One Hundred Pounds Later, Part 2

So once I hit milestone losses, I like to go to Dick’s Sporting Goods and pose with weights that are equal to the amount of weight I’ve lost. It helps me to get perspective on just how much weight I am no longer carrying around.

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Total amount lost since surgical consult in May: 106 pounds.

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Total amount lost from heaviest recorded weight: 150 pounds.

I recommend doing this as a way to give yourself an idea of just how much you’ve lost.  Recognize that what you’ve done is nothing short of awesome, and that when you decide to take this path to weight loss and reclamation of your health, you are an incredible human being for taking control of your body and your life.  For me, those dumbbells represent a past I have pledged to leave behind and that I have shed, a present time of hard work that deserves recognition, and a future without the burden of excess weight.

I still have 125 pounds to go, but I am feeling good about what I’ve been able to lose so far.  I am feeling better and better each day, and thinking ahead to my next goals.  I knocked down my October goal a week ago, and am setting my December goal to be at 270 by Christmas.  I think it is totally doable, being that I am nearly 20 pounds away from it.  I am hopeful that I can reach that goal in the next 8 weeks.  Doing the math, that works out to a little over 2 pounds a week.  If I keep losing like I have been, then it is possible I may hit that goal by Thanksgiving.  And if I do, bully for me!  It will then be time to set another goal and aim for it.  And if I don’t hit it by Thanksgiving, no harm, no foul.  I’ll just wait until Christmas.

Today was a pretty good protein day, even though I struggled to eat earlier in the day.  I just wasn’t hungry, and nothing I ate tasted particularly good or appealing.  I did manage to get in 85 grams of protein and keep my fat grams low today (32 grams) though so that was good.  Also, I have to note that I will never again buy the Oscar Meyer grilled chicken strips.  They taste awful.  I’ll just buy my own chicken breast from the store and grill it myself–I know it will taste better!  Probably better for me anyway, what with all the sodium of the OM stuff.

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Today’s food choices, from upper right: Rudy’s smoked beef tenderloin, pinto beans, and green chile pork stew; Rudy’s smoked beef tenderloin and Trader Joe’s sharp cheddar cheese cracker cuts; Trader Joe’s chocolate nibs; Jack Link’s beef jerky; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2, vitamin B, C, D and iron supplements (C and D supplements not shown); Oscar Meyer deli grilled chicken breast cuts; mini lasagna; leftover Trader Joe’s crab stuffed flounder and Green Giant healthy vision mixed veggies.

Tomorrow I’m planning to go to the gym with my hubby.  I’m going to ride the recumbent bike for a little while–I miss it.  Perhaps this trip to the gym will reignite my love of riding the damn thing, because I really do enjoy it.  I just need to make a date with the bike a couple of times a week because I’m getting to the point where I need to burn more calories in order to hit my calories burned goal (according to Fitbit).  I know I’m still running a calorie deficit, but the more I lose, the smaller this deficit becomes and the harder it is going to be to keep up my losses.  Time to act now so that when it really DOES get hard, I’m not trying to play catch up.

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