Monday, June 01, 2009

It's on


(photo taken at 0725 this morning)

After seeing numbers on the scale in the range of 220-point-something at the end of last week and mulling it over, I have decided to do something about my weight (for the million-and-first time). To that end, I went to the grocery store yesterday and bought all the food (I think) I need to start the South Beach diet Phase One today.

Yesterday I went to the gym with MM in the morning and did a (slower-than-usual) 30-minute walk on the treadmill in the morning and walked to the park with MM and the doggies in the evening (about 10 minutes round trip). I also had a healthy salad and some soup for dinner. Funny how just one day of eating healthier and getting some exercise affects the scale: I was 219.4 on Saturday morning!

I was surprised to see 217.0 on the scale this morning, but I am glad my weight adjusted itself before I started trying to lose weight again. Although I must say, it would have been very encouraging if the scale had waited a day to go down and I'd seen a 2.4-pound "loss" immediately. LOL

Aside from planning on challenges with my sister and a friend to get/keep me motivated, I haven't put any thought at all into how long I intend to do this. If I go by BMI, I am far above what I should weigh: one calculator I found (and like) online tells me that my current BMI is 36.1, which is in the 87th percentile for my age and height (yikes!). It lists my "people's choice ideal weight" as 160 pounds and notes that the medical recommendation for my weight is 116-150 pounds.

Going by the more generous standard--and really, I don't see any possible way for me to EVER weigh less than 150 pounds--I need to lose 57 pounds. Even if I averaged a pound a week of loss, that would take me over a year to achieve.

So at this point. . . . . baby steps. I am going to do chip away at this slowly. My first goal is to see the scale under 200 pounds. . . . . something that hasn't happened in a while.


Anonymous said...


After trying on wedding dresses over the weekend and knowing that I need to drop a size before my lovely dress comes in for final alterations I am on a mission to kick my own butt. I plan to look damn good on my wedding day. I'm also starting a new two-week plan, so hopefully this will start me off right! Here's the link if you want to try it too!

Good luck, sweety. I know you can do it!


Anonymous said...

Yay you and good luck! That phase one of SB is somewhat hard but it is sooo worth it. I can't wait to see if you feel much peppier like I did!

Wyatt & Co. said...

Good luck, Shar. I know you can do it, because I have witnessed.

Flying Monkeys said...

What challenge?

I have 47 to go to get to the high end of my healthy range. ha ha.