First, I want to thank you for the encouraging comments, they help a lot.
I am now 8 weeks into the 12 weeks of my “Stage 2” goal. As in the past, my focus on golf has been taking backseat to losing weight and that shows in my golf game. Last week I shot a 52, of which 6 shots were trying to get out of 2 bunkers, that is 4 wasted shots. My problem with bunkers is self-inflicted, I never practice them (WOW, what an insight, the area of my game I never practice is the worst part of my game!) The week before nothing was working and I shot a 59, which would have been magnificent had I played 18 holes instead of 9. I do feel I’m holding my head more steady and getting better contact but I still have days like when I shot 59 that the old habits come back with a vengeance.
Luckily, I am doing better on the health goals. When “Stage 2” started on July 31st my goal was to get to 256 before my Oct. 25th surgery. I then revised that on Aug. 28th to be 240 by Oct. 25th. Today I weighed in at 252 and I have 4 weeks left to the end of Stage 2. I feel I can get down to 240 but need to keep the activity levels up and the “Cheat Days” to a minimum.
To date I’ve been able to lose by eating better foods with more appropriate portions (FYI, just because a Pizza comes with 6 slices does not mean that 6 slices = 1 serving) combined with increased physical activity.
The therapy on the knee has worked wonders and that has helped me increase activity which I think has helped keep the pace of weight loss up. My knee was a worry since it could impact my ability to do therapy on the foot after the surgery so I am a little more confident I’ll be OK for that.
One disappointment, according to the BMI calculators I am still "Obese" and would still be "Obese" at the 240 goal. Of course, 240 is not the final goal but to get to "Normal" I need to be at 194 which is another 58 pounds from now. I really do not think I can get to that weight. The lowest weight in my log is 211 from June 10, 2016. That was over 7 years ago. And I have no clue the last time I was at or under 200. That may have been 30+ years ago. I know I was 175 when I graduated high school, but that was 43 years ago. I've been reading about using waist circumference relative to height as a potentially better indicator and I'll need to learn more about that.