But WTF, I had a new Grandson, so back the EFF off. What the Hell do you want from me???
Anyway... With 186 days to go, I've lost 15 lbs.... simply by working out hard for at least 45 minutes everyday on the Cybex. In the last 26 days, I took 4 days off.... 2 because I felt crappy, 1 because I had to manage Kate's real estate closing, and 1 because of Connor's birth.
Christos and Jim Lundgren had urged me to consider free weights a while ago.... and I took their advice. Bought an Adidas Bench, Squat Rack and a 300 lb Olympic weight set, complete with a 7' 45 lb. bar from Amazon. The Bench came today, but the Blizzard of 2015 is delaying delivery of the weights and squat rack.
My plan is to start in February using the 5x5 method illustrated by www.stronglifts.com.
This regime is designed to make you gain strength in a 12 week period by lifting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and increasing the exercised by 5lbs. each session. A Belgian guy named "Mendi", who likes to say "Bullshit" a lot with a French accent has put the website and an iPhone app together that takes all of the guess work out of it. It is actually very well done, and I urge you to check out this website if you are so inclined.
So I hope to integrate the weight lifting program in with the cybex aerobic sessions for the next three months or so, after which the May weather should open up a lot of outdoor cycling and rowing activity.
At this point, I am on schedule to get to Mike's wedding on August 1, under 200 lbs. A lot can happen between now and then, but I'll take it day by day, and declare victory in various stages along the way as appropriate.