Friday, November 09, 2007

Big-Boned

After watching a video from Netflix, You Fat Bastard: On a Diet, recommended by a friend, I began walking again.

That was 15 days ago.

So far I've lost 4 inches off my gut(!), but only about 5 pounds (I didn't weigh myself when I began, but only had a general idea from the last time). I'm happy about the gut. I've got a long way to go (literally "miles to go before I sleep"), but I'm refreshed and ready to keep on walking (at 5:00 a.m. every morning - pity me, people).

I have some new shoes arriving in the mail today.

I lost weight when my first two children were born about eight years ago - about 75 pounds. When I began to teach, I stopped exercising, and began self-medicating with food. I gained 90 pounds. "Shut up!" they said. I know, but it's sadly true.

I want to be around for my grandchildren and that's not going to happen unless I get this weight off - not with my family's medical history. Besides, most days I feel like crap at this size - physically and often emotionally. And that ain't good.

I need to better watch what I eat still, but I'm working on that.

5 comments:

paul said...

There you go, Scott.

Alison & I have found that a labrador helps with keeping one consistent in the exercise regime.

If Jack doesn't get his walk, the pent up energy in him can easily turn to mischief. Plus, it's very satisfying to glance down while walking and see those big black eyes happily looking back at you.

alison said...

Way to go, Scott!

As someone whose father died too young I am celebrating your desire to be there for your children and grandchildren.

I got into the habit of exercise a several years ago to "get in shape" and have found that I need the exercise as much for my mental health as my physical.

Dan said...

Good on ya, Scott. That DVD is a serious wake up call, isn't it?

Mary Poppins NOT said...

I was walking 5-7 miles 3-5 times a week, then over the summer lost my stride. I need to get back to it, and I will give it a go tomorrow. But maybe at 7:00 instead of 5:00.

kkollwitz said...

I've found it easier to maintain my weight by eating progressively less over time than by exercising. At 50 I eat maybe 1/3 of what I ate at 20, and expect to reduce my intake further as necessary.
I suppose I find it easier than exercising on a schedule that would produce the same result.