50 by 50 update

December was a challenging month on my quest to lose 50 pounds by Oct 1. When I set the goal to do so in one year, it seemed like plenty of time to accomplish such a feat.
Jan 5, 2013


While I remain confident that when I stomp on the scale Sept. 30 I will be at least 50 pounds lighter than I was on Oct. 1, 2012, I'm starting to realize it may be a little more challenging that I originally thought. I'm now three months into this journey, and a year doesn't seem as long as it once did.

You may recall from my previous columns on this topic that I got off to a fast start and dropped 18 pounds in the first seven weeks. Unfortunately, the many temptations that accompany this time of year got the best of me and, as of Jan. 2, I am back to having only lost 12 pounds.

I need to do a better job of remembering what the sign outside the men's locker room at the Y reads: "Be strong enough to resist the temptations."  That advice would have served me well last month.

As if the holidays didn't present a big enough challenge to my dietary efforts last month, my wife and I went on an all-inclusive trip in mid-December.  It certainly doesn't take a personal trainer to tell you that an all-inclusive vacation and dieting are not a good combination.  I did, however, make my way to the fitness center every morning in an attempt to justify in my own mind the over indulgence I would be partaking in later that day.  While a wide variety of food was abundant, I sought out choices such as fish and chicken to go with the deliciously prepared vegetables.  Even so, the intake far exceeded what I was burning off at the fitness center each morning, and I am now paying the price.

On a positive note, I have developed the routine of going to the YMCA three to five times per week, depending on my schedule.  Michelle Bailey was a great resource in helping me develop a program based on my body composition analysis that will best help me accomplish my specific goals.  Her knowledge and expertise has allowed me to best utilize my time while at the Y each morning.  (I haven't done a good job of using my card in the box, so if you are checking on me, Michelle, please know that.)

While I would have been happier to report to you that I have lost 20 pounds by now, I'll have to settle for just 12. But I do have the satisfaction of knowing that the holidays are now behind me, and that I have a three-month head start on my New Year’s resolution.

— Kevin Hook is publisher of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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