Wednesday, October 31, 2007

No Man (Or Woman) Is An Island

One of the themes that has been a constant since I started writing this blog is the idea that each person has to be responsible for their own weight loss. No one is going to do it for you, and when you deviate from whatever plan you're following to lose your weight, it is of your own doing. After all, no one is forcing any food down your throat.

But the fact that you have to do this for yourself does not mean that you have to do this by yourself. A strong support system is essential for anyone involved in a difficult venture and I am sure everyone reading these pages would agree that losing weight certainly qualifies.

That is one of the reasons Weight Watchers is so successful. Their meeting based weight loss approach has been thriving for over 40 years. It has definitely been a positive factor in my story. But it hasn't been the only one.

Being the computer minded person that I am, one of the first resources I turned to was the Weight Watchers web site. Their Community Message Boards offer dozens of different support groups to talk about all aspects of your weight loss journey. As a guy, I became particularly interested in the Guys On A Diet board, otherwise known as GoaD. The guys (and gals) who post there have a no nonsense approach to losing weight and offer lots of support for one another. The best part is that you don't need to be a member of Weight Watchers to read or write on the boards since they're open to the general public!

The blogging community is also very supportive. I found that out once I started this site. There are plenty of bloggers out there who are fighting the same fight against fat, yet we all bring something different to the table. Hopefully that enables us to learn from each other and try different approaches when we are running into stumbling blocks. You can check out the blogs listed in the sidebar or read the comments and visit the sites of the folks who post here.

In my opinion, the most important support group you can have is your family. Even though they may not understand the struggles that you're facing as you try to shred your excess weight, you can always count on them for unconditional love and support. Well, maybe it would be easier if Mom didn't try to fill you up with the best chocolate cake in the world every time to go to visit her, but hopefully you're lucky enough that she understands when you only have a small taste.

The trick is to take advantage of these and all the other support systems available to you. They're there, you just have to use them.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Weigh In: Week 79

Last Week: 160.0 lbs. (Unofficial)
This Week: 159.8 lbs.
Change: Down 0.2 lbs.

Starting Weight: 292.0 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 132.2 lbs.
Starting BMI: 43.2 (Morbidly Obese)
Current BMI: 23.6 (Normal)

Started WW: 25 April 2006
Reached Goal: 15 May 2007
Started Core: 13 June 2007
Reached Lifetime: 26 June 2007

I finally made it back to my meeting tonight for an official weigh in. Actually, it was my second meeting of the day, since I popped in to visit my old At Work meeting to help a coworker celebrate reaching Lifetime today. Congratulations, Alison!

At tonight's meeting we talked about other ways to measure our progress besides the scale. It's important because some people live and die by the number on that little box every week and lose sight of the other signs of success. The clothes that fit better, the increase in energy levels, the toned muscles, the easier breathing, the compliments from friends and family; these are all signs of success that are just as valid as the reading on that scale. It's very important to acknowledge those victories, especially because the scale can be quite fickle at times, leaving us feeling frustrated and cheated.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Weight Loss Blog Roundup #8

It's still Monday here in New Jersey, which means this week's roundup is still on time. Let's see what gems I was able to unearth for you this past week, shall we?

From John Is Fit, we get to listen to John as he talks about A Great Visit to the Doctor. Congratulations, John!

Crabby McSlacker takes a break from the usual crankiness and posts about Happy Healthy Things over at Cranky Fitness.

Jake is in the middle of dealing with a lot of physical issues over at Bring It!, but he's announced "I Just Won't Quit!"

60 in 3 has gone canoing, but before he left, Gal shared 5 Things I learned At Lunch with us.

Another loser discovers that it's not always the numbers on the scale that measures success. Just ask Israel of Fat Man Unleashed, or as I like to call him, The Incredible Shrinking Fat Man.

Finally, The Diet Pulpit's Lady Rose reminds us to be vigilant as she shares some Salad Secrets with us.

