As of this morning, I’m weighing in on the Wii Fit at 29.7 pounds lighter than I was April 2st. That’s a 11.46% of my (recent) starting weight gone and 12.3 pounds to reach my previous low of 217 pounds. I don’t have an exact “highest ever” number, but sometime in 2009, I was weighing in at the doctor’s office within shouting distance of 290, making my total loss at this point around 60 pounds.
You’ll notice with these photos, I’ve not only changed size, but my shape is starting to change.
Some of those changes are only really noticeable to me. Pockets of squishy fat I’ve carried for so many years are disappearing like at the nape of my neck and around my ankles. If that happened when I was 217, I didn’t notice, and I believe I would have.
I was so unhealthy back then, mentally and physically, although getting diagnosed with sleep apnea and getting my CPAP started the process of healing my mind and body from years of bad sleep and high blood pressure. I could not have achieved the level of health and fitness I now enjoy without proper sleep.
The person I was back then couldn’t have managed what my work day routine looks like. I get up at 5:15 am, prep what fruits and veggies are to be juiced, get ready for work while Chris runs the juicer and we are out the door at 6:20 am. Once at work, my shift doesn’t start til 9 am, so I drink my coffee with coconut oil, eat a banana and some nuts, then take an hour to an hour and 15 minute walk before having a second breakfast of veggies and hummus or tabouli (thank you Costco) then clocking in to work for 8 hours. On my lunch break, I head out for a walk and many nights Chris and I head out to the pool at our apartment complex. When considering I’ve given up all caffeine but my morning coffee – 12 oz – except on rare occasions where I’ll have another cup of joe or some tea, my energy levels are astounding. I was, at one point, drinking four to six cups worth of coffee in the morning, plus two 24 oz Diet Cokes throughout the day. My caffeine intake has varied over the years, but never before have I given up soda for so long with no cravings. I do believe, in part, the lack of craving is having given up the “trigger” foods like hamburgers and pizza that always made me slip up when I tried to quit in the past. The science bears out my feeling that moderate coffee and tea use has little down side and several up sides including coffee’s mood enhancing effect, leaving me no desire to quit those.
One must remember, I’m only 4’9 tall, making my BMI at my heaviest around 62. I don’t follow BMI as the best indicator of weight/health, but it does help with showing weight relative to height for illustration purposes. In fact, Chris and I were nearly identical when we began the juicing and eating unrefined plant foods. Today, my BMI is 49.49. I was so excited to see it drop below 50. Chris is a few points below me, but I’m just as happy to see those numbers drop for him. He’s worked hard and is currently undertaking a juice fast which I elected not to join.
I can still say confidently today, the way I am eating is not a diet. Unlike other things I’ve done, I’m not counting down the pounds until I can “eat normally again” because this is normal. I’m eating a goodly volume of food with lots of variety and flavor. These are the foods I want to fuel myself with and what my cells should be made of. I think about that every day. My body was made of Oreos and McDonald’s hamburgers and I am rebuilding it from avocados, spinach, carrots, chick peas and so many other natural foods, it’s no wonder I feel better.