Waking Early

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Pursuing A Balanced Life Podcast
Episode 428 – Momentum

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In this episode, I share some thoughts a week after setting myself a goal of completing my one hour of intentional physical activity by 7am each morning.

I share how how successful or unsuccessful I've been at achieving this goal. I also share why it is that I've set such a strict goal for myself.

Also, as it is Monday, I share my results from the scale for this week's weigh in.

Finally, I shared a few #PABL posts found on Twitter and played some audio that was linked by JustJ3nn.

After you get a chance to listen, feel free to leave a comment on the blog! You can help motivate me and inspire others by providing your audio feedback for the podcast. Call the voice mail feedback line directly at 859-795-4067 or toll-free at 800-757-1158. You can also email an audio file to [email protected].

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Happy Monday to you all. As most of you know, Monday is my weigh-in day. I'm very excited to announce that I have lost an additional 2 pounds this past week.

That means that I've lost a total of 26 pounds and my waist size as gone from 46 inches down to 41 inches since May 1st, 2009.

In this podcast episode, I share that this past week has been challenging in that I had a few days where I simply lacked motivation and drive. In spite of the way I felt, I was still able to maintain a healthy outlook and attitude toward calorie counting and staying within my minimum goal of working out an hour per day, five days per week.

It's a shorter episode than usual. Even though the sun was shining and I was feeling better, I've still had quite a bit of stuff on my mind as of late. I'm trying to stay productive and moving forward with worthwhile projects and staying free from distractions at all costs. Not only that, I'm desperately trying to maintain my ability to go to bed early so that I can get that much needed early start to the day.

After you get a chance to listen, feel free to leave a comment on the blog! You can help motivate me and inspire others by providing your audio feedback for the podcast. Call the voice mail feedback line directly at 859-795-4067 or toll-free at 800-757-1158. You can also email an audio file to [email protected].

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Oddly enough, too much focus and attention on the Health and Fitness aspect of our lives can cause our lives to be thrown off balance. Since May 1st, I've been pursuing a healthier lifestyle that incorporates a generous amount of daily physical activity. I have also had a major paradigm shift in the way that I look at food and its nutritional value.

While I've been devoting a large portion of this blog and podcast to the topic of Health and Fitness, I've been just as focused on focusing more attention to the other areas of a balanced life such as Community, Work/Career, Family, Faith, Personal Development, and Recreation. It's a balance between Health/Fitness and all of these areas of our lives that truly cause us to enjoy the abundant life that God has provided us.

In this podcast episode, I share several things that took place over this past weekend. Prior to my focused pursuit of a Balanced Life, I would not have been able to enjoy all the events things that took place. However, because of the values and principles that I've been learning and applying to my life, I found myself living in the moment on a more consistent basis.

By the way, I mentioned that when I posted this episode, I'd put my weigh-in day results in the show notes. I'm excited to tell you that I've lost another 2 pounds in the last seven days for a total of TWENTY ONE POUNDS LOST SINCE May 1st!

After you get a chance to listen, feel free to leave a comment on the blog! You can help motivate me and inspire others by providing your audio feedback for the podcast. Call the voice mail feedback line directly at 859-795-4067 or toll-free at 800-757-1158. You can also email an audio file to [email protected].

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I am very excited to release this episode of the Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. This is the audio recording from last night's PABL Round Table Discussion.

Those you will hear in this call are Edith Baker, Patti Bagadion, Amanda Black, Erik Fisher, Patrick Greer, Sharon M., Maggie Mack, Richard Marcotte, Cliff Ravenscraft, Stephanie Ravenscraft, Mark Tafoya, and Stephanie Weak.

The conversation was a great way to demonstrate that Pursuing A Balanced Life is a goal of people from many different walks of life. I think my favorite thing about last night's conversation was that even though our community is made up of people who are all at different places in their life as it relates to the current balance of their lives, we are all on the same journey together. No matter where each of us are at, we can all encourage and inspire each other equally. We all add value to the conversation!

We will be doing another PABL Round Table Discussion Very Soon!

