Saturday, August 23, 2008
Well, it should be obvious -- I saw my buddy the fish dude again. And he's just ... pleasant. Good to trade smiles.
I had a rather stressful and tiring work week so it's great to just not be doing anything remotely like that. I have to load a boatload of data and it's a very cumbersome process. While developer types work on making the process easier for me (and faster), I still have to load up stuff. There is a deadline in a few weeks and it will clearly be missed. I feel some pressure about that but not much. After all, it was already proven (and not by me, which made it even better) that it's physically impossible to get everything loaded up by the deadline, even without any glitches or problems or rolling anything back -- which is just an impossibility. There is always SOMETHING. The big boss actually watched me load up a file which should have taken about 15 minutes. It took over an hour and the delay was so obviously not my fault that I think he got a renewed appreciation for what I'm doing or at least attempting to do.
I also had stress because of my car. It had a bad knock sensor and then also the engine control module had to be replaced. I'm not certain of what any of that stuff means but it was free (we bought the extended warranty, yay!) but it also took four days. And, due to communication issues, I ended up driving to the dealership every single one of those days, and the trip is over an hour each way. Hence I was pretty tired yesterday. But now it's all fixed up so that's good news.
Weight loss and exercise are going well. Today after food shopping we went out and played frisbee, then we walked to the new Greek place and had a fabulous grilled vegetable gyro lunch. Now we're back home doing whatnot online and tonight dinner will be the tuna I bought (recommended by you know who).
A fabulous day. Enjoy Suzanne Vega and DNA.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It's time for a month in review. Well, it won't be until Tuesday, really, but I'm expecting a busy work week.
Anyway, without further ado -- it has been 7 months since I started alli, about 210 days or so, and about 230 days since I started exercising. Life is radically different now. Here's the recap.
Bicep 16" down 3"
Bust 47.5" down 7.25"
Band 41" down 6.5"
Waist 43.25" down 5.25"
Belly 49.75" down 9.75"
Hips 48.75" down 2.25"
Butt 52.25" down 11.75"
Thigh 28" down 4.25"
I suspect that some of the belly and butt inch loss can be attributed to the hips. Essentially what has happened is I started with a serious roll of fat in front and now that's flattening and dropping, and will continue to do so as I go along. My average overall inch loss is 6.31". If you take out the outlyers (bicep and thigh), we're talking an overall average inch loss of 7.125".
I have lost 80 lbs., if this morning's number holds for tomorrow's official weigh-in. Even if it doesn't, I have without a doubt lost in excess of 75 lbs.
I started off as a 26 (3x) up top and a 28 (4x) below. I am now a 20 (1x, sometimes even XL) up top and a 22 (2x) below. Scads of clothes have been tossed. I am beginning to go past clothing from the late '90s that I had saved as it is becoming too large for me. Even my tightest jeans from when I first started are hanging off me, even with a belt.
I started off with few reps but at least worked out every day. I still work out every day and I missed exactly one day all year (I was having flu-like symptoms). I lift 15 lbs. of weights (started off lifting just 4), for 3 sets of 15 reps apiece. I pull on resistance bands and I walk every day but Sundays. When I walk, every day's total is at least a mile and 30 minutes.
I do a version of interval training by essentially speeding up and slowing down as I walk. Half the time I am not even conscious that I am doing it. It's more likely that I hurry up to make a light or because I think I might be late for work, or I slow down because something interests me or I'm stopped at a crosswalk. The current weights are getting a little easier but still feel tough and I imagine they will for another month or so, possibly more. When they start to feel easy, I'll add another 5 lbs. I have the capacity to lift a total of 35 lbs. After that, I'd have to buy more weights. But that's a bridge I'll cross to when I get to it. At a certain point, it becomes an issue of possibly joining a gym or committing to a much more serious set of workout equipment. But that's for down the road.
Meals and Eating
Dining out is easier and we recently added a new Greek place to the list of places where I can go and always find something good. One major advantage is it's a 30 minute walk each way so I can do cardio there and back. Chinese is still not on the list as I still feel it's too tough to handle the sauces and the salt. That will probably be my next mountain to climb: going to a Chinese restaurant.
Upcoming events and issues
Our elder nephew's Bar Mitzvah is coming in a little over a month. I will buy my dress in about 10 - 14 days from today. I strongly suspect it will be a size 22. I know exactly what I want; it's really just a question of whether the 22 or the 20 will fit.
The Bar Mitzvah is kind of good news, bad news. The hotel is actually going to be great for fitness as it has an indoor pool, free weights and exercise equipment, so all I'll need to do is bring the resistance bands and a swimsuit, plus workout clothes. They will have a decent breakfast and I'll bring oatmeal packets if I need them.
