It was 366 days ago that I downloaded Lose It, the calorie-counting app for the iPhone that, when used correctly, delivers what it promises: successful weight loss. It’s 52 weeks later and I’m 52 pounds lighter. That’s 1 pound per week on average. Some weeks I lost 2 or 3 pounds. Other weeks I gained it back. Classic roller coaster weight loss. But nonetheless, here I am — once 318 pounds, now at 266.
Actually, after weigh in this morning, I can tell you that I’m right at 264.6, which is 53.4 pounds lost since September 22, 2009. My new practice is to work out with weights in the morning and then to do a 20-30 minute run/walk at night. Counting calories continues, though I’m not quite as excited about being at a net calorie intake of zero anymore. If I’m over by a few hundred, so be it. A few days ago I ate onion rings and ended up over by about 900 calories for the day. I also smelled like onions and rings.
My next goal is to get down to 248 pounds. That’s 70 pounds lost, plus, it puts me under 250 pounds, which seems to be a common threshold for step ladders and bar stools.
My ultimate goal is to reach 218 pounds. That’s 100 pounds lost, plus it puts me well within the allowances of “the chart” — you know, the thing that says that if you’re a certain height that you should be within a certain weight range? Yeah. I crush those charts. Just like a step ladder or bar stool.
If you see me eating like I’m hungry, it’s because I am. But rest assured that I see food differently and probably won’t ever eat Crisco by the spoonful again.