After you get a chance to listen, feel free to leave a comment on the blog! You can help motivate me and inspire others by providing your audio feedback for the podcast. Call the voice mail feedback line directly at 859-795-4067 or toll-free at 800-757-1158. You can also email an audio file to [email protected].

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I never dreamed that Monday mornings could ever become a highlight of my week. However, as many of you know now, Monday is the day of the week that I've set aside as my “Weigh In Day.” Yet another week has gone by where I lost exactly the amount of weight that I had set out to lose. I lost two additional pounds last week for a total of 16 pounds lost since May 1st, 2009.

In this episode of the podcast, I share some other exciting items related to balanced living. I had an amazing weekend focused on spending time with my family.

It started off by fulfilling my goal of obtaining childcare Friday night so that I could take Stephanie out for a date night.

On Saturday, I was given the opportunity to work all day and skip out on a family reunion picnic for Stephanie's mom's side of the family. Instead of taking her up on her offer to work through the day, I made a conscious decision to spend time with my family. I'm glad I did.

I not only had a great time with family, I also had the opportunity to go for a five mile walk. Check out some of these photos that I took while on my walk. You can click on the thumbnails below to see the larger image.

Trail View 1 Trail View 2 See The Deer?

Sunday evening, we actually went to a Drive-In movie double feature. There is a great database of drive-ins if you click here. In the podcast, I shared how much we enjoyed this experience and what we saw while we were there.

Maurey sent in an excellent review of the Wii's Active Personal Trainer Program.

My friend Frank called in to let us know how he's been encouraged recently and his new found passion for waking up early in the morning.

I share a brief audio clip from the Fitness Rocks Podcast that supports my idea of putting your goals out there so that others know what you want to achieve with your lifestyle changes. It makes more sense when you listen to it in the episode.

Erik Fisher called in with a great suggestion! He suggested that we have a call in show for those of us who are Purusing A Balanced Life from time to time. I thought it was such a great idea that I've gone ahead and set up the first call for next Monday at 8:15pm Eastern Time. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! (It's Free!)

Finally, I share some highlights from those who are using the #PABL in their tweets

jportier 1163 steps so far today and I haven't made it too the gym #pabl

CMSawyer No candy bars or snack cakes on breaks at work for over 3 weeks now!! #PABL

Bear1 Walked 3.37 miles and felt great. I did not stay at home at all today I got 7120 steps #pabl

erikjfisher Back from 3607 step walk. Recovering from yesterdays activity (17225 steps = 8.5 something miles!). Gonna eat light and relax today. #PABL

tonialiani #pabl 8440 step (goal 7000). Lots of firing at the university but I thankfully still have mine. Spent day w/fam & friends.

danieljohnsonjr I need to create another notch on my belt. Apparently I've lost another inch. #PABL

DadGetsFit Finding balance by taking my kids out individually on Saturdays. This morning is a daddy-daughter date. She likes yard sales & donuts #pabl

QueenAmy83 I just ordered mine, have you?! Are you Pursuing A Balanced Life? Why not tell the world with a PABL Sticker! https://gspn.tv/stickers #PABL

After you get a chance to listen, feel free to leave a comment on the blog! You can help motivate me and inspire others by providing your audio feedback for the podcast. Call the voice mail feedback line directly at 859-795-4067 or toll-free at 800-757-1158. You can also email an audio file to [email protected].

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In this episode, I look back at the month of May to see the achievements that I've made. During the month of May, I lost 14 pounds and I lost 3.5 inches around my waistline!

Not only that, but since I kept a great log of my step counts, I thought it was impressive that I walked 289,800 steps which turns out to be approximately 145 miles.

I shared some thoughts from an article that my good friend, Richard Emblem, sent over to me. The article is titled How soup can help you lose weight.

Richard tells me that medical journalist Michael Mosley investigated the latest scientific breakthroughs in slimming and that he uncovered ten of the simplest ways you can shed those pounds.

