Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lost a Person

When I first set out to lose weight, I knew it would take some time to reach my final goal of losing 225 pounds.  After all, a person doesn’t gain that much weight overnight, and I didn’t expect it to disappear that fast either.  I have always been very realistic about my approach, and planned from the onset for it to take around 2-and-a-half years.  My projections have been right on target so far, as I am 17 months in and am about 64% of the way there (okay, yes, I’m a numbers geek, I admit it!).  When you’ve got that much weight to lose, and know it’s going to take a while, finding creative ways to evaluate your progress helps keep things interesting.  For instance, you could say that I have lost the equivalent of:

- 28 (almost 29) 5-lbs bags of sugar
- 32,535 M&Ms
- 16 (almost 17) gallons of whole milk
- 6 cases of 24 bottles of water
- 12 bowling balls (12 pounds each)

Once I had lost around 120 pounds or so, when people found out how much I had lost, I often heard comments like, “Wow!  You’ve lost an entire person!”  This remark has never felt more appropriate to me than it does today…As of this morning, I have now lost 144.6 pounds, which is more than my husband, who comes in at 143.3 pounds, weighs! 

When I put it into this perspective, before I started losing weight, it was like I had my husband taking a piggyback ride on my shoulders all day, every day!  It’s no wonder I was tired all the time and didn’t have much energy!  Although I love my husband dearly, I’m not altogether sure that’s what the vow, “to have and to hold” was really talking about!

Only 80.4 pounds left until I reach my goal…hmmm, that’s about the equivalent of one of my kids plus my dog’s weights! 

(Just a reminder/disclosure…I am not a medical professional or certified trainer, so anything I write in this blog is not intended to be taken as advice, guidance, or recommendations.  It is simply a journal of my own personal experiences.  Thanks!)


  1. Very impressive! Congratulations!

    I remember hitting 40 pounds lost and thinking that that's about what my 4 year old weighs (she weighs around 35 pounds). I lift her up and it isn't easy! But that's what I was carrying around. I've now lost almost 50 and am really looking to seeing how I feel after I've lost the whole 110! I'll have to compare it like you did to other things. That looks fun!

  2. Michelle,

    Thanks! And way to go on your losses as well!

    I think that finding fun ways to keep weight loss in perspective helps remind us of how far we've really come. Some days, seeing the number just isn't enough. Having a tangible, visual example goes a long way!

    Keep up the good work and keep me posted on your progress from time to time!

    ~ Kimberly