Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I did it!

In a blog post dated 2-8-08 I made a prediction. A goal if you will. I said I would lose 50 pounds by April 19th. You see when I started I told myself that I would try to get down 25 pounds by that date and surpassed that and set a new goal. Well I did it! I lost 5.4 pounds this week. I have now lost a total of 51.2 pounds since January 17th. That is 82 days. I am not sure whether I should jump for joy or cry or do both at the same time.

I am still a bit in awe that I did this. I was certain that this was not possible. I was certain that you would need a person trainer and a chef to make it work. Well it turns out I was wrong. What you need is a strong work ethic and a burning desire to be healthy. If you have that then you can do it. I just eat better, and I move a lot more. What do I sacrifice? 5-7 hours a week in the gym. I figure every 50 pounds I lose I will add 5-7 years to my life. That is a fair trade off. I eat less calories, but probably more food. I also eat much better.

If you are stuck or considering losing some weight I am going to ask that you start now. Don't wait for some important date. Make a small change tomorrow and then another the day after until you a living a better life. I waited until I was 34 years old with a nine year old son. My only regret in all of this is that I did not do this many many years ago. I deprived my son of the father he deserves.

B- Your new and improved dad is on the way. Soon there will be no more of "Daddy can't because of his knees or he is too tired" Soon enough I will be wearing you out! I love you buddy!

7 comments:

amy said...

Congrats, what a moving post. Thanks for motivating me. I have over 100 pounds to lose and so far I have lost 16 pounds with WW the past 4 week!

You rock!

Jodie said...

Matt - Your post brought me to tears, because I want the same things for my girls. Congratulations on meeting your 50 lb goal! :) That rocks!

Alex said...

This is akliner from GoaD by the way...

This blog is a big part of what keeps me OP. Your story is truly inspirational. I've done WW before. I started at 230 pounds. Got to 195. Quit. Started again at 215 got to 195. Quit.

I started this time (2/28/08) at 209 pounds. I'm currently at 193 with a goal of 165. Without people like you, I'd likely have given in to my old habits again.

Congratulations on your huge milestone. You'll be at your goal soon enough. I have faith that you can keep the weight off.

POST SOME PROGRESS PHOTOS!

Matt Keeling said...

Thanks everyone! Always cool to know people are reading and possibly become inspired by what I write.

Alex, Photos coming soon... Check back in a couple of weeks. I promised some before and now (not after) photos from the Mizzou spring game. Also I feel like I need to go pick up something that fits a bit better! :-)

TB--Milwaukee said...

Awesome. What better reason to get healthy than to play with the kids. 50 pounds is HUGE!

Angela J said...

Congrats!!! I am very proud of you. Can't wait to read you reach your next goal.

Your support in Iowa.

Heather said...

Congratulations on your accomplishmen!