Thursday, June 30, 2011

Goal Update

On the 31st of December, I put out some goals that Tiffany and I were working on. Mostly me, though she has been a big help in accomplishing some of them.

Here were my goals:
1 - Add on to the house.

2 - Brush up on my photography skills - including adding necessary photography equipment and software and become a master at using them.

3 - Weight Management. Because it seems we all do it. Even those who don't need it (I am unfortunately not in that category) seem to work on this. I told a departing missionary that I would lose 70 pounds before he got back. He left in August. I lost 18 pounds after he left, only to gain some (probably most) back this holiday season.

4 - Find a way to pay forward all the good people have given to us over the last month (December).

5 - Finish my goals.

Here is the status of the goals.

1 - We went over to the Engineers office yesterday and had our final layout completed. He said he would have final drawings to us next Tuesday. Well on our way for this goal, though we are not even half way there.

2 - I haven't really brushed up on my skills, though I have used them for a shoot or two. I did, however, add to my lens collection with a 50mm 1.4 aperture lens. A absolute need in portrait photography.

3 - I have lost 25 pounds thus far, will check my weigh in tomorrow and hoping for a little bit more.

4 - This is a little harder to say if I have completed. However, Tiffany and I have noted that our prayers often include names of individuals who are struggling. One thing that Tiffany and I felt was a tangible presence due to prayers offered on our (or more appropriatly, her) behalf. So I don't take this lightly. We have also done some other things to help out some individuals. Specifics aren't needed here, but I consider that this goal, like the others above, are well on there way and are a continual work in progress.

5 - I am doing it this year. I am going to reach my goals.

Are you?

Cheers,

Nathan

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A child here, a child there, a child everywhere - or not.

I was about 10. My dad was working on taxes in the dining room. I asked him if he was a millionaire. His reply, “Maybe if I didn’t have you and your brothers and sisters.”

A joke of dry humor and jest. Knowing my dad he meant none of it. At least I think he wanted us and not the million dollars. I think.

Yahoo is my home page of choice. Though with today’s advanced browsers, I actually have three home pages. But Yahoo is the one that pops up first and gives me, generally, the national news of the day. Anything that is looming out in the world will likely fall on the front page. They like to throw in a few different types of stories here or there; sports, politics, humanities, and the like. How they pick these, I am unsure, but I find myself cycling through them here and there throughout the day.

Yesterday I read an article they posted online suggesting that today there are more and more childless marriages. This is not new. And not really news. It was written with a distinct, very pro-childless marriage view and had little to no thought of why people might want children today, claiming only a few examples of why people wanted them in the past.

The story named off reasons for not having children; ‘the cost to raise them, less guilt and worry, less responsibility, more sleep, more free time, more disposable income, no awkward discussions of teen moms, no forced relationships with people just because your kids like their kids, no chauffeuring other peoples kids in your minivan to soccer games you find less appealing than televised chess.’ Just to name a few. And for the most part, true.

However, as much as I cherish the agency we all get in choosing our lives, I have to admit, I felt sorry for these individuals. Yes, life with children is no doubt more difficult, more expensive, and at times you wonder why you had children at all. But when you think that, it is generally out of a moment of frustration, a frustration that came because of the love you have for the child, and not really a desire to not really have them.

Because as much joy as I get being married to Tiffany – and that is great joy, my heart also surges on the relationship and hope I have with my children.

And that is worth more than any money, time, or whatever I would get without them in my life.

Do we not learn more about godhood than by being a parent?

A thought worth considering.

Cheers,

Nathan

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gossip

‘He who gossips with you, will gossip of you.’
~Irish Sayings


I was in a conversation the other day when person A started to attack another individual, Person C (who was not present). In the midst of doing so, a second individual, person B, quickly said a few comments to soften the blow which person A had attacked.

I found this interesting on several fronts. Person A thought I would agree with them, so they didn’t feel threatened by my seeing how they felt about person C.
Meanwhile, Person B knew what Person A was saying, and did not agree that I would agree with the thought of Person A.

But here is what catches me.

If person A really thinks that I would be agreeable to hearsay or gossip, I feel I have done something wrong. Something in my character is off.

Gossip, on every level, is downright maddening to me (though not suggesting that I am perfect in this thing). Suffice it to say that any gossip between individuals does nothing more than to break down unity, debilitate individual growth, and squelch relationships at all levels.

