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Did I Win or Lose????

So who starts a diet at Christmas time.  Well…… I did. My reasoning may be flawed but here it is.  If I can lose a few pounds during Christmas, nothing can stop me.  For the most part the plan worked.  I dusted off the South Beach Diet Plan, started hitting the 24 hour fitness by my house, and instantly started to drop pounds.  I was hoping to drop 6 or 7 pounds in the two weeks leading up to the Holiday and guess what, I did.  Second step was to hold even during Christmas and then to resume with the diet and exercise.  In the midst of being sucessful I ran into the one thing that could stop me.  I came down with a killer cold.  The kind that wipes you out, shuts you down, and that it takes every ounce of energy to focus on getting through the day.  Gone was the exercising, gone was the eating plan and cooking ahead, gone was will power. The only thing on my mind was survival.  I have yet to jump back on the scale.  I actually am scared to do so, thinking that discouragement might stop me from trying again.  However, tomorrow morning you will see me at 24 hour back in the routine and back on track.  Next goal – to look my best as I head to Vegas with my wife and friends.  End of January.  Would be nice to be at 215 by then.  I’ll keep you posted.

The Battle Continues

As life would have it, you win a battle, but sometimes the war continues. A year ago I was feeling really good about where I was with my battle in terms of personal well being. My relationships were going well, my weight was coming down, work was a challenge, but when isn’t it, emotionally I was ok, and then overnight life changed.  I few issues in life hit me sideways and every area of my life was spinning.  Diet didn’t matter, holding onto relationships was consuming, stress off the charts, and the realization that I needed to figure me out was a huge one.  While One Man’s Battle started out as the struggle of weight loss, it has become the struggle of life.  Of seeing life for what it is. Of managing the things you can manage, and going along for the ride with the rest of it.  A year later the struggles are still there, but I am slowly coming out of it. a $90 and hour best friend who is paid to listen and help you process has been a great help.  A wife who is willing to stick with you in the midst of life’s struggles is absolutely necessary (at least for me).  And, we relational issues moving in a good direction, work going well again, it is time to focus back on diet and the other issues that affect health and well being.  So….. here I am again, starting over, but with lessons learned from last time.  I stepped on the scale at 230lbs last week.  Dusted of the Southbeach diet and started reading about my need to get my blood work back in line.  I vowed to get up at 5am (if you know me that is insanity) and head to the 24 hour fitness, and have started lifting weights again and doing Cardio.  So far I am down four pounds in six days, but tomorrow is the official weigh in.  I will once again start blogging about the struggles involved.  If you would like to learn about more of the – inside my head issues take a look at my other blog http://deeplookinward.blogspot.com/.

Happy Battling