Journal Entry

Weight Loss Motivation

Apple Weight Loss Motivation

The good news this week was that when I did my stress echo I placed in the top 5% for my age.  As I heard this the though ran through my head that all I have to do is wait and my competitors will die off pushing me higher in the standings with no effort.  The follow up with the cardiologist was positive and his only words of encouragement for my weight were that I would have to eat less calories than I burn.  Considering how expensive a specialist is I thought wow, I could have gotten that from the internet.  Well that was the positive news.

My personal goal is still 175 pounds.  I am walking more places and my snacks now are apples and almonds, walnuts if I have been really good that day.  I bought 10, 15, and 25 weights and have started to use them daily.  The jury is out about the added calories they burn, but it does seem to make me feel better.  The weigh-in number for today is below.  I now weigh in after all activities prior to a shower so next week there is nothing left to remove to get that extra pound.  The shoes are definitely off at this point.  It is certainly harder than I thought it would be and I thought it would be hard.


March 4th 2013 – 235 Pounds

March 11th 2013 – 225.5 Pounds

March 18th 2013 – 225.5 Pounds

March 25th 2013 – 223 Pounds



March 4th 2014 – 175 Pounds


  1. I’m going through the same thing so I’m rooting for you! They say one of the best ways to burn calories is by shoveling snow, and I’ve been doing a lot of that this winter. When I’m not doing that I hike, walk, and eat lots of fruit.

    • I have always known that those who journal in some way about the process that those folks have better results. Getting on the scale each Monday morning and writing the number down has been my biggest driver. I also like to hike and I am hoping that as the snow melts in the mountains that I will have a chance to get out at least once a week for a day hike.

      I grew up in Minnesota where real men are measured by the size of their snow blower.

      I grew up in Minnesota, real men are measured by the size of their snow blower.

  2. Charlie, definitely stick with the weight training!!
    The more muscle you have the more calories you will burn.
    Not only that, but it is just plain good for your bones, etc.
    Keep going, my friend.
    You are a true inspiration!!!

    • I understand that it does help build bone and that it does increase the burn rate for calories. The numbers for the latter have varied quite a bit. The numbers I found shows that it improves the burn rate, but only in the 6 to 15% rate, this is not as much as was thought in the past.

  3. Good luck. You seem like you are on the right track. I walk al lot too.
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  4. GO CHARLIE! You can do it! We are all cheering for you from near and far.

  5. They laughed at Hillary when she talked about the impact of a village, but she was so right. Encouragement and knowing that people are watching, caring, does make you put the second cookie back on the tray.
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  6. I, too, try to eat three different fruits everyday and walk a couple of miles at least. It gives me good energy 🙂
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  7. Hi Charlie, 12 pounds! In 3 weeks! That’s great in my book. Remember slowly but surely may be surely slow, but it’s the best way to go! And that bit of advice did not cost you a penny.
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  8. Congrats for losing the weight and I know talking from experience that losing weight is a long and hard process but it’s always very rewarding 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

  9. Kudos to you for putting yourself out there. The hubby and I have been struggling in the weight loss department. With warmer weather, we’re hoping to get out more and hike. We managed to hike plenty in AZ but enjoyed a few too many treats. Keep up the good work…your weight loss is inspiring.

  10. Hi Charlie! Gardening is great exercise too! 🙂
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  11. I am very supportive of your efforts! You started off so well – are you still on the programme in June 2013? I have started my 60Day Challenge on 1 June and hope to lose 10kg (23 lbs) by mid-August. The tough part is not the starting but the maintaining!! Go for it! Your future self will thank you!!!

  12. It definitely is a marathon. I’ve lost 30 pounds over 6 months and hit the wall about 2 months ago and need to get over this mental spot that’s getting me down on myself. I use Weight Watchers Online which has been a good helper to really see the impact of certain foods – it’s just a food diary assigning points to what I eat, with a total point count based on my current and goal weights, and a killer app so wherever I go I can log in my food. It makes it really easy to see visually how one bad choice in a day can obliterate the good stuff done that day, and has been really a great motivator for me. This coming from a person who’s never been on a diet and has always been cynical about weight loss programs 🙂

  13. I’my in your boat also. 20 lbs. Is my goal for next spring. I need to change some bad habits!

  14. Congratulations. I’ve been battling 25lbs for awhile.
    Starting reading due to “Trekker” because I was new to hiking.

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