I trust less the individual doing the talking. Why would I share information to you if you are going to freely share that with others? You won’t, oh, you just did about somebody else, why not with the information I give you?

How about the relationship between Person A and Person C? Built up or hewn down? Or between me and Person C? Try not as I might, human I am, I might look at Person C differently. And that is what frustrates me the most.

Experience has taught me that each of us has our demons. Sometimes we categorize them in different levels of badness, perhaps to make us feel like our demons or evils aren’t so evil. And in minimizing our evils, we make no improvement to our life.

But if experience has taught me that we all have our demons, it has also taught that most have a much, much, better side. A side full of hopes, dreams, accomplishments, abilities, and a thorough appetite for goodness. Very few people are just bad apples. Very few.

So why gossip? Why breakdown society wielding faux informational power than humbly strengthening all by allowing gossip to cease with you?

A question without answer. Because each answer I come up with just sounds silly.

Just as silly as I would sound if I ever were to gossip. To which I hope I never do.

‘If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.’
~Albert Einstein

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weight Loss Update - Week 5

Another week down, and motivated and working hard to make this happen.

Goal Weight = 220 lbs
Starting Weight 5/23/2011 = 312 lbs
Week 1 Weight 5/27/2011 = 307 lbs
Week 2 Weight 6/3/2011=301 lbs
Week 3 Weight 6/10/2011 = 296 lbs
week 4 Weight 6/17/2011 = 292 lbs

This week, Week 5 Weight 6/24/2011 = 287 lbs

That's 5 pounds lost this week. 25 lbs total in five weeks.

It hasn't been hard. In fact, it has been rather easy. Still motivated to do it and the success is breeding more motivation. I tried to go on more evening walks with Tiffany, though we were really only able to do that once this week. However, I did take a hike with the 11 yr old scouts up Adams Canyon. It seemed much easier than when Tiffany and I went up last year, though I look forward to the day I can become one of those trail runners we met along the way up the trail. Maybe it's not that far away.

If anybody would like, there is a great IPhone app that has been helpful (though pretty sure it would be on the Android market as well). It's an app called Lose It. I enter everything I eat and every exercise I do and it helps you know where you need to be for the day. It also follows your nutrition, not just calories, so you can ensure you are getting the right nutrients in you. It is free for anybody out there that wants it. That alone has been a great help. Also note that it is a website (loseit.com). Tiffany has a web enabled phone but no app available with this app. She started using her phone by going to the website this week to enter data in and she says it has been a help for her.

There are 1001 ways to lose weight. This is just one way or method that can be done. If you are trying, do what works for you. But if you are looking or searching for something, this will help track your progress.

Cheers,

Nathan

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Legos

I like legos. I liked them as a kid. I had a small buckets worth growing up. I tinkered with them from time to time. I made airplanes, spaceships, race cars, trucks, cranes, houses, and on, and on. I had plenty of legos to do what I wanted. But I had relatively few compared to my best friend. He had a huge bag which quadrupled what I had and included motors and all sorts of fun little dohickeys. And what he did with those little blocks was amazing. He made little puzzle boxes with hidden keys that if you pushed the right block, it would slide away revealing another key allowing more of the puzzle to be found and eventually unlocking it to find a hidden compartment inside.

To this day, I still am amazed what he could do with legos (and understand he still does wonders with them today). This kid ended up our saluditorian in high school and is very successful today.

I put two and two together and decided, if I want smart kids, they need to have legos.

That's all. Just a big, honkin' pile of legos. And then they would be smart.

So I did. And they liked them. And we got more. And I made a special bag just like my friend had for our legos. And then we got more. Even the coveted motor was bought to ensure proper exposure to this timeless toy.

The collection is mighty fine. No doubt my kids will now be smart.

Except....

Now I have legos everywhere!

I am not sure what is in the heads of kids, but it seems like if you build something, you have to go somewhere to play with it. Airplanes, spaceships, etc, need to fly. Sometimes doing so takes them from room to room to room as they play. But it seems like every room they go into, they leave a peice behind. Almost as if to mark their territory.

Kid 1 - "I left a piece in the kitchen - it's mine!"
Kid 2 - 'Oh, yeah, my axel fell off on the stairs and you can't go up there any more 'cause that's mine'
Kid 1 - Oh yeah, well, you can't go to the bathroom upstairs because that is my submarine in there. Good luck taking care of business.'
Kid 2 - Oh yeah.
Kid 1 - Yeah!

