Here is the reward for quickly reaching the first weight loss milestone. Seventeen pounds are gone since December 30th and the progress is steady.
It’s been easy so far in terms of food choices. I carefully watch the caloric and fat intake, vary the number of calories per day (to keep the body off guard), and walk at different times and paces. The worst day since starting I was still running an 800+ calorie deficit. By eating a little bit all day long the hunger is at a minimum and the body can keep up with processing the sugars.
There is one factor that is helping a lot. My sister’s $10/ pound challenge has unleashed a ton of will power. Yesterday an employee offered me a sample of various chocolates at the Harry And David outlet store. I politely declined. She pressed me to try just a little. I told her about the challenge and we laughed. There’s no doubt that Harry and David’s has the really good sh** and I was extremely tempted… Instead, I paid a ridiculous amount for one premium quality pear from their store. It was heavenly. An hour later, it was followed with a 346 calorie Maid-rite sandwich (an Iowa favorite!)… What is sacrificed in quantity is made up for in quality! The financial incentive to lose weight is a definite plus!
Sorry… I wandered off topic again… The plan WAS to buy a new movie to celebrate the weight loss. Instead, I decided on this little collapsible fly rod advertised on the Internet for $11.61 including shipping. (It’s coming from Hong Kong). Since shipping is included in that meager price, you know that it’s not a high dollar pole. Once again, I’ve succumbed to the temptation to buy cheap Chinese crap. Just in case, I picked up a second one at the same price should one of them break. I’m hoping to get a couple of seasons out of it for light action stuff (small trout). A tiny reel is the next planned purchase but it will be a little better quality.
I have to confess to laughing at a few of the nerdy Iowa guys snagging their tackle in the trees just after the movie “A River Runs Through It” back in 1992. Everyone was a trout fisherman then and I think there was a run on those long fly rods. They all wanted to be like Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt.
In the meantime, the next weight loss goal is 25 pounds and it is definitely within sight. That milestone will net me a couple of magnetic decoy signs for the doors of the van… I’m designing them now and have several ideas for what to put on them.
Have fun and take care. Thanks for reading!
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