Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.
July 23, 2012, Monday: 183.5
Net Loss: 4.5 Pounds
Daily Calorie Total: 1972
Daily Exercise: About One Hour of Barn Chores
Net Loss since October 1, 2008 at 216.5 Pounds: 33 pounds
UGW: 149.5 (34 more pounds to loose. Almost halfway there!)
This is the lowest I’ve been for literally years. Even after doing seven months of Nutrisystem with Mr. Harmless, I wasn’t able to drop below 184 pounds. I just couldn’t stick to their diet long term! In 1999, I was 180 for my wedding and briefly 172 thereafter. I was also riding five times every week, counting calories, and taking diet pills. (No diet pills this time.) When Mr.Harmless and I went on our first date, I was 143.5 pounds. I’m not planning on getting that low, but I am going to have to essentially roll back sixteen years of weight gain. I guess another six months of losing at a pound and a half per week isn’t really all that much after all.
I hope I’ve found something that will work for me. I seem to be sticking to 1800 calories/day with a reasonable amount of effort and I’m still able to eat when I get hungry. Of course, it means eating smaller amounts and sometimes waiting for twenty minutes for my appetite to abate. I also need to be careful to always have a few calories left over for a snack before bedtime. Going to bed hungry really makes it hard for me to sleep.
I love riding and spending time with my horses. I think it’s really true, that you have to find an exercise you enjoy to successfully stay active. I love that I’m making demonstrable progress in my riding and that I have both short and long term goals to keep me motivated.
I know I will continue to run into obstacles, setbacks, and challenges as I lose the remaining 34 pounds it will take to get me to a normal BMI at 149.5 pounds. I’m just going to keep tweaking things until I figure out how I can achieve a sustainable, healthy weight. Mr. Harmless has kept his fifty pounds of loss off for over three years now. It takes continual effort, but he’s found a way that he can happily live with. I’m beginning to really believe that I can do the same.