Weight Management

Weight Management that is WORKING for me! 

Proper Weight Management.

This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done.  Well maybe only in the top 10 or so.  Weight management for the pilot will give you a better physical foundation to start and may be critical to your employment.

It sounds like an engineering program to increase the useful load of an airplane.  For me it is the first time I have gotten a handle on how much I weigh.  There is no magic pill that will make you lose weight.  It is a fairly basic equation.  The calories you take in need to match the calories you use.  If you take in more than you use, then you gain weight.  If you take in less than you use, then you will lose weight.

Most diets work.  The US population is extremely successful in losing weight.  The problem is in keeping it off.  You probably know or have had the experience yourself of loosing weight and feeling great about it - for a while.  It might be a month or two or maybe several months.  It is only a true weight loss when you can keep it off.

So what is the problem with such a large segment of our population?  They keep gaining.  Well for me it was eating just a little too much, just a little too often.  If you continue that pattern over many months you end up gaining too many pounds.  Most of us formed our eating habits when we were much more active and haven't changed them as our activities became less strenuous.

I am a weight watchers member for life.  A long time ago I joined weight watchers while I was training for a national sailing regatta.  I lost all the weight I wanted and it stayed off until after the regatta.

My wife has tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Splendid, Starlight, and a bunch of others.  They all work for a while and they might work longer if you had the discipline to force yourself.

I've gone from 254 to 224, 222, 221, 220 and I think I will continue to lose a pound a week as long as I want until I get to the right weight.  I haven't changed the way I eat, and I'm not on a diet.  I now take a completely safe nutritional supplement.  It lowers my appetite a small amount and increases my energy level a slight amount.  Some people get results immediately. It took me 60 days before it started to work.  The norm is whatever it takes your system and lifestyle to adjust.  This is cool.

I have reached a plateau at the 220 lb range so I started working out by lifting some dumb bells.  Mostly upper arm exercises.  So I gained a pound and I was really kind a bummed about it.  That is until I measured my waist and found that it had gone down another inch.  So I'm still excited about how well this is working.  This is nice when I can add a pound of muscle tissue and loose an inch off of my waist at the same time.

My Great Aunt lived to 100.  When I was a little kid, I loved my Great Aunt, but I thought she was a little crazy because she took all kinds of pills.  I later found out they were nutritional supplements.  In those days each person had to figure out what to do on their own.

I mention it here because managing your weight is very similar to flying a plane or riding a motorcycle successfully.  You need to manage the risks in each to make your experience an enjoyable one.  You need to manage the risks of your weight too.

I mention it only.  If you have an interest in managing your weight on a long term basis, with a rather easy solution, while feeling better, then send me an email with your phone number and I'll be glad to tell you more.

I found a site that lets you register only after you have lost 30 pounds and kept them off for over a year.  It's called the National Weight Registry.  (I'll get the link listed here soon). They have come up with 7 rules.  They are paraphrased by me.

Seven Rules of Success

1        Expect failure, it will not be magic and it will not all be downhill there will be some days or weeks where you gain some back

2        All or most diet plans will work in getting you to a lower weight.  The secret or challenge will be in keeping it off

3        Weigh yourself often this may be daily or weekly.  On either you should expect to see variation.  My body weight can vary by 5 lbs in the same 24 hours depending on when I weigh myself.

4        Increase your exercise.  This can be as simple as 10 minutes of walking a day or choosing the stairs or parking farther from the door to the mall or you office.  If you are a runner or heavy exerciser all the better, I am not.

5        Don’t starve yourself and it is ok to have cravings and act on those cravings just not the entire box of cookies

6        I find it easier if my downfall food is not in the house.  I will eat cookies until they are gone.

7        Enjoy your new look and feel.  If you feel better and enjoy you new look, you will be less likely to let it slip again.

 

There are a few basis guidelines I follow.  They are not called rules, because there will always be times when they just wont fit the situation, but I get results when I follow these guides.

I'm not on a DIET.  That implies a short term fix and then you are over it.  Well most any diet will get some pounds off.  But then What?  So I am definitely not on a diet, I am taking proper nutritional supplements and it is working.

I weigh myself often.  I try to do it every morning just after I shower.  I shower every morning and I weigh myself about 5 times a week.

I don't eat after 8 pm.  I have found that if I am eating after 8 pm it is just to fill time.  If I really haven't had dinner by then I generally don't need any food until the morning.  Your time may vary but at some point you just don't need anything else until the morning.

I take the nutritional supplements Daily.  My wife suggested I needed something.  Every once in a while I miss a day and I don't beat myself up over it.  I feel better with the proper nutrition, so it is not hard to do it daily.

I walk 1 to 2 miles twice a week.  I have stepped up my exercise only slightly.  I know I should do more, but it is tough finding the time and the weather and honestly the motivation all at the same time.  I'm working on it - and 4 miles a week is better than none.  I have increased my walking when I park the car.  I intentionally park it a little farther away from the door I'm going into just to get a little more walking.

Mark@MarkNorris.com