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Taking Stock

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

So, I just finished my 9th week of weight loss. So far I've lost 32 pounds, down from 196.5 to 164.5. I'm almost halfway to my goal, which is 126.5. My BMI has dropped from 34.8 to 29.1. My blood pressure has dropped from 138/80 to 106/65. I am getting my lipids screened today, so we'll see how my cholesterol and triglycerides are doing. Updated to add: my cholesterol is now 112 (down from 184) and my triglycerides are 59 (down from 254). My body fat dropped from 51% to 43%.

When I started running, going 90 seconds at a time was hard and made me breathe heavily. I can now run 20 minutes at a time, and can go 2.6 miles interspersing running and walking. I signed up for 3 5ks and 1 10k race this summer, and the first 5k is 6/13.

Overall, I feel great, definitely more energy and feeling more healthy. I've noticed an improvement in my mood, I've started wearing smaller sizes (down from 22 to 16), and I feel better about myself. My weight loss has been averaging about 3 pounds a week lately, which I feel good about.

No one (who doesn't know I'm trying to lose weight) has noticed yet, and even those who do have not said much. I think this is the kind of boring phase of weight loss, where you still look fat but just not quite AS fat.

My challenges right now are I've started to think about food more, and I'm getting more fixated on maintenance and thinking about recipes and what I will and won't be able to eat (good news is that I'm looking forward to going back to fruit rather than Cheetos!). I am also a bit discouraged by the fact that no one has noticed my weight loss, though the good news with that is that it matters much less to me since I'm really doing this for my health this time around, not for external validation.

I feel like I'm in that boring middle part where weight loss is no longer fun and exciting, but I'm also not close to being at the end and so I'm not seeing exciting changes in my body getting slim yet. I know I just have to hang on for another 15 pounds or so, and by then I think I'll start looking appreciably different (and then light at the end of the tunnel will be in sight.)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DESTINED4CHANGE 6/11/2012 7:18PM

    Wow, nine weeks and 32 pounds that is amazing and your health is already improving!! What an inspiration you are to me! I am on day two and today sugar images popped in my head so I am upstairs reading blogs to help me through till dinner! I understand how being in the middle phase is tough but I am looking forward to getting the junk out of my system which is a very hard stage and wish I was in your stage :-)! Celebrate your success you deserve to be good to you!

Thanks for sharing,

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/1/2012 5:29PM

    This is always a hard part of the journey - you are right! Hang in there, you are right around the point where people are going to notice and start to comment and ask how you are doing it. It is almost an addictive phase! One of the hardest things for me the first time I lost weight was not having those comments when I would reach a plateau. Hang in there - the comments are coming, but it is great that you are feeling so much better!

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