I attribute the weight gain to stress. Eating calms me down. It feels good. Still, I should have known I needed a change when I popped that first button off a pair of pants. I say first, because there was more than one. The endless ribbing and teasing from my brothers should have been an indication, too.
When I was putting on the weight there were times I would go to bed feeling like a stuffed turkey. I could literally feel my diaphragm and the skin around my stomach stretching up and outwards, respectively.
When I started the Body Success Challenge my stomach was hard. In fact, dating back to my high school days when I weighed only 150 pounds the skin around my stomach was tight and later on, even though I might have had a little something extra around the middle, my stomach was still relatively hard.
After I lost the first three pounds, I noticed a change. My stomach started to jiggle.
This is a problem I hadn't anticipated. I've got an issue with loose skin. Gross.
I'm 30 years old and I'm only looking to lose 30-40 pounds. I'm praying that my genetic makeup combined with my age has bestowed me with a more resilient than normal skin elasticity.
Although I rested on Sunday, I'm keeping up with my 60 minutes on the treadmill per day routine. Yesterday I ran 5.5 miles with no problems (plus a one mile warmup), so I decided to kick it up a notch today. This afternoon I ran 6.0 miles in 60 minutes. Getting through the first 30 minutes was tough, but once I got past the midway point I knew I could finish.
I think I will be able to manage the 10 minute mile pace until I drop below 200 pounds. Once I get below 200, I'm going to start training for some races. I will hopefully have improved my eating habits by then, too.
My weight today was 205.2 pounds, making me 7.4 pounds lighter than when I started the Fat Guy Contest.