Turning the ship around
by the other theo
I am pleased to report that I’ve now lost about 5 pounds since I last wrote about my weight loss almost two months ago. I managed to increase the intensity of my daily workouts, and working out feels very good right now. I can feel a change in the muscle groups of my lower body — both in terms of their size and shape as well as how they respond to exercise. I’ve also managed to get my eating and portion sizing under control without feeling like I’m denying myself much. Most important from an emotional standpoint (and probably least important as a practical matter,) I’ve blown past a weight number where my weight loss traditionally stopped before last year.
My doctor ran a lipid panel and glucose tests on my blood a few weeks ago, and while the results aren’t as stellar those of 18 months ago, they look pretty good. Some are just above what’s considered a healthy range, and some are in the range. We’ll have to see what the numbers look like next year.
Weight loss during the last three months was slow at first. The scale did not change much at all during in the 4-6 weeks before my last posting on the subject. Some time in early-to-mid-July, I started to notice changes in how my clothes were fitting and the reading on the scale started to drop. I am weighing myself before I exercise in the morning, but I’m not recording the values. I keep thinking that the information would be useful to look at later… but I never get around to it. Is there a fitness iPhone app for that?
This puts me about one third of the way toward my first fitness goal; losing another 5 pounds would be nice, and another 10 pounds is the target. The second, and more important, fitness goal of keeping off that lost weight… I’m not sure where I am with that.
In any case, I feel like changing your level of fitness is like turning a large ship. Even after you’ve started turning the wheel, it takes a while to see the course changing. I think my change is under way.