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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sometimes Feeling Bad is Good

Last night was our anniversary, and we went out for a real nice dinner. The food was great, but I definitely ate too much. Crab appetizers, margaritas, big bowl of gumbo, a bunch of my wife's spicy steak pasta, and too many rolls and biscuits with butter. It all tasted great, but a few hours later I felt like crap because my body's not used to all eating all that, which I think of as a good thing. It shows that I've come a long way since January. Yeah, I always used to feel a little crappy after eating too much, but I was really feeling it last night and I think a lot of it has to do with the changes that have taken place in my body over the past few months.

Still there's more weight to lose and keep off, so back to the fight! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone and a special shout out to those of you in the service or with family and friends in the service.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Odd Form of Exercise

The other day, our neighbors and I dragged this old basketball goal out to the street to play hoops and we decided to just leave it there. See how there's no backboard? This is good and bad. It's still a lot of fun shooting around, but without a real backboard, you end up chasing balls all over the place. But the silver lining is I get a lot of extra pedometer steps in because of the extra running after the ball. Still, I'd like to get a backboard up there!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Champion of Breakfast

The last few days I've eaten either no breakfast or hardly any. And I've been eating it too late as well (9:30-10am). And I've found myself feeling really hungry for the rest of the day and night and eating all kinds of junk I normally wouldn't eat. So I am declaring myself a champion of breakfast and will start giving this meal it's due respect again.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Showing Up

Someone somewhere once said that 80% of life is just showing up, and I think that applies aptly to our journeys.

We all have days or even weeks where we get off track or as my blogger friend Kyle says "eat like a jackass." Many of us started out with a vengenance on New Years Day, updating our blogs everyday with every item of food we ate and every exercise activity we did. But eventually the realities and demands of life come crashing in and it gets too difficult to maintain the same kind of everyday focus we started with. Many of the bloggers I used to chat with frequently have long since disappeared, and I fear many of them have given up on all the good progress they had made. However, many of us others have toughed it out through these distractions and through fluctuations in motivation. You know who you are. Maybe we don't all post as often as we once did and maybe some of the initial momentum has worn off from when the journey started, but we are still here, we're still committed to our long term goals, and just because we might have eaten like jackasses we ain't going anywhere, I'm proud to be in cahoots with you guys and every one of you make it a little easier and more enjoyable for me to believe I can do it long term this time.

I've been showing up for 5 1/2 months and plan to keep showing up for many more.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hanging In There

We had a great friend of ours and her son from out of town and some other staying at our house for the past week so we spent time with them rather on here blogging, but I have been hanging in there on the weight loss. We tended to eat mostly at home instead of at restaurants, which is good. Granted some meals were not the healthiest. For example, our friend cooks amazingly authentic Mexican food, so we had to take advantage her offer to prepare dinner, right?  And the food was so good I that had to try some of everything. And on the nights my wife and I cooked, we tended to prepare things in less healthy ways than we normally would  (pan fried tater tots instead of oven baked, and so on) to appeal more to "the masses." Exercise also fell mostly by the wayside, and I gained maybe a pound or two, but no big deal. Back on track again...well after tonight's pizza anyway.

Hope y'all are doing well and have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What's to do in St.Louis

Our neighbors and friends of many years officially closed on the sale of their house today, and they are staying at our house for the next week or so to finish things up here in Tennessee. So it was kind of a bittersweet day. We'revery  happy for them to have removed the financial burden of maintaining a life in Tennessee and Kansas (job relo), but it was sad to see some guy pulling up in a UHaul moving into the house across the street where we've had so many good times. But life must go on - at this point they are more like family than friends anyway - so I expect our realtionship continue for many years to come even if we're separated by more distance and don't get together as often. We've figured out that St. Louis is the halfway mark (about 5 hours drive for each of us) so hat will probably become out new stomping grounds. If anything knows anything fun to do in St.Louis, shout it out.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Half A Pound!

Thanks everyone for the well wishes to Nashville.

On the weight loss front, I've been floating around the same spot for about a month straight and finally this morning, I weighed in a half a pound less. Now this half pound could be anything from a little water weight to scale fluctuation, but I'll take it! That leaves 7 more pounds to what I'm calling goal and at this rate it will take a good while to get there and that's OK. I feel a lot better these days than I did when I was eating so much, and I've adusted pretty decent to the lesser portions. Tonight, I had just 1 1/2 slices of pizza from our favorite local place when I would have have 3-4 or more in years past, and I was plenty full and that was fine. There was still that urge to eat more just because it's good but I think I am finally learning to live with less.

That's all I got for tonight, it's been nice catching up with everyone and I've missed reading your posts too. Good night!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2010 Flood

Haven't been posting to the blog much since getting back from the beach. Things were just starting to get back to normal when the floods hit Nashville, as I'm sure evryone has seen on the news. We didn't get any damage on our side of town. Just a lot of rain and tordnado warnings. Good friends of ours, however, have a house that is partially underwater. Anyway, it's been sort of a crazy week.

As far as weight loss, I've been holding my own. No loss, no gain, and I'll take it. My brother, who had last seen me in November barely recognized me when we met up in Hilton Head last week, which was cool. Am going to try to get back in the flow of the blog again. Good night for now.