1 Don't skip meals
2 Use smaller plates
3 Count calories
4 Don't blame your “metabolism”
5 Protein staves off hunger pangs
6 Soup keeps you feeling fuller for longer than solid food
7 The wider the choice the more you eat
8 Low-fat dairy products help excrete more fat from all your food
9 Exercise goes on burning calories when you've stopped – even while you sleep
10 Keep moving even in the home or at work to lose weight

I also mention the blog post titled “Eating Healthy Has A Made All The Difference” that I posted this weekend. In that post, I share the types of foods that I've been eating lately that have allowed me to lose so much weight and not feel like I was depriving myself.

Erik Fisher had asked if were a non iPhone calorie counting app for the non iPhone user. I did find a program called Diet Controller for Mac, Windows, or Linux users as well as a program from Calorie King for Windows users. They are expensive in comparison to the iPhone apps though.

However, a quick Google Search for “online calorie journal” turned up a few online solutions. Some are free, some have membership fees. Here are three you might want to review.
http://www.my-calorie-counter.com
http://www.myfitnesspal.com
http://www.myfooddiary.com

Jenny H. sent in an email telling me about an audio lecture titled “Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers.” It's a part of the Stanford University's Healthy Living series on iTunes University.

I'll let you listen for full details on all of the above and and the few other things that I've covered in this episode.

After you get a chance to listen, feel free to leave a comment here on the blog! Or you can call in your feedback on our Voice Mail Feedback Line at 859-795-4067 or toll-free at 800-757-1158. Also, don't forget to add #PABL to all your tweets related to pursuing a more balanced life.

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So I lost twelve pounds in the first three weeks of my changed lifestyle. I'm actually quite eager to weigh in for week for Monday morning.

Some might think that I'm starving myself or that I'm on some sort of “fad diet.” This could not be further from the truth. In fact, I'm eating several times during the day. I'll often wake at 5am and have a healthy breakfast. Something like two eggs and a slice of 100% whole wheat toast. I'll then go for a walk in the morning, usually 3.5 miles or more.

During my morning walk, I burn around 400 calories, which is more than what I had to eat before the walk. After the walk, I'll typically have a healthy snack. Either a fresh fruit, an ounce of nuts, or a yogurt. Because I have plenty of protein in the morning, this keeps me feeling full and satisfied till around 11am. That's when I'll have myself a very filling lunch.

For lunch, I'll typically either have two servings of soup (only 140 calories) or maybe a deli sandwich. A deli sandwich for me would include two slices of 100% whole wheat toast, 2 ounces of deli fresh lean turkey meat, once slice of white American cheese, and a few slivers of red onion. Such a sandwich contains LESS THAN 300 calories total! With either my sandwich or soap, I'll have a fresh piece of fruit, an ounce of nuts, or a yogurt.

A lunch like that listed above will get me through until around 3pm which is when I'll allow myself about 200 calories for a snack. You guessed it, it will consist of either yogurt, nuts, or fresh fruit.

For dinner, my wife has been doing a terrific job of creating very low calorie dinner items which include fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats like fish and chick.

When I follow this eating pattern, I'm usually WELL UNDER my allotted calorie allowance for the day.

So how am I losing so much weight? Sure I'm walking a lot.. But that's not it. And yes, I'm counting my calories! That's important also! However, the key is that I'm doing both of them. Perhaps even more important is the types of foods I'm eating when I take in those calories!

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This morning, my body woke itself up at 4:43am and I hopped right out of bed. This is a huge deal for me.

I had attempted to change my daily routine, many times in the past, to going to bed at an early hour so that I could get a very early start each morning. However, with each previous attempt, I was disappointed by my seeming lack of self-discipline.

Of course the same can be said of my previously failed attempts at living a more healthy lifestyle as it relates to physical activity and my eating habits.

If you've been following this blog and podcast the past few weeks, you'll know that I've been experiencing a great deal of success in my pursuit of a balanced life. Oh, I'm no expert in the field and I certainly have a while to go before some will be convinced that this is indeed a lifestyle change and not yet another fad. However, I'm completely convinced that I'm on the path that leads to success.

As I look at the transformation of what has taken place in my life, I've been asking myself… What is different? What has changed? Why am I experiencing success in so many areas of my life now where I simply didn't have the drive and commitment to pull this sort of stuff off before.

I think I may have found a key ingredient that may help to answer these questions! [click to continue…]

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