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The Proof in the Pudding

Posted by Trixter on January 7, 2006


I’m realistic about what works and what doesn’t, and I know that exercise is key to losing weight faster (not to mention, you know, living longer). And I love running; it’s not complicated, it clears my head, and I get to listen to my favorite music or podcasts. Yet I’m not exercising for the entire month of January. Why? Because I’m so heavy for my frame that my knees and back are giving me problems. So I have to lose weight first through dieting, and that’s what really sucks because it’s a waiting game.

When I started this log, I decided for the first four weeks to measure my weight and body fat percentage every Sunday (since the year conveniently started on a Sunday, and I’m anal about things lining up). At no point was I going to obsessively take measurements every day — Sunday morning, that’s it. So, the 1st of January, those measurements were:

  • 235 pounds
  • 32.5% body fat

I have been putting all of my efforts into eating properly this week; tomorrow, I hope to see the proof in the pudding when I get on that scale. I am looking for any improvement to those stats. Here’s hoping.

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3 Responses to “The Proof in the Pudding”

  1. Back in 1999 I tipped the scales at 260 lbs. I used to be a runner and I finally put all my weight back into the run. Yeah, for the first month or so my knees had a little trouble. But somehow I worked past it and got into running mountains and marathons (and marathons up mountains): http://pikespeak.multimedia.cx .

    I say ‘ignore the pain’. :-)

  2. Trixter said

    Now, see, that’s inspirational. That is what I am working toward.

  3. In 1999, when I first got back into running after getting really fat, my running partner and I walked, very slowly, up the halfway point of that mountain. It took us nearly 4 hours and darn near killed me. After getting into proper shape, my best time getting to that same halfway point (running a decent portion of the distance) was under 1 hour, 45 minutes.

    I met a lot of people, a lot of beginners, while on that mountain. I always had to tell them that they have to start somewhere but if they kept at it, they WILL make it to the top, get back into shape, etc.

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