Tuesday, December 08, 2009
While at my first job out of college, I bought four new dress shirts (all neutrals):
* plain white
* dark grey textured pattern
* light grey micro houndstooth
* Black (really cool texture/material. At least a couple female co-workers felt the need to come up and feel it when I first started wearing it).
As all four shirts gradually faded in the elbows, I tried to replace them with exact/almost exact replicas. In late 2007, when I was hovering around 240 pounds, I finally found a light grey hound's tooth shirt just like my old one (except it had a button collar). I was psyched. Yeah, it wore a bit large on me, but hey, it was the shirt I was looking for.
Two years and minus 25 pounds later, it is no longer "a bit large on me". Frankly it looks ridiculous. Big, puffy and awkward (Like when the younger "freshman math club" brother borrows his older "senior captain of the football team" brother's shirt). Too much material, it just doesn't fit. While I have gotten rid of some of my larger clothes, they have all ultimately been thrown/given away because they were wearing out.
This is my first "fat" piece of clothing that I am getting rid of because, well, it's just plain too big. I guess I could get it tailored, but honestly gray is not a friendly neutral in shirt form (It's never gotten much wear). There are a couple more pieces on their way, but this shirt is definitely the first casualty of a SparkPeople success story in the making.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Recently, I hit my 10 pound milestone. I give thanks to my friends who have supported me whenever I've needed it and to SparkPeople itself for doing what it does (and, of course, God for providing!). Much love to all of you.
Below are links to the three blogs I've written that I wish everyone could get a chance to read. All three of them came from realizations that I had about myself, my life and my thought process.
They are the realizations that have brought me success and have changed my life. I hope that they change yours. Please PLEASE allow me to share them with you.
Have a great week,
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Starting Weight: 225.0
Last weeks weight: 215.2 (total loss: 9.8)
This morning's weight 214.4 (total loss 10.6)
Usually I am reluctant to talk about being below a certain milestone weight unless I've been below it for a few weeks. At this point, however, the weight loss has become steady. I know that I will continue to go down each week, maybe with an exception or two.
I have a goal weight of 209.8 by the end of the year. I know my BMR, the calories for almost all foods I eat regularly. Below are my strategies for the next 3-4 weeks:
* Core work: Build muscles in abs/lower back etc. This area is mostly untapped muscle-wise
* Higher calorie-burning cardio workouts (bye exercise bikes, hello eliptical)
* Increased focus on eating less than 2600 calories/day (I've been doing this 3-4 days per week. Going forward, I'm shooting for 5-6)
Bottom Line: 209.8 by 12/31 will be a close shave, but I can definitely do it
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
** Warning: This is not a blog about boy bands. This really is all or nothing **
I Hulu'd the biggest loser tonight. I watched week 10 (last week on the ranch). One of the two challenges had to do with questions regarding obesity and finances. Several of the questions had to with the "cost of obesity" both individually and nationally.
It was weird. I've been obese for most of the 00s. Throughout the decade, I've heard the statistics about obesity and how it costs the individual in opportunities/wages and how it costs the country millions in health care. While for the most part, I've been not too far above the obesity line, there was always that tiny little voice in my head saying/whispering "That's you. You're part of the problem". This of course accompanied by the perfunctory "You're a failure".
For the last 3 week's weigh-ins, I've been below the obesity bmi and moving further from it. My bmr is higher. My eating has been the healthiest since, well, ever.
Tonight hearing the same statistics regarding obesity for the first time as a non-obese person was sobering. It was almost like moving out of a crime ridden area and listening to the local news reports on the car radio on the way to the new house. Same initial shame/frustrated reaction followed by a "wait a minute that's not me anymore. I don't live there. I've moved out!"
I understand that I still have a long long way to go before I reach an actual healthy weight, but each day I realize more the freedom that I'm living. The radio signal is starting to fade. Thank you, SparkPeople!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
It's weird(audience: What's weird?). I'm glad you asked.
A goal that I've had for two years has been to be below 220 for 3 straight weeks. I was stuck at 220/221 for seven weeks straight. Went below for one week, then went back above.
It seems like since I've realized that a bad day can just be one bad day, I've actually stopped obsessing about my weight. I feel so confident that I'm going to meet my year end goal that not only are potential setbacks not scaring me, but I'm not even noticing milestones.
The last two weeks I've been at 216.x. This week was 215.2. I actually made the three week below 220 goal and I just noticed this now. This morning, a day after my weigh-in, I realized that I am .2 pounds from my 10 pound milestone. This totally didn't register yesterday.
Now that I know my activity adjusted BMR, am exercising regularly and eating a relatively healthy amount of calories, I feel free. I'm not worrying about my weight, I'm feeling more free to help others who are having a tough day. Heck, I even feel like of I were to miss my 209.8 end of year goal, it probably wouldn't bother me too much (not that I won't fight for it until the end). I'll get there eventually and figure out what's slowing the weight loss.
Bottom Line: My weight doesn't own me anymore.
- TD out
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