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YES!!!!

I just had the first person notice my weight loss! One of my co-workers just came up to me and said “Wow, you can really tell you’ve been losing weight.”

It took about 10 weeks, but people are finally noticing.

All smiles! 🙂

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A little perspective on weight loss

So far in 2013, I have lost nearly 40 pounds. I’m proud of what I have done so far, but I have such a long way to go it is hard to really appreciate how far I have come in a relatively short period of time.

I am slowly noticing small changes in my body, but I am not to the point yet where people are noticing (or saying anything) about my weight loss.

Honestly, that’s OK with me. I would MUCH rather someone ask me if I have lost weight because they genuinely can see a difference, than just ask me because they know I have been trying.

As of March 20, 2013, I have lost 37 pounds. This bag of dog food weighs 31.1 pounds. That helps put how much I have lost in perspective.
As of March 20, 2013, I have lost 37 pounds. This bag of dog food weighs 31.1 pounds. That helps put how much I have lost in perspective.

To keep myself going, I just keep asking myself these questions:

Do I feel Better?Yes.

Do my clothes fit better?
Yes.

Am I more fit?
Yes.

Do I look better? A little bit.

Right now, those “yeses” are enough to keep me going.

I got a new perspective on how much weight I have lost today during a trip to Walmart.

My dog was out of food, so off to the pet foot aisle I went.

I awkwardly picked up a big bag of food and put it in the cart. Man it was heavy — 31.1 pounds to be exact.

I’ve lost more than that so far this year!

It helped put things into perspective for me. Yes, I have a long way to go, but I have come pretty far.

Next time I start feeling down on myself, I am going to Walmart and move some dog food around.

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Post St. Pat’s update

There was a huge crowd at this year's parade.
There was a huge crowd at this year’s parade.

After meeting my weight loss goals last week, Saturday I went out and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a few friends. I was good on my diet as far as food was concerned (frankly, I ate a lot less than I should have) but I made up for it by having a few more beers than I should have.

We decided skipping burned more calories than just plain old walking, so we skipped from bar to bar all day.

These coins are now all over my house. Hopefully that's not bad luck!
These coins are now all over my house. Hopefully that’s not bad luck!

Sunday was spent recovering from Saturday.

I stepped on the scale this morning expecting to have gained a little weight back, I was just hoping it wasn’t too much. Apparently all the skipping helped because I was down another 1.4 pounds for a grand total of 37.3 pounds on the year. I was super pumped. It was another one of those occasions where I didn’t deserve to lose the weight, but I wasn’t going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

At some point during all that skipping around town I tweaked my knee a bit. Nothing major, but I didn’t want to aggravate it by running on the treadmill, so instead I did 35 minutes on the bike (8.18 miles).

I set the first of my major weight loss goals at 40 pounds. It is so close I can taste it. I’m going to work extra hard and be extra good on my diet. Hopefully this is the week I reach that goal!

I love that I am not doing this journey alone. A friend of mine from college is also losing weight right long with me. We keep each other motivated, tell each other when we cheat, and help get one another back on track.

I talked to her today and she said she got both of us heart rate monitors. I get mine at the 40 pound mark, so that’s another reason to work harder this week. I am excited to see just how hard I am working at the gym.

Thanks buddy, this next picture is for you!

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Happiness is an eternity away

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Monday, my doctor and I set a realistic goal weight for me.

Apparently I have a medium frame, so we looked up what my ideal weight should be on the BMI chart and came up with 175-185 ish (I’m 5’11).

I’m not sure that was the best thing for me to do. That number seems like it is impossibly far away right now. I am trying to just keep reminding myself that I don’t have to wait until I am that weight to feel and look better. Pound by pound I am working my way toward that goal.

I have been overweight all my life, so i can’t even imagine what I might look like at that weight.

I’m sure at some point before my goal weight I will start being happy about what I look like, I just wish I knew what that number was.

I may be proud of how far I have come so far, but I’m still not happy.