Only down 1 pound. This is the story of the year.
At first I was disappointed, and then I reflect on the fact that I am down 45 pounds from the start.
I have never lost 45 pounds. The most I had lost in the yo-yo of diets was maybe 20, and as you can guess, I put that back on, and normally right after it came off.
The other happy thought concerning the last eight months is the fact that I really haven't had that bad of a time of it. Most of the time I have watched what I ate, exercised more than the average person, which doesn't take a lot, and the pounds came off.
My plan was to be good for six days and then have a free day each week. But it was more like good for three or four days and have three days, and maybe more, of free time.
This has to end. I must get back on a day-to-day working program - one that I can follow now and forever. But I can't have so many free days. And for the next few weeks, I will have to be even better. I need to get my calorie intake down and my exercise back up to six days a week for more than 45 minutes each day.
The goal of 100 pounds was not my idea. It was the brainstorm of two friends: Heidi Funk and Cheryal Lee Hills - wonderful people who were thinking of a great way to make a difference for Kinship Partners and give help to people struggling to lose weight.
I was a perfect candidate. I had a proven track record of doing crazy things for Kinship and I was a lifelong overweight guy. I was all for their idea as I saw so many benefits: Helping Kinship Partners, people like me who are overweight and, of course, getting myself healthy.
I was 205 pounds when I graduated high school in 1984. I was under 190 pounds only once during my college years. And for the past 10-plus years, the lowest I have been is 249 pounds, until recently. Even after the bike trip from New Orleans (1,545 miles in 19 days), I was 260 pounds.
The experts told me it would be best to lose maybe 50 pounds in a year, but 100 was doable, just not their recommendation. We stuck with 100 and are still sticking to it as it is a huge number for an average guy to lose in a year.
One of the things we hope people have learned from our craziness over the last five years is that you can do anything if you want to bad enough.
We need to average at least 3 pounds a week to make 100 by Dec. 20.
I am 16 pounds off my preprogrammed schedule, or about 1 pound a week extra that I now have to lose the rest of the way.
I am nervous as I have now backed myself into a corner, and every week will matter. I can't be just good, I need to go beyond.
I use the word "we" often when I let you know what is happening. I use it because this adventure has been with the help of many. Each week, people have encouraged me and given ideas. Without them, I would be even further behind and have no chance of making it.
People in the Brainerd Lakes area are truly wonderful. When I have asked for help they have been able and ready. Even when I don't ask for help, they still have been there for me. Just last week, the insurance adjuster who looked at the storm damage at my home gave me a protein bar she had leftover from her and her husband's weight loss/fitness program, at which they have been successful.
Even a past mayor of Baxter told me, with a smile of encouragement, that he will be reading the paper on Wednesday and that I had better be down at least a little. I am truly thankful for you all and ask for your help getting the rest of the way. I know with your help, "we" can do it.
Next week, we will give details on how you can help even more and maybe lose a few pounds yourself before Christmas. Again, this idea was thought out by wonderful people who are trying to help get me to 100 and raise more money for Kinship Partners.
(Before starting a fitness program, consult your physician.)
GARY WALTERS writes a weekly column in the Neighbors section regarding his progress in the Kinship Wellness Challenge. To learn more go to www.brainerddispatch.com and then to the KINSHIP CHALLENGE link or www.kinshippartners.org.
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