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Monday, April 20, 2009

Week 15 - Back on the Horse

Well, we finally have our TV back which means I can exercise and weigh in with my Wii again. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear I've made the best time of my two weeks without television.

Actually, I was very active. The weather's been nicer lately and I'm back to working in the yard, spring cleaning, playing with the boys, etc. Plus, I've continued to walk to work and swim regularly. I've been getting in a lot of exercise!

I've also noticed that many of my favorite clothes are falling off of me. Particularly, my pants. If I didn't have a yucky pooch on my lower abdomen, I'd really be in style with the low rise look, as all my jeans and shorts are hanging down around my hips.

So, I know, despite my weigh in this week, that I am losing. It must be muscle? I know...I've said that virtually every week since this thing began. I don't know what else to say. The results are becoming obvious but the scale quite moving six weeks ago. I'm just not sure what's going on. I'm loathe to make any further predictions, like: soon, the plateau will end; eventually you can only build so much muscle and the fat will start melting off; soon the scale will began a dramatic decline again...

I'm not going to voice any of those opinions again. I'm just going to tell you that I'm obviously losing weight and I'm meeting one of the other main goals of this lose-a-thon: I'm gaining a healthy lifestyle full of activity. I go, go, go now and I've really noticed a difference in my stamina.

As an example of just how much I've been exercising, let me tell you about our Team Trek challenge at work that ended last week. Beginning in mid February, teams of co-worker at the city, set out to walk. We could also do other activities (like swim!) and we had a chart that showed us the activity, duration, exertion and how that translated to mileage. Each week we reported how many miles we walked (or exercised). Our goal was the follow the Oregon trail from the border of Idaho and Oregon all the way to the end at Oregon City. My team made the trek. We were very proud of ourselves. At the end of the journey, I added up my personal miles and noted I had worked out the equivalent of walking 128 miles in the last two months. That's no small feat!

So, I will continue on my journey and keeping posting my progress. Thanks!

Week 15 = 173 lbs (-17)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Week 14 - Avoiding?

I'm really not trying to avoid anyone or the question of my current weight. For those of you who actually read this blog and have been keeping up on my progress, I have a confession to make and some explanation...

I admit to avoiding the scale one week and posting the article "Imagine" to bring home the point of what living with PWS is like. I wanted the focus to be on the condition and what Cainan goes through on a daily basis, not how much weight I've lost--because this is not about me. I hope each of you got to read it an ponder it a bit. I think about the life Cainan leads and his inescapable hunger on a daily basis.

I did not post anything the following week at all. That, I can truly explain, was not avoidance. As you know (if you've been reading the posts) I use my Wii Fit to track my weight, BMI and to do regular exercises. I've only been weighing in once a week to avoid the trauma of watching the scale bounce up and down daily. Well, last week our TV broke and I have been unable to use my Wii. That means, no weigh in and no tracking. We have a part on order and it's my hope that it's back up and running by this weekend. But that also means, no weigh for this week.

I admit to owning a bathroom scale, but it's worthless. I compared weights on it to the Wii when I first started this process an noted immediately, it weight me several pounds heavier than the Wii. As I test, I re-weighed my several three more times within a few minutes and each time it gave me a different weight by one to two pounds. So, I'm not even setting foot on it right now.

I apologize that I haven't posted my progress but I promise, by next week's post, I'll have something to put down. I have really been stepping up the workouts and I'm finding that they're easier than they were a few months ago. At the very, very least, I'm getting fitter and that's exciting.

So, for those of you loyal readers out there. Thank you for continuing to read and please don't give up on me. I'm still in the race and still working hard toward my goal: 50 lbs and $1,000.00. Thanks!