So it’s been 2 weeks since I posted last…thought I should probably post an update on how things are going. Well, last week, I officially hit 216 lbs., to reach 185 lbs. down! Since then, however, the journey has been interesting. It was a week ago, for last Friday’s weigh-in, that I saw the 216 lbs.
I was out in the field for my job last Friday and bought the staff at one of my stores pizza and sides for lunch and then the family was heading up to the mountains for the weekend to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We ate at our normal spot on our way up to the mountains and I had chicken fried steak (something I had actually been craving for quite some time). Then the weekend saw my father-in-law bring back cookies and cupcakes from a local bakery. We had hot dogs and cheeseburgers for lunch, birthday cake for my wife, then went out to dinner that night. I had chicken parm, one of my favorite dishes. After dinner, we went for ice cream at our favorite spot, where I had three scoops…one scoop butter pecan, one maple walnut, one peanut butter ripple. I probably also had some more birthday cake and definitely had some roasted marshmallows fresh off the campfire that night too. We had a big breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes, etc. then chili for lunch. I don’t remember what I had for dinner that night but I do know Monday didn’t end up so well because dinner was big and I snacked until later than I usually allow myself.
So here is the question…how bad do you think the weigh-in was on Tuesday morning? Oh, my friends, it was bad…226 lbs.! 4 days, 10 lbs.! I even took my walk on Friday, Saturday, and Monday (missed Sunday). Here is the good news…5 of those lbs. are already gone and I know if I keep going, the other 5 will come off soon as well. I do see some more obstacles in my way the rest of this month, the biggest of which being my fantasy football draft on August 30th. I definitely need to be careful and stay focused the rest of this month. I am still shooting for 212, but I know that is 9 lbs. from where I am now in only 2 1/2 weeks. I hope I am up to the challenge and can focus on making the right decisions and realizing how worth it is to keep going and not get in my own way. If I can get back to 218 for Sunday’s weigh-in, I’d actually be even for those two weeks and the month of August and I can go from there…
I probably haven’t said it enough, but if you pray, please continue to pray for me on this journey. It’s been challenging the whole day, but as the goal for this phase is approaching, it is becoming harder and harder and I need continued strength and grace so that God can get the glory for finishing what He started, and I have all the faith in the world that He will make it happen as long as I am committed to it.