Reaching for Less

“… pre-diabetic, pre-hypertension, obese…” the words faded away as the “lifestyle counselor” reviewed the numbers scribbled on the page in front of her. She probably said more, but by that time, I had tuned her out.

The conversation was taking place at my work’s annual employee wellness screening. It’s something I’ve done countless times before. But this time, something was different.

Her words kept coming back to mind as I stewed, mad that yet again, I was struggling with my weight. I knew she was correct. My pants were fitting tighter and tighter. And I never stood on the scales when I had a choice, after all, the numbers mocked me when they shone back up at me.

Ten years ago I lost nearly 40 lbs over the course of a summer, but as I reached within 10 lbs of my goal, life got in the way, and I fizzled out. In the last 10 years, the weight on the scales has kept climbing.

As I continued to think about the words of the “lifestyle counselor”, I realized that it was in my hands to make a change. I was tired of cloths not fitting, feeling out of breath as I climbed the stairs, and concerned about my overall health.

That was 15 lbs ago.

A month or so back, I visited my cardiologist and found that not only has my resting heart rate dropped, but my blood pressure is now notably lower.

And today, I finished a 5k. My time didn’t make any records, but I couldn’t be happier to see the progress.

I’m still “in-progress”, my belts are getting loser, but I’m headed down and I can’t wait!

My Line in the Sand

Back in April, I wrote about my new fitness training program. It was a purely selfish reason that I did it: I didn’t want to get showed up by my “addicted to running” friend. However the side effect was that by the time I ran Bloomsday, I had lost almost 20lbs!

The afternoon after I ran Bloomsday, I flew to Seattle for work. I realized, while standing in line at the TSA without a belt, that my pants didn’t say on like they used to. Aside from the work to keep the pants up, it was a good feeling. On returning home, I got to purchase some new pants.

But soon the running and daily tracking of my eating fell apart.

I continued to monitor my weight over the summer and amazingly it is still the same as when I ran Bloomsday! That’s a positive.

So I have set a new goal. Be at 200lbs by New Years. That gives me 16 weeks from today. And I think I can do it.

This morning I weighed in at 228lbs. Sixteen weeks to loose 28lbs. At 2lbs per week, it’s an attainable goal.

Let this be my mark in the sand. From here till New Years, I’ll be tracking my progress daily online at’s Daily Plate Tracker or on my iPhone.

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