"My reasons are to be fit enough to do things without being tired and because i want to look good. "
Hey, these are pretty much my reasons! These are good enough reasons!
I know it seems overwhelming (my starting weight, 245, is 91# above a "normal" BMI - yeah, that's hard to look at when you look at it from the starting line!). But what I can tell you about my progress so far (about 35# down), is this:
- I can walk, even rush, up a flight of stairs, without embarassingly being red-faced, sweaty and barely able to catch my breath. 35 pounds ago, I almost caused myself to pass out once, when i got to the top of a stairwell, ran into a co-worker who stopped to chat, and I was so embarassed by my huffing and puffing that I tried not to take the deep gasping breaths my body needed, and i ended up dizzy, lightheaded, and ended up getting an "are you alright?" from the co-worker. Gah. Yeah. THAT doesn't happen anymore.
- I went shoe-shopping last weekend, normally there are very few shoes for me to choose from because I need a wide width.... or, I USED to need a wide-width, 35 pounds ago. Suddenly, a whole array of options have opened up, because my FEET have slimmed down. Oh, and I can walk in heels comfortably, without so much weight bearing down on my toes.
- My blood pressure is way down! Last time I got it checked (at around 30# down), it was "desirable" - instead floating around that borderline of "maybe you need meds to bring that down."
- I feel like walking! I actually FEEL like walking around. At 245, I was a) embarassed to be seen lumbering around and b) uncomfortable and easily tired. Now, I go outside on my lunch break and wander around. Instead of driving to the fast-food place. And I feel GOOD.
Now - all these good feelings and health improvements, and I'm not even halfway to goal. I'm not even under 200# yet! But I feel like a whole new person. I know I will keep going now, because even though I feel GREAT, I keep wondering, will i feel like a whole new person over again, once I've dropped 35 more? I don't know if I will ever get all the way to "goal" but the huge benefits brought about just by getting PARTWAY there, have been so immense! No regrets, glad I did this... and you will be, too. No change too small, you know!
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
| current weight: 172.5