December 9, 2011

Roses and thorns

It's almost the end of the year, and I'm getting a little introspective. Looking back on my goals for 2011, and thinking about all the progress I've made - not just weight-wise, but also overall mental and physical health. I'll write about it all when I have a bit more time - this week has been quite busy and shows no sign of slowing at the moment, as it is finals week, and now I am heading to the office to make my final exams for my courses. Yesterday was the last day of class and my students applauded as I thanked them for a fantastic first semester. Given all the semester's struggles, that little moment of recognition felt great.

I haven't shared a weigh-in in a while, so I suppose I'm due for one. I've still been weighing daily, but like always, I typically just look at the number and then carry on; since Ben has been recording and sharing his daily weights, I've started keeping track of mine in an Excel spreadsheet.

I'm not sure if it's seeing the numbers there (and being forced to remember them and note patterns) or general motivation or what, but it's working.

Another visual:

Nothing feels better than moving forward in a good direction.

193 is the lowest weight on weigh-in day that I've recorded since August ... before I left Chicago. My lowest weight so far is 192, and I'm trying not to count any chickens before they hatch, but I'm feeling good about making progress from here.

I was looking over my other progress spreadsheets (yes, there are several) and realized that in 2010, I lost 80 pounds. If I get to 185 by December 31, it'll be another 80 in 2011. Not to mention that 185 is already an incredibly significant number for me, as it would move my BMI from obese to overweight. It's a big goal, but I'm feeling confident and ready to reach it.

The bumpy little rough patch marks a significant time in my life, full of countless changes; and as frustrating as it has sometimes been, I have no regrets about an entire semester of weight maintenance. But the time is right for me to get seriously focused again. No dilly-dallying. No excuses.


Sarah said...

You have made great progress so far this month!

Caron said...

I see your year as totally successful. Keep up the good work. :)

sheila said...

Weight maintenace is a good thing. Gives the body and skin time to adjust. Gaining is all back and then some is a problem. I'd say you've had remarkable sucess at a stressful time in your life.

Meghan said...

You are doing so great!

Bluezy said...

I love New Year on how it gives you a fresh start. A chance to start it up from day one.

Your visual specs are awesome!

Unknown said...

You are doing so amazingly! And next time you're in Fresno you owe me a phone call!!

Maren said...

Well done in 2011! :D

Amy said...

You've made incredible progress. It's so inspiring. I really struggle with the obese to overweight category. I like to dance around it quite a bit. No clue why, but it's just my thing.

Even when I'm trying really hard it's like my body just likes to stay there. At least my clothes fit better.

Tim said...

Good luck in getting to 185! It's so exciting seeing you so close to changing your BMI. When you get there I promise that you will feel an amazing sense of achievement!