From about April of last year until January of this year I ended up tacking on some weight. I did this in trying to bulk up. I waffled back and forth between trying to lose weight and trying to bulk. I gained something on the order of 25-30 pounds. About half of that was muscle, the other half was fat. I decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to lose. I’m not so much on a hardcore diet, I just try to make better food decisions. I’ve managed to drop thirty-four and a half pounds since January 2nd. That puts me at pretty much the lightest weight I’ve been since I was twelve. I’ve done it without much exercise and without denying myself. It’s been easy and fun.So yesterday I was out with Kim and we went to Dick’s Sporting Goods, it was that one I’d never been to before. I was surprised (shocked, almost) to find seventy pound dumbells. The heaviest dumbells I’d ever come across were sixty pounds (come across and purchased). I also bought two fifty-five dumbells there. The local sporting good store sells up to one hundred and twenty pound dumbells but I don’t really have any use for those yet. I don’t ever see myself bench pressing dumbells that heavy and that’s more than I would feel comfortable using for shrugs. I didn’t buy the dumbells but they’re on my radar to buy soon. I did buy a weight lifting belt. I looked at the XL belt but it was too big, so I ended up getting the Large belt. That was nice. Starting tomorrow I’m going to get up and exercise in the morning. I’m posting this so that I have some level of accountability to everyone reading. I’m going to alternate. Cardio one day, weights the next. I don’t want to go insane with either one. That’s been my problem, I’ve always gone extreme to both ends. Too much weight work or too much cardio. I’m going to keep a balance. I may not get much thinner and I may not bulk up but I’ll be _healthier_. This cannot be a bad thing.So, that’s it. I want to see how this new routine will affect me. Perhaps I’ll manage to drop weight and add muscle. That’d be ideal. If not, I won’t panic. I panic too much sometimes. Things will happen or they won’t. They won’t happen unless I try, though, and that’s exactly what I aim to do.