The Death March – Diet Day 39

Anyone who knows me knows that just about everything I do somehow ends up going over the top. It would appear that I am incapable of doing anything small and it doesn’t seem to matter what aspect of my life that pertains to. It’s not like I start out by planning things to be huge and out of control, they just seem to end up that way.

Let me give you a historical example. A few years back I was involved in an online community of Disney pin traders. It was a close-knit group of people who loved Disney magic and happened to collect pins. Walt Disney World scheduled a pin trading convention at Epcot and several of the people from the online community decided to attend.

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Another Reason I Love My Wife – Diet Day 38

An important part of any lifestyle change is having a good support structure. Whether you are trying to quit smoking, lose weight, exercise, or any other change you need to have people who can support and encourage you during the difficult times that come along. I have been very lucky and have an awesome support group who is cheering me on during this weight loss journey.

My kids have been great giving me encouragement and noticing the changes even when others fail to notice. They are there to help me overcome any temptations that might creep up along the journey. When Valentine’s Day came around and everyone else was receiving boxes of chocolates and other sweet treats, my daughter Mallorie gave me a small container of radishes along with a note telling me how great I was looking and how proud she was. It was touching and really meant a lot at the time.

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Setting Goals – Diet Day 37

From a very early age I found myself setting goals for things I wanted to accomplish. Whether it was learning a new skill, getting better at playing baseball, or managing my time more efficiently, there was always a goal. As I grew older that formal goal-setting sort of fell by the wayside. I don’t really remember why that happened. Perhaps I thought I had outgrown the process or maybe I had gotten frustrated when the goal was not realized. Whatever the case I stopped doing it.

During this week’s diet homework the chapter was all about goal setting. As I read through the material I began to understand why setting goals was important, especially for me. I am very results oriented. This is both a positive and a negative. On the one hand having a goal with measurable results gives you a way to track your progress. On the other hand, having defined measurable goals can also cause you to become frustrated when you do not reach them.

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Another Week, Another Weigh-in – Diet Day 36

As the first rays of sunlight crept through the window and across the bed I found myself wide-awake. I didn’t have to be reminded that today was Friday that fact was clearly at the forefront of my mind. It’s funny; I used to look forward to Friday. It was the end of the workweek and with it brought the weekend where I could relax and lounge around without being on conference calls or locked in meetings.

Since starting this diet though I have found myself filled with equal parts of enthusiasm and dread. On the one hand it signaled the end of another week on my journey to a healthier lifestyle. On the other hand it represented the time where I would have to step on the scale and see the results of being on this diet.

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Food Tracking and the FitBit – Diet Day 35

It seems like every day I use my FitBit Ultra I learn a little bit more. I am finding capabilities that I didn’t know existed and I’m now working on a plan on how to incorporate these features into my overall health plan. Initially I bought the FitBit to merely track my physical activity in the form of steps but shortly thereafter I’ve found an abundance of useful and sometimes non-useful information.

Being on the Take Shape For Life diet I have not really had to worry too much about what I eat and in what quantity. These types of decisions are taken care of especially for the five meal replacements that are strung throughout the day.

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Daily Affirmations – Diet Day 34

It’s funny, for most of my life I could care very little whether I gained acceptance from anyone other than myself. What people think has very little bearing on my confidence or self-esteem. It didn’t matter whether it was a complete stranger or someone I loved, people’s perceptions of me had only nominal value.

I’ve come to learn that this is not necessarily a normal personality trait. It leads to many people being awkward around me and give me the impression of being aloof, conceited, or self-centered. In a sense that may be right. From a very early age I decided that the only person who really mattered when defining my self-worth was me.

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Valentine’s Day – Diet Day 33

When I was considering going on a diet I carefully calculated the date when I would start. Initially I considered trying to lose weight shortly after baseball season ended last October. I expected that it would take 2-3 months for me to get down to the weight I wanted and that was being aggressive with the amount I would lose each week.

The problem I ran into was that if I started this diet in mid-October I would be on it through the first of the year. This would mean that I would be on a strict meal regime and exercise program through the holiday season. It would mean I would not be able to sneak into the kids’ Halloween candy; I wouldn’t be able to partake in the luscious Thanksgiving feast; and I would miss out on all of the delicious treats that are only available at Christmas.

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The One-Month Mark – Diet Day 32

It’s hard to believe but I have now officially been on my diet for one month. On January 13th I made the decision that I needed to make some changes in my life. I had steadily gained weight over the past 30 years and had gone from 175 when I got married to just over 210 pounds a month ago.

I don’t really remember the weight gain; but looking at recent photographs and at myself in the mirror one month ago I was shocked to see the transformation. I was once an athlete who could run tirelessly and eat whatever I wanted. Suddenly I was plump around the middle and had a hard time catching my breath after walking up a flight of stairs.

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I Got a New Belt! – Diet Day 31

It’s funny how the smallest things are the ones that I tend to focus on the most. It’s kind of like when you have a rock in your shoe. It feels like it is a boulder destroying your foot but when you stop to empty your shoe you realize it was just a little pebble that was causing so much aggravation.

My whole life seems to be like that. The world could be crumbling down around me in a smoldering heap of radioactive waste and I’ll be worried because a light bulb in the bathroom is burned out.

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