The (Partial) Results Are In…

So I stepped on a scale today. For the first time in a long time.


Well, you’ve heard about Forty by Forty, and if all goes well, you’ll continue to hear more about it.

But, this is a milestone day of sorts. Forty by Forty started officially November 1, 2007, when I turned 38. The goal was to start a life-changing approach to eating and exercise that would help me to my goal of losing forty pounds by my fourtieth birthday. Not a quick fix. A (hopefully) life-long change. Slow and steady, so to speak.

I resisted getting on a scale throughout this process because I didn’t want to get locked on numbers. If there were results, they would be evident, and they are. It’s so cool when people say, “are you losing weight?” or when I buy pants two sizes smaller than when I started.

I also didn’t get on a scale when I started, partly because we don’t own one. But, I can tell you within 10 pounds of where I’m pretty sure I started this process. That’s going off a last doctor’s appointment and even knowing that I gained weight since then, because I had to buy larger pants.

Things have definitely changed. I like salad now. For real. I mean, actually really enjoy it. I’ve bought an elliptical machine because the exercise thing was the hardest component to get going and still isn’t anywhere near where it should be. I’ve bought smaller pants. Tee shirts that didn’t fit me like I would hope now fit me pretty well.

I’m just thinking about stuff a lot more than I ever have. And that feels good. I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I can see the results.

And now, it’s time to share them. Because you guys have been here the entire way offering your encouragement and support along the way. And that has been beyond valuable. It really has.

To mark the occasion, Anna actually brought her scale into work today. She mentioned it yesterday and I thought she was joking, but when I got here today, there it was on my desk with a note that said, “I bet you’re more than half way there.” So, I took my shoes off, stepped on, looked down and was …. shocked.

As I said, I’m confident within 10 pounds of where I started…so if you go right in the middle of that number, then so far, I’m down 27.5 pounds.

Can you believe that? How crazy is that?! How good is that?!

That’s 70 percent to my goal in six months!

It’s fabulous, but it’s also motivation. Motivation to get to my goal within a year. But, more importantly, motivation to keep up the work that I’ve done so far and make sure that I maintain. That, quite honestly, is my biggest fear — maintaining.

But, I gotta tell you, seeing that number — a place I can’t even remember being at — feels pretty damn good.

19 Comments on “The (Partial) Results Are In…”

  1. Molly says:

    Omigod. OMIGOD!!! Mike! I’m so proud of you!!! I just got a little teary, yes I did. This is amazing. YAY!

  2. penelope23 says:

    Congrats! That is awesome. Keep up the great work.

  3. Sara says:

    Holy cow – that is AWESOME! Congratulations!
    Keep it up – you’re almost there already!

  4. elizabethews says:

    WOW!!!!! I’m soooooo happy for you!!!!! That is AWESOME! Keep up the AMAZING work!!!

  5. Melissa says:

    Congratulations! What an awesome thing you are doing for yourself, your health, and your family!

  6. JenBun says:

    Mike, that is AMAZING!!! I am SO excited about you– you are so motivated, determined… and inspirational!!! 🙂

    I am proud to call you my bloggy buddy!

  7. Jennie says:

    So exciting! I just got chills when I read how excited you were. It’s one thing for all of us to be proud of you, but it’s an even bigger success when you can feel proud of yourself.

  8. dreamgrrl says:

    This is SO wonderful and I got chills too!! Keep up the great work 🙂

  9. ROCK. ON. That is awesome!! Congrats!!

  10. Anna says:

    I knew it! 70% is WAY more than halfway there. Go Mike! And he went out and had salad for lunch afterwards. Me, I probably would have had a milkshake.

  11. Ishmen says:

    congrats, Mike. Keep up the great work

  12. Stephanie says:

    Unbelievable! Congratulations! You’re right, it’s not just about the number, it’s about a change in lifestyle. So inspiring! 🙂

  13. Fritz says:

    You ROCK!!!! and congratulations!

  14. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    Congratulations, Mike! That is wicked awesome. I’m excited for you. You are doing such a great thing for yourself and your family!

  15. L B says:

    AHHHHHHHHH congratulations! looks like its gonna be more than 40 by 40 !!! yay!

  16. heatherdc says:

    Go Mike Go Mike!!!!!! You’re aaaaawesome. And seriously, Salads can be reallyyyy good. They get a bad rep sometimes :).

  17. soula says:

    congrats! you should feel very proud of yourself, I am sure that was hard work!

  18. christine says:

    You rock my world!

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