What? You don’t celebrate 199 Day? You don’t even know what 199 Day is? Let me share with you what I know it to be.
The last time I weighed anything with a “1” as the starting number I was in college. I remember vividly standing in the 3rd floor bathroom of the SAI house at 720 Emerson St, Evanston, IL weighing myself on one of those old school manual scales where you have to move the thingie over from 100 to 150 to 200 to 250, etc…and weighing in the mid-190’s (after losing some weight…maybe 10 pounds) and saying (out loud mind you) that “I will never weigh in the 200’s again”. Ah, the hopes and dreams of a 20-21 year old.
So here today, on January 8th, 6 days before I turn 39, I am 199.5. The first time in 18-19 years I’ve had a “1” as my starting digit. That, my friends, is 199 Day.
As of 199 Day I’ve lost 105.4 pounds. This means (do the math) on May 30th, 2012 I began my journey at a very unhealthy 304.9 pounds. There. I said it.
Some thanks to the following:
- Ideal Protein & Dr. Tranh – may God bless Dr. Tranh and his development team. They put together a HEALTHY program that really works. This program is a true God-send for anyone like me with a food addiction.
- My Ideal Protein Coach, Suzanne Janusz, at the Palatine, IL office of WomanCare. Her calm, genuine, and knowledgeable support has made all the difference.
- My Ideal Protein Sparkpeople community forum. May the person who came up with the recipe for turning IP Cereal into pancakes win the Powerball and live out the rest of their days on a private island, should they choose to. These folks on this forum have been a second form of therapy for me, in every way. I’m eternally grateful.
- My mom & dad, for supporting me my entire life, but especially during the last 7.5 months. They went through “weird food Thanksgiving” and “non-traditional Christmas” and have themselves lost 15-ish pounds (mom) and 50-ish pounds (dad), and have lengthened their lives and improved it immensely.
- My work friends. You deserve a medal for all of the high-octane crabby days, and endless whining of me saying “Another potluck, really????”. Your support has been tremendous, and I will forever be in your debt.
- My work spouse, who has given me faith in men, and shown me such loving, brotherly support along my journey. Your funny, encouraging comments along the way “eat a hamburger”, etc…have given me support in ways I can’t even express. My cool “100” patch for when I hit that milestone, and the support that you and your real spouse will run with me during my first 5k is a blessing in my life.
- All of my friends from work & “real life”….there is not one of you….NOT ONE OF YOU…who has even subconsciously tried to sabotage me. Your support of my feeling comfortable in only 3 restaurants (give or take) has been fabulous. Speaking of which….
- The staff of the Outback Steakhouse in Buffalo Grove, IL. You know you frequent a place when they recognize you. Thanks for dealing with all of my different food requests.
- Freya Taylor, author of “Suddenly Skinny: A Weight Loss Survival Guide”. I’ve read your book over and over like it’s my job. I quote it, and have lived it.
- Brian. For treating me like a queen. And being ecstatic when I won the weigh-off.
- Gus. For your support, including letting me win the weigh-off.
- My FB friends for being SOOOO virtually supportive. Reading my posts along my journey, “liking” posts and pics, and giving me comments of encouragement have given me another form of support and accountability.
- Many others. To be continued.
I’m writing this like I’ve met my final goal. My final weight goal is somewhere between 160-180. But I now believe with my entire being that the real goal is living life to the fullest, healthiest way possible.
Love to everyone on this day, 199 Day. How will you celebrate? It’s a work day for me (it’s not a National Holiday, especially because no one knew when it would be), and I’m going home and cooking a fabulous, on-plan dinner. That, and not stepping on the scale for several days.