First things first: yesterday was a weigh-in day. After going most of February without weighing myself, I’m back on my once-every-two-weeks weigh-in schedule. Here’s how I updated my weight loss chart yesterday:
Down one pound! It was a lovely thing to see the morning after my birthday, and a welcome change from my last three weigh-ins, each of which resulted in a gain. In the grand scheme of things, a weight of 238 equals a total lost of 164 pounds. I’m 6 pounds above my all-time lowest weight, and 18 pounds away from my next goal – and still happily chugging away!
It’s hard to tell because that photo is so close-up, but with this weigh-in, my chart moved onto a new page! It’s officially my chart’s eleventh page (!), but in December, I reconfigured the chart because I was running out of space, and condensed five pages onto two. Here’s the eleventh page, waiting to be filled up:
Here’s the chart in its entirety:
I’d love your input on a chart-related matter. I’m thinking of retiring the weight-loss chart altogether. I’ve been updating it for over two years now, and it was most helpful during year #1, when I ended up dropping 150 pounds in twelve months. Updating the chart every week and seeing my progress was a huge motivator. Now, though, it’s less motivating. In the past year, I’ve oscillated between 243 and 232 – an eleven-pound range (eleven is turning out to be the number of the day!). I’m certainly proud of that accomplishment – keeping off weight loss is no easy feat – but I don’t find myself rushing to update the chart or relying on it as much as used to. On one hand, I’d like the satisfaction of keeping the chart active until I reach my 220-pound goal, but on the other hand, reaching that goal has proven to be really difficult (I’ve been working on it since December 2010), so how much longer should I update a chart that just features a line wavering between a 10-pound range?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. You’re an insightful bunch, and you regularly help me see things in a new light, and I’d love to know what you’d do if you were in my size 13 shoes.
In other news…
Last night I took one of Richard Simmons’ classes at Slimmons, and at the end of class, my birthday was celebrated. Richard pulled me up in front of the entire class and had everyone sing me happy birthday (which he does with birthday celebrants at the end of nearly every class). Earlier, during the workout, he pulled me into a big circle to dance in front of everyone. Both moments may have been captured on video by Michele, one of the other instructors at Slimmons, so if they were and she’s able to send them to me, I’ll most definitely share them here.
When it’s your birthday at Slimmons, Richard gives you a little present: it’s a little, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind Richard Simmons doll on a ribbon that he puts around your neck. He commissions a doll artist in the Midwest to make them for him. The one he gave me is jumping out of a package:
Cute, right? It’s the third birthday I’ve celebrated at Slimmons, so I’ve received three of these little guys:
And because it was my birthday, I couldn’t resist getting another picture with Richard (see all my pictures with Richard in the Photo Gallery). Wanna see it?
Yep, those are hundreds of colored puffs all over Richard’s tank top. As he said during class, “it takes a lot of balls to wear this top!” It sure does – quite literally!
KEEP IT UP, DAVID!