Quiet but Progressing

Hello Everyone!

Things have been really quiet around here, but that doesn’t mean I have fallen off the wagon. In fact, after nearly three years, I am finally have my head back in the game. Since I last wrote I have been making some fantastic progress, and though I can’t tell you exactly how much I have lost since I last blogged, I can tell you that I am down 18.6 pounds since the beginning of the year. Did you just read that?? WOW! It did not hit me until I read this that I have nearly lost twenty pounds! I have noticed though. I have already had to buy a new pair of jeans and I need some new khaki pants.

As many of you know, I fly a lot for work. In fact, that is a big part of the silence lately. My job has been busier than every with lots of flying. In fact, as I write this I am on my way to Las Vegas for training. Just yesterday it hit me that I have been in four time zones in as many weeks. Not fun. This is the last of the trips for a few weeks though, and I am hopeful that it will be more laid back than any of the others recently.

With all this in mind, how about a funny story? So as I said, my pants have been getting a little loose. I also said I fly a lot. Well, if you have flown through any major airport lately, you know there is this neat little device you have to walk through that images your body. To do this, you have to have removed your belt AND you have to raise your hands above your head. No, I haven’t had an accident and exposed myself yet, but wow, it has come close. :D

So you may wonder what I am doing to lose all this weight. Overall, I have never left my way of eating, I had just started eating too much. So as a reminder, my way of eating is loosely tied to the South Beach Diet or Atkins Diet. In fact, it is also very close to the Paleo Dieting too. It is really quite simple. I try to eat foods that are processed as little as possible. That means lots of raw veggies, raw fruit, cooked veggies, a little bit of cooked fruit, nuts and nut butters, and meats. I do avoid processed meats, but I don’t hold back on eating meat. You’ll notice there are no grains in this list. There are seldom occasions where I will eat a piece of bread or popcorn, but it is rare. I also don’t eat white potatoes or any other corn besides popcorn.

Like I said, I haven’t really changed that, it was just the quantities. When I got this back under control, the weight began coming off, albeit slowly. There is nothing wrong with that, right? Then I ran across an article about Intermittent Fasting (IF). WOW! How could I have forgotten this? This had become a real part of my way of eating, and my body did really well with it. So, I have started this back up too. Most days I am just skipping breakfast, and eating a normal-sized lunch and dinner. I also stop eating right after dinner. Some days I skip lunch too. It really depends on how I feel. The point here is not to starve myself, but instead to give my body what it needs and no more.

I had stated a couple of months ago that I had some news to share. That didn’t develop quite like I had hoped, and honestly it was a bit of a punch in the gut, but I am over it now. I do have some other things I want to share on here, but it may take a bit. My posts will continue to be sporadic and probably rare, but I am still here.

I also want to thank those of you who have checked in on me. Nope, I don’t plan on taking the blog down, but as I just said, my posts are going to be far less common than they once were. Honestly, I am also not reading other blogs. I just cannot sacrifice the time right now. That doesn’t, however, mean that I don’t think of all of you. I do. Oddly, I consider many of you to be my friends even though we have never met. For that, I think I am a fortunate person.

Blessings to all of you! Until next time.

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11 Responses to “Quiet but Progressing”

  1. Steve, this post was a joy to read. I am just SO HAPPY for you that progress is SO good!

    I find that my focus has shifted as well, from logging so much of my life to simply running all-out with it.

    Keep on running ALL-OUT. And may I just say: BOOYAH! on your FANTASTIC progress!!

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  2. I am very happy for you Steve!!! Keep doing what is right for you! :)

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  3. Nice to see you, Steve! Congratulations on the loss! Keep your pants on…LOL!

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  4. Nice to hear you are alive and well! Yep, portion sizes can get out of whack really easily if you don’t take notice.

    My problem is still the extra licks, bites and tastes that make it across my lips.

    I am thinking of doing a “cleanse” of some sort for the month of April – we’ll see how it pans out!

    Hugs! Biz

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  5. Sounds good Steve, keep it up! I’ve fallen of the wagon the last few weeks but this will be a good week I know!

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  6. Keep on keeping on Steve, and thanks for sharing whatever and whenever with us!

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  7. Thanks for sharing, Steve. I was interested to read about your ‘diet’ as it sounds similar to mine. When I started to leave out the grains – eating less bread – and corn and eating smaller portions, the weight started to drop off. Also I try not to eat in the evenings. It all seems to help : )

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  8. I am inspired by you story and have enjoyed reading your posts. You keep on doing what works for you I also enjoyed you post on Tenacity how we always seem to get refocused on the new year. You can also tell you are doing good when you start taking your shirt off in the progress pictures. Keep up the good work

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  9. i still sporadically make rounds on the blogs …. glad to have caught up on this post Steve. sounds like life is going well.

    i did some IF a while back …. maybe a year or so ago now. disastrous for my health. after some add’l research, found many women should steer clear of it, though i know one or two who have success if they combine it with bulletproof coffee.

    stay well.

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  10. Steve, I hope you’ll update soon, I enjoy reading your blog;

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  11. Hi Steve. Just stopping by to say hi. Hope you are doing well and enjoying the holiday season with your family.

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