It is very exciting to be so close to reaching a really big goal.
The scale told me I was 235.5 this morning, only about 11 pounds from the 100 pound mark. I still am in a state of disbelief when I think that I have lost 89 pounds on this journey so far. The old 325 pound me seems so far away and unrecognisable, but when I look at the fact I was there just this January, it seems like just yesterday.
Only 35 weeks have gone by since I set out on this journey. A lot has happened since then. I ran my first ever running event, took my first several flight lessons, ran my second ever event, became sponsored by a couple of great companies, signed up for two half marathons and a full marathon, and not to mention buying a whole new wardrobe out of necessity. The old me had to shop at big and tall stores (and not for the "tall" stuff mind you) and none of the old clothes I have, even the stuff that was a little tight, fits in any sort of an acceptable manner. I was 325 pounds, size 50x30 pants, size 58+ suits, and an XXXL shirt size. Now, I am 236 pounds, size 36x32 or 38x32 pants , size 44 or 46 suits, and L shirt size. What a difference 8 months can make.
The other day I put on one of my favorite polo shirts. It is a nice blue sport shirt with the Disney Cruise Line logo that I had picked up on my honeymoon in October of 2007. It was a 3XL shirt and I remember when I found it in the cruise store on the ship. I was ecstatic that they actually had a shirt in my size, that usually didn't happen. On top of that, it was on clearance (I think because of the size). It felt great to wear and was long enough to cover my stomach, a reoccurring problem back then. Well, I can't wear that shirt anymore. I put it on the other day and it looked like a dress, going all the way down to my knees. So, another shirt gets put in the goodwill donation box. A bittersweet farewell to an old friend - something that I think was my favorite because it always reminded me of the fabulous time my wife and I had on our honeymoon and how lucky I am to be married to such a wonderful woman. I was talking to the wife about this and she said "we'll just have to go and get you another one!" So, I guess that means I have another Disney cruise in my future.
As much as I loved that shirt I am gladly trading it in for the new body I have made so far and am continuing to create. There was a lot of good in my life back then, but with the lifestyle changes I have made now, there is even more good in my life and hopefully changing my lifestyle will help me live a good while longer to enjoy it all.