Weigh-In Day Update.
The scale is down another 4 pounds over the past 2 weeks. I'm very pleased with this! This isn't nearly as much as some 2 week periods, but to be honest, I've put zero thought or effort into it these past two weeks. I've been on autopilot. I've reached the point with my health that I can do so much more than I used to that I'm finding myself a lot busier. Last week I was at the food bank 5 days. Other groups I'm involved in took up more time, and other family activities took up even more. I've had very little time even to get out and exercise.
As much as I'm happy about losing 4 pounds on "autopilot", I'm also pleased that I've accustomed myself to this way of eating so much that I can go periods of time without having to put any thought or effort into it. It's just what I do. From now on I will be limiting my food bank work to three days a week, so hopefully will find more time to do more exercising.
I am no longer the fattest person I know. And hopefully, I'm no longer the fattest person other people know.
I intentionally stand a lot more than before. I spent so much of the past 10 years standing as little as possible. I've washed dishes sitting down. I've cooked sitting down. I did everything sitting down!! But now I stand as much as possible. I stand while I cook. I stand while I grind my wheat. I stand while I throw the ball for the dog. I stand while I'm talking to people. I still sit down while I wash dishes, but that is because bending over the sink still isn't comfortable.
All this standing is good for me in so many ways, but it's having at least one negative impact. I'm having issues with numbness in one of my legs that is a result of pressure on nerves from standing. I'm hoping that as I lose weight this will diminish. It is a reminder that no matter how much weight I lose there will still be permanent damage that I've done to myself that I'll get to live with for the rest of my life.
I've adjusted my CPAP pressure down to 13.8 cm/h20, down from it's high of 21 cm/h20. My machine reports last night's Apnea/Hypopnea Index at 1.6 and my Apnea Index at 0.0. Those are the lowest numbers yet for those two indexes. My 6 month average for AHI is 3.5.
Over all, I'm sleeping better and having less bloating from air in my stomach. I still have the occasional bad night but those are fewer and farther between. I look forward to the day I get to unplug that machine and put it in the crate with all my other things I've gotten to "give up" along this journey.
One of the things that's kept me busy the past two weeks is this:
We bought a motorhome!! I sold a few things, traded, wheeled and dealed, and now I have an old motorhome!! We WILL be doing a lot of camping and outdoor activities this spring/summer/fall. I figure that at the rate my health is improving it is only a matter of time before I'll be employable and back to work full time. In the meantime I plan on doing and having as much fun as possible!! Make up for the past ten years of inactivity. Three Cheers for Norm!!!
Even though I've lost 125 pounds I still feel fatter than I have ever felt. I can see the sagging skin draping from my body. I can see the difference in my clothes. I know the difference in what I'm able to do. But I've never FELT this fat, even when I was much heavier. I believe it is because I'm so much more in tune with my body and my health that I'm noticing it so much more. In any case, I do not like the discomfort it brings and look forward to losing it as I lose more weight.
I am having success steering others towards this way of eating! Nobody is diving head first into it, but neither did I! I know the "incremental" approach brings out many negative reactions from some here, but I just can't write off everyone who simply can't or wont commit 100% to this way of eating. My mother, who just a few months ago wouldn't have anything to do with my way of eating and insisted that I eat what she cooks when I visit, is now eating the same oats and barley I do for breakfast every morning. What's more, she's got my brother and father doing the same! Very few people are willing to consider doing this 100%, or even consider giving up their much loved foods. But they would consider adding in other foods to their diet, especially foods they like. I've printed up quite a few copies of the December newsletter where Dr. McDougall simply suggests to people unable or unwilling to go the full route to just add more starch in their diet. This is met with enthusiasm by the people I share it with, instead of the usual dread and "Oh, I couldn't do that, I love my <insert favorite SAD food item here> too much!" I'm going to run with this approach with most people from now on. After all, if it worked for me, it can work for anyone.
That is all for this time!!