DDP Yoga: Round two.

I had the best of intentions and the worst of implementations when I first started doing DDP Yoga.

Through bad timing and excuses on my part, a routine schedule that should have taken me three weeks ended up taking a month or more. While I was still active outdoors during the late summer and fall, this routine fell by the wayside under the “I’ll get to it later” category. After a sedimentary winter and warning signs of weight starting to creep up, it was time to get going on something again.

So here I am, relatively back at square one. It’s been a week since I started and I’m doing my best at keeping up a schedule for it. Heck, my last workout was at 11 pm just so I could say I did one that day! If I can stick to a three times a week schedule (like I should have done in the first place), I should be on track.

Another difference this time is I signed up for their support page at TeamDDPYoga.com, which has the claim of “The best damn support group in the world!”. When I first signed up for the page I got several welcome messages, one of them even from DDP himself, and later on the infamous Arthur Boorman! While the response has been impressive, it’s also been incredibly overwhelming, almost to the point of information overload. It’s like having the knowledge of the planet at your fingertips, but not knowing what questions to ask. Eventually I’ll get there, as my eating habits could still use a lot of work, or at least focusing in the right direction.

But for now, establishing the workout routine is more important.

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Fall

Well, the last few months have been somewhat of a write-off for a scheduled exercise regime. The good news is that although I remained active, it was nothing on a routine basis. The summer had me out hiking and Geocaching as well as out camping with the family. As the season progressed into fall, I was still out hiking and Geocaching. Now with winter settled in, my outings have dropped to negligible. The weather hasn’t been bad, but in my part of the country it’s snowed, melted, and then froze; then snowed melted and froze again. Walking anywhere became treacherous let alone trying to go for a run or hike. I thought about getting a membership at a local gym, but we were house hunting over a wide area at the time so “local” was relative, depending on what part of the city (or cities in our case) we may end up.

At the start of November my wife was laid off so my free space was taken up with a 4 year old at home who’s up at the crack of dawn taking over the TV… or at least that’s been my excuse, and I fully admit that I’ve used it as an excuse. I have those DDP Yoga DVD’s still staring me in the face as a blatant reminder that I need to be the parent and take the time I need. Half an hour away from the TV isn’t going to kill him. His toy minefield is another story and does make it a little more difficult to navigate though.

I’m surprised I survived the holiday season without a new onset diabetes. The problem with working as a nurse is often the nursing station is a sugar buffet due to the generosity of patient’s families (fruit and veggie platters everyone, PLEASE!). Healthy eating goes right out the door with enough temptation that would make the good Lord buckle.

The bad part about all of this time is that I really haven’t lost any weigh (according to the scale). The good news is that I also haven’t gained any weight! I actually find myself able to get back into clothes that I haven’t worn in years! I now wear a size 40 jeans properly; which means that it actually fits across my navel, instead of me squeezing into the jeans by fastening it up underneath my roll and letting it flop over the top of the jeans!

I’ve also been able to fit back into my Paintball pants, which I  haven’t worn in at least 7 years or more. Consequently, it gave me inspiration to perhaps get back into the game, which has turned into a full-blown explosion of my passion for the sport. Paintball was my physical and mental release, as well as my main social outlet for many years. It’s a connection I lost when I quit. I’m back in with my wife’s full encouragement.

So while things have been okay, they still could be a lot better. It’s now been over a year since I stopped eating from fast food outlets and I’ve managed to maintain that, however I still struggle to maintain an adequate eating program in other areas. I’ve been giving into temptations and treats more than I should be and it’s simply me not exercising my own will power. I should be somewhere in the advanced level of the DDP yoga by now instead of looking at starting from scratch again. The program is supposed to have a support structure built into that that I think I need to look at optimizing. I know what I need to do. I just need to get off my backside and start dong it!

This pause in the plans does NOT mean that I’ve failed! I don’t believe you’ve truly failed until you quit, and I’m nowhere near that point! This is a hiccup and I understand that they happen. While progress has been negligible, I haven’t slipped back. As I say, take the little victories. I recognize the need for me to get back on my game and step it up. I need to set some new goals and find something to shoot for. I’m still 20 to 25 pounds from my goal weight, and I’ll probably still adjust that goal when I get to it. But first, let’s achieve that one.

Also, I need my damn TV back…

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New Texas A&M Study: Geocaching Improves Physical and Mental Health

Now, this is old news to me, as someone who’s lived what the study was studying. But, it’s great to have an actual “study” backing up what those of us who participate, already know.

http://blog.geocaching.com/2013/11/new-texas-am-study-geocaching-improves-physical-and-mental-health/

1,000 Geocachers volunteered to be part of the first ever major study of geocaching and its effect on health. The 14-month Texas A&M study called Geocaching for Exercise and Activity Research(GEAR) launched in January of 2013. The first set of results from the study were presented on November 5 at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Boston.

