Thursday, November 3, 2011

About me......

I guess if anyone is going to frequent my blog, they're going to need to know a little bit about me and where I'm coming from.   I'm basically your average, middle aged, suburban, cube dwelling guy with a wife and 2 kids, mini-van in the driveway.  I ran a little track in Junior High, and had been a casual runner off and on since then.  I've always been pretty healthy and thought I was "active" but managed to slowly put on a few pounds per year since high school.  Since I've been out of high school for almost 30 years, it doesn't take more than a few pounds   per year to become a significant issue.   I've always known I was carrying more pounds than I should, but hadn't realized how many until I tried to lose them.  Since I've been conscious of my weight for a long as I can remember I guess I had just accepted that I was a little larger than I should be. I'd go through periods where I'd eat a little better, or run a little more, but the "action point" where I'd decide to do something was steadily creeping up. ( I remember a point in college when I weighed 188 pounds and decided that was enough and lost 20 pounds.  Now I was well past that and never even thought I'd see that again. ). In addition to the back burner idea that I was overweight I went through a few experiences recently ( about a year ago now ) that increased my disappointment with my weight situation.  The details aren't important, and I'm not great at revealing a lot of personal details so we don't have to get into the specifics of them )  It was at this point that I discovered the magic formula for weight loss.  It was the simple secret to getting back in shape that had eluded me and millions of others for so so long !!  I had to exercises more and eat less.  That's it. More exercises + less food = weight loss  I know what you're thinking...no shit Sherlock, everyone knows that !  They do.  But it's a big step to get from knowing what to do, to actually doing it.   Unlike before, I was able to start doing it and even more importantly, to keep doing it.  My weight had peaked at 228 pounds.  Over the course of 8 or 9 months I was able to lose 70 pounds. 70 Pounds !!! I made some changes to my diet, and ran, and ran, and ran.  I now run a lot less and have added some other exercises, but my weight is pretty steady and I'm pretty happy with it.  I don't worry too much about what I eat anymore and things are going pretty well in that regard.  Keep reading along with me, and I may be able to help you start your own weight loss program, provide a little motivation to keep going when you're not sure if you can, and maybe make you feel a little better in the process.  Thanks for reading.

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