Downhill Climb Day 96: 7 Days With No Walking…

…makes one weak.  So I discovered.  I have not done any extended walks since Sunday, June 28.  Posts from last week pretty much explain why.  However, yesterday, I probably could have walked. And probably should have.  But weakness, the desire to relax and take a nap and then a late evening of web work for a client “conveniently” got in the way. Yes, I was weak.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t “walk.”  As noted in yesterday’s post, I walked the equivalent of about 3.5 miles on Saturday and walked over a mile yesterday (just over 2200 steps).  But these are intermittent…parking lots steps, walking around the house, etc.  Do they help?  Of course they do, but they don’t really get the heart rate up and may not burn calories as fast.

Sunday Dinner

We basically got back on track with eating yesterday after fasting in the morning. (In our church we fast the first Sunday of every month).  We had a late lunch/early dinner, which ended up being my only meal of the day.  Julianne made some asparagus and corn and then we added the remaining “vegan brats” form July 4 as well as leftover Thai Noodle Salad.

Unfortunately, Julianne and I didn’t make the time to prepare salads in a jar or juice yesterday.  We both had a nap and then she had homework and I had the aforementioned web project.  We ended up hitting the bed sometime after 10:30 PM.

Its tough to “readjust” and get back in the groove when it is so easy to slip out of it and just chillax. Discipline wanes.

As a result, I was once again inclined to turn to my mentor Rob Roy‘s “The Navy SEAL Art of War” for some inspiration. In his chapter entitled “The Only Way Out is Through” he had an excellent quote by Theodore Roosevelt, one of the US Presidents that I really admire.  A portion of the quote really expresses what is needed. Personally, this past week I faltered, but I have not failed. I will seek the triumph of high achievement.

Theodore Roosevelt


The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

 And by the way…dropped 1.6 pounds since yesterday morning.  Back down to 413.4.  Still have a ways back to the 406….and even further to my independence from 400.  Will get there.

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