On Friday night at Breezy Point, more than 300 people attended Kinship Partners' "Taste of the Lakes" fundraiser, where they can taste some of the best food samples from area chef's and restaurants.
Even in a year when I am trying to go from the "fat guy" and should stay away from places that focus around food, "Taste of the Lakes" has such fantastic food you just have to work it into your plans.
Again, many wonderful people stepped up and jokingly asked if whatever was on my plate was on my diet. Foods covered in sauces or rich desserts obviously are not, but it really has helped to have so many people pulling for me to make my goal.
I did tell many people that, up until Friday night, I was having a great week, and even on Friday, I spent almost 3 hours working out so I could enjoy myself at "The Taste." At times you have to put a little extra in so you can just let yourself enjoy the day. We, in the end, did OK, with 3 pounds lost.
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Next on the not-good-for-making-weight-loss-goal is Thanksgiving. What has helped me is knowing and planning ahead for these events and holidays. I now work harder the days before and watch what I eat a little better so I can allow myself to enjoy the food without guilt.
However, it does irritate me a bit when the scale looked so good, and then instead of continuing down, it goes up 2 pounds when you let yourself enjoy the day. So far we have done OK at more than 70 pounds lost, and lived life all along the way. Well, back to the gym to get ready for the biggest food holiday of the year.
Crunch time, by Joan Peterson, FitQuest Trainer
First, I'd like to invite readers to write in with specific questions. I can try to answer them in the few weeks we have left. You can e-mail your questions on Gary's page on the Kinship Partners site.
Well, we're getting down to the wire. We have spent the last 11 months watching Gary struggle, succeed, learn, experiment, grovel, brag, cry, sweat, touch his toes, run a mile, run more miles, pump iron, fumble around in aerobic classes (he does very well, actually) you get the picture. He's had his ups and downs - literally - and has managed to lose an incredible amount of weight.
He's had people he doesn't even know scrutinize his plates in restaurants or whisper behind his back while he eats popcorn at football games. It's been quite a year and quite an undertaking.
Do I think he's going to make it? Yes, because he's too stubborn not to. But he is going to have to do some things that don't completely fit into the lifestyle-oriented behavior changes that we have preached about for the past year.
For the next month he'll need to increase his exercise quite a bit. He has done that, but it's going to take even more. He needs to do three to four hard weight-lifting workouts per week. This will help to permanently increase his metabolism by building muscle cells.
As for cardio, he is doing well, but more is needed right now. Five to six cardio sessions are crucial, with increases in intensity and length of time. He has to push hard. But what Gary needs to do is not realistic for the long term, and I'm not advocating it as a lifestyle.
As for eating, he said it last week - there is no room for cheating. Remember back in the beginning when following the food plan was easy because it was still a novelty and motivation was high and weight was falling off quickly? We need to go back there. Over time, things get a bit sloppy, portion sizes grow and we start to have the "just one" mentality.
The next month it is imperative to stick to a strict eating plan - measuring and recording intake is highly suggested - and make sure exercise is consistent and intense.
Gary will make it. The next challenge is keeping it off.
GARY WALTERS writes a weekly column in the Neighbors section regarding his progress in the Kinship Wellness Challenge. To learn more go to www.brainerddispatch.com and then to the KINSHIP CHALLENGE link or www.kinshippartners.org.
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