Category Archives: Weight Loss
So I have run into a dilemma in my Scouting career. It is not a big problem and one that should be easily answered but a dilemma none the less. I am trying to decide if I want to staff to the 2013 Jamboree. For most people this is a no brainier but for me it presents a real challenge.
As many of you know I am seriously overweight. I made an attempt to to lose the weight to go on a Philmont Trek with our Troop and failed miserably. Following that my son decided that he did not want to go to Philmont and dropped from the crew. It was a decision that nearly broke my heart. I so want him to go to Philmont and fear that he will regret not going later in life. Since that time he has signed up for a Sea Base Crew together with my wife and will be going in June. That eases the pain and I am finally over it.
Since my post about the Philmont Journey my youngest son has crossed over to the Troop and is now signed up to attend the 2013 Jamboree at the Summit. My oldest son went in 2010 and was a Patrol Leader and has not interest in attending as a participant again. We have talked and he does seem to have some interest in going as OA Staff but nothing definite yet. I would like the opportunity to go as staff and be there with both of my sons.
Per everything the BSA has put out there will be strict guidelines in regards to the BMI a person must have in order to attend. I get that in my current shape that I would be a risk so I have to abide by the standards. Below is the video that Tico Perez made regarding the standards.
So that brings me to today. In order for me to be able to attend I must lose over 100 pounds. I would like to go but that is a huge task. I have actually started the application process but right now I have stopped and I am trying to make the decision if I can actually pull this thing off or not. So what do you think? Could you do it? Let me know.
Week 1 has come and gone and I didn’t do too awful bad. As of this morning I have lost 10 lbs! Feels good to be on the “right track” again. I say “right track” but when I review my food diaries for the last week I can see a lot of areas of opportunities. Quite a few of my food choices have been marginal at best. Sure I am staying under my calorie goal but the quality of what I am eating has not been that good. I am still eating too much junk. I plan on changing that this week.
I also plan on going to the gym or just walking outside more. I have been so busy that I have not taken time to exercise. Getting up early is not something I do well either so I have been stuck exercising after work. I want to change that as well. So starting Thursday I am going to try to get up early to walk.
So now you are asking yourself why doesn’t he start getting up early tomorrow? Well, let me tell you. Our two Philmont Crews will have their first training hike tomorrow evening and I am planning on going. It is just a flat 5 miler around the a lake near us but it will be good exercise. I will certainly get my “sweat on” in the Oklahoma heat.
So here is to a healthier week 2! More next week.
Recently I posted about losing weight to go to Philmont. In looking for some help to do it I read the post on the True North blog by SM_Shawn about the Scout Nation Fit Club. I was interested so I posted a link to it on my Facebook page and challenged the Scouters I know to join me.
I received a response that totally caught me off guard. One of my Fraternity pledge brothers that I had not talked to in 19 years until we reconnected on Facebook offered to join me. Mark lives in Colorado and is a triathlete. He was a Boy Scout and has a son in Scouting that just crossed over to a Troop.
Mark offered to motivate me by riding 10 miles or running one mile for every pound I lose. I responded sure and just let it go as a nice jesture. This last weekend he sent me a message on Facebook that if I will message him how much I lost for the week he will hold up his end of the bargain. He was serious! I feel very motivated to have someone I have not seen in two decades willing to step up and do something like this for me. I am ready for week one to end so I get to hear about Mark sweating because of me.