Happy Birthday to Me!

How many milestones can one guy reach in a single weigh-in? And just in time for my birthday. Lets see…


First of all, my clinic weight begins with a 1. This is epic. The last time my body weighed one hundred anything was in the 3rd grade at Ellen Smith Elementary. Back in the dark ages, Ms. Bogen, the P.E. teacher, rounded us all up and weighed us at least once a year in the school cafetorium. In the 3rd grade, I weighed 165. In the 4th grade I weighed 209. This. Is. Monumental.

Next, we see that my total loss since November, 2011, is over 250 pounds. A nice round number. I have lost an obese man, two swimsuit models, five giant bags of luggage, or 880,000 calories. I don’t care how you stack it, it’s significant.

The percentage refers to my percent body fat. It’s measured using something that’s a cross between a Wii-mote, a TI-92 graphing calculator, and a go-cart steering wheel. According to Wikipedia (three dangerous words), I’m just a couple of clicks away from “Athletic.” I have set a body fat percent goal of 15%. We shall see where I lie in terms of body fat when I reach my weight loss goal of 180.

Speaking of that goal, I’m about 17 pounds away from it. Certainly within the final 20. It’s almost unsettling to be within spitting distance of a goal that I have been working toward for so long. Once I reach 180, I’ll work to maintain my weight while building more lean muscle mass — inching closer to that 15% figure. Only time will tell.

Now it can’t be all cupcakes and birthday candles. My weekly loss is almost double what is considered reasonable at this stage. Healthy weight loss for me is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. While I’m elated that I’ve hit all of these milestones, I’m concerned all the same.

My dietitian and I went over my meal records for the past couple of weeks, and we found a pattern of high sodium foods in the weeks preceding the large loss that I didn’t consume the week of the loss. Since sodium causes water retention, and water weighs over 8 pounds per gallon, it’s conceivable that my rapid weight loss was sodium-related.

I wish we could test that hypothesis, but there’s one factor that’s going to throw all of the numbers out the window — gallbladder removal, bright and early Monday morning. I’ll be unable to exercise, I’ll be eating differently for a few days, and I’ll have some tissue missing.

For the time being, I’m very happy to be on the home stretch of my journey. I’m interested to know what prompted this week’s big loss, and I’m curious to know how my surgery, recovery, and time away from the gym will affect my progress.

Until after surgery…


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8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. Terri Brame says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. I don’t know about you, but I lost weight the week I had my gallbladder out. The pain meds reduced my appetite and I just wasn’t interested in food while recovering. Keep up the great work getting healthy. You deserve it!

  2. Wow! You are an inspiration to me and many others!!! Happy Birthday is in order! Good luck with the surgery!!!!! Don’t fret about it..you will do.well I’m sure….just look how far you have come!!! You.got.this !!!

  3. What is the -3.2 or did I miss that?

  4. Congratulations a bazillion times over! One of the numbers you described alone is fantastic, but all of them together are just far too powerful. Good luck for your surgery on Monday!

  5. Elena E. Lovelace says:

    Will Be Thinking Of You During Your Surgery & Recovery Time. Will Feel So Much Better With It Out. I Did. Keep Your Chin Up & Don’t Worty Too Much .

  6. Good luck with your surgery! I stuck to a very light diet after surgery as I wasn’t sure what my body could handle. Go easy on yourself and relax!!

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