On August 11, 2012, less than a year ago, I posted a blog entry in that year’s weight loss effort. I had hit a new low of 370 pounds and I was sure I had found the method that would support my continuing weight loss.
And then, it didn’t take. My momentum reversed and I made a choice to have weight loss surgery. I changed my mind when I went to a high protein/low carb regimen with a one-day-a-week “cheat day” built in. I have stayed steady on that program for four months. In four months I haven’t even one time felt seriously deprived. Sure, sometimes things sound good on Wednesday that I’m committed to not having until Saturday, but knowing Saturday is out there makes so much of a difference.
At last I can share that I now weigh less than I did when I hit my previous low. This morning I weighed in at 368.6. That’s 1.4 pounds lighter than my lowest point last year.
For stat geeks out there, and assuming my previous effort that started when I weighed 404 pounds never really ended, it means I have lost 8.8 percent of my body weight and 17.3 percent of the weight I planned to lose.
But really, the program I was on before did end, so I started at a new high. This is a number I wasn’t willing to share before until I surpassed the 370 mark. When I got off track before, after the low point, I was hovering in the 380-395 range. Once I decided to have surgery I started eating like I’d never be able to indulge again. I established a new high of 430.8 pounds.
So, let’s compare. Last year, in eight months I lost 34 pounds, 8.4 percent of my body weight and 16.7 percent of my goal.This year, in four months I have lost 62.2 pounds, 14.4 percent of my body weight and 26.9 percent of my goal. After the first month’s 28-pound weight loss I’ve stayed pretty consistent at losing about 10 pounds a month. This week I lost 2 pounds, which capped a four-week 11.4-pound month.
Today’s result was a pretty big milestone for me and that’s when I anticipate continuing updates. It might be good to throw in photos marking the progress, so the one on the left is from the run Apollo and I did this morning. One mile, no walking breaks. Not only am I on the way to a physical shape that is bona fide healthy, I feel a ton better than I did four months ago. And that is the reason to do this in the first place.