Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Words Up, Weight Down

I grew up skinny. My grandparents used to tease me by telling me that a good gust of wind would blow me away. I was a thin kid.

Then I got my first apartment, started fending for myself, and decided that if it took longer to make the food than it did to eat it, it wasn't worth it. And besides, I lived less than a handful of blocks away from a part of town my friends and I called "Fast Food Row." I had a Burger King, a McDonald's, a Taco Johns, and a Wendy's (and a Subway, but no drive-thru meant I didn't go there often) less than five minutes away. Needless to say, a good gust of wind wasn't going to carry me away anymore.

When we became vegetarian, I think some people assumed I'd lose some of that weight, but less meat turned into more carbs for me, and since I've never been the most active guy to begin with (I used to fake asthma attacks to get out of gym class in junior high school), I may have even gained more weight at that point.

Over the past few years, I've made some attempt off-and-on to get into better shape, and I've always failed. I've either let time get the better of me, hurt my already bad back (I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease several years ago, which was partly brought on due to my weight), or just lost the drive.

Things needed to change.

Inspired by my friend and 1951 Down Place co-host Casey who's had an amazing health and fitness journey of his own, I started looking at what I could do to start my own journey.

I found an app for my phone (the Noom Weight Loss Coach). I decided I could start getting up earlier in the morning so I could take advantage of a trail by my home. And I set my mind to really watching my daily caloric intake.

Since the beginning of August, I've been getting up anywhere between 5:00am and 6:00am, before going for a walk for about half-an-hour, trying to write for about an hour, and then going to work (during the week - I skip the work-part on the weekends!). And since the beginning of August, I've lost 15 pounds.

My writing did stall for a little bit while I adjusted to this new schedule, but the words are starting to flow again while I reevaluate my various works-in-progress. Right now, I'm working on a short story, and I'm very happy to be hanging out with an old friend again.

Moving forward, I intend to use Wednesday as my "accountability day" here at Plan D. Here's to hoping for more Words Up, Weight Down . . . !

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