Orracle and Family

Orracle and Family

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Living Outside The Bubble





As many of you know, I spent 28 life changing days at Hilton Head Health Institute. Even though you are permitted to leave anytime you'd like, you spend most of your time at the facility. I rode my bike up to the main building from my condo and spent the day there. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a full slate of fitness options all day long. Even on days when you might not be at the top of your game and decide to take it easy, you find it pleasing just to stay at the main building maybe just laying by the pool or in it. Like monkeys in a cage, your internal clock just knew when it was almost 3:30. Feeding time at the zoo. More appropriately, metabo time. If you were by the pool, you started looking for Adam or one of the other crew from the dining room to bring out the tub of snacks. Having that set plan of food and exercise in a place free of readily accessible stockpiles of chips, wings and drive thru windows is a good place to be. Unfortunately, we have to leave the bubble eventually.





I felt good about coming home after my 3rd week but was thankful to have a 4th week there.



My first time alone in the real world was at the Hampton Inn by the Savannah Airport since I had a very early flight on Sunday morning. Upon entry to the hotel, a tray of warm cookies greeted me. Then, needing some water, I ventured to the 'Suite Shop' to browse. There, I was confronted by frozen dinners (a.k.a. empty calorie food), ice cream and energy drinks. I decided to head upstairs. In my room, to thank me for being such a loyal Hilton Guy, I received a calories free thank you card along with a bag a Doritos. Nice. I felt like a WWII Bomber flying through flak and shrapnel. Fortunately, I planned for the high risk situation by bringing a couple of extra metabo meals as snacks. Staring down the Doritos, I ate my apple and cottage cheese.



Now that I am home, I have found it to be A-U-T-O-M-A-T-I-C. "Breakfast Whack" every morning. Jess named it, not me. What is it?




  • 1/2 cup of Fiber One Honey Crunch

  • 1/2 cup of 1% cottage cheese

  • 1/3-1/2 cup of plain, nonfat yogurt (premixed by YOU with splenda and vanilla extract)

  • top with cut up strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and/or raspberries

Jess called it Breakfast Whack because the first time I told her of my new obsession, she said it sounded "WHACK" but now she is a believer too!


I have my metabos and a good lunch. Dinner selections have been from the Hilton Head Health cookbook and their blog which is called H3 Daily. GO THERE!


Next week, I travel for the first time. I have no fear. Traveling smarts were just one more lecture given by the amazing Bob Wright (picture with The Orracle below). It will be just like being at home. Planned out, researched and disciplined!



I do have a long road to go but never have I felt this confident in my abilities. This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle....and one I can live with.

5 comments:

American in Poland said...

Any lifestyle change happens slowly and requires a tremendous amount of dedication and belief in yourself. Don't lose sight of your goal even when it blurs a little bit.

Now I'm off to the gym (Leisure Center here in the UK). I have a session of Body Pump to re-energize myself...heck if I can turn myself into a gym-rat I'm willing to bet you can too!

Persy2 said...

I'm so happy that you have adjusted to being at home so well. It is a major adjustment, but I believe, as you do, that H3 prepared us well for the adjustment. I have wondered about you and your traveling schedule and am in HIGH HOPES that you will adjust to that very nicely as well! I have found that the water exercises are still my favorites and make me feel the best, although there is something wonderful about building strength with the weights as well. You are so right in that it is a life style change Lyle, and I am one of your biggest fans in your healthy lifestyle change. The beauty of H3 is that we were all, big or small, on the same journey. The difference will be in which ones continue on the journey. My hope is that you will be there for the long run friend! Very proud of you!!

Fantasy Camper said...

keep rockin' the lifestyle change! Your comments about re-connecting with fellow 'friends' from the center is just like my connecting I have noticed from going to the fantasy baseball camp in fort myers -- lifetime friendships made!
Keep up the good work lyle -- we shall meet in person one of these days....

Jo Anne said...

I am missing H3... Reading your recollection of it was great! I have been home for 2 weeks and a few things have stuck for me... Eating so much more fruits and veggies, and getting to the gym more days per week than I am not... Small, permanent changes add up... Keep up the good work, Lyle!

JoAnne in VA Beach, VA

Laurie Stewart said...

It is so nice to reconnect with our people who have been to "The Hilton Head". Thank-you Lyle for sharing- "The Orracle" Orr! I myself-(Laurie Stewart)Do Thank H3 for a "Healthier Life Style Change". I have never felt better! It is great to connect on FaceBook as well with our Lisa -(Louisana Girl)Nancy-(Our Boston Girl)and of course Lyle Orr. Thank-you again for all sharing."Keep Up the Great Healthier Life! Life is Great Now-Thank-you H3. :)

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