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It is a story most of us heard growing up. The slow and patient turtle wins a race against the quick and agile bunny by virtue of putting his head down and continuing to keep moving while the bunny screws off doing a multitude of things that are not related to winning the race. While I always questioned why the bunny didn’t finish the race first and then go amuse himself, the example holds true even today, in our pursuit of long-term weight loss.
Consider this: this is not my first rodeo when it comes to trying to lose weight. I have tried Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins and a version of Paleo (back when it was still called “The Caveman Diet”.) I was always able to lose 10 – 20 pounds fast. After that: nothing. I would then embrace my guiding philosophy: “If at first you don’t succeed, quit.” Needless to say, the weight instantly returned.
Now, making dietary and lifestyle changes in preparation for bariatric surgery, we have had more success that ever before, mainly due to the slower speed of our weight loss. Lor’s sudden weight loss spike since her surgery notwithstanding, we have actually been maintaining a pretty decent rate of “healthy body recovery” (also known as “weight loss”.) It has been 22 weeks since we started this process with my terrifying discovery that I weighed over 300 pounds back on February 2. As I mentioned yesterday, as of this week we have collectively lost 100 pounds. Do a little math (something like 100 divided by 22 weeks then further divided by 2 people) and it turns out that we have been losing, on average 2.27 pounds a week. According to the CDC, this number falls right into the “healthy weight loss” category.
Other demonstrations of “slow and steady” progress? Back in February, it took me around 25 minutes to walk .44 miles a day (the exact mileage of walking the dog around the block one time.) This would leave me covered in sweat, gasping for air, and exhausted for the rest of the evening. Today, in 45 minutes, I can cover 2 miles. The runners among you may be chuckling at this “mile every 22 minutes” speed, but remember: back in February I was managing the brisk pace of 1.05 miles per hour. 4 months later I am almost up to the average human walking speed of 3 miles an hour. As far as the 45 minutes goes – that is as far as Vixen’s furry little legs will take her. We have discussed, once Lor is back in fighting trim, hauling the dog once around the block, then dropping her off at the house and walking another 45 minutes or so, to get in a full hour of walking a day.
Our walking speed should also increase from not having to stop while Vixen sniffs every bush, bag, and foreign object that looks like it might be edible.
Even Misdirected is showing the results of slow and steady. Maintaining a posting schedule of 4 posts a week, every week, we have grown from about 20 occasional readers to almost 50 daily readers. We will occasionally have really big spikes (like the day of Lor’s surgery), but nearly 50 people are checking in on a daily basis to see what is happening here. This is with no marketing as such – any readership increases are coming strictly by word of mouth, people sharing the fact that there is some dude talking about him and his wife going through bariatric surgery.
Patience has not been my strong point over the years. But, maybe, learning to re-adjust to a changing body and diet is what it takes to learn to wait for other positive changes in life. Maybe this is a sign of developing maturity and spiritual awareness?
Nah. I still hate driving in the slow lane.
At Least I Passed That Lazy Bunny,