It’s all about the little victories

Today I went to the clothes archive and pulled out a size 48 pair of jeans, I was tight in a size 52 when I started! So I am happy to say that they fit!! I have decided that I am going to have to start wearing dress clothes to the office on a daily basis just so I can wear some of these clothes that I am now growing into, because I know that soon I will be growing right back out of them. So hopefully I will be able to tell you in the not to distant future that I have out grown my 48’s and moved in to the 46’s!

I did get a bit of bad news from the doctor this week about starting to run. They told me they didn’t want me to start running yet, because of the fact that I have so much momentum right now and the possibility that I might hurt myself and derail my current momentum. So for now I will stay with the elliptical, swimming, and the stationary bike and hopefully soon I will be able to add running to my list of cardio!

Where I want to be…

The deeper that I get into this whole journey and life transformation, the more and more I find myself setting small goals to mark my progress by. So I thought what better place for me to set out a few of these markers so that I have something to continually strive for.

  1. Drop below the 400 pound mark
  2. Cross the 100 pound mark weighing in at 355
  3. match my lowest weight of 299
  4. Cross the 200 pound mark weighing in at 255
  5. Hit my goal weight of 225

miscellaneous goals:

  1. Successfully run a 5K
  2. Successfully run a 10K
  3. Wear cloths not found in the big and tall section
  4. Sit in any restaurant booth with out fear of fitting.
  5. Be able to play pick up sports. (Not that I want to, but to be able to if I wanted to.)
  6. Be able to fly with out using a seat belt extender or being uncomfortable sitting next to someone.

I will most definetly be adding to these as time goes along!

The Conversation that started it all

Anytime any one of us set out on a major life change where the results are plainly obvious to everyone you meet they always wants to know what made you decide that you needed to make a change. It is hard for me to pin down one thing in particular that tipped the scales, but there is one conversation that stands out to me. A couple of weeks ago we were talking here in the office about how our secretary had just completed a marathon, and all of the preparation, pay off, and pain that she experienced. My boss made the comment that he thought I could run a 5k if I worked at it, he then proceeded to up the stakes. He told me that if I completed the task by Thanksgiving 2012 he would pay me $100, $200 if I managed to complete a 10K.

So that was it, call it a moment of “don’t tell me I can’t” or maybe it was just plain greed, but at that moment I decided I was going to at least try. So now that I have three friends willing to act as coaches for this journey, as well as another dose of incentives added to the pot. I believe this is the most motivated and serious I have ever been to change my lifestyle.

Tonight the journey to run a 5K begins, it’s a cool crisp evening and I have no plans tonight, so I am going to see how far I can walk. To tell you the truth I don’t even know if I can walk a 5K, 3.1 miles, so I will let you know how it goes. I have to go and get a good pair of walking/running shoes, and then set off on my 5K quest.

I don’t want to do this anymore.

I have a list, we all have lists, maybe they are to do lists, shopping lists, mailing lists, or priority lists, but the simple fact is that we all live by them. I like everyone else live by them, so I wanted to take some time and share with you my list of “Things I don’t want to do anymore”

* I don’t want to shop by size first. I want to be able to go into a store and get what I like not what they have for big and tall people.

* I don’t want to worry about booth size at a restaurant anymore. I always sit at tables, regardless of where I go, there are even a few “booth” only restaurants I won’t go to.

* I don’t want to have to sit in the bleachers. I am like the next guy I like a chairback seat with arms on it, however I can’t comfortably fit in them. I can’t tell you the last time I actually sat right next to some one at a movie or sporting event.

* I don’t want to turn sideways to fit through some doors. My bathroom door is a perfect example of this.

* I don’t want to pass up physical activities cause I’m to big and out of shape to participate.

Well there is my list, inconclusive I am sure, but it is a start none the less. I’ll keep you up to date I hopefully try and cross these off my list.