Less Is More

Last modified on September 13th, 2010

I got on the scale this morning, and I’m down about 11 pounds since the beginning of summer. I’ve actually been in a steady decline since the start of the year, mainly because I’ve been pretty careful about what I’m eating. I’ve also forced myself to go to the gym a few times a week as well, tossing in the odd yoga class whenever I have some evening time available.

My goal is to be down 30 pounds before I leave in January, which would basically put me at the weight I was back when I used to play sports and what not. Still got a ways to go, but with the rain and lack of patio beer-drinking engagements, it should be a lot easier going forward.

5 responses to “Less Is More”

  1. Duncan says:

    Good for you man! My advice would be to find someone to hold you accountable. Ideally, someone who’s really into fitness themself. That way they’ll push you beyond your comfort zones.

  2. Duane Storey says:

    Nobody around me is into fitness in the least – I’m forced to go solo unfortunately. That’s fine though — I found out there’s a word for a fat white guy in Spanish — that’s my motivation!

  3. Duncan says:

    Guero grande?

  4. Mary says:

    Well if you have gone down 10 pounds since the start of the summer you are doing very well. I reckon you will make your target – just keep doing the same you have been.

  5. Robyn says:

    This is great! It is so awesome to see people (even strangers) develop a goal to being healthy. Three years ago I had a bit of a reality check and decided to put more focus on my health… but I think what made all the difference in the world to me was that it wasn’t just a “diet”, it was a lifestyle change. Watching my mom lose 80lbs at age 60 was enough motivation for me… over the past three years I’ve lost the 40lbs I had gained and am now at my absolute healthiest. My tips would be this: everything in moderation. Enjoy treats, but only every once in a while (I set limits. For example, I can only eat fast food once a month). Set a goal for yourself, but be realistic (afterall, you didn’t GAIN the weight in 4 months, so don’t expect to lose the weight in 4 months. It takes time). Cook your own meals and watch your portion sizes, and if possible, grow & make your own food. I’m lucky enough to have a family farm at Cultus where I grow all my food for the winter. I’ve really begun to watch my sodium levels, so making my own pasta sauces & other foods has helped me tremendously. And my last tip: set days of the week where you HAVE to go to fitness classes. I do about 5 a week and 3 of them are my no-excuses classes… unless I’m in the hospital, I HAVE to go. I also have a rule where I do a short workout (crunches & weights) every morning before work and on weekends I hike Teapot at 6am… it gets me up early and starts my day with a great workout. You’ll notice HUGE changes!

    Anyways, my point is KEEP GOING! Pretty soon everything that seems like “work” will just be second nature. I found yoga to be a great start to all of that… it isn’t exactly the cardio workout that your body needs, but I quickly realized that it was more of a mental exercise than anything else. It definitely put me in the right mindset to change my lifestyle. 🙂

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