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Time for a recommitment - to weight loss

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:04am

clock imageEd. Note: This post is a personal checkin on my weight loss progress using the simple technique ofeating real food in moderation. If you’re interested in how I’ve lost 26 lbs. so far without dieting, surgery, or supplements, readFood, Drink, and Decadence: How the French stay thin, which sums it up nicely. Thanks for reading.

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

- Picasso

Since the beginning of the year I’ve made some big changes in my life. At the top of the list are the following:

  1. I have fundamentally adjusted my dietary habitsaway from packaged andfast foodto eating real food in moderation. Goodbye, old Twinkie friend. Au revoir, Coca Cola and Mountain Dew - we made a great team for a while, but our relationship was clearly becoming destructive. Sayonara, my happy-go-lucky Cheetoh buddy - how I will miss your humor and salty witticisms, but your services are no longer required.
  2. I left my corporate job behind a few weeks ago in pursuit of my own projects, including Almost Fit of course, as well as several others that are in the works. I’ve also started picking up freelance writing work already, though I really haven’t started pursuing it much yet. I am trying to launch at least one more site by the end of next week and then yet another in August. More details to come, but I can tell you that the second site is related to Almost Fit, and the third is focused on my technology background. And those are just the projects I’m talking about here…Fascinating, ain’t it?:)

Lots of other random things as well, things that are too boring to mention, but all of these changes have meant one thing:

My weight loss goals have been slithering quietly into the backseat-and that has to change.

To be clear, my eating habits with regard to quality are still intact for the most part (camping not included), which I am proud of. I still eat well, avoid fast food, and haven’t had a soda of any kind in months - but it’s the moderation and balance parts that have slipped into the shadows. My real food habits have been leaning much more toward the carb side of life (albeit good carbs) rather than the vegetables, and that has really ground my weight loss to a halt. I’ve been holding steady around 25 lbs lost for the year, give or take.

But standing still is not what I want out of life.

Regular exercise plus healthy diet equals…..?

One other note to my credit:Regular exercisehas definitely taken root. I ran another 3.5 miles this morning, which makes another 3 sessions this week, including 1 running substitution of shoveling dirt for 3 hours (I know shoveling is not “training”, but it is definitely a workout). Another small goal accomplished. I am reaching the point where I am starting to crave running again, and I hope to fit in a longer run this weekend.

My year’s goal is to lose 50 lbs total by December which is very attainable if I just get back on the wagon.

Well friends, the wagon has returned. Now if I can just keep the wheels on.

My interim goal for this month is to lose 4 lbs by the end of July, and another 6 by the end of August. 10 lbs in a month and a half should be more than doable with exercise and moderation.

Are ya with me?

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