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, January 1, 2016

Day #360 - Was It Another Wasted Year?

At the end of 2014 I was miserable.  For the third year in a row I felt like I was worse off than the previous year.  I was depressed and only a couple pounds away from my highest weight ever.  I was also smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and binge drinking every weekend just to escape reality.  For me it truly felt like I had hit an all-time low.

My wife and I decided to take a trip to New Orleans at the end of the year.  During that trip I made the decision that if I didn't change my ways, I wouldn't have too many years left.  At 43 years old I had to make a change and I had to stop filling my years with failure.

On January 5th, 2015 I started a new 360 day journey.  The goal was simple... Make my health a priority in 2015 and turn my life around.  So how did I do?  Did I change my ways or was it another wasted year full of empty promises?

In order to turn things around I set 3 very aggressive goals:

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Quit Drinking Alcohol
  3. Lose 100 Pounds
I knew this was a tough order... completing even just one of these goals would be incredibly tough, but I also knew that I have a tendency to aim low and under-achieve.  I wanted 2015 to be different and I needed some drastic change.

January - March 

My very first focus was to quit smoking.  For the first 3 months of the year almost all my energy went into quitting smoking.  It was tough but I quit cold turkey.  During those first three months I also managed to not gain any weight.  However, to compensate I started drinking more.

During the first 3 months I put a lot of focus on being mindful about my health.  I found myself thinking about it everyday.  It was this mindfulness that really helped me stay focused on the long road I had ahead.  I also started to accept that I couldn't be perfect and that I had to look at the small victories instead of focusing all the time on the failures.

April - June

After my first 90 days I was feeling pretty good.  I was still smoke free and now putting focus on drinking less.  As I cut back on my drinking I realized that it also became easier to stick to a diet plan and lose some weight.  By the end of April I had managed to drop almost 20 pounds.  However, the road was still long and hard and it only got worse when I started having knee problems.  May was a depressing month with lots of knee pain.  I gave back some of my weight loss and by the end of June, after 6 months of being smoke free, I fell off the smoking wagon.  I started to get depressed thinking I was heading right back to where I started and thinking it would be another wasted year, but I refused to give up.

July - September

July brought a change in plans.  Specifically my new doctor recommend I try a no sugar, low carb diet.  It worked better than even I expected and I lost almost 25 pounds in July alone!  I was still off the wagon with the smoking but my drinking was much more under control.  Instead of drinking all weekend every weekend it became more of a once or twice a month thing.  More importantly, my drinking became less about escaping reality and more about just relaxing and having a good time.  After a few months of smoking I also decided I needed to act or risk finishing the year as a smoker again.  I did some research and ended up buying an e-cig.

By the end of September I was down about 27 pounds, had much better control of my drinking, and had again stopped using tobacco.

October - December

With 90 Days left in the year I made the last big push.  At one point early in December I pushed past the 50 pound mark and got below 300 before giving a little of it back during the holidays.  I'm still using the e-cig, with the occasional slip up here and there.  My drinking is well under control, in fact I only drank once in December (New Year's Eve)


The Final Results

Quitting Smoking - Good
  • Completely tobacco and nicotine free for 6 months 
  • Mostly tobacco free for 4 months
  • 2 month slip-up
Quitting Drinking - Fair
  • Still drinking, but under much better control and not being used as an escape from reality
Losing Weight - Very Good

Day 1 Starting Weight - 347
Current Weight - 300
Weight Lost in 2015 - 47

Any year that you lose 47 pounds is a good year!


So as the clock ticked over to 2016 I felt a deep sense of satisfaction.  Was my 2015 perfect?  Not even close!  However, I did make my health a priority and I have turned things around.  I made significant progress in all three of my areas of focus and I'm stronger mentally.  For the first time in a long time I feel like I'm back on the right track.  

The journey is not over, I still have a long way to go, but I know I can do it.  Best of luck to all you out there trying to make a change.  Day 360 is in the books, on to Day 361 and a new year with new goals.


Stay Strong!

17 comments:

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  2. This post is really inspiring. You worked hard and never gave up. Those were some tough goals, too! I bet you feel so much better. Congratulations on your success! I bet 2016 will be another good year for you. Take care.

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    1. I was really missing my wife when she left me for someone else. I was weak to take care of some situations and i let her slip my arms. I had to talk to my partner at the office who recently got her husband back. She told me to get in touch with John Patience who helped her get her husband back with a love spell. I was very sure of this because John has helped my partner get her husband back. So i called John Patience and told him i lost my lover and wanted her back. He encouraged me and told me to be happy. He did his thing and told me my wife will be back in 45 hours. I waited for that time and my wife called me and told me that she has forgiven me and ready to take me back in her life. Since then, my wife and i have been enjoying our marriage with our lovely 4 kids. I am very grateful to John for what he has done for me. I'd advice you to ask him for help if you have any problem on your relationship and some other aspects of life. His email is blessings434@gmail.com :)

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    2. And you, Lyn, did literally less than nothing all year.

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  3. Oh FD ... brilliant to read this post.

    A 47lb loss well done, and thank you for documenting your year because it helps so many.

    Keep on through 2016, and please pop in and post from time to time - you have readers who do wonder how things are going.

    A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours

    All the best Jan

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  4. Good to hear from you, and it sounds like 2015 ended on a high note! I think you've made huge progress. 47 pounds!

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  5. What I liked most about this post was our ability to see the whole truth about your year. You didn't ignore your success by wallowing in your failure (My tendency), and you didn't ignore the bumps in the road in the name of "being positive." I just loved that. A tough balance to walk out, but you sure walked it well!

    Congratulations on your success. Sure inspired me!

    Deb

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  6. I was really missing my wife when she left me for someone else. I was weak to take care of some situations and i let her slip my arms. I had to talk to my partner at the office who recently got her husband back. She told me to get in touch with John Patience who helped her get her husband back with a love spell. I was very sure of this because John has helped my partner get her husband back. So i called John Patience and told him i lost my lover and wanted her back. He encouraged me and told me to be happy. He did his thing and told me my wife will be back in 45 hours. I waited for that time and my wife called me and told me that she has forgiven me and ready to take me back in her life. Since then, my wife and i have been enjoying our marriage with our lovely 4 kids. I am very grateful to John for what he has done for me. I'd advice you to ask him for help if you have any problem on your relationship and some other aspects of life. His email is blessings434@gmail.com :)

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  7. Just taking time to ask.
    Hope you are doing ok FD ?

    All the best Jan

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  8. Good work! Now that it is April, have you made any new goals? I've noticed if I sit on my success it tends to roll back to the easy (read: bad) way it was before! No rest for the weary! Hope you are trucking on and very good job on the goals, very inspiring!

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  10. So thrilled to have found this post! Hope the first half of 2016 has found continuing your new lifestyle and finding even better health and happiness!

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  13. FogDog, I think it's time again brother. Fire this blog back up, get your big boy underwears on, and let's get moving in the right direction again man!! if you want to get to me directly, the email is jsg14342@cox.net. Let's collaborate and as Billy the Kid said in Young Guns, we shall finish the game.

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