There it is ladies a gentleman, a number that I have been anticipating for a long time. I have officially lost a total of 50 lbs from my heaviest weight of 308 lbs in March 2012. This means that I have burned or saved a grand total of 175,000 excess calories in the last 13 months.
As a way of celebrating the accomplishment, and because I am not ready to start posting any "before" or "current" pictures, here are a few common things that weigh as many pounds as I have lost.
|A large bag of dog food.|
|$200 in quarters (for those of you that aren't mathemagicians like myself,|
that means 800 quarters.)
|A bale of hay.|
|The average male bulldog.|
|Two of this kid.|
|But it took picking up one of these |
bad boys in the gym to realize the magnitude
of what I have accomplished...
Holding that weight in my palm reminded me that, in order to reach my final goal, I am going to have to lose that much weight all over again AND an additional 8 lbs. It was, perhaps, the first time I truly understood the magnitude of what I have set out to accomplish. Almost as if I was attempting to scale Mt Everest and paused half way through to look towards the peak and say...
|"Screw that shit."|
As I stood there, I couldn't remember what it felt like to be 50 lbs heavier. I couldn't quite recall the extra strain it placed on my joints. I couldn't dredge up the memory of how hard it was to breath after walking up a flight of stairs. All I could really think about was the fact that I used to weigh THIS MUCH more than I do now, and that I never wanted to weigh that much again.
Armed with a new found appreciation for what I have set out to do I hope that in a few short months I will be composing an entry similar to this one entitled "Things That Weigh 75 lbs." Even more momentous, and the blog post I look forward to the most, will be the post entitled...
"How I Lost 100 lbs and Kept It Off For Good."
Yes, that sounds just fine. Perhaps I'll start drafting it now. After all, 2027 is just around the corner. I wouldn't want all that weight loss to sneak up on me.