The bad news is almost everything else, at least when it comes to food. I know that the dinner the night before is going to be deli, which will be a nightmare of salt and fat. As for the reception meal itself, I have no idea what it is but my hopes are not high. I've been to many, many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in my life and healthy fare is generally not on the menu. I'll do my best, I'll drink water, go for portion control if nothing else and if all else really fails, I may not even take alli for the reception meal, if I feel I'm going to get more than 19 grams of fat. We'll see.
The following morning is a breakfast and I am again not too optimistic but I'll do what I can. Not taking alli is again and option. Not a preferred option but I'd rather not have side effect issues for the trip back. I'll be fine and I'll put on a good face for it. And I'll look out for myself in whatever way I can. Hey, sometimes conditions are not optimal. I'll make the best of it and won't beat myself up if the upshot is imperfect.
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to it. The gifts are bought, the reservations have been made and I'm trying to remember the tune for the aliyah (assuming I get one; an aliyah is a call to the Torah, and you sing it).
Other issues and observations
Despite my concerns about the Bar Mitzvah, things are rather smooth and easy. I stepped up the working out a few weeks ago and it has paid dividends, as in the same amount of weight loss in two weeks that I had had in the previous seven weeks combined. Plus I feel great and have few issues with muscle aches of any sort, even when I'm walking fast or up a hill (or both).
My next goal is 5 more off, to 261. The next alli goal is 258. I am hoping to have made it to that alli goal by the time of the Bar Mitzvah but I'll be fine if I don't. Things are on track, and it looks very possible that I will wipe out another 40 lbs. by the end of the calendar year, which would put me at the weight loss ultimate finish line (e. g. normal BMI) by next year, my birthday (which is early next month, so the whole thing would be a little over a year from now).
For anyone who needs to be convinced that they can do this, trust me. You can. You really, really CAN.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This achievement is no mystery.
I ordered some clothes for myself last week. I figured, I need to start thinking about cooler weather, and stuff is fairly cheap right now. Hence I decided to buy what I thought were going to be clothes for a size or so smaller than I am right now.
They arrived yesterday and I tried three on: a cardigan, a moleskin shirt and a Winter jacket. They all fit! All three of them! The cardigan and jacket are size 1x. The shirt is a 20 (I also have a blue shirt that now fits that's a 20). There are pants to try on, too. I'll work through them as the week progresses, just doling out little dollops of trying on every night rather than doing everything in one shot.
When I am down one size more, to 18s and XLs, I will be smaller than I've ever been since we started living here, which was 1995.
I have about 120 lbs. to go and 6 more sizes is very reasonable. That would put me at a size 8 finish line. Every 20 lbs., baby!
Those are a lot of bridges to cross, and I'll enjoy them when I get there. And I will, without a doubt, get there.
Friday, August 08, 2008
My dear friend lost her battle on August 5th.
And while I still feel awful about it, I'm also coming to terms with it. And she's teaching me a few things in death, like to take as good care of myself as I can because I am healthy and (fairly) young and when the end comes that will make a serious difference in when and how it happens.
I was also thinking, y'know, it's funny.
I am an incredibly hard worker. I also do my best to be a smart worker because I really despise getting home late and these days it's pretty much required that I get home in time so that I can work out and we can make and eat a good meal without rushing and doing all of those bad habit things you're not supposed to do while you're trying to lose weight.
But when I'm at the office, even though I'm pleasant to people (ask how they are, etc.), I don't sit and chat or complain. I just get my work done, even if I have to ask a million questions. I still manage to focus and get it done.
So why couldn't I focus like that on myself until now? Am I not worth the same time, attention, thought and passion that I give to my employer?
I never really got that until just now. I am good enough to work on. I am important enough to improve. I am powerful enough to do it. My friend would say, hold your dominion.
I say, increase it.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Today is a good news, bad news day.
The good news, or rather the excellent news is that not only did I make my alli goal (277), not only did I make my unofficial 70 lbs. gone goal (276) but I even made my ticker goal (271, or 75 lbs. off!). Of course there's a lot more to be done but it's an awesome achievement all the same if I do say so myself. I have been actively watching, exercising, etc. since the start of the year but it all came together with starting to take alli, which was January 19th. Hence it's about 6 1/2 months or so and here I am, down 75. I have another 125 to go.
My next alli goal is 258 (alli makes you take off 5% increments at a time) and I've extended the ticker another 10, to 85 off (261). If I make that before the Bar Mitzvah, I'll extend the ticker another 5. Once the Bar Mitzvah's done, I'll probably increment the ticker by 20 or 25 lbs. or so at a time. That's a thought for another day.
The bad news is that a friend of mine, a dear friend who I have known for six years, seems to be coming to the end of her life. She is older than me and has had many health issues and is currently in the hospital. Her son sends me updates, and I share them with my site, and it's all just so overwhelmingly sad. She was very encouraging about my weight loss and even helped me decide on a stability ball. She's a wonderful, warm and funny person, and wicked smart. So today's victory is bittersweet.
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