My first milestone was to return to the weight at which I began my successful weight loss journey in October 2001. I accomplished that on Thursday, June 19, when I weighed in at 194.8 lbs. at my WW meeting. This is actually .6 lbs. higher than my weight in Fall 2001, but since my current meeting is in the evening while I'd previously been attending meetings during the day, I think I can appropriately claim this success. My next milestone will be when my home scale reads 185 lbs. This is what I weighed when I began this blog on 9/29/05. This morning my home scale said 188 lbs.
I am doing something that I'd advised against, behaving somewhat differently during this weight loss period than I intend to behave once I reach my goal weight. I'd written against doing so when one of my on-line friends discussed being stricter with his food choices while "dieting" than he intended to be once he'd gotten rid of the lbs. I'm currently eating pretty much as I intend to eat for the rest of my life, but I've become an exercise maniac and have no intention of continuing at this level once the flab is gone. I'm on my elliptical cross trainer virtually every day for a total of 81 minutes. This includes a 75 minute work out, a 3 minute warm up, and a 3 minute cool down. I try to keep my heart rate at 136 - 137 beats per minute. This is slightly above the 134 beats per minute recommended by the manufacturer of my elliptical for someone my age. I frequently find myself above this rate and have to slow down. Once I've gotten rid of the lbs. I will continue to use the elliptical as an important component of my over-all health. I'll just be a little more moderate in its use.
My "official" weight loss for the week, that which showed up at my WW meeting, is 2.4 lbs. This morning's weight of 188 lbs. puts me 16 lbs. below the 204 lbs. that I was maintaining for a while.
I remain focused and strong and very optimistic that I am firmly on the path to my goal weight.
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