Losing It For The Family

Losing It For The Family

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Too Long Between Posts

I decided I needed to get a post put up. Like I said, I don't know who is still reading me, but I just don't want any of those folks to think I have submarined. Quite the opposite, I am thriving and happy with the direction I am going. I have had so much happens since the last time I put a post up that I can't even really recall it all.

As I have said over and over, I am not scale number guy anymore, I am clothes size guy now. Well I am in 3 new shirts I was waiting on. I have no clue what I weigh, but I know a size 18 dress shirt fits me now.

I actually have quit writing my calories down, and have become really good at just knowing I am under my calorie goal, or over it if that be the case. But whatever the calorie count for the day, I am not fascinated/obsessed/crazy about it. I have waaaaay more good days than bad.

I can run 3 miles again! I left the office yesterday and ran out a mile and a half and ran back. I did it in 39 minutes! I am getting there again!

I have more pecs and less boobs.

What I refer to as my whale hump in my belly (I have the weirdest looking stomach, right in the middle sticks out in a V shape) is disappearing.

I can't seem to sit still at home anymore. If the sky is somewhat clear, I am outside doing SOMETHING!

And most proudly of all, my wife is kicking my butt in getting in shape, and I am doing pretty good, so imagine how good she is doing! Today, we are going to get her fitted for her first pair of RUNNING SHOES!!

I could probably keep going, but it would sound a lot like bragging, and I am not that guy. I am just so thankful that God saw fit to give me the turn around I have been praying for over the last 2 years!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hodge Podge Post

I don't really have anything earth shaking to say. If anybody has even noticed I haven't been posting and thought "there he goes again", that is not the case. Apart from a 2-3 day stretch last week where I ate crappily and I did it with style, I am actually in a really good place right now. I have come to accept that I am not using the "Incredible Shrinking Man" method this time, opting for the "Credible Shrinking Man" routine instead. I have come to find that one thing that calorie tracking does for me is that it keeps my imagination from running away about how many calories I had today. I have come to find that if I am not able to get to a paper and write down my calories, I start imagining that I am probably at 3,000 calories!! The tracking has really helped me begin to understand that realistically, I would have to go on a full on binge to get there, especially with the food I have been eating. Nice segue there to my next point. I think healthy eating really is starting to be my lifestyle, not my lifestyle change I am making. I love veggies and fruits now. I had cale chips the other day and LOVED them! I also have been putting away the almonds pretty regular. Kathy is still doing a great job with dinner prep for me, and also keeping the junk out of the house.

I think the thing that I am most proud of is the fact that my physical fitness level is getting noticabaly better. Silly little things like it doesn't feel like I am dragging a plow around behind me when I walk in Wal Mart, and great big things like how I am getting more and more pull ups (disclaimer: using an assist band on them) and I have gone up significantly on my weights in the resistance training part of my workout. Also, my cardio is improving!! I finished a program on the Arc Trainer today that was killing me, and now it isn't easy, but by the time I was done today, I was thinking it may be time to go to level 4! Also, I decided I was being a chicken sh*t about running a 5k and I was worried about the time I would put up. I gave up hanging on to the fact I ran on in 27 minutes in my peak, and decided I am going out, doing my best and starting to whittle away at that time to get it better.

I guess all in all, my point is that it has been a good few weeks. I can't wait until all this crappy winter weather is gone. I went out in the back yard during a break in the snow the other day and spotted a few projects I want to undertake when the weather improves. I sure hope that all of us are moving forward and seeing little bits of success and big bits of success! I really am excited to be feeling like this change is the one that takes!