Okay, so it is becoming more and more clear to me as these first few weeks roll on that this time around, it's just not going to be that easy. I could see maybe starting off slowly or sorta easing into things when you first get back on track. But let me tell you with all the confidence in the world that I worked my ASS off this past week. Forget about running all over St. Mike's field for softball in the hot summer sun on Saturday. That was just the tip of the iceberg. I made sure I was in the gym every….damn…..night (that was for Matt and Ned - they'll know - lol), watched what I ate and even started running again. And what did the scale have to say to me this morning when we had our little weekly get together? Another pound and a half. I know there are people out there that would be happy to lose that much in a week. But come ON…seriously? I learned the last time around that a HUGE part of this kind of personal journey is mental…a huge part. I know it sounds crazy, but it can be extremely frustrating to look at your totals and see four pounds over three weeks…especially when at one time you had the ability to drop two or three times that much in a single week…..no lie. I know that I went through a lot of these same feelings last week…and I am sorry to be repetetive. I have a feeling that this is going to be a weekly thing from now til the end though…so I apologize for the personal bitch-fests in advance…lol.

What I DO remind myself on of the positive side of things however, is that over the course of the past few years now…starting back from the heaviest I have ever been in my lifetime until right now…I have dropped a grand total of roughly 175 pounds. Damn! I guess when you lose that much your body is bound to level off at some point. You adjust to the workouts, the better food, etc. I am guessing. The two really important lessons for me to learn from this little adventure right now are: one, life is a marathon…not a sprint. No need to be impatient here…life is long, young squire. And two, as long as the numbers keep moving in the right direction, it probably shouldn't matter to me how long it takes for them to get where I want them. They WILL get there. Have to keep that in mind. Some days it is easier than others. Well I just came up from my own personal little torture chamber in the basement. Took out my frustrations on the weights and the mats. Pushed myself through a solid ab routine, followed by around 300 reps witrh the weights…as well as my early morning walk to start out the day. All in all a good day for me. Hope your first day back to the daily grind was a productive one as well. And now I am off to bed. The day starts early for me and I don't want to miss any of it.

Until tomorrow…

Starting Weight - 225 pounds

Current Weight - 221 pounds

Goal Weight - 199 pounds

Total Weight Loss So Far - 4 pounds

Projected Date to Hit Goal Weight - September 19th, 2011