As promised, here is a long-overdue milestones update to commemorate day 300 of my mission!
Even though it’s been 100 days between updates rather than the usual 50 I’ve tried to stick to, there are fewer notable milestones that I hit this time. HOWEVER, they are much more significant. Among these major accomplishments, which I view as probably my most important, #6 is the one I’m proudest of. I’m getting over some of my awkwardness around how fat I used to be/still am. I still haven’t gotten to the point where I feel OK with sharing my starting weight or my goal weight, but I have un-redacted all of my goals, and that’s a pretty big step (and also pretty big clues as to what those numbers are). The personal growth is an amazing byproduct of the hard work and physical changes.
I won’t completely spoil it all in the preamble. Check it out for yourselves. (Skip to the end if you’re not interested in reliving my first 200 days.)
Achieved within first 71 days
- Found a sports bra that fits so I can even work out. When I first started losing weight, I couldn’t get into any of the ones I could find.
- Grabbed my foot from behind when my leg is bent at the knee in order to stretch out my thigh.
- Walked at a 3.0 MPH pace without struggling.
- Made it up one flight of stairs without getting winded.
- Stopped snoring and start sleeping better.
- Lost 10 lbs.
- Lost 25 lbs.
- Got under the weight limit to stand on the step stool.
Achieved between days 72 and 100
- Sat on my own furniture.
- Painted my own toe nails without contorting myself.
- Closed my towel the whole way around me when I get out of the shower.
- Wore the oh-honey pair of pants I bought on April 11th.
- Wore the oh-honey shirt I bought on May 2nd.
- Walked a mile at 3.5 MPH.
- Got 3 miles on the fat burn setting on the elliptical.
- Tied my shoes without having to sit down.
- Went down a notch on my Vivo Fit band.
- Lost 50 lbs.
- Lost 10% of starting weight.
- Stood for prolonged periods of time without numbness in my leg. (FORMERLY REDACTED GOAL)
- Put ankle on opposite knee without having to use hands.
- Fit into a restaurant booth.
- Wore shirt size XL.
- Did 200 miles in a month.
Achieved between days 100 and 150
- Fit into my plaid rain coat.
- Went down a half shoe size.
- Wore a dress.
- Fit comfortably into airplane seats.
- No longer in “extremely obese” category (BMI <40). (FORMERLY REDACTED GOAL)
- Got away from pre-diabetic sugar levels.
- Folded down the tray table from the seat in front of me on a plane.
- Lose 25% from heaviest weight.
- Lose 75 pounds.
- Wore my ring on my middle finger.
- Wore a swimsuit in public.
- Hiked up a mother-effing mountain, with mother-effing company.
- Reached halfway point of weight-loss mission!**
- Laugh-cried while trying on the “before” dress, which I put on by stepping through the neck hole.**
- Purchased and wore high heels!**
Achieved between days 150 and 200
- Fit into my red jacket.
- Jogged 5 minutes without stopping.**
- Jogged a mile without stopping.
- Jogged 1.5 mile without stopping.**
- Wore shirt size L.
- Wore skinny jeans.**
- Bent over and touch my toes without bending at the knee.**
- Wore a skirt.**
- Got too small for an oh-honey item of clothing.**
- Crossed my legs.
- Fit into only my side of the bench on Metro.
- Did 225+ miles in a month.**
- Hosted my first Diet Bet!**
Achieved between days 200 and 300
- Switched to the small Vivo Fit band.
- Got out of plus sizes.
- Wore two oh-honey rings that have never fit before.**
- Lost 30% of starting weight.**
- Lost 100 pounds.
- Got the hell over myself and some of my weird privacy hang-ups.**
Goals to be achieved
- Jog in and complete a 5K.
- Fit into one leg of my fat-girl gray pants.
- Wear a single-digit dress size.
- Wear a single-digit pants size.
- No longer be in “overweight” category (BMI <25).
- Wear shirt size M.
- No longer be in “obese” category (BMI <30). (FORMERLY REDACTED GOAL)
- Reach final weight goal.
- Reach 50% of starting weight. (FORMERLY REDACTED GOAL)
- Lose 150 pounds. (FORMERLY REDACTED GOAL)
- Wear a belt.
- See my feet over my belly when I look down (standing still).
- Fit into roller coasters. I couldn’t do it at a theme park 2 years ago, and had to wait around for my friend to go through the line and ride it by herself — sucked for both of us. — I’m absolutely sure I could cross this off now, but I haven’t had the chance to test it yet, so it stays on the to-do list.
- Do 250 miles in a month.
- Fit large VivoFit band around my ankle.
Watch this space.
**These were not on my list of goals, but they were notable milestones that I hit during this period.