Good morning. No..that lacked the excitement I am feeling, let me try that again. GOOD MORNING!!!!!
It is Thursday, which is not my regular weigh-in day, but my wife and I are planning a long weekend trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this weekend, so I weighed-in one day early. And to say I am excited would be to understate how I feel.
Today I tipped the scale at 220.8 pounds. That represents a 1.0 pound loss from last week. My new total weight loss is 124.2 pounds or 36.0% of my original weight. And, most importantly….
I AM NOT OBESE ANYMORE!!!
As of this morning my BMI is 29.95.
When I started all this, back on March 1, 2014, my BMI was 46.79. I considered myself morbidly obese (BMI over 40), and later found out I actually nearing the point of being considered super morbidly obese (BMI over 50). But today, 446 days later, I am no longer obese.
Let’s be clear, I am actually about 1/2 pound under the mark, and certainly not anywhere near my goal of being not over weight, but I am taking a moment for a personal celebration here!
If you are reading this blog for the first time, or the 100th time, and you think you can’t do it, let me tell you that you can! I was where you are once. I lost weight in 2000-2001, and then put it all back on, plus 55 pounds. In 2009 through 2014, I knew that I needed to lose weight, but never really believed that I could. I saw it as too hard, and that I wouldn’t have the resolve. I promise to write more about that struggle, and how I had to get my head right before I could get my waistline right. For today I want to just offer this. You CAN do it. You might have challenges along the way, you will have to be patient, you’ll need to change how you eat, and maybe even WHAT you eat. You’ll have to dedicate yourself to moving more and getting more exercise. But you CAN DO all those things.
When I was a couch potato lamenting the fact that I had food stains on all my shirts, and too many chip crumbs around me to count, I didn’t believe. It took one day, then another, then another, until finally I had a pattern going.
100 Mile May Movement Update
Above is my chart, including this morning’s trip to the gym. I had a hard time getting up for the gym today because I was a bit tired from taking my first Zumba class last night. I haven’t decided how sore I am from that workout yet, time will tell. I will say I had a great time, and I will be there again in the future. I lurked in the back and had no idea what I was doing much of the time. I told my wife this morning that someone should have recorded it. They could have sped it up and put it to the music from the old Benny Hill show, and it would have looked hilarious.
For the week ahead, more tracking, more walking, and maybe a Zumba class.
This is the Memorial Day weekend in the US. Many people kick off their summer with yummy barbecues. What is your strategy to stay on track with all that great food in front of you? Plan now for a great weekend, and get your summer of to a great start.