This is what I am guessing.
Meanwhile, a fairly brisk workout on Friday night, and some decent eating on Saturday (not great, but good enough to maintain my weight exactly), probably contributed to what may just be the first official breakthrough of the Fortress. It is almost certain that when I weigh in on Monday morning, I will be under 290 pounds, meaning it will be the first real milestone of this journey. It will also provide some proof that this is working as I had hoped.
The key, however, is to realize that my goal wasn’t to get under 290 and that I still have 50 pounds to go. I should also realize that this will be the easiest 10 pounds to lose.
But a rapid weight loss now moves me closer to getting out of weight purgatory. That’s my term for the first 24 pounds on this quest. My low weight before was 275, so right now, I am just losing weight I’ve already lost and then gained back. It won’t get truly exciting for me until I hit 274 (the real first pound) and then 270 (the 100-pound mark from when I began two years ago).
After those milestones, this could really start to get fun. I can’t wait to see myself at 260 or 250. I surely can’t wait for 240. And honestly, right now those numbers don’t seem all that far off.
Of course, there will be times when they seem very far off. And I have no clue if I will reach them within two months or four months or eight months. I have a frame of reference for going from 370 to 300 — 100 days exactly — but not from 300 to 240. That could take a while.
So I am not looking too far ahead right now. If, as I assume, I am under 290 by the time you read this, I need only to look as far as 285 for real motivation. That’s the next increment in what is surely going to be a slower process than I would like.
Certainly, I’d like to wake up tomorrow at 240, write a nice, emotional farewell entry and hit San Francisco looking for chicks, but that’s not gonna happen. So I’ll be happy if I am 289 tomorrow.