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!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day #49 - Sometime in August

Today marks a full weekend without alcohol!  Mrs. FogDog and I were trying to remember the last time we went an entire weekend without a single drink.  By our best guess we think it was in August very shortly after we had moved in to our new home.  Really? 6 months?  What was the point?  Yeah it helped me to relax a little, but it's not like smoking where I had a physical addiction... or was it?

I've always told myself that it was merely habit and I still think that way, but maybe there was some physical need in the background.  I haven't noticed any irritability or struggle with not drinking this weekend, but I certainly thought about it a couple times.

Anyway, physical or just habit, the weekend ritual has been interrupted.  Now What?

I mentioned a few posts back that I was considering a hardcore March on the weight loss front.  I was thinking going for the gold and trying to lose 30 pounds in 30 days.  Like all my decisions about improving my health I decided to think about it for a while before making a decision.

After giving it some thought I came to realize that 30 pounds in 30 days was "old me" thinking.  You see, everything I've done so far has been highly beneficial toward my overall journey, but none of it has provided and physical or outward change.  30 pounds in 30 days would give me the "hey look at me" activity that would shock some people. 

Who am I trying to impress anyway?  I don't need to put on some display of weight loss ability.  For starters, it's not sustainable, just go back and look at my history of going all-in only to burn out afterward.  No, I don't need that right now, right now I need another step in the right direction.

I am going to restart my carb cycling in March because I found it be reasonable to do, but I'm not going to add more exercise than I'm already getting.  I'll weigh myself at the start of the month and my goal is to simply lose 10 pounds by the end.  That's a respectable number without making me feel like I have to be perfect everyday.

Anyway, Day #49 is now in the books.  I can't believe that I'm already up to day #50 tomorrow.

Stay Strong!


  1. I think you're right. Fast weight loss can be motivating in the short term but is not sustainable. I'm trying for a slow steady six months.

  2. My thought exactly! Good luck on your dietbet.

  3. excellent plan. Then if you lose more (and men usually do, if they are consistent with their efforts), it will all be bonus poundage. :D

  4. Agreed! Thanks for your comment Gwen.

  5. Yay for you and your alcohol free weekend! You know, I had a friend who only drank a bit on weekends, but cut that out and dropped weight so rapidly, he was shocked. It really did add calories, not to mention your body processes calories differently when you drink, and it actually had him eating more than he would without it. For him it was like 50 lbs just fell away for doing nothing. I, of course, was awfully envious. I don't drink hardly at all, so there's no magic bullet for me like that. But wow, for him it was amazing. Maybe it'll be this kick you're looking for after all!