100 reasons I haven’t been blogging…

For those keeping score, it’s been about a year and a half since my last post on this site. I certainly haven’t been absent in cyberspace as my friends on Facebook and Twitter will attest, but this particular arena has been lying fallow for many reasons, most of which I am not going to discuss. However, one activity that has replaced regular blogging is worth talking about. And that is making a commitment to my personal health – specifically to addressing issues with my weight and the impact that it was having on my life.

Over the years, I’d slowly gained about 100 pounds as the result of work addictions, over indulgence in fast food and alcohol, relationship stress, sympathy weight during two pregnancies, late night snacking while working/writing on the computer, etc, etc. As a “big boned” guy, it was pretty easy to hide behind my wide shoulders and not admit that the weight was adding up. But it was a lie and took a toll on my ability to live well both physically and in my personal relationships with the people who cared about me, first and foremost my wife and our two boys.

After a few half-hearted attempts to regularly go to the gym, I finally met with a personal trainer in early 2010. We had a great meeting and I walked away with sheet full of actionable tips and tricks for both diet and exercise, and some goals to keep my focus on. Since that meeting – approximately one year ago – I’ve lost the 100 pounds that had accumulated and recently weighed in at less than 200 pounds for the first time in 15 years. I am down two shirt sizes (XXL to L), have lost almost 10″ from my waist and am thinner now than my wife has ever seen me.

Everyone asks me, “how did you do it?” and my basic answer is “eating right and a lot of hard work”. Which is the truth — no matter what we hear on the TV or radio, there’s no magic pill that magically makes weight come off and stay off. Most people nod their heads to that and offer some form of congratulations. And probably will never change their mindset or lifestyle if they need to. Just as I didn’t at the beginning of it all. But, if you’re interested in the details, then stay tuned as I’ll be posting some additional thoughts on the process.

What’s next?

Life is full of stories of people who have lost a significant amount of weight, then gained it all back, or have yo-yo’d repeatedly. My major goal for 2011 is to find a healthy maintenance program. I don’t want to “waste away” with continual weight loss, but I also don’t want to gain the weight back. It’s been almost two months since I hit “100” and I’ve been able to maintain a pretty consistent weight level with a less aggressive workout schedule. Up or down a few pounds whenever I check, but still “there”.

That said, I’ve noticed a few bad habits slipping back into my daily routine, so I’m trying to get back on top of those. I’ve also given myself another goal for the summer so I’ll probably start up the protein again soon to make that final push, but overall I’m giving myself permission (grace?) to skip a day at the gym when work requires a longer day or when my body needs the extra sleep.

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  1. Posted March 20, 2011 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

    Congrats! That’s awesome to hear. Keep it up.
    Are we gonna see any before and after pictures?

  2. Posted March 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    Congrats, man. And I’m encouraged that you’ve resumed blogging here. I’ll wait for the dietary tips since I’ve been frequenting the gym as of Sept. 2010.

  3. Posted April 5, 2011 at 10:06 PM | Permalink

    Congrats on getting back to blogging but especially working on your health.

    It’s great to see you back. This place looks really nice.

    I’ll be interested to see what kind of things you post.

    • Posted April 9, 2011 at 7:07 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words, Jeff – I’m still figuring out “what kind of things” to post myself!

  4. Posted April 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM | Permalink

    I’m so happy you have returned to blogging and with a healthier lifestyle to boot. I enjoyed reading about your journey this past year and am hoping your post will help motivate me a bit now that the warmer weather is here. I have a recurring goal of reducing my weight to 200 or less, but I never seem to make the exercise commitments. I’m currently around the 225 mark so it’s not that unreasonable, but life is hectic and a new commitment is required to achieve. Anyways, looking forward to your future posts.

    • Posted April 11, 2011 at 4:36 AM | Permalink

      Thanks, Nathan – I’m still not sure what direction this will take, but one thought is to diversify the subject matter, much as you have on your site.

  5. David Ker
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

    Congrats and here’s hoping for some good blogging, too.

  6. Posted April 16, 2011 at 1:55 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never read you before, but I’ve heard great things, so I hope to see what all the fuss is about 🙂

    • Posted April 16, 2011 at 1:12 PM | Permalink

      Ahhh, already there are great expectations… hopefully I will find something worthwhile to say!

  7. Posted April 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

    Congrats, ElShaddai! I noticed the progression via your Facebook profile pics, but didn’t want to say anything until you had made it public. Well done! Although my story isn’t as dramatic, several years ago I shed 25 pounds and life has been so much better ever since. Re: carbs, it really does depend on when you eat them: never after dinner!

    Since you’ve returned to the world of blogging, maybe I will as well …

    • Posted April 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

      Thanks, Mike — I didn’t really want to make a big deal about it, but I appreciate the support! It’s amazing how much taking even a little bit off can do to brighten your outlook on life.

      Regarding blogging, I’ve kept half an ear to the ground throughout it all and noticed many voices had gone silent. I’m not promising to be a regular voice again, but it’s a useful outlet for me to keep my brain working.

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