Monday, July 20, 2009

Weight Loss, and Weaning

Today was a big day for me. I got on the scale in the morning and found that, after weeks of plateau and struggles with lapses and relapse, I'd hit a new low! I now weigh 217.8 pounds!

The most obvious, tactile indicator of my progress is my jeans. I've been wearing 38" waist jeans for a couple of months now. But they're getting loose on me. I haven't worn 36" pants since High School. Frankly, I didn't think I would again. I figured that my least the part the belt goes around...wouldn't be getting much thinner. But maybe not...

I also went in to the doctor's office this morning, for a checkin and a checkup. After going over my weight loss and diet changes, and checking my blood pressure a couple of times, my doctor and I decided to start cutting back on my blood pressure medications. We're dropping the Triamterene now. In a month, I'll get some blood work done, to check my Potassium levels (Triamterene lowers Potassium, while my other medication, Lisinopril, raises it). If they look good, and my blood pressure is still under control, we'll cut back on the Lisinopril too. Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get off the meds altogether.

As I said, it's been a good day. I feel fantastic about my progress. The bummer of the plateau is behind me.

Food log:

Breakfast: granola with organic strawberries and 1% organic milk

Lunch: leftover veggie lasagna, leftover collards with brown rice.

Snacks: one Hershey's dark chocolate single, chips and guacamole, cheese and crackers at a social event at work this afternoon.

Dinner: leftover spaghetti with meat sauce, steamed corn and green beans.


  1. This is truly great news. I was feeling bad for you a few posts ago and did not know quite what to say. When you wrote about addiction I struck me how hard it is to be an "addict" to food. I mean you have to eat. It's like telling an alcoholic only have one drink. I can't imagine and have no basis for comparison other than what I am told or read.

    Congratulations on your new low! Or should we say high!!! Cause that it must feel great to finally break that barrier you were stalled on. :)

  2. Thanks, Julia.

    Am I addicted? Don't know. It feels that way sometimes. But certainly it's not as serious/debilitating/problematic as addictions to things like alcohol, tobacco and drugs. I feel a little like I'm downplaying/disrespecting how hard THOSE addictions must be, if I claim to be addicted.

    But, some of the feelings are certainly similar. And, thankfully, some of the wisdom of recovery (like "relapses start with a lapse") is applicable and can help me. I'm thankful for that.