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Monday, December 31, 2018

Q4 - 2018 - Introspection

Wow, I started to track my weight in June of 2009! 

I've been fairly consistent in tracking my weight in and out of season. As I reflect, it's profound to me how much weight I move without very much effort.  Droping or gaining 15 to 20 lbs. is nothing for me. 

2013 was a huge year for us all.  Primarily, this is the year that Debra fought cancer (and won) and I fought weight as a way to cope; and, was fairly successful. At the same time, it's probably the most frustrating.  I remember the promises that I made to myself and the goals that I set, and after 5 years, I can look back and see that I didn't meet most of those goals. (not forgetting the marathon of course)  

2016 would be the last time I would see under 260. I know that I reflected on the August pattern last year so no need to repeat it here. 

While I met a few financial goals in 2017, I just couldn't meet my physical goals and break the 271 barrier.  2017's weight-gain would set a profound pattern for 2018.

In 2018, I got complaicent. This is the first year that I've been above 320 lbs. and spent most of the year at or near that level (a height of 327 lbs.); and I've managed.  "Managed" is a big word.  I've managed some physical limitations, managed limits on my personal activities and managed restrictions in some fairly private aspects of my life. Fearfully, this complaincy has made me casual with my health. I'm not suicidal but I'm not fearful of the risks either. 

In 2018, I thank the Lord for allowing me to enjoy so many wonderful activities.  While complaincy was not a great friend, I was introdcued to joy who came along side and ensured a memorable year.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Q2 - 2018 - Update - Record set

322 lbs., I have no words to describe how I feel about being the heaviest I have ever been.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Q1 - 2018 - Update - Simple Formula

It has been a tough few months for sure.  It's a simple formula:

[weight gain] = [no exercise] + [no dietary restriction]

You will notice that I had a big dip in January.  I decided to try the "Keto" style diet and it worked real well for weight-loss but messed me up something bad. It took me a couple of weeks to recover from the symptoms and now I'm back to being leveled out.

This graphic is self-explanatory on the walking/running progress.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year - Jan 2018

Happy New Year! The holiday season was good to me for sure.  Spending time with family and friends are the highlight of my Christmas and New Years season and this year filled my love tank to the brim.

Well, I started the holiday season knowing that I typically gain weight so I did my best to keep it in check and did fairly well all the way up to my trip to Florida at the end of December. I'm happy with my results in November and December but crushed that I gained nearly 10 lbs. in one week. I knew that I was eating a lot but didn't think it was this bad.

If there's a silver lining, I'm still at a deficit for the year and down 10 lbs. year over year so there's still time to get ahead of this.

As mentioned in my last post, this chart tells it all.  No exercise equals weight gain. 32 miles in November helped to keep my weight in check, but only 11 in December contributed to the upward climb for sure. One of the things that added to less exercise was an overloaded work schedule.  Between overtime at my full time job and nearly 30 hours at Pizza Hut,  there just wasn't any margin for exercise.  While my wallet is appreciative, my waistline is not (and other aspects of my health, naturally).

If I'm being brutally honest, this weather is a stumbling block to my fitness.  I'm motivated by walking and running outside and not so motivated on a treadmill.  I'm going to look for other avenues, and I'll have to let you know how that goes.