Current weight: 299
Difference from last entry: -3
Difference from 2007 starting weight (335.5): -36.5
YES! YES!! YES YES YES!!!!!
I am not too proud to admit that I cried when I saw this week’s weigh-in. Though that isn’t the first thing I did. I weighed myself, and could not believe it when the LED said 299.0. So I moved the scale a little bit to the right on the floor, then weighed myself again. I still didn’t believe the 299.0, so I reset the scale and tried again.
When the third reading also came up as 299, I realized that I wasn’t just imagining things. I realized that this was the truth. And I realized that I had met my biggest goal to date! And that’s when I went running as fast as I could up the stairs to share the news with my wife. And it was while E. was hugging me and telling me “Congratulations!” that I choked up. Big time!
And I think I earned those tears! This has been a long, hard road this year, to try and get my weight down. And more than that, to learn how to eat right, how to control portion size, how to find something else besides food to use when I am stressed or emotional. It’s hard to learn a brand new lifestyle! I’ve been trying all year, and I think I am getting a little bit better every day.
That is why this goal meant so much to me. This is why I was so emotional over this milestone. As nice as it is to no longer having to say that I weigh over 300 pounds, the moral victory is worth so much more. This is concrete reassurance, concrete proof that the changes I am making are real, they are earned, and the hard work is worth it in the end.
As I stated last week, this is the least I’ve weighed since 2001. I don’t know exactly when in 2001, though. My records have me weighing in at 295 pounds on July 30, 2001, then the next weigh-in is 310 pounds on March 3, 2002. Somewhere in that 8 month period, I gained 15 pounds. Without the data, it’s just a guess. I will no for certain by the end of the year, when I am below the 295 mark for the first time since July 2001. And I will make that mark.
I did realize that I need to set a new goal, now that I hit my last major goal faster than I expected. There are 9 more weeks in the current Weight Watchers session I am in. That’ll be January 19th or so. My new goal is:
January 19, 2008: 285 pounds
Wish me luck!