Thursday, February 16, 2017

Appetite is back

I'm feeling much better.  Back to work tomorrow.  I'm actually eating again, so I am really going to have to be careful and stick to my calorie intake.  Today was 2,190 out of 2,360 allowed.

Starting to feel better

Yesterday I ate 1,197 calories.  Tired as all get out, and still weak, but I'm getting better.  Back to work tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

aaaannnnd it's the flu

Went to the Dr. yesterday afternoon.  Yep, the flu.  Influenza B to be exact.  I've got a few prescriptions, and I'm off work until Friday.  I'm having dizzy spells, so no driving.

No hiking either, obviously.

But at least I don't have any appetite.  I should get a nice kickstart on my weight loss.  I'm weak and tired though so I'm afraid I'll have some setbacks on my hike times and pack weight.

Yesterday I only had 1,050 calories.  Today I'm up to 1,625.  My daily budget is 2,360.

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2017

Still sick

Tried to go to work this morning but I was too dizzy to drive.

According to the phone, I've only taken 218 steps today, and I've only taken in 508 calories.

Going to the Doc-In-A-Box when my wife gets home

But, I am down below 300!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Further updates as conditions warrant.

But on the positive, I'm about 1,200 calories under budget today.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A different day...

Today I hiked about 1/4 mile.  But it is not as bad as it sounds.  We are chicken sitting for the neighbors so I cut in to my hike by letting the chickens out, feeding them, and watering them.  All while wearing my pack.

I also did a bunch of back and forth walking from my shed to my tent garage working on my 72 Jeep Commando.  Toting a battery back and forth to charge it up and going back and forth for tools added to my distance.  Old girl hasn't been started since probably October, so it took a bit of tinkering to get her going.

I'm eating good.  I have just enough calories left to enjoy a taco salad when we go out to eat tonight.  It will bring me in at 2,487, just 26 over.  I can live with that.

Friday, February 10, 2017

I gambled... I lost

Started off great this morning.  Then I stopped at a WaWa.  Last year I developed a WaWa apple fritter addiction.  I thought I had it kicked.  I glanced at the pastry case and didn't see any fritters.  All was good. So I looked closer.  The fritters were usually on the left row.  But in this case, they were in the middle, and there were only 4 fritters stuck back at the back of the tray.  I could eat it, and just count the calories, couldn't I?  It's only a 670 calorie snack.  Sure, just one won't hurt.

Bad move.  I can't do that again.  Too much sugar.  Too many carbs.  Feeling like a slug.

Tomorrow is a new day.  I'm going to eat right and get back on my exercising and hiking.

One day at a time.  One day at a time.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The best laid plans...

I was planning on a hike after work... I really was.  I was looking forward the brisk, windy weather.  I figured out a couple of months ago that I have developed a lactose intolerance and I need to take Lactaid if I eat dairy. I haven't really mastered the art of remembering to do it every time.  So today at lunch I enjoyed a nice, portioned amount of Mac & Cheese.  I forgot my Lactaid. My afternoon was not pleasant.  Latcaid works great if you take it when you eat.  It doesn't work if you try it after you eat.

No hike today.

But, I ate right with 2,048 calories and I walked about .88 mile at work today..

In addition to eating less food (and sometimes better quality food) I'm also taking vitamins, fish oil capsules, and I'm drinking Bragg organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" mixed in with a couple of my glasses of water each day.  This link is to a great deal on Bragg ACV.  A gallon for only $24.98 and it ships free for Prime customers.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A fine day...

I ate right, 2,245 calories.  I walked about 1.7 miles today at work.  That picked up quite a bit when I stopped at a supplier's office this afternoon and he walked me a couple blocks down the road to show me the new office they are doing the build out on.

It was in the 70s again today.  Tomorrow it should be about 30 and possibly snowing when I get home to do my 1 mile pack hike.  But I AM going to do the hike.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

1 mile - 13.5 lb pack - 20:38 - 305 lbs

What wonderful weather today!  Feb. 7th and it was 75 degrees, sunny, and a nice breeze.  Should be the same tomorrow, then snow flurries and 30 degrees when I get home the day after that.  Welcome to winter in Virginia.

I ate good today.  2,300 calories for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner, 243 left.  Lunch was Taco Bell and dinner was Domino's, so it can be done with fast food and restaurants.  You just have to be deliberate and plan it out.

I walked about 1.4 miles at work today.  I had to drop my county car off at the shop for service and walked back to my office for a good part of that.

I got home on time so I changed clothes, pulled on my boots and pack, and got to hiking.  My pace is picking up slowly but surely.  As long as I keep moving, I'll keep getting better.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Starting week 2 - 305 lbs

Well, I was pretty pleased when I got on the scale at 0-dark-30 this morning.  My peak around Thanksgiving was 316.  Almost 2 weeks ago when I learned about BushFit, I was 310.  When I officially started, I was 307.  My goal is to be at 299 when I start week 4 in 14 days.  That's going to take a lot of eating right and hiking and exercising.

Today I'm at 1,874 calories, but I might add another 100 or so with a snack in a bit.  According to my iPhone step tracker, I hit 1,55 miles today walking around work and the VA medical center this afternoon.

Tomorrow will bring a day of eating right and a good hike with my pack after work.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Trail Clearing and the Week in Review

I didn't eat great this weekend, but I didn't hit the Sizzler buffet or anything that bad.  I only got in two hikes this week.  I got some decent walking in at work too.  Here's my chart for the week.  I'll add in my ending weight when I do my wake up weigh in tomorrow.

I won't get a hike in tomorrow because I have a Dr. appointment after work and then have to visit a friend in the hospital before I come home.  It will be dark by then.  I'll get in some sort of inside exercise, though.

Today I got some good work done clearing part of my hiking trail.  It was a pretty good workout and made the trail a little more easy to navigate.  I've got a video with a short tour of the trail here: Clearing my BushFit trail.  

I'm looking forward to getting back on the eating right wagon and at least three good hikes in for the coming week.

Friday, February 3, 2017


It's Friday.  Late getting home from work.  I'm tired.  It's cold.  I've eaten well today, about 600 calories under my budget.  Going to bed early.  Busy day tomorrow, but planning to clear my hiking trail on Sunday.

I got this today:

It feels nice in the hands.  Planning to give it a work out on Sunday.  I will also make a leather mask for it and share pics.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rest Day

Not much to report...

I walked 1.4 miles today at work - not too bad.

I stuck to my calories, 231 under for the day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Day 3 - ??? lbs. - 13.5lb pack - 1M

So today I did a full mile.  Mostly on an old logging road covered with leaves and dead limbs.  I think my strategy will be to keep doing the mile with the 13.5lb pack until I get to 15 minutes.  Then I'll up it to 25 lbs and go until I am back to 15 minutes.  Then 40 lbs, then 50 lbs until I get to 15 minutes for the mile.  Then I'll increase my distance, staying with the 50 lb pack.