Well, I had no idea I hadn't posted in a month. Frustration is my excuse. The past month the weight loss has really slowed down. I guess it was just a matter of time before I hit the plateau, I had three very frustrating weeks of bouncing around with no real progress.
The last week has been better, now I know I need more exercise to go with the diet thing going forward. Someone at work who hadn't seen me in a while noticed I am less fat than before, which felt pretty good.
I originally thought that 160 lbs would be ok, but now I know that is just the end of phase 1. I think I am going to get a personal trainer when I get to 160 so I can gain some muscle. My upper body is like your average 70 year old and I want to change that at least a little.
The other positive right now is I my running a lot faster than I could before. Back in May, I couldn't run faster than 10 minutes a mile. Today I averaged a little under 9 minutes a mile over a 5k, and ran the 2nd mile in 8:23. This makes me feel better than the weight loss, although I know it is all related. I ran my last "competitive" 5k in 28:30 in mid June, I want to run the next one under 27 minutes. I'm not old, dammit! :) I am aiming for the Miami half marathon in January of 2012.
I, at times, can get down on myself pretty easily. It's why I'm never going to be a great poker player. The last ten weeks have been one of the most positive things, on a personal level, I have ever done. I know it sounds kind of pathetic, but I had no idea I could actually do this. I'm 2/3 of the way to my initial goal and it may take a while, but I now know I can do it.
One other thing I have learned is don't buy EAS Myoplex if it's within six months of the expiration date. I got some from Amazon with a 11/2011 expiration date, and they are much "gummier" than the newer drinks they have sent me. If the next dozen cans they send me are the same age, I'm going to complain to Amazon & EAS. I'm not paying $3 a shake for really old stock.
Starting Weight: 181.8 lbs
Weight 7/6/11: 167.6 lbs
I know, it's 14 not 15, but I swear I was 1 lb lighter yesterday :)