Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I'm thinking of that old Ajax commercial: Stronger Than DIRT!
Well this week began my "Season of Pain":
...all the "easy" pounds have been lost!
While following a very similar food plan this week...the same plan that brought me nearly a one-pound-a-day loss during my first two weeks, I did a mid-week weigh-in and EEK! I was a pound UP!
Now a calorie range of 1400-1600 doesn't seem all that luxurious, but I knew I was going to be SORELY disappointed if I didn't show a loss only three weeks into my efforts.
So I cozied up with my two buddies Hunger and Season-of-Pain and said "okay, ya wanna play hardball?" Tightened things up to around 1200 calories and VOILA!
Wrapped up the week with another 3 pound loss!
I'm already weighing less than my lowest weight of 2013...woo hoo! My clothes are giving me a pleasant pat on the back and fitting better.
Had a nice spinning session yesterday evening, met a young fellow who was going it pretty good on his bike and asked if he did road cycling which he said "a little bit." So I told him about our bike club and encouraged him to hit the road with us. He said he might take me up on it...hope he does! We need some younger folks onto whom we can pass the torch! :-)
My mp3 player served up some great tunes for me: Jackson Browne's solo acoustic version of "The Shape Of A Heart"...not a song with a pumped up beat, but a song with pumped up "heart" that keeps me going! Paul Simon's "That Was Your Mother" from his superb Graceland album with his South African band snap-crackin' through their Zydeco romp!
And what an apt finale song (sometimes the ESP of the shuffle setting is eerie good!): Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror"...turning up the collar...gonna make a change for once in my life...gonna make a CHANGE! YES!
An afterthought: you know, it really wasn't like I was playing "hardball" with my buddies...but playing "hardball" with MYSELF! My buddies continue to do me the favor of showing me what works vs. what doesn't. And for that I have nothing but gratitude!