October 2014 Results
Up until September 30, 2014, I was eating whatever and however much I wanted and not exercising at all. On October 1st, 2014, I began my latest journey. I began walking again — sometimes once a day, sometimes twice a day, always a mile each time. I started connecting with people who encouraged me to keep going. I installed a couple of apps (RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal) on my phone to help me keep track of my diet and exercise.
In September I was eating garbage. In October I literally climbed a mountain.
I won’t lie. I weigh myself every morning, even though the experts tell you not to do that. I had to know that my efforts were working and weren’t going to waste. They weren’t. Each day or two, another number would be knocked. off.
In one month I lost 21 pounds.
Now, caveats galore — I went from 0 to 60 in month, so I expected to do quite well. Some of that weight was water (beer) weight. My body spent much of October in shock, wondering what the hell was going on. Now it knows.
I detest talking about weight loss in real life, but changes began happening. A couple of shirts that were too tight to wear now fit again. I have more energy than I’ve had in a long time. A fitness company asked me if I would be willing to show off my abs in their latest commercial. Okay that last one didn’t happen, but a few people have noticed and given me compliments and that’s enough to make me keep going. Also my wife told me my back looks skinnier. I was not aware that I had a fat back before. I have learned a lot during this journey.
A couple of my friends have posted “then and now” pictures while losing weight so I thought I would put one together too. The picture’s probably pretty small due to this site’s layout but you can click on it to make it larger if you want.
I’ve had a hard time seeing any real difference in real life but I can start to see it in this picture.
For November I plan to keep doing what I’ve been doing. Susan, the kids and I went to the YMCA last night for the first time in six months. I walked 28 minutes at 3mph, and then jogged for 2 minutes at 5mph. I have never jogged that fast for that long without someone chasing me, and even then I don’t think I would have made it two minutes.
I’ll be adding more “monthly statuses” around the first of each month to keep track of my progress. I lost 21 pounds last month and my goal is for another 10-15 this month and every month after that until I’m either healthy or dead, whichever comes first.