New Year’s Resolutions Revisited (83 pounds)

A year ago I made a few resolutions. 

They were the following:
1)  Snag 300 balls during the 2009 regular season.
2)  Walk to work every day.
3)  Completely stop drinking soda pop.
4)  Lose some weight.

I’m glad to report, that after an entire year, I’ve kept three out of four of my new year’s resolutions.

Let’s start with #1.
Coming off a 2008 season where I had snagged 128 balls, I was pretty certain that if I applied myself a little better, that I’d be able to snag 300 balls in 2009.  All I had to do was be more agile and get into better position to snag balls.  I also had planned on attending more games outside of Pittsburgh, whereas in 2008 I only attended one game outside of PNC Park.

By the end of June, I had already snagged 216 balls, and was well on my way to a 300 season.  I snagged #300 with an eleven ball day on August 20th in Nationals Park in Washington DC. 

Resolution #2 failed after three months.
I live within a five minute walk to work.  I braved cold and snow throughout much of January, February and March and made the short brisk walk.  Some where along the way I got tired of it and completely stopped. 

Resolution #3 and #4 were the big resolutions that pretty much altered my entire life.
I completely gave up drinking all soda pop and replaced it with only water (and on rare occasions lemonade).  To lose weight, I stopped eating cafeteria food at work and began eating Lean Cuisine meals at home during my lunch hour.

The results were pretty apparent after just a few weeks.  This was motivation enough for me to continue these resolutions.

For the first part of 2009, I simply replaced soda pop with water, replaced my two pop tart + mountain dew breakfast with a granola bar and water, and ate lean cuisine for lunch. 

I also bought a scale and weighed myself every week for motivational purposes.
Results at the end of each month:
Jan 1 = 287 lbs
Feb 1 = 280 lbs
Mar 1 = 269 lbs
Apr 1 = 264 lbs
May 1 = 262 lbs
Jun 1 = 255 lbs

Around mid June or so I began to add exercise to my routine.  I began running and lifting weights on a daily basis.  At first I started with a one mile run, which has now been increased to three miles.  I alternate the weight lifting and running so they are on opposite days.    Since I started I’ve added 90 pounds to my bench press and have increased my workouts to three hours every other day. 

If you go back and read through all of my entries, I often left most games around 6pm starting in mid June.  This exercise routine would be why.

Results since exercise was added:
Jul 1 = 240 lbs
Aug 1 = 232 lbs
Sept 1 = 226 lbs
Oct 1 = 211 lbs
Nov 1 = 208 lbs
Dec 1 = 205 lbs
Dec 29th, 2009 (today)= 204 lbs

As you can see, I’ve lost 83 pounds in 2009.
I have been constantly replacing my wardrobe.  All of my XXL baseball shirts that I wore for visiting teams throughout 2009 have been replaced with size L.  I’ve lost nine inches off of my waist line, and I still need to get some new shorts for the 2009 season.

What can I do to top my 2009 year in 2010?  I’ll have to lay out some resolutions in the next few days, maybe I’ll blog about it.

For now, I’ll end this entry with some pictures of me as I dropped the pounds.

Christmas 2008 with my brother (one year ago)
fat dec 2008.jpgearly January 2009, winning a change third base opportunity on the Pirates Caravan.