Monday, April 28, 2008
Last night, on a lark, I tried on my "fat" jeans. They fit! It's hard to imagine that I allowed myself to go beyond the fat jeans, but life is what it is, and when you don't pay attention, working 12 plus hours a day, it creeps up on you. With the scale still MIA somewhere in Missouri for repairs, putting on these jeans verifies that I have lost at least four inches, and 20 pounds total. So, even without the scale, I am certain that I am making progress.
I'm going to ride this wave, and take the positives garnered from it, and apply it to the rest of my life. Things should be looking up. Happy begets happy.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Since I couldn't get an accurate weight today, I'm holding on for dear life to the five pounds already noted at the four-week mark, two days ago. I sent the scale back for repairs today. It cost double what the company estimated to ship back, but it is, at the very least, a measure of my commitment to this quest.
If I am able to stick to this plan, I am almost certain that my general performance level will markedly improve, which in turn will help my personal outlook, which will not become an issue in seeking the job of my dreams. It's a positive domino effect, and I'm looking forward to tangible results.
I'm beginning to believe all the hype from my Lifestyle Scale: I'm on my way!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This, for me, is an interesting question: I fear that my bathroom scale is off, and I'm not quite sure where I stand now. Since starting this quest a month ago, I have added a lot of new and good habits. I know that I am heading in the right direction (finally!), so perhaps that five pound loss is real.
Nonetheless, I will send the scale in for repairs (it shows my commitment to this quest), and hope that it does not come back telling me that the weight loss to date was not true. Ohh, the devastation of it all!
Being a member of the medical community, it is very important for its members to "practice what we preach." We cannot advise our patients that it is imperative to lose weight, stop smoking, cut down on fats and cholesterol, if we are sitting opposite them with a significant degree of corpulence of our own. That's hypocrisy. And it's counterproductive in a primary care practice.
So here's to practicing what we preach, and making the outside conform to the inside.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I love the accountability the website forces you to make. I can actually see where my errors have been in the food distribution department. After two and a half weeks of this I must say I am getting better at this. Water is surely one of the keys. I'm getting in the eight cups now regularly by merely filling up a mug that holds two cups and using sparkling mineral water. Who thought I could get through a case so fast? Simple tricks, good results.
Yesterday, I mapped out "mile markers" for the balance of the year in my day runner. Where I would like to be weight-wise at the end of each month, conservatively estimating a one pound weight loss per week. I made it conservative so if the loss is greater, I will feel that much better. I was amazed at where I would be by the end of December! It's good to have sign posts.
Now to start working on the exercise portion of the program. With the weather getting warmer, there are no more excuses not to do some power walking. Once I get this in regularly, I can advance confidently to Stage 2.
Small steps, big results. What a blessing this site is!
Monday, April 07, 2008
"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Addendum (April 28, 2008): When I found this quote, I was delighted, because it reflected what my mother used to say, "Don't plan...do!" Now I wonder if this was her source, but I never forgot the words of wisdom it imparted to me, and I still hear it resonating in the caverns of my memory. It wisely reminds me that there is a limit to what we can plan without action. Sometimes we just need to take the plunge and get dirty and just do it.
I have to remember that more often.
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