Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018: 192 Pounds, and a New Record

What an interesting journey this is. I've been noticing a few new things that have surprised me a little, even though I've been down this road before (last time I weighed 192 pounds was in 2011, so it's been awhile). There are the double takes in the mirror, especially if I happen to catch a glimpse of myself turned sideways and think, "whoa, I look so much thinner!" There are those moments when I am folding or hanging laundry and think "Did I shrink this shirt? Whose pants are there? There is no way I could fit into this..." but I do. It makes me smile. I like that I am taking time to let my brain catch up to my body changes. And today when I was on my exercise bike, I noticed that as I pedaled, my thighs were not rubbing together! In fact, I checked... they were not touching at all! That really does not fit the mental image I have of myself, so I had to look a few times before I got my head around that as my new reality.

I feel so good. I have more energy, and I love how much easier my life is and how much more I can accomplish in a day. Funny thing, but I have noticed that if I have been busy and go to sit down for a bit, but then immediately remember something else I was going to do or that I forgot my water or the remote or whatever, I just get right back up and take care of it! That might not seem like a big deal unless you have been so obese that once you sit, you just don't want to move again for awhile. I used to sit down, remember that I needed to run the dishwasher or grab the phone, and just sit there for a few minutes mentally grumbling about the fact that I had to GET BACK UP, which took a great deal of effort (or at least it seemed that way at the time). I love that I give it no thought now and just do what I need to do and it's EASY! And if I need something from downstairs, I just run down and get it without thinking about being too tired to do it, or the pain it will cause, or whether someone else could get it for me. Life is just better at this weight for me.

I started taking Phentermine in the last week of August last year at 258 pounds. As a reminder, here is a photo of me five pounds lighter, at 253:

And here are my most recent pics at 198, six pounds heavier than I am now: 80 Pounds Gone Again.

I weaned off of phentermine this month. In 8 months, I lost 66 pounds. An important note: this is the *most* weight I have EVER lost in one stretch! Ever!! In 2007-8 I lost 64 pounds in 11 months, mostly by calorie counting and exercise. Then in 2010 I lost 59 pounds in 8 months on Medifast. I am so excited that I have broken a new record for myself! When combined, those two efforts (with a regain in between) got me to 175 pounds, a total loss of 103 pounds. I am only 17 pounds away from that weight now (and in no hurry to get there again, but I think it will come before the end of this year.) Sometimes I look at these 100 Pounds Gone pictures from 2010 and imagine that I am so much bigger now... but I'm not. I am 14 pounds away. Wow.

Anyway, I'm happy and feel great and my plan for May is to continue eating lower carb, smaller portions, adding more produce as it comes in season and I can get it at farmer's markets and produce stands. I enjoy what I eat and nothing is completely off limits. I am also doing my 15 minute arm weights routine 3x/week and my goal is to bike a couple miles on alternate days (that's only 10-15 minutes).

That's all for now. I am so happy I found peace with eating. I know I'm not immune to regain, and I have to work hard on what my maintenance looks like and never get complacent about it. My line in the sand is 195, and I intend to never see a number higher than that again.


Anonymous said...

You must feel so encouraged. I have loved watching you losing again because I also need to lose weight I gained after losing it the first time. You give me hope.

Anonymous said...

Those photos speak volumes. So proud of you Lyn!

16 blessings'mom said...

I have been following you for a long long time now, Lyn, and I am SO HAPPY for you!!!! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing. The way you write about feeling better and just hopping back up to do something just encourages me to keep on the straight and narrow with my own eating. Your perseverance is totally amazing. :)


Anonymous said...

I remember when you posted those photos the first time. I'm so happy you are almost there again! Please do update pictures when you get there.

Sherry Griffin said...

Way to go! You are an inspiration.