Don't diet. Have Fun. And Drive by Micky D's

Year one of my weekly commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, "releasing" some unneeded body weight, and sharing my personal journey has been more meaningful than I ever imagined. In fact, when I first made the pronouncement on September 8th, 2011 that I would be making some much needed changes, I had no idea how significant those changes would be. I've taken the weeks since completing my first year to reflect on the journey and to establish goals for the year that is ahead. I've learned a lot about myself and look forward to taking the next steps toward even better results and a long and healthier life.

Week 52 was completed on August 30th. On Thursday, September 27th I will begin a second year. This time, I begin with increased confidence and a little momentum. I know that there is a community of encouraging supporters who cheer me on, pat me on the back, and occasionally get in my face (politely) when they suspect that I might be making some bad choices. That's one of the important lessons I've learned. For me "public accountability" is an essential ingredient in my formula for success. Pledging to post weekly updates in this blog helped to keep me focused. My competitive nature and strong desire to win was on display for all to see. And knowing that what I was writing was being read and commented on by friends, family, and new acquaintances made a big difference from diets I was on in the past.
Before beginning my second year of the journey, I've chosen to take a few weeks away from my blog posts to better review what I've accomplished and to reflect on what I'll need to make important in order to be successful in the coming year. I'l be sharing those thoughts as part of my posts in the coming weeks.

Here's a sample of the behaviors that I've been able to adjust. Next week I'll share the accomplishments.

Live it vs Diet: I learned that it was best for me to make sustainable choices that I can live with. Short term fixes wouldn't work for me.

Funouts beat Workouts: I didn't start my journey with an exercise program because I don't enjoy traditional workout. Halfway through the year I added aerobic exercise that was fun and enjoyable. During the spring and summer I settled into a routine of daily walks that were both helpful and enjoyable.

No thanks to fast foods: With the exception of an occasional six-inch turkey sandwich from Subway, my year didn't include visits to the popular fast food restaurants. I could see and feel the difference in my body. NOTE: There was a 7.8% reduction in my body weight since January 1st and there was a very similar 6.6% reduction in the price of McDonald's publicly traded stock in the same time period. Coincidence?

Thank you!

Many thanks to all of you who in one way or another acknowledged my effort by offering encouragement, support, and helpful advice. You made a difference. Something I know I'll need as I move into a second year.

Your comments, suggestions, and stories of your personal edge are always welcome in my guest book.