As 2014 comes to a close tomorrow, it seems like a good time to reflect on this past year in terms of my health. Over the past few weeks, one phrase keeps ringing in my head… “what a difference a year makes.”
That difference has been evident in so many ways. There are the obvious, and easily measured ways.
- Since this time last year I am down 100 pounds
- My A1C went down nearly 2 full points from 7.1 to 5.3
- My BMI went from nearly 47, to just over 32
Then there are the differences that show up in pictures. Here is a series of pictures of me. They go chronologically from top left to bottom right. The top left was a Christmas party last year, the bottom right was at that same party this year:
Then there are the other things, those things that don’t show up in pictures or in measurements.
- I don’t get winded going up and down one flight of stairs
- My knees don’t constantly hurt
- I look forward to activities, like going for a walk
- It’s easier to hold a child on my lap (because there’s actually a lap there now)
- I don’t fear breaking furniture
- I sleep better at night, and wake up more refreshed
I could go on, but the point is that I feel enormously better today than I did a year ago today. It seems that every day I come across another way in which that is true, and another way to make me say “what a difference a year makes”.
I still have a ways to go to my goal weight, and I want to tone up other muscle groups. Those who follow me know that I always consider myself a work in progress.
Here is an update on my Daytona 500km challenge:
I haven’t been to the gym yet today, but I should get there this afternoon. Through yesterday, even with some days missed while I was out of town, I am still on pace to walk over 500km by February 22.
On Friday I will weigh in again. I have no idea what tale the scale will tell. Whatever it is, I will accept it, and set my sights on the next goal on the road knowing that I am in a far better place than at this time last year, and that I will be in a better place still for many years to come.