Thanks for checking out this week's roundup. I'm working on a few ideas for next week, so stay tuned...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Flights Of Fancy

I was lucky enough today to enjoy a special treat. A coworker of mine invited me to go flying with him in his homebuilt airplane! I may have mentioned it before, but just for the record I am a huge fan of airplanes and flying, so this was a big deal for me.

There's a small airport about 5 miles from my house and he had a reason to be landing there today, so I drove over to meet him and actually managed to get there in time to watch him land his plane. Once he parked the plane, I met him over by the skydiving school. His 89 year old cousin was going to go skydiving today!


My friend on final approach

Before his cousin and the rest of the family got there, we hopped into his airplane and took off for a little fun in the sky. It was a little windy, but once we got up to 4000 feet, the air calmed right down. The views were spectacular! We could see both the Philadelphia and Atlantic City skylines just by turning our heads.

Flying over South Jersey

Then the moment of truth arrived when my friend told me that the plane was mine to fly and let go of the controls. It's actually not as terrifying as it sounds, since airplanes like to fly straight and level. After a little of that and some simple turns, I gave control back to the left seat and we started back to the airport, where we had an uneventful landing.

Skinny Guy, Aviator!

The one thing that made this so enjoyable was that I fit into the cockpit of the plane without any trouble at all, something I wouldn't have been able to do 18 months ago. The plane seats two people and the interior is only about 43 inches wide at the shoulders. It didn't even occur to me that I didn't feel cramped up in that small space until I was driving home!

The only problem now is that I'm starting to feel an itch. An itch that I haven't felt in years. A very expensive itch. I wonder how much flying lessons cost these days...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Left to my own devices, I would probably go to bed around one or two o'clock in the morning, and wake up somewhere around nine o'clock. Unfortunately, the real world requires that I set my alarm for 4:30 AM so that I can get to my job and do my part to make the world a better place, or pay my bills or something like that.

Anyway, any reasonable person would assume that I would just get to bed that much earlier so I would still get a good night or rest. But noooo, my brain doesn't quite work like that. It's always raring to go late into the night, locked into it's own circadian rhythms and not giving a second thought about what time I have to get up in the morning, despite over 20 years of the same routine.

The result is many years of 4 and 5 hours of sleep per night and being an absolute zombie in the mornings until my brain realizes that yes, I am awake, and that I probably should be functioning at some higher level than that of a turnip. Which is probably why if I even needed a blood transfusion the doctors would call Starbucks* and not the Red Cross.

As it turns out, my lack of sleep may actually have contributed to my former obesity. Surely not as much as my 5 cheese steak a week habit, but a contributing factor nonetheless. Studies from the University of Chicago, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and the Harvard Women’s Health Watch all suggest that there is a direct link between the amount of sleep one gets and the levels of certain hormones that regulate appetite. In other words, the less sleep you get, the greater the chance of putting on the weight.

So do yourself a favor. Get some sleep.

(I actually began writing this post late last night, but started nodding off at the keyboard.)

* I don't drink Starbucks coffee, but there are more Starbucks in the world then WaWas, so I used the more universal reference...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Pretzel Man And Other Indulgences

Every Wednesday afternoon at work, one of the guys brings in some warm, freshly baked South Philly Style soft pretzels. They are big and doughy and covered with salt, just like a good pretzel is supposed to be. He also has a large squeeze bottle of hot Bavarian style mustard. Put a bit too much on your pretzel and, well let's just say it's difficult to describe the feeling of trying to regain control of your sinuses after the choking pain subsides.

I don't indulge in these pretzels every week, but every once in a while I'll decide that I want one. So I'll have one. I'll dutifully log the points for it, usually before I've even finished wiping the mustard from the corners of my mouth.

Sometimes I'll get a hankering for an honest to goodness peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My wife keeps our bread in the refrigerator, so I'll take out two slices and toast them ever so slightly, then smear two tablespoons worth of peanut butter on one slice, and sugar free strawberry preserves on the other, then mash 'em together. I usually wash it down with either ice cold skim milk, hot coffee or no sugar added hot chocolate, depending on the season.

