76 weeks later – I LOST 100 POUNDS!
i almost can’t believe it, but 76 weeks after starting running again after a 7 year hiatus, i’ve logged 2,357 miles and finally hit my goal of losing 100 pounds!
it’s been just a year since i committed to running another marathon and i’ve kept losing weight since meeting my original goal of losing 70 pounds by the time i ran the chicago marathon 4 months ago and hit a big fitness milestone a month later at 75 pounds and realized i could keep going and lost 90 pounds by the new year.
at that point i thought, why not just hit a nice round number and erase a full 17 years of weight gains and go for 100. AND I DID IT! of the many wonderful things to love about losing 100 pounds, one of the best is that at 195 pounds i’m now no longer a clydesdale!
so, now i’m reprogramming the reprogramming and am a couple of weeks into phase II fitness – stage I. 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups ( already for the first time in my life i can do 60 push-ups and 91 sit-ups ) while i think about new ways to kick 30 year old me’s ass.
as you might imagine, i get a lot of questions about how i lost so much weight and i do plan to write a longer post revealing all my secrets! the abridged version? i ran a lot and i ate a little less. it adds up over time
according to the BMI calculators at 195 pounds, i’m now solidly in the “normal” range for body mass index and the 28th percentile for my age. but BMI is a rather imprecise gauge for body composition and given the number of questions i get about how much more weight i plan to lose ( the implication being that i don’t need to lose anymore ), i think it’s time to get a more rigorous assessment of how much i should lose. at most i might try for 5 or 10 more pounds, if for no other reason than to weigh what i weighed in high school lo those many years ago.
but for now, i’m happy to have lost 350,000 calories worth of weight and am hopeful that i never, ever, ever have to do this again
also, i need new pants.