One Month At A Time

Wednesday Weigh-In

This week’s weigh-in follows a recent visit to my doctor.

I’d been both excited and a little worried about going in to Spring Hill Primary. I hadn’t seen Dr. Bradford since late January/early February. Things were looking good, as far as my weight-loss and blood pressure, but the rest was all kind of up in the air.

For those of you just joining or who forgot, I didn’t jump into any of this because I’m looking for a beach body –or even because I wanted to do a Spartan Race to begin with.

Back in September, I got a nice, little health scare. My kidneys were off a bit, nothing noticeable to me, but it was something that could turn into very bad things later.

I freaked out.

I knew I was way too heavy, but I wrote some of that off to just being a burly guy who was more of a weight lifter than a runner. I was big boned, had always been heavy, but I pulled back from the idea that I was actually fat.

I blamed my high blood pressure on stress. I worry and obsess about dumb stuff. I don’t take time off.

This is true. I was also carrying too much weight and had been carrying too much weight for a very long time.

So, here’s where we are:


I look kind of grim in this one, but hey.. check out the new shorts!


Current weight: 184 pounds.

I’m feeling somewhat better about the slowing of the weight loss after talking it over with my doctor. From what he said to me, it sounds like I’m reaching a point where I’m putting on some muscle and that’s balancing against the loss of fat.

Starting weight: 253 pounds.

Current goal weight: 175.

The doc told me I should start winding down this whole weight loss thing. I could lose a little more and that’s fine, but not much more, he said.

The 175 seems like a little more and then we’re done with trying to lose weight. Then it’s on to the lightening round with maintenance!

Weight medical professionals believe I should be: 144. These are internet professionals and about as trustworthy as people who post pictures of cats having light saber battles.

Still better than “The Last Jedi.”

Blood pressure: 132/72 –the top number is a little high, but anxiety has been high of late. I need to do more work on stress relief.

Number of times different people have spoken to me about my weight-loss and/or doing CrossFit in the last week: Loads of people have spoken to me about the weight loss. Notably, I’ve heard a lot from some of the people at CrossFit WV.

Everybody says they’re proud.

Number of those people who said they couldn’t change their diet or exercise: This time, we’re back to lots of advice about “cheat days” and why I shouldn’t count calories.

I’m probably just going to keep doing what I do.

I actually do break my diet occasionally. Yesterday, I had a brownie and French bread and ate a lot more than I usually do.

It happens. You can drive yourself nuts about enjoying a meal or going overboard or you can just move on.

Number of people I’ve bored to tears explaining/complaining about my diet, the calorie deficit and exercise: Not as many as last week.

Caffeine: Oh yes.

Cans of diet soda consumed this week: Too much, but it’s sooooo good.

Notable fitness accomplishments: A couple. On Sunday, I ran three miles for the first time and felt like I could have managed another mile.

Also, inexplicably, I managed to finish first during a time CrossFit class. That was probably a fluke or I miscounted or something.

Still, it felt nice to not be dead last for a change.

Finally, during my checkup this week with my doctor, we ran blood work again. My cholesterol level is awesome and my kidney function has returned to normal.

Basically, through diet and exercise I have managed to cure the kidney problem most likely brought on by my crummy blood pressure (hypertension).

This wasn’t a huge kidney problem, some enzymes weren’t right, but the words “renal failure” are scary. To not have that hanging over my head is liberating.

Days until the Spartan Race in WV: 136 (August 24)

Captain America t-shirt: Yes!

General outlook: I feel amazing. I feel grateful.