Tuesday, November 22

My Journey from 200 lbs Back to 150 lbs: November

by Craig Ervin
Back in October I declared a bold goal of losing 50 pounds by June of 2012. As of today, I have lost an amazing - an astonishing - 0 pounds. 
Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t begun working towards my goal. Since the beginning of October, I’ve started getting myself back into a routine. I’m currently working out twice a week at the JCC. My primary focus during those workouts has been cardio. I’m already finding that my stamina has increased, and I should be back to my full cardio workouts before too long. 
With the extra weight, I find that I simply cannot maintain the levels I’m used to. I was tempted at first to cut the workouts short. Instead, I have kept the length of the workouts consistent but have lowered the intensity. So far, so good!
Food, on the other hand, is a different story.
There's never been a buffalo wing I could say "no" to. Or chocolate. Or ice cream. By far the greatest obstacle I face is in my own inability to say "No." A few weeks ago life decided to give me something else to think about before reaching for my next meal. Quite unexpectedly, my mother suffered a heart attack.
Her heart attack was a shock to us all. She never suspected any issue with her heart. Thankfully, she will make a full recovery with minimal damage to her heart. In an instant her entire way of living was challenged. Her challenge has become my catalyst.
Needless to say, with the holidays fast approaching, I’ll be a bit more mindful of my eating selections. Seeing my mother struggle with her heart has renewed the commitment I made to change my lifestyle. In changing my own lifestyle, I hope to help my mother make better choices for her own future.
With my renewed commitment to eating smart, coupled with my workouts, I should be able to speak of my progress with my next post. Until then, everyone have a safe, happy & healthy holiday season.
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  1. Sounds like you're off to a great start!

  2. Thanks, Alex! I'm heading down to the gym to work off some of the pumpkin pie I had yesterday. Anxious to try out a new stairmaster routine Colleen shared with me.


  3. Craig: if you get a spare moment...follow this link and watch the movie trailer...then if it grabs you...I suggest you download the movie on Netflix (or buy the dvd) and watch it with your mom. It could change your outlook on food and (and your mother's health)!

    I'd be interested to hear you reaction once you see it...

  4. John, thanks for the suggestion! I'm actually in the middle of my 1 month trial with Netflix. I'll look it.