It's A Numbers Game

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
almost there!

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!
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    You are doing FANTASTIC! I am so proud of you I am beaming for you! I love that you rode right over that pothole in the road.

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    2063 days ago
    Those are some fantastic numbers, even the 22. I say that the 22 is fantastic because like you said, in the past you would have thrown in the towel after a few days like that, but you didn't do that this time. That's what makes it fantastic :) Keep on with those workouts, they are obviously working. Excellent job!!
    2064 days ago
    Those are lovely numbers!!!

    Awesome progress, and way to go tracking more then just your weight!! emoticon
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    WAY TO GO!! your doing awesome! 45 minutes? thats great!!!

    and way to GINGERLY get on that bike again! each day and each choice is a new chance to go in the right direction. and sometimes a sugary or greasy treat is ok. but glad after 22 you got back on track! :)

    great blog! good job on all those numbers!!! you got me thinking.. so i figured out my new bmi too. think i'll blog about it! emoticon thanks for the inspiration. :)


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  • TANYA602
    I like what you've done here to break this all down! Your inches lost are FABULOUS! Well, so is the 18 lbs, but by toning so much, you must be ecstatic with how your clothes are getting loser, and you are breathing and moving easier! Way to go!! I haven't looked at my numbers recently, but you've inspired me to that after my weigh and measure this weekend!
    2066 days ago
    Excellent!! Congratulations! Awesome success! Wish I had a better program for exercise and weight loss in my area. Decreased weight, decreased BMI, increased stamina and walking a mile!! Awesome! A mile might not seem like much to some, but I know it is quite a distance when you once couldn't do it! Hold your head up and strut your stuff! Way to go!!
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    Very Inspiring! Keep up all the great work!!
    2067 days ago
    So what that means is your are in the "Step Up" program which is still free! You will stay there until you hit a BMI of 34.

    You are doing awesome! You are proof that it can and will be done!! emoticon That is what Big Changes is all about. This is a great blog.


    2067 days ago
    Wow! You're really doing well. Keep it up. emoticon emoticon
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  • DEBBY4576
    That was interesting. A great way to think of all that goes into our "numbers" besides the dang scale. I liked this alot. I think Sparks should post this on one of their blogs for all to be sure to read. I'm just saying....
    2067 days ago
    Fresh insights into the numbers game. Congrats. I am so glad with you with all your achievements. NEVER give up .... emoticon
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