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I knew this day would come, but....

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"!!

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TOASTIE 3/18/2012 6:08PM

    Congrats on the great progress, and having a BMI less than 30! I haven't lost weight, but my waist and thighs are smaller - proof that this exercising is doing some good!

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SOXYINMO 3/11/2012 9:26AM

    Oh Congratulations!!!!!! That is SUCH a milestone, and it seems to take forever, doesn't it, to cross that line.

Good for you on focusing on the positives, that's a tricky one when the hurdles seem to loom so large! You are well on your way!

Best of luck on your continuing journey!



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CLAIRESML 3/10/2012 6:32PM

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CHUBRUB3 3/10/2012 1:55PM

    You have done amazing Mitch! You are an inspiration and motivation to me and others too. You will have this pound and more gone in no time.
Sometimes our bodies need to rest in a sense, but you will kick it back in shape.
Hugs,
Angela

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SOFT_VAL67 3/10/2012 12:48PM

    keep on rockin!!! you are such an inspiration to the rest of us, i will update you soon, i have an appt on the 21st.....

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PLMITCH 3/10/2012 12:25PM

    HEALTHIERKEN, I laughed at your slight-of-hand comments, mostly because a lot of them were true! Thank you for the kind words!

BOSS61, my last "L" would have been shortly after my son was born, and he turns 30 this year!! So that puts me in the middle of President Regan's first term!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/10/2012 10:42AM

    Patrick, what an amazing line-up of non-scale success indicators! You truly are an inspiration. HATE those let-down days, though. I'll bet you did all the tricks and slights-of-hand I resort to when that stinking scale won't corroborate my non-scale indicators: lean a little this way and that on the scale, change the position of the feet, change the sight-angle between eyes and scale display (if not on a digital scale), try an additional few minutes on the toilet, and then when all else fails, attribute the scale's failure to corroborate on some momentary flaw in its inner works. Whether we have a little to lose or a lot, we have our ways of fighting back against a disappointing weigh-in.

But, you, my friend, you have a stunning array of truly meaningful success indicators. Keep up the good work, and keep in mind, that delicious moment of dipping into your longterm goal range *will* come.
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BOSS61 3/10/2012 10:35AM

    Great news indeed Mitch - kudos! I remember being in "L" clothing - the last time was when I worked on the Dukakis campaign against King Bush I!

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150 days

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!

  
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TOASTIE 2/29/2012 2:10PM

    And, I wanted to add..... it isn't just the surgery that has made the difference. You have changed your eating habits. You are exercising and using that new-found energy. You are making this work!

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TOASTIE 2/29/2012 2:08PM

    Go Patrick! So good to hear the progress is great!

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SOFT_VAL67 2/29/2012 9:17AM

    such great news to hear...will message u with some news.... emoticon

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BOSS61 2/27/2012 7:28PM

    Hey Mitch that is great news indeed. Good for you!

Did not realize you were from so nearby (see the Flyers logo everywhere). Sort of neighbors!

Came to Philly once. Came home with a baseball World Championship trophy. Black and orange confetti (not for the Flyers - sorry) on I-95, raining down from every overpass in Maryland. Much fun!

Seriously, we all really do like your fine city. And wow, what a baseball team these days!

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The Big "5-0" (pounds, that is!)

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!
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LOVEROFANIMALS 2/27/2012 7:47AM

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BBAMMOM 2/23/2012 12:33AM

    Wonderful news!! I'm sure you'll make that next goal in no time!!

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CHUBRUB3 2/21/2012 5:49PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss Mitch!
Awesome!


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BOSS61 2/21/2012 4:37PM

    Hey that is really great - heartiest congratulations to you!

As for that tatoo - no way would I. No way, no how. That having been said, a Greyhound? Can we get some words beneath it? I was thinking of this: "Eave the Driving to Us!"

