My habits have been inconsistent lately, and the downward pace has reflected that. Since my colonoscopy – a few hemorrhoids, but was told I passed with flying colors, see you in five years – my weight has continued to move downward, but with bounces up. I was at 423.2 on Monday. The next day? 419.
Today? 415, a new low. 95 pounds down, triple digits in sight. It no doubt helps that I managed over 8 hours sleep last night, the first time in a while that’s happened. My goal is still to reach the 390s before we leave for vacation July 10th. It should be very doable.
I continue to eat around 1800 calories a day, with “high” days under 2200, but I’ve had a couple of “very” high days that were probably closer to my BMR calorie range around 4000. The problem there is more the quality of the calories – sweets remain a weakness.
Pool shoes have been helping my feet during the T25 workouts, but I have been letting work intrude on my daily appointment at the gym. Last week I didn’t make it out of the office before 11pm on any night. Stress is always there, and especially in the summer months. I need to not let that be an excuse.
My wife signed up for a challenge with the same trainer, doing the 21 Day Fix. The workouts there are longer, but the nutrition is the thing I’ve heard the best things about. Meanwhile, my brother and his wife have started on HMR, and are seeing great results the first couple of weeks. It’s a very low calorie program, and in phase 1 all food comes from the doctor. I hope it works for him; he’s never reached my weight, but he has come closer than anyone else in the family, scraping the bottom of 400 pounds at his high.
The “fire in the belly” isn’t quite what it was. My chief adversary now is complacency. Much of the pain of 500 pounds is gone, and I remember that clearly. What I don’t remember clearly is the long-ago feeling of daily interaction with life at under 300, so I can’t imagine life without the aches, pains, and limitations I currently endure. It’s time to rediscover the long-forgotten and continue to push forward and downward.
This sounds more “down” than it’s meant to be. I’m happy with the new low. I’m just aware of the habits that have been creeping in, and want to stop them from taking over again.