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Merry Christmas

Just wanted to drop a quick note to my three regular readers to wish you a Merry Christmas. May your egg nog never run empty and shall your chocolate stash never run out! Consider this video I’ve shared my gift to you.

The Transition

Tomorrow marks the start of the sixth week in my “Lyterforce” lifestyle change. And if I were to tell you that it’s been easy, that would be an outright lie.

Carry that Weight - 25 lbs

Courtesy of Clonny


In the first week of the diet, my body really didn’t understand the significant reduction in calories, sugar, carbs and all that other goodness (or lack thereof) and made sure to let me know through some physiological changes – headaches, mood swings, and lethargy. Yet I persevered and in the following weeks seen the equivalent of 25 sticks of butter disappear – or pounds for those that doubt my conversation ability.

And now as I roll into the sixth week of this lifestyle change, I’m looking for ways to continue the push towards better health. I’m constantly evaluating what I’m eating and how I can improve upon my food choices. I’m looking for easy ways to introduce exercise into my day whether it be taking the stares, getting off the bus a stop or two early, or even taking the scenic route to walk between points A and B.

Has it been easy? No. But I’m happy and that’s what matters the most.

The Diet

Today is the first day of my diet. And so far I think I’ve stuck to the plan.

TFD (The First Drop) logo on fitness bag

Courtesy of PeterJBellis

In my books, all success no matter how small is success nonetheless. Even more so considering some of my previous adventures to get healthy.

Having seen a few of my coworkers meet success, I’ve signed up for the New Lifestyle Diet in hope that the regimented (and portion controlled) plan will help me see a similar transition to better health.

Combining 7 portion controlled meals with a 1 defined “Healthy Meal” (4oz of lean meat & 2c of veggies for dinner), the idea is that by “training” me to distribute healthy meals throughout the day and consider portion size, I’ll be able to better maintain my weight upon completion of the diet. And on top of my new eating habits, I also need to include a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day – the recommended exercise for beginners like me is a brisk walk.

Where you all come in is the support I’ll need to get through this. While much of the load will be borne by me, I’m empowering each and every one of you to kick my ass (I don’t swear often, so consider this serious) if it looks like I’m wavering. Help me keep sight of the goal & provide encouragement if need be. Join in on the conversation I’ve started on Twitter (#lyterforce is the official hashtag) & Facebook. Considering this crowd-sourced support!

If you’re doing the same thing, don’t be afraid to ask me for help. Let us share our trials and tribulations as we make an investment in our health and well-being! I’ll keep you honest if you promise to keep me honest.

And maybe we can re-write that book to show that our small successes were in fact one giant amount of success.

It’s life you know.

Featured Playoff Beard: Rock the Casbah

This was originally posted over at Canucks Hockey Blog and I thought to spread the message by bringing it here too!

2011 Canucks Playoff Beard 2 - Day 41 - ProfileAs many of you know, not only am I a pretty die-hard Canucks fan, I’m one of many who have grown a playoff beard to support the team.

And as both J.J. and I have mentioned previously, I’m also participating in the NHLPA Beard-a-thon, to raise money in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation in order to put as many defibrillators as possible in arenas across Canada.

I appreciate your support with a pledge, and also, I wanted to draw your attention that I’ll be the featured “playoff beard” of the day today, Friday (May 27th), and was hoping you could spread the word that you “know the guy” on the front page of the Beard-a-thon website. My hope is that with the increased exposure, a relatively decent beard (and one that hasn’t grown this much – ever), and your support that we can work together to raise as much money possible to get those AEDs in rinks across the country.

Thank you for your time and support!

Go Canucks Go!

My New Place in Steveston

As those of you who either follow me on twitter or facebook know, Marnie and I recently purchased a place in Steveston and take possession on 25Jul. Being that it’s our “first” home (we rent, so in theory we already have a home), we’re pretty stoked and are currently trying to figure out what we need to do before the big day.

steveston

My New Backyard – courtesy of abundantc

And that’s somewhat the dilemma. I know there are probably more pressing things surrounding our move, such as settling on a moving company (we’ve called those listed in Richmond and the BBB) and getting packed and ready to go, but I can’t get my mind off of all the things I want and see myself doing at the new place.

Like the new LCD TV for the bedroom. We currently have a 37″ or so CRT which is freakingly big and heavy – heck, I’m surprised the thing hasn’t crushed the IKEA tv stand I have it resting on – so I’m looking to “downsize” before we move to our new place. The problem I’m having is deciding on what good value is. I picked up a 37″ ViewSonic LCD from Costco years back and have been happy, but the price was right at the time and I can’t seem to replicate the dollars.

Then there’s the bike. With the outdoor lifestyle available to people in Steveston, I’m dying to pick up a bike to ride with the masses along the dyke and throughout the village. Although I don’t need anything special, most bikes I’ve looked at cost some decent dollars and with all the costs involved in our move, it’s an even tougher purchase to justify.

And don’t get me started about the furniture options. Marnie and I have relied on hand-me-downs and inheritances to this point, but with us moving to a somewhat smaller place, we need to downsize and figured it was time to step it up and get our own stuff. We currently have a 3 piece sectional that we enjoy, but due to the constant un-upholstering our cats have been working on, it’s pretty much in a shambles. So where do we go from there? And how do we do it on a budget.

Any suggestions?

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