Last week I reported to you that I was stuck at 219 pounds. This week, I’m happy to announce that after getting stricter again with my diet and eating habits, my weigh-in was at 216 pounds. In the past seven weeks I have gone from 229 pounds to 216 pounds. Thirteen pounds in seven weeks is good in my book. Nowhere is the scary part.

We set a goal for me to be at 215 pounds by the end of the year. That is only one pound away in two weeks. I may be there already. My next weigh-in is at 2 pm. If I am, “keep up the good work, Craig!”. If I haven’t lost any or worse case, gained a pound or two, “you still have another week to turn it around.”.

I know there are a lot of you out there who are dieting and trying to get their weight down. It is not easy, especially during the holidays. There is always a lot to do. Christmas shopping. Running errands. Planning how to spend a fair amount of time with friends and family. Finishing up work. Keeping the house clean. And the worst part of all, being tempted by all the delicious Christmas, cookies, cakes, pies, fudge, peppermint bark and other assorted confectionary delights the season has to offer. It is not easy. Believe me, I know.

I have had many conversations with Shannon (again, my awesome health coach whom I will introduce you to in a couple of weeks) about what I should and should not eat. The holiday season is when most people run into trouble with their diets. If you are willing to put in the work, you do not have to fear the holidays.

Thanksgiving was my test run. By keeping my portions smaller I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving and still have some treats. Christmas should be the same way. I keep to my meal plan and allow myself the opportunity to try some of the treats in moderation. If I just follow through on what I say I am going to do, it should not be a difficult task. For example, if I want to eat a few cookies and a piece of fudge I need to be prepared to take an extra walk around the block, a few more minutes on the exercise bike and/or adjust my meal plan the rest of the day to account for it.

Once you take ownership of the food you eat, learning how to deal with it should become easier. I have accepted the fact that everything I ingest is by my own choosing. If I am stressed and eat for comfort, that is on me. If I am bored and go through a box of Oreos while watching Victorious with my eight-year-old I have only myself to blame. If I choose to not follow my meal plan, skip meals or eat to much it is again a choice I made.

Now, some of you might be saying to yourselves “that is great, but he doesn’t know my life and what I’ve been through. It may work for him, but I have real problems.” I agree, I do not know your life or what you have been through. What I do know is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Overeating, binge eating or not eating enough can all lead to serious physical harm. I know sometimes I make things sound easy but thee are still struggles that we all go through.

I am an alcoholic. I have been sober for over 13 years. I understand addictive behaviors and they are hard to overcome. The first thing to do is recognize the problem, address it and tell yourself you are going to do something about it. Taking ownership is the first and hardest part. Once you do that, it does get easier. I speak from experience.

So, today at 2 pm I will find out if I met my goal of 215 pounds or if I need to make more adjustments. I will update you next Tuesday on that. I also plan to have a big announcement for those of you who read this on a regular basis in two weeks. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and I will see you next week.

Written by: Craig Repanshek

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