Saturday, December 16, 2006

No more weight class.

So this morning, it happened.

I got up, and did all my usual pre-weighing ritual: stripped, combed my hair, took off all jewelry, went to the bathroom, exhaled all the air from my lungs (because air has weight, too. Actually, it presses down upon us about 14 pounds per square inch at sea level. The reason you don't feel it is because it presses on all parts of us. That's your science fact of the day. Hey, I'm on vacation, and I've got to get that out of me somehow).

Anyway, I got onto the scale, and the scale ran its little light across several tmes while the tiny scale demon inside decided what number to bestow upon me.

Then, the tiny scale demon inside decided on a number and flashed it back at me.

...wait for it...(magestic swelling of music)...

Yeah, I know. I got all teary-eyed, too. Then, I took a deep breath and the number went back up to 150. But for a moment, there, I was no longer Athena status. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just that for my height, it's not where I want to be forever.

Not long ago, Nytro was kind enough to remind me, in a not-so-subtle and slightly threatening way that once I pass below 150 on the scale, I no longer get to call myself an Athena, not no-way, not no-how. When a six-foot tall badass ball playin' Athena tells you something, you listen.

I realize that I may bounce around up and down between 151 and 149 (which is 67.5 kg, for our Australian friends) and that the scale at my doctor's office, which has a much more evil and malevolent scale demon inside it, will probably read 245, but I'm claiming this number anyway. I'm proactive, and forward thinking, and Nytro is fast and might just chase chase me down at the Rock-n-Roll AZ and stomp all over me, so I've gone ahead and changed my logo. My url will stay the same.

A number on the scale can seem like such an arbitrary thing, can't it? My goal all this time, since beginning this, has been to reach 144 lbs. Five more pounds to go.

Why 144?
  1. It represents the total loss of 50 pounds since I decided in January 2005 that I was tired of being, well, fat and tired. That sounds kind of cool. 50 pounds is about the same as a healthy 2nd-grader.
  2. It represents a change in status from "obese" to "normal" again, for my height, according to BMI charts.
  3. I think it has some kind of biblical connotation. The multitude, and all that.
  4. It's a perfect square (told you I was a geek.)
I don't expect much will change. I'm still slow. I still have asthma, and I'm still pretty lazy.

I'm still well ensconced at the back of the pack, and probably will be, for quite some time yet. I'll deal with the change of status to "middle of the pack" if and when that happens.

And I'll never be a skinny "runner bitch".

On a non-related note, I really hate that my change to beta blogger has wiped out the identity of some of the people who've left me comments in the past. I don't know how to get them back, and I was using them to read your blogs.


  1. Woo hoo! Congratulations!!!! (How tall are you, anyway?? Just checking... I've got a long ways to go before I drop out of Athenas.)

  2. Congrats to you! I love your blogging and we do learn a lot from you! Keep up the good work!

  3. Congratulations!!!! My dream weight is 145, only I'm a lot further from it than you are AT THIS POINT!! That will change soon.

  4. Congrats on the weight loss. If you can manage to get through the next couple of weeks, you've got it made for the racing season!

  5. You rock...congrats.

  6. wow... i must say, i read this first thing in the morning and i'm now your new biggest fan. way to go with relinquishing the athena title. you rock. not just for losing the weight, but for also making me laugh at 6:30 in the FREAKING SATURDAY MORNING.

  7. Congratulations. You and I both started at 194 in January of 2005. I have not yet reached that glorious sub-150, but I'll eventually get there. You'll be my inspiration. I'm also going to have to start exhaling before I step on the scale.

    I was also wondering why some comment identities got wiped out, it's that blogger beta. Stupid technology.

  8. Congradulations!!!You are an inspiration for me!

  9. We will miss you. But you do seem happy...

  10. That's AWESOME! (The weight loss part - not so much the changing your cool blog name part. But it does make sense.)

    I hadn't really thought about it... but for my height, I guess I'll be way under Athena status once I get to my goal weight (120-125). Only... 70 more to lose before I cross the Athena threshold : D
    But I'll always be a back of the packer, they can't take that status away from me.

    (I've been hearing stories of the Blogger Beta comment stripping thing - makes me nervous to switch.)

    Siren (stupid Blogger refusing to accept my regular login)

  11. Congrats!

    I lost Clydesdale status when I started training but before I even knew the category existed.

    At least you had your moment in the sun as Athena!

    Now, you can challenge for middle of the pack as you will be running lighter - and correspondingly faster!!!

  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so proud of you!


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