522 PABL – Success With Stepping It Up

by Cliff Ravenscraft on October 8, 2012

in Blog, Pursuing A Balanced Life, The Old Pursing A Balanced Life Podcast

Where Have I Been?
It has been nearly a month since my last episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life. However, the reason for this is actually great news for my own pursuit of a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

In this episode, I spent some time giving an update on where I am in my journey as it relates to my fitness goals. Those who are regular listeners to this Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast know that I carry a card in my pocket that says “I will weigh less than 200lbs before the end of 2012.”

I wrote that statement on the card on August 24th of this year. At the time I weighed 254.8lbs. Today is October 8th, 2012 which is just slightly over six weeks later. T his morning on I got on the scale and weighed in at 243.3lbs.

That means that I've lost 11.5 pounds in six weeks! That's an average of about 2 pounds per week.

Here's the deal. There are only 12 weeks left in the year. If I continue with losing an average of 2 pounds per week, I would only lose 24lbs between now and the end of this year. I've decided that I need to step it up so that I lose 3.6 pounds per week to meet my goal.

I believe I can do it if I bump my average daily step count to 13,000 steps per day and continue to maintain a healthy watch on my calorie consumption. This would require the dedication and discipline of walking an equivalent of two hours per day at 2.5 to 3.5 MPH.

My Workout Room
Speaking of walking. This episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life was recorded while I was walking on the treadmill in my new workout room. In the episode, I describe my motivation for setting up my workout room and I describe what I've done to make this a space that I actually enjoy going to for these daily workouts.

Here's an image that I posted on Facebook last week, showing me doing a weekly conference call for a Book Club that I'm a part of on Friday mornings from my treadmill. Click on the image below to see a larger version of the image.

Friendly FitBit Competition
In my last episode, I shared my thoughts on the FitBit device and just how much of a motivator it is for me to stay physically active. Well, my friends, I've kicked the motivation up a few notches by connected with a few of my friends who, like me, typically would spend most of their days sitting in front of a computer.

In the image above, you see my personal FitBit Step count Leaderboard. In full transparency, I've chosen an image from earlier in the week when I was clearly in the lead. However, these friends have certainly stepped it up and are giving me some significant competition. I've been posting semi-regular updates on my Facebook Profile from time to time.

Other Topics Covered
There were a few other topics that I covered in this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life. If you want to hear what I shared about the following topics, please have a listen to the episode.

– The one potential road block to my weight goal.
– My thoughts on my new iPhone 5.
– Not pursuing a commercial space.
– Freeing up my Mondays.
– Wrapping up NMX planning.
– Booked travel for my trip to Georgia.

Nominate Our Shows For The 8th Annual Podcast Awards
If you have not already done so, and you are reading this before the end of the day on October 15th, 2012, please consider going to https://gspn.tv/2012awards to learn how you can nominate our shows.

The awards ceremony will be held at New Media Expo in January and I'm believe that I'm going to engage a large portion of the gspn.tv community to vote for our shows during the 15 days of voting. The first step is to get nominated. If you are willing to help please go to https://gspn.tv/2012awards now and nominate our shows.

Thoughts On The Audio Quality of This Episode
As many of you know, I typically record Pursuing A Balanced Life while walking outside. However, with the colder weather upon us, I'm wondering what your thoughts are about me recording more episodes from my workout room while on the treadmill. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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