It was July 6, 2007 when I weighed myself at 190 pounds. I am only 5’9 tall and I should not weigh this much. Depending on the particular guideline I use, my healthy / ideal weight is somewhere between 150 and 160 pounds. So, this meant I was a minimum of third pounds overweight.
How did this happen? I played sports and was active during my entire childhood until I completed graduate school.
At this point in 2007, I became interested in restoring the fitness of my younger years. Like most Americans, I was gaining 2 pounds a year because I was too sedentary and did not mind what I ate. I bought bigger pants and shirts and just accepted the changes to my body without much protest.
Not that I was entirely out of shape in 2007. I was playing outdoor soccer – something I started after the 2006 World Cup. So, I could play an hour of competitive soccer and unfortunately, I didn’t look much like a soccer player. I was overweight, too slow and too weak, not svelte, strong and wiry.
Looking back I would say that at this time, I was interested in fitness but I was not committed to results. Read the Ken Blanchard quote at the bottom of the post.