06 September 2012

The Anniversary Report

It’s taken me a little longer than usual to post my monthly report but this month I got to spend the holiday weekend with my family and I enjoyed every minute of it, so my post had to wait a few days.

On September 1, 2011, I saved my own life.  I’d already made the decision to make changes that would lead to a healthier, longer life but on that Thursday last year I took the first steps on my journey.  On that day I stepped on the scale and weighed 384.4 lbs.  That will be the last time that I ever see a number that big. 

On that day in September, I did something simple, I started counting calories.  I was downright militant when it came to logging everything.  Everything that went into my mouth was logged.  To make sure that I knew exactly what those calories were, I weighed and measured anything that I made myself (and still do today) and didn’t go to any restaurant that didn’t have their nutritional information available. 

I quickly learned that we as Americans have no real sense of what a single serving is.  I learned that smaller portions can be satisfying.  I learned not to eat just for the sake of eating.  I learned that it really isn’t that hard to eat better if you just pay attention.  I know I’m oversimplifying but for me there really was no secret formula.  It really was a better diet and exercise.  I hate not being able to divulge some big secret when people ask how I’ve been successful in my weight loss. 

On September 1, 2012, I stepped on the scale and weighed 231.2 lbs.  In one year, I’ve lost 153.2 lbs.  I’m down 158.8 from my high weight of 390 back in June of 2011.  I haven’t gotten on the scale since getting home from my brothers’ house so that number may be a bit higher but I don’t indulge like I did over the weekend very often so I know I will see that number again.  I still don’t know what my goal weight is but I do have a size goal.  This weekend, I bought a pair of size 12 khakis from Eddie Bauer.  When I can do that in any store, maybe I’ll switch to maintenance calories. 

I’ve always taken the BMI weight ranges with a grain of salt.  I’m a 6’ tall woman with a large frame.  At 390 lbs, I wore a size 26.  At 231, I’m wearing 12s.  I’ve never looked like I weigh as much as I do (a good and a bad thing).  According to the BMI ranges, the highest weight that I can be and be healthy is 184 lbs.  So in order to just barely be healthy, I would need to lose 50 more lbs.  To me that seems unreasonable.  I think I may just be happy with being overweight which is just 10 lbs away.

Recently, a lot of people have told me that I don’t need to lose anymore weight; that I look good the way I am.  I truly appreciate the sentiment and I know it’s probably more psychological than anything else but I think I have a ways to go.  Maybe not, cause nobody knows what I look like naked but me.  I’m not expecting a six pack but I would like to get to the point that everything doesn’t jiggle (I have a LOT of toning to do).  I’m a lot closer today than I ever have been and one day soon I’ll get there.