Thursday, January 21, 2010

Two Weeks And I Feel Great!

I started my journey to 220 lbs two weeks ago with 212 lbs to lose... YES, nearly half my body weight. Since then I've lost 9 lbs and have completely changed my attitude towards eating. I'm now checking the nutrition labels on everything I eat and tracking everything I put into my mouth.

I'm also trying to come up with interesting meals that are high in protein and satisfying to taste and appetite. This helps keep my head in the game. I'm also planning my breakfast and lunch based upon what my wife has planned for dinner. In the 49 years I've been on this earth I have NEVER done any of this stuff. As I've written before I was a Freestyle Eater plain and simple.

I'm not patting myself on the back (ok maybe I am a little) but I feel really great about the changes I've made and how my body feels because of them. I haven't had a headache in two weeks which I think is because I gave up diet soda... I was a two soda a day guy before 1/6/10. Now when I eat something I'm thinking about what I'm eating and the effect it's going to have on my body. Where as before I just shoveled the food in until I turned off the light at the end of the night.

I know there will be rocky parts of the journey and I will try to be prepared to navigate through them. But for now I'm immersed in the joy of positive change and it feels great!



  1. Way to go with all the positive changes you've been making! It takes a lot of strength to do that, and you deserve to celebrate it and pat yourself on the back a bit! I'm happy for you, and I agree that positive change is incredibly exciting. I need to celebrate that more myself!

  2. You SHOULD be patting yourself on the back! You are doing awesomely and have made enormous strides in such a short time! Don't under estimate the applause you deserve, and the right to be proud of yourself! :o))

  3. You should pat yourself on the back! You're doing great. Stick with it. :) -serendipitous

  4. ETL-
    You should pat yourself on the back. It's the little victories that will get you to where you want to be. The picture you posted is a perfect example, how many individual games does a baseball team have to win in a season to be champions? They have to have a lot of little victories to reach the end result. At the same time they go on losing streaks now and then as well. The important part is to pick yourself back up as quickly as possible when you slip (something I've started to figure out myself).
    Fogdog Weight Loss

  5. You should be really proud of yourself! That is a considerable change. For some people, it's tough to change anything about themselves. I think that shows you are extremely determined and that is a great thing!

  6. Absolutely pat yourself on the back! The changes you are making are wonderful, and will last a lifetime. A HEALTHY lifetime. Bravo!

  7. I love those first days. It is so exciting. But I stumble. I know that you know that feeling, too. I am here because I need help pushing through those hard days. Your enthusiasm is so important to me today. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am learning that it is natural to have high days and low days as an athlete, a writer, a mother, a wife, even as a housekeeper. Of course I'm going to have highs and lows as I try to change my eating and exercising habits!!

    Congratulations! You are doing beautifully!!

    With warm admiration,

    Denise Burks