Originally Posted by Indigo
There's nothing stopping people from taking a 30-minute brisk walk every day after work. That's what I do!
You are absolutely correct for the most part. I started walking in January/February (after finding out/hearing (Really, I already knew) that I was just under 200 lbs. It was sort of like "come on dumb @$$, you know your family history". Unfortunately, that's taken a 3ish month hiatus as I've been busy working at my house on weekends and some week nights.
Originally Posted by Carcus
Light rail + bicycle paths.
Obesity --Problem solved.
Pollution --Problem solved.
Peak (cheap) oil -- Problem solved.
National debt (policemen of the world induced) -- Problem solved.
Except, it wouldn't work because we've become a bunch of fat, lazy f*cks.
/In a few short years "buckle-up dough boy" is going to need one of those mobility carts cuz his 'bad knee' just can't take the walk from the car to the wal-mart pharmacy for his type 2 diabetes meds.
rant complete -- out for a bike ride
I'm not sure why I quoted this post, now. I had some thought at the time, and now it's escaped me
Originally Posted by Earthling
I walked to work this morning.
I could stand to lose 10 lbs., but at least I am not morbidly obese, which seems to be the latest trend.
If I could safely walk to work, I very well may do it. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that I get out on time, and that would mean walking home in the dark sometimes. Not something I really care to do.
People get distorted views of what is "average" weight these days. What used to be "thin" 20-30 years ago, is what people now look at and say they're anorexic, etc. What used to be "average" is today's "thin", and so on. Over so many years of conditioning on the size changes, the majority of people say "I only need to lose 5 lbs" when in reality it should be 15 lbs (if not more). I'm not saying in your case it's that way, just in general (didn't want that to be mis-interpreted!).
When I got that "slap in the face" of almost 200 lbs, I decided I wanted to get back to 175. I'm right around 5'10" and really should get closer to 160, but I wanted to set something realistic that could be done over the course of the year. I truly believe that if you spread it over that period of time, it becomes more "stuck" and more likely to become your routine. Interestingly, in 2010, my blood work showed my triglycerides being over 400, which was too high to measure my LDL. A couple weeks ago, my trigs are 220 and my LDL was measured dead-on where it's recommended. Amazing what else starts to fall into place when you start to change bad habits.
Originally Posted by Carcus
Walking.... Probably the most under-rated exercise. The media tends to ignore it cause there's hardly any money to be made with it.
For controlling calories I highly recommend "Lose It" -- a free app.
This is the app that I started using. However, I try not to state it's for "controlling calories", even if in the beginning that really is the main use of it. I prefer to think of it as "calorie and portion education", because there were quite a few surprises to me in portion size and calorie content on a few items. So, I must highly recommend this as well.
I did purchase a new bike a few weeks ago, but it's yet to leave my garage. My weekends (when I plan to ride) have been so busy with yard work, home improvement, etc. that I haven't gotten to take it out. In fact, my bike rack is still in the box, too. I will be using it this summer. It'd be better if I could find a riding buddy, because things are always more fun with someone else.