Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I May Have Found The Answer

Today was one of those days where many people seemed to want to vent their troubles on to me.  I was sympathetic, but tried hard not to get any on me.  It felt like I was slogging through mud all day, getting worse by the hour.

By the end of the day, I was at the grocery store picking up some items for dinner.  Naturally, I thought that I deserved an extra snack for the way home.  Or maybe even to pick up some candy for a long drive that I have tomorrow.  This is how I have grown to be a very large man.  

I needed a treat to bring me some happiness.  And it definitely would have worked for a short while. 

But then I was surprised that I started repeating the thought "Food is not a reward, Food is not a reward, Food is not the answer". 

I don't know where that came from.  Probably God.  Maybe a recent post I saw on Clive's site, where he got a right good arse-kicking by Gaz and Toby (read the post, then the comments).

So, I steered away from the junk and went home.  Believe me, it was an achievement.

Then I went home and poured a nice vodka and soda.

I feel better already.

Big Clyde

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Shark Analogy Returns

Day 3 of eating very well.  Balanced diet, lots of water and a 1,800 calorie limit.  Doing fine.  Should have good results on Sunday's weigh-in.

But I am still pretty sore in my lower back due to a slightly compressed disc and weak core muscles.  I've been sore since my very short run about two weeks ago.  Maybe I should have walked it, instead of running the 2nd mile.  How many times do I need to learn this lesson?  At least once more, I guess. 

So, once again, I am like a shark...if I don't keep moving (at least walking regularly), I'll be in deep trouble.

How are all of you doing on this third day of the new year?

Big Clyde

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Winning Season

red-shirted last year.  Maybe some of you did also.  

On 12/22/11, my wife and I were enjoying our 22nd anniversary and we agreed that 2011 was our most difficult out of the 22 years together.  Our marriage was fine, but we struggled elsewhere.  And yet, our health, faith and family were all fine.  Certainly many others have much deeper struggles and we keep that in perspective.

But I am a believer in the change of seasons, or starting a new chapter, or...(choose your metaphor).  I think that it is convenient and healthy to consider January 1st to be the embodiment of that cheesy phrase "the first day of the rest of your life".

I weighed in this morning.  It was a much higher number than I wanted to see, but that is what happens to a guy like me with an office job, no planned nutritional program and a typical sedentary lifestyle.   I eat like an American (ordering the combo meals at McDonald's, eating the entire entree at a Mexican restaurant and snacking on sweets whenever I feel like it).  Some people have enough common sense to moderate themselves naturally.  I don't when it comes to food.

So, I have to get intentional again.  I really don't even mind it, because I have counted my daily calories before and dropped a lot of weight doing it, without huge sacrifices.  It just requires me to be intentional.

That is what I am doing, starting today.

I will run this year and I will bike.  But at my current weight, I will be walking more than running and focusing on days on the bike, not speed or mileage.  Improving speed and mileage will come soon enough.  For now, I have to consistently drop pounds by eating healthy food.

My short-term goal is to lose 12 pounds in January.  My long-term goal is to lose 75 pounds.  That will not put me at "skinny" by anyone's standards, but I think that is probably my healthy range.  I'll keep you posted weekly as to how I am doing.

My head is ready and there are no obstacles ahead.  This feels like I am starting a winning season and I am excited.  Thanks for following along.

Big Clyde