Sunday, November 2, 2008

What 10% Means

I achieved my 10% loss this past week, and said I'd fill you in on what that means.  Direct from WW's site:

A Healthier Heart
By losing just 10 percent of your body weight, you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your blood pressure, says G. Ken Goodrick, PhD, psychologist and associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. High cholesterol and elevated blood pressure are two major risk factors for heart disease.

Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
If you're overweight, you're at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, which mea
ns your body can't make enough, or properly use, insulin, a hormone that helps convert food to usable energy. By losing just 10 percent of your body weight, you'll improve your body's ability to use the insulin it makes, possibly preventing the onset of the disease, Miller-Kovach says. If you already have type 2 diabetes, shedding that 10 percent may improve your symptoms and possibly prevent complications, she adds.

More Pep
"Just a 10 percent weight loss increases feelings of vigor and vitality," says Miller-
Kovach. "You'll feel better and have more energy."

A Mental Edge
Losing 10 percent can give you the self-confidence and motivation you need to keep going. "Success builds on success," says Miller-Kovach. But be sure you recognize it. "Losing 10 percent is a milestone in the journey," says Miller-Kovach. "Once you get there, take the time to congratulate yourself on your efforts."

Reality Check
After losing 10 percent, you gain a sense of what it will take to lose the rest and reach your final goal weight. "It gives you a context in terms of saying, 'Am I willing
 to put in that much more effort to lose even more weight?'" Miller-Kovach says. If the answer is no, that's okay. "Some people only lose 10 percent and that's it," says Goodrick. If that's you, pat yourself on the back. "Health-wise, a 10-percent weight
 loss is a great achievement," Goodrick says.

In other news, and because I cannot contain myself:

For some reason, on Friday, I wondered whether I could fit into my husband's blue jeans.  He's out of town, so I didn't have to worry about being embarrassed when I had 5 more inches to go before could pull them up.  

Little did I know, I COULD pull them up.  I then fastened and zipped them.  It wasn't pretty.  I had the muffin top from Hell.  The important thing to me was that I put those bad boys on.  My husband has a 30 inch waist.  (I know, right?  Jerk.)  In all the years that he and I have been together (It'll be 14 years in January), I have NEVER been able to pull up a 30 waist pair of mens' pants.  When I was a freshman or sophomore I think my hips just weren't right, because I had tried on some men's pants, and I know I was 20 lbs lighter then than I am now.  

I digress.  I'm rambling.  Here are the pics.  :)


Milli' said...

That's freakin' awesome!! They do make your butt disappear though (so I guess Chris's excuse for his butt disappearing in his jeans is really truth)!

Leah said...

I am so freakin proud of you!! I know how difficult this journey is and how rewarding it becomes to see the numbers decrease! Way to go!

Chrissy said...

Your getting so little! :) I'm so proud of you! XOXO

Mary said...

I'm so proud of you!!! You are such a great motivator for the rest of us!!