Today's magic number is:
The scale reports I've lost 6.0 pounds since last weigh-in, two weeks ago bringing my total weight loss to 187 pounds. Much has happened and there is much to report! Some of it is good, some of it is bad, and some of it is just plain ugly! Hence the title of this blog post.
I am light enough that I can now use my wife's bathroom scale! Today I weighed myself on it just before going to the doctors office to weigh-in there. I wanted to see how close the two scales were, for accuracy sakes. I stepped on my wife's scale 4 times and got two readings of 302.5, one reading of 303, and one reading of 304. I stepped on the doctors scale twice and it said 302.4 both times. So my wife's scale is just about right on the money! Certainly accurate enough to use on a regular basis instead of having to drive to the doctors office. What's more, I can now weigh myself without shoes and clothing, and when I did so the scale reported I weighed 299 pounds.
I have not weighed under 300 pounds in 20 years!! I am now 13 pounds away from having lost 200 pounds, 39 pounds away from what I weighed graduating high school, and 49 pounds away from the lowest I've weighed as an adult.
The difference between last weigh-in and this one, as recorded by the doctors office, puts me 0.13 pound behind my goal of 1% body weight per week. Not bad! Not bad at all. Not when you consider the new exercise regimen I've started, which has already started to add muscle to my frame. Certainly more than 0.13 pound worth! So I am more than confident my fat loss easily exceeded the 1% goal.
How much muscle? Who knows? I can tell you this... I have a recumbent trike I ride along the bike path near here. There is a spot on the path where it goes up a hill and across an old train bridge. That hill has always been tough for me on my trike. I have slowly worked up to being able to get up it more comfortably, but even then I'm in 1st gear of my 3 speed trike, and I'm huffing and puffing and heart pounding by the time I get to the top. Today, just 10 days after starting DDP Yoga, I was determined to see if I could make it up that hill in 2nd speed. I did not! I never got into 2nd speed! I climbed that hill in 3rd speed! My heart was pounding but my breathing was deep, controlled, and comfortable, and my legs delivered the strength needed to get up that hill in high gear! After only 10 days on the program! Incredible!
My chronic inflammation is back, in full force, wreaking havoc. The inflammation almost always comes with some water retention, which reflects on the scale. So even though I'm happy with where the scale was, it's probably a bit higher than it would be otherwise, just because of the inflammation. The cause of the inflammation is, I believe, more toxins being dumped into my system than I can process out, due to an increase in fat burning brought on by the DDP Yoga. If this is the cause then cutting back on the yoga should relieve my symptoms. I am in a lot of discomfort due to the inflammation, so I am inclined to slow up on the yoga for now, even though I REALLY enjoy the workouts. For now I will cut back to doing it every other day and see if that helps any. I have been at this long enough to know it's not a race and that this journey will take some time. So I'll cut back as necessary. Progress will still come, just not as fast as I want it to!
Losing weight leaves a lot of loose skin! Use your imagination! It's starting to get pretty bad!
That is all!
-Norm aka John Smith