Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 1, 2019: 187 Pounds... and a Plan

Happy New Year! We have had a crazy couple of weeks around here and I got so busy I missed my usual update post on January 1st. So here it is along with an overview of my last year, and a plan for the coming year.

On January 1, 2018, I weighed 217 pounds and on January 1 this year I weighed 187 pounds. That's a difference of 30 pounds... but it feels like *so* much more!! Of course, I am down 71 pounds since fall of 2017 so that is surely why I feel so much better. I spent most of 2018 eating lower carb and smaller portions. I was taking phentermine for about 7 months of the year, and I was not doing any scheduled/organized exercise except walking, swimming in the summer, and a little biking.

Here's a picture of my weight in 2018.

I hit a low of 178 pounds in October, gained ten pounds in November for a lot of reasons (car accident, stress, holidays) and spent December maintaining between 187 and 189 pounds. Now I feel ready to get back to actively working at weight loss. I'm in physical therapy now, starting to bike again in 5-minute bits, and hope to be given some more strengthening exercises at my appointment today. I also have a new granddaughter who was born this week (yay!), a family birthday to celebrate today (cheesecake), and some amazing leftover prime rib and mashed potatoes to enjoy for dinner.

I often am asked what my goal weight is, and the truth is I don't know. I do want to get the regained weight off (9 pounds to go) and the lowest weight I have seen in decades was 175 pounds back in 2010. My doctor wants me to stay out of the "obese" weight category and said that even if I can maintain around 170 pounds she would be happy with that. She suggested my ideal weight is around 155-160 pounds, but that is kind of unimaginable for me so I will just see how I feel as I reach new, lower weights down the scale. I lost 30 pounds last year so it might be good to lose 20 this year. I can't imagine being in the 160's... it has been so long... but it's definitely a possibility!

I will see my endocrinologist this month and we'll talk about what's next and whether or not I should go back on the phentermine for a bit. I feel good and my main plan for the year is to get stronger! Now that my weight is in a reasonable range, I can focus on conditioning my body for a better quality of life. I'm excited to see where this year leads!


Anonymous said...

I am very happy for you Lyn. Your post is very upbeat and positive. I like that you are not locked into an impossible plan. Good that you are being flexible and realistic that this is long term. I really look up to you! It isn’t an easy road and there are people who don’t wish the best for others. I think you’re managing things very well ! Congratulations on the new baby. That will certainly change your world. �� Theresa in Alberta

Anonymous said...

Good for you Lyn! I have followed you for years and am happy you have found what works. A hundred pounds off is quite an accomplishment. Use that power to stay in your happy zone. Best wishes.

MaryFran said...

Great year...even with the turmoil at the end of the year you were able to post fantastic results!!! 2019 is going to be even better I bet!!!

Diana said...

Yay Lyn! I'm so happy things are turning around for you. As you become more mobile and can get a little exercise in, you're going to feel even better. More than the health benefit, it's good for the mind. I truly believe exercise is the only thing that keeps me sane. If I don't exercise for a couple days, I can feel myself sliding into a black gloom. Exercise is truly the best antidepressant out there.

I'm with you on this, 2019 is going to be a good one, for both of us. Last year wasn't bad, you lost weight and I maintained, but 2019, it's going to be even sweeter.

And congratulations on your new granddaughter! That's so exciting. I bet your daughter is so happy about being an auntie.

Life is good. :)
Kind regards,

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog by accident the other day just by looking up escaping from obesity and it's funny how those words found your blog. Congrats on losing 71 pounds so fast WTG!! I originally lost 100 lbs but got married and gained about 35 of it back so gotta get back to work lol.I look forward to seeing you lose your goal weight. We can do it!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for all the comments I should've put it all in one but I'm a little ADD and get a little scrambled here. I just wanted to say I'm sorry to hear that you had a bad accident and I hope you fully recover soon to get back to your excersize regimes. My mom just had hip surgery so I know how hard it is to try and get back on your feet so you can start back on your exercises. A little at a time can be so annoying when you know if it wasn't for all the pain you'd be able to do all you did before the accident. Good luck healing and hopefully really soon you'll be back to "100% full beast mode, heart pumping, 'we got this' excersize sucks but we got this girl lol"

Steelers6 said...

Wow, Congratulations on your granddaughter!! What exciting news! Chrissy