Sunday, December 28, 2008


Last night, I had a hard time getting to sleep. Probably too much Diet Coke before bedtime. Anyway, I started re-reading some of my old posts to this blog. It started out by trying to remember what the other meeting was that I attended early last year in Tempe, AZ. I remembered the Northern Tier winter meeting but couldn't remember the other. I guess that being able to look things up like that is one of the benefits of this blog. I noticed that I have been trying to get my mind (and body) used to the idea of jogging for over a year now. I don't seem to have progressed very far. Last year, I was annoyed at myself for not keeping up with the walking goals that I had previously set and annoyed with myself for gaining back some of the weight that I had lost. I guess things haven't changed much for me. It seems that I've had the treadmill now for over two years now and still regularly do the same customized workout that I had set up way back. I guess the difference is that it was a real stretch back then and now I will occasionally augment it with a mile or two of jogging after finishing the 45 minute workout. Still, I'm not to the point that I had wanted to be by now. I am still overweight, still get winded if I try running uphill, still annoyed with myself for not meeting my goals. The WIN goals that I've set as part of the individualized counseling sessions seem rather "lame" and readily achievable.

My goal for the next year is to lose an additional 20 lbs. It seems like a reasonable goal given the fact that I've gained back 10 lbs from a year ago (after swearing to myself that I wouldn't gain it back!) so it is only an additional 10 lbs. Still not where I want to get but definitely better than now. For the first year, I was benefiting from the 10 mcg Byetta that I was taking. It had a fairly strong appetite suppression side effect at least for me. Now I am on a 5 mcg dose that doesn't have the same side effect. Some of the other side effects were pretty disruptive and that is why I'm on a lower dose. Well, that's my resolution. Lose 20 lbs. I still haven't taken advantage of the one month pass to the Alaska Club. Two years ago, that is what got me started on the treadmill.

My Nike+ sensor died again. Hopefully I'll be able to find an Apple store in PA or VA. We are heading there for a memorial service for my mother in-law near the end of the week. Doesn't feel like a fun trip but it's not -40°F there. It is miserably cold here today and I think it's supposed to last all week.

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