Pat, February 19, 2010 – Walking the Weight Off Works

I’m down to 229, and I’m not complaining.  I’m right in that one to two pound realm again.  Primal eating is still serving me well.

Last time I told you that I’d talk more about walking, so here it goes. 

Walking is more important to your weight loss– and general well being– than most people realize.  It will have an effect on your digestion, metabolism, state of mind, and…  Wait a minute…  I forgot who I was talking to for a moment.  We aren’t “most people.” Fat guys know all this stuff.  We know that walking a bit will go a long way towards helping us reach our goals, yet we rarely do it.  Why?

Well, because we just don’t.  It can be really hard to develop a walking habit.  Taking the stairs.  Parking at the back of the parking lot.  We’ve heard it all before.  Looks good on paper, but even if we put that effort in, we don’t do it for long enough to really feel the benefit.

I got around that by getting a pedometer. I just wore it for a week while trying not to think about it.  Turns out I was doing five to six thousand steps a day.  That’s probably a little less than average, but not too bad.  Then I made it a game that I had to get more steps than I did the day before.  Now that spot in the back of the parking lot looks a lot better to me if I’m not on pace to make the days quota.  I take dishes out of the dishwasher one at a time to get the extra steps in.  Efficiency be damned.

If you’re interested in learning more about pedometers, I use the Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer. Here’s the page: Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer.

An unintended benefit is that because I try to walk as much as I can, I tend to be more engaged in the things that I’m doing while walking, and only those things. 

There’s a certain intensity, almost like it builds energy, that is especially evident when on the phone.  I feel like I’m actually paying attention to whoever I’m talking to.  Even when it’s my wife.  I’m finely honed in.  Instead of saying, “uh huh” over an over again as I read or check my email while on the phone, I’m actually participating.

But even with all that, I eventually had to hit the streets to hit the numbers.  It’s odd. I never really noticed how many people walk in my neighborhood.  And you know what?  They’re all thin.  But I have to tell you to be prepared if you decide to actually go so far as to take walks just for walking’s sake.  The skinny people will look at you kinda funny.  You can almost hear them wondering, “There’s something different about that walker, but I can’t quite put my finger on it… “

If you want some great tips and info, part of my six feet of knowledge id Move a Little, Lose a Lot, buy James Levine here’s the page if you’re interested: Move a Little, Lose a Lot: New N.E.A.T. Science Reveals How to Be Thinner, Happier, and Smarter.  It’s a great book, but only one piece of the puzzle.

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