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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It's the Jim, not the John

About six months ago I decided that I needed to get really serious about losing weight. I'm not hugely obese or anything but I do weigh more than I would like and my clothes are tighter than desirable. 

You have to know a little bit about me. I'm lazy. I don't like doing any more work than I absolutely have to in order to get the job done. Some of my coworkers say that I am very efficient. Nope. I'm simply lazy. Why do twice the work when I can get the same results with half the effort?

Please keep this personality trait in mind as I relate my story.

My first attempt at losing a few pounds was to swear off sugar in May. I have a friend who doesn't eat any sugar each January as a way to lose a couple of pounds after the holidays but also to remind herself that she's not a slave to it. And I was successful. I went a month without sugar. It was actually quite liberating. Total weight loss for the month of May: 0 pounds.

I then thought I would step it up a notch and began working out in the mornings (at 5:30am! That's how determined I am) with my brother-in-law. He's been a great personal trainer and I am in WAY better shape. BUT...I didn't lose any weight. Total weight loss for the months of June, July, and August: 0 pounds.

In September, Cami invited her family to participate in a family "biggest loser" competition. At this point, because of my competitive spirit and with money on the table, I got even more serious about losing weight. Total weight loss for the month of September: 3 pounds. WAHOO!

Now we're into October and so far I'm down another pound or two. I'm hoping to be down about six more pounds by the end of the month.

One of my good friends, who knows that I'm trying to lose some weight, emailed me this picture last week. I got a huge kick out of it.

I think I've found the next phase of my weight loss program. 

What do you recommend I do to lose some weight?


  1. Um....what?? Men tend to lose weight MUCH easier than women and I am stunned to hear you didn't lose anything by cutting sugar! Unless you upped all your other food to compensate for it!

    Anyway...the easiest and healthiest changes to make are to up your water intake and add fruits and veggies - personally when I started to clean up my eating I made a rule that I had to eat a fruit anytime I even if I got pizza or something unhealthy, I would eat a fruit (or veggie works) first to take up tummy space and add nutrients first.

    1. Thanks Bekah. I'll have to try the fruit thing. During the month without sugar I compensated by eating more popcorn (I LOVE popcorn). Only later did I realize just how many calories popcorn can have so I think they did cancel each other out. :)

  2. That picture is too funny. I lose weight by doing Weight Watchers. If you do it, it will work. I always tell people that...You are guaranteed to lose weight by doing WW. Maybe try it for a month, and if you don't like it, quit? Anyway, that's my best advice. You can do it just online or go to the meetings - which are great. P.S. You can eat anything you want, you just can't eat a lot of it due to portion control. Good luck!

    1. Thanks Meredith! I have a friend that lives nearby and she suggested the same thing. I guess she's done Weight Watchers a couple of times and successfully lost weight each time. I'll have to take a look at it. Thanks again!

  3. I've seen that infographic on FB too and love it! I'm so sorry that it's been such a struggle for you, Tyson. If it helps any, I've imagined you as a slender 20-something in my mind, since I've never seen a pic of you. ;) Keep up the good work, my friend, and I'm sure you'll get those stubborn pounds moving out for good.

    1. You're sweet Beth. I am a twenty something (I suppose 29 still counts) but slender, not so much. I'm getting there though!

  4. Haha love the gif. And I think losing weigh is always HARD the first tries - you have to really persist on it and want it for it to stick. So way to go! Oh, and found you at the Ducks 'n a Row blog hop :)


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