State of the Body Address
On January 1 of this year, I wrote something I called my "state of the body address." The purpose of that was to record the state I was in physically at that time, and to do a comparative re-assessment quarterly throughout the year. This way, I could see progress (or lack thereof) over time and decide regularly what is working and what needs to change. This is the first quarterly update.
Then: 245 pounds
Now: 239 pounds (-6 pounds). I actually got up to 248 pounds at the end of January, so have lost 9 pounds over the last 2 months.
Then: My jeans were very tight and uncomfortable to button. I was wearing them unbuttoned most of the time, with big sweaters hanging down to cover that fact.
Now: I'm wearing the same jeans and sizes, but never unbuttoned anymore. They are always buttoned and comfortable, not too tight at all. I don't wear big sweaters anymore, either. My clothing fits well.
Then: I felt I looked bloated and large, with swollen ankles and an extra chin. My thighs and belly looked very large to me (belly/hips measuring 54" around).
Now: I think I look about the same. My belly measurement is a little under 53", one inch gone.
Then: I was on five prescription medications, including two for blood pressure. I was still getting a lot of 140/90 range readings with spikes up to 160's over high 90's (and then taking an extra half dose per my doctor).
Now: I am now on four prescription medications, including two for blood pressure. My last 15 blood pressure readings ranged from 114/67 to 129/75. The highest "spike" I have seen in the last month was 134/79. I am no longer ever needing to take an extra dose, and some days I even skip a dose (okay with doctor).
Then: I was getting headaches about 4 days a week. I had acid reflux at night and was waking in the night with heartburn and taking Tums every night. I was waking every 2 to 3 hours. My face was red in the cheeks most of the time. I had painful hands and knees from arthritis.
Now: I only get headaches once or twice a month, have no acid reflux, and have heartburn at night once a week or less. I sleep better and usually wake once in the night. My face redness comes and goes but has improved greatly. My hands and knees only hurt when I eat sugar or overdo the walking or biking.
Then: I was tired and unmotivated, walked a mile on rare occasion, and went to the gym about once a month. No biking.
Now: I am walking several days a week, swimming once a week or more, and just started strength training.
Then: I was not gluten free or sugar free or anything else free (aside from caffeine). Not counting or measuring, just trying to be moderate. I was not eating enough vegetables, fruit, or protein and too much of my intake was processed. Lots of snacking.
Now: Gluten free, grain free (aside from corn), low sugar, eating very little processed food. I count/measure several days a week and eyeball it the other days.
General well being:
Then: I had low stamina and energy and got tired easily, but my mood was improving.
Now: My energy and stamina are better, but still need improvement. My mood is much better overall.
So I do see some improvements over the last 3 months, but I'd like to see even *greater* improvements over the next quarter. I will update again on July 1. I hope by then I will be feeling much more energetic, exercising more regularly, and be into the low 220's.
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