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Most Dangerous Time

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Weight 2011-2017.11.22

It’s the most dangerous time of the year.

For my weight, that is. Last year on the day after Christmas, I weighed in more than 52 pounds more than I weighed yester morning. But a year ago today I was only 40 pounds higher. So last year, the month between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas I put on 12 pounds!

At least this year I would be bouncing up from a floor instead of busting through a ceiling. But I want to stop bouncing up and down. At my current level I am almost exactly the target weight set for me by the doctors about 20 years ago and within a pound or two of where I was at my wedding with SuziQ. But as the chart on this post shows, the past 6 year since the month before my shenanigans have rarely seen this level, more often floating too high above.

Besides, I don’t really want to have to fight to regain the progress I’ve made this past year. Better to enjoy the festivities for the joy of family and friendship, I think, than to indulge in feasting more than I really need to.

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23 November 2017 at 4:04 am

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Floor Fadin’ From View

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jellybeansI’m losin’ sight of my floor. In danger of slidin’ up the stairs to the next story up. Lettin’ my jellybeans go stale.

Let’s remind me how I got here. I knew I was miles above where I needed to be, what with not even my loosest clothes fitting anymore and my rings getting too uncomfortable to wear but nigh impossible to remove. Then that photograph of Suzi and me as Sonny & Cher last Halloween was simply embarrassing. Even so, Thanksgiving and Christmas were looming, so I postponed my best intentions. Then mid-December last year I was asked to play and sing as Tennessee Ernie Ford in a production to be held late April of this year. Playing a pregnant Cher was bad enough, but I had no good excuse for doing a tubby Cousin Ernie. So even before Christmas, I started working on bringing my weight under control.

As near as I can estimate between October and December weigh-ins, I peaked at something over 225 sometime late November 2013. By the time Nat gave me one of my fave treats for Christmas – jellybeans!! – I was back to 220 and headed down. So instead of eating my Christmas jellybeans, I turned them into a visual aid showing progress: one jellybean got saved to a jar each time I lost another tenth of a pound from any previously gained floor since Christmas. Over the course of the spring, I had to increase the size of the jar twice to the current size, which will be my last jar even if I return to healthy weight control, since filling out this jar would take me back down into unwanted underweight territory.

My target for my Ernie performance was the mid-180s. That target I didn’t quite reach, but I managed to get close enough: 191. And kept at it well enough during late April and May to set my current floor at 188. At which point a tech issue on my iPod – where I’d been keeping track – erased a portion of the most recent records I’d been keeping. And as yet I have not yet resumed regular weigh-in. And have been less strict with my food choices and portion control. And have been exercising much much less than I did during winter and spring. And we shelved the jellybean jar during an extended visit from the children we frequently have as guests. With the inevitable consequence: bye bye floor, and no new jellybeans for the past two months!

It could be worse. But as of my most recent irregular weigh-in this past weekend, I weighed 195.2 – still cruiserweight, yet uncomfortably floating up. For the first half of 2014, I have three motivations pushing me: I kept our Sonny & Cher snapshot handy as a continual reminder of what I didn’t wish to see; I had a target image and a deadline for that TEF performance; and I had my jellybean jar. For August, let me set this single goal: by Labor Day, let me be able to add at least ten new jellybeans to my jar.

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24 July 2014 at 5:25 am

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The title to this post is my goal weight range: cruiserweight – from 176 through 200 lbs.

At the beginning of September 2011, I was solidly in heavyweight territory, up above 220. My “shenanigans” of that month first inflated me up well into the high 200s, then dropped me like a stone down in the 180s, mid-cruiserweight. During early rehab, resuming my eating faster than I had strength and agility for resuming my exercising gradually took me back up toward that 200-lb heavyweight threshold.

Over the Christmas holidays and through January 2012, I worked on better eating habits and focused more energy toward increasing my exercise level, easing my weight back toward the low 190s. I’m not sure exactly what blew that up, but during February through late March’s seizure, I steadily moved back into heavyweight territory, peaking above 210. Renewimg my attention on breaking bad eating habits and re-making good exercise habits reversed that most recent rise, now bringing me back within range of revisiting my target cruiserweight zone.

With my ultimate goal being to settle in the next class down – light heavyweight, 168-175 – which is where my doctors a decade or so ago had recommended my ideal weight level as being.

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18 April 2012 at 6:03 pm

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