Today I went for my weigh-in. I didn’t think I had lost anything due to the tape measure so stubbornly denying me! But I have. Just a tiny bit. I’ve gone from 90.2 kilos at my last weigh-in, exactly six weeks ago, to… 89.1 kilos. So a bit over a kilo gone, 2.2 lbs.
I’m now 196lbs or 14 stone exactly. Was so hoping to bust through the 14 stone mark this time. But least I’ve broken the 90 kilos barrier. I’m now lighter than I’ve been for more than ten years so, some cause for celebration.
I also measured myself again this morning and I’m delighted to report that my waist has now, finally, gone down to 35 inches. (89 centimetres). That’s the point above which is dangerous so I’m out the danger zone. And my BMI is now a bit over 30. Still obese but only just! When I get to 30, I’ll just be ordinarily overweight!
In discussion with Fiona, the lovely practice sister who is overseeing all this, we’ve set a goal for me to eventually reach 70 kilos as that’s what I was back in 1992 and maintained till the early 2000s. So that’s 11 stone or 154lbs. Down from my recent all-time high of 15 stone 8 pounds or 99 kilos or 210lbs.
Fiona, bless her, is pleased with my progress because I’m showing a steady decline and keep losing at every weigh-in. Okay so this time it isn’t very much but I’m grateful for every ounce off! And a gradual decline is far healthier than a quick sudden one. Main thing is I’ve stuck to it.
Not giving up
In the past decade all my attempts at weight loss have failed after the first stone. Which is why I was so worried this week that I’d crack again and give up. I knew it was a touch and go moment and I feared if I didn’t have a loss at the weigh-in, even a tiny one, I’d give up. For sure a gain would’ve made me give up.
My next real big goal is to keep going if I DO gain! But weighing in every six to seven weeks to some extent removes that worry. You can gain and lose a few pounds due to normal fluctuations which is why weekly and definitely daily weigh-ins aren’t a good idea. My next weigh-in will be at the six month point and I’m hoping to reach 20 pounds off, 9 kilos, by then. Halfway towards my three stone off that I want to lose in a year of doing Paleo.
Sticking with it
So that’s a fairly achievable goal. And goals should be achievable if you want to, well, if you want to achieve them! I need only lose a further three pounds in the next seven weeks to hit my halfway target of 20 pounds off so far in total. Though 21 pounds would put me at the exact halfway point towards 42 pounds, or three stones. Or 19/20 kilos.
We’ll see. Any loss at all is fine by me but if I keep losing at this very slow rate, it’ll take till end of next year to reach my goal. Mind, would that be so bad? What’s the rush? So long as I get gradually healthier and lighter. A slow weight loss is far more likely to be a permanent weight loss.
Least that’s my excuse! But I am definitely going to try harder during these next seven weeks leading up to the six-month point. I have let things slip a little recently. But having to come back here and report what I weigh is a very strong incentive to keep it going. And keep it going I shall.
Enjoy your Thursday.