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Loss since last weigh-in (3/21): 0.8 lb
2017 Cumulative loss: 16.6 lb
Pounds from goal: 6.8 lb

On one hand, I should be happy with these numbers. My birthday weekend involved three days of over-indulgence (though not sheer, unrestrained gluttony,) so averaging 0.4/week looks like a win. On the other hand, I tried hard to be extra-good about the eating and exercise outside of that three day period, so I can't help but feel like the number should've been a little better. However, it is progress, so I really should just accept and move on.

The reason why I've made this a "Special Edition" post is that today marks the sixth anniversary of my returning to the gym with the determination to make lifelong changes to my eating and exercising habits. For the most part it has been a success. There certainly have been deviations -- I've had to return to weight loss mode to lose at least 15 pounds more times than I care to count. However, my weight has breached the 215 mark -- 33 pounds below my all-time peak back on April 4, 2011 -- just twice in that time, and I'm currently over 50 pounds below where I started.

I'm proud of what I've accomplished over the past six years -- I can honestly state that the I've been in better shape and health over the past six years than the six best non-consecutive years from my 20s and 30s. Yet, I cannot overstate just how much of struggle this continues to be for me. As evidenced by the current series of Weekly Weigh-In posts, it's disconcertingly easy for me to stop eating and exercising properly. This will clearly remain a lifetime struggle for me as my default setting is clearly "fat bastard." The aging process isn't helping either; I'm not old, but I'm old enough to notice that some of my day-to-day aches and pains take longer to heal or sometimes seem that they are bordering on chronic. I can easily imagine a time when I will need to adjust exercise routines to compensate for such things.

But, now is a time to focus on the positive. While I may be in the middle of another period of getting my weight back down to ideal levels, I am in great shape, by all objective standards outside of that infernal BMI measure, and I am currently below the goal weight I originally set for myself back in 2011. I'm proud of the fact that six years later I can make such a statement. I hope that I will be able to do so each time I reach this anniversary.

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tisiphone
Apr. 4th, 2017 03:56 pm (UTC)
You continue to be an inspiration, especially as I'm going through a bit of this myself right now (having totally failed to actually change my eating habits). Congratulations on six years.
thetalkingmoose
Apr. 5th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm flattered that you called me an inspiration. Although I know that what I've accomplished is rare (my doctor reminds me of this on every visit, and I believe it's because he feels like he needs to keep encouraging me), I tend to view it as an ongoing project that I cannot let up on -- especially given that I'm in weight loss mode *again* because I occasionally let things slide for too long.
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