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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
Slow night at work = additional life changes?
An idle mind is the devil's workshop. Or, it is maybe an opportunity to make important decisions?

Okay. Last night I was not-so-busy at work. I had time to slip out of the unit every couple of hours and, for some reason, I had ENERGY! (Jim, should I trademark this?) I decided tonight was as good a night as any to hit the stairs. I only did 5 floors at a time because any more than that and I would probably have to resort to using my hands and crawling the steps! It's 20 steps per flight, however, so that's 100 steps each time. I did 400 steps last night! I was going to do another 100, but I was getting shaky legged, and decided I should avoid crippling myself too badly, since I'm working again tonight and all. I plan to try to keep doing this each night I work to keep my metabolism shifted to a slightly higher gear. As soon as the weather gets consistently above about 50 degrees out, I plan to also start my near daily hour long walks.

I'm really getting excited because the weight is coming off without any effort, and even without exercise. So, with exercise, it's going to be dripping off me like lamp oil (eeeewwww!) It's great to be in this place: diet --> weight loss --> increased hope and enthusiasm --> increased effort --> more significant results, and so on. I must have a tendency to be bipolar or something because I feel so energized I want to skip sleep and, now how is it you say that? Uh... Accomplish things! ...and stuff. I remember what it was like to be a physical monster able to exercise almost indefinitely without fatigue. I'm starting to fantasize about reaching that point again. Now, it's real early and I'm at least a year, or more likely two, away from that. Oh, and there's that "whole lot older" curse to contend with. But older and in great shape sure beats where I've been for so long. Ha! It's been years (literally) since I had this much fire in my belly! This day has been long in coming. And, I'm surprised at how it blindsided me. Today is the day that I put it out there for myself and everyone who knows me. Here goes...

I am in this till I decide the goal has been met. I am not quitting. I am not looking back.

I am ready!

Yeeeeaah! (Pats self on back and hits the showers. Must sleep for another night of work, after all) ;-)

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Current Mood: Spittin' Nails!

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mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: February 21st, 2004 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
What kind of diet are you using?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: February 21st, 2004 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)


Hey Michael,

I started the South Beach Diet (SBD) on November 6. During the holidays I took at least two weeks off to eat whatever I wanted and possibly added all the weight I had lost back on. I restarted sometime after the holidays and have been steady on it since. I went for awhile without scales so that's why my weights are not concrete early on.

SBD is a "modified" Atkins. Where Atkins basically said, "All carbs are bad, all fat is okay", SBD says, "All sugar carbs are bad, all saturated fats are bad." So, even in the strictest phase (the first two weeks, like Atkins' Induction), you can eat most beans and peas. It makes more sense than Atkins to me and is easy for me to follow. No counting, no portioning, no peeing on strips, etc. So far, I'm 23 pounds down. I have recently only been losing about 1 pound a week due to my skills at being sedentary. Thus, the exercise begins! Wanna meet up and walk with me? I'm totally serious. I know you were/are doing Atkins. Let's go man, get fired up with me and let's be able to play with our kids without panting! Okay, I realize now that I'm reeeeally giddy and in dire need of sleep. I'm out. (But I am serious)
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: February 21st, 2004 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)


I was doing Atkins, but it was so hard due to my wife being pregnant at the time that I fell off the wagon. I did buy and read SBD and I think it is a much better way to go. I may have finally convinced my wife to join me on it, since the wife of my buddy sipperphoto has been doing SBD and is succeeding. So Phase One is coming up soon - and not a moment too soon.

Whereabouts are you in NC in relation to Greensboro and the Triad?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: February 21st, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


Dude, I live in W-S, in the city limits. I'm about a mile from the Silas Creek Pkwy/Peter's Creek intersection (right by I-40). Aren't you in K-ville? I'm probably like 15 minutes from your house, just guessing.
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: February 21st, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yeah... We're spitting distance from one another...
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: February 22nd, 2004 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: No spitting please

Well, not to be pushy, but if you ever want someone to walk with, or catch a movie or something, let me know.
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: February 22nd, 2004 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: No spitting please

You bet!
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: February 21st, 2004 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Woooo-whooo! Go you!
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