Winter Update on My Weight Loss Journey

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I haven't updated this blog for a while -- about five months, to be precise -- but I'm still very much on track with my journey to a healthier me. (At some point last year, this became so much more than just a weight loss journey. It became about fitness and nutrition and becoming comfortable in my own skin.)

So here I am, thirteen months into the process of reinventing my life at midlife. Once I let go of my initial fear of making these changes (fear of failure; fear of being judged), the rest was easy.

I am so happy that I took the chance: that I risked the fear of failure. I am now down 109.8 lbs. from my initial starting weight of 286.6 lbs. At 176.8 lbs., I am now merely overweight as opposed to morbidly obese. My BMI has dropped from 46.3 to 28.5. I am just 22.8 lbs. away from achieving my goal weight of 154 lbs. Best of all, I finally feel comfortable in my own skin.

A few more updates and observations:

  • I continue to reap the mental health benefits of being physically active on a regular basis. My default state of mind is now happy-calm as opposed to anxious. Family members keep asking me why I'm smiling all the time....
  • I continue to push myself to achieve new levels of cardiovascular fitness. I measure this in real-world terms: my ability to tackle hills at the cottage with ever-increasing gusto; my ability to run errands for hours at a time without ever getting tired. 
  • I continue to log my food on a daily basis. I will probably do this for the rest of my life. It seems like a small investment of time to make in exchange for keeping myself on track nutritionally.

So, life is good. I've finally figured out what contributes to a happier and healthier me. I plan to continue to work that plan.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao Tzu