It’s been a great week, and it’s not over yet! Today, I weighed in at 249.6 pounds – 10.4 pounds below my starting weight! That puts me at 1/8 or about 13% of the way to my goal weight of 180 pounds.
Just to give you a refresher, on Feb. 11, I weighed in at 260 pounds – the most I’ve ever weighed. And that’s the second time in my life I’ve been that heavy. After losing 52 pounds a couple of years ago, I regained it all.
This time around, I’m running, walking, and working out at home using Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 for Xbox 360, which I’ll review later. This week is the most active I’ve had in the last few years, possibly in my life. I’ve gone 14 miles running and walking. I’m working hard. I feel energetic. I’m excited about exercise and losing weight.
The big difference from my previous weight-loss endeavor is my approach. Before, I focused mainly on cutting calories with some exercise. I’m still cutting calories, but I’m focusing primarily on the exercise. (When I exercise more, I can eat more, which makes things a little more enjoyable.) I have goals for the amount of exercise I want to get each day and a plan for how to do it. It’s become more about being active and fit than just about losing weight.
I’m also discovering that I like running (though what I do could barely be described as jogging). I like the challenge and the time alone in the fresh air. It’s really been great.
I know I’m in that euphoric “honeymoon” phase of my fitness journey. I’ve been here before. I’m just trying to enjoy it while still preparing myself for the inevitable difficulties ahead.
How do you deal with the difficulties when they come?