Friday, 12 April 2013

I'm not thinner, I'm just more condensed! 114.5 pounds down [with pics]

You know how some people say "I'm not fat, there's just more of me to love"?  As the Nerd says now, "there's not less of you to love now that you're losing weight, you're just more condensed". 

On that note, I am even further condensed this week.

This week was another 1.6 pound loss, bringing my weight down to 219.4 pounds, and my total pounds lost up to 114.5 pounds.  My current BMI is 32.4.  Interesting bit of trivia for you: when I have lost 167 pounds, I will weigh 167 pounds.  This must be some type of quantum singularity or something, and although it is not something I need to worry about for many months yet, it will be so damn cool when it happens.

Still on track...!

This week I upped the workouts by adding more weight to the ankle weights, adding more reps to the free weight sets, and adding more crossramp to the elliptical.  My workouts felt pretty good, and I'm happy with the changes I made for now.

On the sodium front, I was able to keep my numbers well within the recommended daily average of 1,500 - 2,300 mg sodium both this week, and month to date.  I don't have today's figures in there yet because I don't know what we will have for dinner tonight, but if recent trends are anything to go on, my numbers should be fine.

I don't know what the heck is happening with my fasting blood sugar this month, but I will take it!  So far this month 7 of my daily readings have been normal, and although I think it's a bit early yet to expect to see this trend continue all the way through the end of the month (I think I've got a lot more weight to lose to bring me fully into the normal range), so far my numbers put me just at the top end of normal range month to date - - very promising to see, and fabulously motivating.

The Patriarch has only recently been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, and he does not test his sugars daily (the diabetes person he is working with tests his A1C numbers and fasting blood sugar levels when he sees her every quarter).  I wish he would test daily, because it's so motivating to see the numbers trend downwards with weight loss.  Sure, it takes a really long time, but it does happen, and it reinforces all the good behaviours when it does.

In clotheshorse related news, I am very happy with my new running shoes.  I have learned so much about the importance of good footwear for working out in just the last 24 hours after posting about the new shoes, and I am feeling very good about making that great leap forward.  I am also amazed that I didn't collapse in a pile of shin splints and turned ankles long before now given the appalling state of the shoes that I was wearing.  Whew!  Dodged a bullet there!

It occurred to me out of the blue this week that although I have gone down 4 full dress sizes and have worked my way through my clothing archive, I have never taken a look at my court outfit.  In Canada in the Federal Court and in front of judges of the Ontario court, counsel must gown in a black waistcoat, wing collar shirt with tabs, and gown.  I bought my robes back in 2007 just before my call to the bar (for which you also must robe), which means that my robes were custom made to fit me at whatever the heck weight I was back in 2007.  I will tell you right now, it wasn't anything close to where I am now, judging from the slack I have in my waistcoat.  The gown itself is always going to look big, so that's probably ok not to have to change.

When I got my robes the company who made them did not have any women's wing collar shirts in size 26 - - not much call for them, I expect.  So instead of a shirt I was reduced to wearing a wing collar dickie, which looked just the same under the waistcoat.  It always burned me that I didn't have a proper shirt, though.  Well this week as I looked over my robes I thought - - why not see if I can finally pick up a shirt?  The answer is "hell yes!", and the shirt arrived today.

Below for comparison is a photo of me from my call to the bar (ignore the shiny face - - it was a million degrees that day), and me trying on the new shirt this afternoon.  No, blue jeans are not approved court attire, and yes, I am missing my tabs, but otherwise, I like how my robes look now, although I will need to get a new waistcoat when I go down another size:

The comparison from year ago is also striking:

What a difference a year makes!

I am gradually whittling down the numbers until I make my next goal:

I am less than 20 pounds away from Onederland!!  And only 16.4 pounds away from being merely overweight!  My overall target still feels like a long way to go, but it's much closer than it used to be.  If I keep stringing productive weeks together as I have, I will hit my objective early in 2014, right on track. 

1 comment:

  1. It's all so... awesome, to use an overused word. Those photos are amazing. What a difference in the face alone!