2 Pictures Worth (with Annotations) 20,000 Words & 126.5 lbs
2013-06-27 (Last updated 2013-06-27, v6)
Here's an annotated graph showing my weight loss since quitting Weight Watchers Online and joining Spark People.
Note: while I have recorded my weight for program every Sunday since starting, I also weigh myself every morning, and record it in a spreadsheet. I have only missed a few mornings (because of surgeries) in over 106 weeks.
Within the last week, I have started recording my weight at SP, every day, because of the VERY recent dramatic changes.
What do I attribute this new surge in weight loss to?
* Being able to walk longer distances at a faster pace, and having the time to do this.
* I attribute the new found relief from back pain and leg weakness (that allows the walking and the faster pace) to:
. - 2 weeks of almost complete inactivity
. - not sleeping in a bed, and being forced to sleep in a recliner
. - abandoning riding the recumbent
. - curtailment of all weights and isotonic abdominal exercises
. - time available to walk due to inability to work effectively
(All of this was necessitated by the shoulder and arm surgery.)
Note: time is really important, here, because even at my new faster pace, I'm still walking at about half of what was my normal speed before my back became such an issue.
* Cutting my intake of carbs by eating much less oatmeal every day (which has been my staple since starting my program).
The following shows the surge in walking that was recorded by my Fitbit:
Let's review the history of my weight goals, here. My original weight goal was 186 lbs, and at a starting weight of 306! In assessing my back pain and leg weakness (both due to spinal stenosis and scoliosis), I lowered that to 180. Note that, I have surpassed or reached (just barely) both goals. I lowered my goal to 175, recently, in acknowledgement of:
* recommended BMI figures for me
* loss of 2.5 inches in height in 2.5 years!
* loss of considerable muscle mass in my legs due to neuropathy
* hopes of improving my back situation with further weight loss
I would not be surprised to see some "rebound" in weight in the coming week, since (a) I've stopped walking as much, and (b) I started eating some oatmeal, again.
If I am able to sustain my walking regimen, and improve my leg musculature I may revise my goal upwards.
Right now, I'm "working out" how to maintain my weight and fitness, once I achieve goal.
BTW, my new back pain issue remains, and I'm not sure whether it relates to my other back issues.
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