203 lbs. as of this morning. I have been slightly injured the past two weeks but that has not stopped the progress of my weight loss. The goal is to be below 200 by the North Fork 50m at the end of June.
My Altra Boston shirt arrived on Friday. Great fitting and for a great cause.
Run for Boston in this Altra Tech Tee designed with Boston in mind. 100 percent of profits from every purchase will go to The One Fund Boston to help those most affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
Since purchasing my FitBit Wi-Fi scale and tracking my food the weight has been steady dropping. As of today I am down 8 pounds. Yea!
The big difference has been tracking my food intake. Using the Fitbit app, that works in conjunction with the scale, tracking to a daily intake of only 1200 calories plus any calories that I burn with exercise has opened my eye to all kinds of aspects of my diet. I will also note that I have reduced by beer consumption considerably. It’s all coming together nicely.
My energy level has been great so I’m going to keep doing what I have been. My goal weight is 195 and then I’ll reevaluate how to drop another 8-10 pounds before the end of the year.
I decided to create a custom medal display this week. It cost $15 for everything. Here is my parts list:
- Wood shelf from Salvation Army: $8.00
- Can of spray paint: $3.14
- Curtain Rod: $3.89
There is plenty of room for years to come. Below is a series of photos that I took along the way.
I have not bought any road shoes for maybe 2 years. It is hard to believe it has been that long. I finally broke down and picked up a pair of the The One from Altra. I am super excite to get a run in with these today. Light and zero drop! I’ll post a review in a few days.
I received the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 trail shoes last week. I own two pairs of the 1.0 version and I was really excited to get my feet the new version. Altra shoes changed the way I run and think about running in general. I ran my first 50k in 2012 in the Lone Peaks with only 80 miles on them. I didn’t have a single blister when I completed the race. That alone sold me on the Altra shoe company. I always seen photos of the blister horror stories from other ultra runners. No thank you! Wearing the Lone Peaks I don’t have to worry about my feet and that is a great feeling. But let’s get to the review.
In addition to running I bicycle whenever I get the change. Owning a touring bicycle myself I dream of that big trip. Vague Direction is such a trip that gets me excited. Join Dave Gill, project director, as he attempts to cycle across USA and back through Canada. Meet with the colourful characters from all walks of life who either live by, alongside or buck the trend altogether.
Check out this trailer and visit the website to see just how far Dave has traveled and all the interesting people he has met.
I recently picked up the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale. I started looking at a Wi-Fi scale about a year ago. At the time I thought that $100+ was a lot to pay for a scale. Previously I had a cheap $25 scale that did the job. It show me how much I weighed. What else do you really need it to do anyway. That was my thought at the time. About a month ago the old scale died on me. I figured it was time to start looking at a more geeky method of tracking my weight.
Being the geek that I am, the Wi-Fi scale appeals to me since it saves me from manually tracking my weight on paper or an iPhone app. The work flow with the old scale was to weigh myself then use a iPhone app to record my weight each morning. I never did find an app I really liked. Some apps just allowed you to enter your weight and some were much more feature rich that allows for goal setting and food intake tracking. I never found a happy medium with a quality user interface.
After the old scale died I figured that I would take the Wi-Fi scale plunge. I picked the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale mainly based on reviews that I read. Some scales had a hard time syncing with your home Wi-Fi that is needed to automatically track your stats. This automation is one of my top requirements. The price was $129 and to avoid shipping I pick it up at the local BestBuy. I went with the black model but they also offer white.
After taking the scale out of the box and unpacking it I was really happy with the build quality. It is a solid piece of hardware and doesn’t feel like the kids will break it the first time they jump on it. It is sleek and glossy with an attractive LED display. It is minimalistic enough to excited even this Apple fan boy.