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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

212 lbs: A Dozen Pounds Gone

by Ken Newquist / October 10, 2006

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they tell me. I'm at 212 lbs now, down from a starting weight of 224. The promised land of wearing pants 36 waist has been reached, though my old 36 jeans remain a little tight. I expect they'll be just fine once I hit 208.

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Congrats! I'm currently in my own slimming-down routine, hovering around the 195-pound mark. (I used to be 200 or so myself... the Freshman Fifteen made a lot of friends over the past couple years)

Glad to hear it. This topic seems to resonate with folks, so I'm going to keep posting on it.

So far things have been going pretty good, but I haven't hit that really hard part yet, which I suspect lurks somewhere around 200. You know, when going to the gym 4-5 times a week needs to become going to the gym 6-7 times a week in order to lose those final pounds. Then again, maybe my current approuch will keep working -- I think simply reducing my calorie intake and upping my exercise from nothing to something is allowing my normal metabolism to reassert itself (I was always pretty skinny as a kid).

I'm proud of ya Ken! I'm having the same drive now my baby is due in - oh, any day now?... 2 weeks technically.

Seems us geeks just need the right motivation.

Keep up the good work, and let this blog be your conscience when the BAD foodz look really good.



Yeah, it's all about the motivation, which is one of the reasons I've been blogging it. I've seen some other bloggers who've talked about their weight loss adventures, and I do think it helps because it provides that little extra bit of motivation.

It's so much a praise thing as it is a milestone thing -- it puts pen to paper and says "I hit this marker". And if it motivates a few other geeks to join in, all the better!

Ah, the invamous two week warning. I remember that so well -- the baby *could* come now, you constantly think about it coming now but some how, the little guy just keeps on keeping on. We got through it with Jordan (5 days late) by buying and assembling increasingly complicated jigsaw puzzles :)

With Luke, we had Jordan to keep us distracted.

BTW, losing weight / exercising before the baby comes is a great idea -- I think it really helps with your energy level, and even if your kid is a good sleeper, you'll need all the energy you can get!