Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. For most of my life, I took full advantage of this food-based extravaganza and ate until I was as stuffed to the bird we were gathered around, and then somehow found ways to eat even more. But ever since I started this blog, I’ve employed a new tactic to help reign myself in during the Turkey Day buffet bonanza. For the third year in a row, I’ve photographed everything I’ve eaten during my big Thanksgiving meal, with the knowledge that I would be sharing it right here. Note to everyone: making yourself accountable to a world of strangers that visit your website really works!
In addition to photographing every morsel, I did a couple other things to help mentally prepare for the feast. When I woke up on Thanksgiving morning, I took a few seconds before getting out of bed and reminded myself of something crucial: Even though the occasion is food-based, what really makes this day special is the opportunity to spend time with family, who I see very infrequently. The turkey and sides are nice, but the company is extraordinary. It’s an important reminder, and I’ll continue to remind myself of it at future holidays and events.
I also made a pledge to myself to not go back for seconds, although I’ve broken that promise in both 2010 and 2011. (You can read my Thanksgiving 2010 post here, and my Thanksgiving 2011 post here.) How did I do this year? Let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we?
I have a hunch I may have a few new readers today. Does that include YOU? If so, please enjoy this photographic welcome:
Chances are you’re here because you saw me on “The Jeff Probst Show,” and I’m so glad you watched and even more glad that you stopped by. (If you haven’t seen me on “The Jeff Probst Show” yet, click here to watch online.) Here’s a little run-down of what to find on this site. Let’s call it Keep It Up, David 101:
By the time you read this, it’ll already be November 12th, and I just realized I never posted my most recent weigh-in results from… um… 12 days ago. Whoopsy, my bad! I got a little swept up in last weekend’s 10K race, which, by the way, left me sore in my quads and calves for nearly three days. Even though the race is over and done with, I still ran three more times last week, due to the convenience of running and my new habit of bringing a change of clothes to the office so I can hit the streets as soon as I’m done with work.
But I digress. I have a weight loss chart to update! For anyone that may be new here, I’ve kept a weight loss chart since I began this endeavor nearly three years ago (!), and every month I update it with my weight as a way to stay accountable, remind myself of my successes, and track my progress. After I weighed myself on November first, I updated my chart like this:
I stayed even at 241 pounds. I’ll confess that I was hoping for a loss, on account of all the running I’d been doing to prepare for the 10K, but I’ll take it! After two months of small gains, I’m glad that I stopped adding weight. And looking back at calendar year 2012, which that photo shows, I realized that I’ve stayed within the same 5-pound range since January. That’s pretty sweet, even though I’m at the high end of the range at the moment.
241 pounds represents a loss of 161 pounds.I don’t get tired of reminding myself of that! Here’s the chart in its entirety (for you new folks, it’s hanging on my closet wall, where I can see it every day as I dress):
My legs are still sore, ladies and gentleman, from the 10K race I ran on Sunday. That means I really pushed myself. And I’m really proud of how things turned out. But I’m jumping ahead of myself… I should start at the beginning.
Sunday was a beautiful day for a race: sunny and clear, although it was hot. It ended up being 90 degrees that day, and even though the race was held early in the morning, it was obvious that the day was going to be a scorcher. I got to Universal Studios a little before 8am, and met up with a bunch of friends that were also participating in either the 10K or the 5K run/walk. My buddy Mikael took this picture of me near the starting line…
A big hello to everyone that’s discovering Keep It Up, David for the first time! I’m glad you’re here.
My name is David. I live in Michigan, and I’m 42 years old. In January 2010, I began eating better and exercising more, so I could lose weight. So far, so good – I’ve lost 160 pounds and am keeping it off! But it’s a tough road, and I need to keeping finding new ways to keep motivated and on-track. I’ll blog about my progress and share my struggles and successes. Join me on my journey!