I spent many, many hours and drove hundreds and eventually thousands of miles back and forth to get her situated, get her set-up with outpatient care, take care of selling her condominium, find legal representation and figure out how it was all going to be paid for since she was living on Social Security. I let my diet slide due to stress, but miraculously, I maintained the loss throughout this stressful situation. It wasn't until one day when I went to a doctor's appointment with her and she had to be weighed for this appointment. I was only five pounds less than she was, but surely, I believed, I was so much healthier and surely, I didn't look as big as she did? But, I thought about it a lot - and what I came up with is this 1) life is too short to be living the way I was living - if any of this dementia is heredity - my clock is ticking; 2) I am passing along the unhealthy eating and sedentary ways to my three daughters and am doing nothing to break the chain of obesity; 3) I want to finally achieve those physical and active goals that I have always longed to do.
That was it - my light bulb moment. It took me roughly two and a half years to lose 135 pounds and get to my self-imposed goal weight of 135. I have a thing with numbers. I wanted to be officially one-half the person I was when I started. For comparison, here is a picture from December of 2011 with my dad out in Vegas where I ran the Rock N' Roll Half Marathon.
I've been followed by my family medicine doctor the whole time, and here are the statistics from the last time I stepped on the body composition scale in November 2011:
Current Body Weight: 137.0 (62.1 kg)
Total Body Fat: 17.5% (23.2 lbs; 10.5 kg)
Fat-Free Mass: 82.5% (109.3 lbs; 49.6 kg)
Body Mass Index: 24
Body Fat Displacement: Torso 19.9%; Left leg 13.1%; Right leg 12.2%;
Left arm 19.6%; Right arm 19.0%