Rich Weighs In: Week 13

"As the seasons change, so does my daily routine, and that will mean good things for my weight loss.

Winter and early spring are tough times for losing weight because of the colder weather and lack of outdoor activities. However, over the past few weeks we have enjoyed some very mild weather and that means it's time for outdoor fun.

As you know, I have been working out 3 times a week for about 3 months, and that's great, but like any routine, you need to vary it for the best outcome. In weight-loss, that is especially true. Your body will get used to the regular exercise you're doing if it's the same exercise program each week, and that means that you burn fewer calories and the weight loss can slow or stop for a while. Don't get me wrong, any exercise is great, and you still burn more calories than just sitting or lying around, but once your body plateaus, the only way to move forward and drop more weight (aside from eating less) is to change your routine. That can mean walking more, walking faster, lifting heavier weights, doing more repetitions of the weights you're currently lifting, or just trying new activities altogether.

In the late spring and summer the opportunities to get outside and exercise can be endless. Many people love gardening, and working in your garden does burn calories. In my case, I have a pretty good sized lawn, so just cutting the grass is a workout each week. The other big change for me at this time of year is golf. You know how much I love to play, and by getting out to the range and then playing at least once a week, I am adding some wonderful exercise to my weekly routine. I still work out 3 times a week, and recently I changed one workout day from the weights and treadmill to intense swimming lessons. Swimming is a full-body workout and is much more taxing than most people think. Now I swim once a week, work out with weights and with on the treadmilltwo days each week, and golf once a week, on top of cutting my grass and doing other yard / house work. It's a nice variety and it keeps me busy, so my mind is not on food. If I had a mountain bike, I would love to go riding, and that would be another wonderful exercise for building muscle and getting up my heart rate.

Maybe this summer I will get myself a bike...we'll see. In the mean time, it's time to get outside, soak up some sunshine , work in the yard and / or play some sports with family and friends.

I am close to my goal, and with your support, I know I'll get there."

Rich :-)