How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…
20 pounds down/75 pounds to go.
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I had hit that magic 20-pound mark. Why do I say magic? Because that first ten pounds, especially when you have 95 to lose, is really fairly easy. You have the exhilaration of finally doing something about the weight, and the energy that brings with it. You cut back on eating, starving for that first two-three weeks and bingo. 10-pounds down.
It is those next ten where the real work begins.
The next ten pounds are won through continued dedication, exercise, pushing past your fears and self-imposed limitations. It is in those next ten pounds that you have to start developing the true good habits. Eating less for sure, but also eating right. More veggies, less dairy, less salt, more fruits….
It is when you have to start pushing past the complacency that helped lead to the weight gain to begin with. Getting out and doing the walks, climbing the hills. It is during the loss of those next ten pounds, as the loss starts to slow, that you have to find motivation deep inside. When you want to sleep late on Sunday you have to get out of bed and take the dog for the long walk, not the quick out-and-back.
Of course, when I say “you” I am saying ME. I have to do these things, establish these habits and push myself past my inclination towards the sedentary. I have to keep working, keep thinking keep planning every move of the day.
I plan everyday out in my head every morning. What I will eat for breakfast, what I will do about lunch (have it, not have it, have what if anything), what I will have for dinner and for my after dinner snack. I plan when and how far I will walk and how many calories I expect to burn while doing this.
Is this extreme? Maybe it is but it is what is working for me and I know from past and bitter experience that as soon as I stop planning, stop thinking, stop watching every move, every meal, every step, I will gain the weight back.
I am feeling GREAT. This blog, the FITBIT, and the LoseIt.com website are all helping me keep the focus I need to keep this going.
Tonight I will ask my missus to take a picture of me at 20 pounds down and I will post it on the blog. I will then post new pictures as we go along every so often to show further progress.
Someone kindly called me an inspiration. I guess some people are taking inspiration from this blog. This both stuns and pleases me. I am doing this blog for very selfish reasons. I need your support and encouragement. That this blog is helping others reach for their goals is wonderful to hear. I am pleased to be able to play a part, no matter how small, in helping anyone work towards a healthier self.
75 pounds to go. That seems so much closer than 95 pounds. Much closer than the 20 pounds would indicate.
I am encouraged and energized. I know that with my desire and your support I will get there. I know it. I know it at a level I cannot describe.
By March, I will be back on my bike. I will be outside riding my 10-mile loop at my 12 miles per hour. Slowly I will build the distance and the speed as I build up my endurance and my strength. When I am doing two laps of the 18-mile loop, I will know I am ready for the 50-mile ride in June.
I am enjoying the way I am eating now. I love the vegetable intensive diet so much that I am considering going vegetarian for a while. Not vegan, I am not sure I can give up all animal products. I like my cereal with cow’s milk, and the occasional bagel with cream cheese. However, I think I can go vegetarian, giving up meats entirely with only the occasional egg and some dairy. We have several vegetarian cookbooks and I am sure I can find inspiration there. I have to give this some thought….
One of the people following “A Fat Man’s Journey” has a blog of vegan recipes of southern style cuisine. I saw some very interesting recipes there. Tonight I plan to add the blogs of the people following this to the blog roll (how many times can you fit the word blog in to a sentence).
My family has been fighting a stomach bug than has laid them low but has so far missed me. This got me thinking of the line in the movie “The Devil Wear Prada”:
“I am one stomach flu away from my goal weight”.
Hardly… However, I know I will feel that way when I am 215…
So 20 pounds down. I am jazzed and ready to tackle the next 20. Eating the Elephant one 20-pound bite at a time.