Much like week 25, I had a gain this week. This one was 1.2 pounds and just like week 25, I can tell you why it happened. I have said before there are only 2 things in this whole journey I can control; what I put in my mouth and what I do to burn off the things I put in my mouth. Having said that, this week’s gain was no surprise when I stepped on the scale. I had several meals in which I ate “old me” size portions of things that I should be limiting and I did not go to the gym for the entire week due to an injured knee. So, to do a little math, extra calories in + no exercise = gain. It is simple really. In previous weight loss attempts I would be very frustrated, wallow in self pity and start giving up.
NOT THIS TIME!
This journey has been like no other for me. I have had a much different mental attitude in this whole thing. Around every little corner there is continual motivation for me to keep going. From the reaction from people who have not seen me in 73.4 pounds, to the people who just stop me and ask me how much I have lost and tell me what a fantastic job I am doing.
Then there are the clothes. Back in week 11, I posted pictures of all of the smaller sized clothes I uncovered. At this point, most of those clothes are either in the “too big” pile to get rid of or the closet to wear. Every time I look in the closet and see all of the clothes I had packed away because they were way too tight, I just smile. And I can not wait to get rid of them and get into the next boxes of clothes!
Now for why I am having a GREAT week! I don’t think I have mentioned it but I take a number of medicines for weight related issues (high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol issues, etc). I am sure this comes as no surprise to some of you. One of my goals I had was to get these issues in check to the point I no longer have to take medicine for them. On Tuesday, I went for my bi-annual doctor’s visit to go over blood work, etc. The doctor was very pleased with my weight loss (he has not seen me since I started this journey) as well as the impact the weight loss has had on my test results. The biggest test for me was the Hemoglobin A1c test. This test basically identifies the average blood sugar levels for the last 3 months. Anything over 6.5 is a criterion for diagnosing diabetes. A year ago, my A1c was at 6.6, 6 months ago my A1c was at 7.5. This time, my A1c was at 5.6!!!! You cannot believe how excited I am about this news. The rest of my results were equally as positive and therefore my doctor decided to remove me from 3 of my medicines. I realize, of course, this in no way means I am free of worry. I still need to remain vigilant on the course I am going so as to not end up back on the medications. In the meantime, I will continue to celebrate the victories as they come!
A quick note on the Walk from Obesity. I now have about 10 people that have said they will be walking on my team for the event!!!! I am very excited about the group we are going to have. And again, if you are in the area and want to join with us, please let me know.
Now for my Weeks 27-28 updates.
- Week 28 Weight – 8/28/11 – 311.4 pounds
- Week 27 weight -8/21/11 – 310.2 pounds
- Week 26 weight -8/14/11 – 311.2 pounds
- Starting weight -2/13/11 – 384.8 pounds
Weight loss for Week 27 - 1 pound
Weight gain for Week 28 – 1.2 pounds
Total Weight loss - 73.4 pounds
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