I've already talked about my favorite fall cookie in this post. It took me about a month to get through the first box, and that was with the help of my family. Right now I'm still working on the first sleeve of the second box. I suspect the rest of the box may last through Thanksgiving.

The reason I'm talking about these indulgences is not to torture you. It's to make the point that these treats are things that I was not willing to give up in my quest to lose weight. So I did what I needed to do to fit them into my new lifestyle. That means that I don't have them all in the same week or on the same day or even in the same hour, which in the past wasn't as outlandish as it sounds today.

Now I take my time and enjoy them, and they taste so much better than anything that comes in a wrapper or bag that you mindlessly pop into your mouth and swallow before it even registers that you ate it. Be aware of what you're eating and make sure that it's worth it to you. Then find a way to fit it in. It's not easy, but it can be done.

Because I just can't imagine life without soft pretzels.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Secrets Of Successful Weight Loss*

Weight Watchers Edition

If you haven't already guessed, I'm a big fan of Weight Watchers. Their program has helped me lose over 130 pounds, and so far has helped me keep it off. Not every weight loss plan works for everyone. But if you're going to try Weight Watchers, here are the steps you need to follow to give yourself the very best chance for success. Keep in mind that Weight Watchers is not magic. It's not rocket science, either. But it takes a certain mindset to be successful at it, and not everyone who joins is up to the task. But it can be done. And here are the steps that will help you do it:

1. Make the commitment.

Do not fool yourself. whether you need to lose 10 pounds or 200, you need to make the commitment to do it. Weight Watchers, done correctly, is about a change in your lifestyle. It is not about going on a diet. If you are not willing to make the commitment to a new lifestyle, it is very likely that you will fail. So before you even walk in the door, make sure that your mind is in the game.

2. Be accountable to yourself, for yourself.

Now that you've made the commitment, don't sabotage yourself. Don't sell yourself short. You need to believe that you are worth the time and energy that it is going to take to do this. You will also need to stand up for yourself. You are the one who is responsible for every morsel of food that goes into your mouth. Don't give that control away to anyone else!

3. Read the materials.

There is a wealth of information in the set of materials you receive when you join Weight Watchers, whether you go to meetings or join online. Don't just skim through them. Read them. Familiarize yourself with the plans. Ask questions at your meetings or on the Weight Watchers web site. There are all kinds of resources available to you. Don't be shy. Use them. That's what they're there for!

4. Follow the program, as written.

This is where it falls apart for many folks. They either follow the program half-heartedly, rely on incorrect information from other people, tweak the rules to suit themselves, or haven't read or understood the program. Whatever your reason, you need to follow the program! Weight Watchers has been in business a long time and they spend tons of money researching the science behind their program and testing it in different markets. As far as I'm concerned, in most cases they know what they're talking about.

5. Enjoy the journey.

One of the key concepts of the Weight Watchers program is that it is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. You will need to learn to replace old unhealthy habits with new, healthier habits. But these need to be changes that you can live with, otherwise you will eventually give up because you will feel too restricted. Life is too short. Make changes you can live with and you just may be able to enjoy losing weight!

*While this post is geared towards the Weight Watchers program, the steps can be adapted to almost any program.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Weigh In: Week 78

Last Week: 160.6 lbs. (Unofficial)
This Week: 160.0 lbs. (Unofficial)
Change: Down 0.6 lbs.

Starting Weight: 292.0 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 132.0 lbs.
Starting BMI: 43.2 (Morbidly Obese)
Current BMI: 23.7 (Normal)

Started WW: 25 April 2006
Reached Goal: 15 May 2007
Started Core: 13 June 2007
Reached Lifetime: 26 June 2007

As you can see from the unofficial numbers this week, I managed to handle this week's challenges fairly well. Jury duty wasn't a real problem once I found a local restaurant with some healthy choices. And on Saturday, our anniversary night out was a lot of fun and I was able to navigate through all the food choices by watching portion sizes and concentrating on enjoying the show.

