I spent 45 minutes with the doctor this afternoon. The previous time I was weighed at his office was in March when I weighed 367 pounds. That is the most I have ever weighed in my life! The spike happened when I overate in reaction to the sleep deprivation triggered depression. At first I didn’t recognize the cause of the depression. That weight really got my attention and I began cutting back on what and how much I ate then. Today I weighed 343 pounds. That is a 24 pound loss in the first two months.
I have lost over 100 pounds twice before. Each time I put myself on a 600 calorie diet for 18 months without medical supervision. This time I believe the health complications necessitated my being under a doctor’s care.
I had approximately 710 calories today. You can see what that looks like by viewing my food diary for today.
Of course there is a lot more than just cutting my food intake. I need to drink lots of water and exercise regularly. I prefer walking for the exercise. At this time of year that means going to the Dover Mall where it is air conditioned! The doctor also suggested exercising my arms at least once a week with weights or resistance equipment to maintain muscle tone.
I already had the necessary blood work done following the previous doctor visit. The cardiac workup from my two knee procedures was recent enough to cover that requirement. I go back to see the doctor monthly so that he can monitor me.
This weekend will be a challenge. We head to the chapel tomorrow evening and will be there through both services on Sunday. We’re covering for a chaplain who is on vacation. I’ll probably eat a lot of salads!
In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins