Two Reasons To Celebrate

With a title like that, I better not waste any time!  Yesterday was a gooood day, for two reasons.  Here they are:

1) Chart Update.  It was Tuesday, which is weigh-in day.  I normally don’t take pictures of what the scale says, because I don’t keep my camera handy in the bathroom, and it’s also hard to weigh myself and then get a good shot of the read-out in the 4 seconds before the display disappears.

But I was so excited by the display today that I immediately weighed myself 4 more times just to get the god-damn photograph!  Here it is:

TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX POUNDS!  It’s the lowest I’ve ever weighed in my adult life.  It’s the number I’ve been trying to get to for the past three months.  It was a welcome sight!

That number represents a loss of 1 pound for the week, and a total weight loss of 166 pounds!  (And if you’re wondering about that .2, know that I disregard tenths, as a preventative measure to keep myself from obsessing over numbers, even though this post may suggest otherwise.)

Time to update the chart!

Ooh, adding that downward line felt really good.  Now I’m only 16 pounds away from my next goal!

I mentioned above that I’ve been trying to get to 236 for the past three months – what I mean is that I first hit 237 pounds on my March 17, 2011 weigh-in (my post for that day also features my rationale for not drinking diet soda, which you can read here) and I’ve been ping-ponging up and down between 237 and 240 pounds ever since.  Here’s what my chart has looked like since I first was able to write “237” on it:

And, what the hell – here’s the whole chart:

I’m not gonna go making any bold announcements about this being the end of the plateau I’ve been on, but I am gonna sleep well tonight knowing I’m another step closer to my next goal, and I am gonna take pride in knowing that the 1 pound that’s gone is a direct result of a really good week of food choices and killer workouts (like this one).

But I’m not done celebrating… 

2) Blog Milestone.  You all know I’m a big ol’ nerd for facts and figures, whether it’s my weight chart, my skyscraper collection, my running chart, or the fun posts I put together where I compare my weight loss to Butterfinger bars and cinder blocks.

Normally I’m pretty on top of all things facts and figures, but last week I was completely oblivious and totally missed acknowledging my milestone THREE-HUNDREDTH BLOG POST!  My 300th was actually my post all about fresh figs, which makes this post my 304th.

I can’t believe I’ve written 300 of these suckers.  More importantly, I can’t believe that there are people out there who have read all 300 of them, and keep coming back for more.  Whether you’re reading your first post, or your 304th, I give you a great big thank you for coming here, giving a damn about me, lending your support, and giving me a boost when I most need it.  First and foremost, this blog is a tool to keep myself motivated, and that so many of you come by and visit for a daily dose of motivation or inspiration means so much to me.

I mostly write this blog at night, as a way to unwind and take stock of my day, and earlier tonight, I went to my boot camp class, where Craig had us focus on upper body drop sets.  A drop set is when you do an exercise until you reach muscle exhaustion, then switch to lighter weights and continue doing it.  The class was tough, and I know I’ll be sore in the morning, and I was drenched with sweat.  By the time I got to my car, lifting my arms to the top of the steering wheel was tough.  But, in the spirit of my blogger buddy Kelly, who photographs herself after every workout (check out her blog here), I turned my camera phone on myself, and snapped a post-boot camp pic, and that’s what I’ll end this post with today:

Keep it up, David!

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13 Responses to Two Reasons To Celebrate

  1. Bravo!!!! Bravo!!!! I’m SO happy for you! I know how hard you’ve been working on this and I’m glad it’s here! I can’t tell you ‘thank you’ enough for sharing your trials and tribulations… I’m down 55 pounds now, and it’s partly due to your inspiration. Keep it up, David! I’ll keep it up, too. 🙂

  2. You broke through the plateau – yes!! And I think you should totally take a post-workout sweaty pic everytime, I’m serious. More people should start doing that. And thanks for the shout out! =))
    P.S. That “red celery” I told you about? Uh, it was actually rhubarb. D’oh!

  3. Caron says:

    Great job! Love your blog. 🙂

  4. Janet says:

    Ever since I have discovered your blog, I kept reading about your fight with those numbers, It’s great to see that you have finally made it through the plateau. I hope things will start moving again for you.

  5. Pat says:

    Keep it up. Now fix that missplaced dot.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Congrats on getting past that plateau! Oh and may I ask how you choose the next weight loss goal?

  7. Dacia says:

    Congrats on both the weight loss and the blogging milestone! You are always a source of motivation and inspiration and I enjoy reading your blog every day! Thank you.

  8. Melanie says:

    Congrats David on getting past the plateau! I had started following you after I saw you on Ellen. You inspire me everyday with blogs. Keep up the great work.

  9. Sheilah Lowe says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Keep it up, David!!!!

  10. Miller says:

    Congrats my man! Keep it up, David!!!! 🙂

  11. Arlene (Adventures in Weight Loss) says:

    That’s great news, David. Congratulations, and most definitely keep it up.

  12. Nurse Karen says:

    So very Proud of you, David!!! –and most of all, so very happy about your ongoing health & wellness! I join in Kermit’s YAY!!! Plus a Do-Hop Happy Dance!! LOL http://youtu.be/pI5QX13eluQ

  13. I love the sweaty pic! =) I also love Kelly! ❤ ❤ ❤ And congrats to you for reaching 236. That is just a-w-e-s-o-m-e.

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