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Today, in spite of still being woefully out of shape, I felt like my old self again.

I take that back.

I actually felt like my NEW self again. My old self was slow and lazy. My new self, post 2010, likes to get out and explore on foot.

The other day, while checking out a house for sale for a friend, as I drove through the neighborhood in question, I noticed a stone path. It led up between two houses, heading back towards the back of the neighborhood. It got my curiosity stirred up.

So today, when I went out for my rualk, I headed towards that neighborhood. I ran over and followed the path up between the two houses and into the woods. It wound around behind the neighborhood and eventually started to dump me out onto some private property.

At this point, if I were to cut through the woods, I was only a few yards from the major thoroughfare of the area. So I cut through the woods, scampered down the embankment, and headed back to the house. That’s right. I said it. I scampered.

Did I discover the lost city of Atlantis in my exploration? Nope. Did my wanderings unearth El Dorado? Not at all. How about the Fountain of Youth? If only.

But it was fun! And it made the run into a bit of an adventure.

I’ve hiked 20+ different trails/parks in Georgia, so it was bound to happen eventually. I got lost.

I was hiking at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and I decided to take a route that I’ve hiked several times. I’d always gone one direction, but today I tried the opposite direction. At the halfway point, you cross over the main road very close to an intersection. They’ve been doing some construction on that intersection and they’ve rerouted the trail.

I headed down what I thought was the correct trail, but it just dwindled away to almost nothing, then connected to an open field. I followed the “trail” around the edge of the clearing, which I then found out just circled the clearing. I also discovered that I couldn’t find where I had entered the clearing.

The one thing that saved me was that I was still, relatively speaking, near the road, and I was able to follow the sound of traffic back to the pavement.

Since I was never really lost (Hey! I knew where to go, just not where I was!), I was not overly concerned and spent most of the time just laughing at myself.

It was still quite the adventure!

Most weight loss programs tout, as their main selling point, “Quick” or “Fast” results. The reality is that your body can only metabolize fat so fast, so barring intervention by a surgeon, weight loss is going to take a while.

Of course, that means that the more you need to lose, the longer it will take to reach your ultimate goal. I fully expect it to take a year to get to my goal weight. A year!!

Wow! Talk about delayed gratification!

So what is one to do? A year is a long time to wait for anything. (Like, for example, the next Avengers movie!) That’s where the “1 Meal – 1 Workout” philosophy comes in.

When I first started my journey to better health, wrapping my mind around the need to lose 175 lbs or so was not something I could do. I decided to approach it one day at a time. Then, I broke it down another level: one meal at a time.

My goal was (and still is) at each opportunity, to make the best decision that I can. One year to go? Nah. One meal to go. I can do one meal.

If you’re wanting to make some healthy changes, and you’d allow me to give you one piece of advice, be intentional AND pragmatic about being active.

By intentional, I mean that you should know ahead of time when you’re going to exercise. For me, just saying, “I’m going to run 3 times this week”, without knowing WHEN I’m going to run, won’t work.

Likewise, saying something like, “I’m going to start exercising. I’m going to walk 3 miles every day!” just isn’t realistic for me.

I like to use Google Calendars to schedule my workouts. If for some reason I can’t make a particular workout, I reschedule it. So if your plan is to work out twice this week, figure out when that’s going to be and write it down. Post it on Facebook. Send yourself an email.

I know that this is an oversimplification, but fundamentally, it’s worked for me!

Aaron, it’s been two weeks. So what’s the plan? Believe it or not, I do have one. It’s called “Absolute Total Transparency”, or AT&T.

Oh wait…that won’t work. How about…”Absolute Transparency Mode”, or ATM? Maybe not…

Maybe “Butler Extreme Transparency”, or BET? Okay…forget it.

I may not have a name for it, but I do have a plan, and it does involve transparency. Each week I’m going to post a blog. That blog will have 4 things in it (at least).

1) Total weight loss, starting from tomorrow as a new marker
2) Weight change from previous week
3) Exercise log from previous week
4) EVERYTHING I ate from the previous week

I don’t think I can get much more transparent than that. And again, if nothing else, it’s going to give me a high level of accountability.

This is going to be quite a bit of additional effort to post this info, so my goal is to do it for 90 days…basically through the end of February.

Let the information sharing begin!

When I tell people I’m allergic to poultry, they almost always respond with a series of question.
The first question is the title. “You’re allergic to poultry?”
The answer?
I am, in fact, allergic to poultry. That’s why they call it fowl! (Get it? Fowl/foul…it’s a pun…or I guess a homonym, actually.) It’s a pretty rare allergy. I’ve actually never met another person with this same allergy.

The second question is, “What happens when you eat it”? Imagine hives in your throat. It also makes me feel like I have the flu. If I touch poultry then touch my eyes, the swell, water, and itch.

The third question I always get is, “Are you allergic to eggs, too?” No. No, I’m not.

The last question is always, “Are you allergic to ALL poultry?” To which I answer, “I don’t know, I quit trying different birds after the 3rd one made me sick.”

I’ve course I don’t order any chicken dishes, or things made with chicken (or turkey, etc.). The trickiest thing is chicken broth. It’s in everything. Soups (just about all of them unless they say vegetarian), fried rice, beans, red sauce, and the list goes on.

Tonight we picked up some BBQ on the way home and I got caught by one of the more subtle traps. Based on my reaction, my guess is that they smoked chicken or turkey BELOW the rib tips that I had. The smoke contained just enough atomized fowl (foul) to make my mouth itch, my eyes itch,and me to feel just a bit out of sorts.

What does this have to do with getting healthy? With exercise? Weight loss?

Nothing. Just thought I’d share.

I’m writing this post 1 year, 5 months, 3 days, and 50 pounds since my last one. I, of course, would love to be able to say that I’ve LOST an additional 50 pounds, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

I could enumerate the reasons/excuses for my weight gain, and I may do that in a future post. But for now, this is just my announcement that I have pulled myself out from underneath the wheels of the wagon and climbed back on.

I’m not sure how many people are actually still subscribed to my site. It doesn’t really matter. Just like when I first started blogging/posting/podcasting, I’m doing it for me. I have to make good choices for me and my family. I have to do the right thing for me and my family. Yes, I DO want to help others. Yes, I DO care if other people are healthy, but that can’t be my primary motivation. It’s got to be internal.

So, what’s that internal motivation for you? (See…still trying to help others, too!)

Tonight I decided that I’m just working too hard.  Well, not really…that’s an overstatement.  But I am making choices that are causing me to work harder than necessary.

Food. I still love it. I have to be vigilant with my eating or I easily slide back to a lifetime of bad eating habits. 

My son wanted some cookies tonight. When I opened the package I also grabbed myself some. Just a few…okay, five. They were very good.

Serving size? 3 cookies

Calories per serving? 140

If I do the math right, those 5 cookies were about 233 calories. It took me about 2 minutes to eat them. (I’ve always been a fast eater – another bad habit.) 

Tonight I ran 3 miles. Fancy-net-calorie-burn-calculators on the web say that at my current weight that burns around 500 calories.

In two minutes of weakness, I “wasted” half of my workout tonight. Was that a good choice? Nope.

That’s a mistake I’m going to try not to make again.

Tonight, the guys discuss Aaron upcoming book!  Aaron took everything he’s learned in the past (almost) 3 years and put it in a book. Hear the high points of what’s covered! Click HERE to start listening!

This week, the guys are joined by Roger Wright for a recap of Aaron’s (and Roger’s) marathon experience at the Georgia Publix Marathon. Click HERE to start listening!

Roger’s Inspirational Journey

Georgia Publix Marathon Route