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in·flu·ence

/ˈinflo͝oəns/

noun

  1. 1.
    the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
    the influence of positivity
    synonyms: effect, impact;

 

Had a great moment this week at work when I came in a collegue stops me in the galley and tells me that I am influencing her. Now, a lot of people will them me know that they are amazed by my weight loss or that they are inspired to lose weight themselves, but nobody has ever said that I have influenced them. Read more…

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OMG…I Ran!

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I was minding my own business on the treadmill this morning… I found myself being bored with the speed I was walking (3.0 on my Reebok Crosswalk RT 5.0). I wanted to walk a little faster so I bumped it up to 3.5. I was really straining. It was the fastest walking I could do and it almost hurt.

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A Goal in Mind

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So when I set out to get into better shape about two months ago, I never thought I would already have in my mind to participate in a 5K! Let me say I am “entertaining the thought” of participating.  Read more…

Okay, So I’m Starting Again…

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As anyone that wants to lose weight can tell you… There are a lot of ups and downs. Many obstacles to avoid and hills of motivation to gain.

I say this as I turn 50 and I have that ever present, “It’s now or never!” voice in my head. I know that it is not going to be easy, as it is never easy the older you get, but the motivation is there. Read more…

Big “Weight” For An Update

 

Alright, I was waiting to see if I could mange to totally screw up this weight-loss thing within the first two weeks, so that is why I held off on posting. I usually get so hyped up. Get all my food ready, plan my exercise routine and then after about three days, I’m like, “Screw this, Let’s go get a cheesecake!”

It didn’t happen that way, this time. I have actually stayed on the Weight Watchers plan and at the end of my second week, I have lost an incredible 14.2 pounds!

So far, I have been eating pretty much what I have wanted to and I have gone out to eat… a lot. This is sounding like a commercial for WW, but it’s not. I will leave the paid endorsements to Charles Barkley and Jennifer Hudson.

My exercise routine started out great, but then by the third day, I realized that I had a heel spur on my left foot, which was making it difficult to walk…my main form of exercise. I know I will have to get back to it, but for now, my doctor has given me exercises and orthopedic devices to help alleviate some of the pain.

I will go into detail about what I am eating in later posts, but for now, for me, the biggest change in starting to lose weight was my mind. That I felt like now was the time to do something. I could not stay the same shape. If you are trying to lose weight, your mindset cannot be, “I should lose weight.” I has to be, “I have to lose weight.” And I know that people lose weight for many different reasons: family, health, fitting into a new bathing suit. When it comes down to it, losing weight has to be for you. That was the trigger that went off in my mind and hopefully it will for you too.

Have a great week!

 

Tomorrow Is Today

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It has been almost two years since my last post…

Life as we get older seems to move so quickly now. When we say, “Oh, I’ll get to that tomorrow” may turn out to be a month before we get around to doing it. Sometime, if the thing we are putting off is something we don’t like, it could take almost two years! That is the main reason why this posting has taken so long… I haven’t wanted to write it. Let me explain…

Once again, as we get older, not only does time move quickly, but it does terrible things to our bodies. In not paying attention to what has been going into my body and saying, “Oh, I’ll get around to losing weight tomorrow” Tomorrow has become today.

This past weekend I went into a local supermarket called Publix that happens to have a scale in their entryway. It is one of the larger scales that goes up to 300, so I thought I would take a look at what my status was… And not the Facebook kind! And this is what slapped me in the face!

 

I thought that the scale was broken. I thought that the needle hadn’t moved… I thought that an elephant had placed his foot on the back of the scale while I wasn’t looking… No, the scale was calibrated correctly and the needle had gone past the 300 lb. mark and I was well on the way to breaking it myself!

After the initial shock wore off, I knew that getting on that scale was the way the  universe was telling me to get off my couch and do something. It was more than past time.

I signed up for Weight Watchers immediately… Not ready to go to the meetings yet, just signed up for the online program. I also purchased a Nutri-Bullet(more on that in future posts), so I could start eating more fruits and veggies… Something my body was also lacking.

The biggest step that I am doing that I have never done before is this. Telling people! I want everyone to know what I am going through so I can be held responsible. No hiding my diet in the closet. If I am out to dinner with friends, I want them to know, why I am not getting the biggest thing on the menu or having an excess of alcohol or why I am passing on dessert. I want you my reader to know my struggles as well and in doing so, if you have had to lose weight in the past , can share your stories with me. I look forward to the challenge and I look forward to my health and my longer life with my wife an loved ones.

Just please don’t wait for tomorrow to do things… Whether it is to lose weight, go on a trip, or tell someone you love them…do it today.

As the Billy Joel song goes… Tomorrow is Today

 

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