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Four down, eleven to go

The first week (OK, eight days now) of my challenge to drop 15 pounds before the new year has gone well! I realize I’m not going to drop four pounds every week, but obviously I don’t have to … averaging two pounds a week from when I started until the end of the year will get me there, and I’m well on my way.

I’ve really been watching what I eat, though I hesitate to say I’ve been dieting, since I’m not really depriving myself … I’m just making sure that I’m eating the right amount of things instead of continuing to eat after I’ve had enough.

Another challenge for me has always been the fact that I work from home. The kitchen is just upstairs, and it’s really easy to grab some of those pumpkin seeds (this year’s were some of my all-time best) or to cut some extra cheese to have with a couple of apples. So I just need to make sure that I continue to keep track of what I’m eating.

It also helps that I’ve been running fairly regularly. In fact, today my personal trainer (she’s super hot, but she’s married … oh, wait! To me! Awesome!) pushed me to five miles. It was a run/walk, and I only ran about half of it, but still … it’s five miles that I wouldn’t have gone before. And it’s really cool to explore the neighborhood from street level instead of from the car! It really makes a difference.

However, I admit I was tempted to collapse on the stone staircase of one house along the way. Rocks have never looked more comfortable. But I pushed myself and still felt good by the time we got back home.

Emi says “if you still feel good, you didn’t work hard enough.” This coming from the woman who just got off a 24-hour shift in the NICU and came bouncing home, wanting to run.

Anyway! Just wanted to post an update for my interested reader (who is ALSO super hot!) to share where I am now, and to keep me honest.

Comments ( 2 )
  • Amy says:

    Hey Eric….
    Thanks for posting your update….I love hearing from people on the same type of “personal improvement” mission that I am. Back in late August, I set off to lose a certain amount and generally become more healthy and active by my Birthday in early January. I knew that dieting wasn’t the right approach for me as it had never really worked before and set off instead to change my habits and lifestyle. I started with the same approach you used….make better choices (without deprivation….key point), eat less, and move more. I am happy to say I have lost 40 pound as of today 🙂 and am 11 pound and 7 weeks away from my goal. I feel great, can do more, and am confident I will not only meet but far exceed my goal. Sounds like you will as well. Good luck with your continued journey…I look forward to your updates.

    Amy Atkins

    • Eric says:

      That’s awesome, Amy! Thank you for sharing! Eleven more pounds in 7 weeks, totally doable … keep it up!! 🙂

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