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Two Month Progress (restart edition)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I took the following selfie portrait to commemorate my first two months on Weight Watchers.

I think this photo looks significantly better than the following candid shots that my friends took on a couple of outings right before I restarted my weight loss program. Of course I was wearing winter gear, but I was very unhappy with my appearance. I can’t blame these photos on bulky clothes.

I’ve lost 17 pounds. I’m even more happy with some of the other changes. I feel like my fitness level has improved; I can hike farther and exercise at a higher level. My acid reflux is mostly gone, and I am eating healthier.

I’m calling this a fitness restart, because 13 months ago I was in pretty good shape. Then I had a bad fall skiing, and discovered that my knee problems were serious arthritis. In addition, last year was bad for my asthma due to high pollen count in the spring, and heavy smoke during the summer and fall. I regained quite a bit of weight; apparently I had always relied on high activity level to keep my weight under control. And I slipped into bad habits of eating too much rich food and too many sweets.

Six months ago when I try to ride an exercise cycle, my knees would not bend enough for me to ride at all. Now the gentle exercise of writing the exercycle feels really good, I can’t go at too high pace or for too long but I am up to half an hour (no, losing a few pounds didn’t cure arthritis. But less weight combined with steroid shots have helped a lot to reduce pain and improve flexibility)

I feel better, and I am glad I made the commitment to change. Weight Watchers is working well for me. I am also using what I learned from NoS diet and SparkPeople.

Here are a couple of photos from this week’s hikes

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