Or something like that. I found a whole set of lego creations on the floor in the laundry room. I am always vacuuming up another peice or two. I used to stop and pick it up, but lately, forget it.

I figure the less they have, the less I have to pick up. Who cares how smart they are going to get, just leave me be with the legos!

Anybody want smart kids? If so, I have a bag of legos I may be willing to give away - just note the transaction will have to take place after the kids are in bed. It may look shady, but the sanity will be worth any harsh withdrawals the kids go through when they wake to find them gone.

Cheers,

Nathan

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tiffany the Architect

Our engineer came by today with his draft plans for our addition we came up with. They are just about what we were hoping for except that our stairs going downstairs couldn't be in the exact spot where we wanted them. Making a few other changes necessary.

With plans in hand, the engineer instructed us to look over them, prepare changes, and sometime over the next week we will get back with him and make the changes we want before he finalizes the plans.

So, working from home, I would come up the stairs from time to time and found Tiffany marking up the plans each time. There were many, many markings and changes, I hope that we don't get charged more for all the stuff she wants to change or add.

But after a few hours, I think she has decided what she wants.

Until tomorrow.

And then, hey, we still have a few days to make up our mind.

Cheers,

Nathan

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fathers

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
~Robert Frost


Truth spoken by the poet. I understand this now more as a parent. Not that my children don't deserve my love, but I expect more out of them than simply being born.

I want them to become something. I want them to work hard.

In church today, we had a farmer/rancher guy talk to us about his mule being a hay burner. Doing nothing more than simply eating hay all day with nothing more to show for it.

I don't want my kids to be hay burners. Just sitting around soaking up the good life because they were born.

I want them to become something. I want them to work hard.

Because if they work hard they may turn into better people than I am.

And that is what all fathers (at least this father) really wants for their children.

But if not, I will still love them. My heart, however, will ache for that thing which they could have become.

Cheers,

Nathan

P.S. Dad - I have been a hay burner at times, but there have been times that I have caught the vision you had for me. I am grateful for your love and support for a young man trailing behind you on a very long road. One day, I hope to catch up. Though it may not be in this lifetime.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Playroom - Help!

This post is for Tiffany.

Not really. It's for me to get ideas so I can feel like I am thinking of some details.

My earlier post referred to creating a playroom for kids once the construction of the house is done. In doing so, we want it to be a place that not only little kids want to go, but older teenagers as well. Plus, we want it to be gender neutral in that we want both Dallin and his friends, as well as Emma and her friends will want to be there and have fun there (when not outside - I think that is a better place for kids anyways. But it's not like they will be outside all the time).

Here are some of my visions I have for this 'playroom'.

One wall will be sheet metal. Doing so creates some fun things you can do with magnets. Want a basket ball hoop? Put it up with a magnet. There are many magnet toys on our fridge, it would be nice to have a place to put all them. There are other ideas I have for this wall, but you can ask me specifically if you want to know more.

Make one wall a chalk wall. For coloring, drawing, whatever.

Flat screen TV with game consul hookups and Netflix abilities.

Table and chairs for drawing, homework, coloring, playing games, etc.

Big Bean bag chairs for viewing the TV. May need multiple to fit more kids in the room.

Game and toy shelves.

A corner for the gerbils. They may be Emma's, but every kid that comes over loves to play with them. (Poor things.)

What else would you add to make it an inviting place for kids of all ages.

Note the room is only about 12 feet wide by 18 feet long.

We would love to hear some of your ideas out there.

Cheers,

Nathan

Do You Live For Today, Tomorrow, or Yesterday?

Well, which is it?

Tiffany came to me the other day and wanted to share some ideas of what she wanted to do to the basement. We decided to add on to the house and the current downstairs is slated to be my office and the playroom. Our intent is to do many things to the playroom. We want to make it fun for all ages.

I have put a little bit of thought into what I wanted it to be, but for me, I live for tomorrow. A lot has to happen before we can turn the basement into the playroom. Mostly, just 3 months of fun construction. But in the meantime, the basement will likely be one of the places we feel like we can get away from the construction mess, and me, I don't want to live in a playroom.

We had a discussion on what we needed to do now, but she is tired of waiting. Bless her heart. She has been waiting for six years to do what she wants to our house and home. But each time she comes up with an idea of doing something today, I tell her reasons why we should wait till tomorrow. I'm a realist. Things should be done in proper order.

