A minor milestone

I set some ambitious goals this year, and I completed one already by running 600 miles so far this year. I’m about 350 cycling miles away from achieving my second goal, which shouldn’t be a problem.

I’ve had a harder time with my third goal. I wanted to lose 40 pounds, which would take me from 215 pounds down to 175. I would finally no longer be overweight. I knew it would be hard, but I still underestimated just how hard. I got to 205 fairly quickly, and then basically stalled. Several demoralizing months later though I made the right changes and the trend is downward again. And today was the first time in many years that the first number on the scale was a 1—even if it was 199.9. It will still be a few weeks before the trend line catches up, and since weight moves around by a few pounds a day I know I will bounce back above 200 for a while.

But as motivation seeing a weight below 200 pounds is a big deal for me. And I know that if I keep working that will become permanent.

— Steve

Posted on 24 August 2014