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, March 27, 2015

Day #82 - The Sound of Breaking Habits

Do you hear that?  It's the sound of me breaking one of my habits.  I drink every weekend without exception; sometimes just a little and sometimes way too much.  Last weekend was the first weekend this year that I didn't drink.  It was hard; much harder than it should have been.  The habit was incredibly strong as it usually gave me a signal of the end of another stressful week.  It became part of my weekly routine and with it came absolutely no chance of ever getting control of my weight as even the hardest work during the week was quickly erased by a few bad choices.

Usually by noon on Friday I'm already thinking about having a few stiff drinks.  Today, not so much.  In fact, the thought of drinking didn't even enter my mind until I got to the barbershop after work (it's not far from the liquor store),  When I had that realization I felt a sense of accomplishment.  It's only the second weekend but the habit is already starting to fade.  I have no desire to drink tonight.

Even as I sit here typing and can hear all three of my daughters all fighting and yelling at each other  while Mrs. FogDog is joining the fray as well (I think I'll just stay out of it), I'm sitting here calmly realizing that I don't need a drink to feel better, I need to keep breaking bad habits to feel better!

Today was good end to my week; I finished it off by sticking to my eating plan and getting my gallon of water in.  Looking back it's been a pretty good week with only a few mishaps.  I weigh-in tomorrow and to be honest I am fearing the scale a little.  I earned about 1-2 pounds of weight loss but I'm fearful that I already saw this week's number in last week's 7 pounds.  Oh well, the number will read what it reads.  I also get to tally up my health rating points from the scoring system I created.  Yes, I can see some of you rolling your eyes, but I'm an Engineer; we love to come up with clever ways to measure things that can't be measured easily.  Thanks for all the support from the community, until then...

Stay Strong!


  1. Way to go dude! Congrats on starting to kick that habit! I know that's a tough one but you can do it! And no matter what the scale says, I think you're doing AWESOME! Keep it rollin FogDog!

  2. I'm so excited for you right now.

    Breaking the drinking habit will be one of your best decision. Don't worry in no time it'll be easier. Hey I was drinking pretty much daily, but you know what, it has been more than a month and I forgot. I wanted to write a post to mark this moment, and I forgot because it was not an issue anymore.

    I think that by stopping drinking, it's easier to establish a training schedule, there is a lot of mornings after when I would just not trained.

    Eating wrong and drinking were allied against my goal.

    Clear mind all the time about what is important... getting healthier with every sober decision...

    You can do it my friend, oups sorry wrong statement... You are doing it my friend!

  3. Good for you!

    And as far as engineers go, I got in an argument with my husband about how he was tallying a budget we were working on, because he added extra "engineer steps" (enginerd steps) to it. LOL

  4. You gotta focus on the process as a whole, not the individual steps. They might be "extra" to you, but I guarantee those steps made it "technically" more correct :)