Saturday is my official weekly weigh-in day, although I usually weigh myself every morning. This was the first one of the new year which was cause to look back and take stock of the year just passed. A lot has changed:
- January 1, 2009: weight 305 lbs
- April 3, 2009 (day I started WW again): weight 310 lbs (up 5 lbs)
- October 29, 2009 (surgery day): weight 261 lbs (lost 49 lbs)
- January 2, 2010: weight 236.2 lbs (lost 73.8 total with 24.8 lbs down post-op)
I didn’t start the year with one of those crazy goals of losing 65 lbs in a year. I try never to create goals that are so specific and big because that makes them look impossible before I even start. I just knew that I was unhappy at that weight and both disgusted and scared that I’d gained back 95% of the weight it had taken me 2 years to lose from 2002-2004. I was also tired of being unhappy, disgusted and scared.
But my wake up call was hearing from the orthopedic surgeon that I needed a knee replacement but doing it at that weight, there was no guarantee that it would last more than 3 years. No way in hell I would do that major surgery without reassurance that it would last at least 15-18 years. It’s a chicken and egg thing for many of us: in order to lose weight, we need to exercise which is hard when the joints are bone-on-bone. But repairing the joint requires us to have lost considerable weight first – which is hard to do with the bad knee.
So instead of beating myself up and saying, “Oh, I’m lazy and terrible and need to lose 160 lbs by the end of the year,” I just did one thing at a time. It’s a lot more impressive looking back and seeing what was accomplished but I can’t say I mapped it all out. I’m a big planner but this time my brain is in a completely different place and the results just follow from taking one next step after another.
I haven’t added as much exercise to my lifestyle as I need to, and am taking a next step to change that, too. I got a Wii console and Wii Fit Plus for Christmas and now that Christmas is packed away, will be setting that up so I have an at-home exercise option. On dark winter days I just want to come home after work and hunker in with the cat. But there’s no reason I can’t do exercise videos, Comcast fitness on demand on the cable, and/or Wii Fit to get the blood moving. Is it the same as a gym workout? No, of course not. But for a couch potato, it’s a change in the right direction.
Not a goal but an expectation for 2010 is that I will drop my weight into ONEderland for the first time in 30 years. With that will be a complete wardrobe change, since everything currently in the closet, dresser, and storage bins will be too big. I’ve already packed up and given away clothes that I’d been saving for some day if I ever lost weight and there’s not much left to pull out. While I won’t invest in a full wardrobe, I’m going to need clothes! Especially with a family wedding and a national conference to attend within the next 6 months. I can finally start shopping in stores with prettier clothes with better fitting options – and I’m going to take them.
I am not the same person I was last year.
- I’m smaller and taking steps to continue my positive directions with body image and size.
- I am eating healthier and in realistic portions.
- I am happy with and proud of what I have accomplished.
- I have more self-confidence and pride in my appearance.
- I walk faster and with less pain.
- I am treating myself with respect, both mentally and physically.
I’m going in the right direction and know I will accomplish what I’ve set out to do, no matter how long it takes.