…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.