Saturday, November 16, 2019
I've been trying to reduce my weight; but lately I've been waiting for my weight to cooperate with me. For the last two weeks or more, my weight has not changed much at all. In fact, it has stayed at 150.something. Yes, 150.0, 150.6, 150.4, 150.0, 150.2, 150.2, 150.6, 150.2. Thankfully, it didn't go above 150.6. But it refused to drop under 150.0. Finally, yesterday it was 149.8. Then today 149.6.
Some of y'all might be thinking, "It's not good to weigh everyday." or "Weighing everyday, is a good way to make yourself frustrated." Or something similar, and I agree that daily weigh-ins can be quite frustrating. However, because I have heart failure, I really should weigh daily, to insure that I'm not retaining a lot of fluid from one day to the next.
I do not want to retain fluids because it puts strain on my heart. While I was in Zambia, I was retaining fluid and it put a lot of strain on my heart. I'm thankful for the doctor who was able to diagnose and treat me properly prior to my leaving Zambia and was able to give me medication to reduce the swelling in my body and help me eliminate the excess fluid I was carrying around every day.
I was 169 pounds in September and I'm 62 inches tall. Which means I was in the obese range according to my BMI. Being obese, or even overweight, puts strain on a person's heart. Since I already have heart issues, I really need to get my weight down to within the normal range. I'm looking at nothing over 136.7 pounds. I still have some extra pounds to lose.
Weight loss is usually comes with much effort on the part of the person trying to reduce. The fact that I plateaued for a couple weeks is probably related to being back in the USA where restaurants are readily available and where most social events revolve around food. Now I must learn to adjust my thinking to accommodate my surrounding. I also must learn to make suggestions to my friends and family members on how we can socialize without it always involving food.