I don't have much else to say tonight, other than to encourage everyone working on their own weight loss to keep fighting the good fight!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weight Loss Blog Roundup #7

As promised, this week's roundup features the ladies. We even have two blogs that make their debut appearance on the Roundup. I hope everyone enjoys these posts as much as I have.

R.E. of A Healthy Path shares her thoughts on one of my own bad habits, Big Bites.

Weightwachen.com's Roni is ranting about Overeating, Cycles, & Binges.

The gulf between medicine and public health has Robin thinking about doctors and patients over at CR - Getting and staying skinny the healthy way.

Kathy Calculates: Weight Loss features a post all about Moderation. Thanks, Kathy!

What's in your head? Dinah Soar tells you that The Fat Is In Your Head in her Diary of a Not So Mad Housewife

To wrap things up, Crabby McSlacker talks about one of my favorite foods over at Cranky Fitness. Garlic: Stinky but Stupendous talks all about the pros and cons of that wonderful bulb.

That's all for this week. Be on the lookout for Roundup #8 sometime next Monday.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Party Like It's 1984

I took this weekend off from my usual routine, and for a very important reason. Yesterday marked 23 years of wedded bliss to my wonderful wife. I've learned over the years the importance of celebrating this day appropriately, and I'm happy to report that my better half has informed me that my efforts this year were highly successful and very much appreciated.

So what did I do to earn such high praise? I took my lovely wife and our two teenagers out to a wedding. Specifically, Tony and Tina's Wedding, an interactive dinner theater featuring the antics of two Italian-American families as they come together to celebrate the marriage of their two children.

The icing on the (wedding) cake was that the show was held on The Spirit of Philadelphia, a cruise ship that sails the Delaware River, giving fabulous views of the Philadelphia skyline and waterfront.

The actors did a fine job, especially when it came to involving the audience in the show. In fact, my son was picked on several times and even wound up in the family portrait! If you ever get a chance, it's a great show to see and I heartily recommend it.

Now to figure out what I'm going to do for our 24th anniversary...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Living Offline

Every once in a while, the world offline grabs a hold of me and won't let go, and this week seems to be one of those times. I've been dealing with all kinds of time thieves, some more important than others, but it was clear that something had to give. Unfortunately for the folks who come here to bask in the wisdom of Skinny Guy, posting to the blog is generally one of the first things to go.

We all have priorities in the real world and they affect everything we do. For the last 18 months my health has been near the top of my list, and as a result I feel better than I ever have. I'm eating better, I'm moving more and I'm actually in a better place intellectually and emotionally.

Don't worry, though. This post isn't an announcement that I'm going away or anything like that. This blog has been a helpful tool in keeping me motivated through my maintenance and it's introduced me to many like-minded folks who are a pleasure to interact with through their blogs. It's more of a pause to look over my shoulder to appreciate how far I've come in spite of all the demands in the real world. I'm damn proud of myself and there's absolutely nothing wrong with saying that.

And there's nothing wrong with any of you saying it either, no matter how far along you are in your journey. So make sure you say it today.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Path Of Least Resistance

This is going to be a short post after a long day.

I had jury duty today. I was actually able to find a decent spot for lunch. I was feeling good that I didn't have to settle for the hot dog carts or the fast food places all around the courthouse.

After I was done at the courthouse, I picked up my wife at home and drove her to a doctor's appointment. On the way home it was decided that we would order a pizza and take it home for her and my son to have for dinner. I was planning on whipping up a quick dinner from my stash of handy ingredients.

But by the time we got home, I was hungry, I was tired, and I just didn't feel like "whipping up" anything. So I had two slices of pizza. Not exactly the healthy dinner I had planned, but today the path of least resistance was a choice I could live with.

