One thing I have decided to do, along with losing weight, is work on my attitude.
While I always considered myself an optimist, I really decided to put a positive spin on my lifestyle change.
I was reminded by a friend, that many people read this column and I have the power to build people up or cut them down. Depending on my words.
I take that responsibility very seriously.
Just like I do my health, which is one of the reasons I started this weight loss/modified eating program in the first place.
I was sitting in a recliner and I felt like I was closer to the cemetery than anything. This new program should add years to my life.
I well, I had a check up from the neck up and got inspired to do something about it.
I have been really proud of my success to this point. I went from 220 pounds of blubber on Dec. 31 to my current weight of 203. The first 10 pounds flew off and I did it feel great.
Now I have been stuck so speak in a place all people arrive at sooner or later, it’s called a plateau. I have been at 203 pounds for about a week. Just when I was about to make another big move, I could not the numbers on my scale.
But, as my wife pointed out, I have been doing well for so long, I was due for a little break.
So yesterday was my first cheat day.
I was the first day in the last 54 where I actually ate more than 800 calories in a day.
I did not exercise Saturday.
Then Sunday after church with the rain and temperatures falling, I sat down to a nice cheeseburger lunch I cooked.
Boy, I was a welcome thing.
I walked about a mile yesterday, so I guess, it was just a partial cheat day. But it was good to have a nice burger. I still stayed away from bacon. Then, had a delicious salad later.
But I feel like I have calmed my craving for a while.
As far as the plateau, I have an answer for that as well - a gym membership.
I’ve done well at my recent trips to Anytime Fitness and I am just beginning to crank up the intensity.
I’ve already gone a hour, yes an hour, on a treadmill, which is a accomplishment for my short legs.
I’ve worked out a least an hour on all trips to the gym. I’ve used the treadmill and stationary bike for cardio and just getting into circuit and free weights.
My buff, 164-pound son, has started to help with my program. He’s into weight training big time, complete with protein drinks and a tough schedule he sticks with religiously.
He took me through some curls with barbells, even some work on my triceps and biceps. We even chunked around the medicine ball.
It was nice to have a little variety. Lifting weights is something anyone can do. You don’t have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Start small, it all helps to keep you encouraged.
No gravy zone
I am eating more fish, fruit and cereal.
I have added yogurt and it’s a nice change for something sweet. It is better for you than pies or cakes.
I have allowed myself animal crackers as a little fun treat. They give me a break from fig bars.
With the cold, icy weather, I have really been warming up to soups and stews, low fat and so tasty.
Thanks for the kind words. See you on the other side of this plateau.
I am in this for the long haul. I said I wanted to drop 30 pounds, by April 26, my birthday.
I am still on track, I already feel younger and have more energy.