224. A little less, actually...but I rounded up. So, as the banner at the top of the page states, I have lost 353 pounds.
I'm very excited, as I am only 25 pounds away from being under 200. I won't be able to believe it once I get there. When I get to 198 pounds, I will be at a weight I haven't weighed since the 5th grade 30 years ago.
But I know "getting there" will only just be the beginning.
You see, unlike almost any other accomplishment, losing weight is far from permanent. It's not like getting a college degree, where you have it once you've achieved it. Or building a building. Or digging a ditch. Or anything else.
No, losing weight just means that you have adopted the lifestyle and habits that have led you to weigh a certain weight. But only for that moment in time. If I don't keep living the lifestyle and habits of somebody who weighs 224 pounds, the weight will all come back.
It never ends. But I welcome the challenge and I am excited by it. I just have to stay humble. Because it is a privilege to be thin, one that must be earned on a daily basis.
The fight continues!