Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Day 255 Walking Before The Break of Dawn and Weigh Day Success

Day 255

Walking Before The Break of Dawn and Weigh Day Success!

Starting my day at 2:55am wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. I actually liked it a little. Of course it probably helped that I had eight hours of solid sleep. I normally only get that on weekends, but not this past weekend, there was just too much to do. I was up and eating breakfast and writing this blog and before long I found myself at the walking trail for an early morning 5K before reporting to work. It made for a better show this morning. I really felt alive! By the way, the surest sign that I've posted my blog after midnight, is if the time at the bottom says 11:59pm. If it's past midnight I have to back date the blog, or else it will show the wrong date for that posting. I still haven't fixed the date on the first 2 ½ weeks of this blog. (The “global” blogspot version) All of those days say October 4th, 2008. That's the day I transferred the blog to Blogspot from Myspace. It's still on Myspace as well, identical in fact. I know how to fix the date thing, I just haven't yet. I will soon, not that it really matters. Where was I? Oh yeah, this morning... I set out to do a 5K this morning and didn't make it. I realized I was quickly running out of time, I had to be on the air at six am, plus I needed to be there a little before, so I cut it short after a hard two miles. I mean a hard two. I was pushing myself almost to a soft jog. I just didn't get there in enough time to do the full 3.2 miles I wanted. But that's alright, because we did Melissa Walden's “Extreme Energy” class this afternoon, and oh my. I'm beat silly! It was an amazing workout for sure!

Today was weigh day. Last time I weighed in at 341. I have to stop putting numbers in my head that are unrealistic. Before I stepped on the scale, I kept thinking how wonderful it would be to lose twelve pounds, completely skipping over the 330's and straight into the 320's. That's crazy thinking! Instead I stepped on the scale and found myself right in the middle of the 330's. I weighed 335 today, for a two week loss of 6 pounds. My total loss so far: 170 pounds! I'm thrilled to be in the 330's! Did I want to lose more? Of course. But am I extremely happy and proud of the six? YES! It's the consistency that will get me to where I'm headed. And so far I haven't posted anything less than a 5 pound loss for a two week period, so I'm completely happy with 6 pounds this time. My goal for next weigh day is to be in the 320's. And I can't wait to cross over into the 200's! Oh that day is coming my friend, oh yes it is!

It was a wonderful weigh day. After the official weigh-in, Cathy Cole in the “Lose To Win” Club headquarters warned me of the dreaded plateau. I've been very lucky so far. She described to me how when she lost 90 pounds a few years ago, she hit a three week plateau that almost broke her, but the 4th week she pulled out of it and posted a nice loss. She stayed the course for three weeks with the scale acting like it was frozen. That's determination. I can only pray that I will be that patient if and when it happens to me. I've had some people say “Oh, it'll happen!” Really? Does it have to happen? Can I change up my approach to trick my metabolism into skipping the plateau? I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing and I'll deal with whatever comes my way. Because this isn't a temporary thing. The changes I've made in the last 255 days are changes that will carry me for the rest of my life.

We enjoyed homemade beef tacos for dinner tonight. They were amazing! Since they were much smaller than what you would buy at Taco Bell, I counted each as 140 calories. It was a nice dinner before Irene jetted off to work. Our family meal time has been something that has really made our relationships with each other so solid. I can't remember the last time we all just grabbed something and went our separate ways around the house. It's been years and years.

I was so proud of the girls for the effort they displayed at the “Extreme Energy” workout class today. We were all feeling it in a very deep way. My arms felt like spaghetti noodles at one point and they're still sore, and I'm sure they'll still be sore in the morning and probably all day tomorrow!

What started out as a frustrating day, turned out to be a wonderful day indeed! Six more pounds is gone forever and I'm thrilled at where it put me. I'm even more thrilled when I think about the giant milestones that are directly ahead. The 200 pounds lost mark and then BAM, under 300 for the first time since I was 15 years old! I use to think that I was about 275 at 17, but my mom has vivid memories of the 16 year old doctor visit I had where we realized I had ballooned to over 300 pounds. She'll never forget that day because it scared her horribly. I guess it didn't really scare me for some reason. I guess when you're 16, you feel like you're invincible, and 300 and something wasn't as big a deal to me at the time. I'd like to go back into my doctors records and chart my childhood weight gain. It was pretty dramatic between twelve and sixteen.

Well, it's time to get to bed at a reasonable hour! It's getting close to 9:30, in fact it will be 9:30 by the time I get this posted. Thank you for reading! Good night and...

Good Choices,
Sean

3 comments:

  1. Being "beat silly" and having "spaghetti noodle arms"....sounds like you had a great day! yay! I will be SO glad when my back allows me to get back into my workout..........believe it or not, I'm starting to miss my walking again!
    Enjoyed reading your blog, as always.
    Congrats on the 6 pounds!

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  2. Hey Sean--great loss! Funny you should mention plateau. I was just thinking about that. You started at 1500 calories, well below what you could have eaten and still lost weight. Will you adjust your calories? Is that the minimum. I mean that is even low for a skinny man, much less one as tall as you. If a plateau hits or when you are in the 200's can you see yourself eating less? Also--have you thought about how many calories you will eat to maintain your weight when you reach your goal? Just curious...

    Again--way to go on the loss! I think I will look into classes at our YWCA. Yes--they are even in New Zealand.

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  3. COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONGRATULAAAAAAAAAATIOOOOOOOOONS!!!! *turns green with envy* j/k!!!

    I'm very happy for you!**********YIPPEEEEEE***********

    I HATE THAT DAMN PLATEAU!!! sorry for the swear but I have let the plateua catch me up TOOO MANY TIMES!! If I hadn't, I probably wouldn't be bloggin about trying to lose 250 now because I'd be there!!!

    IIIIF you hit one, just blog. blog more than once a day if you need to. We're here... we'll cheer you on. Trust me, if I hit one again I'll be blogging probably every hour asking for some prayers and help! BIG ON S.O.S. FLAG hanging out the virtual window!!

    I'm glad you had a great day.

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