I’ve lost 10% of my body weight

September 23, 2009

I’m not very focused on the numbers these days, but somehow I couldn’t let this one slip by without some celebration.  As my weight has slipped down pretty solidly into the 197 range I can safely say that I’ve now lost 10% of my body weight.

This was one of my Big Milestones.

I found an article that listed the benefis of 10% weight loss (apologies, I just cut out these points, I don’t know where it was from) :

  1. A fall in premature death by about 20-25%
  2. A fall in diabetes-related death of about 30%
  3. A fall in obesity-related cancers by about 40% –> more on this below
  4. A fall in blood pressure of about 10/20 mmHg
  5. A fall of 50% in the risk of developing diabetes
  6. A fall in glucose levels of about 30-50%
  7. A fall in total cholesterol of about 10%
  8. A fall in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) of about 15%
  9. A fall in triglycerides of about 30%
  10. A rise in protective HDL of about 8%

Pretty impressive, isn’t it?  And a 10% weight loss is not a HUGE number for anybody.  Even if you start over 300 pounds it’s a manageable number of pounds.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but I’m a poster girl for the slow and steady (and pushing through plateaus) approach.  It’s taken me about 24 weeks – I’ve averaged about a pound a week, which is probably the fastest I’ve ever lost — I’m a slow loser in general (although carb restriction seems to make me lose faster than low cal or low fat did).

THE NOTE for #4 above : As you know, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer about 3 months ago.  Endometrial cancer is highly correlated with obesity.  I’ve been through a period of blaming myself and beating myself up about my weight causing this, but the truth is that I’ll never know why I got this cancer (there are lots of the younger women who are diagnosed who are of normal weight, and most obese women won’t ever get it).  Life is not so simple as cause and effect.  Lots of nasty people seem to live charmed lives, and lots of nice people seem to live through one bad thing after another.  Also risk reduction in medical data is always a strange concept — it’s based on overall populations and general risk pools, not on YOU as an individual.  Your own family and personal history can throw the “general” stats out the window.  In addition, as my oncologist said (talking about recurrence), that talking in percentages can be misleading for people who want to avoid a certain treatments, because as an individual you either recur or you don’t.  So you either are 0% or 100% but you don’t get to live with some nice percentage risk reduction.  It’s a scary thought, but actually pretty helpful.  (Part of the reason we are choosing this complicated path of IVF egg collection, embryo freezing, gestational surrogacy & hysterectomy is to keep my cancer recurrence risk at the 0% level.)



*** On another subject, for those who pray, or send wishes to the universe, or good thoughts etc, I would very much appreciate al the good will you can throw my way over then next 2 or so weeks as we go through the IVF egg collection.  I am taking the stimulation drugs now and sometime early October they should be going in to get the eggs and make the embryos, which we will then freeze to use with a gestational surrogate because I have to have the hysterectomy for the endometrial cancer.  So we’re making snowbabies right now, and all your well wishes are much appreciated.  ***

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