Friday, September 24, 2010

Benefits of weight loss so far

Other than feeling better, here are some of the benefits of my weight loss so far:

1.) The staring from small kids at the grocery store is WAY down.

2.) My feet no longer swell.

3.) My blood pressure is perfect and under control. I still take medication for it, but it's lower than it's been in 10 years.

4.) I can buy all of my clothes at the store.

5.) I can fit in just about any car. I drove a VW Beetle the other day.

6.) There is a lot more room in the shower.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Goodbye to the night shift

In the call center world, all the supervisors and representatives change shifts every 6 months. I can get any schedule I want, but I made a calculated decision to leave the night shift.

Why?

Because I decided working nights contributed to my self-destruction. Staying up all night watching TV, being online...not healthy.

So I'm working 8:30-5:30. I can still get up, go walking at 5 and be at work on time.

It's bad news for all the fast food restaurants around here, who have been suffering for the last 3 months. Sorry guys!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Celebrating the first 100

Hard to believe...but it's official. I've lost 100 pounds since I got out of the hospital. Lots more to go, but it's worthy of a before and after picture. This picture is from today, 9/10/2010. Like I said, I have a long way to go. But I'm well on my way.





This picture is from 6/4/2010, about 2 weeks before I went to the emergency room. I felt terrible, and I look like it.







Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Clothes shopping

So for the first time in about 5 years, I walked into a store and purchased clothes off the rack. A good feeling, but a few observations:

1.) I didn't buy too many clothes. Just 2 outfits. No need, they'll all be way too big to wear in about a month or so.

2.) I hate clothes shopping. Always have. Even when I was skinny. I just hate it. Fashion is not my forte.

My next goal is to be able to walk into Walmart or Target and buy clothes, instead of the Big and Tall store.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The long road ahead

The doctor's visit went well the other day. The highlights:

My blood pressure was 114 over 68. I haven't seen numbers that good in a long time. I'm most happy about that, because it hasn't been under control in a long time. The medication I was taking before wasn't working.

The PT/INR test was 2.4, between the desired range of 2 and 3. This means the Coumadin is doing its job and I am taking exactly the right amount. I can't wait to get off this stuff, but that will be awhile.

And...the weight loss continues. 12 pounds in 18 days. It won't always come off this quickly, I know that from experience. Frustration awaits. Sometimes I'll go and weigh and there will be no loss.

It's a marathon, not a sprint.

So doing the math, 12 pounds in 18 days is approximately .666 pounds a day, 2/3 of a pound a day.

At that rate, that's 20 pounds a month. I'm looking at another year to reach my goal.

But I'll take it.


The bigger issue is getting used to this CPAP Machine. The mask is a little hard to take. But I'm going to keep trying. As terrible as I sleep, it has to get better.

That's all for now.