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Weight Loss: Goal Achieved

Back in May Julie and I made dramatic changes to our diet and exercise. For me that meant that french fries were no longer an entire food group. I’ve probably eaten more produce in the last three months than I had in the previous three years…and that might not be much of an exaggeration. It meant that exercise actually happened instead of just being thought about. I set two goals at the time. The initial goal was to lose 15 pounds by my 40th birthday…which I did. The overall goal was to get back to the weight I was when my eight year old was born. Julie’s goal was to lose the baby weight from Sam that simply would not go away.

I achieved the second goal yesterday! My net loss is 34 pounds. I’ve dropped over 6 inches off my waist, and my heart rate has dropped from 91 beats per minute to 65. A couple of weeks ago my son called me “Skinny Daddy” when I picked him up from childcare are church. I actually might need to get my wedding ring resized because it is dangerously loose. Julie hit her target weight a week ago…I’m really proud of her! We are both within four pounds of our high school weight!

Our new goal is to maintain this weight…to be within five pounds of where we currently are on August 11, 2012.

August 12, 2011 - Posted by | Health, Personal


  1. Proud of you, man! I bought the Kindle version of the book this morning and have been reading through it. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m committed to hitting my goal weight of 200lbs by Oct. 31. That was my weight when I was in law enforcement and at my peak physical condition. I’m combining the dieting with a workout program a friend is doing right now. You might want to check it out: Anyhow, here goes everything! :)

    Comment by duncanmcalynn | August 15, 2011

  2. Cool! Glad to hear it…let me know how it goes. Just be aware that the diet/exercise combo in the diet is geared towards burning fat. The exercise component is all aerobic…not weights. I’m not sure what results you would get by switching the exercise to be weightlifting. Definitely you would be adding muscle as you are burning fat which would mean the weight likely would not go down as fast. Not necessarily a bad thing…just different body composition. I also wonder if your body will need more fuel than what this diet provides as it does the muscle breakdown/rebuild process. Just some thoughts to consider. BTW…you really only need to read the first three chapters of the book to get started.

    Comment by Jarvis | August 15, 2011

  3. That’s so impressive, Jarvis! Great job! And for Julie as well!

    I also like that you have a continued goal to keep it off – so often there’s a wear off of the “high” that comes with that sense of accomplishment, like there’s nothing more to do after you’re “done”. But the hardest part is yet to come, as you truly transform it into a lifestyle. I’ve been so busy lately that I’m having a hard time making time for exercise as well… (doesn’t help that it’s 120 out).

    I hope all is well with you – and keep up the great work! I can’t wait to “meet” the new you!


    Comment by Tim M. | August 15, 2011

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