10 Days Walking

You can start a great new habit or restart an old habit just about any time.

On the last day of our trip to Canada and Michigan (via Chicago) we had just enough time to take a walk while we waited for a booth at the best hamburger place we’ve ever been – Au Cheval. Maybe I’ll share about the truly delicious food another time, but my point is that we walked a couple miles in Chicago and then in O’Hare International, the airport in Salt Lake City and Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

Since that day I have done a lot of walking at San Diego Comic-Con which started the day after we arrived home. Because they killed one of my favorite Game of Thrones characters I didn’t go to Hall H this year which means that I didn’t spend seven hours in one room sitting down. I walked for hours every day and didn’t sit down very much. That’s six days so far of walking an average of probably 4-6 miles or more and no less than 2 1/2 miles on preview night at Comic-Con.

On Monday I decided to go walking near Cal State San Marcos and I walked most of the way up the hill. On Tuesday I went back earlier and went farther and Wednesday I started at 5:07 am and walked to Double Peak Drive in San Elijo.

Today my wife and I walked from Tina’s Deli up Borden through Palomar College and then east on Mission and back through Palomar College to finish where we started. I only took one photo today, so there was a lot more walking. I’m guessing at least 3 miles, but I’ll know for sure tomorrow after I plot the course.

I’ll continue to keep track of where I walk in case any readers want to take the same paths.

Here are some photos!

Legendary Pictures Booth At SDCC 2015

Legendary Pictures Booth At SDCC 2015

Warcraft Figure For Upcoming Movie

Warcraft Figure For Upcoming Movie

Starting My Walk At CSUSM

Starting Walk At CSUSM 7/13/15

Walking Up The Hill South Of CSUSM

Walking Up The Hill South Of CSUSM

The First Day Halfway Point

The First Day Halfway Point

Welcome Shade On The Way Back

Welcome Shade On The Way Back

Earlier & Foggy 7/14/15 Above CSUSM

Earlier & Foggy 7/14/15 Above CSUSM

Fire Station 8 am 7/14/15

Fire Station 8 am 7/14/15

Made It To Lexi!

Made It To Lexi!

View To The South At Peak Of San Elijo 7/14/15

Southeast View At Peak Of San Elijo

Blue Sky Peeking Through

Blue Sky Peeking Through

Sun Starting To Burn Through Near San Elijo Peak 7/14/15

Starting To Burn Off Near San Elijo Peak 7/14/15

Should I Go To Mr. Taco Before I Head Home?

Mr. Taco Before I Head Home?

Looks Different At 5 am

Looks Different At 5 am 7/15/15

CSUSM Off Campus Housing

CSUSM Off Campus Housing

Made It To Double Peak!

Made It To Double Peak!

Still Foggy To The South

Still Foggy To The South

Deer Crossing On San Elijo

Deer Crossing On San Elijo

Another Kind Of Crossing

Another Kind Of Crossing

Back At 7:20 am 7/15/15

Back At 7:20 am

What About My Weight?

High Protein - Low Carb Cooking - The Hard Way!

High Protein – Low Carb Cooking – The Hard Way!


Thank you to those of you who sponsored my weight loss when the San Dieguito Heritage Museum crowdfunded through RocketHub a couple months ago. My progress has been slower than I expected, but I am down from 299.5 pounds. Just today I weighed myself on the same scale at L.A. Fitness and I’ve dropped 8 pounds in a little under 4 months.

As soon as I finish this post I’ll be getting ready for our trip to Michigan (via Chicago) and Canada. My hope is to maintain my weight during these two weeks and the five days immediately after at San Diego Comic-Con. What will I do differently? This morning I started back with Classical Stretch, which anyone can record from KPBS very early in the morning. I find it challenging enough that today I did only 10 minutes, but I’ll do more tomorrow and when I return from vacation. Hopefully I will memorize some of it so I can take it with me.