The problem with me, is that sometime tomorrow I will look to yesterday and wonder why we didn't get anything done today. I will then remind myself why and move forward with my plans. She will then complain to me that nothing gets done. 'Wait 'till tomorrow', I tell her.

Right now, we are waiting to hear back from the engineer. It seems to be taking much longer than we want, but once we get the plans back, then we can take them out to get bid on. Then get financing. Then construction.

And then, finally, she can create her playroom.

See, its all in order. All planned. All tomorrow. And for me, it works.

...Until I come home later today to find my basement freshly painted.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
~Mark Twain


Cheers,

Nathan

Weight Loss Update - Week 4

Another week done and in the books.

Goal Weight = 220 lbs
Starting Weight 5/23/2011 = 312 lbs
Week 1 Weight 5/27/2011 = 307 lbs
Week 2 Weight 6/3/2011=301 lbs
Week 3 Weight 6/10/2011 = 296 lbs

This week, Week 4 Weight 6/17/2011 = 292 lbs

That makes four pounds this week lost - 20 pounds over the course of four weeks. Last weekend I took the scouts on a campout and I think I ate more than I should have. But aside from that, I am on course and still encouraged at the process and results.

Tiffany tells me to get some new pants. I told her we need to wait. They may be loose, but no sense in buying more pants that will last only a month or two before I need new ones. Nope - new holes are going in the belt this next week and I will wear my baggy pants with pride over the next few weeks - at least until I can't stand it any longer.

Wish me luck!

Nathan

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Presidential Primary

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
~Ronald Reagan

Ahhh, the journey begins for many people who think so highly of themselves that they should become President of the United States of America.

This post is not about politics. Rather, no matter which party you favor, no matter your position on certain issues, I ask the question, who in their right mind would want to become the President of the USA?

Don't get me wrong, it is not just the presidential post I wonder about. What about our state legislatures, Governor, and other offices. Even at the local level government I feel to ask the same question.

At the heart of the issue, I feel, is that somebody that thinks so highly of themselves that they can do the job better than anybody else creates a real problem for me.

Seldom, if ever, do you find a candidate that says - 'Here I am, here are my credentials. I may not be the best candidate, but I am sure that with help, I could do the job. If you find somebody better, please, pick them.'

How refreshing that would be to hear.

I dabbled in government for a while, wanting to help make decisions, and do so more than simply voting (which I feel is worthy of our time - though being involved at a greater level allows that much more input) by applying for one of our cities planning commission positions. I did and held the position for 4 and a half years and resigned just before Tiffany's exciting run in with her health.

In that time I learned two things;

1 - Power hunger can be created while serving in government posts.
2 - I never want to run for any elected post.

I liked wielding the 'power' that I had, insomuch that I was tempted to stay on longer. I don't think I did anything on the planning commission that I did not believe was a positive thing for the city, or that I did not think was right. But having a say in shaping policy and planning made me, in some ways, want more.

Which lead me to my second thought - which is not what our government needs - people who want to be in power. We need people who will humbly serve, give great ideas, use input and thought on issues at hand, make decisions accordingly, and otherwise stay out of the way (and out of the limelight) of the people they serve.

In addition, I saw the lose-lose situation almost all elected officials get themselves into. Though they often want to wield the power, they generally find that you only hear from the people who don't like what you do. The people who like you or don't care about you stay on the sidelines. Very few times in public discussion are there meaningful discussions, ideas, thoughts, negotiations (at least at the local level) that get real consideration. Some may try, but generally, public clamor wins most battles - if the people ain't happy, you ain't getting your job back.

So back to my original thought. Why would somebody want a political post?

My answer to that question, scares me silly.

I hope you have a better answer.

Cheers, and hope for the best.

Nathan

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Large Family

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.
~Benjamin Franklin


I have four kids. No dogs, but two friendly gerbils. Add me and Tiffany - and you have what? A large family?

I grew up with four siblings, plus mom and dad, and we had what was considered a large family, at least in Colorado. Almost all my friends growing up had two children in their family. Very few with three, and I honestly can't remember any close friends that had more than three children in their family.

It wasn't often, but every once in a while I would get quizzed on what it was like to live with such a 'large' family. And every time I was asked, I wondered what they meant by large. It's not as though I went hungry (note previous post on weight loss), I didn't get short changed on opportunities. I played sports. I was given piano lessons. I pretty much got the car when I wanted. I even had my own bedroom, at least after one incident that happened when I was about 6 years old and mom and dad decided to split the large room into two - effectively splitting my older brother and I from getting into too much trouble (truthfully - it didn't work - we still got in trouble - we were boys living in the basement... no matter the thickness of a wall, we were always getting into trouble.)

