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Sunday Nibbles: Back To The Gym

"Sheep nibbles washing" Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsI’ve been looking forward to my first gym visit at work tomorrow, but instead of sweating with a bunch of strangers I’ll be with people I know. That should make it very interesting. I’ve also decided I need to find some beginner routines for the free weights. This 54 year old body is going to need to tread carefully down that road, though. I’ll definitely be talking to my doctor about what’s safe for me to handle.

  • I don’t normally worry about clothes, but I now have something to wear for my first day at the gym tomorrow.
  • My wife and I are dining out tomorrow night at Carraba’s Italian Grill with a few other people. I already know what I’m going to order.
  • I haven’t touched the vending machine at work in almost three weeks!
  • I can’t wait for the fresh blueberries to get here!
  • Lunch for the week: A nice pork loin with sauerkraut from the slow cooker.

Have a great week and keep working toward your goals!

Fitness Friday, 4/4/14


It has come to my attention that we have a gym where I work. It’s small and cramped, but it’s there and it’s cheap. I stopped by to check it out earlier this week, and today I signed up. Then I realized that I will have to run out and pick up some gym clothes this weekend; I don’t think jeans will cut it on the elliptical. The plan is to be ready to tackle my first workout on Monday afternoon after my shift is over.

My goal is simple for now. I just want to get moving again. To start, I’ll probably alternate between the treadmill and the elliptical and start to ramp up my activity slowly. Once I get it in gear, I’ll talk to the trainer (and my doctor) and see how I can improve what I’m doing.

Now it’s just a matter of showing up on Monday and getting that first workout in!

I also started to wear a pedometer this week. I managed to increase my total step count each day and yesterday was the first time I managed to log over 10,000 steps. Now I need to string a few days like that together!

The $64,000 Question, Revisited

The ThinkerIn June of 2007, I published a post on Gotta Keep It Off! v. 1.0 that I called “The $64,000 Question.” In it I answered the question, “How exactly did I manage to lose almost 130 pounds?”

I started by giving the simple answer, “I ate less and exercised more.” But then I started digging a little deeper and got to what I thought at the time was the true answer to the question. Namely, motivation.

Somewhere between then and now, I lost my motivation. I lost the spark that kept me answering the question, “How much do you want it?” with “Bad enough to do whatever it takes.” At some point I decided I wanted that second helping at dinner, or that cheese steak, or that third beer, or that over-sized restaurant dessert, or any other number of things, more than I wanted to keep off the weight that I lost. More than I enjoyed walking or exercising. More than I enjoyed looking sharp in nice clothes. More than all the reasons I had to stay healthy.

Now here I am almost seven years later and wanting to get back to where I was, and  I’m asking myself, “How much do I want it?”

I want it bad enough to do whatever it takes.

Weigh In Tuesday: Week 2

ScaleIn addition to spending the last week re-learning the Weight Watchers system, I’ve had a lot going on, what with family visiting from California and with a little extra granddaughter time, so I’m going to just spill the beans on my good news from this week’s weigh-in.


25 Mar 2014
Week 2:

Starting Weight: 254.6 lb
Last Week: 254.6 lb
This Week: 248.6 lb
Weekly Change: -6.0 lb
Total Change: -6.0 lb

Pretty good for the first week back. Now I just have to keep it going! In the mean time I hope to blog soon about what it’s like to come back to this journey after undoing a good portion of my success from my previous weight loss saga.

Until then, keep doing what it takes!

Where I Am

ScaleNow that I’ve committed to go back to the lifestyle that helped me drop over a hundred pounds, it’s time for an assessment of where I am today.

I rejoined Weight Watchers on Tuesday night. After getting back my credit card and a bag with all kinds of Weight Watchers’ literature, it was time to jump on the scale. I was never afraid of the scale, and knew right around where I was thanks to numerous doctor visits and the occasional trip to the bathroom scale.

Anyway, to the numbers! I weighed in at 254.6 pounds. When I started my Weight Watchers’ journey in 2006, I tipped the scales at 292.0 pounds, so I’m still down 37.4 pounds. The most I ever weighed was 325 pounds, back in the late 90s. Even though I gained back more than 70% of my previous loss, I could have rebounded a lot higher.

I’ll post my numbers here each week for my own accountability.

18 Mar 2014
Week 1:

Weigh In:     254.6 lb
Weekly Change:     n/a
Total Change:     n/a

That’s all until next time. Until then, keep doing what it takes!

A Good Day

Every time I’ve lost a significant amount of weight in my life, there has been a catalyst to set things in motion. In 1984, I lost 40 pounds getting ready for my wedding. In 2006, I was on diabetes medications and I realized I weighed twice as much as my then teen-aged son. This time around? Look for yourself:


She’s going to be needing her Pop Pop to teach her a whole lot of things that only a Pop Pop can teach his granddaughter.

The game plan this time around is the same as when I had my best success – I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting in at least five years last night. There’s a lot of new jargon to learn and the details have been rearranged, but the more things change, the more they remain the same. The main point is that I can feel the pieces clicking into familiar places, hopefully making this journey no harder than it has to be.

A quick redesign note: I posted a reference page for the original blog under the About page above. When it’s finished it will be list of my favorite posts; I’ve listed a few to get the ball rolling.

Version 2.0

Welcome to the new digs! It’s still not ready for the Grand Opening, but it shouldn’t take too long to get this place into shape. The tough part is going to be getting me into shape, which is the point of this whole project.

For those of you not familiar with the original “Gotta Keep It Off!,” it was the blog I started after losing 130 pounds. After almost two years, there were a lot of things happening in my life that took my attention away from maintaining my weight loss and I let it spiral out of control.

For any of my old blogging friends who’ve managed to find their way here, it’s great to see you again. I’ve been on the sidelines for a while and have a lot of work to do. It will be a pleasure to have you in my corner again!

That’s all for now. See you next time!

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