For me, 150 pounds was a magic number.
It was, at one time, my goal weight -- since I couldn't imagine being any smaller. Later, when it seemed attainable, 150 pounds became the weight at which I would take up activities that I had never done for pleasure before, like running. (I now know that running is something that is not medically advised for people with an artificial joint -- luckily there is always walking!)
When I spent the better part of March at 151 pounds, the magic of 150 pounds became even more powerful, because it seemed so impossible to reach. In the back of my mind, I knew I would get there sometime, but in the day-to-day world it was difficult to maintain that certainty.
Then, somehow, at the end of March I skipped over 150 pounds entirely and now I am 149 pounds. I also dropped a size again and now I am a size 8.
So (having just come through a long dark teatime of the soul) I am taking this time on the first day of a new month to review my accomplishments:
1. I have stayed on my journey for 10 months without faltering.
2. I started this journey in Plus Size clothing. I have dropped 6 dress sizes. Now I'm in single digits.
3. When I started this journey, I had not removed my wedding rings since before my teenage son was born. I can now take the rings on and off when I choose.
4. I joined a gym. When I started I could barely do 20 minutes at 2.8 on the treadmill. Now my standard speed is 3.8 and I look forward to those times when I can spend a whole hour on the treadmill.
5. I lift weights. On the bench press I have progressed from lifting a 45-pound empty bar, to lifting 80 pounds. (I have even lifted 85 pounds once by mistake when I thought it was 75.)
6 . My Body Mass Index (BMI) has gone from obese at 36.9 to overweight at 27.2. But I am now muscular, so if you go by waist-to-height ratio, I am Healthy at .48 -- when I started it was at .65 with a warning to Take Action.
NOTE: I use this web site for BMI calculations:
So here I am on April 1, and I am no fool. I have accomplished a lot in the past 10 months, and that is worth celebrating!