Getting your mind and body disciplined to lose weight is a lot like learning to ride a bike, I think. At first you’re wobbly, insecure, easily thinking, “I can’t do this!” But, with a lot of encouragement and the will to keep going, you start riding on your own! That feeling of, “I’m doing it! I’m riding a bike by myself!” is pure elation. Even if you need training wheels to get started, that liberating feeling when you’re cruising down the street on your own is pure joy.
So, I am starting to ride free of training wheels. My mind is locked onto getting to my goal weight, and my body is responding to the physical training I’ve put myself through. I signed up for a TEAM weight loss program at my gym and am really enjoying it. OH, it’s not easy, but that’s part of the fun. I actually jogged yesterday on the treadmill and was not out of breath or had any chest pains. Like a miracle, really.
Another good analogy: exercise is like marital sex (for women, I guess). You kinda don’t want to do it (nag, nag, nag), but when you’re done, you say to yourself, “Jeez, why don’t I every want to do this???” No more explanation needed. 🙂
In the spirit of massively greater transparency this year in 2012, I’m going to start posting my weight so anyone who’s interested can track with me. I started at 300 (count ’em!!) pounds. I have had some rocky loop-de-loops, but am progressively moving toward my goal weight which is around 160. So, even though I’ve lost a lot by most people’s standards, I still have a long way to go. Stay with me!
I invested in a Withings scale. Highly recommended. Already finding some interesting data points. For instance, I weighed more after I came back from the gym, but my total fat percentage was lower. Cool!
Here’s where we are today: