So, I’ve lost 10 lbs. Still a long way to ago, but it’s a good start.

It’s funny that when you lose weight, you tend to think about when it was you last weighed “X”. After the first week on the diet I was back to before I went on my major vacation earlier in the spring. Now I’m back to where I was in 2004.

But losing pounds can actually help your body, and specifically your heart, be younger. Texas Health Presbyterian (and some other medical organizations) have an online resource that lets you calculate your heart’s age vs. your chronological age here. It’s a bit disconcerting to know that my heart is old enough to draw Social Security while the rest of me has a few more years to wait.

Of course, RA and OA patients all know the benefits to our joints of a healthy weight, so I won’t say more on that subject, except that losing weight can also help turn back the clock on our knees and hips.

I was excited enough about my weight loss that this weekend I went to one of my favorite shops in the hopes that I could get back into the next size smaller pants. (I had given up and bought “fat” pants last fall.) The waist fit well, but the pants were just a bit snug in the hips. Another five pounds, THEN I can go shopping.

I hope that the time you spend today is enjoyable and filled with those you love.

Thanks for checking in.