Daily Bread #52
On any journey, there are milestones. They aren’t end-points, but a chance to catch your breath and realize how far you have come. (Are we there yet, Mom?) This week, I made it into the Century Club. (I made that name up and am looking for more members.)
Since beginning this program a little less than a year ago, I have lost a total of 102 pounds. Always an overachiever, I pushed myself this week to make sure I made it after one week of being so very close at 99.7 and another where I had a slight (.7) gain. So with a bit more exercise and a little less food, I got there this week.
This isn’t an end-point. My journey is not done. I still need to lose 5 more pounds before I can schedule knee surgery and 40 more pounds will get me out of the “obese” category. But really, 100 pounds is a lot!
It is kind of hard to realize I was lifting that much weight, each and every day, all day long.
I am lighter, but learned this week that I am also less buoyant. We opened the pool last week
and when I got in, it felt like I sunk like a stone. I kept getting water up my nose. Apparently all the fat kept me afloat and I could just flail my arms and legs to move through the water. Now I need to really swim. For now, I am using my snorkel set because I hate water up my nose. I understand it is used as a form of torture.
It was another small group last night, with only seven of us there. Since I’d reached my milestone, the facilitator asked me to share some of what has allowed me to succeed. I see it that way, as something “allowed” not just accomplished. It is mainly a gift of circumstance, with some luck and a lot of grace thrown in. And yes. it has also been mixed with some fairly gritty determination and strong motivation.
Weird thing is, it is getting easier. I now know what my body needs to be healthy. I understand the science – and the math. Those last 5 and 40 pounds may just melt away. Not that I am going to relax my focus and concentration, because my old habits could come back. But one hundred pounds in one year is something to celebrate. Can I get a hallelujah?
(My stats for the last week – Down 3.8 pounds, drank at least 7 gallons of water and exercised for over 655 minutes. My cumulative weight loss so far is 102.7 pounds.)