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!

All About FogDog

FogDog (AKA Trixie)
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A Little About Me
I'm 42 years old and married with 3 kids (all girls).  I have a degree in Electrical Engineering and I'm a Maintenance Manager for a Fortune 500 company. 
My hobbies include home improvement, investing in the stock market, and I love Texas Holdem.  
When I was a kid I wanted to be a professional hockey player and a psychologist (how's that for a combo).  I played all sorts of sports through high school and I'm fascinated with how the brain works. 

Diets I've Been on

  1. In middle school I was at risk of not being allowed to play rec football because of my weight.  My parents put me on a grapefruit and hard boiled egg diet for 3 weeks.  I lost enough weight but felt sick the whole time.  I still can't drink grapefruit juice
  2. By college I was around 280.  I worked my first summer at the campus cleaning dorms.  My diet was instant oatmeal for breakfast, no lunch, and then lots of carbs for dinner.  I also stayed in the dorms right near the running track so I would alternate jogging/running laps after work.  I actually lost about 25 pounds during the summer
  3. Shortly after college my wife and I moved to NC.  It was our first time in a bigger city and we ate out constantly.  I topped out at 349 before my mom suggest the 6 week body makeover.  Without a doubt it was the most successful diet I ever did, I lost almost 30 pounds in those 6 weeks.  Unfortunately I couldn't ever replicate because it was so restrictive, but this was the first diet where I learned about eating lots of small meals instead of 3 larger ones.
  4. When I started blogging, my diet was my own creation focusing on low fat and having a balanced diet.  In 5 months I lost 26 pounds
  5. Currently I am doing carb cycling.  I'm using Chris Powell's plan, but modified to suit my style. 
Why I Blog
When my kids were a little younger I coached youth soccer for 4 years and a basketball for 3 (I never played either one of those sports as a kid).  During that time I realized that I truly enjoy helping others learn new things.
I decided to start a blog hoping that I could share what I know with the world and possibly help others.  I chose weight loss because 1) I have a great deal of knowledge about the topic 2) I need to lose weight and thought this would help hold me accountable, and 3) There are a lot of people out there who want to lose weight
In the future I hope to also start a blog about investing and personal finance, but for now I only have enough time for this blog for now.