Shrinking the H-Man Continues

I’m terribly proud of my beloved H-Man. Friday he weighed in and saw he’d lost 4 pounds this last week, bringing his total loss since April 2004 to…A drumroll please…

ONE HUNDRED POUNDS! Wooooooo! His swimming every weekday since January 31 has him toning up, too, and his back’s been feeling better. I’m just pleased as can be for him.

I only lost one pound this week, so I’ve lost 35 pounds. Even if the scale doesn’t show a big difference, I feel different. I’ve gone swimming three times a week unless I’ve had bad headaches (I know that extra chlorine in the warm pool would be killer on hurting sinuses). We get to the pool about 45 minutes before the arthritis water class starts. I try to stay in motion the whole time, alternating between treading water and swimming, until class starts. I can really feel a difference in my arms and legs.

I know I still am obese, but I’m doing something about it, and I’m doing it the right way — slow and steady weight loss, no fad diets, healthy foods, and exercise. Others might not look at me and see someone who’s made big changes, but I know I have and that feels great. I don’t always feel like going to the YMCA, believe me. But once I get there, I am so glad I did it. It feels great.

You know what the biggest change is for me? There are so few things in life I can control. I can’t control how others treat me. I can’t control the weather. I can’t control my husband’s job situation. I can’t control 99% of what goes on around me. None of us can, though we drive ourselves crazy trying to sometimes. However, I can control what goes in my mouth. I can control whether I make good choices. I think part of what’s helped me this time around is realizing the stuff I can’t control and working to let go of those things.

Even if the pounds don’t just magically fall away, my body will be in better shape and I will have more endurance. I have more energy now than I have in years. I look forward to getting out of the house more (though I still love quiet days at home). There’s a lot of non-scale victories to celebrate.

We decided to make today a treat day, so we each got a double cheeseburger at Rally’s for lunch. We split a large order of fries. I ate that burger very slowly and savored it. Before we started eating right, we’d just wolf stuff like that down and hardly taste it. And we’d eat a lot more at a time. When you’ve abstained from things like that for a while, though, you really appreciate them on the occasions you do indulge.

I wouldn’t have been over my calories or fat for the day if that’s all I’d had, but we had Taco Bell after he got off work (we go grocery shopping in the wee hours, when the stores are quiet). Funny thing, though – today’s fast food treats didn’t sit well with either of us. Too greasy. I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I am.

Good grief, it’s late – even for me. We were shopping until about 3:00am. No wonder I’m so verbose. I’m off to slumber…G’morning, everyone, time for you day shift people to surf with your morning cuppa.

7 thoughts on “Shrinking the H-Man Continues

  1. Tell the “H-Man”, I said congrats on reaching such an incredible goal, and that I am encouraged in working in my own goals of getting fit. Kudos to you as well, for your success. The journey is the most important part of getting to your destination. Keep up the good work, and remember you inspire others as well as yourselves, in sticking with your committments.

    Best of luck,

  2. Kimberley, I am so very very proud of BOTH of you! *HUGS*

    Isn’t it funny how we crave certain things that we’ve always eaten with relish, only to find our bodies just don’t like ’em anymore since we started eating healthier?

    I ask this with a grin, ’cause my ‘boys’ lived for Jack-in-the-Box burgers until we started grilling our own. I set up a platter chocked full of tomato slices and lettuce and a variety of condiments and buns, and all of which are gobbled up and with questions on when we can do it again. Still working on those fries, though… lol… home fries just don’t beat the fast food ones when they’re still hot.

    Your new cheerleader from the Inland Northwest,
    Donna 🙂

  3. Wow! This is a great bit of news you have posted today. Sounds to me like you are shrinking in size and growing in self image and confidence. Good job and well done to both of you.

  4. Thanks, you guys. Yes, the directly inverse reaction from my inner self is pleasing. 🙂 I’ll be forty in a couple of years, and it’s good to be settling into this skin of mine.

  5. I think you hit the nail on the head about what you can control and can’t. WTG on figuring it out. WTG on the weight loss. In a way I’m glad that Jeff isn’t actively trying to lose weight or I would probably get discouraged because I know he would lose weight more quickly than me. I have to remind myself that this is more about health and less about a number on the scale.

  6. Thanks for your comment on my blog 🙂

    I know what you mean about tastes changing… my favourite easter treat has always been these Cadbury caramel eggs we get here and I treated myself to one the other day. I hadn’t eaten chocolate for quite a while and it was yuck…. couldn’t stand the sickly sweet caramel in my mouth. Gotta love that.

  7. Hey, Kathryn – Glad to see you here! You’ve gotta love it when the good foods taste better and the bad ones taste worse. I can hear my body saying “thank you!” every time.

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