Friday, January 25, 2008

It's a Small World After All

On our Disney World trip last September, we stopped in the Main Street Fire Station for a look around. After about 30 seconds of perusing the patches, I discovered this Jackson Township - Stark County patch. Jackson Township is just a few minute drive south of us. It was great to see some local heroes had been represented on Main Street.

We hit the rec center last night. I put in about 3 miles on the treadmill, 2.05 running. I also did some incline walking (not as extreme as last time) for about a half mile. Kristin put in one mile on the treadmill and a couple miles on a bike. Then we did some weight machines for the first time.

In addition to exercise, I have been in a "Shed the Pounds" weight loss competition with some people at work. The competition goes November through January. I started at 188 lbs. I lost six pounds in November (which was good for the monthly prize), gained half a pound in December, and so far I am down four pounds in January. I am in second place overall so far. I would need to beat the current leader by 1.5 lbs. in January in order to take the overall prize (assuming someone doesn't sneak up from behind us with a huge loss in January). The best part of this so far is that I am under 180 for the first time in about four years.

I love to eat, so this has been tough for me. But I have been making good decisions and keeping portion sizes down, especially in the past few weeks. I gained about 30 lbs. during my first 18 months working at Smucker's, and have stayed between 180 and 190 since then. Hopefully I can stick to it and get back to my pre-Smucker's weight of 155. Heck, I would even be happy with 165.

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