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About a year ago, I dropped thirty pounds. Sure, it’s nice to have my clothes fit better, but that’s not the reason. The reason that I lost 30 pounds?
For these guys:
I was tired of being tired. When they would ask me to play basketball or football, I wanted to have the enthusiasm and energy to say YES and mean it.
I will say that I think that the key to losing weight while eating cleaner & higher protein is to be sure to watch your calories, and be sure you work out enough. I’ve seen friends go straight to clean eating — and gain ten pounds. Clean eating can really rack up the calories. e.g.: nuts, almond butter, etc… all have a LOT of calories and fat, so you have to eat much less to still be in your normal range.
The difference from eating better is huge. Becky and I both have more energy and feel better. Our stomachs feel better, our focus is more clear, our energy is higher… and the kids feel better, too. My knees don’t hurt anymore (yay!), which is great because I have had ELEVEN surgeries now (thank you, football), so I was really dreading #12.
How I did it–>>
1. Set a Goal
2. Plan for it.
3. Track it.
- Having a goal: My goal was to drop 25 pounds. I dropped 30. I also wanted to start running again. I did and I feel great because of it. Write your goal down somewhere and check in with yourself every Sunday.
- Planning: Becky and I planned our meals every Sunday. We would sit down and plan them, order the groceries, pick them up, and prep them.
- Tracking. When I committed to amping up my activity, I used my Withings Steel HR to track the progress of my daily workouts. Withings is part of Nokia and Steel HR is their award-winning activity and heart-rate tracker housed inside an analog watch. It’s really the top of the line and I love it. I like it because it has a seamless modern design (comes in black or white 36mm, and a larger black-only one in 40mm), but at the same time it has an advanced heart rate monitor and an impressive 25-day battery life.
I like that it tracks overall health data & includes smartphone notifications. Plus, it has activity recognition for up to ten new activities, like tennis (Becky & I play often) & weight lifting (my every other day activity). No wonder it was awarded the prestigious CES 2017 Innovation Awards in the Biotech, Sports and Fitness category.
It measures continuous heart rate during my workouts, which motivates me to work harder, and it shows my average heart rate during the day at the click of a button. It does this through a technology called photoplethysmography (PPG), which monitors heart rate using green LED lights to detect variation in the level of blood in the wrist.
Post-workout, I am able to check how many calories I’ve burned, my maximum heart rate, and a “time in zone” graph directly within the free Health Mate App.It even measures night heart rate while I sleep, by automatically monitoring my pulse — a key metric to assess overall health over time. We even told our sister-in-law to buy Becky’s brother in law a Withings Steel HR as a father’s day gift from the kids. He likes to work out, but has never tracked it, so I know this is the perfect gift.
Remember…YOU can do it.
If you feel like something is holding you back, figure out what it is and overcome it. It may seem like a daunting task to get fit, but it’s worth it. Remember, it boils down to goal-setting, preparation and tracking. Those three things, when combined, will help you reach success much quicker!
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