A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

Good Day Today, Good Days Ahead


It was a good day today.  I am starting to get the lay of the land at work, starting to understand the way the plant functions and my place in the operation.  Really enjoying the day, long and busy as it is.  I went in to work at about 5:30 this morning, left a little before 5:00 this evening.  The day went quickly and I think of that as a good sign.

I hardly ate at all today, a light breakfast, a black cherry yogurt and a trail mix bar for lunch.  Then I went to a Chinese/Japanese restaurant and had a salmon teriyaki bento box for dinner.  For a snack I will have another trail mix bar.  As you can see, I am figuring out how to eat responsibly and carefully and stay on the plan while traveling and living in a hotel.

I am anxious to have some homemade food when I get home tomorrow night.

To fill the time I am making use of the fitness equipment at the hotel.  I did a brisk 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer tonight.  I was thinking how 10 months ago trying to do that might have killed me.  Now it is a solid but not difficult workout.

Here is what I am thinking:  You can do it.  I did it.  I am not special, just determined.  YOU can do it.  I say that to myself all the time.  I am saying it to anyone who needs to hear it.  The hard part is committing to it.  Decide that life needs to change, that you need to change and you can do it.  Have a goal.  Commit to the goal.  Develop a plan.  Commit to the plan.  I have been telling myself this since December 27, 2011 and I have not stopped saying it.

If the last 10 months have told me anything it is that talking about it, writing about it, living it 24 hours a day is the way to do it.  Get friends involved.  Bore them silly talking about it, make it the central theme in what you do and you can make it happen.

I love who I am now.  I love being lean and fit.  I get a tremendous lift out of being able to do 20 minutes on the elliptical, ride a bike for 50 miles, spin on the stationary non-stop for 40 minutes.  I get a charge out of wearing a medium only ten months after wearing an extra-extra large. I even get a charge out of leaving the table satisfied, not full.

I love writing about the successes and even the failures and setbacks.  I guess losing weight and getting fit is my hobby and everything that goes in to that simply a part of the hobby.

The department I run is pretty far from my office.  400 feet or so I would guess.  I walk to the department many times throughout the day.  A year ago I would have dreaded it.  It doesn’t even register much with me now other than to calculate the steps in my mind and the benefit to my fitness level.

This weekend I am getting fit to my new bike.  I held back on purchasing it. I don’t really like to spend on myself.  But I came to realize that this is a very important part of who I am and who I want to be.  SO I did it.  I jumped in to the deep end of the pool and bought the bike.  A professional bike fitting is next.  Making sure everything adjustable on the bike is adjusted just right for me.  I am very excited about it.  I Just hope the weather doesn’t make life difficult…..

A good day all around.  A good weekend back with my family is ahead.


5 thoughts on “Good Day Today, Good Days Ahead

  1. thank you for getting a new bike. you need reliable and safe rides. i’m really excited for you.

  2. I’m enjoying the mental image of taking this sentence literally: “I jumped in to the deep end of the pool and bought the bike.”

  3. Was thinking when pt released you that you could get a few rides in on new bike before snowfall. Delighted you bought one!,,

  4. You deserve it. Glad to hear that the job is going well.

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