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Weighty issues

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I never, never, never, never discuss my actual weight on here. I always just say I need to lose 10 or 15 pounds. I don’t like to talk about it really. I don’t mind talking about once weighing 220 pounds and then getting down to 180 six years ago — but I always hesitate to bring up the fact that I gradually gained some of that weight back.

I’m a big fan of “The Biggest Loser,” and it amazes me each season what these people can do in a short time frame. But believe me, that type of weight loss isn’t easy. Plus they get to work out for six hours a day, have strict diets and have constant supervision. And that type of weight loss doesn’t pertain to me. I also need to realize that I’m not 25 anymore and that my metabolism is different from before and that when I say no cookies (except for Friday) that I mean no cookies. My thought process has been this: if I think about it enough, the weight will come off.

Well, no, it doesn’t work like that. I can’t think it off. I can rely on faith to help set my mind straight — once I win the mind game, I can win the physical game. Once I win both those games, I can win the battle with the scale. It’s a work in progress, but it’s happening. This month has been a good test for me. While I have mostly stayed away from my “No List,” I haven’t done enough. Creating that list, though, has helped tremendously. Now I need to take the next step — I need to be stricter; I need to eat less; I need to talk about my weight more.

So that’s what this blog entry is about. My weight. On Jan. 1 I weighed in 197.2 pounds. This month I kept Friday as my weigh-in day and will continue to do so — it was kind of nice for Jan. 1 to be a Friday. My other Friday weigh-ins have been 194, 195.2, 195.2 and 193.4 today. So that’s 3.8 pounds lost this month. Although I didn’t set any goals for the start of the month, I would have liked to have been down 5, but I’m happy with nearly 4 pounds lost in that time frame. Do that again next month and I can finally be back in the 180s.

As far as goals with weight loss are concerned, I learned from several years ago that it’s best to take things a few weeks at a time. My end goal at this time is not important. It’s the little steps I have to take to hit that end goal that are. Goals within goals, mini-goals — whatever you want to call it. But right now at 193.4 pounds, my next step is to get to 189.9 and be done with the 190s.

The important thing to me now is that I feel great. My attitude toward running has changed this month and my attitude toward food is slowly getting back to what it used to be. I’m focused and I’m fearless of what lies ahead.

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  1. January 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Good luck David. Sounds like you know what you need to do. Little steps are the key…

    –Steve

  2. January 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Good stuff David. Incremental changes seem to be working for you. I think facing the weight and weighing in is vital for me. Hope it works for you.

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