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Sunday, May 20, 2012

It has begun

For those you friends with me on Facebook you already know I had a good week.  I've restarted my journey to become a better person and a thinner one to boot.  I'm limiting my portion sizes, eliminated all soda and fast food from my diet and am not eating after 9pm.  I've also starting drinking alot of water and had a water cooler installed at work----------------------------------------------------------------------->

With these changes I feel better and am sleeping a little better at night and on my weekly weigh-in today I had lost an initial 17.2 pounds.  Normally I would get super excited but I have to temper my emotions and expectations.  I've lost this much before, I've been here before, I've thought I was going to succeed before.

There are two big differences in my experience this time and I'd like to share with you both of them and hope that you understand how important they both are to me and this whole thing.

1. My wife.  She is my best friend and this time around we're finally on the same page.  Over the years one or the other of us has decided it was time to change or tried to make a difference and it always failed because we let the other drag us down.  This week she lost her job and spent most of her time around the house yet she ate what I prepared, worked out when I worked out and this morning she had lost nine pounds.  The look on her face was priceless; a smile that made everything worthwhile. She's one of the reasons I'm doing this, because I want to grow old with her and I'm going to do it this time!

2.  And while this is number 2 it's the most important part of all of this.  My relationship with God is leading the way.  For the many people who have known me for the past 10 years, it's going to be a shock, I've been astray for a long time.  For my family and longtime friends, you may be asking yourself "What took you so long?"  All I can say is I'm glad that the Lord is full of grace and forgiveness.  I've come back into his arms and feel so much better about myself and my life than I have in a long time.  I'm giving him all the credit for everything!  I'm going to church as often as I can and am going to get involved in some men's ministry things and maybe even a life group.  I'll see if I can make some friends IRL outside of work, that'd be new, huh?

To sum it up, I'm doing real well but I know I can't do it alone.  My wife, my God, my friends, my job - everything is going to have to come together to make sure I keep it up!  This is the beginning, this is where I get it done!



8 comments:

  1. Thomas, this is so awesome! Without God we are nothing even though it's sometimes very easy to go astray & think we can do it all on our own! I truly believe you can & WILL do this with God by your side as well as Angela! I cannot express how proud I am of both of you! It is a daily struggle that not everyone understands but realizing that it is a DAY at a time is huge! You inspire me to keep pushing toward my goal. :)

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  2. I appreciate your struggles... I am 56 and have been overweight mostly all my life. Like you I have dieted, lost and then went back to the old eating habits. I appreciate that you are sharing your fight and struggles. I will keep you in my prayers. You are a inspiration to people like me that you have never met !!!

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    1. If one person gets one positive thing from me then it's all worth it! You can do it Jim!

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  3. I am so proud of you and your wife, Thomas! You've got our support and prayers 110%! It sounds like you guys want it--and that's what it really takes. It's a marathon, not a sprint, and it sounds like you're focused! :-D

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    1. Thanks Christy! It's gonna be hard but I'm an Excel nerd so I came up with a formula to track my progress. My goal weight date was 5/27/2015 but since I've had a couple of good weeks it's moved up to 3/29/2015. The long range stuff is the hardest, cause I want it NOW but with this, I'm motivated to keep pushing it closer!

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  4. Hey Thomas!

    Congrats on the initial 17 pounds lost - that is absolutely incredible, and i'm proud of you for realizing excitement is good, but consistency is better. Take it one day, one meal, one workout at a time!

    You can do it man - if you wanna talk on a weekly basis for a few minutes, let me know, i'm up for it.

    -steve

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