Don Schindler

Executive Reputation Coach & Digital Marketer

How hard is it to lose 40 pounds? Pretty tough but if I can do it, you can too.

When I started this contest challenge in late Oct, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. But the results have been pretty amazing. I never thought I would be down to 182 and I laughed when my wife said I would be under 185. I didn’t think it was possible.

What did I do to lose the weight?

I track everything I eat. Now I know that just seems awful to do but I use MyFitnessPal (paid version) to make it as easy as possible. I know how many grams of protein, carbs and fat I need with every meal and I budget accordingly.

Am I hungry? Yes, but not much more than I was before.

I consider myself more like my car getting the right fuel vs. stopping at every gas station I came across. That was how I used to eat because I snacked all day long. You just don’t know what you are putting into your body if you aren’t tracking it. And now I’m used it, it’s not that big of a deal. Or at least, I tell myself that.

I drink a lot of water – and I hate water. So I add a lot of packets of BCAA. My favorite right now is the Xtend Glacial Grape. It helps curb my appetite and keeps me from going crazy with just plain water.

I do cardio daily around 50 minutes. I mix it up with HIIT and LIIT bike rides on our Peloton. I was not a fan of getting the bike but it’s been a lifesaver for my cardio. It helps me to push myself and the amount of feedback from your output is pretty amazing. Of course, I track everything with my watch but you can’t beat the Peloton for getting you in the mood and push you through to the finish. My favorite instructors are Jess King and Ally Love. Highly recommend them both.

Of course, I still hit the gym about five days a week. Legs, Chest & Triceps, Back & Biceps, Shoulders, Light Legs, Arms. I’m always mixing that up and doing more reps than I’m used to (hovering in the 10-15 range with five major muscle moves per group).

The contest is in May so I’m less than 100 days out. Who knows where it is going to take me but I can’t see myself going back to the weight. I’ll definitely indulge when this is over. Here’s the main thing. I never thought I would make it this far and I have. That tells me that you can, too. It’s never too late to start making changes to yourself.

Dairy Farmers on Facebook in 2020

Maryland Dairy Farmer Katie Dotterer-Pyle from Cow Comfort Inn Dairy

Here’s my list of dairy farmers using Facebook to communicate and engage with consumers. It’s not complete and if you want your farm Facebook page on the list, just send me an email at or leave a comment at the bottom of the list.

Dairy Farmers on Instagram in 2020

Here’s my list of dairy farmers using Instagram to post pictures and video to engage with consumers. It’s not complete and if you want your farm Instagram profile on the list, just send me an email at or leave a comment at the bottom of the list.

Want to lose 30 pounds? I didn’t realize I needed to.

When I started this journey to do a potential contest, I thought I would just drop a few pounds and pack on some muscle and that’s it. I never thought I would be down 30 pounds in a few short months (even with the holidays in the middle).

It hasn’t been easy. I track my food. I try desperately hard not to snack, which is killer for me since I’m a known snacker.

But it feels great. I’ve getting a lot more compliments about the weight I’ve lost and I can feel it – even in bending over to tie a shoe. It’s not a production for me anymore. I don’t want to admit that Jenn getting me to go to Hot Yoga has anything to do with that but it does.

But the biggest accomplishment so far has been these jeans.

I never ever thought I be back in a 32. I haven’t seen this size since the Navy when I was working out a lot more. Even while playing rugby on a regular basis, I wasn’t at this size. It feels good.

Now if I can just make it to May for the contest. Who knows where I’ll be at. My trainer won’t give me a weight. He just tells me I’ve got to get lean.

I’ll keep working at it. I’ll probably be as surprised as you when I get there. I’m actually happy he didn’t give me a weight now – because that’s probably where all of my focus would be. On a number.

Want to know how I’m dropping the weight? It’s pretty simple. I just track my food, drink a lot of water and get my cardio in (45 minutes a day). It’s that simple but it’s not easy.

How do you lose weight as an older adult?

I’ve pretty much always been a fitness guy. I like going to the gym – it helps me with stress and there’s something about a good sweat that makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something with your body. Especially when you work on computers all day long like I do.

But I was stuck. I hovered around 190 in my 20’s to my mid 40’s and then I went up to 220 and was stuck. I mean, stuck-stuck. If I tried old things that had helped me lose weight in the past like cut back on drinking and fatty foods (and ate a few more salads) but it wasn’t working. I was just there no matter what.

That was before I got a personal training coach for my bodybuilding journey. He laid out my macros and got me doing two things that I didn’t think would make a difference at all. I actually don’t believe it now but the proof is in the scale. These things combined with watching my food have knocked me down from 222 to 203 in a matter of two months.

Water with an orange
I try and fill this three times a day (30 oz) at work.

So what are the two things you could do right now and probably not have to count your macros like I’m doing.

  1. Water – You may think you are drinking enough water but I seriously doubt it. I thought I was but if you aren’t getting up from your desk to relieve yourself at least once or twice an hour, you aren’t getting enough. I can tell when I don’t get enough (usually on the weekends) and I don’t drop weight even though I’ve worked out and watched my food. BTW, I shoot for about a gallon and a half a day.
  2. Walking – How silly is that? Walking helps you lose weight. We’ve all heard that before but it’s the amount of walking along with how fast you are moving. You’ve got to get the heart rate up and you’ve got to go for at least 45 minutes or so.

Seriously, these two things have helped me drop the pounds that I couldn’t even budge for the past several years. Try it out. Let me know how it goes but I’ll bet you’ll be just as surprised as I was that it works. (Don’t tell my wife this – she’s been telling me for years that I needed more water and cardio).

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