Major Milestone – 60 kg Lost (down to 69.0)

It feels strange, because I just posted about breaking the 70 kg barrier 5 days ago, and getting into the 69s. There I gave lots of details, and included a before-and-after photo. So please read that post for all that.

Sometimes after hanging around at a certain weight for a number of weeks, and getting down to the next kilogram (in this case, I dropped below 70 to 69.6) I will slide through that kilogram mark. It’s happened many times before, and it happened again today, and this morning, after 5 days of consecutive losses the scale hit exactly 69.0 kg (152 lb) this morning. That means I have lost exactly 60 kg as of today! That’s 132 lb lost total.

A 60 kg lost milestone is worth mentioning I think.

Other stats of note: My current BMI is now 22.8, and I’ve lost a total of 46.5% of my initial weight.

As I mentioned in my last post I am no longer trying to lose more weight. That was the first time ever that I said that! On the other hand, I don’t want to gain weight either. I’m trying to glide into a smooth maintenance landing, but I’m being careful. I did tweak my calorie limit a bit, raising it some. But my weight loss had already slowed to a crawl, so I need to be careful.

The only things I’ll repeat from my previous post are that I eat WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based), I don’t do intermittent fasting, I log calories with MyFitnessPal, and today is MFP streak day 3,248. Please see that post for more about the WFPB people who have influenced me, recent adjustments to my diet (basically just being more careful about calorie counts), more about how much my health has improved, my philosophy about healthy dieting, and my latest before-and-after photo.

The day has come – down 131 lb, under 70 kg

I can’t believe this day has come.

And I can’t believe I’m saying this: I no longer feel I need to lose any more weight. This is the first time I have ever said that, even though my doctors have been telling me that for months now.

This morning, after the scale had been toying with me for several weeks in the 70 kg range: one day 70.4, then 70.2, then 70.8, then 70.6, then 70.4, then 70.2 – back and forth for several weeks now – for the first time in my adult life I weighed myself this morning and the scale read ... 69.6 kg!

I ran and got my iPhone to take a picture. I weighed myself multiple times. I know it will still oscillate going forward, but as of today I officially broke through the 70 kg barrier for the first time and am in the 60s!

I’m going to repost my before-and-after photo from last week here. Forgive me, it’s a special day. I know I need a haircut. And I obviously need smaller clothes. But I like the photo.

In this blog post from last week you can read all my healthy blood test and other stats, and details of what I eat, which I won’t repeat here. I’ll just mention that I eat WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based), I don’t do intermittent fasting, I log calories with MyFitnessPal, and today is MFP streak day 3,243. I’ve had ups and downs over the years, but kept logging which kept me from full rebounds. Most of my weight loss was after recommitting to WFPB some 910 days ago, after being inspired by Dr. Michael Greger’s “How to Not Die” which is a health book rather than a weight loss book. Others in the WFPB community like Chef AJ, Potato Strong, and Plant Based Gabriel have also been inspiring and supportive. (I feel like I’m thanking people after accepting an Academy Award.)

Some exciting numbers and milestones (I love milestones):

  • I broke through the 70 kg barrier and now weigh 69.6 kg = 153.4 lb.
  • I have now lost 59.4 kg = 131 lb. So that’s another milestone – losing more than 130 lb.
  • My BMI is down to 23.0.
  • I’ve lost 46% of my original weight.

I’m absolutely certain at this point that any remaining issues I have with things like my stomach slightly protruding need to be dealt with by exercise, like resistance training. I’ve put it off forever, but as of today, in addition to my long dog walks, I actually took out my long-neglected Bullworker and used it, at least some. I really need to get some upper body muscles back.

But as for losing weight, I am done. There are possible other milestones I see not so far ahead, like getting below 150 lb. Or getting down to exactly 69.0 kg so I can say I lost exactly 60 kg. But if you think like that there is no stopping. So at least as far as intentional weight loss goes I’m declaring that my job is done.

I’m not necessarily changing what I’m eating, or the amounts. My weight loss already slowed to a crawl as it is. Or I may change my daily net calories limit from 1500 to 1600 or a bit more for added flexibility. I’ll see how it goes.

In case you’re wondering, the only change I’ve made lately is trying to being more accurate in how many calories I’m consuming. I think I had been underestimating in some areas, like the calories in my salads with homemade dressing. I’ve just been more conscientious about getting calories right. As I always say, “calories count, whether you count them or not.”

Eating WFPB helps. Sticking to lower calorie density foods (e.g. potatoes instead of pasta) helps. Sequencing (eating non-starchy veggies first, finishing up with satisfying starches) helps. Avoiding trigger foods (I can’t stop at one banana) helps. Just common sense stuff. In the end, weight loss does come down to controlling calories though. And WFPB eating is the best way I found to do that, and also become healthier overall.

Anyway, I made it. I’m here. I never thought this day would come and it did.

Very early morning Pao walk

Hirokazu does the morning walks while I’m straightening up, cleaning, throwing out the trash and so on. I do the afternoon walks. Pao seems to require a lot of services. I don’t know what’s going to happen when I take my (rescheduled again) trip to Boston later this year.

He is now 1 year 4 months old. At the vet on Saturday for his rabies shot he went up slightly in weight again, to 26.55 kg = 58.4 lb. I’m at a record low weight, so the Doug/Pao ratio has dropped to 2.6.

Strange reversal by Facebook restores my account to normal

Before going to sleep last night I saw this message from Facebook.

I checked the acknowledgment and continued. After that, I saw I could again post in all the groups I was unable to before.

They never once said what the initial problem was. Or if they didn’t like my United News Reports page and unpublished it why that had the side effect of initially disabling my entire account for over a week, and then after letting me back in blocking me from making new posts (but not comments) in more than half my groups – but not all my groups. There was no pattern to it at all.

Anyway, things are back to the way they were now. Still, I don’t trust Facebook and have revived multiple alternate venues of communication including this blog, the social network software made by my company (great for private-labeled social networks for places like schools, churches, non-profits, clubs, etc., who want control over content and design and features), and also Reddit, which has very supportive diet and health groups I’ve been using since the Facebook troubles started.

I’ll continue to use Facebook, but just not rely on it being there. There is no user support (not even bad user support – there literally is none), and it is obvious we are their product and not their customers.

At any rate, things suddenly returned to “normal” (as normal is defined in the Facebook world).