Forty by When?

One of the challenges with this whole Forty by Forty thing was starting it in November — as in, right before Thanksgiving and Christmas. But, I did OK.

The other challenge? This past weekend. Easter, as in, delicous ham and assorted other goodies — including Renee’s homemade to-die-for rolls. Oh, and did I mention the candy?

But, Easter is gone — well, except for the leftovers.

And now I’m hoping to get back on track. In all of the madness of getting out of the house this morning, I forgot to pack my lunch (featuring a Lean Cuisine entree). So, I’m headed down the street in a few minutes for a salad.

The one goal I haven’t met yet is the exercise thing. I had hoped to be in a better routine about that before now. However, I’m not.

But that’s changing.

Because, on Saturday night, I ordered an elliptical machine. Yup, it’s true. It’s always been my favorite gym machine. And when I was at my brother’s, he had one. I tried it and liked it. Went online, saw it on sale for half-price plus free shipping and pulled the trigger.

So, not sure when it’ll arrive, but it’ll take some time to assemble, too. Once it’s together though, look out! Finding the time to go to the gym was going to be impossible. So, this is just going to be the best solution. I hope. I’m actually looking forward to getting it. The goal, once I do have it, will be at least 30 minutes a day.

That’s the point when I’ll probably get on the scale, too. I haven’t been on since I started. But, I have a rough enough idea of where I started. The reason for waiting to get on the scale was mostly because I knew that I’d be at my peak once the eating and exercising was going together.

The results so far are down a full size in pants and noticeable changes in face and gut. Even my smaller pants are already baggy and falling off, so who knows. If I had to guess, I’d say it is probably 15 pounds so far.

And, what’s my other trick? Well, here it is. I love me some of these. Delicious and only 100 calories. Buy some fat free cool whip, heat these in the microwave and then put the cool whip on top? There’s a word for that. Heaven.

I think that’s it. What else? I got nothin’.


11 Comments on “Forty by When?”

  1. Each says:

    its true, it will work
    i bought a treadmill and for real? Im on it almost every night, even if its just for 30 minutes.

    its amazing how convenience and proximity to a tv really motivates…

  2. JenBun says:

    Congrats, Mike, you’re doing awesome!!!

    I love the elliptical, too. That’s it, I’m going to the gym after work… you’ve re-inspired me! 😉

  3. You DO LOOK GREAT!! I bought an elliptical..but i never used it , i just gave it to my brother! I now need to motivate myself to go to the gym a bit more than every other week!! who has time?? Keep up the good work!! PEACE!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Eating healthy during the holidays (when bowls of jelly beans surround and taunt you) is SO HARD. But good for you on ordering the elliptical and noticing a difference in yourself! Fifteen pounds is a huge step!

  5. heatherdc says:

    Congrats Mike! It sounds like you’re doing so well, send your *nutritionist* an update!! 😉 And have fun with that elliptical!

  6. Molly says:

    Yay! You’re going to love it and before you know it you’ll feel weird if you don’t use it. Keep it up!

  7. erin says:

    it sounds like you are well on your way – that’s awesome! and i wish i had my own elliptical. that would be so nice.

    i’ve heard great things about vitatops….i think i need to try em.

  8. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    Good for you re: the elliptical machine. You’ll get there. Easter is evil when it comes to watching what you eat!

  9. elizabethews says:

    Elliptical – word. Good choice. I need to get back on mine. Especially now that I have my iTouch – I can watch a full episode of the Family Guy and get my work out in. So….when will I start? Maybe when you get yours. We can be an elliptical team!

  10. Anna says:

    I think it is more like 20 pounds, at least.
    That’s my bet.

  11. cdp says:

    Yay for a new elliptical. I think having a machine like that at home would make exercising so much easier, right?

    Also, Lean Cuisine = awesome. I ate them at work like almost every day for about five years. Good stuff.


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