With inspiration from a good friend of mine, I decided it was fine time to start taking better care of myself. This was in the beginning of 2014 and I weighed in at 246# at that time. I started on April 1st, 2014 by making changes in my diet (the way I eat, not the bastardized version of the word) and started my walking regimen again. I started walking 2 miles per day, then increased that to 3 miles per day. I eventually got myself up to about 7 miles per day in July of 2014 and had gotten down to 229# simply from exercise and diet change.
Since my auto accident/head injury in November of 1991, I’ve had major issues with my weight. I always weighed around 176# prior to the accident, but afterwards my weight shot up to 260#!! Obviously that was from sitting around recuperating and eating as I had prior to the accident. Prior to the accident, I was working 17 hour days plus a 3 hour commute. After the accident, I was not working, but still eating the same way and ballooned up to massive size.
After talking with my friend, who’d joined an Anytime Fitness in Wisconsin, I found we had one in town too as I walked by it one day. I decided that perhaps adding weight lifting to my routine would help me not only achieve my goals, but help me maintain them this time. I joined Anytime Fitness Titusville on July 14th, 2014. I’ve worked hard at this and am successfully maintaining my eating habits, and workout 5-6 days per week, plus walk 4.2 miles per day. The most I’ve walked in one day was 17 miles and I can honestly say that I won’t be doing that again anytime soon. I did walk 10 miles yesterday (04/09/16) and though I managed quite well, I still hurt from that adventure.
As of this morning, April 10th, 2015, I am down to 194.6# and couldn’t be more happy about this loss. My initial* goal is to get down to about 186# and when I get to that point, I’ll reassess my goals and habits and make appropriate changes if I need to do so. I check-in every time I go to the gym, and often post my workouts on Facebook and elsewhere. Some friends blast me for posting such stuff, but I post this not for them, but for me. If I keep posting my workouts, I’m going to continue them as I will not be seen as a ‘quitter’, but rather as a determined and consistent individual.
Other than my back, legs, and right hip (a result of my 10 mile walk yesterday), I’m feeling better than ever and am determined to continue. I really enjoy weight lifting, the gym is cool, and most of the other members are friendly and inspiring to me. It keeps me coming back for more!
The above photo is from 2012, at close to 250#.
The above photo is from April 9th, 2016 @ 194.6#