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  1. 4 years later…

    September 23, 2016 by B.Good

    Wow.  Didn’t know I’d be down for this long. It’s taken nearly four years for me to come back to this blog, and commit myself to living the “GOOD” life.

    As I read my last post, written on December 18, 2012, I see I didn’t change a thing.  Not one single thing.  I didn’t learn my lesson, I wasn’t careful, I wasn’t mindful, and now I must re-lose all of the weight I had lost since January 2007.  Learning the same exact lesson…4 years later (well, I guess it’s really 10 years later…but I digress).

    How ridiculous is that?

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    It’s like the movie Groundhog Day…living the same exact experience, over and over again.  Wondering if the world has gone crazy…or is it just me?  Spoiler Alert: it’s just me.  It’s clear that I will never conquer this area of my life until I make significant and permanent changes.  And as I’m typing this now…I’m almost certain I’ve typed this before.

    But I must say…as I lose and gain, and lose and gain some more…I learn more and more just how serious and indefinite my condition is. It’s perplexing to me how this process has gone.  How one minute I can be fully focused and locked in on living a healthy lifestyle…and then a few minutes later…I can be completely thrown off track and lose sight of it altogether.

    What IS that?  Why does that happen?

    I suppose it’s different for everyone, but for me it comes down to one thing: I Am An Addict.  I cannot slip, dip, flip, or skip out on my routine AT ALL, whatsoever.  There is no such thing as a “cheat day”, meal, or snack for me.  I am an emotional eater of the highest highs and the lowest lows.  I can neither use food as a reward nor as comfort.  Like an alcoholic can’t have just 1 glass…I can’t have just 1 treat.  Plain and simple.  It’s a serious issue for me, I just can’t do it, and I just have to accept that.

    I wish I had kept up with blogging.  My most successful weight loss accomplishments have happened while I blogged through it.  Blogging is a great accountability tool for me.  Had I stayed with it and read through my old posts…I may have found the momentum I needed to get back in the game and stay in the game….much sooner than now.

    But I can’t dwell on that.  I am here now…again…and pray I never stray…again.

    I am indeed, still, motivated by my failure.


  2. My ‘Foodie’ Sense is Tingling

    April 4, 2012 by B.Good

    I’ve experienced an increased sense of smell since starting this journey to healthy. I can smell food ingredients from a mile away.

    The other day, a couple with 3 Papa John’s pizzas (I recognized the box) walked past me. They didn’t walk directly in front me…they were actually a little ways away, but in any case, we crossed paths.

    About 50 ft later, when they were clearly out of my path, I could smell the pizzas…vividly. I could smell the fresh veggies, the tomato sauce, and the CHEEESE.

    Man, I know Papa John’s so well. That was my SPOT! I was reminded of a coupon I had for a free pizza, and I was all set to cash it in and throw my eating plan out the window. But thankfully, the coupon had already expired. The Lord had saved me from myself!

    Angel Have Mercy.


  3. Shrinking Out of My Clothes

    March 28, 2012 by B.Good

    These pants are a size 16W…and they are HUGE! I wonder what size I can fit now.


  4. Motivators: Doubt

    March 25, 2012 by B.Good

    I was watching TV with a friend, and a commercial starring Jennifer Hudson came on. He pointed at her and asked me…

    “Is that [the size] where you want to go?”

    I said yes, if that’s where this journey takes me. He shook his head and said…

    “I can’t see you at that size.”

    Hmph. We’ll just see about that.


  5. 10 weeks later…

    March 15, 2012 by B.Good

    And now for my 10 week progress report…

    Weight: -22lbs | BMI: 31.6 (-3.4) | Waist: 41 (-3)

    Needless to say, I missed my goal to repeat my previous 18 lb weight loss.

    But I did lose 4 lbs over the last 5 weeks, lowered my BMI by 0.6, with no change to my waist measurement.

    So, that’s the good news. And it really is good news, because I actually accomplished the above results over the last 2 weeks. The 3 weeks prior, however, are a different story.

    The Dreaded Plateau

    It happens to the best of us. Everything’s going great, you’re doing (just about) everything right, and suddenly…the number on the scale stops moving. Even as I jumped up and down on the dang thing…that little red line stayed put.

    [I use an analog scale.  Only way I roll.]

    There are many things that can contribute to a plateau, and that is the most annoying part of it all. It’s rare that there is just ONE reason why your body settles at a particular weight, and it’s rare that just ONE solution will get you going again.

    My Story of Plateau

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  6. Together

    February 29, 2012 by B.Good

    I had a touching moment with my Mom this morning. She knows better than anyone how insurmountable the task of weight loss and weight maintenance has been for us. It’s been a tall order since I can remember.

    And it feels like…we just might finally breakthrough YEARS of misinformation, ignorance, indifference, and defeatism.

    Yes…we.

    We’re in this together. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.


  7. Motivators: Random Compliments

    February 21, 2012 by B.Good

    I received a compliment from a coworker today:

    “I know what looks different about you…you’re getting skinny!”

    We had casually walked past each other and said hello, but she doubled back and found me at my desk just to let me know she noticed my weight loss. And after a week where many poor choices were made…her comment brought be back to life.

    Today was the first day that I started to get back into my rhythm, back to making good choices, and her words gave me that extra “umph” I needed to put the past week behind me and push through to the next one.

    I’ve been doing well, and I’ve made some real progress. And although I had a minor setback this week, today I’m encouraged to continue making all of the right decisions, and furthering my weight loss.


  8. 5 weeks later…

    February 9, 2012 by B.Good

    And now for my first progress report…

    Weight: -18lbs | BMI: 32.2 (-2.8) | Waist: 41 (-3)


  9. 4 weeks later…

    February 2, 2012 by B.Good

    In just 4 weeks, I’ve been changed. Not only physically, but mentally – which is the hardest element of oneself to change.

    In just 4 weeks, I’ve learned to enjoy cooking. Beyond that, I value the time and care that goes into preparing my own meals. Anyone who knows me knows…“I don’t cook.” I can warm the hell out of a Stouffers Vegetable Lasagna; but slaving over a hot stove was never my thing.

    In just 4 weeks, I’ve become addicted to water. I crave it, even. And I used to HATE water. So much, that if water was the only thing available to drink, I’d just go thirsty all day. I’d rather have nothing at all than drink a glass of water. Not anymore…

    In just 4 weeks, I’ve found myself looking forward to gym time. And I HATE working out. I don’t do sweat. Eck, I hate to sweat. But something’s come over me, and I’m now a happy gym person.

    In just 4 weeks, I’ve completely changed my priorities and HEALTH is at the top of the list. Everything that I need to do to BE healthy, which were burdens before, are now worth every effort.


  10. Before…

    January 13, 2012 by B.Good

    “Don’t forget to take your ‘before’ picture,” Steve reminded me.

    He knows something I don’t know.  That a dramatic change is about to take place, and I’ll want to chronicle it along the way.  He couldn’t be more right; so here is my attempt at getting ahead of this thing ‘before’ it’s too far gone.  Change, once you’ve committed to it, comes swiftly.  So swiftly, in fact, that if measures are not put in place, one may not recognize, or appreciate the change at all.

    So here I am…preparing my ‘before’ for the recognition after.  I realize I’m typing in riddles, but things are moving so fast that I cannot fully indulge at the moment.  But soon.  Yes, soon.

    Believe me.  I have plenty of ‘before’ to choose from; shouldn’t take long at all.