Up until about 20 years ago weight wasn't an issue for me.I was,for example,165 lbs (6 feet tall),on the day I graduated from BCT.I looked like a red headed string bean wearing olive drab! But in the last 20 years I've gained...and lost...and regained...and re-lost...about the equivalent of 3 grown adults.The last time I lost a lot of weight (about 7 years ago) I went from moderate doses of several BP meds to a minimal dose of one med and my A1c went from quite high (can't recall the number) to completely normal.But then my hip went and therefore couldn't exercise...and,therefore,got very discouraged...
And now,I'm back on medium doses of a half dozen BP meds plus glucophage (oral diabetes med).But my hip is just now starting to feel OK (had it replaced last year) and I just resumed my old exercise regimen (less vigorously,per order of the orthopedic surgeon) and we'll see what happens.Both my primary care doctor and my cardiologist (both on the staff of a large Boston hospital) have told me that *my* diabetes and *my* BP issues are caused largely,if not entirely,by my weight.
It sounds like *you* have done a lot of work and have reason to be proud.You're clearly doing *your* part in lowering health care costs so we can afford to pay for all those millions of abortions under HusseinCare.
Sorry,just had to get a little politics into the mix.
And it seems that you are headed in the right direction, as well. I am still searching for a maintenance regimen that will work for the long term, as well as maintaining my fitness level. It seems that dropping days per week from my workout schedule has not worked as well as I had hoped, and I now need to work off as many pounds as the number of extra days I skipped.
According to my observed pulse rate, I actually seem to work harder on the Arc Trainer than on the treadmill, so I might try a little more A-T and a little less TM to see what effect that might have.
And of course, I need to quit tasting the dark chocolate dipped rum balls I always make this time of year... (recipe available on request!)