Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The First 100 Days

Today marks the 100th day of my journey. I've been doing this for 100 days. 24000ish hours. 14 weeks and a smidge. Three months and change.

And, I've been doing pretty well. I've lost exactly 37 pounds. That's 13.31% of my starting body weight, and 6.35 points of BMI. It means I've lost an average of 2.59 pounds week, or .37 pounds a day. In my most impressive week, I lost 7.5 pounds. In my least impressive, I lost only .2. I am yet to post a weekly gain.

Losing 37 pounds is equivalent to 129500 calories. That means each day, I've burned an average of 1295 calories more than I took in. When I began, I was a tight size 22, although I did have one suit that was a size 24. Today, I'm a size 18, and the suit jacket I wear to work every day is a size 16.

All that in 100 days.

I've come far, but I have a long way to go. 8 more pounds till I'm not morbidly obese, and 96 more pounds till I'm not overweight at all.

I've learned I'm stronger than I thought, and can walk farther than I might have imagined possible. I've found that there are few things as powerful as simply keeping going.

Each day I don't binge and each day I burn a bit more than I take in is a victory. Each step I walk, each minute I spend on the elliptical and each weight I lift is progress. I am constantly moving closer to my goal and farther from where I was.

The journey is long. It's difficult. I've been challenged. I've been overwhelmed. At times I've fallen. But thus far I've always gotten back up, dusted myself off, and kept going.

This is a numbers game. It's a game of emotion, too, of figuring out who you are, why you're doing this, and how you got this way. But more than that, I think, it's the numbers. Just day in, day out, slowly building up the deficits. There's nothing you can't do if you just keep going.

I've had a great 100 days. Here's to many, many more.


Also, Jenn of Watch My Butt Shrink gave me a Great Shrinking Butt award! Thanks Jenn!

22 comments:

  1. Cheers to your 100 days!

    Thanks for your honest comment Hadley. It brought tears to my eyes and you are SO right.

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  2. Great job! I love the way you broke it down. That's quite an accomplishment. Keep it up!

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  3. You've learned some important things about yourself and have encouraged me to think in the same way. As time goes on, my mental list of accomplishments will grow. Success fosters success.

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  4. Congrats on your 100 days!

    Congrats on all the wonderful changes you've made!

    Here's to a lifetime of health!

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  5. 100 days is awesome! Do you realize Ive been on this journey since damn near birth? So the fact that you took control and youve been so successful is fanfrigginTASTIC!!!

    C O N G R A T S H A D L E Y ! ! !

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  6. awesome!! seeing the numbers is so satisfying isnt it??

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  7. amazing what can happen in 14 weeks huh?!

    great work!

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  8. GREAT JOB! What fab numbers!!!!

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  9. Great Work on successful completion of your first 100 days with a 2.59 weekly weight loss average! Spectacular.

    You had my attention with all those numbers and how many calories you had to burn a day to achieve that loss. You're right it is a numbers game and an emotional game too. It's so good for us to learn to not let our emotions affect the scale.

    Oh, and I love your word "smidge". :)

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  10. Congrats on 100 days! You have made some great progress in those 100 days!
    Here's to 100 more days and 37 more pounds gone forever!

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  11. Congrats on the 100 days Hadley!! You are doing AWESOME!!! Keep it up.

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  12. ::high five:: you are doing awesome!

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  13. 100 days, and you've probably earned 10 years more to live. You are a rockstar Hadley. You will achieve all your goals and dreams, because your perspective is pure.

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  14. Isn't it amazing what incredible changes you made in just 100 days? I'm so happy for you!

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  15. Great post, Hadley! I am a numbers gal myself and I love when you post your stats. Congratulations on an amzing 100 days and on earning another award. You rock!

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  16. Congratulations on achieving 100 days of weight loss. Your numbers are great! You should be so proud of yourself! You are amazing!!

    And a wonderful post, I'd like to add!

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  17. Great post! And congrats on your 100 days!!!
    You have done an impressive job so far, and I have complete faith that you can make it through the rest of your journey. Because as you stated, you are stronger that you thought you were. Deep down I think that applies to all of us. Thanks for the dose of inspiration!

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  18. Awesome post! I can tell from reading this that this is a permanent weight loss for you. Yo have changed the way you think. Man the last 100 days have flown by.

    WOOHOO!!!! HURRAY!!! You totally rock! Congratulations on all your hard work - 37 pounds is HUGE!

    I want to quote a friend "I've found that there are few things as powerful as simply keeping going."

    This thought is in my head but never been typed out or spoken aloud. We are so much alike. You just take the numbers a little further. Impressive my friend.....all the way around.

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  19. 100 days under your belt is an awesome accomplishment! Congrats

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  20. "The journey is long. It's difficult. I've been challenged. I've been overwhelmed. At times I've fallen. But thus far I've always gotten back up, dusted myself off, and kept going."

    You know, I read that and realized it applies if you're trying to lose weight or not. That's life. You're living life. Everything you do in weight loss applies to everything you encounter every day.

    Congrats!

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  21. Happy Anniversary, my friend and favorite economist. I love how you broke down the numbers for us. I'm happy for you!

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  22. That is awesome! Keep up the great work!

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