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7 Pounds

Monday, November 02, 2009


I’ve never seen the movie, but the title fit. Last weeks, unwritten blog was going to be titled 7 Pounds. Aptly named for the 7 pounds I’ve gained since the Spark Convention at the end of September. Last week’s weigh in showed up at 258.8 or 7 pound heavier than the 251.8 I registered on September 25th. I know that I’ve blogged about various reasons for some of this gain, but in the grand scheme does it matter? Usually about this time of year I hit a plateau; just this year it was a bit earlier. I will say that when I stepped on the scale this week it showed 254.6 or a ‘loss’ of 4.2 pounds. All of this while getting NO exercise in for the week again. While not a loss it did feel good to see SOMETHING positive from the scale. The scale doesn’t define my progress, but rather accents it.

Friday night had TAMZ and I out for an evening alone. We were going to see a movie, but before hand I wanted to go to a running store looking at cold weather gear. After talking with a salesperson I grabbed some things to try on. I have to say it’s hard to believe the person in the mirror is my reflection. Not so long ago a 6XL shirts and 64” pants were the staple of my closet. Now I’m looking at XL shirts to go with 42” waist pants. They guy in the mirror LOOKS more like a athlete than a couch potato. He’s leaner, meaner and appears ready to tackle any challenge. I didn’t purchase anything that night because we’re headed to the Outlet Mall this weekend because I don’t have any clothes that really fit. I’ve sold almost everything, but have had to keep some things until the replacements arrive. I’ve always like clothes, but always hated trying things on. Now I can spend all day trying things on and seeing how they look; feel. Top of the priority list is workout clothes. These are what I spend majority of my time in, so why not majority of the budget?

Tonight begins my first spin class. We’ll see how that goes and see if the instructor will put the smack down on me. She’s known to have people quit classes right in the middle, but I’m guessing they don’t have the fortitude that I possess. Don’t let others dictate your dreams; YOU control your destiny.

Spark on my friends!
Peace.
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  • TRACIJO74
    Good for you! Keep up the great work!
    4241 days ago
  • SIMPLE_TAILOR
    I was just saying over lunch how nice it was to be able to pretty much walk into any store now and be able to buy clothes.

    Keep on!! We all have to fight through this time of the year.

    Good thing we are leaner and meaner.

    ttyl
    4246 days ago
  • APPLEPIEDREAMS
    Spin sounds like fun - there's only one place up here that offers spin classes and it's a members only gym. I was a little unfocused after the Convention too. I had so much fun, so much energy, but no big goals. Thank goodness Dani mentioned the NOLA HM in February. Now I feel like I'm back on track.
    4246 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    wow - you continually amaze me! what an amazing person - and ATHLETE!!! I haven't had the guts to go to a spin class yet... let us know how it goes! you have such a wonderful outlook and attitude about the changes you have made and the changes that are still to come! you have done amazing things - keep it up!!! WOO HOO!!!
    4246 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Amen, Bill. When I look in the mirror now I see just a gut and not a big a$$ GUT!!!! What a difference a few less calories and a tish more activity makes!!!! Smaller clothes rocks!!!!!

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    4246 days ago
  • LFLFLPLP
    Can't wait to hear how your spin class went!!

    It must feel great to be able to see such a difference in yourself. I would be wanting to shop all the time!

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    4246 days ago
  • LEANNROCKS
    Bill, loved your blog! You will bust through this plateau and be stronger for it. Look how very far you have already come! How was the spin class?
    4246 days ago
  • EGRAMMY
    Persistence. Persistence. Persistence.

    Spinning sounds like a good rededicating. Know you'll do it well. emoticon Saw on TV today that a cup of coffee prior to workout helps prevent pain. ???
    4246 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/3/2009 2:43:14 AM
  • DEBBIESTY
    Hi Bill,

    See the movie! It is good, and worth your time.

    Have fun purchsing new clothes!

    And most importantly, keep up the good work at the spin class.


    4247 days ago
  • JOPAPGH
    Bill, you're not alone. I have gained 6 lbs since October 12th!

    Like Anne said, back to diligent tracking.

    Enjoy spin class...
    4247 days ago
  • KRISCHICK
    I can't wait to hear about the spin class!
    4247 days ago
  • TEE803
    OF course you will finish the spin class!!! You're a SPARKER! You shine!!!


    4247 days ago
  • AMCG2002
    It's all steps in the right direction! Now that our big rides have ended it's not so easy to get the big calorie deficits. I know I'm finding I have to be super diligent about tracking all of my food. Running is burning calories, but I can't do it for hours on end like I could ride my bike.

    Have a blast shopping this weekend! I used to hate to try on clothes, too, but now that they are looking good on me it's so much more fun! I'll be anxious to hear about your spinning class. Have a great weekend!
    4247 days ago
  • LYNNANN43
    I know what you mean, Bill!

    TEE & I walked past some storefronts last week and i saw our reflections. I didn't think it was us and looked around and realized it was us! I said, "Oh my God! We're not the fat sisters anymore!"

    emoticon on your inner AND outer athlete shining through!
    4247 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3633680
    Another great blog Bill. Have fun clothes shopping. It's got to be a great feeling as you see yourself in that new 'athletic' look...you've come a long way!!
    ps - I agree, you should see the movie - it was good!
    4247 days ago
  • QUIDDITCHGRRL
    emoticon You know how to tweak your plan to suit yourself, and now it's a matter of jumping into a different routine.

    I love spinning, it's one of my favorites, because in general you can just zone out and let your heart rate run wild, then goggle at the number on the monitor. :)

    I've been forced to develop a love/hate relationship with Ebay, because clothes are so expensive to keep replacing/upgrading! Good luck on your trek.
    4247 days ago
  • MRNOTABOUTFACE
    Very good insight. I hope to see the hidden athlete in myself one day in that mirror. You should do fine in spinning class. Oh and you might want to watch that movie. It was very good!
    4247 days ago
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