The Next Phase

In October of 2009, I resolve to lose some weight.  My goal was pretty ambitious.  I wanted to get down to 145 pounds.  At the time, I weighed in at a hefty 187 pounds (on a 5’4″ body…that is a lot).  I hit my goal in July of 2010.  I was thrilled to have attained my goal in just 9 months.  However, I wasn’t convinced of my progress just yet.

I entered phase two of my program at that point and have been there up to now.  My aim was to keep the weight off.  In other words, I had worked hard over the last nine months to take the weight off, the new experiment would be if I could keep the weight off.  As of this morning I weigh in at 141 pounds.  I have held a consistent range of weight between 140 and 143 pounds for the last nine months.  I would definitely consider this a success up to this point.

Okay, so that brings me up to the next phase of my program.  Phase three of my program is going to be the “rebuilding” program.  In other words, I am going to initiate exercise into my routine.  I have a pretty active job, but I want to do more.  I am not looking for the huge muscle-bound goliath look (now look those of you that know me in person stop laughing right now…you know what I meant).  I simply want to firm up a bit.  I can tell you being in my forties, and losing that weight makes me seem a bit “saggy” in places.

In this new program, I am looking to stay true to the way I have handled this entire process.  I am not looking to go all fanatical with a conditioning program.  I am looking to create a program that fits in with how I live my life.  I was successful with the first two phases of this, so I certainly can see me being successful in this latest attempt.



About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

6 Responses to The Next Phase

  1. vakkermom says:

    Wow, Mike, that’s so awesome! Way to inspire. I need to lose around 100 pounds (you and I are the same height, btw…but I weigh a LOT more than you) to be down to my ideal weight (not model skinny, just healthy for my body type), and I can’t do the intense programs that drastically change the way I live my life. I’ve tried and I succeed for two weeks then fizzle out and get disappointed in myself. Your approach seems much more logical and doable. Keep us posted – you are right – you’re sure to succeed at this third phase. Way to go!

    • Mike Lemons says:

      Well thankyou…my inspiration was and is every photograph I see myself in (kept to a minimum since I do most of the photography in this household…hmm is that by design maybe)…and my family’s reaction to the new me…

  2. FatGirlUSA says:

    Mike… congrats, you also inspire me as well, I am just getting started and have a long way to go. Please checkout my blog and leave so tips. YOU GO!

    • Mike Lemons says:

      Wow…I am truly humbled…good luck in your quest…slow and steady is the way to be…for me whether it was 1/2 a pound or 2 pounds in a week I didn’t care so long as I was making positive progress each week…

      Thanks for stopping by today…I’ll be sure to stop by your blog soon 😀

  3. Patti says:

    Yeah, Mike! Go for it – you will feel even better once you get in the exercise habit – and with more muscle you’ll be able to burn more calories just sitting around! Totally worth it.

    • Mike Lemons says:

      Oh…I’ve exercised off and on over the years…weight training…cardio…just haven’t found something that really clicks for me that makes me want to do it…that is really the key (for me anyway)…finding some form of exercise that works for you in such a way that it doesn’t feel like work…

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