Written by Dr. Mark
Since I wrote about looking past the weight last week, I thought it would make perfect sense to write about my success with losing weight this week.
It finally happened. After over a decade of being over 200 lbs. (that’s going back to the end of high school for me) earlier today (Thursday) I weighed in at 199 lbs. It sure is exciting, and feels good to finally have done it. When I first came here to Georgia and Healthsprout I was about 237 lbs. Through the 60- Day Turnaround and working out a Crossfit Bridgemill, I dropped a bunch of weight, didn’t get under 200, but was doing well. Lost focus gained back some weight, never back to where I was, but more than I liked.
So I’m happy. But nervous at the same time. I know what’s coming. Thanksgiving, not too bad, but then Christmas, and this year we’re going back to NY, which is where all of that yummy food is that put me in this situation to begin with. So what am I to do?
Well, under 200 lbs. was my first goal for weight loss and this 60 – Day Turnaround. It feels great to have met it finally, but it means I need to find a new goal. First thing, I think I need is to be completely honest with myself. I will continue to follow the Straight 60 to Thanksgiving. We’ve already discussed as a family that we will be making a few forbidden foods that day. I think we agreed on the stuffing and sweet potatoes, possibly a pie. After that day, and the leftovers are gone, we are gong right back to our strict Straight 60 rules. Following that all the way up to our Christmas trip. This will be the ultimate test. While in NY there are going to be endless temptations. This is where being honest with myself comes in, I know I’m not going to be perfect while I’m there. So my goal, through this holiday season will be maintenance. To keep my weight where it is, to balance my food so I’m able to enjoy some of those things I can only get in NY, but not forgetting about what we’ve accomplished so far, and how not to revert.
Once January roles around the goal will shift back to weight loss. Somewhere around 180 (even that is still considered over-weight for my height, but less than that really isn’t practical for me. This is why you’ll hear us say BMI is not a great measurement of health. Ask about the BIA test we can do in our office.) is where I’d like to be. So that’s 20 more lbs. So there is still a lot of work to be done. We’re starting another group 60- Day Turnaround at the end of January. If you missed out on this one, no excuses, decide now that you’re doing it with us. I look forward to seeing you there, and invite a friend to keep you accountable.
Celebrate your success, then find a new target and make a plan to get there. Like I said, I was over 200 lbs. for over a decade, it’s never too late to start, but there’s no time like the present.