In addition to the stretching I’ll definitely be walking more when we’re in Canada and look to bring that habit back home with me. I’m doing the Atkins Diet in a much more careful way than I used to do before I got gout several years ago.

What’s the most important thing about Atkins in my opinion? Absolutely no cheating. Your body goes into ketosis (look it up) within a couple days if you’re doing it right and if you have too many carbohydrates you drop out of ketosis and lose the benefits. Worse than not dropping those pounds are the detrimental effects of meat, butter, cream and whatever else you can get away with on Atkins when you’re actually in ketosis. (If you’re skeptical, do the research.)

What I have found is that by NOT going overboard with meat (especially beef, pork or shellfish) and eating more vegetables and salad, I feel better and usually more full. I have found that if you eat a lot of animal protein and few vegetables, you may feel hungry an hour later even though you had 14 ounces of ribeye. My own experience tells me that I simply feel better when I’m eating more fresh vegetables. If you really pay attention to your body, you’ll likely feel better when you eat more vegetables.

If you’re used to reading San Dieguito Heritage Voices you may remember that blog is written by supporters of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. This blog, Coach Zero, is my personal blog. Look for future updates about my (Drop Those Pounds!) adventure at CoachZero.com.

Now I want to thank all those who supported my weight loss efforts and/or celebrated my birthday through the San Dieguito Heritage Museum’s Main Street crowdfunding project earlier this year. (Click the link in the first paragraph or visit RocketHub.com and search “San Dieguito Heritage Museum” to find out more.) Here’s A Big THANK YOU! to all those listed in chronological order below:

Linda McCardle
Roger Bolus
Evelyn Weidner
Mary Witesman
Vance McClure
John Weidner
Betsy Weidner
Carol Koch
Kraig Archer
Paul Barnes
Greg Grajek
John Porter
Sue Clement
Ed Stringer
Lois Sunrich
James Q. Wade, Jr.
Betz Lewis

I’m A #tsuwalker Shooting For The Bullseye

Last Saturday I knew it was time for me to get back to walking regularly. I used to walk so much that one of my old nicknames is BigManWalking. (I still have it as my id with places like Comic-Con. I’m sure you can find my old BigManWalking blog on blogspot.) The most I have ever walked in one day is 14 miles.

I’ve been integrating tsu into my life and created a game called #tsuwalker to keep me from getting bored on a long walk. I decided that if you’re walking and liking, that’s #tsuwalking. If you do this regularly, you’re a #tsuwalker. I put those hashtags on my tsu profile. I’m pretty sure I’m the first to use these hashtags for this purpose, so I believe it’s fair to say that I invented the game. (Even if someone else thought of it, we don’t know about each other.)

The most important thing about #tsuwalking is that you do it in a way that’s safe. Let me repeat that with emphasis. The MOST IMPORTANT THING about #tsuwalking is that you do it in a way that’s SAFE. As for me, I paused about every 75 yards or so and did 10 likes on my mobile phone. If I had to switch to another person’s profile I just kept walking while tsu was doing its thing. If there was no technical glitch at the moment I paused my walk, I was then able to just look down at the phone I was carrying in my left hand and do those likes.

As with anything, the more practice you get, the better and faster you can become. The first day I liked Nicole Barnett’s wall all the way back the her beginning on tsu.

On Sunday I switched between several users and did from 2-60 likes on each one. Sometimes I found someone who I had given a lot of likes to earlier in the week and so that person didn’t get that many on Sunday.

During the whole weekend I walked over 6 miles and that’s pretty great start after my long layoff.

If you want to like those same people, find me on tsu – @ACrowdFunder – and check out my posts in the next day or two.

Now, there is another game I like to call the Bullseye Game and life is calling so I’m leaving it for next time.

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Tweak It

When you’re starting a new habit, method, procedure, etc… you may find that you need to tweak it to get better results. You know you better than others know you. While you definitely need to be willing to learn and grow as a person, that doesn’t mean blindly following every single thing you’re taught.

