But since Thanksgiving, all that
has changed. I relaxed my belt another notch just recently. I have been eating
candy, Christmas cookies, and other assorted goodies designed to add weight to
my body. I have gained over 8 pounds, that I am willing to admit. I have been
walking regularly, but this eating right thing hasn't been working out too
Here is what I would like to do. And I want you to join me in this quest. I
know what to do to lose my weight. Sometimes I need outside motivation. Maybe
you do too.
I am going to begin a regular diary of my attempt to lose weight. I was deeply
moved by the tv show, The Biggest Loser. All those people did such a terrific
job of losing weight. But they had help. Imagine if you had a tv camera on you
24 hours a day and you were not in your normal setting where you get into bad
habits of eating when you're tired, upset, or stressed out. You could do better
also. Imagine if you had a coach in your face for those times when you should
be exercising. Of course that would help you succeed at this difficult task.
Well, I don't have a tv show and I can't be at your house to motivate you to
exercise and eat right. But, I can be here and I can share my experiences with
you. Maybe that'll be enough to help you. So let's see if we can lose 8 pounds
in the next eight weeks. Just you and me, 1 pound a week.
Here's what I will do. I will write in my diary (webblog) what I eat, how much
I eat and how much exercising I do. I am going to try to write everyday, but I
know with my schedule that will not always be easy. I may miss a day or two,
but I will try to keep the non-writing days temporary.
What I would like you to do. I don't expect you to eat the same things I do.
Your tastes and meal preparation time may be different than mine. But try to
regulate what you eat and see if you can match me. I normally eat grits and
eggs for breakfast, but you can have cereal or whatever, just look at the
calories and fat calories.
It won't be easy, but I think it will be fun. As I write this is, it is Sunday,
January 16, 2005. For breakfast, I ate 2 servings of instant grits (I am not a
true Southerner, I live in Illinois.) With the grits I had one egg, 2
tablespoons of butter, 8 ounces of orange juice and a cup of hot tea.
This is probably a bad day for me to decide to start this article, because
after going to church, my wife and I went over to the church's social hour and
had some dessert, 1 cookie, 1 brownie and one small piece of coffee cake.
So that is the start of this day. I will add more as the day proceeds and will
probably do better since I started the article. We'll see what happens. Please
no matter when you start to read this article, you decide to start your weight
loss program today. You can do it and we will do it together, so come spring
time we can wear the clothes we want to wear, and feel good about ourselves.
At lunch time I did pretty good. I had a turkey sandwich with mayo, less than
one serving of Tostito chips, a little salsa and a little cream cheese. I did
have a slice of Apple pie. That was a bad thing. The positive was I only drank
water instead of having cola or sweetened anything else.
Send me an email to webmaster [at] youcanlearnseries.com if you like and let me
know you are starting also. We are in this together. Tell me where you are
starting and let's make it happen before Easter. You can do it.