weight loss

As much as the “word” bothers me…

…I woke up this morning in “Onederland”! That’s right, folks. The needle on the scale stopped at 199 today. The last time I weighed under 200 pounds was probably late 2000, maybe early 2001.

I seem to be experiencing one hell of a “whoosh” recently. I was excited a couple of days ago when I hit 200 pounds and planned to be content to stay there for a week or so if that was what my body decided to do. I guess it isn’t done with whatever it is doing, though. And I’m okay with that for the time being. I’ve lost six pounds in the last twelve days (If you find them, you can keep them. I don’t want them back.) without having made any big changes since I last wrote. Though I have added a few more walks to my week, I don’t think that would be enough to trigger anything. I’m expecting this loss rate to slow down again any day now.

Rest assured, I’ll be keeping an eye on things and will check in with the doctor if the weight continues to drop so rapidly for too much longer. As much as I’d like to believe my body is just catching up from that three month plateau, I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks with my health.

I did recently notice that many of my work shirts are starting to fit more like circus tents than actual clothing, so I hit up some thrift stores over the last couple of weekends. Most of my old shirts are size XXL but I’m finding an XL now fits me quite well. I did try on a couple of size L shirts just for giggles, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m also down from a very tight-waisted size 38 cargo short (really, I was in denial and should probably have been wearing size 40) to a snuggish-waisted size 34 jean short.

New experience this week: I keep catching my reflection in various surfaces – particularly while wearing my “new” smaller shirts – and thinking, “Damn. I look good!” I am not accustomed to thinking such things about myself. It feels weird, but also good.

In unrelated news, it would seem I am once again part of a rock band. I responded to a thread on the local subreddit in which a guy was looking for a keyboardist. After listening to the demo tracks he had posted, I decided I was interested in giving it a go. I went to my first rehearsal with them last night, and I had a blast. It feels really good to be making some noise again. I think the synths were happy to get out of the house, too. They’re a good group of kids having fun making music together. It was also really nice to walk into a group that already had some established songs. They just had to give me the chord progressions, then they’d kick off the tune and we’d see what happened. Oh sure, things are still a bit rough around the edges. But that’s okay. That’s what practice is for.

I don’t think the group officially has a name yet – at least, not that was mentioned in my hearing- but the music is sort of noisy, shoegazey, psychedelic rock. Speaking of hearing: I need to buy more ear plugs.