I DID IT !!!! I've left morbid obesity behind, FOREVER !!!!
This morning, I hopped on the scale, and discovered I weigh 247 lbs. That brings my BMI down to 39.9
I am officially no longer morbidly obese. Wow. It has been many, many, many years - too many.
What a year this has been, and most of it due to getting serious about my dietary requirements. Most of this came about just since the third week in July. On January 1st of this year, my BMI was 54.5 and I started the year weighing nearly 330 lbs. Today, December 14th, my BMI is 39.9 and I weigh 247. It is amazing what consistently applying good choices can do. Perseverence pays. On December 17th, it will have been one year exactly, since I reached my highest weight officially - for at that doctor appointment, the scale read 327 lbs. 327 lbs was 80 POUNDS AGO.
So, as of this morning, I am Severely Obese. Yes, still way too heavy and way too unhealthy, but improving.
Just by leaving morbid obesity, I significantly improved my health. That is the main reason for me doing this. I am aging, and I need to do a better job of being able to enjoy a retirement in relatively good health one day. Shoot, I just want to make it to retirement!
Morbid obesity means being twice as likely to die prematurely as someone of a healthy weight. Not great odds. Twice as likely to die prematurely. I don't want to die prematurely, never mind being twice as likely to do so.
I also, by leaving MO behind, have reduced my risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder disease, heart issues, diminished immune responsiveness, impaired respiratory function, infections, back and joint pain, liver issues, pancreatitis, urinary incontinence and a whole host of other things, brought on (or made worse) by morbid obesity. Oh, and can't forget about type II diabetes either.
I'm improving my odds, with every pound I lose, and gaining a better life in the process. And so, with that in mind, I set my sights on my next (newest) mini-goal. I am looking forward to losing the next 17 lbs, bringing my weight down to 230.
I can't wait for Friday, and my next chance to try on the old size 24 jeans!
Onward and downward !!