Going Public

We are now 13 days into the new year, and I feel it is time to share a couple of the projects I’m working on; some goals I am working towards. I won’t call them New Years Resolutions for two reasons:
1. We all know that New Years Resolutions almost always fail. They are almost always forgotten by February 1, if not not early in the year.
2. I actually started working on them well before the start of the new year. Specifically I started on December 19, 2010. Yeah, I started on my birthday. It seamed as good a day as any, and if you think about it, a person’s birthday is a the beginning of a new year too. The new year for that person.

So, I started a diet on December 20, 2010.

Actually, a more accurate statement would be “I started thinking about dieting on December 20, 2010. I had a rather vague goal: I wanted to lose 200 pounds, and I wanted to lose a minimum of 20 inches off my waist. I new what I wanted, but I didn’t know exactly how to get there.

I did start trying to cut down on the amount of food I ate,, and more importantly I started actually thinking about what and when I was eating.

Now, I should recount that I’ve been fat for a very long time. I’ve dieted before, and I’ve lost a great deal of weight before. I’ve never kept it off before. This time, I am determined things will be different. I’m determined to lose the weight, and I am determined to keep it off.
This time I’m not trying to impress anyone; I just want to get healthy. I’m  not under the impression that I’ll be happier if I’m thinner. I’m not under the impression that my life will be better if I am thinner; I actually have a petty good life, and I’m happier than I have been in years.

In addition, this time, I am not going to pursue any kind of “fad” diet plan, nor am I going to limit myself to an unrealistic time frame. I want to lose 200 pounds, and I’m allowing myself 2 years to get that done.
At first I didn’t have a specific plan I was going to follow, but after talking to some relatives I have decided to follow the “Eat Clean Diet”. I’m still studying the plan, but I like what I have read so far. I will have to make a lot of changes in the way I eat but I’m not worried about that. I’ve faced bigger challenges in my time, and I finally think I’m at a place where I can tackle this challenge.

In the last couple of weeks I have done a lot of research on how to succeed in weight loss goals; how to succeed with any goal, really, and all of the articles, and blogs I’ve read have one piece of advice in common; “Share your goals”. So, that is what I’m doing here. I’ll be posting my progress here. I’ll be talking about the journey a lot. I’m going public, in other words.

Weigh in: January 11, 2011: 417 pounds.

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