Yes, the title says it all - - today I reached Obese Class I, with a BMI of 34.9. For some people, that would be a terrible thing, full of tears, recriminations, and a high risk of developing health problems. I, too, have a high risk of developing health problems, but this is a huge improvement from where I used to be - - Obese Class III, with its "extremely high" risk of developing health problems.
Yep, it's true. My 2.5 pound weight loss this week puts me at a BMI of 34.9, which is the lowest category of obesity there is. Another 30-ish pounds down from here, and I will only be overweight.
I have to confess that I am sooooo close to hitting the 100 pounds lost mark that I upped my program this week to try and keep the weight loss going. I took the elliptical up to 55 minutes and a crossramp of 6 (up from 5) with a tension of 5 (down from 8), and a stride rate of 130+ strides per minute (up from 100-120). The new workout music mix, combined with the lower resistance, makes it much easier for me to hit the 130+ strides per minute rate, and I can certainly see my calorie burn has increased.
My steps per day have also increased with the new workouts:
I also took the free weights up to 4 sets of 12 reps at 6 pounds for the various dumbbell exercises that I do 3x per week. I am definitely feeling it in my arms, so that's probably doing good things.
I noticed an ever-so-slight hint of clavicles this week, which makes me very happy. Eventually I will have actual visible clavicles, and I will jump for joy. It's still a long way away yet, but I am prepared to be patient and keep plugging away.
So far I have lost 97.5 pounds, which is almost 100, no matter how you count it. I have to be prepared not to be disappointed if I do not hit 100 pounds down next week, because it's not reasonable to expect to keep these 2+ pound losses every week. Overall I am averaging about 1.5-1.7 pounds down per week, which means that I should hit 100 pounds down in a couple of weeks. Assuming that I stay on plan.