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!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day #33 - Where the Heck is That Corner?

I'm waiting... I realized that today.  I've gotten control of the smoking and drinking, but for some reason it feels like I'm still waiting to turn the corner with weight loss.  Mind you I'm hanging on and doing just enough to keep from gaining weight, but I'm clearly in this waiting mode like I'm expecting some grand sign to show me it's time to get serious.

Have you ever experienced this before?  It's like you need some sort of life changing sign to tell you turn things around.  It certainly would make a great drama wouldn't it?  You could tell the story of how you went into a restaurant and the booth you sat at collapsed.  You were so embarrassed that you decided to change right then and there and you lost 100 pounds over the next six months and then competed in a triathlon and won!

Now doesn't that sound so much better than "I decided I didn't want to be unhealthy anymore so I worked hard over the next 2 years and slowly learned how to change my life permanently"?  I don't know what it is that causes us to be so pre-programmed to need to create drama in order to get going.

I thought about this on the ride home from work.  Where's the drama in deciding on day #34 to get back on track?  Where's the defining moment that drives me to the finish line with 80's feel-good music playing in the background and my high school crush professing her love for me?

At the end of the day, losing weight is like the true path to getting rich; it's a long slow process and there's really no story to tell at the end... you just did it.  I realize this, so why am I still waiting?

Day #33 is over and the weekend is here.  One day at a time, on to day #34 (and no drama).

Stay Strong!


  1. FD, not sure why we have the need for the drama of the life changing moment. I reember hearing /reading stories of people who had changed their lives after x,y,or z that was a life changing moment and wondering what mine would be like lol it was more like man, I can't find anything to wear, is that really me in the mirror, why am I so tired and do I really weigh THaT much,?!? Kind of thing...life changing for sure but no drama at all. Thanks for always giving me food for thought! Have a great weeknd!

  2. Sometimes we have to get so scared of symptoms that worry us that the end might be near if we don't get our act together. At least for me, that was it. So scared that it motivated me to research to find a better plan than simply low carb. Low carb that always allowed me to lose the weight, but never KEEP it off. I often think that until we have that level of fear that a heart attack, a stroke, cancer, or diabetes is imminent, we don't have the sufficient fear motivation to make the long term, drastic changes that are required.

  3. no defining moment for me ... just was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired... more of a "okay I am just done with this" moment

  4. I know what you mean man. I always am waiting for that "moment" when "I catch fire" and then kill the diet and exercise for a few months. Then the fire dies. That dramatic transformation turns back into real life and we do it all over again. Real change apparently isn't very sexy, but I am pretty sure it is effective. Now we are driving Yugos man, but if we keep on saving the money we save on car payments, we will eventually drive Beamers man!!