Sunday, July 22, 2012
These numbers probably don't have much significance to you. They look like ordinary numbers. But let me explain what they mean to me.
18 - That's 18 pounds lost. I have never lost this much weight at one time. But there it is. In just over 12 weeks, I lost 18 pounds. No extenuating circumstances. I didn't have dental surgery or lose my sweet tooth due to pregnancy. Those are the only other times I have lost a large amount of weight, and even then, it was never 18 pounds. I am knocking on the door of 20 pounds. That's the kind of weight loss people talk about. It's a BIG NUMBER. And I'm
24. 5 - This may be my favorite number right now. I have lost 24.5 inches since I started a Big Changes program at a local gym in May. The workouts I do make a difference. I am shrinking. I am gaining muscle. I am stronger. I am getting healthy.
38.5 - That's my BMI now. It was at right about 40 when I started Big Changes. I am no longer morbidly obese. Yes, I'm still obese. Yes, I have a long way to go. And it means I have graduated out of Big Changes into the next section of the program. I still have to figure out what that means. I was so stunned by the news yesterday that I didn't take the time to figure it out. But most importantly, it means a big step in the right direction.
1 - I can walk a mile now. Without a break and without being completely out of breath. That's not much of a distance to many of you. I get that. But a few years back, before my heart meds were regulated, 1 mile was not going to happen. I would have felt like I was going to die. And maybe I was close. The heart is a tricky thing.
45 - That is my average workout session now. When I started out on 4/27, I could only go a couple of minutes at best. I am developing stamina!
22 - Naughty Susan. Last week's reunion, travel food and general lazy attitude meant 22 bad food choices. 22. OMG! That's a lot of grease, sugar, fat and salt. Enough to make the scale reverse directions. Oh yeah, 3 days without exercise didn't help either. It would have been enough in the past to send me back to the couch. But instead I hopped back on that stationary bike. Ok, I gingerly got on. Hopping on a bike is dumb, even for a girl. I kept trying. I am changing.
Most of us tend to watch that number on the scale. It is the beginning and the end. I just want you all to know that while it's important (18 pounds gone still means a lot to me), other things matter too. So what are your numbers? Have you lost a size? Can you lift a larger weight? Give it a try and show the scale that he is not the only number in your life!