Weighing In · 14 October 2012

I am the lightest I have been in a couple decades or more. I just hope that I can stay this weight for a long time to come.

I know I have said before that I do not really care that much about my weight or my waist size and yet in the last few days, I have written about both. Some people might think that I am bragging, but I really want to just offer a bit of hope.

We got a Wii Fit a few years ago and I have pretty much weighed myself every week since then. My weight has fluctuated a bit, but has been consistently in the mid- to lower-160s. That is overweight for a 5’-6” person, according to the Wii Fit. To get in the normal range, I had to get below 155.5 pounds. I was excited a couple weeks ago when I got there. (So was my Mii. He has been jumping up and down each time I weigh myself, now that I got out of the overweight zone.)

The nice thing about Wii Fit is that I can track my weight progress. In the past two months, I have gone from an almost all time high of 168 pounds to 151 pounds. Seventeen pounds. I have lost more than 10 percent of my body weight in two months! And most of it has been from around my gut.

While losing all that weight is exciting, I am more excited that I have done it without feeling hungry. I have not counted calories or skipped meals. I have even had late evening snacks. I have just kept away from meat and dairy. I do need to figure out more varied meals, but eating legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables is quite satisfying and tasty. And of course, healthy.

Skeptics might be wondering how I know my weight loss has been from fat loss and not muscle loss. I do not know for sure. However, I do know that I do not have as large of a belly and that I can do more pushups and pull-ups than I did a couple months ago.

I said earlier that I am not reporting my weight loss in order to brag but rather to offer hope. The hope I offer is that everybody can take steps to get healthy.

Anybody can lose weight. It just takes cutting calories. But to be healthy, we need to eat right and be good to our bodies, which means we ought to exercise. I am thoroughly convinced that eating a plant based, whole food diet is the way to go. And I will be eating that way for a long time to come. Eating almost vegan has brought me to a healthier weight in a healthier way than I have ever done before.

It is nice being the lightest I have been in more than twenty years, but I want to stay around this current weight for the next couple decades. Or more.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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