Yes, I realize it is not November yet But it seems silly to start an October thread at this point and I want to post - so I am jumping the gun a little on November.
Anyway, I apologize for not being around or posting too much recently. I have not, however, given up. I am continuing to loose weight. Since January, I have lost a little over 35 lbs. That is a weekly weight loss of .78 lbs and a daily deficit of 392 calories.
I continue to have mixed emotions. I am super excited that I have lost over 35 lbs, but at 5’8" and 185, I am still overweight, I still have a long ways to go, I am not happy with my body shape even though it is getting better, and it is taking a frustratingly long time.
It is still difficult for me to tell exactly what my target weight should be. I think I should weigh around 155, but I’ll have to see “how things look” as I approach that weight. It could be anywhere from 145 to 165.
I am happy that I am doing this the right way. When I first started, people would pose the question, “What are you doing to loose weight?” and I would have a whole list of things to tell them. Now, when somebody asks me that question… I don’t really know what to say. And it just dawned on me yesterday that it is because I have completely and hopefully, permanently changed my lifestyle and eating habits! This is the new normal for me! So even though this process is taking for-freaking-ever I am also happy that I did it by making a lifestyle change and not by “dieting”.
Some other interesting updates are that I have started to commute to work on my mountain bike. It is a 30-35 minute trip in each direction, and I try to really move it. It is great exercise twice a day! I am very happy I started doing this, though winter may be challenging. However, I have started getting more exercise in other ways as well. I have also moved from a size 40 waist to a size 34 and have had to drill a new hole in my belt. I have to get rid of my size 40 pants because they look ridiculous when I try to wear them.
So now what? I guess I just keep plugging away at it and making good decisions. I hope I will look like a reasonably average person by mid winter or so, and basically achieve my goal by late spring or so and be comfortable taking my shirt off in public next summer - that will be weird. I need to start working on my muscles too.