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Success in Numbers

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I make it a point to say that I will not be defined by numbers. It's right on the front of my SparkPeople page. But every so often, there are some numbers that define me for a bit. This is one of those moments.

I never want to be defined by my weight . . . you know, the big number that you see on the scale. I don't want it to own my life and "get me feeling down" when it becomes overwhelming.

On a weekly basis, I never want to be defined by the number of pounds I lose at weigh-in. If I don't lose, or if I lose a very small amount, it can really drag me down. So I will not let it define me.

I say all this, and yet there were some numbers given to me today that I'm going to let define me for just a little bit . . . they are 142 . . . 39 . . . 1/4 . . . 131 . . . 123 . . . 74 . . . 5.5 . . . 3.05 . . . 1.2 . . .

Let them define me for a moment! I'm totally stoked, people.

142 is the number of days I have consistently stayed on my eating plan, regardless of how I felt, how little exercise I could do, I could still stay on my eating plan.

39 is the number of pounds I've lost in those 142 days, and 1/4th is the amount on average lost per day. PER DAY! That's one stick of butter on average per day! ONE STICK OF BUTTER!

131 is my total cholesterol . . . 123 is my triglycerides . . . 74 is my LDL . . . (normal, normal, and normal) considering I'm on a lower dose of cholesterol meds than a year ago, I'm stoked.

5.5 is my A1C . . .

These were not the numbers I had 142 days ago. These numbers were much higher 142 days ago. I was plagued with feeling bad about the fact that I couldn't exercise without pain, and everything was dragging me down. And then I woke up one day and said . . . "O.K., so you can't exercise without pain. Skip it . . . watch your food intake."

And that's what I did, and here I am 142 days later.

Success in numbers, indeed.
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