bigger reward is that I get to a weight that could wipe out many of my weight-induced maladies:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High glucose
  • Triglycerides

Other benefits I’m expecting:

  • More energy
  • Better creativity and thinking (brain fog begone)
  • Plus less dramatic mood swings, which my wife will appreciate

Based on the courses I’m taking at Integrative Nutrition and what I read in Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weil (highly recommend!), I believe diet and being at my ideal weight will have a significant impact on my mental and energy levels.

My Weight Loss Strategy

From past dieting experience, I could easily lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks. That’s what happened when I did the South Beach Diet a couple of years ago. Pretty much went no carbs, high protein and the lbs melted off. And promptly came back with a vengeance.

For this weight loss challenge, I’m going slow and smart.

  • Higher quality and nutritious foods, more vegetables and foods closer to their natural sources (this means eating more at home so quality can be controlled): Basically, a reasonable, lifestyle-oriented healthy diet
  • Increased activity at least 30 minutes 4 times a week (walks or biking in the evening with my wife, biking with my son on the weekends, gardening, etc.)
  • Stress reducing activities
  • Reducing alcohol consumption (I already eliminated sodas 2 years ago and pretty much go with water these day along with wine for some meals throughout the week)

Throughout the summer, both Kathy and I will document what’s working and what’s not. Plus how we’re feeling, our frustrations and elations.

A snapshot of my weight last Monday puts me at 174 lbs. My ideal weight tops at 155 lbs. In the week we started this challenge, I’ve lost a single pound and now sit at 173 lbs. Woo hoo!

Kathy and I invite others to join us or encourage us throughout the summer.

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