The difference is that I always used to take that path. Now, it's more of an aberration than a habit. There's been a fundamental shift in my mindset and I'm finding that I'm adjusting to it quite nicely.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Weigh In: Week 77 (Unofficial)

Last Week: 160.2 lbs.
This Week: 160.6 lbs. (Unofficial)
Change: Up 0.4 lbs.

Starting Weight: 292.0 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 131.4 lbs.
Starting BMI: 43.2 (Morbidly Obese)
Current BMI: 23.8 (Normal)

Started WW: 25 April 2006
Reached Goal: 15 May 2007
Started Core: 13 June 2007
Reached Lifetime: 26 June 2007

That's right, this week we have another unofficial weigh in. I'm not avoiding the WeightWatcher scale, we've just been pretty busy at home. And since I've already logged my official weigh in for the month, there's no added pressure to make the meeting.

As you can see, I'm up a little bit again, for the fifth straight week. While I am still way below my goal weight, I don't want to let this trend continue too much longer.

I'll be facing 2 challenges this next week. First up, I've been summoned for jury duty tomorrow. I'll eat my usual breakfast before I go, but lunch will be a mystery until we're released for lunch, whenever that may be. It shouldn't be all that bad, though.

The other challenge will be Saturday night when my wife and I will be out celebrating our wedding anniversary. We'll be going to a dinner theater where they will be serving Italian favorites such as Chicken Cacciatore, Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Italian Sausage, and Caesar Salad. I should be able to manage just find, but plenty of temptation will be there.

Good luck to everyone out there facing their own challenges this week, and remember, if I can do it, so can you!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Weight Loss Blog Roundup #6

Do you think I waited long enough to post the Roundup this week? Fortunately I'm a little more punctual at work! Without further ado, let's get to it:

This week I decided to do a Guys Only roundup. Don't worry ladies, it will be your turn next week.

Over at Ralph's RightSizingAmerica blog, he discusses the results of a poll and asks, "Best Fast Food Or Worst?"

Guess How Much I Weigh is a new addition to the Roundup, and Tony lets us in on His 5K Plan.

In his post I WANT DESSERT!, TB of TB's Journey talks about his longing for a real dessert.

In this weight loss adventure, acknowledging our failures is just as important as celebrating our successes. John of John Is Fit knows that when he says he Needs To Do Better.

Jonathan says If You Believe It, It's True over at Jack-Sprat.net.

Finally, Gal gives us a quick fix at 60 In 3 with The Quick Guide to Losing Belly Fat. Or does he?

Next week: An all ladies Roundup! Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cranberry Jaunt

I was back out on the trails of South Jersey today, as our hiking group met up on the edge of one of the Garden State's many cranberry bogs for another outing. Unlike last weekend, the weather was crisp and cool, ensuring a comfortable time for everyone.

The sandy trails wove around and through the bogs and cedar swamps, with plenty of nature to enjoy along the way. At one point we saw two deer across the water on one of the other trails, but that was the extent of the wildlife sightings for the day.

I'm certainly enjoying these weekend hikes. The folks of the outdoor club are very friendly, and I'm amazed at all the new things that I've been discovering in the place that I've lived for almost three quarters of my life.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Shopping Spree

Shopping for clothes as a fat man was never a pleasant experience for me. Ever since I was a kid and had to go to the "husky" section of the store, a feeling of dread would come over me each time I needed new clothes. Why dread? Because I knew I would have to schlep over the the big & tall store. Funny thing is, I never saw any tall guys there. At least not unless they were also very wide.

Once I walked through the doors, they still always seemed to be out of my size. Not that it mattered much, because the styles they were selling always seemed to have everything going for them but style. Unless, of course, you like to wear T-shirts sporting "big dogs" on them.

Once I began losing weight and shrinking out of my fat clothes, things started getting a little better. I still lived in jeans and T-shirts and sweats because I didn't want to spend a fortune on clothes that I'd have to replace in a month or two or three. But the freedom I felt when I realized that I could finally shop in regular clothes stores and not have to pay the big man mark-up at the B&T store was one of the best non-scale victories of my entire weight loss adventure!

