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It’s Update Time…

Jingle Jog - Posing with Santa & Mrs Claus

Since Christmas is only 5 days away, I thought I’d give an update on the health goals I’ve set recently.

1) December 1, I started drinking nothing but water. My goal is to go an entire year only drinking water. It was a challenge the first few days but it has become much easier. The best part is I’ve already lost about five pounds so far. On my second day, I went to Chick-fil-A to use a coupon I had received in the mail for a free combo meal. The lady at the register asked me what I wanted to drink and I told her water. She tried several times to explain that I could choose any soft drink, tea, or lemonade I wanted and I told her several times that I understood, but I still wanted water to drink. I think she finally gave up and said “Okay, if that’s what you really want.”

2) I did the Jingle Jog 5K on Saturday, December 10. It turned out to be more of a fun run instead of an actual competitive race. My goal was not a specific time, but to just complete the race. I think my final time was around 48 minutes. It was very cold but it was a lot of fun.

3) I’ve been reading the book “Body for Life” by Bill Phillips and Michael D’Orso with two other guys in my small group at church. One of the other guys in our group (the one who suggested the book to us) asked me last night how I was doing with it. Unfortunately, the answer was “not so good.” For some reason I have developed this mental block about it – I don’t know if it’s because of the holidays or if it’s something else. I haven’t given up completely but I’m just really struggling with it right now for some reason. I hope that it’s just because of the holidays and that it will eventually get better.

Do you have any advice to help me out with achieving better results while I’m attempting to read “Body for Life?”

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  1. December 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Hey Scott. I enjoyed your post and reading on how you’re doing. My hat is off to you on the nothing but water front. I get soooo tired of water. But, I’m happy to say that I’m now almost two years with no soft drinks. There’s something, right?

    I read Body for Life several years ago, and my husband and I completed three challenges, back-to-back in one year. I had a very difficult time buying in to it. The goal setting and such. But about 7 weeks in to my first challenge, I saw changes in my clothes. I dropped 34 pounds that first challenge, and almost fifty that year.

    I did find the eating hard to maintain, but the workouts were fantastic! I’m not sure how to motivate you to continue reading, or to even try a challenge. But, I think you’d do GREAT with one challenge, and you’d really see a difference. If you do it… make sure to take the beginning pictures. They help so much to *see* the physical changes.

    Good luck Scott!

    • December 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you for your comments and encouragement Kay! I have a tendency to get discouraged when I don’t see immediate results with something. I seriously hope that it’s just the holidays that are my road block right now. Congratulations on hitting the two year mark with no soft drinks – that’s a great accomplishment! I’m not a big workout person – I detest going to the gym. However, I do enjoy running (when it’s warm outside) and playing volleyball but I really need to expand my horizons in the workout aspect of things. I’m going to press through and keep trying to read the book and go from there.

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