So, yesterday I got into the exercise room at my office building and officially began my third attempt to wage war with my waistline. The scale in the room doesn't have the two-tenths of a pound accuracy that the scales my my old gym did, but I can live with it. Anyway, the "good news" is that I'm still under the all-time high I hit back in the summer of 2001. However, that statement is about as honest as Bush saying that the US doesn't use torture. Realistically, for all practical purposes I'm back to where I once was -- let's just say that for the last couple months I've been wishing I hadn't given away all my fat clothes after taking all the weight off for the first time.
Because I've used weekly weigh-ins and wrote about them in the past, I actually know exactly how much I weighed on this date last year. Since then I've put on 31 pounds, but even that is a somewhat misleading indicator of how much I let myself go. Checking against my last weigh-in of 2004, I've put on over 38 pounds since then.
Boy, if there's something I'm really good at, it's eating and putting on a lot weight really quickly.
Anyway, I need to beat it into my head that I need to make these changes for my the sake of my health, once and for all. I've been on medication for high blood pressure for seven years, and it's safe to say that it's now a chronic condition, especially considering that I discovered I still needed to take it during the few months I was around my goal weight a little over three years ago. That and the history of heart attacks, strokes and heart disease on both sides of my family tree are all screaming at me to take better care of myself. I've found ways to ignore those screams over the past 11 months, but it really is something I can no longer do.
Thanks to Tank and Mrs. Moose, I have two wonderful reasons to motivate myself, and I need to focus on that when my resolve weakens. This is a fight that I'm probably going to have to wage for the rest of my life, and it's one I cannot lose.
Weigh-In Yesterday: 238 pounds
Intermediate Goal: 210 pounds by my 34th birthday
Final Goal: 180 pounds by end of 2006
Edit to Add, 10:42 AM: Just because I need to flog myself about this a little more, my highs and lows over the past four years:
Summer, 2001: 240 pounds
October, 2002: 178 pounds
May, 2004: 228 pounds
December, 2004: 199 pounds
Yesterday: see above