Sep 092012

Me On 2012-10-20UPDATE: (2012-10-23) As of this past Saturday, October 20. I have lost 100 lbs. Previously, in cleaning out my closet, I decided to keep one of the last pair of pants I bought before starting the diet. So, here’s the obligatory photo of me in those pants today. Just 30 weeks ago, these pants fit. There’s still a ways to go, but I’m two-thirds of the way there now.

I haven’t written much about this because it’s kind of embarrassing, but if you know me, you know I’m a big guy, and I have always been a big guy. However, over the past 5 or 6 years especially, I’d really put on a lot of weight. I  finally reached that breaking point, and realized I had to deal with it, so what follows are some random thoughts I’ve had about weight and weight-loss.

Back in the early ’80s, after college, I decided to lose weight. I started with a 1500 calorie diet, and lost nothing in two weeks. I went to 1,000 calories a day, and lost about 2 pounds in two weeks. Given the amount of weight I needed to lose, I knew I could never keep up a 1,000 calorie a day diet for the time it would take me to lose the 60 pounds I wanted to lose, so I went to an 800 calorie per day diet, and like magic I started losing one-half to one pound per day. Even after several weeks, when I allowed myself to cheat a little on weekends, I still kept losing.

This was no magic diet. It was just very low caloric intake, and as such, you had to eat exactly the menu for each day to get the proper nutrition. As I recall, one of the dinners (the big meal of the day) was two fish sticks, a half cup of broccoli and a patty of butter. I know many argue that rapid weight loss like that isn’t healthy, and it’ll just come back. Indeed, I did, as is often the case, gain it all back, and more, but that was over a nearly 25 year period, and caused because I just didn’t pay any attention to diet, and particularly exercise.

That diet worked for me, and if I could have found it, I would have done it again. I’ve read several diet books over the years, including the original Atkins book, and at various times I’d tried some do-it-yourself diets, but I just never stuck to it. I know a number of people who’ve had pretty good success with Weight Watchers, and I’ve considered that program, but again, just never followed through. Continue reading »

Starting out 2012

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Jan 022012

I’m back. I know I haven’t posted much this entire year. I was writing a lot for work, and frankly there hasn’t been much of interest going on in my life. I admit a lot of the aspects of life I’m not happy with are under my control, and I plan to work to make some changes this year.

Like most people, I’ve made some resolutions for the coming year, but this year they are critically important, and are made with a lot of thought.

  1. Foremost is probably the most common one, to lose weight. I’ve got to drop a lot of weight this year, and exercise a lot more. I’ll start with walking, and I may try Weight Watchers.
  2. I plan to write more personally. This includes getting back to posts here on a more regular basis, looking for opportunities to publish professionally, and keeping a personal journal. I’ve made a resolution to keep a journal before, and the results have always been mixed. When I do it, I enjoy it, and I have always found it interesting to go back to previous journals from years ago.
  3. Expanding my personal network. Lay and me have stayed home and kept to ourselves for some reason on a personal basis, and this year I’m going to spend more time with friends. With work, I’ve been much less involved in the various professional networks that I used to be, and my professional network is not nearly as robust as it needs to be, so I’ll be working on that.

2011 was not a great year for a lot of people, and I know I am much more fortunate than many. But this hasn’t been a banner year in this household either. I don’t have a lot of confidence that things will improve much. I think as Americans we’ve allowed ourselves to be so divided and duped that we’ll never be able to recover and accomplish great feats as a nation.

It is clear our political system is completely broken, and I don’t see anyone on the horizon with the leadership abilities or a desire to change it. The system is based on corporate money.

I did have a nice Christmas. I was ready early with no last minute scrambling this year. We seemed to find gifts everyone wanted, and didn’t totally break the bank. Lay and me traveled to North Carolina the Friday before Christmas, and drove back on the 26th. The trip was short, but he doesn’t do well hanging out in Kings Mountain. I’ll be going back in February by myself to visit mom some more. That’s another I’ll be doing this more of this year…visiting mom.

I wish I could be more upbeat, but I’m just not sure we can find ourselves out of this mess.