I decided to put any food-related changes on the back burner. For one, it might require the acquisition of skills that I don't presently have. And for two, I have largely the same diet as I did three and a half years ago, when my weight was at the top end of normal. So priority number one was to get back towards burning the same amount of calories as when I was in the Navy. Now, some of that is irreplaceable, because I can't replicate the consumption of energy via pure hatred of work. But I certainly can add physical activity. There are plenty of roads around here, right? And I've got sneakers! It was time to get walking, and I got started the very next day.
After just two-plus miles, a major snag appeared
Fortunately, the shorts work like a charm. For the first two and a half weeks, I did my walking within my neighborhood. The legs hurt on some days, but that has faded with acclimation to the distance and better hydration practices. After two consecutive days off last week (one forced by the weather), I elected to double up last Friday, so I needed a second course. Hence I started going outside the neighborhood and gradually upped the distance. I've been able to do it for seven days straight, the distance yesterday was about 4.8 miles, and there's no pain. But does that mean there's no gain? Not sure yet. I'm two pounds lower than sixteen days ago, but that could simply be random fluctuations. There's only one way to find out if the walking is working - and that would be to keep walking, something which is certain to happen.