In fact, I would often wonder, while I was being asked questions, what it would be like to live without two of my siblings. And each time all I could consider was, wow, there was always somebody around I could hang with, do something with, play with, etc. Without two of them, life would be boring. Family vacations were that much more of a blast. Family kickball games would have not happened. Board games and card games had that many more interested parties making them more fun. I had somebody who I could look up to, while at the same time, I had to live better because somebody looked up to me (at least in my mind they were - not sure if they did or not). If mom wasn't home, there was usually at least somebody home. Very seldom did I ever get the house to myself. And an empty house was an odd feeling when that happened.

So, now, I sit with a family of 6. One off from what both Tiffany and I grew up in (Tiffany has 4 siblings as well). And my hat is taken off to my parents. They put in a lot of hard work (except on me, of course, I was an angel). But did it pay off?

I ask this not in that it wasn't worthwhile. I would never consider not having any of my children. I hope and desire that each one can succeed in life, becoming better at living life than I have (and will love them no matter how they live their life). And I don't care of any pay off - there is satisfaction that comes from having children, raising them, helping them, watching them, playing with them, working with them, working for them, and on and on.

But also, at least in part, there are blessings that come from children. After the investment period from birth to 20 (and beyond - though hopefully some return starts after 20), you get your returns thereafter, at least I hope. Blessings of progeny. Blessings of friendship and companionship. Kids come home from time to time to visit and you can talk and create bonds that you are unable to while growing up.. Moms and Dads aren't supposed to be friends until you are grown up (though there can be good bonds - just not the same bond as good friends have). And when you are 60, or 70, or 80, lived a full life, you will likely look back and not consider the nice cars you had or didn't have, or the TVs, or homes or anything else. You will likely consider upon your children. And you probably will look forward for them to visit again. And hopefully with your grandchildren.

Heck, just send the grandchildren over (just be sure I can give them back when I want to give them back - right?).

So for each child you have, and this is my hope for everyone, no matter the size of your family, that you will be blessed in your later years because of your children.

And the more children you have, it would make sense then, that you will be blessed that much more.

So - then, maybe we should have more :)

Just kidding. Four for us is just about right.

For now.

Cheers,

Nathan

100 Posts and Counting

This blog has changed and morphed. I started this simply to share with people Tiffany's amazing run in with her health.

As things in that arena are on a pretty level path, and continue to hope and pray that it remains this way, the posts have turned more into life's little lessons and thoughts concerning different topics.

With this post, Tiffany and I have posted a total of 100 entries.

I don't know why I do it. Mostly it is for me. It gives me a chance to slow down and think about different things happening in life and put them down for me, while others get to read them.

But mostly I post this to thank those that continue to encourage us to write.

And we will. But know that each post enhances our life, and though there may be a gem here or there for you to read, this has largely been an exercise in doing something that I set myself out to do. I honestly didn't think we would continue the blog this long.

But for me, I am happy we did. And happy to continue. Perhaps one day our children, or grandchildren, and beyond, will use these posts as part of our journal. To see our thought processes, our life.

Thanks for pushing us forward and onward.

Cheers,

Nathan

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to my Mama!

Mom.

Happy Birthday.

You must be turning, what, 40? Maybe 45. Or ask the kids, and they think you are pushing 110. I think Dallin finally caught on that I was joking when I said that. But Emma is still unsure and Logan just believes. Aahhh, the amazing wool a father can pull over the eyes of his children! :)

And, just thought you should know, to celebrate your birthday, we put our flag out for you.

Because what else would you do on Mom's birthday?

We love you and hope all is well on this blessed day.

Love,

Nathan and Family

Monday, June 13, 2011

Shakespeare - to read or not to read - that is the question

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
~William Shakespeare

Late may be upon me, but too late is yet to come.

Today as I was driving home from my pesky workout,I had a thought that struck me, perhaps pure intelligence flowing through my bones...

I ought to read Shakespeare!

I think I heard an ad on the the radio about the Shakespearean Festival coming up, and I wondered why it was I haven't read Shakespeare.

