Back in October I was out on a walk. I was thinking about my weight loss goals, and looking to put some timing on things. As I was considering it, I thought “wouldn’t it be cool to weigh 228 on 2/28?” At the time I was about 255, and my running average for weight loss was almost 3 pounds a week, so I didn’t think much more about it. Of course, I did know that weight would start coming off much more slowly, and I was right. But, I put that goal in my mind.
December came along, and I actually gained weight for the month. When I started the year, it didn’t look like I would make it to 228 by 2/28. Then last week, with just one week to go, I gained weight again and it wasn’t looking so hopeful, considering I had 3.6 pounds to go to make it.
This past week I was very diligent. I missed a couple of workouts due to my cold, but I stayed on points all week. I tracked honestly and accurately. This morning I worked out, came home, stood on the scale, and it said 227.8 pounds! I made it. Tomorrow is actually 2/28, but my weigh-in is today, and today I came in under 228. I was stunned. I stepped on and off the scale 3 times to make sure I was reading it right, and it didn’t change. I showered, dried off, and stepped on and off two more times. The final answer… 227.8!
My total weight loss is now 117.2 pounds, and I am at 34% lost of my original weight. I officially weigh 1/3 less than I did one year ago. My BMI is down to 30.89 (from a starting point of 46.79). I did some quick checking, and I am only 6.8 pounds away from no longer being obese! Now THAT will be a milestone!
For the week ahead there are no particular challenges from an eating perspective. We are going to a party on Saturday, but I have become good at managing my way through those, so nothing to worry about.
The keen observer will note that this is week 52, or 1 year since I started. I actually started on March 1, and I plan to write more extensively about the fact that it has been a year, on Sunday. Stay tuned for that post.
My next two milestones are to be below 221.2, so I am no longer obese; and then to get to 218. When I lost weight in 2000-2001, the lowest I reached was 218. Those two goals are close to each other, and not that far off. I might set my sites on being at both by the end of March.
How are you doing with your goals? What is driving you?