116 Pounds and New Challenges

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you actually have done until you actual see a picture.  It’s kind of like hearing your voice on the radio or in a video; you don’t think you sound like you actually do.  I experienced it this week in preparation for a video spot I was a part of.  I had the picture below taken:

These are the same pants in this picture (Progress):


I know I lost a lot of weight.  I know I worked hard the last six months, but I didn’t realize just how much of a change it was until I looked at this picture.  I have to admit I got a bit choked up looking at it.  There is something about seeing your progress and knowing that you have succeeded for a period of time in what you set out to do, especially when there are so many struggles in other areas of my life.


The bottom line is that it CAN be done despite roadblocks.  That includes bad legs and bad weather.  It includes constant stress and issues that arise on a daily basis. You have to make the changes and then stick with them.  You will fail.  The key is how you react to the failures.  It is not a diet change, it is a lifestyle change.  Even those healthy “thin” people eat bad foods occasionally.  The key word there is “occasionally”.  Healthy Eaters do have fried foods and fast food sometimes but it is done in moderation and it doesn’t result in weeks long binging.  You can actually plan for it and believe it or not you can adjust the rest of your eating to make up for the calories and even add some exercise in there.  Who knew?


New Challenges


It looks like the good weather is upon us and I’m looking forward to going to the park on a regular basis to walk and keep the exercise going.  Good news is that I entered a contest and won a year on a program called retrofitme.com.  It’s a high tech diet education system through the web that includes work with dieticians, behavioral coaches, and fitness trainers.  I looking forward to having a new type of accountability as I have to start writing down the food that I’m eating, and monitoring the steps I take each day and I’ll learn about better choices.  I can’t wait to deal with the dietician and to figure out how to change up meals and even the workouts to make things more effective as I go for the 250 by 50.  I couldn’t afford this program if I had to pay for it with the way the finances are now, so I feel very fortunate and will be taking great advantage of this as the year goes on.


Behavioral Changes


When you make decisions that are difficult in the beginning of a program like giving up soda and only drinking water or not eating fast food, it is hard. I won’t lie.  As you get into the change it becomes second nature to NOT make the bad choice.  I had a bad day at work last week and I wanted to get something to eat on the way home since I didn’t want to make anything for dinner.  I drove right past 5 or 6 restaurants that I would have normally just pulled into the drive in and bought lots of food I didn’t need and more than I should have eaten. They really aren’t even a choice for me anymore.  I actually ended up just driving home and making myself something here.  It’s the little things that make you successful.  It is a choice.  You can even choice between “bad” foods and make the best choice.


Rambling Man


There is another 5K at the end of this month.  More walking and more exercise.  It feels great to have a sense of accomplishment and I know you can do it to if you are looking to make the change.  The excuses have to stop.  Quit dying and get busy living. There is NO ONE who was in worse shape than I was in August of last year.  I started exercising not by walking 3 miles but by walking for 10 minutes and gradually moved my way up.  I’ve endured the pain in my legs and still do.  The mind is stronger than you think.  I had no business finishing that first 5K.  All those hills and carrying way to much weight, but I finished.  I wavered a few times but determination and the will NOT to fail overcame the physical obstacles.  It has been full speed ahead since then.  Enjoy your families and have a great spring.  Don’t sit on the couch and watch the days go by.  I’m done with that.  I’m working on myself and being more positive.  I’ve had my ups and downs and you will too.  I need to make more changes in many areas and it will get done.  Keep moving forward. Take the punch and keep moving forward. If you have success, don’t get complacent, keep moving forward.  Really it’s the only way to live.  Have a great week and God Bless.



“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Tracey on March 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Those pictures are incredible!!! You are such an inspiration. Thanks for all your doing for you and your family. Also thank you for sharing with us and continuing to inspire each and every one of us!!!! You are doing great!!!!!


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