It’s Weigh-Day, Weigh-Day, step on a scale it’s Weigh-Day, everybody’s looking forward to the readout, readout… Sorry.
Without further ado, today’s weigh-in revealed… 450 pounds!
That’s 110 pounds down from the highest weight I’ve been – 560. It’s also more than a hundred pounds over the weight that I started at this past summer. It’s has other significance as well – In November, when I had dropped below 500 pounds, I decided that if I could get down between 440 and 450 by mid-April, I’d put the bariatric surgery off indefinitely. And I didn’t even get close, I’d put all my efforts into getting the surgery as quickly as possible.
Now it’s the day before March and I’m a month and a half ahead of schedule! That means the surgery is off for the time being. My efforts will continue to be focused on weight loss, and I’m making another goal – I want to be down to 400 pounds by the first day of Summer. If I make it, the surgery stays off. As for not making it, I’ll have to evaluate that when the Summer solstice comes around. If I’m reasonably close to the goal, I’ll give myself extra time, but if I’m not even reasonably near the goal by then? Time to get back into this surgery business.
Speaking of goals, I recently promised that there would be a new page, for my goals, as well as a blog post to introduce them. That would be this post. The goals page will have both long term and short term goals, along with deadlines where applicable. Lastly, there will be an incentive section, on that page as well.
I could use your help with that last section. I came up with one, but would welcome any suggestions for future incentives. Mind you, though it may not need to be said, that food is not a suitable reward. Neither is something that I won’t enjoy, like extra exercise. Not saying I don’t get some enjoyment out of my morning workouts, and I’m not going to shy away an incentive simply because there’s exertion involved.
Money is currently an issue. I’m currently living on limited means. Any reward I might make to myself needs to be a cheap one. If you think of something, feel free to let me know, or you can leave it in the comments.
Reach my healthy BMI range.
Help a hundred people lose over 100 pounds (each).
Reach 400 pounds.
Workout every day in March – 30 min each day. No “just a warmup day”s.
Make and keep a schedule
400 pounds – by the 1st day of Summer.
If I go the entire month of March without skipping a workout, go to Bennigan’s for karaoke night in April.
Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
Gear Jammer – George Thorogood
Standing on the Corner (Watching All the Girls Go By) – Dean Martin
I Got Everything I Need (Almost) – The Blues Brothers
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley
Santeria – Sublime
A Matter of Trust – Billy Joel
Africa (By Toto) – BYU’s Vocal Point
Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man – Joan Baez
Not sure if I mentioned it, but Sunday I only did the warmup, because I’d done a lot on Saturday. Monday and Tuesday I worked out but got interrupted before the half-hour was up. Today I faced another interruption, but chose to take the cooldown walk with Buddha, our mascot, anyway.
Today’s total is 10 min warmup, 20 min workout, 10 min cooldown. As you can see, above, I’ve set a goal to workout each day. I don’t think I’d have been as quick to quit the workout before I took a day off. So, this coming month – no skipsies! If I need to keep a workout short, I’ll go with that, but, I’m also committing to follow the following – if my workout is interrupted I’ll either finish as soon as the interruption is covered or make it up later in the day.
I’ve made multiple mentions of bariatric surgery today. I also came across a blog written by someone who has had the surgery. It’s a frank piece on the benefits of surgery, along with the downsides. It does its best to make it clear that this is not “an easy way out” and should be considered a last resort.
NaturalKnowledge247 wrote a great blog today about natural therapies.
SheBANGS wrote a post that we could all benefit from, about thinking positive.
Finally, here’s a great photo called “The Polar Express”, to celebrate the days we’ll be leaving behind!