It's a good day.
Several years ago I was fat and content at a pudgy 175lbs., which was about 25 lbs. more than my ideal weight. I looked okay, felt okay, felt okay about it. Then in 2001 circumstances in my life went a bit off kilter and I found myself having panic attacks and not managing well. I ended up on medication which helped me with the panic attacks and anxiety, but put about 60lbs. on my already overweight bod over the course of about 6 months.
I have no idea at what point I passed that 200# mark, I just know that I found myself around 240 (man, it's even hard for me to type that!). I pretty much gave up on myself. Not long after, my little brother (6 years younger than me) was diagnosed with diabetes and liver enzyme problems and that scared me. I decided to join my daughter in martial arts training and lost about 25lbs. in two years, but my weight stabilized.
Last year I started SBD in January and lost about 10lbs. right away, then got to my P2 "chill out" and got frustrated. I maintained that loss until the holidays and promptly gained it all back and a few pounds more.
Fast forward to this March. A few more family members were diagnosed with diabetes. I do NOT want it. NO NO NO! I consider myself an athlete and want to use that self-definition to help me live longer and healthier, but along with that, I knew I had to do something about my weight. So I got back on the Beach with a new "lifestyle" attitude. If I meet my goal in six months, great. If it takes me three years, that's okay too. Most likely the reality will be somewhere in the middle.
I lost 9 lbs in P1. Since I went to P2, I've kicked up my exercise and been pretty darned faithful to the SBD principles, but kept seeing the scale toss around the same three or four pounds. Occasionally I'd dip under 200, but it would always be taken away.
Well today I put on some tight jeans and they're practically falling off of me and my body is finally not sore anymore. I decided to weigh in before lunch and I'm down to 197. That's nearly a five pound drop for me this week. BAM!
For some odd reason, I think this one is going to stick. It just feels right. So it's been a good six years since I've been under 200. I still have a good 40lbs to go, but man, this feels good.
I celebrated with tuna salad, a ww pita, and some brussel sprouts.