In May I decided to use an Atkins-style diet again for the first time in a long time. I knew I had to do things differently this time as I had gout a little over four years ago. I suspected it could be controlled without drugs, but the jury is still out.

Now I’ve lost 20 pounds in about five weeks, but the other day I started to get that familiar, painful feeling in my foot. At first I thought it was just my flat-footedness kicking in because I was dancing more when using SuperBetter.com. [I highly recommend SuperBetter if you want to reach goals and grow personally. You don’t have to be recovering from an injury to use it. I’m on level 14 and have already created one new customer in my business since starting with the site.]

Instead of doing the high protein-low carb-meat heavy diet straight up, I decided to see if I could switch into a less meaty version over time and get good results. What did I do differently this time?

First, I am drinking almost zero Coke Zero. (I have messed up once or twice.) No matter what your opinion is about the ingredients there is one thing you can’t deny. This beverage helps push water out of your body. That’s not good. You need to drink plenty of water anyway and this doesn’t help. So I won’t bother talking about the ingredients today. Whether you like it or not, you need to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water each day. If I weigh 280 pounds, I need to drink at least 140 ounces of water a day. Drinking Coke Zero means I need to drink more water to make up for it. By the way, that goes for coffee, too. If you must drink coffee, you need to drink even more water to make up for it.

Second, I’m using SuperBetter.com. I know I’m drinking more water, eating a little less and doing other things I want and need to do because of Jane McGonigal’s site. SuperBetter is the gamification of personal growth and injury recovery. That’s the most concise way I can describe it. I’ve been a fan of Jane McGonigal’s for years on TED.com and was surprised to find out she had created SuperBetter after she got injured. Over a year ago I was talking about creating something like this someday and a couple months ago I found out that she’s done it! Watch her video and find out more. Watch Jane Talk About The SuperBetter Game!

Third, I’ve added plain coconut milk from Trader Joe’s to my diet. An entire half gallon contains only 8 carbs. I’ve found that it helps me curb my appetite as well. Is it yummy? No. I tell people that it tastes like creamy, very incredibly low fat milk IF it were created by a computer like on Star Trek. Not much taste. Yet it works. If you want to lose weight, it’s a great helper. I actually prefer it to 1% milk.

Fourth, I’ve exercised some. Not a lot. About once a week so far (not counting a few little bouts of dancing in SuperBetter), but I’ll do better in the future. I prefer swimming and I’ve done 176 lengths total of the pool at L.A. Fitness. My wife and I have already talked about going back today after my phone meeting.

Fifth, but maybe most important, I have been using incredibly well manufactured vitamins and minerals. Most people don’t realize that IF they are taking supplements they are probably using something that is not effective, hardly effective or even harmful. That’s why a recent study concluded that taking vitamins is not helpful. This is true if you are taking the wrong ones! Talk to me about getting these truly good for you AND EFFECTIVE supplements.

Sixth, I have also been using a special snack bar before I workout that helps you burn fat faster AND a protein shake after the workout to add muscle. These products really work when you use them properly and they taste good! Again, talk to me and we will set up a time to speak on the phone or in person. Use the “Start Creating Your Dream Now!” form on the right. (While you’re at it, tell me about your dream!)

Finally, I am tweaking what I’m doing because of the mild recurrence of gout. I transitioned off the Atkins-style regimen to semi-vegetarian over the last two days and I can see the symptoms of gout becoming milder. If I don’t lose weight as quickly that’s a fair trade-off for not having a full-blown outbreak of gout. If that did happen I’m pretty sure I’d have to go for the drugs the doctors want to give virtually everyone who has gout.

If things go as planned I can go back to a more Atkins-style diet in a couple weeks.

By the way, I make these tweaks because I have some experience in these areas. I am not a doctor and you will want to consult one or more doctors before you change your diet and exercise regimen.

That being said, you know you better than someone else knows you.

When you tweak something you’re taught, keep you in mind!