Fitness Challenge Day 62: A New Milestone – Under 420!!

I hopped on the scale this morning and, for the first time in ages, I now am under the 420 pound mark.  I weighed in at 419.8 this morning, which means I have lost 30.2 pounds since April 1.  To me that is a HUGE milestone.

What’s more, is that last Tuesday, after returning from Woodflock, I had gained a couple of pounds, so, this past week has turned out pretty good, especially considering that I didn’t really get any walks in other than on Tuesday morning due to intense knee pain in both knees.

For me, the past week was a pretty rough, discouraging week.  As I noted in my previous post, my blood pressure and my cholesterol were both very high…indeed, as high as they were in March 2014.  I had sincerely thought that they would have both gone down, at least some.  So, this news is that much sweeter, knowing that sticking to the eating regiment has still gotten me down.

Chillaxin at the beach at Cave Run Lake

As Julianne and I both had a rough and busy couple of weeks, we took yesterday off…completely.  I officially did nothing all day but go to the lake (Cave Run Lake, Twin Knobs Beach) with my sweetheart and rest, relax, listen to nature and try to renew and refresh my body and soul.

Sometimes, the body needs a good rest from all of the cares of the world.  Yesterday was just that.  Indeed, doing nothing was doing something for the soul.

We did park far enough away to require a good walk and then our picnic table and tree were also a good walk from the restrooms, so I did get a mile or more walking in, despite my knee pains.  That too was good.

All in all it was a pleasant day to start the week off.

Celery, carrots, daikon with spicy hummius, potato salad and watermelon. Perfect dining fare for a day at the lake.

Before we left, we used some of our Bountiful Baskets goodies to prep a good lunch.  Julianne made a wonderful zingy hummus with Sriracha and smoked paprika.  We cut up celery, daikon and carrots for dipping.  We also had a nice salad made of potatoes, green beans and some herbs.  Them there was the fresh watermelon.  It was all good picnic snacking food without all the fat and bad stuff.

It was fun getting daikon in our Bountiful Baskets on Saturday and we plan to use it wisely.  Having lived in Japan for all those years, both she and I have grown to love daikon and all of its benefits. Because of the multitude of benefits it gives, daikon is considered a superfood. It contains large amounts of enzymes that aid in fat and starch digestion as well as high levels of vitamin C, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains other phyto-nutrients that fight cancer. The extract from the seed is also a powerful immune booster and cancer fighter.

Some research on daikon, which is used throughout Japan to complement the taste of oily or raw foods and, more importantly, to aid in their digestion, has shown that the juice of raw daikon is abundant in digestive enzymes similar to those found in the human digestive tract. These enzymes – diastase, amylase, and esterase – help transform complex carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into their readily assimilable components. Traditional Japanese restaurants serve grated daikon (daikon oroshi) in tempura dip to help digest oils, or shredded daikon with raw fish to help digest the protein. Grated daikon is a wonderful aid to people with a weak digestive system. It is important, however, to use grated daikon immediately. In just thirty minutes nearly 50 percent of its enzymes are lost.

So, it makes a perfect picnic snack too!!

Overall, Sunday was a good day.  And I am ready to continue the trend from April and May…30 down and more to go!!

A day at the lake

I hope that all of my Kentucky/Ohio readers will come join Team Sumoflam at the Great American Fitness Challenge in Lexington, KY on June 13. Some have already registered and I am hoping more of you will join us for this fun event. It will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park and features two RUN events – a 5K and a 15K – and two OBSTACLE events – an Open Steeplechase and an Elite Steeplechase. You can register by clicking the link below. Anyone that participates on Team Sumoflam will get a specially designed t-shirt with artwork by singer/songwriter/artist Antsy McClain.

Great American Fitness Challenge Registration

Great American Fitness Challenge 2015

KAri - June 1, 2015 - 13:24

Heyyyy…is that a daikon in your hand, or are you just happy to see me? 😀 😀 😀 Good news about the weight drop, yay you!

sumoflam - June 1, 2015 - 13:27

KAri: Yes…it is a daikon in my hand!! And one day, when we meet, I will be happy to see you, but chances are, I won’t have a daikon in my hand!! LOL

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