Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Too much?

Recently my gym has decided to charge rental fees for lockers. Which is not something I'm opposed to paying if the price is reasonable.

Tall locker - $19/month or $228 for the year
Features a shelf at the top, a mirror on the door, a drawer, 3 hooks, and a shelf on the door

Short locker - $9/month or $60 for the year
Features 3 hooks

Am I crazy in seeing thinking that price for the tall locker is not a deal, but a rip-off?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Walking. Walking. Walking

The simplest form of exercise that many refuse to do. Why is that? One doesn't have to belong to a gym or purchase fancy equipment to lead a healthy lifestyle. All one has to is walk.

Walk it out!

This posting on NPR's Health blog, Women and Walking: The Benefits of Picking up the Pace, focuses on the benefit to women, but that shouldn't limit men. No matter the gender, walking is an excellent form of exercise and it is done of your own power!

All it takes is 30 minutes of day. That can even be broken up into 2-15 minute segments. Just a little bit helps you in the long scheme of things. Eventually, you may add to your time and not even realize it.

Do it! Your body will thank you!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

40 mile goal - halfway point

I set a goal back on January 2nd to run 40 miles in 4 weeks. This is the mid-way point and I'm at 23.6 miles. Nike+ states I'm 4.82 miles behind my target. I calculated that I need to do at least 2 miles each day for 11 days. Now I know that I can't do that each of those 11 days. For example, I have a conflict on Tuesday that will prevent me from running/walking that evening. Also, we never know about the weather. In fact, it is due to the extremely cold weather we had here the week of January 4th that prevented me from completing more runs/walks. 

I hope to get in 3-4 miles at some point tomorrow and also on Monday. tells me to expect rain Wednesday and possibly on Thursday. Sunny on Friday and rain against next weekend. I need to get in at least 10 miles over the next 7 days. Here's to hoping the weather cooperates.

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Monday, January 4, 2010


One day last week, I saw a blurb on twitter about something to do with Taco Bell and hoping it didn't catch on. I didn't follow up with the tweet, not thinking much of it. Then I was with some friends later in the week and someone brought it up. What? You've got to be kidding me. I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

Really? Eating at Taco Bell for health?!?!

Then I saw the commercial. Oh gracious!

Now, I will give it to the commercial and the website in that they specifically state results are not typical and the "drive-thru-diet" is not a weight loss program. Yet, they use the term "diet" which is widely thought of as a means to lose weight. Are they using doublespeak to confuse folks? Methinks so.

Let's dissect this a bit more.
  • 7 of the 9 items are under 9 grams of fat. More specifically they are 7-8 grams of fat with 2 of them being 4 and 4.5.
  • the average amount of sodium is 910(mgs) - what happens if you add sauce?
  • the 2 items with the least amount of fat has the least amount of fiber (2 gms)
The website with all of this information doesn't tell us what else Christine did to lose weight. It states that she didn't want to cut out fast-food so she choose those specific items. Now, I'm no Taco Bell enthusiast (I don't know when the last time I ate there), but I don't recall seeing that particular menu advertised before (though I could be wrong). So how long has those items been available? For more than 2 years? Just curious.
Additionally, what else did Christine do?

All in all, this seems like false advertisement to me. Just a means of getting more customers when a lot of folks pledge to lose weight.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

40 miles

Thought I don't set resolutions, I do set goals for myself. I've decided to get 40 miles of walking/running for the month of January. That's less than 2 miles a day. Thinking about it that way makes it feasible since I generally try to get in 3 miles per walk. Of course, there will be some days that I can walk due to inclement weather or activities that I'm involved in. Overall, I think it is a goal that is attainable. I've connected by Nike+ account to twitter & facebook so that I can track my progress publicly.

I started today off with a 3.74 mile walk so I'm well on my way!

Friday, January 1, 2010

No resolutions

I don't know when the last time I set New Year's Resolutions. I was probably a teen, and it was then that I realized that it makes no sense. Why should I only attempt to set goals at the beginning of a new year? What if I want to make a random change come May? Is that not acceptable?

Personally, if I seek a renewal it will be something that I can do. For example, when I decided to lead a more healthy lifestyle I never used the "d" word. I see that as a temporary thing and I started my healthy lifestyle mid-year, I think it was April (and I stuck to it).

Therefore, I don't set resolutions. For one, it seems that most people don't keep them and they don't seem to be realistic (i.e., doable). I'm all about doing what I know I can do. I'm a realist and there are some things I may as well not attempt. If I'm not going to give my all, I don't see the point of my taking part.