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Monday, December 3, 2007

Week 44 Weigh-In








Last Week's Weight: 274.6 lbs.
Today's Weight: 270.2 lbs. (-4.4)
Total Lost: 109.8 lbs.

Fat Ratio: 26.9% (-0.0)
Lean Mass: 197.5 lbs. (-3.2)
Fat Mass: 72.7 lbs. (-1.2)
Waist: 50.5 inches (-0.0)

Wow, I haven't lost that much in a week in a long time. I weigh every day. About Wednesday last week, I noticed that I had lost a lot, so I figured it would fluctuate back up by today. There was a little bit of fluctuation, but not much. I will take it, and hope that it doesn't pop back up this week. Interestingly, I did less cardio last week than I had been doing. I am not sure how that fits into this loss. I guess it just goes to show you that weight loss is a complex interaction between several systems in our body...

...hehe, that sounded almost like I knew what I was talking about rather than the truth that I just made that up on the spot.

Anyhow, this means that I am OBESE! Woohoo! When I started I was almost "Super-"obese, but was "Morbidly-"obese. Then I was "Severly-"obese. Now, I am just plain old obese with no qualifiers now that my BMI in under 35. My next BMI goal is to get under 30 which will just make me fat rather than obese. So here's to my next goal of becoming fat!

Concerning the exercise, this is my week to take a break from weight training. After every 6 weeks of weight training, I take a week off. This coming Saturday is our next race. I will be running the 8k portion and my daughter will run the 5k. The challenge of running in the winter and the snow had me worried. However, the city has cleared the new bike path off every time it has snowed. I am guessing they are doing that to keep the snowmobilers off rather than to provide a place for me to run, but I will take it anyhow. Still, I can't wait until the weather gets warmer (in about 5 months, Ugh!).

A quick update on the job front. A while back I posted about some of my father who has Alzheimer's Disease. I live about 3 hours away from my brother and sister, and my father's house. My father also owns the house my sister lives in. Guess who was left in charge of everything by my parents. I did of course even though I am the youngest of my dads five children.

So I have spent a lot of time traveling back and forth over the past 15 months. This has put a lot of strain on my family and my work. I was trying to find work in my field close enough to my dad's house that my family could move in there and dad could stay in his home. I had a prospect that didn't turn out, so I looked to changing my career.

For this I had a very promising lead that could be quite lucrative. I knew that the job was mine for the taking. I had gone through 2 interviews and was scheduled for the final interview. After much consideration, I just could not bring myself to leave my current profession. After 8+ years of schooling, internships, and 13 years working in the field, I just couldn't leave it to become a financial advisor. My heart just isn't in the financial field. It's one of those fields that if you work hard and put in the hours, the benefits are sure to follow. I realized that I just don't have the enthusiasm for that field of work. I would think differently if I didn't already have a job, but I do.

So, in the meantime, I have been traveling back and forth 2-4 times a month. My father has been moving back and forth between my house and my sisters. I finally talked my sister and brothers into letting me put him into an assisted living place near me. In fact, he moves in today. This should provide him some stability and give him much more to do than he has at my house.

However, I received a phone call on Saturday from the place that was my original prospect to work in my field near my father's house. I have an interview next week. I know that this place has narrowed the candidates down to 4 of which I am one. They are not on a speedy schedule so I don't expect to find out if I get the position until after the first of the year.

Just when I was settled with the idea of staying put, I am back to worrying about moving again. I hope this all works out and we get to move, but things will continue to be hectic until I know one way or the other.

"Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Living Fit Is My #1 Job!

7 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

I think you did the right thing turning down a job your heart wasn't in. It's too easy to become distracted by the idea of a lucrative job, but if your heart isn't there, it would drive you to despair. Best of fortunte on the job front.

And well done on crossing the line into Obese. I remember writing an entry called "Woohoo, I'm Overweight" once I got under the 30BMI

Sayre said...

Good job on the scale! I've lost some too, but I'm not keeping track of it diligently. I can tell because my clothes fit differently. Some days I just FEEL light! It's coming off, though. Yours is doing the same thing. You've incorporated your exercise and your food into something that you can continue doing and I think that's the real key - not a diet, per se, but just making better choices on a daily basis.

Tough row on the job thing. I know you're pleased to have the interview - it shows that someone else recognizes your worth. But a job you don't love, no matter how much it pays, isn't going to make you happy. Follow your heart. It will be better in the long run.

Christine said...

Wow! What a great loss! You should be really proud of yourself. You are truly inspiring me to get my arse off the couch. :)

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Congratulations on the loss, man. Obese! Haha. That's very cool :D

I really don't think I have enough life experience to comment on the job thing, but it sounds like you're doing the right thing.

cmae said...

Great quote...REALLY great. If you keep wisdom like that in front of you, you will make the best decision when the right time comes.

HOORAY for your progress on the scale!

Ironside said...

Sometimes when I exercise more, I gain weight. I think in my case, exercise increases my appetite, or else my brain tells me that I can eat more because I am doing more exercise.

St. Patrick's said...

If you go for a job that you are not in to, you will only loose all motivation in it.