Friday, May 21, 2010

12 Week Bravado

Yesterday I promised to share my age and weight. I regret that now. It was said in a moment of confidence and bravado. In honor of our 12 week anniversary on the Eat to Live program I will keep that promise.

I am 46 years old. I turned 46 this week. I don't mind telling you I am 46 because I feel like I am 36. In fact I feel better now than I did at age 36. I am stronger and healthier now. But sharing my weight...that seems like such a stigma. Each Monday I step on the scales and I am amazed that I have lost weight. I average 2 lbs a week. Occasionally I will show a 1 lb loss, but the next week it will 3 lbs. I feel surprised by the loss because I am completely satiated on this diet. I don't feel like I am struggling at all. It seems too easy.

Are you interested in how tall I am? I always like to know how tall people are along with their weight. I am 5'9".

Okay. Enough stalling. When I started this diet on February 16th I weighed 236 lbs. I set a goal to get under 200 lbs by my 46th birthday. On my birthday I weighed myself and came in at 199!
  • I've lost 37 pounds in 12 weeks.
  • I've lowered my cholesterol by more than 50 points. 
  • I can run 3 miles - alone - without anyone pushing me. 
  • I feel pretty darn good about myself.
  • I only need 6 hours of sleep - unless I work out really hard. 
  • I have energy and stamina.
  • I am more cheerful and think more clearly.
  • Allergies are nearly gone
  • Skin looks better and better each week.
  • I want fresh produce and whole food to eat. 
  • the list of good news goes on and on.
I bought some new shoes to celebrate. I spent a better part of my birthday trying on clothes only to find that the plus size is too big and the "regular" sizes are too snug. So for the time being I am still in baggy clothing, but that should change in a few weeks. 

So now you know. I weigh 199 lbs. But don't hang on to that number for long - because it ain't stickin' on me.


Jessica said...

More congratulations, because I LOVE this!

It's all so inspiring and cool, yet I can't seem to get to the point where inspired and understanding turn into action.

Did you contemplate this lifestyle for a while before you could actually do it? How did the process evolve?

Robin said...

Jessica - Roland and I talked about it for a year. Then he bought 2 books (eat to live) and we read them together as we started. We gave ourselves about a week to mentally prepare. We were both so ready to make a change because we both felt so crummy.

Emily said...

You are brave, but even more impressive is how you have decided to eat so healthy and exercise for health. I am so inspired by your example, Robin! Really, thank you for being so sharing of your experience, I hope you keep posting about it because it is very inspirational to me.

I am feeling sluggish and moody, and I need to make these same healthy choices for myself, for my family and for my future. I want to be healthy at every age, and I can definitely be healthier than I am right now.

wife2abadge said...

That's great!! 46 is a fine age. I should know -- I'll be there in August.

Debbie said...

Awesome! Robin, you are an inspiration to me! I meant to tell you how great you looked on thurdsay. I think you should post a before and after picture. :)

Linda said...

all very cool statistics