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Friday, May 4, 2012

12 is My Magic Number

A couple of months ago I was at the doctor. Naturally they weighed me. Naturally I refused to look. I just never want to know because even though it is just a number it could make or break my day. I think I mentioned around that time that I was given the task of lowering my cholesterol through diet and exercise to avoid putting me on medication. Given the fact that I take medication every day for Meniere's Disease, I just didn't want more. So I embarked on new things.

Random picture just because.  (Boston)
I maintained running, obviously, somehow finding new mental toughness after completing the second of the back to back half marathons in January, resulting in setting some faster times and overall improvement with my endurance. (Can we say FIVE PRs in a row??) I also ventured into the scary, deep, dark world of .... vegetables. Did you know they aren't all gross? Once I finally decided to not be scared and just try them they weren't horrible. And so I tried them again. And again. And now I always have some in my house. I don't eat them as often as I should, but I'm continually getting better at it. Overall I've just made better choices.... but I still have my McDonald's grilled cheese once in a while. Terrible, I know.

The point is, I've been making conscious decisions all with one goal .... lower my cholesterol. And I did! It is still higher than it should be, but my doctor sees the improvement and is giving me a year to keep at it and reassess. And while I was meeting with her I learned I was down NINE pounds! But you know what tops that?? After my shower and getting dressed today I had to grab a belt or my skirt was NOT staying up. I guess the fact that I bought a bunch of new clothes this weekend all a size smaller than before should have been a clue. .... I decided to weigh myself - which I never do dressed or with wet hair, but I did. TWELVE. My magic number. I've lost 12 pounds!! It wasn't even a goal to lose weight, and it happened. 12 minutes/12 pounds... interesting!

I'm not necessarily going for 12 more, but if I could, I'd be ecstatic! I'd be happy with 6. I didn't have this as anything I deliberately was doing - but now that I've "accidentally" lost 12 pounds, I might try and keep moving forward and see what happens!

19 comments:

  1. Nice! Weight is so powerful, it has a way of discounting or validating our hard work, depending on the number!

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    1. It certainly is! Wow - how good it feels though when it goes Down instead of up!!

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  2. I would love to accidentally lose 1 pound, let alone 12. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks. Now where are the fries?? I want pizza!!

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  3. McDonald's makes grilled cheese?

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    1. They freaking need TOTS!!!

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  4. (I like to go for the less obvious comments)

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    1. This is why I adore you so!

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  5. I couldn't tell you what McDonald's makes anymore as I haven't been to eat at once since March 4, 2006. So that isn't as cool as going 20 years with no candy...weirdo...but still.

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    1. Get "the #4 - with grilled cheese instead of cheeseburgers. Just bread and cheese. With a Coke."


      That's how I have to say it. Then I usually explain AGAIN that I just want bread and cheese.

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    1. Why thank you! I like that!

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  7. I think you're lying. Vegetables are TERRIFYING. ;) Congrats on all the progress you've made towards a healthier you!

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    1. I AM lying. They are terrifying!! But not AS terrifying as they were!

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  8. Awesome job of turning your eating habits around! Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks so much - I'm going to do my best to keep it up!

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