Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Percentages

Recently, my husband has been losing a little weight because he had some blood test results which were cause for some small concern. It's nothing incredibly serious, at least not yet, but even someone who is not greatly overweight can have health issues related to body fat. In particular, visceral fat, or fat around your organs which you can't necessarily see easily by looking at a person's body can cause Type 2 diabetes because this type of fat causes more issues with insulin resistance. This is likely the reason he needs to lose a little weight.

It's actually a little ironic that my husband, who has always weighed less than me by a wide margin, has had troubling blood test results while I seem to be okay. It does seem that my fat on the outside is less damaging than his fat on the inside. At any rate, my point is not to compare my fat to his fat, but rather to talk about his weight loss and mine.

As is so often the case with men, he is losing weight relatively rapidly and without much of a struggle. He has cut back on portions and cut out obvious things like sweets (and the donuts that he loves so well) and has lost 10 lbs. in about 3 weeks. He has always exercised for about 40-60 minutes on a regular basis, though he has made an effort to do so 5 days a week instead of 3 or 4 as he was doing. All in all, his changes have not been what anyone could consider radical and he hasn't chafed mentally against them much. The fact that he is not a food addict (like me) is evident in the relative emotional ease with which he has made the changes.

My husband told me that one of his work acquaintances remarked that he looked different and asked if he had lost weight. He has lost only 10 lbs. and someone has noticed already. It took me about 50 lbs. before any appreciable change was noticeable by others. I noticed in my wrists about 30 lbs. in. These differences remind me of the fact that every pound is more meaningful the smaller you become. As a percentage of his starting weight (and of the weight he needs to lose), each pound is more meaningful to him. Each pound for him is perhaps 1/30th of what he needs to lose. Even after all of my losses, each pound is 1/130th of what I still need to lose.

I try to keep in mind that when I started all of this, each pound was about 1/230th of what I needed to lose and every pound I lose makes the next one more meaningful. The percentages keep getting better and more impressive the longer I keep at this. Since I don't look much "better" in my opinion (just different - smaller fat as opposed to bigger fat), this is one more thing that can motivate me to continue when I start to feel like my success is relatively unimpressive or inconsequential.


Anonymous said...

Wow. I just found your blog.


So much of what you write resonates with my own experiences and thoughts. And hopes.

A few posts back you wrote about having pain from overdoing exercising. I've had the same issue and must listen carefully to my body. It can be frustrating.

Recently I tried a recumbent exercise bike for the first time. I think I am in love. I can read or watch a movie while peddling, I can peddle fast or slow, I can peddle for 5 minutes or 15 min or even more...whatever feels good that day. I have had back and knee trouble for years, but my recumbent bike is very forgiving and gentle.

I really like being able to hop on and off whenever the whim strikes. I am on a tight budget but it wasn't very costly and definately worth every penny.

Continued success with your transformation...I will be following.


screaming fatgirl said...

Hi, Rebecca, and thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for being so kind.

I have a recumbent bike as well, but it's still a bit difficult for me to use due to my belly size. I can use it for about 20 minutes, but tend to favor walking over using it most of the time because I have a sense that the walking is more strenuous for me right now. I think I mainly feel that way because I'm not strong enough to use the recumbent bike (which is really a cheap, poor quality one) at a higher setting of tension, very fast, or very long.

Thanks again, and good luck to you, too!