Friday, May 15, 2009
Poundage in Pictures
On the way up in the elevator this morning, I noticed the photo on my badge for the first time in a long time. Taken in 2003, when I joined my current company, it shows a very different me. After a little digging, I found a few other photos that show a slow but fruitful progression of weight loss over the years. There have been a lot of ups and downs, but overall, this makes me feel pretty darned good.
At my peak, I weighed 260lbs. This photo is the one on my driver's license. Sorry for the quality. Really, I'm not trying to hide my girth through creative photo editing. This was taken with PhotoBooth on my Mac, which doesn't do well with macro photos of small things. So, it's very blurry. But, I think you'll be able to see that I could have been called "rotund," if you were in a kind mood. "Ball shaped" comes to mind, too.
Here's me, the day I joined this company in 2003. Again, the picture quality is down to PhotoBooth, and the fact that the picture on my badge is already very blurry.
A little over a year later, I went to my 20th High School reunion. Looking better, but still quite overweight.
Skip forward three years, to our summer vacation last year. OK, not a lot of progress over that span of time. Actually, I went through an emergency appendectomy, got a blood infection as a bonus, spent four days eating and drinking nothing except what came through the IV, and lost a TON of weight. I think it was thirty-five pounds. And then I put it all back on again.
And here I am today. I weighed in this morning at 227.6. That's down a bit from the holding pattern I've been in for the past week, so that feels terrific. And I'm heading in the right direction, and enjoying it. It feels sustainable. I feel great.
I have a ways to go yet. I haven't won the war. But I'm winning battles each day.