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Yesterday morning (well, as I write this, this morning), at 9:45 a.m., I stepped on the scale at my weekly Weight Watchers meeting.

For the last 6 weeks, I’ve been trying to maintain my current weight, which has been a real trick since I’ve vacationed in Washington, D.C., served as best man at a friend’s wedding, and spent a couple of days (and evenings) at my brother’s house on the West side, where (and they belong to Weight Watchers, too) the food is abundant — and delicious.

Last weekend was the toughest: I gained 3.8 pounds, right after the wedding and two days of painting a house for my brother. I was .8 pounds over goal, which is not too bad when you consider that I have a 2 pound leeway (which means I can weigh as much as 176 pounds).

This week… well… I weighed in at: 169 pounds. Huzzah!

I no longer have to pay for Weight Watchers meetings. Since January 7th of this year, I’ve lost a total of 76.8 pounds (41 weeks, for an average weekly weight loss of 1.87 pounds), lost 8 inches from my waistline, dropped one or two sizes in shirts (depending on manufacturer), and more. My sleep apnea is gone; I now sleep through the night peacefully. In fact, I now have a hard time waking in the morning, since I get into such a deep sleep. And my blood chemistry is now well within normal, healty guidelines. Glorious.

Further, I can now walk vast distances again, just like I used to do in high school. (My father, may he not be spinning in his grave — like a lathe) used to call this mode of transportation “shank’s mare,” translated as the “leg’s horse.”

What a kidder, he.

More importantly here is that I have learned a lot of new behaviors and habits, a ton about grocery shopping, and even more about what why processed food frequently is unhealthy, and what to watch for when shopping.

Let me tell you, it’s been an eye-opener; I won’t go into it here.

Now, I don’t write this to boast or brag; far from it: I write this because I want to bring hope to those who feel that they’re hopelessly overweight and could never get to a healthy place and weight in their lives. Hey: if *I* could do it, so can you. I was the worst of the bunch. Well, close to it, OK? You get the picture. I had some pretty severe habits — that I’m glad are gone — and I’m on a much healthier path now than I was just a few short years ago.

And it was all a matter of choice — and truly wanting to make a change in my life. That’s all it took. Honestly.

OK, all of that in the last paragraph and a little fear, OK? I was getting scared of my family history with heart disease and diabetes, me being an old fart and all. I didn’t want to end up on a slab a few years too early, ya know?

Now, if I don’t want to pay for a Weight Watchers meeting, all I have to do is weigh in once a month at 176 pounds or less. I’ll post that monthly weigh-in here, too; it’ll help keep me honest. It’ll look like this, for now: my weight, followed by the difference between my weight and my Weight Watchers goal weight.

Today, it would look like this:

[169 / -5.0] That means that my weight is 169 pounds, and I’m 5 pounds under my Weight Watchers goal weight. (Note: my personal target weight was 172 pounds, which is what I weighed the day I graduated from Rocky River High School way back in… well, you get the picture; then I decided that my personal target should be a total loss of 75 pounds instead, so the target became 170.8 pounds… then…)

So I like 170 pounds; it’s a nice, round number. I feel good, I’m looking OK, and my blood work is where it should be.

Now, I need to learn how to eat more in a day so that I can break the current habit of weight loss and maintain my weight instead of losing it. In a way, that can be scarier than looking at 75 pounds to lose…

[169 / -5.0]

2 Comments

  • by kenken 29 Jun 2008 at 5:09 am

    Although the details of weight loss were not in this post, I found it a little motivating given that I am now also going through some attempt to lose weight which I had put on unknowingly (or rather, subconsciously) over the past year. I did not realize it until family told me I was looking more like a hippo than the incredible (muscular) hulk I used to be. I hope to be at the same point as you in terms of achieving weight loss in time to come, especially since I am still young of age. Good job!

  • by Will 29 Jun 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Well, the weight loss is there, but it’s kind of cryptic. The numbers at the bottom of the post signified the current weight/range to target. In this post, the weight was 169 pounds, 5 pounds under WeightWatchers goal.

    I started at 248.6 pounds on January 7th, 2007, making my total weight loss 78.6 pounds.

    I have since had gall bladder surgery, and have (as a result) gained some of it back (about 34 lbs., trught be told), so I now have to pay for my WeightWatchers meetings, although only once a month.

    I am now working on losing the weight I gained since the surgery — and I’m finding it harder to do, ironically: the gall bladder, while all it does is store excess bile for the digestive process, plays a part in that process, and it affects weight loss efforts. My hunger is harder to judge today; my fullness is harder as well (although it’s not supposed to do that). Go figure.

    The other thing I have noticed since the surgery: I can tell when I eat fatty food: I get a sharper pain where my gall bladder used to be! This should go away in a while, but I’m not sure how long it will take. Only time will tell.

    As far as your efforts are concerned: you can do it. If I can do it, anybody can. Just remember: it’s not about dieting — it’s about changing your lifestyle, which can be both harder and easier at the same time. We all change as we go through life, and these are some of the adjustments we need to make as we go along. Just keep your head in the game, stay focused, and don’t get down on yourself if you have a setback.

    Think about this: you are running back a kickoff from the 1 yard line. At the 40 yard line, you fumble the ball. You go back to pick it up at the 38, and continue running. Do you start running from the 1 yard line again? No! You start from the 38! The ground you’ve already covered still counts!

    Just pick up the ball and start up again. That’s all it takes.

    Best wishes to you, and thanks for your comment!

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