Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ever have a day that's stacked against you?

What a week. We finally got some much needed rain, but BOY-O-BOY, did it play havoc with my walking. I did some before the rainy season, and did some aerobic videos at home (I'm apparently still at wuss level).

Today, I had a business luncheon and a business dinner. I ate healthily, but really wasn't sure about the points. I did the best guesswork possible. And I was going to have to weigh in before my normal time (the earlier of the two afternoon meetings).

In the end, it didn't matter............
I lost 1.8 pounds --- total now: 201.2.

I am happy. Very very happy! And I am grateful for every bit of support I have gotten from Day 1 to now.

If you have read the blog, sent a good thought for me, cheered me on --- THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, just about 27 more to go to hit goal before talking surgery (for skin removal). Now's the time for nervous! HA!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

So close, so close and yet......

The fantastic news: I lost 4.0 pounds this week!!!!!! Which brings my total to......................... 199.4 gone. Six-tenths of a pound from 200 gone. Six lousy tenths.

Our receptionist asked if there was anything else I could take off. Well, yeah, I could have taken off the support hose, but it would have heck to try and get them off then put them back on. I thought later that I could have taken off my bra, but I really doubt it weighs a whole six-tenths.

So I can hold off until next week. That's just more motivation!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Minor and major changes......

The minor: I was up 0.2 .... oh my! We're doomed! I didn't pee enough during the day -- OH NO! I'm so cool with this it's not even funny. I did my walking this week (5 out of 7 days), I ate right, I even enjoyed a small indulgence last weekend. And I'm happy with my progress so far.

The major: my ending goal-weight. I am bumping it back up fifteen pounds. It was my original number and I bumped it down. I know I'm going to have to have some body lift surgery. That's a given -- there's been such a dramatic loss (195.4 pounds so far) that I have bookoo of extra skin. I have a little jelly roll right around my midriff. And it's nothing but skin and a wee bit of fat. It is yucky. It's gotta go, along with everything else. The MLD treatments have left me with batwings on my legs as well. My best guesstimate was that I would lose around 20 pounds of skin.

Not so, says my physical therapist. She is estimating around 40 pounds of skin -- meaning I would be WAY, WAY lighter and thinner than I ever intended. I don't mind being in the middle-to-upper end of the weight range for my height. This would have put me on the VERY low end. So I would rather aim high and lose a little extra than aim too low.

I have already lost as much as I possibly can from my shoulders to my chest. My collarbone is already extremely prominent, so much so that it scares me a little. Gravity is not my friend.

So I'm bumping it back up. I now guess that even if they only remove 35 pounds of flesh, that would give me an incentive to lose those last 5 pounds. HA!!!

The other major: Tomorrow, I go for a hosiery fitting. I never imagined being that excited over support hose! WAHOOOO!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

At last...... a nice loss!

AHHHHHHHHHH! This week, 3.2 pounds are gone for a total of 195.6 ..... I earned my 39th 5-pound star. That just boggles my mind. That first week, I commented that I'd lost a Thanksgiving turkey. I've now lost 16 turkeys and working on that 17th.

I really need to do everything I can to reach my goal. I have just 4.4 pounds to lose before Labor Day, and this pattern of "lose big but then stall out for 3 weeks" just isn't cutting it! I know I need to do more activity, and even in the heat, I can do some stuff indoors (videos). It's just that I love walking Maddox. It's the activity I enjoy most. But I do want to try bellydancing -- now THAT is a workout for the abs, and they don't require rock-hard abs either!

We'll see how it goes!