My O-Beast-uary February 14, 2007 at 6:01 pm

The day is getting closer and closer. The imminent demise of my obesity is nigh. I don’t know if it will happen this Friday or if I will have to wait until the end of the month to formally declare the expiration of my BMI > 30. When I started the 20/20 Lifestyles program offered by the Pro Sports Club in Bellevue Washington, I was at a BMI of 44.5. It has been a fairly short and easy road for me. I knew that losing 100+ pounds was a possibility during the program. I could not have predicted exactly the way my loss has occurred. In the next few weeks I am highly likely to hit a BMI<30. I feel it is unlikely that I will make my initial goal of 210 pounds by the end of phase two. The potential does exist that I could hit 210 by my last weigh-in on the program. Check back on March 16th and everyone will know then!

I bring all of this up because I have been consistently seeing 222-224 at night before bed and this morning before breakfast I was at 219. After breakfast was 221 and I was likely to be around 224 at noon today. That is the time I am weighed for the official numbers. Less than 48 hours now.

I like that people keep on telling me I am looking good. People who knew me at 328+ are astonished by the change. I still don’t fully appreciate it. Every now and then, I reflect on where I was 6 months ago and I see the changes. However because I see myself every day, I am still quite unhappy with my state and I KNOW that I want to lose at least 28 pounds from my current official weight. Granted I may look 100+ times better than before, but I still have quite the belly and I want to rid myself of the majority of that. I’ll ~never~ have a washboard tummy. That just ain’t in the cards for me, but to not feel like I have the protruding tummy will be a nice thing. I still feel fat even if the perception from the outside says I look better. Let me be happy with my un-contentment. The last thing I want to do is think I have reached my journeys destination. That would mean I was dead.

I am going to take a moment to relist my next known milestones. I keep reiterating them as both a tool to myself and because I want a record of my thinking.

  1. BMI < 30
  2. Initial goal of 210.
    – Re-evaluate and go for the stretch. (This is highly likely!)
  3. Stretch goal of <200
    – Re-evaluate and see what my body does.
  4. Ultra Cool Goal of BMI < 25 "Normal Weight" (184 or less)
  5. July 2007 Complete the Seattle to Portland ride (204 miles)
  6. August 2007 (one year anniversary of the start of Phase 1) <200 and holding
  7. August 2008 (two year) <200 and holding

I am not setting specific dates on the weight goals aside from the anniversary dates. I don’t know when (or if) my body will plateau.


I don’t want to prognosticate farther than that. Once I get to 210 and (highly likely, I hope!) 200 I will revise the Aug 2007 and 2008 numbers to reflect my new "stable" weight.

Hear rests the obesity of one large man. May voodoo never resurrect said obesity. May sloth and gorging forever be banished from the Ernie. Long life to the banishment of the beer shelf.

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