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Weight loss is hard

Friday, March 11, 2011

In the spirit of March Madness, my theme for this week is rebounding. Weight loss is hard. Plain and simple, it is not easy. Losing weight consists of peaks and valleys and plateaus. Right now, I am somewhere between a plateau and a valley.

Weight loss is not easy, what would be easy is to give up and say that I messed up and be satisfied with my 14 pounds for a couple of weeks until it all comes back. I'm a man, I like to make things a little more difficult, therefore, I'm not going to give up. I'm getting back on track.

To help get back on track I have done two things. I was contacted Monday by Ann Ludlum with the K-State Extension Office and she asked if I would be interested in participating in the Walk Kansas event. After giving it some thought, I was able to assemble a team of the six who will work toward the goal of accumulating 423 miles worth of exercise -- the distance across Kansas.

To achieve this, the six of us will exercise on our own, or as a team, to earn miles. Fifteen minutes of exercise will equal one mile. I am excited to participate in the event for the first time.

The second thing I have done is set an exercise goal. At just over 300 pounds, I am not considered to be a runner. However, I have done it a few times and I am starting to enjoy it. Last week, I ran two miles without stopping for the first time ... ever. I have decided that during the Lenten season, which started Wednesday, I will run 60 miles. There are 47 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, that equals out to about three miles per day, three days per week. I posted my goal on Facebook and I have three people who have joined me. A friend of mine in Kansas City will also try to run 60 miles, my aunt in Pittsburg will try to walk 50 miles, and my aunt in Cleveland, Ohio, will try to walk as much as she can.

I'll pose the same question to you, the readers, that I asked my friends on Facebook ... who wants to join me? Set your own exercise goal and keep track of your progress. I would love to hear some the goals that people are setting and hear some of the successes. Weight loss is easier when you have a good team surrounding you. I went public with my goal so I can't back out on it now. I've got a team that is going to hold me accountable and that is enough motivation to rebound from this slump and get back on track.

I welcome you along my journey and I would love to hear from readers about their successes and challenges. Please feel free to contact me by phone at (620) 223-1462 or by e-mail at mpommier@fstribune.com.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man