Which brings me to earlier today. Next weekend my wife and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary and for our night out I had to buy new a new sports coat, dress shirt and slacks. We went to a local men's store where I was confronted with racks upon racks of clothes in my size. It was a thing of beauty to be able to have that many choices!

I was able to walk out of the store today with some new clothes that are very flattering thanks to the good fashion sense of my wife. In fact, I think I could even start to tolerate clothes shopping in the future. Maybe even enjoy it! Who knew?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Weigh In: Week 76

Last Week: 159.8 lbs.
This Week: 160.2 lbs.
Change: Up 0.4 lbs.

Starting Weight: 292.0 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 131.8 lbs.
Starting BMI: 43.2 (Morbidly Obese)
Current BMI: 23.7 (Normal)

Started WW: 25 April 2006
Reached Goal: 15 May 2007
Started Core: 13 June 2007
Reached Lifetime: 26 June 2007

It's been a great week for me this week. In continuing with my One Thing commitment, I've been putting a lot of energy into restarting my regular walking routine, and I've been able to parlay that energy into action for 6 out of the last 7 days. Now the pressure is on to keep it going!

This week is the fourth week in a row I've had a gain on the scales, but add them together and they still don't equal the loss I had 5 weeks ago. All in all, I've been very content with my maintenance journey. I'm looking forward to continuing my walking routines, especially since I've added hiking to the mix. In fact, I'm contemplating another outing in the woods this weekend.

Have a great week, everybody!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Weight Loss Blog Roundup #5

Happy Columbus Day to everyone in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada, and an all-purpose Happy Day to everyone else checking in today.

On to this week's edition of the Roundup:

Jake had a Close Call and talks about it over at Bring It!

Kathy Calculates not only weight loss, but whether or not she is a Confused Consumer.

TB takes time from TB's Journey to realize This Is Fun. Weight loss? Fun? He's serious!

Israel is back this week talking about part of his weight loss tools in his post Yogurt: One Of The Weapons In My Arsenal. Visit Fat Man Unleashed and read all about it.

Jennette is a new addition to the roundup, and over at Half Of Me she talks about A Matter Of Taste.

What exactly are The Benefits Of Gum? Head over to John Is Fit and let John lay it all out for you.

That's it for this week. Thanks to all of our roundup bloggers this week. It's great posts like yours that enable me to have something to blog about every Monday.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Happy Trails

Tiring of walking loops around the neighborhood and local parks and ballfields, I took to the internet earlier this week to see if I could find new and interesting ways to burn some calories.

My search led me to the Outdoor Club of South Jersey, and this morning I participated in a 6 mile hike through New Jersey's Wharton State Forest, near Batsto Village in the heart of the Pine Barrens.

There was a large group of folks assembled at the rendezvous point when I arrived, and a short while later we were on our way. The pace was comfortable, although the weather was unseasonably warm and humid. We trekked though heavily wooded areas, more open areas, along the Batsto River, over some small streams and even though historic Batsto Village.

The time flew by, so much so that I was surprised when we found ourselves back at the Visitor's center at the end of the hike. I'm definitely going to check out the schedule to find some more of these hikes to participate in!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Everything I Ever Wanted To Know About Food...

...I learned from the Nutrition Facts panel.

You know, that little white box hiding on the package that your food comes in. Do you read it? Do you understand it? Do you ignore it?

Since I started losing weight in April of 2006, I've sometimes felt I was a slave to the Nutrition Facts panel. "How many calories is this? What's the fiber? This has too many grams of fat!"

As time went on and I began dropping the pounds, I began to see that little white box as my ally in the Battle of the Bulge. In this battle, information is power and that panel is the ultimate weapon!

Am I being a little over dramatic? Maybe, but the fact remains that even now, there's not a day that goes by when I don't check the Nutrition Facts panel on a packaged food that I'm planning to eat.

