Today, I reached a major milestone. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost 40 lbs. Praise God. He has helped me to eat right and to exercise 5 to 6 days a week. I’m right on track to reach my goal of 173 lbs. by the end of the year. Just 10 lbs to go. Woo hoo!
What am I doing? I’m trying to eat healthier. I’ve cut back on the burgers and pizza. I’ll still eat them, but not that often. I’m also trying to take smaller portions. I don’t drink any pop (that’s soda for those not from the Midwest US). I’m not drinking as much water as I should, but that is my primary drink. On occasion, I’ll have a homemade chocolate chip cookie. My wife says she makes them for the kids, but I think she makes them just to torment me.
For exercise, I walk on a treadmill 5 to 6 days a week. I wear a heart rate monitor and try to keep my heart rate at 80% of my maximum heart rate. I try to burn 1000 calories at each workout. So over the past couple of months, I’ve had to increase my speed and duration. I’m now on the treadmill for 80 minutes per workout. Praise God for my iPod.
It’s going to be a challenge to keep losing the weight. I’m headed into a very busy season in my life as we move to Oklahoma. It’s going to be hard to stay consistent with the exercise and healthy eating as we are busy with the cleaning, purging, packing, moving, and unpacking. Never mind all the fattening food that’s readily available during the holidays.
Speaking of holidays, trick or treating for Halloween is this weekend. Where did my wife hide that Halloween candy? I’ll have to try some of it and make sure it’s okay to give to the kids. Gotta go…