Wednesday, August 03, 2011
After having knee surgery at the end of June, I took an honest look at myself and didn't like what I saw. I was beyond morbidly obese - with a BMI of 50. I was struggling in almost every area of my life.
I found myself an eye lash's width from 290 lbs. Through July, I started Atkins and began aggressively "knee-habbing". After a month of hard work, I am happy to report that I have made progress.
July 1: 289.6
August 1: 270
July BMI: 49.7
August BMI: 46.4
July waist: 54 inches
August waist: 52 inches
Not every area of my life is going well, but I think I am moving in the right direction.
Friday, July 08, 2011
In response to CERIUSLY's assignment, I am focusing on why I need to lose weight.
I recently gained back almost all the weight I'd lost over the last three years. I won't explain it, and I'm not going to apologize for it. It happened. Let's move on.
I am dangerously overweight. Last month, my BMI was 50! Even now, it's in the high 40s. My waist is over four feet around and more than double what it should be. I am at a high risk for a stroke or heart attack. My joints are deteriorating, and my arthritis is getting worse. My autoimmune symptoms are flaring because my body is so inflamed.
My belly is so big that I almost cannot measure it with a regular tape measure. When I was in the hospital recently, and they asked me to curl up to insert the needle in my spine ... I couldn't. There was no place for me to go!
Of course, I would like to look prettier, but it's all about health right now. I'm 100 lbs. away from worrying about looks, and from experience, it's going to be a long road. Still, I either lose the weight -- or lose my life.
It's that simple.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Ever wonder why you couldn't seem to put down the fork? This is one more reason I really limit processed food in my diet - those sneaky buggers!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Sometimes I feel all fired up about what I'm doing, and other times, I lose the plot a bit. I get distracted by obstacles, life events, or feel that I "deserve" a break and sabotage myself. What I "deserve" is to be healthy and happy, and morbid obesity isn't going to get me there.
I've decided to catalog all the reasonsI need to stay the course and compile them to remind myself when I get down and discouraged.
So --- *drum roll*
Reason Number One:
I investigated life insurance yesterday. Were I at my goal weight, I' d pay $31 a month. At my present weight? $121! That's almost $1100 more a year!
Sunday, July 03, 2011
In June, I acknowledged how much I've backslid during a stressful and chaotic time in my life. My June stats were pretty grim:
June weight: 287 lbs.
waist: 54 inches
% lard: 52
I had knee surgery a few days ago and gained 11 lbs. of water and inflammation, which I am still losing. Still, I've made some progress:
current weight: 283.8
waist: 53 inches
% lard: 50.6
So down a few pounds, down an inch on the waistline, down a bit on the % lard, and some progress on the BMI. At 50, I was classified as "super obese". Now, at 48.7, I'm considered "morbidly obese". Yay? Yeah. I've a ways to go, but at least I'm moving in the right direction.
I am on crutches and not able to really do much yet. I don't know how long I'll be laid up, so in July, I'm going to focus on excellent eating choices.
July goals: 15 lbs. (the rest of the surgery weight plus a bit more)
% lard: under 50
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