Beginning to feel a difference

May 25, 2009 by

Well, it's been more than a month since I began working out using EA SPORTS Active.  I'm down 15 lbs now and my goal when we get on the plane to fly to Yosemite in 12 days is to be down to 337 lbs, down from starting weight of 369.  Can I do it?  Yes, I'm going to. 

My weekend has been a series of conversations with myself, in between interacting with all of my kids, cooking, and physical activity, and I'm learning a lot about me.  I'm putting things into perspective and setting goals for myself.  I'm deciding what's important to me.  Deciding if there are things I need to stop doing or let go of.  This has led to some serious soul searching; an important part, according to Bob Greene in his book, Total Body Make Over

I've been trying to decide who I want to be.  What I want to look like.  What I want to do.  How do I want to change my life?  And then I've been weighing through the host of questions Bob asks in the first 40 pages of this book.  These are some very important questions that one must understand, think about and resolve to fix in order to lose weight.  What are some of them?  And what are some of the questions I've asked in addition to the ones posed by Bob? 

How did I get overweight?  What have I stopped doing over time that I still should be doing?

Do I consider myself a victim of life's circumstances or do I have control over my life?

What foods do I use to deal with my emotional pain?  What emotional pains do I typical suffer from?

Am I a procrastinator?  (I'll address that question later….!)

Do I blame others for not eating right or exercising?

What excuses do I use to keep from exercising?  Do I do this?  Is my knee pain, my hamstring pain that I've been dealing with for the past two to three years real or is it something I use as an excuse?

I've also had the conversation with myself about who I want to be and what I want to look like.  It's time to begin trying to look like that person. 

I want to weigh 220 lbs by the summer of 2010.  Two-hundred twenty pounds.   I'm at 344 at last weighing.   My waistline at present is 52 to be loose fitting.  I have the jeans to prove it.  I want to be down to a 34-36 inch waist come this time next year.  I want to be wearing large or XL shirts and get rid of all the 3X and 4X ones I have now and wax cars with them.  I have a Whrrl.com shirt that's a 2X.   Ultimately, I want even that one to be too big for me.  It's too small at the moment.

Other goals I have set for myself include running again.  In a year's time I want to be able to carve out 1.5 hours of my day to exercise, in the form of an EA SPORTS Active, weights, running, swimming, walking exercises. 

There are other goals I have that I want to come out of this year-long, rest-of-my-life health plan.  I won't share them all here. 

But here is what's become sort of a mission statement for me:

I want to become the best there is at something and excel at doing that in such a way to open new fiscal opportunities for my family that helps support the advances of my wife and seven children, and helps give each of them the opportunity to be who they want to be. 

There you have it.   I'm sure that's going to get reformed as I go along, but that is my plan now.  To build a plan around that statement and find a way to make it become a reality by living better, eating right, and getting the exercise my body deserves. 

Please.  Stop.  Read these questions.  Think them through and consider how they apply to your life.  What do you need to change in your life in order to begin getting serious about getting fit?  I have found that when I want to eat something bad, I can stop an ask myself a question: "Why would you want to put that in your body?  Do you dislike yourself that much?"  That usually works. 

And so now I also want to post two photos.  Then Now 1

We took studio shots here at the house back in October.  We took more today.  They're different angles, but to me, it really feels like my face has thinned a lot in the past month.  Maybe you can't see it, but I can feel it.  One woman in Bob's book said it wasn't until she lost her first 70 pounds before anyone noticed she was getting thinner.  Seventy pounds.  Don't get discouraged, me.  You've got 55 more to go to get to that point.  Let's get it going on.

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