Week #73 Weigh-in…and the re-start goes great!!!

New Year starts in the sick bed

The day after I wrote my last post I was diagnosed with pneumonia. That was the 3rd time in my life I’ve had the pleasure of a bout with the stuff, and it leads me to wonder how I got so lucky. 🙂 We had just watched the second to last episode of “Treme,” where a main character succumbs to lung cancer. I remember thinking as I watched that I was pretty sure, for me, any death that included reduced lung capacity would be just about the worst demise I could think of. It’s part of the reason I have such a high level of claustrophobia. (Learning all kinds of personal details about me here, aren’t you?) So when I get pneumonia, I have to believe I am a pain in the backside for Michelle; since I can’t go too many hours in a row without thinking that I am suffocating.

It also means that I sleep, almost all the time. 12-14 hours a day. I missed 2 days of work, and would have missed more if it weren’t for an epic cold snap that lead to 2 additional days of school being called on account of -50º wind chills. But even on the first day back, I left at 2:00pm crawled into bed at 3:00, slept until 7:45 pm and was back in bed by 10:00 pm; in time to sleep straight through to 5:30 am. That’s a lot of sleeping. Even yesterday, I went to bed Friday night just after 11:00 pm and slept until 1:00 pm, without even stirring. I know, right? Who sleeps for almost 14 hours without moving? I do when I am recovering from pneumonia, that’s who.

New Year = New Weight Loss!!

So in the last 12 days, I exercised exactly 4 times. Not great. But I was able to go pretty hard in those workouts, averaging about 1000 calories burnt. I also did well on the diet and nutrition part of my life; staying under my calorie total each day of the week, and within 200 calories of my goal on the other days.

So what was the result? I lost 12.3 pounds in the first 12 days of 2014!! Down to 313.3 from 325.6. And my BMI is 40.6, down from 42.2 twelve days ago. Pretty cool, right?

Of course, since my goal is to lose 2 pounds per week, and I’ve lost weight at roughly 3 times that pace. I did consult with my dietitian. My calorie total is a healthy one for me. I’m not going crazy on the exercise. It seems like, since this weight is weight I put on fast over the course of the fall, it is coming off fast now that I am once again serious about it. So no worries so far. If the weight lost keeps up at this pace, we’ll have to adjust, but right now we are expecting the pace will slow.

40by40 revisited: Since my week #73 is in the title, remember I started at 381, so I am down 67.6. And my starting BMI was 49.6. Looking good, feeling good!!

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