As promised, here is another update on my wellness program.
As of 3/19/15 I had lost another pound, now down 24 pounds in eight weeks. My
fat weight was down 1.5 pounds and water weight up 1/2 pound, both good things. My muscle weight was also down 1/2 pound, not a good thing, but my exercise has kept muscle mass loss to a minimum, so the doctor was pleased.
The good news overall is that I am 4 pounds from my 12-week goal with four weeks to go. The good news for this last two weeks is that I was in Chicago for half of that time. Anyone who has been to Chicago knows that the food there is great! Luckily, the temperatures were up to the 50-60 range, so we were able to do a good bit of walking from our apartment in the loop area. We walked across the street to Millennium Park, up north on Michigan a mile or so to the John Hancock Building (where we had lunch on the 95th floor, one of my favorites), south more like 2 miles to the Shedd Aquarium and northeast about a mile to the Navy Pier. This helped offset meals at Greek Town, the JH lunch, a Irish pub lunch, and a dinner at Harry Carry's sports bar. I enjoyed each of these, but was able to make choices that limited the damage, not throwing "caution to the wind" as I have done in the past.
Now that we are back home, it is easier because I am back into my routine. But I am not concerned about life after this program because I think I have a different mindset and enough knowledge to make good decisions.
I have set a new goal for the 12-week period another five pounds lower, which the doctor feels will get me to a desirable fat % where I should level off. So far so good! I don't look like I have lost as much weight as I have due to abdominal bloating that result from gastrointestinal changes in the last year, but I feel good. Hopefully it is obvious which is the before picture.