“You don’t need me anymore.” – Best words I’ve heard in a long time

Good morning. It is Friday, and that means it is time for my weekly weigh-in. I will be updating my progress on the Daytona 500km walking challenge.  I also had a visit with my doctor today, so I’ll include all the news from that visit including an explanation of my headline.

First the weigh-in. This week I was up .4 pounds.  I am now at 240.6 pounds. I am down 104.4 from the start of my weight loss, or 30.3% of my weight as of March 1 of this year. Iam a little disappointed with being up a bit. I wrote about the struggle earlier this week. It is possible that I might be slowing down on my weight loss, or even that I could be reaching a plateau. Time will tell. I am certainly not in a panic over this number, and I intend to continue with my plan to do Weight Watchers, and work out.

On the challenge front, here is my chart as of yesterday:

daytona

As you can see I have now cracked 100km, and am at 108.7 total. I am on a pace to do 566.4km during the challenge, which would be well above the 500km goal. Yesterday my afternoon meetings ended and I was able to get out on time, so I made two trips to the gym. In between I did 5 laps inside my building for the other 2km. I am feeling very good about this challenge and have high confidence that I will reach and exceed my goal.

This morning I mad a visit to my doctor’s office. I had previously stopped in for a blood draw, so we had all of the numbers there for a good discussion. Here is a chart of my main numbers:

key numbersAs you can see, A1C went down even farther from back in June. It is now at 5.3. Additionally, my cholesterol numbers came down 11 points overall, with a 9 point drop in my LDL. She was quite pleased. I had a few other questions for her, and at the end of the visit I asked when she needed to see me again. Her answer was at least 6 months, and then she added, with a smile “You don’t need me anymore.”

I left the office with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. I am feeling very good indeed. Going forward she’d like to see me lose weight a little slower, which I think will happen naturally. Other than that, she just wants me to stick to the plan.

She asked me the question. You know THE question. “Why this time are you so successful and disciplined.” I told her that I’d been asking myself that question for months now, and that I don’t hae a firm grasp on the answer. I know my initial trigger was that I was inspired by my son. That explains my enthusiastic beginning, but it doesn’t account for how sustained I have been. I know that part of how I have stayed the course has been that I have been so public with my journey. I have told all my friends,  and I have this blog (where I have made many new friends). Over the course of the coming weeks I am going to do some soul searching on why I am successful this time around. Maybe there is something I am doing which could be of benefit to others. Maybe I will need that knowledge should I ever stumble on the road.

For today, I am healthy and happy!

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