The days of August are often referred to as the dog days of summer, because usually by then the novelty of the summer season has worn off, and you are finally ready for the cooler temperatures of the Fall. Well, this last week was definitely the dog days of winter.
The dog days of winter …. those two to three weeks in January after the holidays, the let down after the excitement and anticipation of the holidays and Christmas and decorating and Christmas cookie making and family and friend gatherings. When you are returning to your normal work schedule and not really much to look forward to in terms of holidays or celebrations until we get to the spring time. To top it off, it has been insanely bitterly cold here in South Carolina. Teens in the mornings, barely breaking into the 30s in the afternoons. Ugh, yuck. Get me to spring as quickly as possible!
Anyway, this post celebrates my second official Friday weigh in of 2018. It was a successful week eating wise, going to the gym wise was not as successful. I have not quite figured out how to work a few gym trips into my Monday-Friday work schedule yet. Not sure how it is going to work, but I will figure something out.
So this week, the weigh in was 271.8. That is exactly two pounds less than last week’s weigh in. I set a few goals on January 1 for me to meet by the end of January. 270 pounds is my weight goal. That seems doable at this point.
I also recently added some weight goals to my calendar. I added 250 pounds by the end of March 2018, and 235 by Memorial Day. 250 pounds would likely be the lowest I’ve weighed since moving to South Carolina back in 2010. 235 pounds would be just 15 pounds more than I weighed when I met my wife back in 2003.
It will be so nice to get to the summer with those goals met. Last summer we went to an amusement park with the kids, and it turned out I didn’t fit on some of the rides I easily could have fit into ten years ago. There was one roller coaster ride that I absolutely barely fit into, pretty much if I didn’t breathe that deeply. Yikes. That wasn’t a good feeling. Anyway, that’s not happening this summer, I can tell you that!!
Anyway, so why am I doing these posts? I think it has a bit to do with taking on some accountability. If I can put these words out there, perhaps that will go some way towards me trying to take more seriously maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I think this blog has gradually triggered a change in how I view food. Now I am trying to enjoy my food much more, and importantly, figuring out what it is about food that is so enjoyable.
I’ve also been able to come up with strategies to take control of food and restaurants and grocery stores, rather than let that all control me and my eating decisions. Never do I go to a fast food restaurant and eat what they want me to eat. I don’t get the combo meals anymore. There’s no reason to think that the restaurants are making sound nutritional decisions for us when they put together their combo meals. So come up with your own choices. Quite frankly, taking control works. And my last 30 pounds of weight loss while never feeling deprived of anything says so.