Here’s the thing. I’m by no means a Fitness Geek. I’m just a normal person who reached the point where I was tired of how I looked. The problem is I’ve reached that point several times over the years.
I’d decide to exercise, the pounds would drop down to a point, but then they’d slide back up and I’d get discouraged and stop.
Back in 2000 I had a bad hair-do, a cheesy ‘porn star’ mustache, a sarcastic smirk, and I was carrying around 220 lbs on my 5’9” frame.
In 2004 I was still at 217 and I had decided to start trying to work off the weight. I had a goal in mind of getting down to 185 and staying there. I struggled with this goal until 2010, managed to get down as far as 180 a few times but couldn’t ever stay there and I got discouraged and slipped back up into the mid 190’s where I pretty much stayed until May of 2012.
In May of 2012 I started a little challenge with my friend Tim Biden that we called #TGWL, for, at that time ‘Tech Geek Weight Loss’ because me and pretty much everyone are tech geeks. The acronym has remained the same but has moved to ‘Twitter Geek Weight Loss’ because, well, Tech Geeks aren’t the only people wanting motivation to help lose weight and the little challenge between us two had turned into as many as 32 people in June.
On May 1st I was at 193. Today, as I write this I am at 179. Remember that old goal of 185 I had that I could never maintain? Well, for the entire month of Sept the HIGHEST my weight has been is 184 and has hit as low as 178.
Mind you, I still have the bad hair-do and the sarcastic smirk but thankfully I have long ago gotten rid of the porn star mustache and I’ve now managed to drop the extra pounds also. My new goal, which I now know I can hit, is 175 lbs.
That’s a little background. I do have previous blog posts about the #TGWL challenge over the summer months if you want to move back through my old posts and read them. I’m more than happy to go through details on what I’ve found that works for us ‘normal people’ if you’re interested.
Now, however, on to my point for this long winded blog. Holidays are coming. Holiday FOOD is coming. Holiday DESSERTS are coming. But so is Holiday Blues, Depression, and then doomed to failure Resolutions.
I, for one, plan to eat and drink whatever the hell I want during the holidays and you know what? I’m still going to stay fit and on track. That’s because I’ve finally found what works for me.
Dive in, work towards better habits with help, find what works for you and end this year on a huge high note. All without having to resort to eating like a horse. While ‘fitness gurus’ eat their oatmeal, protein drinks, cans of tuna, and their Tofumpkin Pie with Whipped Soycream Topping I plan to actually enjoy the holidays.
If you want to find what works for you, if you want to get encouragement, or a swift kick in the butt (as needed) from others who are struggling right there with you then I’ve got our Holiday #TGWL list posted below and we’d all love to have you. This time it’s for the entire 3 months left of 2012 so this is the home stretch of 2012.
This blog is blathering out of control so if you would like to hit me up on Twitter to talk then my name is pretty simple, @mikerigsby.