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SOFT_VAL67 2/21/2012 1:39PM

    i am so happy for you, getting things back on track for me and will send u an update later...keep up the great work emoticon

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CHACKER2 2/21/2012 11:28AM

    Just keep working at it. I started at 280 and went down to 195 in about 1 year. Then I quit counting and got off the program for a year and even though I was trying to watch it I gained 20 pounds back again. So here I am again back on the program. It really has to be a life change. emoticon

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100 days

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!

http://thosefinalten.blogspot.com/2010/0
7/things-that-weigh-40-pounds.html

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!!

  
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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/11/2012 2:55PM

    Congrats on your hundred days and lost 5 gallons of water!

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BOSS61 1/11/2012 10:34AM

    Great blog, and very happy for you that Mom lived to see and know it.

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TOASTIE 1/11/2012 9:54AM

    I like how you found things that weigh 40 pounds, and are giving yourself positive reinforcement for your weight loss!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 1/10/2012 11:54AM

    You are doing so great. Keep up the good work!!

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BOOK0WL 1/9/2012 9:02AM

    Patrick, you are ROCKING your band - congratulations on losing a 'leg'!!

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IUHRYTR 1/8/2012 10:40AM

    emoticon on kicking those pounds goodbye!

Putting our loss or desired loss in terms of everyday items helps us better visualize those unwanted pounds.

Two things I relate to with a 40 pound loss are 2.5 16-pound bowling balls and two 20-pound boxes of kitty litter, since these are things I use regularly. Wishing you continued success! emoticon -- Lou

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/7/2012 8:10PM

    Great blog, Patrick, and congratulations on losing your 5 gallons : )


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SOFT_VAL67 1/7/2012 4:58PM

    i have often wondered why it is, that we cant carry some heavy objects, say something that weighs 40 or 50 lbs, and yet, we carry that on our bodies daily and plus many many more lbs
im happy for your success
i cant wait to get back on the road myself, i have a new doctor and cant wait to get this going

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Thanks Mom!

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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GOLFCHICK2-0 1/10/2012 11:58AM

    May you find peace in your Mom's passing. She must have been a special lady. emoticon emoticon

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CLCCOOL 1/8/2012 10:38PM

    Throw an extra "thanks Mom" to your Mom, I'm sure that she was talking to God today about giving you a Bronco's win, to help you smile! I KNOW that my step-dad was up there talkin' to God!

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TOASTIE 1/3/2012 3:30PM

    Patrick, I'm so sorry. My dad died this fall, and I envision that I have one more angel watching over me. I love the vision of your mom talking with your dogs.

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GETTO140 1/2/2012 10:35AM

    Oh no! I'm so sorry about you mom!

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/1/2012 6:28PM

    Mitch, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I pray that she is being smothered in kisses and licks from Glitter and Gator emoticon emoticon

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CLCCOOL 1/1/2012 12:26PM

    I'm sorry for your loss & my prayers & thoughts are with you! thank you for reminding me, again, to always tell the people I love how much they mean to me! As a mother & daughter, your post means a lot to me! I'm sure your mother is happy & out of pain, now!

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SOFT_VAL67 1/1/2012 8:50AM

    I am really sorry for your loss, I am sure your mom was proud of the positive changes you have made. And, I like your attitude about carrying on with life.
We never forget those we lose, but seems we sometimes forget THEM....the person they were and the things they loved. We set those aside and mourn, but I feel we are mourning more for ourselves.
I wish you the best of everything in the New Year.

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BYFTHALONE1 1/1/2012 7:48AM

    Patrick...I don't believe you could have articulated it any better than with those five words..."Thanks Mom" and "I love you". More often than not the message is lost in lots of words...not her. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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BELSNICKEL 1/1/2012 7:29AM

    Sorry for your loss. i lost my Mom two years ago this week. I know she is enjoying herself in the the next world. by now she has renewed many old friendships, You did good keeping yours going last night.

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DRB13_1 12/31/2011 6:50PM

    Condolences for your loss. Thank you for all you do on SP.
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PJC19671 12/31/2011 6:00PM

    So sorry for your loss.

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CHUBRUB3 12/31/2011 1:45PM

    Hugs Mitch.
So sorry for your loss. Please accept my prayers, condolences and hugs.
If you are like her, she is very proud of you and who you are.
Hugs,
Angela
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