Here's a video from the US Food and Drug Administration from 1995 that explains how to read and use the label:

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Friday, October 5, 2007

And The Universe Laughed...

I really don't know what I was thinking when I entered the drawing, but I filled out the form, dropped it in the box and went on my merry way. It was probably just out of habit. Maybe I was hoping for one of the consolation prizes, like a hat or something.

Yesterday as I was going through the mail, I noticed a letter addressed to me from my local supermarket. I opened it and discovered that my entry was pulled from the box and that I was the winner of a "Field Goal Party" in the store's "Ultimate Tailgate Party" contest.

I now quote from the letter (minus the store's name):

Your prize consists of the following: Party for 15-20 people
  • 3 foot Hoagie
  • 5 lbs. Potato Salad
  • 5 lbs. Buffalo Wings
  • 1 lb. Crab Bites (made with 100% crab meat)
  • Custom Decorated 1/2 Sheet Cake
  • 1 Case of Soda
  • 2 Bags each of Potato Chips & Pretzels
  • Plates, forks, napkins and cups
I really don't mind winning the prize. And I doubt that I'll have any major trouble being around all that food when we redeem the prize, although I'm sure I'll be sampling some of the wares. I'm just enjoying the irony of having entered hundreds of these types of contests over the years and not managing to win a thing until after I've finally managed to adopt healthier eating habits.

One More Thing

After posting One Thing on Wednesday, I took my own advice to heart and have managed to get at least a half hour of walking in every day since then. What makes it so unusual is that I've managed to wedge the walks in at work during my lunch and breaks, instead of sitting around and surfing the net. I even found a few guys to walk with during lunch.

All it takes is one thing, folks.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

One Thing

One thing. That's all, just one thing.

Doing just one thing can change your life.

It doesn't matter what this one thing is. Not as long as you do it. Don't talk about doing it. Don't think about doing it. The actual doing of this thing is what counts. It doesn't have to be a big thing. It can be the smallest thing you can think of.

But make sure you do it. And when you do this thing, take note of the result. Here's where it gets complicated. If you don't like the result of doing this thing, don't do it anymore. If you do, then do it again.

The sum of all the different things that you do make up your life. The small things, the large things, the easy things and the difficult things, they are what your life is made of. The things that you've done so far are what made you what you are today.

If you want to change what you are today, then you need to do things that are different than the things that got you here. And it has to start somewhere. So find something that will get you started. Anything. That one thing. And do it.

Because doing one thing can change your life.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Weigh In: Week 75

Last Week: 159.6 lbs. (unofficial)
This Week: 159.8 lbs.
Change: Up 0.2 lbs.

Starting Weight: 292.0 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 132.2 lbs.
Starting BMI: 43.2 (Morbidly Obese)
Current BMI: 23.6 (Normal)

Started WW: 25 April 2006
Reached Goal: 15 May 2007
Started Core: 13 June 2007
Reached Lifetime: 26 June 2007

I made it back to my regular meeting tonight. I'm only up a few ounces from last week's unofficial weigh in, so everything is is fine on the weight front.

I'm still having some issues on the exercise front, but I'm working on finding a way to get through them. I know it will come together, I just have to get it done.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Weight Loss Blog Roundup #4

It was a busy weekend at Gotta Keep It Off! headquarters, but now that the work week is here it's time to round up my favorite posts found on some of the many weight loss blogs out there on the internet. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.

Israel at Fat Man Unleashed Almost Didn't Workout, But Then...

Rob asks How Important Is Your Drinking Water? over at the Former Fat Guy Blog

Gal over at 60 In 3 helps us make choices when eating out by asking Appetizers, Good Or Bad?

Lily of Lilly Loss Lbs., guest posts at Cranky Fitness: Lily On Procrastination

JackSprat.net
's Jonathan comes up with a workable solution when traveling. Read about his Best Laid Plans...

TB gives us his Weight Loss Resume at TB's Journey

That's it for the roundup this time. Have a great week!