December 2003

Well once again I'm way behind on my web site updates. But since it is the end of the year I really do need to bring you up to date on all that has happened in the last three months. Where to start??

On October 18th I went to the NC State Fair. While there I found a booth that was doing a free lung function screening test. Since one of the problems I had when I started this way of life was that every time I moved I ran out of air I decided to see how much I had improved. I knew that I could breath now but I wanted to see it on a piece of paper. The results were even better than I hoped. They project what you should be able to do based on age, weight and height, and I managed to do 101% of the expected number. The doctor who was there to help interrupt the results claimed that mine was the highest score he had ever seen.

Then on October 25th I ran in a half marathon, that's 13 miles and I managed to do it in 2 hours and 20 minutes or 10 minutes and 45 seconds / mile. For an old fat man who couldn't walk across a room without running out of air 22 months earlier I was really pleased. Thanks to a web site visitor who sent me an e-mail and asked if I was going to run in this marathon I had a chance to achieve something that I never imagined I would ever be able to do. What a rush that was for me!!!!

Not a bad way to end the month of October.

Then on November 4th I went to see the doctor for my annual physical. Another great visit with my doctor, I'm going to convert him to the lo-carb way of eating yet. We did a pretty complete set of blood work tests and all the blood sugar, liver and kidney tests were well in the normal range.

I asked him to do the NMR LipoProfile® Test that separates the components within cholesterol so that I could get a true reading of my cholesterol. The two images below show the results of that test.

cholesterol 11-04-03

If I had only had these numbers to look at I'm sure that my doctor would have be at least a little concerned. But as the next page shows this is not all bad.

lipoprotein panel

As you can see from this page the LDL size puts me in the "lower-risk" category, the Large HDL's are double the number required to give me a negative risk factor and the Large VLDL's put me well into the "Lower-Risk" category. All in all I'm very comfortable with my cholesterol results and these numbers are far better then when I started on this journey. For more general information about this test click on this link

I began in September to record my food intake and my activities on on a daily basis and if you are interested you can click on the link below and see what I eat and how much exercise I do. Fitday is a free web site that allows you to get a real handle on the amount of food you eat and the calorie, carb, protein and fat breakdown of your diet. Also if you input your activities it can show you how effectively you are burning up the calories you are eating.

November was a record month for me as far as my running goes. I ran 235 miles at and average pace of 11 minutes 45 seconds/mile. I was very pleased with that. I log all of my walking and running on a web site and this link will take you to a public view of that information. Don's Training Record.

I have since moved my training record to a new site. The fitsense device died and they no longer support it so I bought a Garmin Forerunner 305 and I love it. This link will take you to activity logged since November of 2006.

Now on to the last big change in my life which occurred in December. On the 14th of December my friend Donna and I decided that we are ready to tie the knot and get married. The wedding will be on February 14th, Valentines Day, and we are both excited about the future. Donna is a person who has supported me on my weight loss journey and in fact has made a similar journey herself. She has lost 100 pounds with this way of eating and I know we will be able to support each other for the rest of our lives as we continue to be as healthy as possible. Here are her before and after pictures.

donna b&a 72dpi

And last but not least, here are my pictures from January 1, 2004. I'm still heavier than I think I want to be but I'm not obsessed about it. I have adjusted my goal weight up five pounds from 150 to 155 and in this picture I'm at 169.5. So I still have 15 pounds to go. The good news is that I'm within five pounds of what I weighed one year ago and that is sure beating the odds. Since I keep reading that 90% of people who lose a lot of weight promptly gain it all back. My plan and my life commitment is to keep it off and to stay healthy. It just takes focus and staying with life decisions to make that happen and Donna and I believe we've proven that we can do that.  IF WE CAN SO CAN YOU!!!!










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