About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day #13 - Just Start Already!

I weighed in today.  I'm going to totally gloss over the fact that I gained back half of what I lost last week.  It's not that I'm ignoring it, but rather, I'm happy with my overall progress during the week and I know how much my weight can fluctuate since I drink so much water everyday.  I wouldn't call my eating this week great, but I wouldn't call it horrible either.  One of the things I told myself is that I won't beat myself up or carry guilt about my performance so I'm just letting it go.

Instead I want to focus on something that I did today that has me feeling great.  I started painting my daughter's room!  I've been living in this new house since July and until today I haven't done one single thing to it.  My youngest daughter lives in this hideous cave painted entirely mustard!  I'm not kidding and I have the pictures to prove it. 

Anyway, since I've been here, I've found ways to waste away all my weekends.  Most of the time it involved just laying around watching old Netflix movies and eating bad food.  This morning we got up and I was reading an article in Men's Health that was talking about procrastination and how the best way to stop procrastinating is to stop waiting for inspiration and just get started!  Once you get momentum it's amazing how you keep going.

I stood up and declared that I was going to start working on my daughter's room.  I went upstairs and began making a list of all the materials needed.  We went to Home Depot and got everything we needed (my daughter picked a bright yellow for her room, bye bye cave).  I had to stop for a while in the afternoon because the girls had basketball games, but I'm happy to say that I've cleared out the room, replaced  all the electrical switches and outlets (yes they were painted mustard as well!) and painted the ceiling (which was also a lighter version of mustard).

We have Monday off so my goal is to get the room done by the end of the weekend.  I still have to paint all the trim and doors (all mustard), walls (you guessed it), and install a ceiling fan to replace some ugly track lighting.  I promise when it's all done I'll post before and after pics.  It feels good to be doing something again!

So a recap of my progress after 2 weeks:

  1. Still not smoking
  2. Not great with eating, but 6 pounds lost so far and eating better quality food
  3. Drinking a gallon of water every day
  4. Starting to do more around the house and exercise 
  5. Starting to read more as well
Stay Strong my Friends!


  1. I'm sure you're daughter will be happy! Glad you are doing better!

  2. I really like the idea of focusing on something that makes you feel good. I'm going to start doing that myself.

  3. we must be related somehow FD. The working on getting the house fixed has been my focus lately for the same reason you stated. I have managed to crap away many weekends since I passed the bar. At least back then I had homework and the bar to study for. The last 9 months have been sheer laziness on my part. I took this weekend to clean up outside under the lean to and clean up the back yard generally. Today I also cleaned the garage and hauled away a truck load of junk. I am looking for my next project now!

    Great job just standing up and saying here I go! I am super proud of you man!