Sunday, June 09, 2013
Yesterday we hosted a graduation party for our older son. It was an intimate family and friends affair held outside on a beautiful afternoon.
A question drifted my way. "Have you gained any weight back yet?" The question was posed by my mother, rather loudly and from a distance. Silence ensued. I might have taken offense, but my mother was privy to some information that our other guests were not. I responded, "No, and I don't plan to."
Two months ago, my weight loss began with a medical crisis: I was diagnosed with an ovarian mass. It was removed a week later, and fortunately, it was benign. Between receiving the initial diagnosis and the final pathology, my body went into panic mode, and I lost 10 pounds in 10 days. After learning the good news, I decided to take advantage of the jump start in weight loss. It would only take another few pounds to get back to a "normal", healthy BMI.
I am not new to weight loss. I've had 30 years of practice, and I know what works for me. Unfortunately, I sometimes lose focus and the pounds creep back on with stealth. A year ago, I started running intervals on my treadmill with a goal of running 4 miles in 40 minutes. I hadn't yet attained that goal...and still haven't. Currently, I'm at 3.8+ miles in 45 minutes. (I was able to get back on the treadmill five days after surgery with my doctor's approval.)
I had also already been eating mini-meals every three hours, five or six times a day. To lose the extra few pounds, I just made a few minor adjustments. First, I made the exercise a bit more consistent, throwing in some walks and some outdoor running now that the weather is more cooperative. Second, I cleaned up my meals a bit. I eat only five times a day, and the food is healthier.
These changes resulted in a total weight loss of 19 pounds in less than eight weeks (from 151 pounds in the emergency room to 132 pounds today). My mom's question was innocent concern that there really is something wrong with me that I'm not sharing with her. My weight loss was quick, and in some ways, less than healthy, but in the end, it was intended.
The silence that followed my mom's question, however, gave me pause. I think people may have been surprised that someone would dare to even voice that question. Yet, everyone thinks it when someone loses a noticeable amount of weight...and everyone wants to know the answer. The odds and statistics go against successful weight loss maintenance. My own experience has taught me how difficult it is to maintain a weight loss.
Have I gained any weight back yet? No, and I don't intend to. I'm buying new clothes, one to two sizes smaller than my previous wardrobe...and I don't even know if I'm done losing weight yet. I'm going to continue with what seems to be working for me and see what happens.