The First 50 Days

This is my 50th post on the Middle Age Bulge blog. Good God almighty, where did the time go and how have I managed to find something to write about for 50 days in a row--just coming up with titles is tough, let alone the content.

The facts of the first 50 days: weight has been lost (depending on the day, about 17 pounds), muscle has been gained (my thighs have gone from being gelatinous to being taut), copious amounts of water has been drunk, beer cans have gone unopened in my basement fridge and my running shoes have been used more in two months than in the past five years.

The side benefits of these changes are many, not the least of which is the money I've saved. I haven't been to the liquor store this year and my eating out has slowed to a trickle. The belt I bought in Italy in 2006 now needs to be cinched up to the first hole. My pants are looser, my stomach flatter and my shirts far easier to button up.

If you've been keeping score at home, my weight has gone up a small amount in recent days, largely related to my inability to complete my workouts due to the knot in my calf. But, I've kept at it, even today running only about 20 minutes but working up a tremendous sweat before being forced to stop.

The fears of the first 50 days? None. In pushing forward with this program and committing to writing about it every day, no matter how tired or busy I am, has created a habit, a new way of living, a health and wellness Renaissance.

My hopes for the next 50 days? I'd love to get down into 180 pound territory before we leave for Mexico in April. I believe that is possible if I keep at it.

February 14, 2010 - 194.4 pounds, 28% body fat

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