Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday is my weigh-in day, and I nearly sprinted up the stairs for my weigh-in yesterday morning (Friday, 03/09)! Why? Because this was the day the scale was going to register 210 pounds (or less), which is my first weight loss goal, and I was going to be finally out of BMI's "obese" category and into "overweight". And I was going to blog about it and tell everyone how happy I was!
Well, someone forgot to tell my body and the scale this game plan!
So, instead of of losing weight this week, I actually gained a pound!! OH NO!! First time in 23 weeks that I have not lost weight! I was devastated!! How could this be??
Well, after I went to the Y and took my anger out on the various exercise equipment, I came home much more calm and saner!
And since I was more calm, I was able to focus on of the positives: I am down 53.6 pounds since I had my lapband surgery in September, 2011, 58.4 since I first say my surgeon in May of last year, and 74.4 pounds since I got stuck in the center seat of a 5 hour flight WAY back in January of 2007! All wonderful statistics! I also noticed that the two days leading up to my weight-in, I had exceeded my target calorie count -- not by a lot, but still it could have swung the scale in the wrong direction! And then there is the possibility that this was one of those weeks where my body just needed to take a break!
But the day ended on a very good note! We went out shopping last night, as I needed some new clothes for an upcoming trip. The shirts I bought -- all size "L"! The shirts I used to wear: size "XXL"! And the shorts I bought: 36 waist!! A year ago I was POURING into 44 waist pants (and probably should have been in 46's!). And the jeans I bought just a few weeks ago, 38 waist, are getting VERY loose, so I'm going to have to do some more shopping when I get back!
Oh, and the best part of it all -- I am already "overweight" on the BMI scale!! I'm now at 29.6, so while I did not yet hit my 210 goal this week, I am finally, for the first time in AGES (probably close to 30 years) "overweight"! That is something to cheer about!!
Next stop: "Normal"!!
Monday, February 27, 2012
My calendar just reminded me that it has been 150 days since my lapband surgery. On average, I have lost approx. 1/3 of a pound each day since then. Pretty amazing. And I am 3.6 pounds away from achieving my first goal weight of 210, which officially (according to BMI) makes me "overweight".
Not much more to say, just that I am happy with my progress, and looking forward to breaking some weight barriers and continuing to improve my overall health!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Up bright and early this morning (6AM) with much to accomplish, but the first was to step on the scale. Normally I do this each Friday, but I had an appointment with my bariatric PA this morning, so I always want to know what my weight is before going in. Plus...I was at the 49 pound lost mark last Friday, so I was hoping that I had gotten to 50 pounds this morning. Hope became reality -- I BLEW past 50! Well, OK, .6 pounds past, but that was a 1.6 pound drop in just 4 days, so I was (and am) VERY proud of my accomplishment! Similar results at my PA's office as well, and she is such a joy to be around - high fives, hugs, etc!
Plenty of more interim goals to reach. Next one is 210 pounds, which moves me out of BMI's "obese" classification and into "overweight". After that is 199 pounds, and I had promised myself several years ago that if I ever got under 200 I'd get a tattoo! Pretty sure it'll be something related to our greyhounds, but that is as far as I've gotten on that. The biggie: 179, which moves me into BMI's "normal" weight range for my height. I remember talking to my PA about that last May, and as I sat there at 271, I thought to myself that will NEVER happen. That line of thinking has changed. I KNOW I can do it now!
A very happy day for me!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
It has been 100 days today since my lapband surgery (lapband.com does a nice job of tracking such things). In that 100 days, 40 pounds have vanished, and a goodly amount of inches in all the right places! But I'm going to focus on the 40 pounds, since it is fun to do the math: that means that each day I averaged 0.4 pounds. That is a COOL feeling!
I am trying to think of some common object that weighs 40 pounds. Nothing came right to mind, so I Googled "things that weigh 40 pounds", and ironically the first link was to a woman who was blogging about her weight loss!
Anyway, here are the 5 things she came up with:
a 15-foot canoe
a 3-year-old child
an average human leg
a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
five gallons of water
Five gallons of water resonated with me! When i used to do home brewing of beer, I always did it in a 5 gallon bucket, and I certainly know what that feels like to haul around!! What a strain that must have been putting on my body!!
My mom was always on me since my early adult years to get my weight down, but I usually just brushed it off. Thankfully the 33+ years of pestering by her finally sank in! And even better that I was able to share my success with her in early December of 2011 prior to her passing away. I know she was (and is) proud of what I have been able to accomplish to this point, and she will continue to be my inspiration going forward.
To all of you who have offered encouragement -- THANK YOU! For those of you looking for encouragement -- I'm here for you, and let me tell you, it is worth the effort!!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
My mom passed away today at the age of 78. This was not totally unexpected. She was likely at stage 3 of COPD, had fought off various skin cancers for sometime, and lately had been having some tummy issues. I talked with her two days ago, and she clearly was in some pain. Last night she went to the hospital and overnight they ran a number of tests and concluded there was nothing they could do for -- I'm guessing maybe some cancer had gotten into her stomach or other parts of her digestive system, and was just too far along. Thankfully the end came relatively quick.
In her spirit and memory, I have decided to keep my NYE plans, which is to spend the evening with our close friends. Mom was never on to sit around and feel sorry for herself, and I won't do it either!
There is so much to be thankful for what she did for me -- I could write for a LONG time and it would still not do her justice. So I will just leave it as a "Thanks Mom" and "I love you". I am so proud to be your son, and now you are free of all your pain!
BTW, Mom, if you see Glitter and Gator (our first two greyhounds), tell them hi for me!!
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