Fri, 12/21/2012 at 2:21 PM It Starts With an Earthquake

A quarter century ago, or 25 years for those of us who are mathematically challenged, R.E.M. recorded a song proclaiming, "It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine." Today was a day that has been made famous by some Mayans who, in my own opinion, just got tired of counting. It is the end of the Mayan calendar, so maybe today is the last day on Earth, let's ask a Mayan... oh, wait.

Although I think I usually attempt to do a new year update, I guess the possible end of the world takes greater importance. So what's been going on?

This week saw me break my weight loss goal. I joined Life Time Fitness about 6 months ago, on June 4th. I was at the highest weight I have ever recorded on June 6th. Since that time I have been sticking to as much of my swimming and running routine as possible and this week I finally reached my goal of -61 lbs. Of course, five minutes after stepping off the scale and seeing that I was under goal, and I had set a new goal! A lot of people will look at a BMI chart and fret and worry if it tells them they are not where they are supposed to be. However, like many things, those charts are just generalized guidelines. I had thought that at my original goal weight I would just be happy to get there and be unable or unwilling to get any further. After reaching my goal, though, I felt like I could get a little bit closer to where the BMI chart says I should be. I feel it is important to note that whatever any chart or program might say, I am losing the weight to make myself feel better. I still am not starving myself to lose weight. If I go out to eat, I will order a real meal, even if it is a slightly healthier meal than I would have ordered previously. Besides being lighter than I have been in 6-10 years I am also probably in better shape all around than I have been too. There were brief periods that I would go to the gym that might have helped out a particular muscle group, arms, back, chest but I was never consistent enough for any real habits to form. Now I run, and I swim, and occasionally convince a friend to go lift with me. By doing at least something every couple days I am able to keep the momentum up.

Another recent development is that I decided to step outside of my usual comfort zone and join up with a company, doing some work in my spare time. I will have an opportunity to work with some great people and really try to reach out to anyone I know looking to sign up for utilities. Let's face it, none of us really like the idea of handing money over to someone month after month. We work hard for our money and the thought of a faceless corporation getting it all is a little disturbing. By allowing me (and others like me) to show people an easy way to sign up for utilities, many provided by companies that people are already familiar with, the companies do not have to spend as much on forms of mass or blanket marketing. For this they are willing to provide a small percentage to the individual who signed up that customer. Although you will still pay your bill month after month, it will hopefully be cheaper and a portion will go to someone that you know.

Anyway, those are my two updates, reaching a good weight and stepping outside of my comfort zone for some financial gain. Happy end of the world!

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