Thursday, June 7, 2007

Day 124: Right.On.The.Money - 50 lbs!

Update: 208.2 lbs, 50 lbs so far, 50 lb Goal Reached Day 124.

Well, butter my (50 pounds lighter) buns and call me a biscuit...again! The elusive last pound finally gave up the ghost, and I hit it right on the nose today. Which of course means tomorrow I'll waffle up again - maybe in more ways than one..hmmmm, waffles....but for today, my official scale weight is 208.2 baby!

124 days ago I set out to lose a few, and really though getting down to 220 - or a weight loss of 38 lbs - would be a task, and believe me, it was. But then 220 still left me fairly chubbilicious, so I figured we might as well go for the full 50 lb goal, which proved to be even more difficult, but I was in it for the long haul. Yes, plenty of days where I was frustrated because I was working my booty off and not seeing the results as quick as I wanted, but as Michael and the Slowski's pointed out - "where's the fire?" I finally got to the point where I figure it'll happen when it does, and I know I can't go all summer riding 15-20 miles at a time, and not get to an ideal weight somehow. Well, unless I get a special rack for my bike that holds a personal sized Humdinger for every ride....

So now, the next, more informal goal (at least for now) is going to be to get down to 200 lbs, another 8.2 lbs away, and since that will be close to a 60 lbs loss, I'll probably just bump it to 198, so I can just lose 60 lbs. But honestly, I'm going to take what I can get from here and see where it least, that's what I think today after hitting this goal. We'll see. Having the goal definitely gives me a focus.

Now, on another related note, today's goal gives Nick the victory in the Starbucks Challenge. And how fitting is that, since it's his birthday today - so everyone give Nick a birthday shoutout. Thank you to all of those who kindly guessed the earlier dates...I truly tried to do it for you, and sorry to everyone who I "stopped short on" - you should have invited me over for more cake, ice cream and pizza and kept me all fatted up!

Hopefully tomorrow I'll put up the requisite 'what 50 lbs looks like' comparison pictures. As my wife pointed out, 50 lbs is like taking just about half of her, and sticking it on me. Ha! In one way, it is like I lost a friend, a little 50 lbs friend who was all fat! Thanks again for all the encouragement along the way. Here's to the next round!



Michael said...

Paul... that's (adjective)awesome!! You've carried that around for how long? For how many years? And just like that.. you decided, got dedicted, focused, and bam. It's gone. And I'd be willing to bet that it won't ever come back.

This must be like a whole new world.

I'm just so excited, and so proud.


We'll have to get together and you can have a starbucks on me. Nonfat and sugar free of course.

Laura said...

Woo hoo - way to go!! Way to set a goal and then work for it!!

By the by...encouraged by your progress I decided it was time for me to actually make an active effort to lose the "baby weight". I am happy to report that I hit the 20 lb. goal on Monday. More to go, but for now it just feels good to be where I'm at.

Keep up the good work!!

Jennyth said...

Lope on a Rope..YOU ROCK ON!!

Dude, seriously, you did it. I'm proud. You're inspiring.

Congrats...hopefully a humdinger is in order for you. Jen and Jer