Like many here, I was following SMA's P90X adventure, but he hasn't updated in awhile, so I thought I'd ask how those of us who made the commitment to healthier living were getting along. I didn't go the full P90X route, but, starting on January 3rd I made a real commitment to exercising more and eating better, and I'm very happy with my results. I've gone from 225 to 203 (I'm 5'11), gone from wearing size 38 pants to size 36s being generally too big (although 34s are still usually quite tight, it's too bad 35s are so hard to find), and I've gone from being winded after about two flights of stairs to being able to go up 6 or 7 and recover almost instantly. I can do 40 push ups (up from about 15), can run 3 or 4 miles after work, and I feel fantastic. My blood pressure is down. My goal is to get to the 190-195 range by the time of my 40th birthday in August, which would be the lightest I've been since my junior year at Iowa in the spring of 1992 when I was on the crew team for a year. I still eat and drink just about everything I did before (although I try to snack on fruit more), but I mainly just keep preaching "moderation, moderation, moderation." A handful of chips doesn't have to be 7, a beer after work doesn't have to be 4, a slice of pizza doesn't have to be 3. When I slip (and believe me, I do), I just try really hard to start up again the very next day rather than feel defeated. Changing mindsets isn't easy, but if you keep preaching the same things to yourself every day, sooner or later the new ways of thinking start to take hold and I no longer miss the bowl of chips or slice of leftover pizza I'd eat before bed while watching the Daily Show or Sportscenter.
So again, how about everyone else? I'd be eager to hear your stories. I know there were a number of us on board.
Seems like as good a topic as any during the slow off-season.