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Looking back, forward and a shameless plug

Thursday, December 13, 2018

As 2018 winds down I've got a little time to reflect on an up and down year. In my last blog I described how badly I had let my fitness habits slip toward the end of last year. In a way, the lowlight of my health and fitness coincided with a highlight in my career - getting invited to give a TedX talk. The official edited version of my talk finally got published which inspired this reflection.

Even the impending talk was not enough to motivate me to lose the weight. Sure, I made an initial attempt but got discouraged when I hit a plateau and went right back to my old habits. When it came time for my talk I had reached the highest weight I had been in the last 15 years. I am very pleased with how my talk turned out but very embarrassed with how I looked. Watching the video I couldn't believe how out of breath I had been due to the extra weight. I was more than 50 pounds over my goal weight and solidly in the obese category.

Now I'm back withing 10 pounds of my goal weight. Looking forward, I really need to find a way to truly maintain my health and fitness level. The holidays are always a bit challenging but I should get to my goal weight before my next birthday in January. I expect to be able to complete my traditional birthday run which will be 59 laps this year (1 lap of the indoor track for every birthday) and over 5 miles. Then the maintenance challenge begins. Have I finally learned my lesson? Sparkpeople has been incredibly valuable each time I've needed to lose weight and a great tool for maintenance so I've just got to find a way to stay engaged. This blog is a start. I just need some accountability. When the new year officially rolls around I'll post some goals for the year and see where it takes me. As much as I love rollercoasters I could use a nice flat train ride from here on out.

Now for the shameless plug. I'm posting the link to my TedX talk below as a reminder of where I had been but also to shamelessly garner more views for my talk :-). I hope you'll take a look, share it and if you enjoy it (or even if you don't) let me know.
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