I’ve dropped 22 pounds so far — that’s in a 12-week period. I’ve been stuck right around this weight for about a week, but that’s OK with me, as it’s going to get a big bump because I’m running again. Yes, now that I’m down to 216 pounds, my knees can take a pounding. When I go out for a 4 mile run, I burn a lot of calories, and that is very, very good. Plus, it’s actually a lot of fun (OK, maybe not a lot of fun, but it’s sort of fun at times). I’m going to start looking for another half marathon to run in the fall.
I may eventually have to drop my caloric target somewhat. Right now I have an 1800 calorie budget, which is a net figure after deducting exercise. So if I have a hard work-out, I get to eat more that day! However, I suspect that I may drop the budget to 1700 net calories on workout days. That’s still a lot of food, particularly the way I’ve been eating.
I’m actually a bit anxious to find out what my cholesterol and blood sugar levels are. They have to be far better than what they’ve been in the past. My physician might even be a bit stunned, as he’s unaware of what I’ve been doing.
Finally, I like the way I’m cooking. I’m doing more with fresh vegetables and fruit. My dishes are often more colorful and tastier. My kids are eating a lot of this food, too, and they’re realizing it ain’t too bad. This, my friends, is a very good thing.