Friday, July 24, 2009

Today's Weigh In


This is the third time I weighed myself while following my Lifestyle Modification Plan which I've been on for over 100 days. For the first couple of months I never went near the scale, then I did weigh myself, and I decided at that point to do it every two weeks. I used a computerized station at work which is accurate to a 10th of a pound and I do the test twice just to make sure the readings agree. The same station also does blood pressure and some other tests. Soon I hope to be able to use the people-sized scale and free up the livestock one for the cows.....

So, I lost 8 pounds these past two weeks for a total of 77 pounds lost. For the first time I can remember, while on less than half the does of medication I was taking 4 months ago, my blood pressure came in on the green zone of the computerized station we have at work. The reading was 109/74, I've finally hit a new low!

So, the Lifestyle Modification Plan continues, and I am past the halfway point on what I plan on losing. As much as I hate exercise, particularly because I do it every day right after work and I'm up to 80-90 minutes a day, it has become habitual. I feel guilty if I even think of skipping it. It will be interesting to see how many days in a row I can make! I've exercised with a fever, backache, and other ailments that in the past would have sent me cowering to the couch.

My long range plan is to exercise four times a week once I have achieved the desired weight loss. So, for now, until unforeseen circumstances prevent me from my daily toil, I will continue. The biggest problem I see is running out of Food Network shows which I watch while riding my exercise bike! The purpose of this is twofold; penance for being the slovenly bulk I was, and still to a lessor extend, and as a reminder that down the road, once in awhile, I'll be able to indulge in such guilty pleasures.

I am feeling much better than I had been. While my energy levels are still not fantastically high, I am sleeping up to 6 hours straight at a stretch at night where before I was up every 2 or 3 hours. My blood sugar is also markedly improved.

I'm planning, depending on my weight at the time, to perhaps go out to dinner on my birthday in September. Nothing extravagant, just a couple of side-of-beef sandwiches and a quarter keg or two.....

4 comments:

David Louis Harter said...

Chris,

Congratulations, my friend. You are truly inspiring!

- David

Chris said...

David my friend, thanks, but, after allowing myself to bloom up to the size of the Hindenburg I don't inspiring or very proud of myself at all. I will admit losing 77 pounds is an accomplishment though.

I do appreciate your support and friendship through the grand adventure!

Suresh said...

Chris, congrats on moving your way downward on the scales.. I know how hard it is and I'm on my way down as well! 24 pounds in the past 8 weeks and I intend to make it to goal way, come H or high water!

Talk to you soon, 'Resh

Chris said...

Suresh - It is a challenge that's for sure! Yesterday was 16 weeks, with today making it 112 days, with exercising every day. 80 pounds thus far. 60 to go......

It was great to hear from you!