Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Focus for May

I've made a decision that it's truly time to focus on diet starting this month. I'm very proud of myself that I completed the April mileage challenge as set forth by Jonathan and Rae. However, I've really let my eating get out of control. It seems like I keep putting it off, and putting it off, always coming up with a new excuse of why I need to wait another week to start eating right. "This week is the Superbowl, this week is so-and-so's birthday, tomorrow is dinner out with the wife," and so on and so on. Before I know it, it's been 4 months since I promised myself I was jumping back on the wagon and getting my eating under control.

I'm hoping that with the new found confidence of knowing that I can dedicate myself to something, like logging mileage every day for 30 days, I know I can tackle this new challenge. For many of us, this seems to be the real stumbling block. I see Jonathan has recently been posting about his set backs in the area of food intake, and with Matt's mom making chocolate oreo fudge, well how can one not cheat? (I'll skip the fried catfish thanks...I'm more of a cod, scallops, and oyster kind of guy).

Anyway, as I look around I see many of us dealing with some adversity. If it's not diet it could be any number of things. Loss of a job, dealing with an injury, caring for a sick parent, trying not to take out our frustration on our Nike+, or taming indigestion caused by the Red Sox/Bills/Eagles. No matter what the problem, it's nice to know that someone is there to give an encouraging, "You can do it."

So while this past month has been tagged the "Month of a Million Miles," this month, for me, is going to be the "Month of a Million Pounds." While piling up the miles, I will be shedding off the pounds. I know with the support of my friend and family, and specifically Team Voice, I can finally get a handle on this and start making huge strides in the right direction. The goal is 10 pounds per month between now and January. There's no looking back now. In order to help hold myself accountable I'm going to start posting my weight in the side bar to chart my progress. I'm embarrassed to post it, but if nothing else maybe I can shame myself into dropping the pounds.


Matt said...

I think we all have this problem. Hopefully, you and I both will do better on our diets this month.

Great blog picture! That's a Super Bowl that even I can enjoy!

MikeF. said...

You can do it Heath. I have the faith.

DebWDW said...

It's great that you are going to focus on the food. It's a struggle for me everyday, but I've been pretty successful by making one good food choice at a time, one meal at a time, one day at a time. And don't beat yourself when you slip, and don't use a slip as a reason to give up for a few days.

I never thought I could change my bad eating habits, but by substituting a better food item for a bad food item as choices come up, I've come a long way.

Go for it!

Chris said...

2004 and 2007 aside, you MUST be a masochist being a Red Sox fan and all...So, if you can do that, you can do anything! :-)

Being at my maintenance weight it's a constant struggle to not give back the weight that I've earned, and it starts to add up quickly! I've had a few bouts with this since hitting my goal. The key has always been to maintain a cool head, and have a short term memory. If you gain a little, forget about it and move on towards your goal. Likewise, celebrate your smaller goals, but also move on just as quickly. It has always helped me stay even keel. For us football types, it's like when a cornerback gets burned for a TD...they have to learn the lesson and forget about it in order to move on.

Slow and steady wins the race, right? Go Sox!

Joggerblogger said...

Great post - have a little (a very little) of what you fancy and stacks of the good stuff - you can do it - if I can anyone can, it's a struggle everyday but It's doable, trust me ;-)

Rae! said...

I can agree with you and everyone on this subject. It is abattle and always will be. You are not alone in this one. When we get back from WDW I am joining WW. Not just counting on my own but joining so i will have to own it too.