Homecoming is one of the tougher weeks of the year for school principals. Between the really long days, the frenetic activity, and the constant worry that at least 1 of 762 teenagers will do something really stupid, it seems as if I go the entire week without sleeping and on constant alert. Not a good time for relaxation and healthy living.
Over the weekend, I did get in some massive workouts though and continued those on Monday and Tuesday when the hotel I stayed in offered access to a big full-service Gold’s Gym type fitness center. Big minutes on an elliptical really allows me to melt away the calories. Which is good, because I spent so much time eating out and hanging out with friends and colleagues I hadn’t seen in a while, I socked away more calories than I should have.
I did go clothes shopping though on Monday. I needed a new belt, because I was using the last notch in my smallest belt and was running into constant danger of having my pants fall down. I’ve decided not to buy a bunch of new clothes for quite awhile yet. Mainly because I remain a long way from my ultimate goal and I don’t want to possess three or four different sized wardrobes.
But it was clear I needed a new belt. Also, since my jeans were getting obnoxiously out-sized, I thought I would treat myself to a new pair. My last pair of jeans were a waist size of 52″. And I bought them a little tight because I couldn’t stomach buying a size 54″. So on Monday, I walked into one of my favorite fat-guy clothing stores, Casual Male, and asked for a pair of my favorite style of Levi’s in a size 50″, only to be informed that they had no jeans in that style and size in stock.
I was devastated, obviously! 🙂 The clerk mentioned they did have a size 48″ if I wanted to give them a try. So I did. And guess what? They fit!!!
It wasn’t quite that dramatic of a moment, but I’ll admit to tearing up, ever so slightly, when those pants fit. I can remember holding on to the size 48″ in my wardrobe way longer than I should have as I fattened up, with my belly hanging way over my belt. I simply did not want to have to confront the reality of having to buy size 50″ pants. Passing that barrier on the way back down was a more emotional milestone than I anticipated.
And I stepped on the scale this morning at…356!!! Down 25 pounds from the start. Also, the BMI is down to 46.1, so I’ve overcome the effects of my shrinking height from a few weeks ago. I’ve lost 6.5% of my body weight, and am 32% of the way towards my BMI goal of 40 with 10 months to go!!! Things are looking good, and I am having a great time.