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Olympians, local athletes keep me inspired on this journey – Lake Placid Diet by Andy Flynn – | News and information on the Lake…

Posted: February 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs.

Last week: 437 lbs.

This week: 438 lbs.

Total lost in 2020: 9 lbs.

The number doesnt show it a 1-pound increase from the week before but I actually had a better week than Ive had all month, not that we should rely solely on weight as an indicator of health.

Im pretty disappointed that I havent been able to lose more weight, as Im still adjusting to my new work schedule, but I was more active last week, so Im feeling a little upbeat.

With the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, and all the events going on to celebrate it, the assignments of covering those events have forced me to get out of the house more during the evenings and get out of the office during the day. Since the celebration began on Thursday, Feb. 13, Ive been to five different 40th anniversary events for the Lake Placid News, and that means walking more than usual. Im not talking miles here, but theres been a lot of standing and walking that Im not used to, and anything that gets me out of the chair and away from the computer is a big plus.

In addition, I spent some quality time with my shovel on Sunday making a path to the fuel oil pipe on the side of the house where all that snow from the last storm slid off my roof and slammed onto the ground. The force of the snow hitting the ground compacted it, and it was very dense, so I had to hack through it to make a path to the fuel oil pipe. It was only about 20 feet, but it was a lot of work, so I got an upper-body workout that day.

When I say Im pretty disappointed that I havent been able to lose more weight, I dont mean to blame the scale. I blame myself. People know when they are doing all they can to achieve a goal, and I by no means can honestly say that Ive worked hard to lose weight over the past few weeks. Im more disappointed in myself that I havent made it a priority. Instead, Ive made work a priority and made excuses.

When I see one of my heroes Fitness Revolution owner Jason McComber losing 20 pounds so far this year, Im ashamed that Im only down 9 pounds. Im so proud of him and all the wonderful people there including local radio personality Ethan Gawel, who represented the gym by helping carry the torch from Fitness Revolution to the North Elba Show Grounds Friday, Feb. 14 during the torch run for the 40th anniversary opening ceremony. Ethan has been running a lot of half marathons over the past several years, and hes an inspiration.

I know what it takes to make a commitment to lose the weight, get in shape and train for a race. It all begins with the right mind set, and Im not quite there yet. I thought I was, but Im really not.

Luckily, I work in one of the most inspiring places on the Earth Lake Placid where there are constant reminders of the rewards of hard work this villages Olympic legacy.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the press conference with the 1980 Olympic figure skating team, I asked the three mens singles competitors David Santee, Charles Tickner and Scott Hamilton what advice they had for aspiring Olympians, and I got some inspirational answers for my weight-loss journey.

Its just about showing up every day, Hamilton said. Its about being bold enough to put this on your calendar and saying Im working towards this. ... Your story is meant to be told, so youre going to have to participate in it.

Once I heard those words, I knew I would have to write them down and post them on the corkboard in my office. Its one thing to dream, but if you dont show up every day and participate in your story the story wont be about reaching your goals; it will be about falling short because you didnt put in the effort.

On this Lake Placid Diet journey, Ive learned to have faith in the effort, but you cant do that unless you actually put in the effort. Heres to better days.

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