Wardrobe malfunctions, compliments, and the cure for the fear of being photographed: Five milestones in my journey to better health that make me hungry for more gains as I lose weight.
I've heard you're not supposed to step on the scale every day when you're trying to lose weight. But as I got closer to my next milestone, I found myself stepping on the scale every morning. Over the years of struggling to lose weight, I had never been able to pass below 250 pounds. I would get close, but always plateau just before and then start climbing again.
Since starting this new plan, I have had 250 circled as a milestone to celebrate. Losing 10, 20, and 50 pounds was exciting. But I wanted to be below 250. When Week 11 ended, I was at 253.8. So close, but not there yet. In the days leading up to the Week 12 weigh in, I was stepping on the scale everyday. I wanted to see and remember the moment I got below 250. As the day approached, I had to fight discouragement as two days the scale showed I had gone back up to 255. Then came my Thursday morning weigh in...
I'm not going to lie: as I prepared to step on the scale I was nervous--preparing myself for another plateau, yet hoping and praying to be at or below 250. And when I stepped on the scale Thursday morning (5/31/18) for my Week 12 weigh in, it was exactly 250.0, and 62.1 pounds overall!
Whether real or only perceived, my mind had had a roadblock that left me only dreaming about getting down to my goal weight.
Reaching 250 was a huge milestone for me. Whether real or only perceived, my mind had had a roadblock that left me only dreaming about getting down to my goal weight. But there it was, reached, in hand, ready to be surpassed. And surpass it I did. The next morning, for the first time in years, the scale read a number below 250: 249.4!
As of today (6/7/18), I'm down to 248.1. I am passed that huge milestone that felt more like a roadblock and on to the next one.
All this got me thinking more about milestones. For milestones are encouragements to keep up the fight. Every pound I lose is life I've regained. So here are five milestones I've realized and enjoyed that hopefully will be an encouragement to you in your journey:
1. COMPLIMENTS -- It's really great to hear people notice what I'm doing. I have denied myself culinary delights in the hopes of dropping pounds. It's great when people notice. It's a subtle encouragement. The first compliment was awesome. But 13 weeks later, it's just as nice to hear a kind word of affirmation and encouragement.
2. WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS -- When I started, my jeans were huge--size 44, and at that, I was stuffed into them. Now, I'm wearing 38s, and they are bunching up with my belt! I have one suit left in the closet that doesn't make me look like I'm swimming in clothing. Shirts that barely reached my belt line before, are now hanging well past--more like a dress. It's fun to shop for new clothes on smaller clothes racks. In fact, my shirts were once 3XL tall. Last week I ordered a XL Tall.
3. CAMERAS -- Before, I was careful about how cameras recorded me. I hated the way I looked. I was afraid to tuck my shirt in. I didn't want certain angles and always tried to have someone or something in front of me. I may not be where I want to be, but the camera isn't my enemy anymore. In fact, as I lose inches, I am taking more pictures to document the transformation.
2. BUDGET -- When I started my health plan, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to sustain it because of the cost of the program. Now as I conclude three months, I realize how much I'm actually saving. I'm not spending as much on groceries. I'm not eating out as much. And since I've wiped coffee and soft drinks out of my budget, I've saving more than the program costs. In the end, it may not be much, but it's more than I had before.
1. HEALTH BENEFITS -- Before starting this plan, my blood pressure was high. My blood sugar was high enough that the doctor labeled me a pre-diabetic. I had horrid sleep apnea, requiring a sleep machine, and still wanting/needing an afternoon nap. I was averaging 800mg per day of Ibuprofen, and sometimes more to manage back pain, knee pain, and headaches. In fact, when I went to the doctor for a physical for my commercial driver's license, he told me I would fail. He said, "Lose 50 pounds and then come back and see me." Fast forward 12 short weeks. I go in for biometric screening, and my blood pressure is normal. My blood sugar is completely normal. Wife says I don't snore at all, and next week I have an appointment with the sleep doctor because my sleep machine is drowning me in oxygen! I can't remember the last time I took Ibuprofen, because now, I generally feel great and energized every day!
The next major milestone for me: 220 pounds.
The next short term milestone: 75 pounds lost.
Be of courage. You can reach your milestones too!
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