I did sort of read Othello in high school. I remember more what my teacher said about it than I do of the words in the book. But I recall the life lessons and instructions that the teacher taught from the words in the book. Words, when combined with great thought, create wisdom for our souls. And Shakespeare had a way with words.

Or so I have been told as I have not read too many of his works.

So - late or not, I think it is time to open up a good book and glean from the experience of the so called master. To hear the fine tuned phrasing of an art that is long waning. To educate in the art of literature.

If nothing else, at least I can then say I read him. Can you?

Cheers,

Nathan

Friday, June 10, 2011

Weight Loss

My spare time has been taken up by other things the last few weeks and haven’t posted like I would like.

Much to Tiffany’s delight (though I think she plays it down around me – “Oh, you are wonderful the way you are – I just want you to be healthy”), I have whole heartedly taken again to losing weight. And this time, I think it is real.

Three years ago I felt the same motivation as I do now. I weighed in at a whopping 322 pounds and shocked me into submissive sweaty workouts. I did great, losing about 30 pounds in about three months when a friend, who knew I was running, and running, and running, asked if I wanted to run the Ragnar Relay. I figured it was a goal that I could work towards as I continued my weight loss. But I soon found that my workouts changed. I was not working out for weight loss, but for endurance and speed. Over the four or five months that I trained for the race, I lost about 5 pounds. By the time the race was over, my motivation was gone. I tried to workout, but without the motivation, I succumbed to life and went on my merry way.

Skip forward about three and a half years and I had gained weight back to a height of 312 pounds, weighed in on May 23. I feel the motivation to eat right and workout religiously, and Tiffany has given me her blessing. It’s no fun to live with someone who is trying to lose weight.

If you have ever lived with a weight loss maniac, they are not fun to live with. No offense, but Tiffany went on a weight loss-workout regime spree after Emma was born. She had motivation, I didn’t. But I had to eat what she ate, made me Tae-bo with her, and because I wasn’t motivated, in many ways despised the whole thing. To this day, I struggle getting out the Tae-bo videos. Not because they don’t’ work, but I think it brings back some of those feelings I had at the time.

So bless Tiffany’s heart as she deals with me on this.

I weigh myself only on Fridays, so, if you would be so kind, I intend on adding a post on Fridays with my success (or failures – heaven forbid). They say having a support group helps. So why not add a post about where I stand and become not only accountable to me, but to those who happen upon this blog?

My goal: 220 Pounds. Though the BMI says that is still overweight by 5 pounds. That is about where I was when I got married, and if that was overweight, their expectations are too high. So I have about 92 pounds to lose.

So, for those that see me, no more, ‘you carry it well’ or ‘I wouldn’t put you in the obese category’. I need your honesty. Something more like, ‘you fat pig, wha’d you do today, stuff your face?’, or ‘I felt you coming – time to lay off those Big Macs’. Or maybe something a little nicer, maybe even motivational; ‘hey, you are looking trimmer – keep up the good work, you got a ways to go!’ – or ‘I didn’t notice that was you, wha’d ya do, lose some of that excess weight you’ve been carrying? Keep doing whatever it is you are doing – it’s working!’. Or something honest but nice like that.

Three weeks into my plan – which when all is said and done is simply motivation, I have lost a total of 16 pounds, weighing this morning in at 296 pounds. A nice start - but I got many months to go.

And when I say my plan is motivation, that is truly the only plan to have. Having motivation makes me do all the right things. It makes it easy to say no to cookies. It makes me go to Subway for lunch rather than a burger joint. And even then it makes me get a 6 inch sub without sauce rather than a footlong . It makes you get up in the morning to work out. It makes you consciously decide on smaller servings, walking to destinations I can walk to, and even running to my car rather than walking (but only when nobody is looking – I don’t want to look silly).

No fad diets. No fad workouts. Simple calorie inputs and outputs is all any weight loss program needs. Though adding a few details will help. Watching nutrient intake is as wise to watch as is calorie counting. Muscle building is an important part to increase metabolism while both short and long term cardio outputs will keep the body guessing and changing. And don’t forget an Iphone app that tracks it all.

Also – sorry – don’t ask me to participate in any 5k, 10k, half marathon or relay’s. I am done with those until I get down to my goal weight.

And then – let the games begin!

Cheers,

Nathan

PS - Some think that before and after pics are essential. Perhaps - though this isn't for you to gawk at. It is for me - though I think before and after pics help others gain motivation. So we may post pics somewhere halfway through this and those who care can see where I am.