BMI September 2010 = 32.5
BMI September 2011 = 24.8
Weight reduction September 2010 – September 2011 = 38 pounds, 24% of starting weight
I feel fantastic, better than I have in 20 years. I am focused on healthy eating – beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables – and regular activity – walking, biking, swimming, strength exercises. I monitor my weight every day. Carbohydrate intake is significantly reduced. I travel to the local grocer and farmers’ market several times per week for fresh fruit and vegetables. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have not given up wine, chocolate, and an occasional pizza or chicken wing. A woman’s got to live!
I have muscle definition that I don’t recall ever having in my life. I sometimes am surprised by my own image in the mirror. My overall attitude is improved and I feel comfortable again in my own skin. Not bad for a woman much closer to 50 than 40!
There have been weekly trips to the local consignment shops with stacks of too-large clothes, in hopes that I can slightly offset the cost of a new, smaller wardrobe. There have also been several large bags of clothes given to friends and donated to local charities.
I dusted off the 15 year old pedal bicycle in the garage that still looks new, added a rearview mirror, and easily rode 10 miles last Saturday. I was looking for more! Those bags of dog food aren’t as heavy as they once were. Stairs are no challenge. I can walk behind the Jeep in the garage with space to spare. My sister and I discovered I had no bum. I put on a new swimsuit and didn’t feel the need to put on shorts. I had to move up the driver seat in the Jeep to better reach the driving and braking pedals.
It has been a productive year.