I have been sick literally ALL YEAR! I just had to say that, sorry. When I am ill my sense of humor gets a bit twisted. In this case it is true. I have had this ear infection for the entire calendar year of 2016. I am on antibiotics since Tuesday, so I should start to feel significantly better soon. But, I decided to pack it in today and take a day of rest.
After I made the decision to have a sick day today, I got up and weighed in. As of this morning I weigh 218.8 pounds. That represents a 6.2 pound loss since one week ago. You read that right, 6.2 pounds lost. One week of diligent tracking on the new Weight Watchers program, and being more mindful of my water consumption has me back on track. I am certainly not declaring victory here, I am still not back to my lowest weight of 2015, and that weight was still above my goal weight. What I am saying is that I am back on track. I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders. After 97 weeks, I am now down a total of 126.2 pounds or 36.6% of my original body weight.
When I told my wife what my weight was she said I could “go tell my fans” that I had lost weight, and that I no longer have to “start the new year being so morose”. My answer was “I have fans?” I told her there are followers of my weight loss story, and family and friends who offer plenty of encouragement, accountability and support, but I wouldn’t call them fans. She offered that I, at least, have cheerleaders. To that I agreed. I do have cheerleaders, and they matter to me a great deal.
One of the things I have tried to do on this journey is to not only hold myself publicly accountable for my decisions, but also to give back to the community. I know that I am supported and without that support I wouldn’t be as successful in this as I have been. And, I offer my support to those who are trying to make a difference in their lives.
When I get healthy, and my mind isn’t in a drug induced blur, I will write about the community aspect of weight loss and health management. I have come to understand that it is one of the pillars of success.
That is it for today. I am going back to bed.