Now that was a week. Other than an bump up in my weight over the last couple of days, which I was expecting with my poor habits this week. Stress may also have played a part, as my body may have relaxed a bit once I finally booked the show. hopefully between helping a friend move today and starting rehearsal this week I should get myself right back on track. I just need to make sure I prepare the way I need to so I don't get stuck without a good meal option. Here are this week's numbers:
Current Weight: 327.2 lbs
Starting Weight: 440.2 lbs
Weight Loss This Week: 1.2 lbs
Weight Loss Total: 113 lbs
Not bad all in all, but considering I was at 326 mid-week, I know I can do a bit better.
Weigh in #1 was January 30th of this year, and yesterday marked exactly six months since that day. It is amazing to think how far I have come since then. My diet and palate have completely changed, I have doubled the pace at which I can walk (and I have even started throwing in some sprints), and of course I have lost 113 pounds. I had no idea I could drop that much so fast. Part of my inner monologue in the past that had held me back from starting this process was because I thought any meaningful progress would take forever. That is the kind of thought process that sabotages both my health and my acting, because I shy away from the big risky choices and half-ass the whole thing. I have already committed to no more of that, but I will go ahead and re-commit myself.
On the other side of that coin I thought losing that much weight would have a more drastic effect on my appearance. My body certainly has changed, but nowhere near as much as I thought 115 or so pounds would look like. That is frustrating at times, but in a way it is a good thing. Another one of my huge worries, and roadblocks to starting, was what I would look like after the weight loss. I didn't know what my type would be, how it would affect my career, and a host of other things. The fact that I think I still look like me, just a smaller, fewer chinned me, is a good thing. I'll try to get a picture today so I can post a before/after.
One last, unexpected benefit has been the change to my work ethic. Perhaps I simply have more energy, or perhaps one good choice begets another and so on and so on. Whatever the reason I am working harder and smarter at my career in the theater than I ever have before. In the last 6 months I have had as many auditions and callbacks as I had in the rest of my time in Chicago. It drives me nuts to think what could have been, but looking forward I know I can work even harder to get to were I want to be. I am not content to just get some work every now and then anymore. Theater is my career and I plan to start treating it that way. It may take some compromises with other aspect of my life, but knowing what it can be I refuse to let it be anything else.
Onward once again. Looking at the math if I keep losing about 1% of my weight a week I should hit my goal about weigh in #70. We'll see where things settle out in the end, but for the moment I am satisfied with how far I have come.