For Those Just Joining Us …

Readership (or at least clickership) is growing here at Skipping Dessert!  If you’re new to the blog, welcome.  It occurs to me new readers (and some who have been with it for a few weeks) might benefit from a quick refresher on why this blog is.

As chronicled here, on Ash Wednesday (March 9, 2011) I weighed-in at a decidedly unhealthy 287 pounds.  And in my more honest moments, I’d admit there were days when I was probably over 290.  I started making a few healthy changes early in the year, but that day I gave up sweets for Lent.  And then as the results started to pile up – and as reasons to be healthier mounted as well – I decided to be in full-on “weight-loss” mode for as long as it takes.

My goal is to weigh 207 by my 45th birthday (10/14/12), which gave me more than enough time to lose eighty pounds at a rate of a pound a week.

So far so good.  This past weekend an old friend congratulated me on having lost 22 pounds in 17 weeks.  I thanked him, but reminded him I’m not there yet.  Congratulating me now is a little like leaving the stands at the end of the first quarter because your team is winning.  There’s a lot of ball yet to be played.  And my opponents (an innate and strong sense that I’d rather be on the couch with a bag of chips, Big Ag, well-meaning friends and family bearing junk-food, etc.) are tough.

When this game is over, a whole new one begins.  I don’t want to fight for this ground again.  Once I’ve met my goal, the new goal will be maintaining it for another forty or fifty years.  And the penalty for not meeting the initial goal, frankly, is that I won’t get another forty or fifty years.

Along the way toward my goal I document my process, writing about the successes and challenges and sharing  what I learn.

Thank you again for reading.  Please visit again, and if you like it, don’t be shy about telling your friends to stop by!

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