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Here we are, December 4, 2012. In a couple of week it will have been six months since the start on my weight loss trek and I have an update for the handful of people who are reading this, probably because you took a wrong turn somewhere on the information superhighway. Anyway, as of this morning I have a lost a total of 104 pounds in approximately 24 weeks. Pretty crazy, right? I didn’t quite make my original goal of losing 100 pounds by Thanksgiving, but I wasn’t too far off I don’t think. In addition, since the last time we talked I total fit in that shirt I bought myself back in 2007. In fact, I just wore it to dinner with a few friends on Sunday. I was quite dashing, I won’t lie.
So here I am. I weigh 265 pounds and I’m 65 pounds away from pie in the sky goal of weighing only 200 pounds. I still have a very long way to go, but I thought I’d share some of my more short-term goals with you as has been my M.O. here on The Select Screen. Here we go!
- Before I started on this road to weight loss I hadn’t seen a doctor in about five years. Ashamed of what said doctor might tell me, I ducked and dodged medical personnel for a long time. But back in September I went in and got a very encouraging set of test results, including a total cholesterol level of a mere 110. Hurrah! Well, to ensure the consistency of those results I am going back for a follow-up on January 2. I would like to see a similar total cholesterol level (anything under 150 is very very good) and perhaps another ten or so pounds off by then. It is in less than a month from now, so I hope that is achievable in such a small stretch of time. We’ll see!
- Now that I can fit into my goal shirt, it was time for a new one. This time I went for a crazier goal shirt in that it is a size XL. Now for the past several years I have struggled to fit into a 3XL and have needed to wear a 4XL. Now, depending on the shirt, I can fit into a 2XL, but prefer the room I get in a 3XL shirt still. But XL? I haven’t worn an XL shirt probably since my first year in college. This one might take a very long time, but how could not love this shirt. Back to the Future Part II? One of my favorites. Here it is!
- Since 2007 I have needed the assistance of a CPAP machine to sleep properly. For those of you unaware, CPAP means continuous positive air pressure. When I sleep I have a hard time breathing because the air through my nose is obstructed to my lungs. This caused by my weight. The CPAP machine pushes a constant stream of air into my lungs, so I don’t snore and I don’t gasp for air in the middle of the night. Without the mask, my sleep is often very light and restless. The only problem is I have to carry around a machine and mask whenever I plan to sleep. If I go on vacation I have to lug that machine with me. After five years I’m getting kind of tired of using it. I want to get to a point where I don’t need to wear one when I go to sleep anymore. I don’t know when that threshold will be crossed, but I weigh less than now then when I first got my CPAP machine in 2007. So who knows…
There are a couple more but let’s save that for a future post.
All in all, I feel healthier, lighter, and have a ton more self-confidence. It is a great feeling that I hope continues on the back half of my weigh loss trek.
Thanks for stopping by!