WHOOHOO!!!! I DID IT. On November 1st of last year I weighed in at a very chunky 268 lb. This morning the scale reads 168. I've lost the equivalent of one and a half of my larger dogs in the course of a year. Now THAT is something worth celebrating.
I just got home from a week of clinical training down in Kentucky. Unfortunately, I came down with a short but intense case of the creeping crud that made the trip less pleasant than usual, but I survived and didn't miss any of my ride-along time. I enjoyed the company of my good friends in that beautiful part of the country, so overall it was another great trip Outside.
I always suffer a bit of culture shock on these trips. This time around I flew into Cincinnati, arriving in the midst of rush hour. Relearning how to drive in city traffic is always a trip. Here in Two Rivers "rush hour" is condensed into a few waves of traffic passing down the Hot Springs Road at about 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 AM, as folks head into town for work, and a fairly steady stream of not terribly congested movement between about 4:30 and 6:30 in the evening. That's it - no big deal. Down there it's a whole 'nother story as 6 lane highways are packed with rigs running bumper to bumper at around 70 miles per hour.
It's a pretty time of year down there. While we are still in the midst of transition from late fall to early winter, they are just coming into true autumn. Colorful leaves still cling to many of the trees and though the nights are frosty the days are either wet and rainy or pretty and comfortably cool.
All of my flights were on time yesterday and there weren't any major disruptions to the travel plan, so I was in town by 5:00 PM, and on the way home from the grocery store around 6:25. Of course the dogs were very happy to see me.
Today I have a medical appointment at 3:00, and in a bit I need to make a phone call. If things work as tentatively planned I may have a fun announcement to make tomorrow, complete with photographs and everything. We'll just have to see how it all works out today.
Meanwhile, I have baited water ready to deliver to the dogs and plenty of domestic chores to catch up on. Mostly I just wanted to brag a bit - it isn't often that a fellow can boast of having lost 100 pounds in the course of a year.