About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Weekend Workout

It's been a pretty crazy week so far; I can't believe it's already Wednesday.  I normally try to get 3 posts done each week (not counting my weigh-in), but I don't think it's going to happen this week.  However, my lack of writing is really for all the right reasons...

Normally I spend some time writing on Sunday, but after feeling like I left some pounds on the table last week, I decided to try a new tact.  Instead of beating myself up, I decided to work off the extra snacking with a little yardwork over the weekend.

After my Daughter's soccer game on Saturday I decided to go to the hardware store.  I bought a pick, a shovel, a bunch of yard stones, and... a chainsaw!  I went home and proceeded to build a 4 foot fire pit with the stones.  Once I complete the pit I started to burn all the yard waste we have collected since we moved in mid July.  It took me all day, but I felt like I really accomplished something.

Sunday came and I decided to put my new tools to good use.  First, I dug up about a dozen old overgrown bushes.  I picked and I pulled and I pushed until I got all those roots out of the ground.  That took me up to lunchtime and I was already good and tired at that point, but I wasn't done yet.  After lunch I used my new chainsaw to cut down 3 good sized trees.  I limbed them, Stacked and cut all the trunks, and burned all the waste.  Now if you want to talk about a workout, you should consider taking down trees.  All the pushing and pulling and dragging and carrying put all my muscles to work.  It took me until dusk and by the time I was done I was completely whipped.

It was exactly the type of weekend that I needed!  My job has been really stressful for the last couple weeks.  In fact, that's the other reason why I haven't blogged this week.  Normally I try to write a little during my lunch hour but I've been too busy to take more than just a few minutes to eat my meal and then go back to work.  Anyway, I'm dealing with it much better thanks to having such a stress-relieving weekend.

The best part... There's still plenty to do.  I still need to cut the logs down to firewood length and then I need to split it.  Once I do all that there's still plenty more trees and bushes that need to come down as well.


  1. Hey Foggy . . . glad to see you back. I'm working on my 30# milestone and hope to reach it this week. The Minders has suggested re-vamping my cooking blog which I'm working on today. Feel free to come visit @ whats-cooking-louise.blogspot.com.
    See you lighter!

    1. Thanks Weezel; It's great to be back! Good luck on hitting that milestone! You're back on my blogroll; just make sure some of those recipes are healthy!

  2. YEAH!! Stress can be a total killer!!! I'm glad you got to relax--it's such a reset for me. When I get stressed I can't write...which is why I only wrote 2 posts this week, so I hear you! Thanks for validating me!!

  3. Wow, sounds like you're working hard on your yard! That's not an easy task, I know from experience! Nice job!

    1. I'm learning I do better getting exercise if I disguise it as something else

  4. That sounds great. Gardening is definitely a workout.