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Lake Placid Diet

LAKE PLACID DIET: Olympians, local athletes keep me inspired on this journey

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. Last week: 437 lbs. This week: 438 lbs. Total lost in 2020: 9 lbs. --- The number doesn’t show it — a 1-pound increase from the week before — but I actually had a better week than I’ve had all month, not that we should rely solely on weight as an indicator ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Gearing up for my annual battle with cabin fever

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. Two weeks ago: 433 lbs. This week: 437 lbs. Total lost in 2020: 10 lbs. --- Shortly after writing these words two weeks ago, I began to struggle: “Although I have not yet struggled with any major issues so far this year, I know that eventually life will knock me ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Friend offers advice for healthy eating

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. Last week: 437 lbs. This week: 437 lbs. Total lost in 2020: 10 lbs. --- A friend of mine who is a seasonal resident of Keene Valley recently emailed me a list of helpful eating tips from losing weight and getting healthy and said it was OK to share these with my ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Fitness Revolution is helping me achieve my goals

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. This week: 437 lbs. Lost in 2020: 10 pounds --- I hate starting over again when it comes to my physical fitness, which isn’t very good at the moment. Gone are the days when I was training for and competing in the Lake Placid Half Marathon in 2014 and 2015, but ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Is it time for ‘Meatful Mondays’?

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. This week: 440 lbs. Lost in 2020: 7 pounds --- Meatless Monday. It’s a thing. People are being encouraged to skip meat on Mondays — essentially going vegetarian for one day a week — to improve their health and the health of the planet. But why stop there? If ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Taking it one step at a time on the Lake Placid Diet

It’s like looking in a full-length mirror every time I file a new column. That’s why it’s taken me so long to give you an update on the Lake Placid Diet. I dread looking in the mirror. Like many people, I have a problem with overeating and underexercising, and I don’t like the way I ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Re-evaluating life as I approach 50

A childhood friend of mine died last week, just shy of his 53rd birthday. I’ll be 50 in September, and it gets me thinking, “How do I want to live for the next 10 years?” You’d think that my own near-death experiences in 2011 (hemorrhoidectomy) and 2017 (blood clots) were enough to ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Rediscovering keys to my success

During a weight-loss journey, there’s no better feeling than stepping on a scale and finding that you’ve lost weight — whether it’s for a day, a week or a month. It’s a high that lifts my spirits. Then the goal becomes repeat, repeat, repeat. My question this year, however, is how, ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Starting to show some weight-loss progress

January was a tough month, but I got through it OK with 6 pounds down on my latest quest to lose weight. I spent half the month sick, like a lot of other people in the Tri-Lakes region, so I haven’t been to the Fitness Revolution gym much over the past four weeks. I’d rather not spread my ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Finding a way back to the Fitness Revolution gym

Every day, I open the curtains in my living room and say, “It’s going to be a wonderful day,” even though I don’t really believe it. I figure, if I say it enough, I may start having more wonderful days. It’s hope more than anything. That’s kind of what starting the new year is like ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Get the positive thoughts flowing in the worst of times

This week: 432 lbs. Last week: 433 lbs. Start (Jan. 2): 444 lbs. Total lost: 12 lbs. --- On Monday, I started writing a column about thinking positive and optimism and all that good-feeling stuff you need to crawl out of the holes of depression we find ourselves in when the times get ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: I’ve got an Olympic dream of my own

This week: 429 lbs. Last week: 430 lbs. Start (Jan. 2): 444 lbs. Total lost: 15 lbs. --- It’s hard not to watch the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on television and the internet and not be inspired, especially in Lake Placid, host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Trying to manage my food holiday temptations

This week: 430 lbs. Last week: 432 lbs. Start (Jan. 2): 444 lbs. Total lost: 14 lbs. --- One of my friends from high school — Tupper Lake Class of 1987 — spent more than two hours on Super Bowl Sunday cooking meals ahead of time for the week, prepping muffins and dinners for her ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Believe it or not, comfort food is a necessity in life

This week: 430 lbs. Last week: 435 Start (Jan. 2): 444 lbs. Total lost: 14 lbs. --- Yes, I actually wrote those words in a weight-loss column: Comfort food is a necessity in life. After all the health-related crap I went through in 2017, I came to realize that when you strip it all down ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Adjusting the diet to wean myself off the cane

This week: 435 lbs. Last week: 436 lbs. Start (Jan. 2): 444 lbs. Total lost: 9 lbs. --- With my current mobility problems — in the middle of winter — quality exercise has been limited, so I’ve had to rely mostly on modifying my diet to lose weight. More than likely, when you see ...