Wednesday, September 26, 2012
1. What was your highest weight, what do you weigh right now and what is your goal weight?
Highest weight: ~230
Current weight: 196
Goal weight: between 160-170
2. What is your #1 motivation for losing weight?
To look better and feel more confident. I know, it's strange, but even at my highest weight all of my 'numbers' were good. So, I want to feel better about myself and be able to take better care of my appearance. (There is nothing more difficult than finding well fitting professional clothes when you are overweight.)
3. Have you always been overweight?
Relatively. I think I've probably always had an extra 10-15 pounds. When I was a kid I certainly wasn't a 'thin' kid.
4. When you want to give up what inspires you to keep going?
Straight up stubborness. I refuse to prove anyone right who thinks (thought) I can't do this.
5. What is the #1 thing you look forward to when you hit your goal weight?
Clothes. Clothes. Clothes. Clothes. Clothes.
No longer being affraid to fly Southwest for fear of being a 'passenger of size'
6. Do you have support on your weight loss journey?
7. What is your favorite exercise?
I like to bike. Though, I have to admit that running is actually starting to grow on me.
8. What is the most important thing you have learned on your weight loss journey?
That things happen on their pace, not mine.
9. What is one thing you have given up that you miss the most?
Being able to be completely careless about what goes into my mouth. It takes a lot of time, effort, and energy to be on top of the calories all the time.
10. What is your strategy for losing weight?
I think having a consistent level of activity and realistic expectation of what I should be eating are my strategies. Also, planning pretty much everything.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Well, Ladies and Gents, we're now officially 1 day away from the century version of days... Cent-day-ion? I don't know. still, 100 days is the longest I think I've stuck with anything, ever. So, I'm very, very proud as you can imagine.
Still, sitting here on 99 I'm finding myself finding reasons not to go out and get some today! For insistance, it's raining. Yeah, for a second there I thought some drizzle might keep me out. Then, I didn't pack my gym bag last night. And, of course, there's the allure of having lunch with friends instead of getting my run in.
Nope, not when I'm so close to 100. Not with the looming presence of the Great Race 5K a meager 4 DAYS away.
So, my run will happen today, it's just a question as to whether I think I can best dodge raindrops at lunch or if I'll try my luck for an after work run. (I think Lunch is the best plan at the moment..)
So, in celebration of day 100 I'm planning on taking new measurements. It's been about two months since the last set, so I'm looking forward to getting them done. (There's no disputing my progress..) Oh, and I promise guys, new skivies are on my list of 'presents.' :-P
It also occurred to me last night that I am nearly halfway to my goal. With just shy of 25 pounds lost since June and another 30 to go I'm feeling momentum is on my side. I weighed 230 in March. I was down to 220 by June, and now I'm sitting at 196. Ultimately, I would like to weigh around 160 - a weight that, honestly, I've never been in my adult life. Well, at least not that I can recall. In high school I weighed about 175; in college that ballooned up closer to 180-190. By graduate school I remember vividly when I tipped the scales in the 210 range. Then I started working at a desk, and my weight came up to it's ultimate 25 -230 mark. At 5'8" and built to "carry" my weight, I tend to get pretty shocked looks when I say what my weight was.
More important than the weight number, I just want to get into a size 12. That's it. 12. Would it be nice to be 'smaller'? Sure. Do I think that 'smaller' is reasonable for me? Not right now. I need to focus upon what an attainable ultimate goal is. Who knows, I could get to 12, feel like I can keep going and change that; but, that's looking too far ahead for me.
The other major thing I'm considering at this point in my journey is a re-baseline. In my field of work we do a lot of measurements against baseline plans. We look at how well that orginal plan was set in terms of sequence and expectations and then measure progress against it. (Hence my charts); I don't know if I should start anew with my new 195 weight, a more informed expectation of my weight loss progress each week, and a more narrow window of focus; or, if I should stick with my history and keep my focus on where my lines are plotted to head even if I know they aren't quite 'right.'
I have lots of thinking to do :)
I hope all of you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday. Tomorrow the celebration begins :)
Monday, September 24, 2012
Day 97 - filled with hillarity, a guest appearence by Jack, and my feeling on my new meds
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