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Date Posted: 10:56:01 11/12/06 Sun
Author: silas
Subject: Step away from the dessert plate

November and December are killer months for my bathroom scale. It's not unusual for me to gain ten to fifteen pounds during this time. Premium egg nog, gingerbread cookies, pumpkin pie, fruit cake, seasonal microbrews and et cetera are on a search/destroy mission for my waist line.

Once we get to January, there's only 2.5 months before BGR. That's not enough time to lose the weight and get in sufficient shape for all the walking and marching we're going to do in LA.

For Rich Mountain, I went on monthly, full gear marches with my pards from January through early July. I also walked as much as possible on the other weekends. Consequently, I was in great shape for Rich Mountain. The calendar was in my favor as April through July are great months for walks and marches. The soggy marches in January, February and March were tough.

The Pacific Nor'west rains and rains and rains from November through March. The prime season to prepare for BGR is also the season I least want to be outside marching. So, I'm taking measures which differ from my Rich Mountain workouts to be physically ready for BGR.

I'm lifting weights and stretching five days a week. I'm taking the stairs at work much more than I normally do. I park my vehicle a couple miles from downtown Seattle. When time permits, I sometimes walk to downtown, but I always walk out of downtown. My first monthly march commences next weekend. Further, I'm trying not to overeat. I'm going to partake in the goodies of the holiday season, but I'm not going to consume as much as normal.

I started this process the week of Halloween and intend to keep at it through BGR. I'm happy to report that the Halloween candy didn't kill me this year. However, there is still time for the upcoming calorie barage to wound me. If I can stay at or near my present weight, I'll be fine for BGR.

I heartily encourage others to start getting ready now. The process is simple in theory: eat less and exercise more. It's easier to maintain your present weight than to attempt to lose the season's extra weight through some crash diet in January. Even with the weight under control through the holiday season, you'll need to get in some brogan-ed miles in '07 to keep the blisters at bay.

This event is going to sneak up on us. If you wait until January to start getting ready, you're going to regret it in March. And so will your pards who'll be carrying your gear for you.


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