For the past four months, I have been working hard on losing weight. I’m happy to report that I am now under the 200 lbs mark. Here’s the background on it. I’m 5’8″ and the ideal weight charts say that I should be around 157 lbs. That’s crazy. But that’s a topic for another post. Anyway, I was in the 160s when I got married 13 years ago. But since then, as many married people will attest to, I began gaining weight soon after I said, “I do.” By July 2002, I had ballooned up to 225 lbs. I realized that I needed to do something about my weight, so over the next five months, I lost 42 lbs. That was the most successful I had ever been with losing weight.
I wish I could say that I was disciplined enough to keep the weight off, but those double cheeseburgers and ice cream kept calling my name. Over the next four years, I slowly started gaining the weight back. At the beginning of this year, I was 223 lbs. This was not good. So I prayed about it and made a resolution to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year. In March, I made an assessment on my progress and realized I hadn’t made any progress.
So I prayed about it again and asked God to help me be more disciplined with exercising and eating right. So far, I’ve been making the right decisions. I’ve been exercising six days a week and making healthy food choices, except at lunch today. I had a handful of Cheetos…well maybe a little bit more than a handful.
By God’s strength, I’m halfway to my goal. My prayer is to get down to 173 lbs. by the end of 2007. If you have any advice for me, feel free to comment.