Those of you who I am friends with on Facebook have probably seen me post something similar to the title of this post as my status, pretty much every day, for the past few weeks. The numbers represent the time I spent using our NordicTrack ski machine, and the distance I traveled in that time.
So just a little while before writing this entry, I spent 30 minutes on the NordicTrack, and covered about 1.6 miles according to the electronic console on the machine. This is the most time I have spent on it at one time in about 7 years. I used to do 30 minutes daily on the thing. Every day.
This was back when I weighed as little as 183 pounds. I weigh much more than that now. A lot of my weight gain came after I met Alison. We've traveled a lot, eaten well, enjoyed fine wines, beers, and spirits, as we settled into our life together. The last 35 pounds or so of weight have come since I quite smoking in October of 2009.
Prior to quitting smoking, I was okay with what I weighed, for the most part. It was more than I weighed in 2005, not nearly what I weight now.
Back in December, we decided we needed a nice place in our home for the exercise equipment we own. That includes the NordicTrack, a weight bench and set of weights, and a Pilates Reformer. So we had a room in our unfinished basement turned into a home gym. You've probably seen Alison's before and after photos of the room.
The work on the room was finally finished the first week of January, when the rubberized flooring was installed. The next day, we both started using the gym. Baby steps to begin.
I think I spent maybe 5 minutes on the skier that first day. The next I did 7 minutes. The next, 10. The past 10 days of so I got all the way up to 27 minutes. Then I took a break over this past weekend as my brother was in town and was staying with us. We ate out a lot, and didn't get a chance to work out.
This is the first day back since Saturday, and boy did I need it. I have no idea how much of the 13 or so pounds I had lost in the past three weeks I might have gained back. I'm not sure I want to know.
But I will find out when I weigh this Thursday (I get on the scales once a week). What ever the scale says, I will have to accept.
Today I did 30 minutes and 1.6 miles on the NordicTrack, and I am back on my self-designed eating plan. And I will continue my quest to shed my excess weight and become a healthier person.