Sunday, October 17, 2021

In case you’ve wondered where I’ve been…


…I’ve been putting words into action and getting results.

For the first time in a long time, I’m focused, determined and able to say I am getting it done.  Let me share what I’ve been doing.  The last time I posted, I had come back from a trip to Vegas with my wife.  I had gained nearly all the weight back I had lost prior to March 2011 (we’re talking about nearly 30 pounds regained and moving up).  I was miserable, depressed and feeling hopeless.  Then, I shared with you that an interview I had watched flipped a switch for me and made me rethink my life.  It took a little while for it to sink in but, I got motivated.

In mid-to-late July, I took an honest look at what I’d been doing to lose weight and had to admit I had not been taking it seriously.  I would exercise and eat like crap or sort of eat better and not excercise.  I had every excuse mapped out in my head but, somehow, they sounded senseless when they left my mouth.  Really, who was I trying to fool and why?  This is about what I needed to do and no one could do it for me so, it was time to put in the work.

The first thing I started with was carefully tracking calories and staying under what I said I would.  At the weight I was at and for what I said I wanted to lose (1-2 lbs/week), I started off with an allotment of about 2400 calories a day ( a little more with exercise). I cut back on the sodas and upped the water intake. I ate more fruits and vegetables and started taking daily walks.  In about two weeks, I dropped 10 pounds and was feeling pretty good.  Then, the next two weeks happened.  I started to stall out and had some choices to make.  I’d been here before and given up. Perhaps, it was time to change tactics.

So, to make a long story short, I’ve started running (I’ll share more on that another time) and really tackled my sugar addiction (I’ll really have to share that one).  I am five pounds away from being below the weight I was at when I started this blog.  Am I pumped?  Absolutely!  Am I a little scared?  Yes, but a little less every day.  Honestly, I can’t even say scared.  It’s more like cautiously optimistic.  In fact, 5 more pounds and I’m going to step out on faith and start replacing some of my clothing with things in a smaller size.  On of my co-workers, whose also working on his weight, inspired me on this.  He calls it “burning bridges”.  So, in the next couple of weeks, I get to reap one of the rewards of my hard work.  So, yeah, I’m in a good place right now.

JP Smith
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