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Weight Loss Update

Today marks six months since I started my diet.

I weighed myself earlier this week and I was at 90kg (198 lbs), down 20kg (44 lbs).

I catch glimpses of myself reflected in shop front windows and the like, and I still see "fat", but if I look at myself in the mirror properly I can see the changes, and the amount of weight I have lost. It feels good.

Last weekend I took my watch in to a watch repair shop and had one of the links removed (I actually had two links removed, but also had the clasp readjusted so it was better balanced on my wrist, which was the equivalent of only one link gone). I have lost enough weight that I had to. My watch band was too loose.

I also bought new underwear, and you wouldn't believe how much of a difference proper fitting underwear makes! :)

I also don't feel anywhere near as self-conscious shirtless as I used to, and don't have a problem wandering around without a shirt.

I still have another 5 to 10kg (11 to 22 lbs) that I want to lose. I doubt that losing the rest is going to be as quick as what I've already lost, but we will see. I'm giving myself another six months to reach my target but I'm hoping to do it quicker than that.

I am going to start going to the gym again shortly. Where I work has a gym membership at one of the gyms nearby. It's a limited membership in that only one person here can use it at a time, but it's free, so I probably will use it, at least for some cardio work initially.

Weight loss - the cons:
  • Almost none of my clothes fit me.

  • Mozzies have decided I taste good (side effect of eating right)

  • Limited diet. While the food is very good and varied, I am still limited, so can't just decide to have something to eat anymore

  • I don't cook, which is something I do enjoy doing


There are for too many pro's to worry about listing them all (and the pro's definitely outweigh the con's), but there are a couple of important ones:
  • People are finding me attractive (and I'm starting to believe them)!

  • I'm working more hours. About three years ago I considered myself to have had a good week if I managed to work 20 hours. Now I am averaging 35 hours a week, and I should be able to get back up to a full 40 hour week within the next six months. A big part of this has just been my back and neck are getting so much better under the care of my chiropractor, but my weight loss and the extra energy I have as a result is also making a difference

  • My confidence has increased dramatically


I'm proud of what I've done. I really am.

Comments

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emmycantbemeeko
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! You've made wonderful progress. That's great.

And thank you for putting it into English system measurements too so we eccentric Americans can share in your accomplishments. ;)
halloranelder
Feb. 25th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
No problem. I know of you, plus stormwind and a few others from the US of A who read the journal, so I figure it makes it easier to put it into terms you are used to using.
greenglowgrrl
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
:)
nicked_metal
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
While my preference is for women, I thought you were looking good at Arcanacon.
halloranelder
Feb. 25th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
[Insert Blush Here]
designadrug
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
I understand about the watch - my watchstrap was velcro so I didn't notice as much but what did strike me was a) being able to wear my ring again b) eventually losing enough weight that it would just slip-off when I washed my hands.

Also c) not being able to wear my favorite jacket because I'd lost so much shoulder-weight that the arms covered my fingers!

And d) not having a tight enough notch on a belt that i) used to be on the last notch and ii) wasn't on the tightest notch when I was in highschool!

Okay lets go the whole e) my glasses being too loose.

You certainly lose weight from places you don't expect! (Although I expected the fingers because I'd had to stop wearing my ring)

Yes - (e) I lost weight from my temples for heaven's sake!

Well done Ajay - you're a credit.

:q!
halloranelder
Feb. 25th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
Actually, that is a good point.

I haven't worn any of my rings in a long while, so I have no idea how well they fit me any more.

And I have actually noticed my sunglasses don't squeeze as much as they used to, but I had never actually considered why.

Not being able to wear clothing I want to wear is a problem, but I have lovely friends able to help modify the bestest, and I think I'll just put up with buying new clothes for the rest.
designadrug
Feb. 25th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
*sigh*

A new wardrobe....darn it all to hell!

:)
ex_stormwin
Feb. 25th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
Good for you man!

I'm sure you look hot like a hot thing right now :)
halloranelder
Feb. 25th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm starting to believe people when they say that, and that's a first.

I think that would have to be the biggest benefit to all this, and one of the least expected.

Thanks for your kind words.
ex_stormwin
Feb. 25th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
No prob! :)
mijbril
Feb. 25th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
Very well done AJ. Good steady progress, it's what will get you to the target you want.
halloranelder
Feb. 25th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
Yep. Being lazy is actually a help in this case. I can't be bothered doing most things that would break my diet!
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