Monday, September 26, 2011

Week 14 Weigh-in: New Threads

Starting weight: 505.4 lbs
Week 14 Weight: 463.0 lbs
Week 14 Change: -3.6 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 42.2 lbs


Progress. Slow. Occasionally hampered by a step backward. But progress. This is good. I'm two "good" weeks from the 50-pound mark, which will be a 10% milestone. Looking forward to that.


I went clothes shopping this weekend.  And because I am useless when it comes to choosing things that look good--seriously, I have almost zero fashion sense--my mom and sisters came along. (Partly because they're getting me some new duds for my upcoming birthday, so we picked out some items that I'll be "surprised" by then.) 

[EDIT: I had originally written about the shopping experience, playing up the somewhat awkward elements of going clothes-shopping with my mom and sisters.  I was going for embarrassing-funny, and maybe it was. But it was at the expense of my family, and went too far.  The fact of the matter is, I dearly love my family. Even when they accidentally embarrass me in public. And frankly, writing something moderately funny about it for this website is nowhere near worth the cost of possibly hurting their feelings if they read it. So. Sorry. Carry on.]

But the real silver lining in this, aside from some new clothes coming down the pike? I'm comfortably down a jeans size. Which is nice. Something to celebrate.

Maybe once i get the new duds, I'll post a picture or something. Who knows.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Week 13 Weigh-in: Things I don't want to post.

Starting weight: 505.4 lbs
Week 13 Weight: 466.4 lbs
Week 13 Change: +1.4 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 38.8 lbs


No excuses. I'm not sure, but I might have fudged my numbers at some point. Not counted a soda or an extra cookie.  Not enough to make up roughly 5,000 calories, but enough to where I can't say in good conscience that I did everything I was supposed to.

I'm mad at myself. I'm mad at the scale.

So this week is going to be different. 

That's all. See you later.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Week 12 Weight Loss

Starting weight: 505.4 lbs
Week 12 Weight: 465.2 lbs
Week 12 Change: -2.4 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 40.2 lbs


Forty pounds, y'all.  Forty pounds. In three months.  I'm a believer in this program.

I think what's helped lately is I'm noticing patterns and behaviors a little better, and when I hit trouble, I look to diagnose and fix the issue rather than throw up my hands in despair and hit the drive-thru. 

I was asked recently if I'm really making lifestyle changes.  And the answer (which I gave a little defensively, I admit) is yes.  There are definitely things I used to do that I don't do now. Things I never used to think about that I do think about.  I'm more careful.  I'm more mindful.

Are things perfect? No.  I'm still sort of undisciplined with food choices, though I'm becoming much more disciplined about writing down real numbers and actual portion sizes.  Do I still grab a Dr. Pepper refill on my Diet Coke once in a while? Yes. I really need to stop, but I guess I haven't been willing to thusfar.  Do I still eat fast food? Yes, though I have been seriously trying to limit my fast food intake. And the time when I struggle the most with the drive-thru temptation?  Not late night--breakfast.  Mornings seem to be tough for me. I'm always running behind, and the convenience of drive-thru (with its giant Diet Cokes) is always tempting.

I stopped going to McDonald's on December 21st of last year.  But I replaced it with Whataburger and Burger King.  When I "banned" them as well on April 1st, Jack in the Box and Sonic stepped up to take their places.  As of last Friday, Jack and Sonic were put on my "no-buy" list.  And I can already tell that Taco Cabana is waiting in the wings. 

But I'm learning.  And it's getting better.

I'm hoping, over the next 3 months, to totally wean myself off of sugary soft drinks and drive-thru breakfasts.  That would be fantastic.  I'm also hoping to start exercising more and more regularly.  (Or just start exercising, period.)

And I know "hoping" is not going to get me there. I need to plan, decide, and execute in order to have success.  But I guess I'm not ready to commit to that yet. The readiness will come, though; I'm sure of it.

In the meantime, I'll just keep being careful about my choices, honest about my points, and hopeful about my progress.  And because the plan works, I'll keep losing.

I'm less than 10 pounds from my 50 lb. milestone.  That will be a good one.

Waddle on, thunderin' herd.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Week 11 Weight Loss

Starting weight: 505.4 lbs
Week 11 Weight: 467.6 lbs
Week 11 Change: -0.4 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 37.8 lbs


Quick update, and sorry for the lateness of it.

So last week, I don't know why it happened, but on Tuesday night I was just ravenous. (For some reason, this has happened more than once. What's up with Tuesday nights?)  As such, I blew through not only my daily points, but all my weekly extra points.  Plus 3 that i had to make up with "activity" (for which, i counted the walking bit of my commute that day--i normally don't count that).  I knew I was in trouble, so the next 3 days, I was VERY careful with my food. (Why am I not always this careful with my food, you may ask? Because it drives me blinkin' bonkers, that's why.)

Finished the week, made it to the scale, posted a loss. Even the loss of roughly half a pound is better than a gain.  No ground lost.

In the past, after a blowout day like Tuesday, I would have chucked the week, and then eventually chucked the program.  It's not happening again. I believe in this process, and I will reach my goal. 

This week... well, I've been over my dailies every day this week, but not enough in total to get me in trouble. So I'm still functioning within the guidelines. I just have to be careful.

Thanks for your comments.  I appreciate the support.

Have a good week, folks.