Each of the participants were given devices to track their movement and a logbook to record their level of geocaching intensity. The first results showed the effects of regular geocaching. Researcher Whitney says, “The GEAR study has identified an association between geocaching and improved health.”

Another researcher, Garney, goes on to say, “GEAR participants who report geocaching once a week or more are more likely to meet national guidelines for physical activity and are more likely to report good or very good health status compared to those who geocache less frequently.” In addition, research showed that geocachers reported fewer days of poor physical and mental health compared to state level data.

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These findings are still preliminary, but nevertheless we’re excited about them. The study concludes in early 2014 and final data will be analyzed and presented later that year.

Any other Geocachers have the same experience? Please share yours!

WALC Raptor Loop

A blog about our outdoor and Geocaching adventures that the wife writes.

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With the new section of highway 97 done, a few new WALC (walking around Lake Country) trails have emerged. And what does any good geocacher do…..going hiking to place new caches of course 🙂

The trail was a pretty easy 3km hike. Liams favorite part……going through the tunnel under the highway. We walked on a variety of nice man made trails, dirt bike/quad trails, and some deer trails. Looking at the map I thought this hike was going to be pretty long, but we managed, and Liam did awesome! However with placing 11 caches along the trail it did take use just over two and a half hours. The end of the hike was getting a little hurried as it was getting dusk very quickly. We made it back to the car close to 4:30….just in time, any longer and we would have had to break out the flashlights.

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Coconut Oil and… Coffee???

In case you didn’t know (or figure it out by now),  I’m a huge advocate of coconut oil.

While reading an article today on various “healthy fat” foods, it had mentioned about putting coconut oil in your coffee as an easy way to incorporate it into your morning intake.

Wait? What???

The first article was a little vague on how to do this, but I found another article (click here) that explained it further.

Actually, let me backtrack a little and explain about fats for breakfast. There’s more and more research coming out understanding the role that fats play in our overall well being, and debunking much of the “low fat” diets that have been prevalent over the years. Much of what we were previously taught was bad for us, is in fact good for us, as we understand the roles they play. A fat isn’t just a fat anymore. According to a 2010 study in the International Journal of Obesity, a breakfast with a source of higher fat actually burned more carbs and fats throughout the day. Couple that with the other benefits of coconut oil, and it make for a heck of a kick-start to the day! For those who need further incentive, here’s a list of the health benefits of coffee (click here). And now back to our regularly scheduled program…

Anyway, it’s pretty easy. It’s adding about a tablespoon of coconut oil and mixing in a blender (or a magic Bullet in our case). The results is a coffee with a creamy appearance and a foam head like a cappuccino. The taste: not bad at all! Slightly oily taste, but since coconut oil is very palatable, it’s nothing that takes away from the coffee. As the article stated it’s a great alternative the the processed oil creamers (which are oil anyway). I think this is my new morning routine. Give it a try!

It’s just a number!

Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales. – Paul Sweeney

I often say that everyone who is serious about weight loss needs an “enough” moment; which I define as a time when something scares you enough, or shocks you into realizing that you can’t keel doing what you have been until now.

A good friend of mine recently had her “enough” moment. We talked about it before, but she never really “got it” until then. At the time she thought she was having a heart attack, and the thought of leaving her family scared the hell out of her. Fortunately all the test results were negative, but it made her realize that things had to change before the next time is for real. That was her moment. Now she’s changed her eating habits and has been exercising more. Good for her! Recently, she was expressing her frustration with her weight. She was saying that even though all of her clothes are fitting loose, the scale shows no change.

Unfortunately, we tend to use the scale as a gauge of our progress, but really it doesn’t show the whole picture. As you put on muscle and lose fat, the numbers will usually balance themselves out. The better way to track your progress is to measure loss of inches rather than loss of weight. For example; over the summer, my weight has stayed relative the same with only a minor showing of loss on the scale. However I’ve gone from being on the second-to-last notch on my belt to recently having to cut a new hole in my belt to keep my pants up (you’re welcome). As muscle is denser than fat, the same weight will have less volume. So while the scale will say the same, there should be less of you (if that makes sense).

The scale gives instant gratification from a lower number, but it’s a small part of the big picture. Don’t get discouraged, and carry on!

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Look what came in the mail!

It's here!

It’s here!

It finally came! Now, to set a start time and get to it! Heard lots of great stuff about it and seen some amazing testimonials. I like the idea of DDP Yoga; giving the benefits of yoga without the fluff, and with the workout I’m looking for. Finally decided to bite the bullet and get it. Doesn’t look like much, (considering what I paid) so here’s to hoping great things come in small packages!

Stay tuned for more…

Back of the "Extreme" DVD. Nice!

Back of the “Extreme” DVD. Nice!